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Bill Straub: Disaster debate another example of how Kentucky lawmakers in D.C. have lost their way

WASHINGTON – Senate Republican Leader Mitch “Root ‘n Branch’’ McConnell took some time off last week to – quite appropriately – recognize the efforts of Kentuckians working tirelessly in behalf of those devastated by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico as well as the victims of other recent natural disasters. Many Kentuckians, McConnell noted, “have generously given their time and labor...

Bevin opts out of appearance at Fancy Farm picnic, but attorney general Beshear will be on hand

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Republican Gov. Matt Bevin will not be adding any sizzle to the always fiery speeches that will be delivered in this tiny western Kentucky town next month. Bevin will skip the annual Fancy Farm picnic this year, citing a schedule conflict. But his Democratic nemesis, Attorney General Andy Beshear, will be there. The pair have been embroiled in an ongoing political tussle...

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...

Constance Alexander: Pre-existing conditions? It may just come down to the ‘luck of the draw’

Last week in Marshall County, silent protestors with placards claiming pre-existing conditions feigned death on the court house lawn. Inside, seats in the courtroom were filling up. People had come from work, grocery shopping, school, the usual. Several of the older participants might have forsaken a porch rocker or a booth at McDonald’s to attend. The mood was light, cordial, similar to the...