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Columns

  • Survey says ... a reply to senator's questions

    Every year, Jimmy Higdon provides a survey for his constituents. As a citizen, I hope you will take time to respond. 

    Just like voting, this survey is an opportunity to address your government.

    With that in mind, Sen. Higdon, here are my thoughts as just one of your many constituents.

     

    Please let me know how important the following issues are to you: 

    Rate the issue on a scale of 1-10. One is not important; 10 is very important

  • Show of Support

    By Tiffany Adams

    Guest columnist

    As a Smith supporter against all of the negativity directed towards him I say, "We who engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive." - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

  • Senator wants your input on General Assembly
  • Words and deeds

    In the aftermath of the recent mass shooting that occurred in Arizona, the rush to judgment came shortly thereafter.

    Some people blamed political rhetoric for poisoning the mind of gunman Jared Loughner since one of his victims was Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who has managed to survive.

  • House completes organizational work

    At the start of January, there are two things that can always be counted on: It will take at least two weeks to write the new year correctly on such things as checks, and the General Assembly will return to the Capitol to begin a new legislative session.

  • Contact officials about distracted driving

    By Beth Flanagan

    Guest Columnist

     

  • Hot dogs, hold the mustard

    Governments big and small have been going through their rituals of transition this month. 

    The new Congress was sworn in last week, as was the new General Assembly in Kentucky. Governors around the country took office, and we recently had the swearing in for the new Lebanon City Council, local city commissions and Marion County Board of Education members.

    On a personal level, I'm grateful that we avoided the pomp and circumstance that sometimes surrounds these events.

  • Senate gets to work during opening week of the General Assembly

    Usually, the first week is an organizational week during which the different parties elect their leadership. This year was different. When we announced the Senate Majority legislative agenda in December, we committed to move aggressively on passing legislation regarding job creation, education, and transparent and responsive government. With the passage of these bills, the "Agenda for Prosperity," very few can say we didn't deliver on that promise this first week.

  • Don’t toss old seeds, test them

     

  • Low expectations

    Last week, I spoke with our local state legislators, State Rep. Terry Mills and State Sen. Jimmy Higdon.

    While both are in the majority party in their respective houses of the Kentucky legislature, neither has established the seniority or the political clout to assume a leadership position just yet, which is to say neither is likely to have tremendous influence on how things shake out at the Capitol between now and the end of March.