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Kentucky airports receive $94.5M in infrastructure grants; CVG awarded $45 million for repairs

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao announced Tuesday that the Trump administration will award more than $1.2 billion in airport safety and infrastructure grants through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to 405 airports in 50 states and six U.S. territories. “This $1.2 billion federal investment will improve our nation’s airport infrastructure, enhance safety, and strengthen growth...

Billy Reed: I first met Mitch when we were the hapless Giants of the Pony League; what happened to him?

My relationship with Mitch McConnell began, oddly enough, on the baseball field at the Naval Ordnance Plant in South Louisville. It was the summer of 1956, and we were teammates on the hapless Giants of the Beechmont Pony League. Before Little League came along with its uniforms, equipment, and crazed parents, I learned to play the game on the empty lots and open spaces near my home in the cheap duplexes...

Bill Straub: Saying whatever is necessary to assure their legends for a place in history; it’s all in the spin

Senate Republican Leader Mitch “Root-‘n-Branch’’ McConnell has dished out some doozies during his time in the District of Columbia and the pervasiveness of the coronavirus is providing the man with a great opportunity to add to the legend that is Moscow Mitch. For instance, our boy from Louisville took to the air this week with a television campaign ad grabbing credit for passage of a $2.2...

Bill Straub: Questions surrounding Sec. Chao not surprising, considering the company she keeps

WASHINGTON – The family that grifts together sticks together. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, ostensibly a resident of Louisville even though she shows up about as frequently as the visiting team at Slugger Field, has been in the news lately, and not in a particularly flattering way. Apparently she’s taking lessons on how to soil her vaunted office from her husband of long standing, Senate...

Farm Bureau’s legislative agenda sets wildlife management, water resources among top priorities

Kentucky Farm Bureau’s board and delegates approved its priority issues for the 2017 legislative session at the organizations annual meeting last week. Wildlife management is one of KFB’s top priorities. Farmers across the state have long dealt with damage to crops and property caused by ever increasing wildlife populations. A priority issue seeks effective wildlife management that will reduce...

Bill Straub: Chao as transportation secretary could place McConnell in a bind over infrastructure

WASHINGTON – President-elect Donald J. Trump’s (Egad!) vow to “drain the swamp’’ that is the nation’s capital was thought to mean he intended to haul in new blood to solve the nation’s woes and avoid appointing the same old people to the same old posts. So it was something of a surprise this week when the next president (hahahahaha, sorry, I can’t help it) chose Elaine Chao, the secretary...

Twitter controversy erupts over ‘poor choice of words’ by Covington political strategist

Kathy Groob (Photo from RCN/Facebook)   By Michael Monks Special to KyForward   Fancy Farm is a Kentucky political event known for verbal lobs hurled from its rustic stage in the middle of a small Catholic parish’s picnic grounds in far Western Kentucky.   But Saturday’s event saw controversy prior to candidates for U.S. Senate and other offices took to the podium. Covington...

Lesley Cissell: ‘Know-it-all’ commentators shouldn’t get between me and Ashley Judd

I don’t personally know Ashley Judd, but I have friends who do. What I do know is Kentucky – unlike the legions of know-it-alls who feel compelled to educate us about the dangers of a potential Judd Senate run. From bloggers to politicos to TV talking heads, there is no shortage of opinions not just about Judd but about me as a Kentucky voter and what I should know but obviously don’t.   Ashley...