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U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, of Bowling Green, tests positive for COVID-19, third Congressman with positive test

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-KY, announced on Sunday that he has tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). He is the first U.S. senator and third member of Congress known to have contracted the virus. Sen. Paul’s office released the following statement regarding his test result: Sen. Paul “Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for COVID-19. He is feeling...

Bill Straub: Something isn’t exactly clear; layers of wrongdoing were peeled back, but truth didn’t matter

When Stephen Stills penned the lyrics to “For What It’s Worth,’’ declaring, “There’s something happening here but what it is ain’t exactly clear,” he certainly had no reason to believe the expression would remain pertinent 53 years later. Certainly, the present situation differs from what was occurring in 1967. Stills wrote his timeless song at a time of mounting protests aimed...

Bill Straub: Frustrated Trump supporters weren’t simply angry — they wanted revenge

WASHINGTON – The first presidential election I participated in was 1972, shortly after those aged 18 to 21 were granted the franchise. Republican Richard Nixon, the incumbent, was running for re-election just as the Watergate scandal was beginning to gurgle, still attracting little attention from the public at large. Fifteen Democrats, ranging from former Vice President Hubert Humphrey to Hawaii...

Rural Blog: Obama says Democrats need to improve efforts to win in rural areas of country

In his first news conference since the election, President Obama said Democratic candidates need to do a better job of campaigning in rural areas, Jessica Taylor reports for NPR. He didn’t mention Hillary Clinton but said, “We have to compete everywhere. We have to show up everywhere. I won Iowa not because the demographics dictated that I would win Iowa. It was because I spent 87 days...