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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...

Matt Bevin: We will fight with our intellect, our talent, and our heart to defend the innocent

At least now we have clarity on the issue. Now that the hard left has dropped the pretense of “safe, legal and rare” or “a collection of cells is not a fetus,” we can better see beneath their masks. With the passage of a barbaric new law in New York, we now see that the true agenda of pro-abortion advocates across this nation is the mass murder of innocent babies, even after they have been...

Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in employee pension case at 10 a.m. Thurs.; here’s how to watch

There will be several ways for the public to view oral arguments when the Supreme Court of Kentucky hears the state employee pension case at 10 a.m. ET Thursday, Sept. 20. The case is Matthew G. Bevin, In His Official Capacity As Governor Of The Commonwealth Of Kentucky, Et Al. V. Commonwealth of Kentucky Ex Rel. Andy Beshear, Attorney General, Et Al.

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Kentucky bourbon continues to boom as September is officially declared ‘Bourbon Heritage Month’

On the heels of the new Kentucky Bourbon Trail Welcome Center opening in Louisville, Gov. Matt Bevin praised Kentucky’s signature Bourbon industry for its continued growth by declaring September as “Bourbon Heritage Month” in the Commonwealth. Click to enlarge “The roots of Kentucky’s Bourbon industry run deep, and we are pleased to recognize the contributions of this economic engine during...

Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship to include associate’s degrees, high school dual credit courses

Governor Matt Bevin has signed an Executive Order expanding the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship (WRKS) to include students enrolled in certificate, diploma, and associate of applied science degree in the state’s top five high-demand workforce sectors. The scholarship will also now be available for high school students for dual credit career and technical education (CTE) courses in pathways in Kentucky’s...

Corvac Composites plans $6.1 Million Investment in Morgantown, will add 30 Full-Time Jobs

Automotive supplier Corvac Composites LLC will expand production in Morgantown with a $6.1 million investment expected to create 30 full-time jobs, Gov. Matt Bevin has announced. Gov. Bevin “When a company makes the decision to locate in Kentucky, they often end up deciding to also expand here. That’s the case with Corvac Composites, who first opened their Morgantown facility 13 years ago,” Gov....

Bourbon without borders – Gov. Bevin signs shipping bill, sends first bottles of signature spirits

Gov. Matt Bevin has ceremonially signed a new law that allows visitors to ship bottles of Kentucky’s signature spirit home, then joined Bourbon Barons and legislative leaders to box and dispatch the first commemorative bottles to celebrate the historic occasion. Gov. Bevin The event took place at the new Kentucky Bourbon Trail Welcome Center at the Frazier History Museum along Louisville’s famed...

Braidy Industries buys additional parcels at EastPark Industrial Center; breaks ground on $1.3B mill

Braidy Industries has announced that it has invested $3.4 million to acquire additional land and buildings at the EastPark Industrial Center in Ashland, just hours before the groundbreaking for its new mill. In April 2017, Braidy Industry announced its plans to build a $1.3 billion mill, which has been called a game changer, in Boyd County. The newly-acquired properties include the 12.6-acre HT Hackney...

Matt Bevin: Kentucky’s low unemployment numbers, economic growth are reasons for optimism

“We are Kentucky!” This is more than just a simple catchphrase. From our cities to our rural communities, the Commonwealth’s greatest assets are our people. When given the opportunity, the ability of Kentuckians to accelerate our state’s economic engine is greater than any government program. A good job empowers our fellow citizens to provide for their families and contribute to their communities....

Bill Straub: What’s in store for our duly sworn governor after his one term? Senate? Presidency?

Since the job of Pope is currently filled, there exists speculation aplenty over what position St. Matt the Divine, the duly sworn governor of the great Commonwealth of Kentucky, might pursue once his term expires 19 months hence. Of course, a perusal of the latest surveys, like one released last month by the Western Kentucky University Social Science Research Center, dubbed The Big Red Poll, indicate...

