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Alice Bannon: Brennan Center for Justice believes Ginsburg should not be replaced until after election

It is less than 50 days until Election Day. If Senate Majority Leader McConnell follows through on his pledge that he will consider a nominee by President Trump to succeed Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg it will be more than rank hypocrisy. It will be a full-on crisis for the country, the Supreme Court, and our democracy. The Court touches virtually every aspect of our lives — from marriage, to health...

Daily Yonder: How the U.S. Postal Service, a ‘lifeline to rural America,’ became the center of a federal frenzy

By Isabelle Lee and Mikhal Ben-Joseph Special to KyForward What is widely seen as America’s favorite federal agency has become the new focal point of friction between Democrats and Republicans ever since President Trump appointed Louis DeJoy as Postmaster General of the United States Postal Service (USPS) on June 15. In the middle of the debate are 60 million rural Americans who advocates say have...

John Schaaf: Just like Hoover and Carter, Trump faces big challenges in seeking re-election

Mark Twain supposedly said, “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it rhymes.” That truism could apply to this year’s Presidential election, which will not exactly replicate any previous election, but certainly resembles the campaigns of 1932 and 1980 by featuring a President leaning into difficult headwinds. With COVID-19 spreading across the nation, efforts to defeat the virus have been largely...

KCTCS president supports Trump’s call to invest in America’s workers, expedite economic recovery

The president of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System is supporting President Donald Trump’s call to action by the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board to invest in American workers and expedite the country’s economic recovery. Dr. Jay Box, president of the 16-college system, was in Washington, D.C., on Friday to attend a meeting of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board...

Ryan Quarles: COVID-19 pandemic makes clear the need for rural broadband internet connectivity

Across the nation, the coronavirus has highlighted issues in our food supply chain, our reliance on foreign countries for medical supplies, and the difference between strong, data-driven leaders and weak ones. But for Kentucky families and workers, perhaps the largest problem is one we’ve attempted to solve for years: internet connectivity, particularly in our rural communities. I spoke with many...

Pew Trusts: Trump’s attacks on vote-by-mail worry election officials, who fear voters may doubt results

By Matt Vasilogambros Pew Charitable Trusts There is growing concern among election officials and experts that the increasingly partisan debate around voting by mail could sow doubt in the results of the presidential election. For months, President Donald Trump has been one of the loudest opponents to vote by mail, which experts agree is a safe alternative to in-person voting during the novel coronavirus...

Morehead State professor appointed to Board of Trustees for Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation

Dr. Michael Hail, professor of government and political science at Morehead State University, has been appointed by President Donald Trump to serve an additional term as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation. Hail is the coordinator of government and political science programs in the Department of History, Philosophy, Global Studies and Legal Studies at Morehead...

Brennan Center: The false narrative of vote-by-mail fraud; mail ballots are essential for safe elections

Mail ballots are essential for holding a safe election amid COVID-19, and security concerns can be easily addressed, says the Brennan Center for Justice. If we are to have safe, healthy, and fair elections this year in the face one of the worst pandemics in a century, Americans must make widespread use of mail ballots. Election administrators and other leaders from across the political spectrum...

Bill Straub: The jig is up and nearly everyone can see president’s coronavirus failure but Trump himself

The time has arrived, as W.C. Fields once sagely noted, to grab the bull by the tail and face the situation. The jig is up. Folks who have placed one of the many smug portraits of President Donald J. Trump, aka President Extremely Stable Genius, aka President Great and Unmatched Wisdom, up there on the mantle next to Jesus and Ronald Reagan, have simply run out of excuses. This man who is singularly...

Beshear announces 45 new cases of coronavirus in Ky.; Trump extends shutdown through April 30

Staff report As of Sunday afternoon, Gov. Andy Beshear announced there are a total of 45 newly-confirmed coronavirus cases in the state. Beshear also reiterated Sunday that everyone must remain vigilant about social distancing amid reports of crowding at golf courses, basketball courts, and home improvement stores to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and reduce the risk...

