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For most of the 19th and 20th centuries, Kentucky was a major player tobacco market. It was a cash crop for many farmers and paid for many necessities and extras since colonial times. While not as common today, tobacco still plays a role in our agricultural legacy and in helping shape the fu…

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Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd’s ruling that the school choice bill passed earlier this year is unconstitutional is hardly a “crippling blow” — as the Courier-Journal describes it — to the commonwealth’s school choice efforts.

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This week’s legislative committee meetings provided plenty of information to share with you in my regular update. Legislators heard from a variety of stakeholders on issues such as: staff shortages, food supply chain disruption, schooling during the pandemic, and the current economic climate…

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Throughout the past 18 months, I have used this column to share news about how COVID is impacting Kentuckians and our commonwealth. As of last Friday, 7,821 Kentuckians have died of COVID, the state experienced its second highest day of new cases, and we have barely moved the needle on our v…

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Legislators preparing to return to Frankfort to deal with the state’s battle against COVID-19 and its nasty variants would do well to keep in mind Henry David Thoreau’s quote regarding the quantity of governance: “That government is best which governs the least.”

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During an emergency, one of the most important things leaders need is added flexibility to do their job. Some rules that are necessary when life is normal can become hurdles when lives and livelihoods are on the line.

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The world is continuing to learn more about the COVID-19 pandemic with each passing day. As your State Senator, I am proud to see how Kentuckians are responding. Even while implementing safety precautions such as “social distancing” that physically keep us apart, we are pulling together like…

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We kicked off week nine of the 2020 Regular Session with a visit from two special guests in the Senate chamber, Save the Children Action Network President, Mark Shriver and award-winning actress, Jennifer Garner. Many might not know that Jennifer Garner grew up in West Virginia where she wit…

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Week eight of the 2020 Regular Session is in the books. Now that we have passed the halfway point of this session, the countdown begins as we in the Senate anticipate the 2020-2022 budget bill from the House of Representatives, which we are expecting to receive by early March.

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The House may consider a wide variety of issues during any given week of a legislative session, but there are times when themes emerge, which is what we saw last week with the passage of two significant bills that that would improve the health of potentially hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians.

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We began the week by remembering our founding fathers and the noble leaders who helped shape our great nation. On Presidents Day, we salute all U.S. Presidents, past and present, especially Kentucky’s son, Abraham Lincoln.

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Discussions of bills, budgets, and barber shop choirs echoed in the Capitol as we concluded the fourth week of the 2020 Regular Session. While legislation continued to move steadily through the Senate over the course of the week, we were welcomed by a variety of talented constituents in the …

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Following a long weekend honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Kentucky General Assembly returned ready to work on your behalf in Frankfort. The atmosphere in the Capitol was one of anticipation as hundreds of citizens rallied for causes in the Rotunda and met with …

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Well, here it is. It’s been three years since I started as an advertising account representative here at the Franklin Favorite and it’s time to turn the page. I’d been freelancing for the Favorite writing a health and fitness column along with occasional feature stories when the opportunity …

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The first week of the 2020 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly has come to a close. We had a productive week in Frankfort and left with confidence in what the session has in store. It was a pleasure to begin the session on Tuesday with a visit from the 100th Army Band from Fort …

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At a time when efforts are underway across the country to restrict gun ownership, patriotic Americans are rising up in strong defense of the Second Amendment. This is especially true across Kentucky where there is significant grassroots energy aimed at defending a right that our founding fat…

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To the person(s) who felt emboldened to walk right up to the back of my building in the alley on the north side of the Square and take a 7-8 foot umbrella tree (giant schefflera):

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With our local primary election coming up soon, I just want to take a minute to discuss my concern with our "Interim" County Judge/Executive Jamie Spears, his appointment as judge and his candidacy in the Republican primary election.