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Al Cross: The politics of coronavirus are tough and they are only going to get tougher

We figured the ides of April would be the first crucible of Andy Beshear’s governorship, with a Republican legislature rendering its verdicts on the Democratic governor’s proposals and vetoes. But for a month, Beshear has faced a much greater test: how to deal with a deadly pandemic that is tanking the economy and altering the political landscape. And it will only get tougher. In the first month...

McConnell says Mueller investigation to continue; much to do in two months; he’s running in 2020

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he is upbeat about the results of the November General Election, both in Kentucky and across the country. 
On the GOP maintaining the supermajority in both the Kentucky House and Senate, the Louisville Republican told reporters on Friday: “I think we’re in good shape going into Governor (Matt)...

Bill Straub: Reagan once said ‘there is no room for intolerance,’ but Trump didn’t get the message

WASHINGTON – I can’t say with absolute certainty that the filth that gushes from the mouth of President “Tiny’’ Trump-like sewage through a straight pipe contributed to the current run of violence plaguing the nation, including the incident involving two African-Americans gunned down at a Jeffersontown Kroger last week for being black. There are experts who study the relationship between...

Commentary: Spurned, with contempt — and we are angry about the ‘processes’ that don’t work

By Marcus Carey Special to KyForward I am very much a “process” guy. Our nation’s pride is that we are ruled by law, not by men. I stand for “due process” every single day in the practice of law. I get it. In the presidential nomination process the parties of each state determine their own delegate selection process and every candidate should be prepared to win according...

Lewis Donohue: Republican party has gotten just what it has asked for — and has McConnell to thank

“For they sow the wind and they shall reap the whirlwind.” — Hosea 8:7 As it becomes more and more apparent that Donald Trump will become the presidential nominee of the Republican party in this year’s comedic dance, the party’s leadership is in a panic. How do they stop this blustering, boastful,...

Bill Straub: With lackluster debate, Rand Paul has little hope of clawing his way back up

  One of the principal unwritten laws around the poker table is never throw good money after bad. The time might be approaching for Sen. Rand Paul to pay heed.   Rand Paul The Kentucky Republican’s presidential campaign has proved to be a bigger flop this summer than the Entourage movie. After starting out near or at the top of the list of 17 legitimate contenders grabbing for the brass...

Bill Straub: Presidential hopeful Rand Paul, once a GOP fave, seems to have lost his edge

  U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, the man who would be president, appears to have hit the dog days of summer a bit early.   After heading into the warm weather months by basically alienating every potential political ally within arm’s reach, the Kentucky Republican sought comfort in the embrace of Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher who has all but declared war on the federal government over the issue...

Lewis Donohew: Who are you, GOP, and when will you return to the party of Lincoln?

GOP, we hardly know you.   Can your party shift so far to the right and survive in a demographically changing America, or will it become a minority party, getting elected only in its safe heavily Republican enclaves? Will it not be capable of anything greater than blocking or slowing legislation favoring those of us who work for a wage or run a small business? Is the ideology you are demonstrating...

Tom Block: After several painful losses, sequestration could finally be a win for GOP

The Republicans in Washington have not been on a winning streak recently. Of course, in the November election they failed to defeat a president they thought was very unpopular, they failed to capture the Senate, an outcome many thought likely as 2012 began, and while holding onto the House they had a net loss of seats.   Then came the fiscal cliff and specifically the Bush tax rates that were...