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Opinion – Bill Straub: Endorsements show Trump influence continues to push Kentucky over the edge

Erstwhile President Donald John Trump is converting Kentucky into his own personal playground. If you want to frolic in the bluegrass, it seems, you must first answer to him. Trump, the presumed Republican nominee for president, doesn’t live in the Commonwealth and is unlikely to visit anytime soon unless the state possesses something he wants. Yet in many ways he has supplanted Kentucky’s old...

Opinion – Bill Straub: Comer, losing his ‘impeach Biden’ spotlight, weighs in on Trump trial — really?

Obviously devastated that his moment in the sun — where he has made a boob of himself trying to impeach President Biden — is drawing to an embarrassing close, Rep. Jamie Comer has decided to stick his nose into another place it doesn’t belong – the trial of Donald John Trump. Comer, R-TheFrankfortLoop, the man who is Kentucky’s answer to Lonesome Rhodes, wants to make folks aware...

Opinion – Bill Straub: Israel is testing the bounds of friendship; don’t good friends say ‘you’re wrong’?

President Biden has managed to attract scorn from every conceivable side of the ongoing and bloody conflict in Gaza, from American Muslims and proponents of the Palestinian cause to those who maintain the administration has proved insufficiently devoted to the security of the Jewish state. It is not a position any presidential candidate, Democrat or Republican, hopes for in an election year, especially...

Opinion – Bill Straub: Massie’s war on bipartisanship advances to new front as he vows to fight ‘uniparty’

Almost 50 years ago, believe it or not, when punk rock was in its prime, the genre’s primary pervaders, the Sex Pistols and the Ramones happened to cross paths. Johnny Rotten, the front man for the Britain-based Sex Pistols, told his American counterparts that his band was out to destroy rock ‘n roll. Johnny Ramone, lead guitarist for the eponymous quartet, responded that his band was out to make...

Opinion – Bill Straub: Purported Comer book deal promises generous payday, sale of more cheap lies

Baseball legend Pete Rose (you know, the fellow who’s not in the MLB Hall of Fame) acknowledged some time back that he has in his lifetime read only one book. It was the one he wrote, titled, Pete Rose: My Story. For what it’s worth, Charlie Hustle thought it was pretty good. That little nugget sprang to mind when it was revealed the Sage of Monroe County, our own Rep. Jamie Comer, R-TheFrankfortLoop,...

Opinion — Bill Straub: Massie cites three reasons for urging Speaker Johnson’s resignation; then what?

For a Whiz Kid with fancy-schmancy degrees from some snooty college in liberal Massachusetts who has more patents than Edison (okay, that’s hyperbole, but play along for a second), it sure seems like Rep. Thomas Massie has a problem figuring out 2 + 2 sometimes. Massie, R-SomewhereorothwerLewisCounty, is, to put it nicely (as opposed to those who might prefer more scatological references), a gadfly...

Opinion – Bill Straub: Fathoming the unfathomable is just incomprehensible, no matter how you look at it

I confess to having spent a preternatural amount of time over the past eight years trying to figure out the nation’s obsession with a bloated, overweight, orange-hued man whose hair is of a color not found in nature. And, I must admit, I’m no closer to reaching a resolution on this matter than I was at the outset. Donald John Trump is an odd animal for anyone to hail as their hero. His sins are...

Opinion – Bill Straub: Immigration emerges as GOP’s ‘Rosetta Stone’ to reclaiming White House

The road to the November elections is growing shorter and MAGA Republicans are confidant they have uncovered the Rosetta Stone that will guide them toward victory. The answer is simple – brown people. Immigration has emerged as perhaps the only sure-fire issue at the GOP’s disposal and they’re riding it like Calvin Borel along the rail at Churchill Downs. They’re making no secret of using that...

Opinion – Bill Straub: What’s “anti-American” about a surge in energy options and a focus on environment?

Rep. Brett Guthrie, who to this point has proven as exciting as a bowl of day-old oatmeal, has apparently decided to stir things up a bit, joining the MAGA crowd to declare that President Biden is being downright “anti-American.” The issue drawing the consternation of the Bowling Green Republican is energy, maintaining the administration’s policies have “crippled American energy independence...

Opinion – Bill Straub: By any other word these actions would still be the same — just call it racism

Let’s call this what it is – soft-core racism. Over the past several sessions the Kentucky General Assembly has attracted a well-earned reputation for punching down on many of the constituencies it is reputed to represent. Last year it heaped abuse upon transgender kids, essentially laughing in the face of Sen. Karen Berg, D-Louisville, whose trans son committed suicide. Two years ago it placed...

Opinion – Bill Straub: McConnell endorses the Rapist; can’t help but wonder what’s gone wrong

It’s finally official – the heralded and brilliant Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell thinks The Rapist should be elected president of the United States. Hyperbole? Think again. A duly constituted jury in the state of New York, sitting in judgment at a civil trial, concluded that some time in late 1995 or early 1996, one Donald J. Trump, the once and, perhaps, future leader of this nation,...

Opinion – Bill Straub: Mitch McConnell’s period of reign most ‘consequential’ in recent Senate history

The Reign of Terror during the French Revolution lasted less than a year. Mitch McConnell’s tenure as Senate Republican leader, a positioned he announced he will be exiting after the November elections, has lasted a record 17 years. So, choose your poison – a quick beheading during one Reign of Terror or a 17-year tape loop of the Louisville lawmaker droning on about domestic policy during another? Sacre...

Opinion – Bill Straub: GOP’s foreign aid and border debacles lay bare polarity between Paul, McConnell

WASHINGTON – Sen. Rand Paul, who has proved over the years to be as useless as a fishnet handkerchief, has recently managed to sink below his usual substrata standards by suggesting that certain initiatives he opposes and, by association, those who support those initiatives, are un-American. Last week it was noted that Paul, R-Bowling Green, in reference to proposed legislation to strengthen security...

Opinion – Bill Straub: Unable to guide ‘increasingly sneering’ GOP, McConnell stumbles yet again

For a certified political genius who knows all the levers to pull and bells to ring, the master of the Senate, Mitch McConnell, sure seems to trip over his own shoelaces a lot. On Sunday, McConnell, the Senate Republican leader from of Louisville, said the upper chamber must be “prepared to act” on a monumental, bipartisan measure to bolster security along the southern border and provide...

Opinion – Bill Straub: Don’t KY’s AG, House have enough to do other than to intrude on border issues?

Kentucky Attorney General Russell Coleman and members of the state House of Representatives apparently don’t have their hands full addressing the myriad of problems facing the Commonwealth, so now they’re going to help run the state of Texas as well. Coleman has expressed his support for Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who is embroiled in a death match with the White House over the millions of folks from...