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COVID-19’s spread, which doesn’t stop for anyone or anything — including for legislators’ constitutional duty to pass a budget determining how state revenues will be spent — is forcing a very different spending plan than the one envisioned by many when this General Assembly session began.

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Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, families, businesses and health care providers are facing unprecedented tough times. However, during these trying times I’m encouraged to see the strength exemplified by communities across the nation to support each other and heed warnings.

We’re reminded during COVID-19 that the beauty of this un-commonwealth isn’t limited to its majestic mountains, picturesque horse farms and flowing rivers.

It was a strange week at the Capitol, much as it was all over Kentucky and the rest of the U.S. Almost empty committee rooms during hearings, half the staff working remotely, cafeteria closed except for carry out, but the General Assembly still in session.

Life has posed plenty of unexpected occurrences during my 71 years on this earth. But at this point, none seems to compare to the upheaval this world has seen with the novel coronavirus.

It is important to approach the current coronavirus pandemic with equal measures of prudence and hope. Practical solutions to stop the spread of a novel disease are not new. They have worked in the past, and they do not need to lead to fear or panic.

If COVID-19 previously was a distant concern to anyone, the events of the past week most certainly pushed this new respiratory virus to the forefront of a life-altering reality.

Every direction you turn at the Capitol these days the discussion centers on what rocks need overturning to find more revenue under the unproven — and categorically untrue — assumption that the 22 billion of Kentucky taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars collected during the current budget biennium…

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus:

What we practice when life is calm and predictable will present itself when life becomes more turbulent and less predictable. It is that spiritual muscle memory that we should be developing in our lives for when trouble rolls in and decides to stay for a while. The same applies to us physica…

Our state constitution requires the General Assembly to pass the Executive, Transportation, Judicial, & Legislative budgets plus the revenue bill every two years.

James 5:7: "Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waits for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain."

Small steps in the right direction on the nation's opioid crisis have helped life expectancy improve slightly for the first time in nearly three decades.

DES MOINES -- In retrospect, the disaster that was the 2020 Democratic Iowa caucuses should have been obvious from the beginning. Democrats designed a system so complicated it was bound to fail.

Right before former Gov. Matt Bevin left office in early December, he issued a number of controversial pardons that rightfully caused a lot of concern.

Every year on this weekend I attempt to connect my thoughts here to Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It is hard because I am the recipient of "white privilege." However I believe that a thing being difficult to write about is one of the best reasons to do so. Even if it exposes ignorance and blin…

I was having a conversation many years ago with a neighbor in England. At some point he said, "The difference between the English and Americans is that you still believe in your flag and we don't." I was not sure exactly what he meant by that, or even if it is accurate but recent events have…

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger’ because there was no room for them in the inn.

WASHINGTON -- Americans have a lot to be grateful for on Thanksgiving. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse have harried human beings since we dropped down from the trees, but three of the four -- War, Famine and Pestilence -- have essentially been banished from our shores. We are so rich tha…

To hear many people tell it, rural America is on the decline. Our towns and counties are shrinking as younger generations migrate en masse to urban areas. Big cities are where the future will happen.

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Today is Small Business Saturday, when shopping locally and supporting local businesses is promoted nationwide by local business organizations, big cities and small towns across the United States.

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Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, families, businesses and health care providers are facing unprecedented tough times. However, during these trying times I’m encouraged to see the strength exemplified by communities across the nation to support each other and heed warnings.

We’re reminded during COVID-19 that the beauty of this un-commonwealth isn’t limited to its majestic mountains, picturesque horse farms and flowing rivers.

It was a strange week at the Capitol, much as it was all over Kentucky and the rest of the U.S. Almost empty committee rooms during hearings, half the staff working remotely, cafeteria closed except for carry out, but the General Assembly still in session.

Life has posed plenty of unexpected occurrences during my 71 years on this earth. But at this point, none seems to compare to the upheaval this world has seen with the novel coronavirus.

It is important to approach the current coronavirus pandemic with equal measures of prudence and hope. Practical solutions to stop the spread of a novel disease are not new. They have worked in the past, and they do not need to lead to fear or panic.

If COVID-19 previously was a distant concern to anyone, the events of the past week most certainly pushed this new respiratory virus to the forefront of a life-altering reality.

Every direction you turn at the Capitol these days the discussion centers on what rocks need overturning to find more revenue under the unproven — and categorically untrue — assumption that the 22 billion of Kentucky taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars collected during the current budget biennium…

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus:

What we practice when life is calm and predictable will present itself when life becomes more turbulent and less predictable. It is that spiritual muscle memory that we should be developing in our lives for when trouble rolls in and decides to stay for a while. The same applies to us physica…

Our state constitution requires the General Assembly to pass the Executive, Transportation, Judicial, & Legislative budgets plus the revenue bill every two years.

James 5:7: "Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waits for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain."

Small steps in the right direction on the nation's opioid crisis have helped life expectancy improve slightly for the first time in nearly three decades.

DES MOINES -- In retrospect, the disaster that was the 2020 Democratic Iowa caucuses should have been obvious from the beginning. Democrats designed a system so complicated it was bound to fail.

Right before former Gov. Matt Bevin left office in early December, he issued a number of controversial pardons that rightfully caused a lot of concern.

Every year on this weekend I attempt to connect my thoughts here to Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It is hard because I am the recipient of "white privilege." However I believe that a thing being difficult to write about is one of the best reasons to do so. Even if it exposes ignorance and blin…

I was having a conversation many years ago with a neighbor in England. At some point he said, "The difference between the English and Americans is that you still believe in your flag and we don't." I was not sure exactly what he meant by that, or even if it is accurate but recent events have…

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger’ because there was no room for them in the inn.

WASHINGTON -- Americans have a lot to be grateful for on Thanksgiving. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse have harried human beings since we dropped down from the trees, but three of the four -- War, Famine and Pestilence -- have essentially been banished from our shores. We are so rich tha…

To hear many people tell it, rural America is on the decline. Our towns and counties are shrinking as younger generations migrate en masse to urban areas. Big cities are where the future will happen.

editor's pick

Today is Small Business Saturday, when shopping locally and supporting local businesses is promoted nationwide by local business organizations, big cities and small towns across the United States.

"And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords." -- Ezekiel 38: 4

Governor-elect Andy Beshear and future First Lady Britainy Beshear are holding an inauguration poster contest and invite children to submit artwork reflecting Kentuckians working together to accomplish "common goals we all share."

It's been nearly two weeks since we set our clocks back an hour for Daylight Saving Time, and many people are still likely recovering from the time change that comes twice a year.