Richard Nelson: On sexual harassment, we need a cultural assessment, and each of us must stand up

Sexual harassment and allegations of abuse by high profile politicians are dominating the news and as distasteful the details and disappointed we may be in our political candidates and leaders, we’re forced to process this cultural moment and how to appropriately respond. Where to begin? How about with empathy toward the women who’ve come out of the shadows to share their stories? It takes...

Mitch McConnell: Congress making consequential decisions that have direct impact on Kentucky

By Mitch McConnell Special to KyForward This Republican Congress is making important strides on issues that have a direct impact on Kentucky. We’ve listened to you and the concerns you’ve raised. As your senior senator, I am proud of these accomplishments, and we’re just getting started. The first major victory of this year was the confirmation of a nominee committed to the rule of law to the...

McConnell says he’s still looking for 50 votes in Senate to repeal, replace Affordable Health Care Act

“U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he does not yet know how Republicans will amass the votes needed to pass legislation now being crafted to dismantle Obamacare,” Reuters reports. “He declined to discuss what provisions he might want to see in the bill or provide a timetable for producing even a draft to show to rank-and-file Republican senators and gauge their support.” McConnell...

Senate confirms Kentucky federal judge Thapar to serve on the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today WASHINGTON – The Senate has confirmed a federal judge from Kentucky to serve on the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Amul Thapar, who was based in Lexington while serving as U. S. attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, was approved on a 52-44 vote on Thursday. “I think I can speak for so many of us who have either worked for, or appeared before Judge Amul...

Pair of Senate bills introduced to fund health care benefits for retired miners, dependents

A pair of Senate bills have been introduced to fund health-care benefits for retired coal miners and their widows, Curtis Tate reports for McClatchy Newspapers. Ten senators from Indiana, Missouri North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia “reintroduced the Miners Protection Act, which the Senate Finance Committee approved last year but which did not make it to the Senate floor.”...

Election, U.S. Senate Part II: Incumbent Rand Paul on why he should remain your U.S. Senator

KyForward invited both candidates for the U.S. Senate from Kentucky to make his case for why he deserves your vote on November 8. We are offering their responses as a public service to the voters of Kentucky. The responses are offered in alphabetical order, with Rand Paul as Part II. Jim Gray’s response appeared yesterday. RAND PAUL Dr. Rand Paul is a nationally recognized voice in the fight...

Election, U.S. Senate Part I: Lexington Mayor Jim Gray on why he should be Kentucky’s U.S. Senator

KyForward invited both candidates for the U.S. Senate from Kentucky to make his case for why he deserves your vote on November 8. We are offering their responses as a public service to the voters of Kentucky. The responses are offered in alphabetical order, with Jim Gray as Part I. Rand Paul’s response will appear tomorrow. JIM GRAY I am a seventh-generation Kentuckian, and I was born in Glasgow....