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Build the wall, the fence, the barrier, or whatever name members of Congress believe is necessary to get the job done and please, please end the shutdown. 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
The General Assembly kicked off Tuesday with the typical pomp and circumstance expected on day one of a regular session after an election. There was a sense of joy from the new members as they introduced family members for incumbents, freshman representatives, and plenty of time in recess for pictures. more
Take a moment to consider just 18 words enshrined in the First Amendment where it is written, “…the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” Although simple words, our Founders fought a war of independence, and put their lives, property and futures at risk to guarantee all Americans the right to peacefully assemble and petition the government to redress their grievances. more
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
Today, the first day of Kentucky’s legislative session, is a great day to harken back to that famous quote of Mark Twain, American humorist and famous author, when he said, “No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session.” Yes, today Kentucky legislators return to Frankfort for their annual pilgrimage to write laws, regulations and other non-sensical proclamations. more
Earlier this year, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued its fiscal year 2017 Comprehensive Federal Annual Monitoring and Evaluation Report, a semi-annual review of Kentucky’s Occupational Safety and Health program. more
So, as we begin this new Congress together, one fact is abundantly clear: the American people need Democrats and Republicans to work together. Today illustrates that very point. more
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I might be a bit old-fashioned, but I like to live my life with the old adage, “every cloud has a silver lining.” I am an eternal optimist who most often sees the glass as half-full, instead of half-empty. So, while many friends have complained about the current government shutdown, I am actually loudly cheering for both sides to keep the government shut down. 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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