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Jamie’s Bookshelf: The Presidency, political history highlight these nonfiction titles for fall reading

• “Burning Down the House: Newt Gingrich, the Fall of a Speaker and the Rise of the New Republican Party” by Julian E. Zelizer (Penguin Press, $30) is an alarming story of how Georgia native Gingrich, a former House Speaker, and his allies have polluted U.S. politics, and created the bitter partisan warfare between the Democrats and the Republicans that you are seeing today. The author is a professor...

Al Cross: Beshear sees his limits; now it’s time for an individual character test and for you to carry the ball

There’s no shortage of subjects for a Kentucky political column: the U.S. Senate race (Mitch McConnell’s got a leg up, and both sides are misleading you), the bipartisan plan for the election (kudos to Secretary of State Michael Adams and Gov. Andy Beshear) or the Republican convention (Donald Trump’s latest TV show, well produced but with too much fiction). But the most important piece of business...

Jamie’s Bookshelf: Politics, family and religion, the latest non-fiction titles for your summer reading list

• “All This Marvelous Potential: Robert Kennedy’s 1968 Tour of Appalachia” by Matthew Algeo (Chicago Review Press, $28.99) is a remarkable story about RFK’s two-day tour of eastern Kentucky in early 1968. At the time, U.S. Senator Kennedy was a former Attorney General who was considering a presidential run. The 264-page hardcover provides a new portrait of RFK, a politician of uncommon courage...

COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Kentucky; Beshear talks testing, politics, schools, health

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News The number of new, daily coronavirus cases in Kentucky continues to creep up, hitting a seven-day high of 295 on Thursday. Gov. Andy Beshear called the number “pretty high… elevated from where we were going for more than a week,” but said it is “a little too early” to say the trend has reversed and is on an upward trajectory. “Again,...

Constance Alexander: As social distancing drags on, book club thrives in the company of busy women

Sex, religion, race, money, men, marriage, kids, murder, politics, abuse, abandonment, addiction, romance, and real-life are just some of the topics my book group tackles each month. If the reading selection does not address those issues, no problem. Fueled by words, wine, an array of sweet snacks and some chocolate, we manage to discuss the book at hand, while also touching on current events at home,...

Campbellsville University political science students learn about politics during trip to Iowa State Caucus

By Matthew Taylor Campbellsville University Campbellsville University political science students learned about politics as they attended the Iowa State Caucus Jan. 29-Feb. 3. Dr. Shawn Williams, associate professor of political science and one of the leaders of the trip, said, “The trip gave the students a chance to see how politics work and how the Democratic Party process works.” He was accompanied...

Constance Alexander: The local library is a refuge where all are welcome, regardless of tax bracket

Mrs. Coppage was my first librarian. I remember her as a tiny woman with silvery gray hair piled atop her head in the manner of a Gibson Girl. She conducted regular story hours for little children in my hometown, and we clustered around her like petals on a flower to hear her read. As she acted out every character, she was transformed. Stray curls escaped from her up-do. The ruffled collar of her blouse...

EKU opens 20th year of Chautauqua Lecture Series with Yale professor, author Oswald Schmitz Sept. 12

Eastern Kentucky University is presenting the 20th year of its Chautauqua Lecture Series beginning Sept. 12, with Yale University professor and author Oswald Schmitz on the topic of his recent book, “The New Ecology: Rethinking a Science for the Anthropocene.” This opening lecture serves as the series’ annual Bruce MacLaren Distinguished Lecture, in honor of the series’ founder, as...

Lafayette High School students garner another invitation to Japan for 10 days this summer

The Japan International Cooperation Center has invited as many as 23 students from Lafayette High School to visit to Japan for 10 days this summer. Key expenses will be covered, such as airfare, hotels, most meals and admission fees. The student travel program, called the Kakehashi (Bridge) Project, aims to promote mutual trust and understanding and to build a foundation for future friendship and...

Quarles says being master of ceremonies at annual Fancy Farm picnic is a ‘dream come true’

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky’s annual premier political event happens this weekend in a small western Kentucky community and the man who has the job of master of ceremonies is busy preparing. 
The Fancy Farm Picnic takes place on Saturday at St. Jerome’s Church, as it has since 1880, although it did not begin serving as the fall kickoff to Kentucky’s political season until 1931, when...

Winchester Republican Donna Mayfield will not seek re-election saying politics ‘too vicious’

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Rep. Donna Mayfield, who said at a candidate’s forum that politics is “too vicious,” will not seek re-election to the Kentucky House. The Secretary of State’s office said the Winchester Republican’s official paperwork to withdraw from the race was received on Monday. Rep. Donna Mayfield “Politics has become too vicious,” Mayfield was quoted as saying...

Bill Straub: In the world of Donald Trump, reality is no longer relevant as truth takes a near daily beating

WASHINGTON – You know things are rapidly running out of control in this great country of ours when you can’t find a legitimate and honest way to avoid calling the 45th president of the United States a pig. But there’s simply no getting around it, and everyone with a rational bone in his or her body has by this time, less than six months after he took the oath, come to realize that Donald J....

Bill Straub: Trump’s handling of Comey, Russian investigation no joke — it’s a developing tragedy

WASHINGTON – Rep. James Comer, quickly earning his lackey credentials as he soars toward the top of the Republican’s party-before-country charts, has a rather provocative theory about President Trump asking now former FBI Director James Comey to lay off the Russia investigation – The Donald was displaying his inner Henny Youngman. It’s possible, according to the Tompkinsville Republican, that...

Bill Straub: Presidential hopeful Rand Paul, once a GOP fave, seems to have lost his edge

  U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, the man who would be president, appears to have hit the dog days of summer a bit early.   After heading into the warm weather months by basically alienating every potential political ally within arm’s reach, the Kentucky Republican sought comfort in the embrace of Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher who has all but declared war on the federal government over the issue...