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Jan Hillard: Falsehood flies and the truth comes limping after it (Jonathan Swift)

An inventory by the Washington Post finds more than 18,000 untruths told by President Donald Trump since he took office in 2016. Several campaign ads by former Vice President Joe Biden include facts not supported by the record. Fact-checking has become a cottage industry with no shortage of work from Republican and Democratic elected officials and candidates. And while misinformation has always crept...

KY Equine Education Project responds to suspension of H-2B work visas, a blow to horse industry

The Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) released the following response to President Donald Trump’s announcement that no new H-2B visas would be issued in 2020: “On Monday, June 22, 2020, President Trump issued an order that extends the federal government’s suspension of new H-2B visas, as well as other work visas, through the end of the year. This order, as with the previous...

Bill Straub: It’s the autocratic way — using (or threatening) military force against U.S. citizens

The nation dodged a bullet, figuratively and, perhaps, literally, this week when President Trump, aka President Extremely Stable Genius, aka President Great and Unmatched Wisdom, failed to follow through on his threat to deploy the military to deal with the generally peaceful protests generated in wake of the death of George Floyd up in Minneapolis. Floyd, an African-American, died when a white policeman,...

Lexington mayor prioritizes federal funding based on ‘community needs’ and ‘city’s financial stability’

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton has set her priorities for how federal money will be spent following last week’s announcement by Gov. Andy Beshear that Kentucky cities will receive funding for expenditures related to the coronavirus. During a press conference at Lexington City Hall, Gorton laid out her recommendations for how the money should be spent. “Funding for the...

Kentucky soldier’s heroism, 20-year campaign for Medal of Honor, subjects of KET documentary May 25

As Americans honor patriotic sacrifice on Memorial Day, KET will premiere the story of a Kentucky soldier who repeatedly put his life on the line for his country – but wasn’t fully honored for it until 73 years later. “From Honor to Medal: The Story of Garlin M. Conner,” airing at 8/7 p.m. ET/CT on May 25, tells the story of one of the most decorated soldiers of World War II – who received...

Bill Straub: Mitch McConnell, known for putting party before country, does it again over ‘blue state bailouts’

In 1975, facing an excruciating financial crisis, the City of New York under Democratic Mayor Abraham Beame, looking bankruptcy squarely in the eye, went hat-in-hand to President Gerald Ford seeking some sort of bail-out to help clear the debt. Ford, a Republican, told Beame and the five boroughs to take a hike, leading the New York Daily News to print one of the most renowned front-page headlines...

John Winn Miller: What if Trump had been President of the United States during World War II?

President Trump claims he is a wartime president leading our national fight against the COVID-19 virus. Good thing he wasn’t in office during World War II. Imagine a conference call in which Mr. Wartime President admonishes Gen. George S. Patton in the middle of the Battle of the Bulge for not having stored up enough ammunition to deal with the Nazis’ surprise counter-offensive. “A small group...

Mitch McConnell: Kentucky feels effects of COVID-19, but Senate responds with historical rescue package

Every Kentuckian is feeling the effects of the coronavirus. It’s a national health and economic emergency that demands action. The Republican-led Senate answered with the biggest rescue package in history, and Kentucky will see at least $1.25 billion in relief. We’ve already received $39 million to address urgent housing and economic development priorities, and more funding will soon be on the...

Al Cross: McConnell again makes a boulder out of a pebble, then makes political hay of crisis

It’s a time for us to be apart literally, and a time to be together figuratively. But politics long ago moved mainly to the figurative battlefield, and we shouldn’t expect its divisiveness to take a holiday even in a deadly pandemic. And now the crisis itself is an issue. Two weeks ago, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign manager was calling on his likely Democratic opponent, Amy...

Mitch McConnell announces Kentucky will receive at least $7 million to help fight new coronavirus

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Friday that Kentucky will receive at least $7 million to help fight the new coronavirus, labeled COVID-19. The funding, included in the supplemental appropriations bill, was signed into law by President Trump, will be provided to state officials who will determine how the resources will be distributed. Each state will receive no less than $4 million. The...

