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Bill Straub: The Grim Reaper holds fast, then blames the other side; just count the bills on his desk

The best way to describe the legislative acumen of Senate Republican Leader Mitch “Root-‘n-Branch’’ McConnell is to resurrect the three-card monte guys that used to set up outside the Port Authority Building in Manhattan to scam the Jersey guys that constantly poured out on to Eighth Avenue. These days, McConnell, of Moscow, by way of Louisville, is utilizing his sleight-of-hand skills to convince...

Al Cross: Trump is back-and-forth on gun control; in the end he and McConnell must agree

In Louisville on Wednesday, President Trump said he would get, or help get, Gov. Matt Bevin and Sen. Mitch McConnell re-elected: “We’ll get them both back in.” Bevin was on hand, to bask in the glow of a president who has the approval of most Kentucky voters and whose support he needs to win a second term. McConnell wasn’t around, because he was recovering from surgery six days earlier to repair...

Senate OKs bill allowing state to ignore any new federal gun laws, sends it on to House

The Kentucky Senate approved legislation yesterday that would prohibit the state from enforcing any new federal laws that require gun registration or restrict certain firearms.   Senate Bill 129, sponsored jointly by Sen. Jared Carpenter, R-Berea, and Sen. Ray Jones, D-Pikeville, would allow the state to ignore any new federal restrictions on ownership of semi-automatic firearms, magazines or...