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Columns

  • Legislation passed in session includes juvenile justice reform

    In some ways, the end of a legislative session is not much different from the beginning, since the House and Senate take both opportunities to publicly highlight their priorities in the hopes of turning them into law.

     

  • Finding ways to improve Kentucky's roads

    If there is one issue that binds today’s legislators with our counterparts who served more than two centuries ago, it’s finding ways to improve Kentucky’s roads.

     

  • Signs, Signs, Everywhere a Sign

    It may come as a surprise to some, although I don’t know who, that there is a local election coming up in May.
    Even if you don’t know that in Kentucky election years changed a few years back so that county races all fall at the same time, you surely have seen all the ‘VOTE FOR ME’ signs.
    The idea behind moving elections was to save counties money by not having to have some sort of local election and possibly a primary every year.
    What it has created is a muddle of election signs all at one time.

  • Machines are too smart to take over:

    Some mornings ... well, let’s just say that there are mornings that can start so badly that its better to have tea in the office than coffee.

  • Planning gives way to action in Senate

    There are many moments in the legislative process when planning gives way to action.

     

  • Crossword Puzzle Solution
  • Crossword Puzzle

    ACROSS
    1. “Haste makes waste,” e.g.
    6. Helicopter landing
    9. Deadly slitherers
    13. Bad car
    14. Pub offering
    15. Do this or forever hold your peace
    16. Say pretty please
    17. Junior’s junior
    18. Down and out
    19. *Sweet number in March
    21. *Point and shooting players
    23. Coltrane’s woodwind
    24. Not in favor of
    25. Final, abbr.
    28. Essen basin
    30. Firstborn
    35. Story part
    37. Plenty
    39. 6 in 1/6

  • The city commission and the $7,363 Parking Space

    In my 35-plus years of covering government meetings, I have to say I left one last week that had me scratching my head and wondering what in the world just happened? What was the purpose of the meeting?
    Oh yeah, it’s an election year and we’re talking political posturing at its best, or worst, however you want to look at it.
    The Cynthiana City Commission held a special meeting last Wednesday with three items on the agenda.
    1. Discussion on future of downtown Cynthiana

  • Looking for the great American town, part 1

    During an interview I had with Nell Anne Gossett and Jody Hendricks, the co-directors of the upcoming Steel Magnolias production, Gossett turned the tables on me.
    She was curious about my impressions of Cynthiana since joining the Democrat.

  • Legislature is seeking budget concensus

    As we welcome March at the capitol, we will see some of the legislature’s biggest issues – like the state’s biennial budget – brought to the forefront.  For us, March brings late nights and hard decisions as we work to reach a consensus on the most fiscally-responsible way to keep our state moving forward.
    Senate members have been following the House’s work on the budget closely, meeting with state budget officials and preparing for when budget legislation is delivered to our chamber.