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During a heated 1990 U.S. Senate race in North Carolina between the Republican incumbent Jesse Helms and Democratic challenger Harvey Gantt, basketball superstar and North Carolina native Michael Jordan was asked to endorse Gantt’s candidacy.

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New data from the 2020 U.S. census released April 26, 2021, indicates that starting in 2023 — after the next congressional elections — seven states will have fewer seats in Congress than they do now, and six will have more. These calculations and changes are the primary purpose of the govern…

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On April 13, US president Joe Biden spoke by phone with Russian president Vladimir Putin, whom he has previously referred to, in pot/kettle fashion, as a “killer.” During the call, Biden proposed a summit between the two in the near future.

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How many times have you heard that we need to spend more on education? As a legislator, I hear it regularly, but I am often met with silence when I respond by asking if they know how much we spend now. I understand. After all, education is the key to building a life of health, economic succe…

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As Washington turns its attention to infrastructure and other matters of policy, the Senate filibuster isn’t commanding quite the same headlines as it did a few weeks back. But that’s only because the issue is percolating behind the scenes. At some point, it will return to the limelight.

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Hoping to draw attention to and put a positive spin on a hot-button topic, every April the Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky volunteers, advocates and elected officials have placed 2,700 pinwheels — each representing 20 children born in the commonwealth every year — in a grassy area along the ste…

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The General Assembly was out of session last week because of the Veto period that allows the Governor to decide what legislation, if any, to veto. Therefore my update this week will focus on a joint meeting of the House Budget Review Subcommittee on Economic Development, Tourism, & Envir…

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A year into a global health pandemic, one which left our students and our teachers displaced and scrambling to keep up, may sound like the worst time to maintain state assessments. At the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, we believe this is the exact right time to measure the toll …

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In its current form, the U.S. Senate delaying tactic called the “filibuster” hangs on a rule requiring 60 votes for “cloture.” Simply put, it takes 51 Senators to pass a bill, but before that it takes the consent of 60 Senators to end debate and actually get to a final majority vote.

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Once it receives the much-anticipated 2020 Census data, the Kentucky General Assembly will begin redrawing boundaries for its own districts, as well as those for the Commonwealth’s six seats in the U.S. House.

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Imagine scaling a 40 foot ice-covered utility pole to perform highly technical and physically demanding tasks in a dangerous environment knowing that countless people were depending on you.

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Kentucky has a problem with tobacco use. We can’t deny it. Our smoking rates are among the very highest in the nation. Tobacco use kills more than 8,900 Kentuckians every year. That’s twice the number of COVID-19 deaths in the last 12 months; and smoking is a risk factor for severe COVID-19 …

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If you’ve tried to get a COVID-19 vaccine appointment, you know how frustrating the process can be. People are spending hours obsessively refreshing websites, hoping an appointment will open up somewhere. They scan Facebook groups for tips and insider information. One writer compared it to S…

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Last week was a busy week in the House of Representatives with a number of bills being presented in committee and having a vote on the House floor. In this week’s update I will focus on two bills on which I voted no, and one bill presented in committee.

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With the distribution of vaccines underway, there is hope the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic may soon be over. However, there is a looming problem on which Kentucky’s small businesses, healthcare providers, and educators will face if action is not taken. A wave of unfair litigation. Frankfor…

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Over the past ten years, historical horse racing, or HHR, has been the catalyst for Kentucky racetracks to invest millions of dollars and create thousands of jobs in communities across the commonwealth. Today, historical horse racing venues located in Franklin, Oak Grove, Lexington, Henderso…

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The Kentucky Constitution authorizes the General Assembly to convene in odd numbered years for 30 days and requires the session to end no later than March 30. The standard calendar for odd numbered years is for the legislature to meet for four days during the first week in January and then r…