A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Bill Straub: Focusing on a bad tax reform bill meant Congress had no time for kids, thus no CHIP funding

The Republican Congress has proven so busy handing the keys of the kingdom over to its corporate bosses through its abominable tax reform bill – while simultaneously picking the pockets of graduate students, the middle class and too many others to mention – that it has had little patience for dealing with the needs of sick children. While GOP lawmakers were busily giggling and patting each other...

Tom Block: Worrisome start for Congress, as Republicans deal with mess of own making

Kentucky’s senior senator again finds himself in the middle of a firestorm as the Congress is faced with funding the Department of Homeland Security for the remaining of the current fiscal year.   Sen. McConnell started his tenure as majority leader promising to avoid the chaos of government shutdowns.   Originally the deadline for action on DHS funding was last Friday, Feb. 27, but efforts...