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Bill Straub: The Theater of the Absurd as poor Mitch keeps getting understood perfectly for plain-speaking

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has spent so much time backing-and-filling over the past few days that he could have sailed halfway around the world by now. Ask him how it tastes to eat crow and he’ll be obliged to tell you, “Tastes like chicken.” The Louisville lawmaker caused an uproar on Monday, spilling over into Tuesday, after issuing a statement all but ordering his longtime...

Sen. Chris McDaniel: Busy session throughout as legislature overrode vetos, forged budget, more

Every session of the General Assembly has a certain amount of ebb and flow throughout its course. I can say that this year has been the busiest of all that I have seen. From a budget in a short year for the first time in modern history to the pandemic and executive orders, things remained busy throughout. With the restrictions on in-person meetings, I engaged in countless Zoom and phone meetings with...

Analysis/Jan Hillard: Conspiracy and the 2020 presidential election — how do we end polarization?

In early August, I wrote about “Conspiracy Theories and COVID 19: Better the Devil You Know Than a World You Don’t”. I noted the conspiracy theories that flourished with the presence of COVID. These theories sought to account for the virus’ origin, who benefited from spreading the virus, and the sinister motives of those who warned of the pandemic. I also attempted to provide a background...

Richard Nelson: Evangelical political calculus changing; can we support Trump, maintain witness?

Evangelical Christians may be one of the most influential voting blocks this election but will they vote according to Biblical principles? According to John Piper’s recent commentary, he thinks they’re missing the mark in their support for Pres. Donald Trump. The well-respected theologian compared Pres. Donald Trump’s character to an evil king’s influence permeating a nation....

Kentucky Secretary of State provides guidance to protect voters from intimidation at the polls

Secretary of State Michael Adams has announced guidance to protect voters from intimidation at the polls. “Voting is your sacred right. Don’t let anyone take it away – know your rights,” Adams said. Michael Adams MAKE A PLAN & PROTECT YOUR VOTE • Know and plan ahead how, when and where you will vote.  Visit www.GoVoteKY.com to find information about your requested absentee ballot, voting...

Commentary: In rural Kentucky, voting has always been and continues to be vitally important

By Mark Haney and Chris Perry Special to KyForward In communities across the country, children are taught from a young age about the importance of getting out on Election Day and voting. The right to vote is the cornerstone of any democracy and an important tool for making our voices heard in the political process. These days, with partisanship reaching record highs, it’s easy to want to tune out...

Formerly disenfranchised Kentuckians cast their ballots after Beshear’s order restores voting rights

By Becca Schimmel Ohio Valley Resource For many in the Ohio Valley, voting is a choice, a right they are free to exercise if they want to. But for Jackie McGranahan and the more than 175,000 other formerly disenfranchised Kentuckians, this election is special. It’s her first chance to vote since 2008. She won’t be going to a voting booth. Elections are a bit different this year because of the...

Kentucky’s COVID cases top 50,000 — adding 906 new cases, 10 deaths; Beshear says ‘take it seriously’

Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday reported that Kentucky’s coronavirus cases have surpassed 50,000 with 906 cases bringing the total to 50,885. Children under 18 accounted for 124 cases. The youngest was a two-month-old baby from Henderson County. There were 68 cases reported in Fayette County. “COVID is a once-in-100-year pandemic and we’ve got to take it seriously. We’re seeing a rough week...

Beshear reports 807 COVID-19 cases, 15 deaths; talks about census, voting, unemployment, more

Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday reported 807 new COVID cases and 15 deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 49,185 cases and 948 deaths. Among the new cases were 150 children 18 and under, which includes 24 children 5 and under. The youngest is just 27 days old. Fayette County had 84 cases. “The virus is certainly spreading more through our kids,” said Beshear. “That’s concerning. So keep...

Primary election has few problems, state officials say and vote totals will likely surpass 1million, a record

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Despite long lines for voters in Fayette County, members of the State Board of Elections are saying the unusual primary election has gone smoothly and could see a record turnout when final numbers are submitted on June 30. After Secretary of State Michael Adams, in his role as Kentucky’s chief election officer, sent a letter to Gov. Andy Beshear recommending the election...

