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Bill Straub: Mitch is in for another term and setting a record, but ‘lovable’ as a warm puppy he really isn’t

As if running up the score on an overfunded and overrated Democratic opponent wasn’t sufficient, supporters of Senate Majority Leader Mitch “Root-‘n-Branch” McConnell now apparently want you to believe the lawmaker who revels in being called the Grim Reaper is really as lovable as a warm puppy. Scott Jennings, a top-notch GOP operator, recently penned an op-ed for The Courier Journal of...

Donald Saelinger: We are America divided and that cannot stand; we must find common ground

“United we stand, divided we fall” is a phrase that can be traced back to the 6th Century B.C. American extremism has grown to epidemic proportions and divides us into rigid camps: Democrat vs. Republican, pro-choice vs. pro-life, progressive vs. conservative, black vs. white, and even Pro-America vs. Anti-America. What has happened to compromise and respect for each other? Subgroup division...

U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, in split decision, throws out law restricting common abortion method

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A federal court of appeals panel in Cincinnati, on a split decision, has upheld a lower court ruling that threw out a Kentucky law restricting use of a common method of abortion. Legislation known as House Bill 454 passed the Kentucky General Assembly in 2018 and was signed into law by then-Gov. Matt Bevin. The measure outlawed use of a procedure called dilation and evacuation,...

Dozens of protestors interrupt Governor Andy Beshear’s daily coronavirus briefing with chants

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear’s nightly briefing was nearly drowned out by several dozen protesters outside the Capitol on Wednesday who were chanting “We want to work!” and “Abortion is not essential!” in muffled voices. Beshear, who gave updates of 88 new coronavirus cases and seven more deaths over the chants, stayed to his script when asked by reporters about the protesters. “They...

Lawmakers returning to Frankfort to pass budget, other bills; some possible health-related measures

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News As lawmakers head back to Frankfort to pass a budget — and other bills, despite Gov. Andy Beshear’s repeated request that they pass only a budget and anything related to the coronavirus — several big bills related to other aspects of health are pending, including some controversial measures. Beshear, a Democrat, denied the request of the Republican...

Kentucky attorney general can be proactive in abortion cases under cleared House bill

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today With little discussion, a House bill allowing the Kentucky Attorney General to be proactive in cases involving abortion clinics passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Stan Lee, R-Lexington, explained the measure to the panel. Rep. Stan Lee, R-Lexington, far right, testifies to a Senate committee about a House bill that would allow...

Ky. sees new barriers to abortion after Supreme Court refuses to hear challenge to 2017 ultrasound act

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Advocates for reproductive rights say women in Kentucky face yet another obstacle to receiving an abortion after the U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal this week to hear a legal challenge to a state law. The 2017 Kentucky Ultrasound Informed Consent Act mandates that doctors perform an ultrasound on women seeking an abortion and describe its images in detail....

Bevin and Beshear take on a wide range of topics in televised debate at NKU, find little common ground

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor Gov. Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear squared off in a Kentucky Gubernatorial Debate at Northern Kentucky University’s Student Union Tuesday evening. The fifth televised debate in the series between Bevin, the Republican incumbent, and Democratic challenger Beshear, is the last before voters go to the polls in less than a week. WLWT photos NKU...

Al Cross: We learned some meaningful things at Fancy Farm; raucous crowd tells us something too

FANCY FARM, Ky. – For all its hoopla, the political speaking at the Fancy Farm Picnic rarely has much effect on statewide elections. But it always provides a unique measurement of the candidates, their campaigns and their prospects, and this year’s version told us some meaningful things about Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and his challenger, Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear. The speaking has...

United States Court of Appeals denies petition to reconsider abortion ruling on ultrasounds

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday denied a petition for a re-hearing of pro-life legislation passed by the 2017 General Assembly. In April, a three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit upheld the constitutionality of the measure requiring an abortion provider to provide mothers with an ultrasound and a description of what it depicts, as well as the opportunity...

