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The National Review: It was Mitch McConnell’s finest hour as he stood up for the Constitution

By The Editors The National Review Mitch McConnell has had a long and distinguished career, but he may well be remembered for this week more than anything else. He steered his caucus toward fulfilling its duty, explained himself in a thoughtful, cogent, and deeply felt speech, and then after the proceedings were disrupted by a pro-Trump mob, stirringly expressed his disgust and commitment to Congress...

Jan Hillard: The Electoral College is our quadrennial dilemma — does it need to be reformed?

Every four years following a Presidential election, there are calls to eliminate the Electoral College, replacing it with the popular vote determination. Behind this sentiment are citizens’ dismay that a candidate can win the popular vote yet fail to secure the required electoral votes (i.e. the 2000 and 2016 election). Critics claim that the electoral college is fundamentally flawed and undemocratic...

Daily Yonder: Due to pandemic, 2020 Census rural count has become even more challenging

By Donna Kallner Special to KyForward For most people, replying to the 2020 Census is surprisingly quick and easy. Except when it’s not. And rural areas are particularly prone to conditions that can hinder getting a complete and accurate count — things like limited high-speed internet access, addressing and mail delivery challenges, and resistance to perceived government nosiness. As if that isn’t...

Cameron leads coalition in filing of amicus brief urging abortion clinic licensing remain with states

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Attorney General Daniel Cameron on Friday led a 17-state coalition in filing an amicus brief before the U.S. Supreme Court, saying a federal court cannot require a state to issue a license to an abortion provider. The brief argues under the U.S. Constitution the licensing of such entities is left to the states, which are responsible for developing the laws and regulations...

Lauren and Rob Hudson: Positive message for America’s youth — exceptionalism through freedom

Columns for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa Freedom has been essential to America’s success. Unfortunately, it’s widely misunderstood. Freedom doesn’t mean having the right to do nothing and having others do everything for us. Freedom doesn’t mean having the right to violate local laws like running stop signs or hitting people, and freedom doesn’t mean having...

John Schaaf: Court of Appeals upholds Kentucky ethics law, sends strong signal across nation

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently put its stamp of approval on Kentucky’s legislative ethics law, sending a clear signal for strong public ethics laws across the nation. Kentucky’s ethics law was challenged in a lawsuit filed by John Schickel, a state senator from Boone County. In his lawsuit, Schickel claimed he has a right under the U.S. Constitution to accept lobbyist-funded...

Bevin joins lawmakers, stakeholders to encourage participation in upcoming 2020 U.S. Census

Gov. Matt Bevin on Tuesday joined members of the 2020 Census State Task Force, a bipartisan delegation of state legislators, and stakeholder groups in Frankfort to encourage statewide participation in the 2020 U.S. Census. “The decennial U.S. Census is a vital undertaking that directly impacts each state’s legislative representation as well as the allocation of federal funds and governmental services,”...

Bill Straub: White House turned into ATM machine and other ugly stuff; McConnell’s getting fleas

Any attempt to pinpoint President Trump’s most grievous sin against the body politic is rather like picking out one particular star in a moonless night sky – the process could continue forever. A simple recitation of the known violence the president has perpetrated upon the nation he was chosen to serve would sate an entire column even without the usual smart-aleck asides. There is, of course,...

Commentary: Churches are not second class — state should treat all organizations equally

By Richard Nelson Special to KyForward Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in an important case regarding religious freedom and whether the government can treat religious institutions as second class. The case at hand involves a Missouri church that applied for a grant to receive recycled scrap tire material for its playground. The state rejected the application on the grounds that...

Commentary: Kentucky should reject dangerous call to reopen U.S. Constitution

By Jason Bailey Special to KyForward The Kentucky General Assembly will soon consider a resolution that is part of a well-funded national effort calling for a new convention to rewrite the rules of American government — an idea that could create chaos and jeopardize the U.S. Constitution. Since the founding of the country, the constitution has been amended 27 times. Each time, Congress has passed...

Rep. Mike Denham: Lawmakers go back to schools to promote better civic awareness

Starting this week, hundreds of state legislators from across the country will begin visiting classrooms to kick off the 16th annual America’s Legislators Back to School Program.   Sponsored by the National Conference of State Legislatures, this event initially lasted just one day but now extends through much of the school year. While most students tour the state capitol at least once, often...