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When Facebook disabled Australians’ access to news articles on its platform, and blocked sharing of articles from Australian news organizations, the company moved a step closer to killing the World Wide Web — the hyperlink-based system of freely connecting online sites created in 1989 by Sir…

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There may be no two personalities more distant and yet more prominent in their own ways in the 20th century world of free speech than conservative talk radio’s Rush Limbaugh and the owner of San Francisco’s famed City Lights bookstore, poet and publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

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As the events of the past few months have unfolded, I have often found myself wondering what our Founders would have made of it all. Impossible to know, of course, but they had plenty of insight to offer.

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The slow spread of high-speed internet access into rural areas of Warren County received a needed — but, alas, not an immediate — boost last week when Charter Communications acknowledged its intention to use federal funding to expand its service in the area.

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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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Governments and observers across the world have repeatedly raised concerns about the monopoly power of Big Tech companies and the role the companies play in disseminating misinformation. In response, Big Tech companies have tried to preempt regulations by regulating themselves.

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There were four legislative days scheduled last week but the weather forced cancellation of those days so they have been rescheduled for March. While the General Assembly and schools were canceled and many business were closed, the road crews were working day and night to clear our roads. I …

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On February 9, more than 50 Republican members of the US House of Representatives sent President Joe Biden a letter decrying his “open border” policies. Of all the hyberbolic claims I’ve read regarding the Biden administration since Inauguration Day, that one takes the cake. In neither word …

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State Auditor Mike Harmon’s office made headlines last week with the release of a massive document labeled as volume one of the Statewide Single Audit of Kentucky for Fiscal Year 2020.

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The would-be varsity cheerleader, the tattletale and Snapchat have converged in a Supreme Court free speech case sure to draw the interest of social media-loving students, concerned parents and wary school administrators everywhere.

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“The will of the people has been heard,” said President Joe Biden in his inaugural address on January 20, “and the will of the people has been heeded.” Later in the speech, Biden told us that “the American story” depends on “’We the People’ who seek a more perfect union.”

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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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In a column last November, I dismissed worries that the incoming Biden/Harris administration would — or, rather, could — successfully implement a more aggressive victim disarmament (English for the euphemism “gun control”) agenda than previous administrations.

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Arguments of casino advocates won the day in the state Senate Tuesday. They were told that redefining the term pari-mutuel to include video slot machines is necessary to save the horse industry and help all things thoroughbred related. Twenty-two members were convinced video slots are a new …

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Northern Kentucky Rep. Buddy Wheatley recently described legislation aimed at bringing more fairness and stability to agencies in the Kentucky Retirement Systems as a “complicated onion.”

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On Feb. 10, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new mask guidelines based on a study of how mask fit affects the wearer’s exposure to airborne particles. With more transmissible COVID-19 strains emerging around the world, it is important to properly use the right kinds of…

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Last week newcomer Sen. Adrienne Southworth, R-Lawrenceburg — the first Republican to hold the Senate District 7 seat, which includes Franklin County — filed a bill that would prohibit face mask requirements during a state of emergency across Kentucky.

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As I write this, the US Senate is cranking up for its trial of former President Donald J. Trump. The House impeached Trump on January 13, a week before the end of his term, on one article charging him with “incitement of insurrection” in the form of the January 6 riot at the US Capitol.

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There was an interesting moment in Washington at the end of January, on Antony Blinken’s first full day as secretary of state. Meeting with the press corps that covers the State Department, he called an independent press “a cornerstone of our democracy,” and told the assembled reporters, “Yo…

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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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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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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…

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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…

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“Ican’t breathe,” is how parents feel when they experience family court injustice. I have seen and heard so many parents’ stories about the unfairness they have experienced fighting for shared parenting. Yet, they still end up with an undeserved outcome.

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Supporting public education or school choice is not an either/or situation — both public and nonpublic schools can thrive if we give parents the opportunity to make choices about the resources their child needs.

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If you can’t be a king, goes an old nugget of political wisdom, be a kingmaker. Former President Donald Trump is taking that advice to heart, shifting his post-presidency to endorsements of some and condemnations of others.

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“[T]o restore the soul and to secure the future of America,” President Joe Biden said in his inaugural speech, “requires more than words. It requires that most elusive of things in a democracy: Unity. ... This is our historic moment of crisis and challenge, and unity is the path forward.”