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Reports from Kentucky’s Capitol

New bills ‘politically driven,’ Senator Turner believes

There is a new governor, and it is a new year in Frankfort as members of the Kentucky General Assembly returned to the Capitol to convene for the 2020 Regular Session. Though the first week typically consists of introducing bills and resolutions, it will only be a matter of time before we delve into some daunting tasks that are of […]

Rep. Hatton found first week a ‘little daunting’

In one sense, the start of last week’s legislative session was not much different than my first three as a state representative. It was exciting as my House and Senate colleagues and I arrived at the Capitol, and it was a little daunting as I considered the amount of work in front of us. In a couple of important ways, […]

‘Energizer Bunny’ Biden is spooking the left

Throughout the unsettling conflict with Iran, Joe Biden stood out as a calming Democratic voice, speaking of the stakes and challenges with deep knowledge of foreign policy. Just another reason for activists on the left backing Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren to lose their minds. The news for them hasn’t been great of late. Biden is now tied with or […]

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So legislators are back in Frankfort. Now what?

This week, my fellow state legislators and I returned to the Capitol to begin another legislative session. As our work gets underway, I thought it would help to write about what, exactly, will be taking place. Since we’re in an even-numbered year, the General Assembly will meet for 60 working days, and the state constitution says that time cannot extend […]

Beshear’s biggest error may may have been 1st act as guv

The real test for freshly minted Gov. Andy Beshear begins this week, when the Kentucky General Assembly comes into session and may well begin work to slap down the governor, who on his first day in office made a huge blunder. That’s the day Beshear issued an executive order wiping out the old Kentucky Board of Education as it had […]

Do Americans even want time away from their work?

A new Gallup survey finds that about half of Americans who hold second jobs say they don’t do it out of financial necessity. Why, then, do they put in the extra hours? Do they just like working? Europeans, in stark contrast, relish their free time. Workers in Denmark actually went on a general strike because they were entitled to only […]

Legislature faces long agenda with little time on hand

Under Kentucky’s constitution, a legislative session’s start and finish are largely set in stone. The General Assembly always convenes on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in January, and, in even-numbered years, it cannot meet for more than 60 days and must adjourn by April 15. With those guidelines in mind, the General Assembly returns to the Capitol early […]

‘Veganuary’ is definitely one resolution you can skip

I never got the point of a vegan diet. I dislike its cultish mindset. And I regard New Year’s resolutions as prelude to failure. That gives Veganuary three strikes and an out as an obsession to commandeer my January. The push to adopt a strictly vegan diet for the month of January speaks volumes about English-speaking peoples’ rocky relationship with […]

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