Gov. Bevin’s comments that school closures led to sexual assault, poisoning of children, draw ire

KyForward staff Reaction was swift and critical to comments made late Friday by Gov. Matt Bevin that protests in Frankfort by Kentucky teachers, which resulted in the closure of more than 30 school districts, led to sexual assault and poisoning of children. Gov. Bevin (LRC photo) Thousands of teachers were on hand Friday as the Kentucky General Assembly began the last two days of its regular session. Bevin...

Gov. Bevin requests presidential disaster declaration for 35 Kentucky counties impacted by flooding

Governor Matt Bevin has sent a letter to President Donald Trump, requesting a Presidential Disaster Declaration for 35 Kentucky counties that were impacted during a severe weather event beginning on Feb. 21. The weather pattern produced torrential rain that resulted in flooding, landslides and mudslides, along with intense thunderstorms that led to flash flooding and tornadoes. Photo courtesy of Chuck...

ACLU files lawsuit to challenge new Kentucky law banning dilation and evacuation abortion method

The American Civil Liberties Union Wednesday filed suit on behalf of Kentucky abortion providers to challenge a state law banning physicians from providing a safe and medically proven abortion method called dilation and evacuation, or “D&E.” Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin signed the bill into law on April 10, and it took immediate effect. The federal lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for...

Bill Straub: Kentucky is the Jack Benny of the states; tries to run the government on the cheap

Kentucky is forever trying to get by on the cheap, making it the Jack Benny of the 50 states. You can bet that the only time the state will spend money to provide the sort of services necessary for the 21st Century is when it’s absolutely forced into a corner. Even then, like Benny when a robber threatened him with “Your money or your life,’’ it will offer a long, pregnant pause before responding,...

Gov. Bevin explains veto of budget and tax bill, says Kentucky’s financial future requires tough decisions

For many months, we have been working to resolve the toughest financial crisis Kentucky has ever faced, a crisis that began many years ago and that previous governors and legislators either negligently handled or ignored. It is now snowballing out of control. Nothing about this process has been easy. That does not, however, take away from the present reality that we are facing, or from the difficult...

Could protesting teachers be returning to Frankfort on Friday?

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Gov. Matt Bevin referred to the Kentucky Education Association, not the teachers who belong to the union, as the problem during his Monday press conference announcing he was vetoing the budget and tax reform bills. Nevertheless, when lawmakers return to Frankfort on Friday to consider overrides to the governor’s veto actions, they could be facing more protesting teachers,...

Gov. Bevin: Kentucky Opportunity Zone Initiative holds promise of economic growth for local communities

Gov. Matt Bevin announced Monday the U.S. Department of the Treasury certified 144 Opportunity Zones in 84 Kentucky counties under a program in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 that aims to encourage long-term investments in low-income urban and rural communities nationwide. Gov. Bevin The designation offers significant federal tax breaks and deferrals to entities and individuals investing in Opportunity...

Beam Suntory in Clermont presented with second Governor’s Safety and Health Award

Labor Cabinet Deputy Secretary Mike Nemes visited Beam Suntory in Clermont recently to present a Governor’s Safety and Health Award for the 1,025,643 production hours worked without a lost-time incident by employees. “On behalf of Gov. Bevin and the Labor Cabinet, I would like to congratulate Beam Suntory in Clermont on earning its second Governor’s Safety and Health Award,” said Labor Secretary...

Legislature sends governor Medicaid drug measures to help independent pharmacies and consumers

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News A bill to allow pharmacists to tell their patients the least expensive way to pay for their medications and one to put the state back in direct charge of its Medicaid drug program have received final passage and are on the desk of Gov. Matt Bevin. Sen. Wise A revised version of Senate Bill 5, sponsored by Sen. Max Wise, R-Campbellsville, would put the Medicaid...

Bill Straub: Worst member of a historically rotten cabinet — drum roll, please — Yes, it’s Scott Pruitt

Identifying the worst member of President Trump’s historically rotten cabinet is akin to picking out the most malodorous skunk at a polecat farm. The senses reel. Literally. Amazingly, despite the presence of jaw-dropping incompetents like Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, one contender is lapping the field and, to borrow the renowned phrase...