Court upholds law requiring doctors to show, describe ultrasound for women seeking abortion

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News On a 2-1 vote, a federal appeals-court panel has upheld a 2017 Kentucky law that requires women to have an ultrasound before having an abortion while their doctor displays the image and offers a medical description of the fetus with the heartbeat played loud enough for the woman to hear. The law allows the woman to avert her eyes from the image and to ask for...

Bill Straub: Here come the judges — and, thank the Constitution, they have important role in democracy

WASHINGTON – Gov. Matt “Yosemite Sam’’ Bevin appears to have a bit of a problem with the U.S. Constitution, at least that part that establishes the judiciary as one of the three equal branches of government. St. Matt of New Hampshire, as we all know, doesn’t react well to being told no, something the courts, both state and federal, have been doing with some frequency of late. He has not,...

General Assembly comes to close, passing over 200 bills, including school safety, no-tobacco schools

The General Assembly’s 2019 session came to a close Thursday evening, capping off a session in which lawmakers approved a school safety measure considered a signature issue of the session.   When the final gavel fell on this year’s 30-day session, the school safety measure had already been effective law for a couple of weeks. Because the measure contained an emergency clause, it took effect as...

Matt Bevin: We will fight with our intellect, our talent, and our heart to defend the innocent

At least now we have clarity on the issue. Now that the hard left has dropped the pretense of “safe, legal and rare” or “a collection of cells is not a fetus,” we can better see beneath their masks. With the passage of a barbaric new law in New York, we now see that the true agenda of pro-abortion advocates across this nation is the mass murder of innocent babies, even after they have been...

Kentucky House overwhelmingly passes selective abortion ban with 67-25 margin Tuesday

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky House passed legislation that would ban an abortion if the woman seeks it because of the unborn child’s sex, race, color, national origin or disability. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Melinda Gibbons Prunty, R-Greenville, would also require the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure to revoke a physician’s license for violating the prohibition. Rep. Melinda Gibbons...

Richard Nelson: Signs of life in the Kentucky legislature as flurry of pro-life bills moves through

A flurry of pro-life bills is moving through the Kentucky legislature as swiftly as a Midwestern snowstorm in February, bringing alarm to those who believe the choice to carry a baby to term should be left to the pregnant mother and her doctor. For pro-lifers, such bills signal that the unjust season of abortion on demand will soon be over.  The Roe v Wade Trigger Bill (HB 148) would protect unborn...

A look at some of the new laws passed during the Kentucky General Assembly 2018 regular session

The Kentucky General Assembly’s 2018 regular session ended Saturday evening, capping off a session in which lawmakers approved the state’s next two-year budget and numerous other measures that will affect people throughout the state. Most new laws – those that come from legislation that don’t contain emergency clauses or different specified effective dates – will go into effect in mid-July. A...

ACLU files lawsuit to challenge new Kentucky law banning dilation and evacuation abortion method

The American Civil Liberties Union Wednesday filed suit on behalf of Kentucky abortion providers to challenge a state law banning physicians from providing a safe and medically proven abortion method called dilation and evacuation, or “D&E.” Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin signed the bill into law on April 10, and it took immediate effect. The federal lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for...

This week in Frankfort: Pension bill delayed as it’s sent back to committee; other bills in the works

Capitol observers have been tuned in for months to find out what form lawmakers’ public pension reform plans might take and how legislators would cast their first votes on the issue.   They got some answers as Senate Bill 1 advanced through a Senate committee this week.   On Wednesday, the latest version of proposed pension was approved by the Senate State and Local Government Committee on a  7-4...

Federal judge issues ruling striking down Kentucky abortion law requiring ultrasound

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today A Kentucky law requiring doctors who conduct abortions to display and describe a patient’s ultrasound as well as play the fetal heartbeat to the pregnant woman violates the First Amendment rights of those physicians, a federal judge said. U.S. District Judge David Hale ruled late Wednesday in favor of the American Civil Liberties Union’s challenge to the law by the...