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Bill Straub: ‘Root and Branch’ McConnell manages to take both sides of an issue when it suits his purpose

WASHINGTON – Senate Republican Leader Mitch “Root and Branch’’ McConnell is very much like one of those troubled volunteer fireman you hear about on occasion – the secret pyromaniac who sets the fires and then accepts the public plaudits for extinguishing them. The Louisville lawmaker’s talents are currently on full display during the debate over President Trump’s nomination of Judge...

Millersburg native to receive Henry Clay award from Kentucky Society of Washington

Staff report   The 2014 Henry Clay Distinguished Kentuckian award will be presented tonight in Washington, D.C., to William Kent Suter who grew up in Millersburg and served for 20 years as the 19th clerk of the U.S. Supreme Court.   William Kent Suter (Photo from Wikimedia Commons) The Biennial Henry Clay Dinner, at which the award will be presented, serves as a fundraiser for the Henry Clay...

Lewis Donohew: What makes the Supreme Court think we need more money in politics?

(Photo from Denver Library)   The new ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court allowing even more money to be injected into political races sets up a major test of massive paid-for persuasion versus rational discussion of issues.   In other words, will the pouring of huge amounts of cash into campaigns — even more than we’ve experienced already, if you can imagine that — permit such a bombardment...

Rick Robinson: Step aside Stewart, Colbert, for the real masters of funny, snarky news

P.J. O’Rourke first broke out his humorous journalism in “underground” newspapers in the 1960s before becoming editor-in-chief of National Lampoon and reporting on the funny parts of war from 40 countries for Rolling Stone and The Atlantic Monthly. His latest book is The Baby Boom: How It Got That Way, and It Wasn’t My Fault, and I’ll Never Do It Again. (Photo by John...

Lexington’s Steven Loy wins legal lottery, takes Supreme Court stage for Lexmark

By Judy Clabes KyForward editor   While most eyes might glaze over at the thought of deep immersion into something like “Lexmark International vs. Static Control Components Inc.,”  Steven Loy’s actually light up. The Lexington attorney is in fact animated by this “watching-paint-dry” legal case that landed him squarely in U.S. Supreme Court chambers facing a grilling by the country’s...

Robert Treadway: Paula Deen, the Supreme Court and race – Happy Fourth of July!

As we celebrate our long Fourth of July weekend, we are presented with the strange spectacle of Paula Deen having been pilloried for making racially insensitive remarks, some decades ago, while the U.S. Supreme Court removed some of the protections of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the great victories of the Civil Rights Movement, on the grounds that the Deep South is no longer sufficiently...