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Bill Straub: Worth it or not, the time is coming for decisions to be made and it has to be right

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi created a bit of a stir in political circles this week when she told The Washington Post that she opposes impeaching President Trump (yech!) because the spectacle of attempting to remove him from office would prove “divisive to the country.” In something of a coda, Pelosi, a California Democrat, further offered that the blackguard currently holding down the nation’s...

U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth of Louisville was elected to chairman of House Budget Committee come January

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The only Democrat in Kentucky’s congressional delegation will have a powerful position when Congress convenes in January. Rep. John Yarmuth of Louisville was elected by the Democratic Caucus as chairman of the powerful House Budget Committee, which will become effective when Democrats take control of the House. He has served as the Democrats’ ranking minority member...

Bill Straub: Certainly no witch hunt as Mueller moves right along; and a word about ‘great guy’ Art Schmidt

With the November election now less than two months away, Republicans are ratcheting up their calls for a quick and painless end to the investigation being conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Russia’s apparent maneuvering in the 2016 presidential election that resulted in, and it hurts to say, “President’’ Donald J. Trump (good Lord in heaven). The probe, entering its 15th month,...

Yarmuth named top Democrat on House Budget Committee, will have role in Obamacare debate

Rep. John Yarmuth of Louisville has been named ranking minority member on the House Budget Committee, a panel that will consider repeal and replacement of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Yarmuth has been on the committee for eight years and was elected unanimously to the leadership post by his fellow Democrats. The committee, which decides on federal spending but doesn’t actually...

Commentary: Without substantial federal investment, effort to end Alzheimer’s just an empty promise

By Chris Nation Special to KyForward As an Alzheimer’s Association Ambassador, I champion the fight to end Alzheimer’s and am proud of our community’s efforts. On Sept. 10, nearly 3,000 residents from Louisville and the surrounding area joined the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s ® united in a movement to reclaim the future for millions. Through their dedication,...

With ‘positive’ talks, efforts to make state
a leader in hemp production move forward

The Kentucky Industrial Hemp Commission discussed productive and ongoing communications with both the U.S. attorney general and the Kentucky attorney general regarding the effort to make Kentucky a leader in industrial hemp production. Agriculture Commissioner James Comer met with state Attorney General Jack Conway on Dec. 17, and the latter offered to expedite a response from the U.S. Department...

Kentucky leaders seek clarification of U.S. government’s position on industrial hemp

Kentucky farmers should be permitted to grow industrial hemp under existing federal and state law, several Kentucky leaders wrote in a letter to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration seeking clarification of the agency’s position on industrial hemp.   “The federal government has said it will respect state laws regarding marijuana cultivation and sales, so we feel that hemp should be treated...

House passes Farm Bill … sort of; bright spot is hemp amendment that was kept in tact

By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   You can’t say the U.S. House of Representatives refuses to pass a farm bill anymore, but the legislation passed yesterday came at quite a cost, according to many lawmakers and farm organizations.   The bill, which has long included the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), was separated to make the two separate pieces of legislation...

Industrial hemp gets ‘yes’ vote, but Farm Bill fails in the House of Representatives – again

By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   For supporters of legalizing industrial hemp, the morning of June 20 must have felt really good as an amendment to the House version of the Farm Bill that would have allowed colleges and universities to grow and research industrial hemp passed, albeit by a slim 225-200 margin.   Granted, it wasn’t as broad of an amendment as its Senate cousin,...

Jonathan Miller: Sending a strong message
to Washington – it’s time to legalize hemp!

This week, I have the honor and pleasure of joining Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer as we meet in Washington, D.C., with an impressive swath of Obama Administration officials — from the White House to the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Energy to the Environmental Protection Agency — to seek their help in securing the federal legalization of industrial hemp. (See KyForward story...

Jonathan Miller: Sending a strong message to Washington – it's time to legalize hemp!

This week, I have the honor and pleasure of joining Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer as we meet in Washington, D.C., with an impressive swath of Obama Administration officials — from the White House to the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Energy to the Environmental Protection Agency — to seek their help in securing the federal legalization of industrial hemp. (See KyForward story...

Comer will go to D.C. within a month to seek exemption for Kentuckians to grow hemp

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said he plans to lead a delegation to Washington within a month to seek an exemption for Kentucky producers to grow industrial hemp.   “I will work closely with Sens. Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell and Reps. John Yarmuth and Thomas Massie to put Kentucky first in line if and when the federal government allows industrial hemp production,” Comer said hours...

Growing number of people, groups support efforts to raise industrial hemp in Kentucky

(Photo from Creative Commons)   By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   The idea of growing industrial hemp once again in Kentucky is getting a lot of attention thanks mostly to a growing number of advocates.     In fact, bills have now been filed in both the state House and Senate that would allow farmers in Kentucky to raise the crop once again in the event federal restrictions...