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Commentary: Believe it or not, politicians can’t bring back lost coal mining jobs

By Herb E. Smith Special to KyForward Those of us who live and work in coal country are used to lies. Even whoppers, like the one Donald Trump made this summer when he said he was going to put West Virginia coal miners back to work. “We’re going to bring back coal jobs. Believe me.” I didn’t. The people who make decisions about hiring and firing American coal miners work for coal companies....

Bill Straub: Close polls show voters holding Clinton to a different standard than Trump

WASHINGTON – It’s once again drawing close to that time when, as Pete Townsend famously wrote, “I’ll get on my knees and pray we don’t get fooled again’’ Fat chance. The presidential election, now less than six weeks away, remains tight. The website FiveThirtyEight, which has proved to be the most successful prognosticator over the past few campaigns, determined in its most...

KyCIR: Trump campaign experiencing major summer surge in Kentucky political donations

By Brendan McCarthy Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting With the presidential election just months away, Republican candidate Donald Trump is surging among Kentucky campaign donors, pulling in more than $359,625 last month. His July campaign haul was more than 2 1/2 times that of the $136,926 received by Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, according to new data from the Federal Election Commission. One...

Billy Reed: Our U.S. athletes represent the best of us; Trump, politicians are on the opposite side

This veteran TV watcher – I go back to the days when Milton Berle was king of the black-and-white tube – has been on an unprecedented emotional roller-coaster ride for the last week or so. The Olympic Games bring me up; Donald Trump brings me down. Every time a Michael Phelps or a Simone Biles wins another gold medal, causing my heart to soar, Trump tells a blatant lie or says something obscene...

Commentary: Fancy Farm MC’s introductions continue Kentucky’s long-time political ritual

By Scott Jennings Special to KyForward Text of Scott Jennings introduction to Saturday’s Fancy Farm political speeches program: Thank you Mark and Father Venters, and welcome, everyone to the 136th annual Fancy Farm picnic! How about a round of applause for Mark and Lori Wilson … another great job, guys, thanks for what you do. What an honor it is to be here! I love this event and I look forward...

Keven Moore: Yard signs, bumper stickers becoming targets for political hate crimes; stifles free speech

To politicians and political activists, bumper stickers and yard signs have always been a cost-effective and easy way to invigorate political support, but sadly today they are quickly becoming a tool for people to target others to commit political hate crimes. In 2014 I wrote an article titled ‘Don’t Show, Don’t Tell to keep vehicle safe from vandals” at which time I tried to prove my hypothesis...

KyCIR: Trump outpaces Clinton in fundraising in Kentucky for first time in current election season

By Will Wright Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting For the first time this election season, Kentuckians gave more in a single month to Republican nominee for president Donald Trump than to his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. The GOP candidate raised $75,387 in June from individual Kentucky donors, according to new data from the Federal Election Commission. Clinton, the former U.S. secretary...

Jamie Vaught: Plenty of new books available for serious political junkies’ summer reading

This is the second of a three-part series about recently-published nonfiction books for possible summer readings.   — “The Long Game: A Memoir” by Senator Mitch McConnell (Sentinel, $28) is, surprisingly, a pretty good autobiography by the Senate majority leader from Kentucky. While some folks may not be crazy about him, the 278-page hardcover, however, is a pleasant read with numerous...

Bill Straub: Sum of Trump’s missteps still not enough to shake McConnell’s blind support

WASHINGTON – There simply is no polite way to say this: Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has endorsed, and wants you to vote for, an overt racist and make this overt racist the 45th president of the United States of America, vowing to intercede, if need be, to stop that prospective president from doing any racist thing he happens to conjure up during his four-to-eight years in office. Now,...

KyCIR: Clinton picked up fundraising momentum in Kentucky; Trump finding scant funding in state

By James McNair Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting After three months of lagging behind Bernie Sanders in the chase for campaign money in Kentucky, Hillary Clinton posted her best fundraising month here in April. The former secretary of state received $96,259 in individual contributions from Kentuckians last month, according to new data from the Federal Election Commission. Sanders, the senator...

Commentary: The case for Hillary for President and why Democrats should unite for November

By Col Owens Special to KyForward It is not a state secret that I support Hillary Clinton for President. There are many reasons why. I first encountered her in college when I dated a friend of hers at Wellesley. When I first worked for Legal Services in the late 1970’s she was chair of the board of the national Legal Services Corporation, where she did an exemplary job during the Carter Administration....

Bill Straub: With Trump’s selection assured, election will become a test of America’s maturity

WASHINGTON – Like Sisyphus, Donald J. Trump is considered something of a self-aggrandizing, loud-mouthed jerk who the gods — or the Republican Party in The Donald’s case — understandably sought to repudiate. Sisyphus, of course, was fated to unsuccessfully push a boulder up a hill for all eternity. Trump on the other hand, in the style of the ant moving that rubber tree plant, managed...

Bill Straub: Trump’s primary run fueled by ‘nostalgia voters,’ but will they be enough in November?

WASHINGTON – Donald J. Trump has roiled the Republican presidential nomination process like Godzilla bursting from the Pacific Ocean, exhaling atomic fireballs, terrorizing the populace and violently defying those toiling to send him back from whence he came. Along the way the bellicose, billionaire businessman has succeeded in convincing any number of people that America is well on its way to tracing...

Bill Straub: Fear of the future is what’s driving voters into Trump’s protective arms

WASHINGTON – Donald J. Trump hustled through the commonwealth earlier this week – hustled being a good word to describe what the billionaire grifter does for a living – in hot pursuit of the support needed to snag the Republican presidential nomination come July. During said revival meeting at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville a young African-American woman, presumably...