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Trump impeached by House, 232-197; McConnell says Senate trial can’t be set before inauguration

Staff report Ten Republicans in the U.S. House sided with Democrats to impeach President Donald Trump 232-197 for inciting the storming of the Capitol on January 6. The violent breach of the Capitol resulted in terrorism of its occupants, terrific damage to the historical building, and the death of five people, including Capitol police who were defending against the invasion. Mitch McConnell The rioting...

Jan Hillard: Realigning presidential elections, a look at coalitions and focusing on biggest challenge

Voting coalitions represent groups of voters from demographic, economic, and social groups. In any Presidential election, specific coalitions come together to support their collective candidate and/or political party. In the United States, the makeup of voting coalitions have varied over time. When there are substantial coalitional shifts, we have what are termed realigning elections. Realigning elections...

Bill Straub: Petty resistance at every turn as President-elect’s team tries to move on inauguration

Kentucky’s gift to the nation and the whole, wide world for that matter, Senate Republican Leader Mitch “Root-‘n-Branch’’ McConnell, has now taken a firm stance regarding that centuries old American practice of a smooth, peaceful and celebratory transfer of power. He’s against it. McConnell, of Louisville, is a member of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, which oversees...

Bill Straub: Rand Paul continues to attract attention with his curious — and potentially harmful – views

Sen. Rand Paul is laboring furiously these days to attract attention to his consistently curious views. The effort comes at an inconvenient time as President Donald J. Trump, aka Loser, is stealing headlines while further undermining the republic and Paul’s fellow Kentuckian, Senate Republican Leader Mitch “Root-‘n-Branch” McConnell, follows suit. There’s plenty of competition for the...

Kentucky Attorney General joins Republican AGs in legal action over Pennsylvania mail-in ballots

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron has joined the Republican Attorneys General Association to bring legal action against the process of counting mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania. He is one of 10 Republican attorneys general who signed onto an amicus brief supporting a Republican lawsuit arguing absentee ballots received after Nov. 3 should not be counted in Pennsylvania...

Berry Craig: No more, no more, no more; finally we are rid of our Sawdust Caesar

Nearly 75 million (and counting) of us have said no more to Donald Trump’s politics of hate, fear and division. No more to his grievance politics. No more to demagoguery. No more to racism, sexism, misogyny, nativism, xenophobia, homophobia, and religious bigotry. No more to Trumpian boorishness and buffoonery. No more to his fawning over murderous dictators and dissing our democratic allies. No...

Bill Straub: Only one three-digit number matters when all is said and done, 270 Electoral College votes

It’s time, ladies and gentlemen and children of all ages, to delve into the fascinating world of numbers, one digit in particular – 270. That, of course, represents the number of electoral votes that either President Donald J. Trump, aka President Extremely Stable Genius, aka President Great and Unmatched Wisdom, the Republican, or former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democrat, will have to obtain...

Bill Straub: Will McConnell maintain majority leader status, even if he defeats his Democrat opponent?

To the vast relief of a grateful but beleaguered nation, Senate Republican Leader Mitch “Root-‘n-Branch” McConnell, has made it clear that, should the good folks of Kentucky choose to return him to the upper chamber for the seventh time this November, he would be more than willing to continue to serve as capo di tutti capi of the GOP caucus, whether it maintains its majority for another two...

Bill Straub: A look at Kentucky’s presidential primary May 19; R choice sure; D in the air, picking Sanders

As usual, this year’s presidential primary in Kentucky could be another case of closing the corral gate after the horse has escaped – the May 19 date comes so late in the candidate selection process that the results carry little or no impact in determining the parties’ eventual nominees. There exists a possibility that scenario might change a bit this year, at least on the Democratic side, with...

Bill Straub: Which side are you on? Who you going to believe? Sounds like the start of a sad song

There’s an old labor song emanating out of the Harlan County Wars of the 1930s, popularized by the great Pete Seeger, that posed a simple question: Which side are you on? As the impeachment proceedings against President Donald J. Trump, aka President Extremely Stable Genius, aka President Great and Unmatched Wisdom, rumbles onward it’s becoming increasingly obvious that the Republican majority...

Mike Farrell: With so many things off track, including #MeToo, the question is — what’s our character?

The #Me Too train has run off the tracks. Please don’t misunderstand me. I have always believed in the equality of women. In my 50-year career, I have worked for two women, both of them skilled and intelligent leaders. I learned loads from them. I am revolted by the Harvey Weinsteins of the world who use their power and position to demand sex from young women seeking acting jobs. If he is as guilty...

Trump in Richmond to support Congressman Andy Barr; Joe Biden rallied for Amy McGrath Friday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today RICHMOND, Ky. (KT) – President Donald Trump urged his supporters to re-elect U.S. Rep. Andy Barr in the November midterm elections on Saturday at a raucous campaign rally and underscored the reason why. 
“The election of Andy is a really important thing,” Trump told the crowd of 6,100 in Alumni Coliseum on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University. “It could...

Major new health proposal includes provisions for opioids, mental health, research

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Congress passed legislation Wednesday that will, among other things, increase funding for medical research and speed up the federal approval of new drugs and medical devices. It now heads to President Barack Obama’s desk for his signature. “Sending this bipartisan legislation to the president’s desk is an important step in helping foster solutions when...