More than 100,000 Kentucky voters successfully apply online for absentee ballot as of Tuesday

Secretary of State Michael G. Adams announced that, as of 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, 100,000 registered Kentucky voters have taken advantage of govoteky.com to request their absentee ballots for the June 23 election. “Voting absentee is easy, secure, and wildly popular,” Adams said. “I’m grateful to the Kentuckians who understand that we have fewer voting locations available and fewer poll workers...

Secretary of State Michael Adams offers detailed plans for Kentucky’s June 23 primary election

Secretary of State Michael Adams has reached an agreement with Governor Andy Beshear on the methods of voting to be used in the June 23 primary election. “This plan fulfills my promise to make it easy to vote and hard to cheat,” said Adams. “Through expanding absentee voting – with appropriate safeguards – limiting the number of polling sites, and adopting in-person voting methods that limit...

Bill requiring Ky. voters to show photo ID clears House; several changes made to Senate version

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Legislation that would require all voters to show a photo ID when arriving at the polls to vote won House approval on Tuesday after several changes were made to the Senate’s original version. Rep. James Tipton, R-Taylorsville, presented the bill to his colleagues, beginning with an amendment. He told his colleagues the old method of allowing someone to vote without showing...

Kentucky Senate passes bill requiring photo ID for voters along party lines; measure moves to House

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Legislation requiring a photo ID in order to vote passed the Kentucky Senate along party lines on Thursday with Republicans moving the measure to the House. Sen. Robby Mills, R-Henderson, said there are alternatives for those who don’t have a photo ID, such as a driver’s license. “They may produce another form of ID such as a social security card, a credit or debit...

Ron Daley: Are we losing our democracy in the nation and in Kentucky? What’s wrong and how do we fix it?

It took nearly 200 years for the great experiment created in 1787 at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia to become a true democracy. After 232 years America is losing elements of its democracy. The question remains will our nation and the Commonwealth of Kentucky keep their democratic framework? Historians point out that many of the delegates to the Constitutional Convention had serious reservations...

Constance Alexander: Our votes matter, casting them is the least we can do; see you at the polls!

Susan Shea won the poster contest; Kay Williamson and I came in second. We felt gypped. Our entry was better by far. All Susan did was to cut a photo of a blindfolded man from Life magazine and write the caption, “Don’t Vote Blind” in thick black crayon. Kay and I had developed a cartoon-like storyboard that promoted the importance of voting, using a pair of stick figures fashioned from brightly...

Pew Research Center: What makes a good citizen? Top responses: Voting, paying taxes, following law

By John Gramlich Pew Research Center In a Pew Research Center survey in early 2018, around three-quarters of Americans (74%) said voting in elections was very important to what it means to be a good citizen, and around seven-in-ten said the same about paying taxes (71%) and always following the law (69%). But Democrats and Republicans – as well as younger and older adults – didn’t see eye...

Grimes encourages new citizens to participate in democracy at naturalization ceremony

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes on Friday in Frankfort encouraged 36 new citizens from 26 countries to be active participants in democracy. The citizens took the oath of citizenship at the John C. Watts Federal Building. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (pictured right) at Friday’s naturalization ceremony in Frankfort. (Photo courtesy of the Office of the Secretary of State)Grimes...

Grimes takes part in naturalization ceremony with Kentucky’s 141 newest citizens

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes last week took part in her 80th naturalization ceremony since taking office, welcoming 141 new citizens from 46 countries. The ceremony occurred just before Mother’s Day weekend at the Woman’s Club of Louisville. The ceremony included the administration of the oath of citizenship required to become Americans at the federal courthouse. Grimes spoke...

December 31 is the deadline to change party registration for voting in 2018 primary election

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is reminding registered voters who wish to vote in another party’s May 2018 Primary Election or be a candidate as a member of another political party in the 2018 elections that they must change their registration no later than Dec. 31. “2018 is a major election year in the Commonwealth. Kentuckians will elect officials at every level – from Congress...