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Throughout 2018, I worked with my colleagues and President Trump to accomplish a great deal across Kentucky – from Paducah to Pikeville. We legalized industrial hemp, opening new doors of opportunity for farmers. We bolstered funding for our military and our veterans. And we helped protect families from the scourge of the opioid epidemic and the terrors of human trafficking. more
People who know Rocky Adkins best know that beneath his awe-shucks, country boy persona is a keen political intellect that should have his opponents in this year’s Democratic gubernatorial primary plenty worried. more
It’s a trend that seems like it should be impossible in the wealthiest nation on Earth. But across America, the rate of maternal mortality is actually climbing – more than doubling in the last three decades. more
The past few weeks have evidenced a sad and total disregard that many elected leaders have for Kentuckians. At least two prominent Kentucky politicians have railed against the courts and attacked the decision to strike down last year’s pension reform legislation, legislation which was constructed in the dead of night, behind closed doors, in an old-fashioned smoke-filled room. more
Gov. Matt Bevin walked into the lions den Thursday night — and stayed for a while. more
It is a staggering, record-high number in Kentucky: 10,000 kids in foster care. more
Giving Tuesday is one of my favorite days of the year. Giving Tuesday is the day when each of us has an opportunity to give back just a little bit more than our weekly tithe. more
Justice Louis Brandeis, perhaps Louisville’s greatest gift to legal thought, is also the man credited with first referring to states as “laboratories of democracy.” In a 1932 opinion, Brandeis said that a “state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country.” more
A couple of years ago, a sign popped up in an open lot near Ashland advertising that Krispy Kreme would be open for business here soon. more
When I ran for Governor in 2015, I launched a seven-point plan outlining my vision for moving Kentucky forward, entitled the “Blueprint For A Better Kentucky.” The plan was ambitious and unapologetic in its call to change government, grow our economy and enact policies that would modernize education, healthcare and our tax code. Above all, however, I noted that no matter what we accomplish in any of these areas, our long-term success runs the risk of being undermined if we do not address the single greatest threat facing Kentucky’s financial future, our public employee pension crisis. more
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