Rapid confirmation of President Donald Trump’s nominees reshaping judicial branch

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Over the past few years, the U.S. Senate has confirmed 185 of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees, the majority of whom have a conservative track record. Along with two Supreme Court justices, senators have confirmed 50 circuit court and 133 district court judges. Supreme Court, court of appeals and district court judges are nominated by the president...

Democrats won big in last week’s off-year elections, but analyst says don’t read too much into the trend

By Elaine S. Povich Pew Charitable Trusts Democrats flipped the Virginia legislature Tuesday — taking control of both chambers and the governorship for the first time in a generation — and apparently knocked off Kentucky’s Republican governor who had tied himself closely to President Donald Trump. Conversely, in deep-red Mississippi, Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves won the race for governor and...

USDA Rural Development investing $313.4 million to improve electric service for Kentuckians

U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Kentucky State Director Hilda Legg has announced the USDA is investing more than $313.4 million to help build and improve rural electric infrastructure in Kentucky. “Big Rivers Electric Corporation and East Kentucky Power Cooperative should be commended for their dedication to their customers,” said Legg. “As it has for over 80 years, Rural Development...

Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul touch on impeachment issue in speeches to Federalist Society in Frankfort

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Both of Kentucky’s U.S. Senators weighed in on the impeachment inquiry involving President Donald Trump while in Frankfort Monday to speak to the Federalist Society. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Louisville, wouldn’t talk to reporters after his speech but did make a brief comment on impeachment during his remarks to the group. “People think of it as a judicial-type proceeding,...

Bill Straub: Deja Vu all over again — gun massacres, promise of controls, then nothing; repeat rapid fire

All right, let’s break this one down to its component parts. On the morning of Aug. 3, a gunman, 21-year-old Patrick Crusius, shot and killed 22 people and injured 24 others in El Paso, TX. About 13 hours later, in Dayton, OH, a second gunman shot and killed 10 people and injured 17 others. The incidents brought to 251 the number of mass shootings that have occurred in the United States of America...

Bill Straub: There’s Trump and his ‘Mini-Me’ Bevin — but one of them benefits from distance

WASHINGTON – Unlike Superman and Clark Kent, President Trump (good golly!) and Kentucky Gov. Matt “Yosemite Sam’’ Bevin have been seen together in a room, so one can assume they are not one and the same person. But that’s about the only way to tell the two of them apart. By personality, attitude and politics there is no apparent separation between The Donald and the man who seems to be constantly...

Bill Straub: Hail, hail Fredonia; America is mired in Duck Soup under President Donald J. Trump

Perhaps the time has come to consider changing the name of the United States of America to Freedonia. For the uninitiated, Freedonia, land of the free and brave, is the country ruled by Rufus T. Firefly, as played by Groucho Marx, in the classic 1933 film, Duck Soup. Groucho Marx (courtesy of Wikipedia) The manner in which Firefly operated, it seems, serves as a precursor to the administration of President...

Pew Trusts: Kentucky leading the way as Farmer’s hope for riches from legalized hemp, despite risks

By April Simpson Pew Charitable Trusts Michael Calebs begins feeling nostalgic standing in the airy barn on his rolling, 400-acre farm. He recalls the hard labor of his youth: climbing up to horizontal beams to hang floppy tobacco leaves to air cure so the leaves could develop a sweet taste. Calebs places a small amount of Kodiak snuff between his cheek and gum on a recent afternoon while walking about...

Bill Straub: Unavoidable to broach this subject again but to clarify — it’s not voter fraud, it’s election fraud

In a week where President Trump (Egads!) traveled to Vietnam — a country he assiduously sought to avoid some 50 years ago — to play footsie with a half-mad dictator who has killed thousands of his subjects, and where the president’s former lawyer served him up on a silver platter before a congressional committee, we are here once again visiting Senate Republican Leader Mitch “Root-‘n-Branch’’...

Gov. Bevin on US-Mexico-Canada Agreement: Trade modernization benefits Kentucky and North America

Throughout the very complex trade negotiations to replace NAFTA via a trade deal known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement on Trade or USMCA, President Trump, Secretary Ross and the Trump Administration have been the subject of no small amount of criticism. Gov. Bevin As Governor of Kentucky and as a businessman with decades of experience across a wide array of industries, I have intentionally...