Mitch McConnell: Obama’s regulatory ‘War on Coal’ is over, and we’re trying to repair the damage

For generations, our nation’s strength has been powered by the miners in Kentucky’s coalfields. Their hard work helps fuel American innovation and provides millions of families and small businesses with reliable and affordable energy. Unfortunately, the enduring pain from President Obama’s War on Coal has contributed to recent coal plant and mine closures in Kentucky. As a result, workers’...

Al Cross: McConnell surely cannot approve of Trump’s inappropriate behavior; why not say so?

Last Friday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell scheduled a press conference in Louisville, which he had to cancel because his flight from Washington was canceled, his office said. Too bad; there are many questions that could have been asked and can still be. Here are a few. What did you think of what President Trump said at the National Prayer Breakfast about Mitt Romney, the only senator to vote...

President signs provision to extend tax depreciation for racehorses; measure had bipartisan support

A key provision that extends three-year tax depreciation for all racehorses through 2020 was signed into law by President Trump last week. The racehorse provision, which received bi-partisan support within both Houses of Congress, was passed by the Senate on Thursday by a vote of 71-23 and passed by the House of Representatives on Tuesday by a vote of 297-120. “We are very pleased that Congress...

John Schaaf: White House defense suffers from lack of teamwork; let witness testify to what they know

The impeachment inquiry in the U.S. House of Representatives has moved into a new phase in which witnesses are testifying publicly in front of the House Intelligence Committee and being questioned by members of both political parties. However, the White House has tied one hand behind its back and is not putting its best witnesses forward. If this was a basketball game, it’s like one team keeping...

Mitch McConnell: Democrats fail to fund national defense, put partisan agenda ahead of armed forces

At the end of October, President Trump announced U.S. special operations forces eliminated Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the world’s most wanted terrorist and the vile leader of ISIS. Whatever your politics, every American should express sincere gratitude to the intelligence professionals and servicemembers who carried out this brave defense of the American way of life. Kentuckians should be especially proud...

Al Cross: McConnell cares most about the state Attorney General race, and things are looking up

For Mitch McConnell, things in Kentucky are looking up. In Washington, not so much. The races are close, but the Senate majority leader’s state appears likelier than not to elect Republicans to the state’s top offices Nov. 5. McConnell and Gov. Matt Bevin, former rivals, have learned how to get along and stay out of each other’s way, and a Bevin victory should increase McConnell’s chances of...

Bill Straub: President Trump hides in plain sight, while Mitch McConnell provides the cover he needs

WASHINGTON – It was left to Senate Republican Leader Hugh Scott and a couple of senior members of the upper chamber to make the short trip down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House in August 1974 to tell the second-most corrupt president in the nation’s history – Richard Nixon – that the jig was up. Scott, a pipe-smoking, mustachioed, moderate from Pennsylvania, didn’t exactly blurt out...

Al Cross: Bevin resorting to scare tactics on immigration in ad designed to appeal to Trump’s base

On Sept. 9, Gov. Matt Bevin accused his opponent for re-election, Attorney General Andy Beshear, of using a “scare tactic” by running a TV ad alleging that Bevin’s “education cuts” could leave some communities without schools. Bevin had a point. But a week later, he started an ad of his own that is nothing but a scare tactic – a base, simplistic appeal to fear of immigrants. This, from...

Mitch McConnell: Hemp legalization opens new doors for Kentucky farmers, processors, manufacturers

Kentucky’s farmers are among the best in the world. It’s no surprise agriculture leaders from around the country are looking to the Bluegrass State and our prospering hemp industry. Right now, hemp is growing in 101 of our 120 counties and $100 million worth of Kentucky grown and processed hemp products are expected to be sold this year alone. Our Commonwealth is proud of our long history with...

Al Cross: We learned some meaningful things at Fancy Farm; raucous crowd tells us something too

FANCY FARM, Ky. – For all its hoopla, the political speaking at the Fancy Farm Picnic rarely has much effect on statewide elections. But it always provides a unique measurement of the candidates, their campaigns and their prospects, and this year’s version told us some meaningful things about Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and his challenger, Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear. The speaking has...