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Lexington Parks & Recreation to celebrate 30th year of Ballet Under the Stars Aug. 1-4 in Woodland Park

Lexington Parks & Recreation is celebrating the 30th year of Ballet Under the Stars with an enchanting evening filled with performances and activities for dance lovers of all ages. This annual summer event will run Aug. 1–4 (rain date is Aug. 5) in Woodland Park, 601 E. High St. The main show, featuring the Kentucky Ballet Theatre, will begin at 9 p.m. each evening. The preshow will begin at...

Bill Straub: McConnell failed to spin his political magic, co-opt Tea Party wing of GOP in Senate

WASHINGTON – It’s now apparent that Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has pulled what might be termed a Gregor Samsa, metamorphosing from a center-right dealmaker in his early days to the sullen obstructionist committing significant harm to the nation that we all, unfortunately, now recognize. There always has been some mystery regarding what compelled the Louisvillian to embrace the dark...

Tom Block: With Boehner resignation, GOP faced with yet another conundrum

The resignation of House Republican Speaker John Boehner is the most recent example of the conundrum facing Congressional Republicans – how to govern with deep divisions. In fact, divisions within the two Congressional parties have switched over the past 25 years.   Previously, the deep partisan divide was within the Democratic Party where Southern Democrats were more conservative than Eastern...

Bill Straub: Sending out condolences to Hal Rogers, holder of the worst job in Washington

WASHINGTON – It’s long past time to extend condolences to U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, who holds perhaps the worst job in all of Washington D.C. – a town with an untold number of terrible jobs.   Rogers, R-Somerset, is chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, a panel that usually carries the adjective “powerful’’ in front of its name. Appropriations essentially is the congressional...

Bill Straub: McConnell and the mule … or how the ‘second kick’ might not be so bad after all

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has suddenly discovered the second kick of a mule doesn’t hurt so bad after all.   The veteran Kentucky lawmaker, who stands a better-than-even chance of achieving his life-long ambition of leading the majority in the 114th Congress, is feeling his oats and hinting about the prospects for a governmental shutdown when he is in charge if President Obama...

Bill Straub: McConnell and the mule … or how the 'second kick' might not be so bad after all

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has suddenly discovered the second kick of a mule doesn’t hurt so bad after all.   The veteran Kentucky lawmaker, who stands a better-than-even chance of achieving his life-long ambition of leading the majority in the 114th Congress, is feeling his oats and hinting about the prospects for a governmental shutdown when he is in charge if President Obama...

You’re invited to a tea party in the park; 2014 Ballet Under the Stars presents a princess tea

  In honor of the 2014 Ballet Under the Stars Preshow “Princess Vignettes II,” Lexington Parks & Recreation is once again hosting a princess tea party. Before the ballet, children may don their best tutu and tiara and join in for a magical, fun-filled event.   All of the “princesses” will learn a special dance while enjoying fancy foods, party favors, princess tattoos and a...

Tom Block: A first look at how the Senate might look after the November election

With the victory of Senator McConnell, and the important primary in Georgia Tuesday, it is a good time to review the overall picture for control of the Senate that will be determined in November.   The battle for the Senate begins with the current line-up of 55 Democrats and 45 Republicans. With the Vice President chairing the Senate, for Republicans to take control will require a net gain of...

Lewis Donohew: IRS scandal another tempest in a teapot, yet even sensible folks are swayed

President Obama is angry at the IRS. The Republicans are angry at the IRS and Obama. Someone in middle management is about to get lynched. His boss already has been lynched. Republicans want the person responsible put in jail. And for what?   It’s another tempest in a teapot.   According to the fired director of the IRS, it began as a bright idea by the person in middle management. Wouldn’t...