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Rep. Mike Denham: Bills tackling dating violence, drugs, voting, more making progress

FRANKFORT – With an eye on the dwindling days left in this year’s legislative session, the Kentucky House moved virtually all of its top priorities a step forward last week and should have most sent to the Senate by early this week.   Among that group of bills is our chamber’s proposal to tackle Kentucky’s heroin epidemic, which has sky-rocketed in recent years. In short, House Bill 213...

Kentucky Education Commissioner to testify before Congress about supporting teachers

  Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday is scheduled to appear before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on Tuesday, Jan. 27, to testify at a hearing titled “Fixing No Child Left Behind: Supporting Teachers and School Leaders.” The hearing will be held in Room 216 of the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington D.C. beginning at 10 a.m.   Terry...

Tom Block: Debt ceiling debate demonstrates stagnation in D.C. unlike most anything else

It has been exactly 40 years since I became a chief of staff to a congressman and I am constantly amazed how little has changed.   Probably no one issue demonstrates the stagnation in Washington more than the debt ceiling. Back when I worked on the Hill, each year I would help my boss write an irresponsible press release on how he was going to draw a line on government spending by voting against...

Tom Block: Congress can act quickly – really – and action on air traffic controllers is proof

As a former congressional aide I am always amused when I hear that a proposal is in trouble because it takes so long to move through the legislative process. Last week with the quick action to reallocate money for the air traffic controllers we saw what Congress can do.   The swift action on the air traffic controllers’ issue can serve as a good learning experience on how a law is made.   To...

Holliday appears before Congress, asks for flexibility on federal education requirements

Today, Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday asked Congress to continue to allow flexibility on federal education requirements to enable states like Kentucky to move forward with reform efforts to best serve the needs of all students. Holliday appeared today before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) at a hearing titled “No Child Left Behind: Early Lessons...