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Al Cross: Good, evil, McConnell and the Supreme Court

After decades of writing about politics, never have I been so eager – anxious may be a better word – for an election to be over. That thought came when I read an Oct. 20 story in the Somerset Commonwealth Journal about a Republican rally where Sen. Mitch McConnell’s campaign manager, Jonathan Shell, declared, “This campaign is about good versus evil.” U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers had a similar theme:...

Bill Straub: A pox on the Republic, rest in peace RBG, but word and honor don’t count in this game

Okay, let’s agree that President Donald J. Trump, aka President Extremely Stable Genius, aka President Great and Unmatched Wisdom,  has every right to provide a nomination for a vacant U.S. Supreme Court seat despite a national election looming around the corner. And there’s certainly nothing in the Constitution or statute law to prohibit Senate Republican Leader Mitch “Root-‘n-Branch’’...

Bill Straub: Limiting debate not their finest hour as Republicans exert new muscle in Frankfort

WASHINGTON – There’s an old story – much too good to fact check – about Earl K. Long, who became governor of the sovereign state of Louisiana back in the late fifties by making outrageous promises to the bankers and oilmen who owned the joint lock, stock and barrel. On inauguration day ol’ Earl took up residence in his new office in Baton Rouge and pretty soon the bankers and oil men showed...

Bill Straub: Hard to argue the fact that McConnell’s actions are harming the courts and the nation

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mitch McConnell, who is handling his duties as majority leader of the upper chamber with all the munificence of a barracks guard at Camp 14 in South Pyongan Province, has made it clear that regardless of hell, high water or any other natural disaster Prospero might conjure up, he is not going to sanction a hearing for President Obama’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee, Judge Merrick...