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Columns

  • Budgets and bills on the table

    After a pause in legislative work Monday, Jan. 20, to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Senate reconvened Tuesday, Jan. 21, in a joint session with the House to hear the Governor’s budget proposal.

  • Who is Carrie Fowler?

    By Ken Begley
    Guest columnist

    If you don’t know the answer to that question then you need to attend the Central Kentucky Community Theatre’s presentation of the Frank Wildhorn musical, “Jekyll & Hyde.”

  • Gas, Mother Jones and E911

    Sunday night I was watching television when I saw a commercial promoting the natural gas industry. The spokeswoman referred to hydraulic fracturing as proven safe and reliable.
    The intent was clear: hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is nothing to worry about.
    It seems a little optimistic to make that claim. The EPA is in the process of conducting its own study (see here: http://www2.epa.gov/hfstudy).

  • Kentucky is trying to do more with less

    Shortly after Governor Beshear first took office in late 2007, he remarked that not only did he find the cupboard bare, it was actually gone.
    It hasn’t gotten any easier since then. Cumulative budget cuts over the last six years have reached $1.6 billion, the state government workforce has shrunk to its smallest size in 40 years and the list of needs continues to grow faster than the revenue coming in.

  • Fighting the war on drugs

    The second week of the 2014 Regular Session brought schedules packed with meetings, rallies, press conferences and hearings on bills. We met with constituents, citizen groups and fellow lawmakers as we began vetting proposed legislation.

  • House of Representatives pass several newsworthy bills

    Last week, the House of Representatives turned its attention to two issues that may not seem to have much in common but are linked nonetheless because of the positive impact both could have on a significant number of Kentuckians.
    The first vote came early in the week, when the chamber put its support behind the creation of public benefit corporations. As its name implies, this legal designation would give private businesses a chance to better verify their commitment to serving not just their customers but their community as well.

  • Shave Stevie’s Head

    Demi Moore.
    Sigourney Weaver.
    Charlize Theron.
    Natalie Portman.
    What do the women above have in common? They have all shaved their heads for money.
    On March 15, we’ll be able to add another name to that list — Enterprise Publisher Stevie Lowery. That day, the 2014 St. Baldrick’s event will be held from 1-3 p.m. at St. Augustine School in Lebanon.

  • It’s only hair, y’all

    “Is your hair naturally curly?”
    I have been asked that question hundreds of times.
    “You’re so lucky,” is the response I often receive after confirming that, yes, my hair is indeed naturally curly.
    Apparently, from what I’ve been told, many women would pay good money to have curls like mine.
    And, I will admit, it’s been a blessing because it’s so low-maintenance. I only get a haircut maybe once every two or three months. And, I don’t have to buy expensive hair products.

  • Legislature attacks ‘complex’ budgeting process

    As temperatures plummeted to near record lows across the Commonwealth on Jan. 2, state’s lawmakers convened the 2014 Regular Session.
    Our biggest task this year – as with every 60-day “long session” – will be writing the state government’s biennial budget. It’s a job that’s even more complex as we continue the hard uphill climb out of the worst recession in recent history.

  • Budget crunching

    The first week or two of a legislative session may seem slow at first glance, but that doesn’t diminish the importance of these opening days. That’s because this is the time when legislators and the governor alike lay out their priorities, setting the stage for what we hope can be accomplished by the time we finish our work, which this year will be on April 15.