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Being a good steward of your tax dollars is, to me, one of the most important tenets of good government. I believe you sent me here to Frankfort to be a guardian of that resource. So, when I see any government entity spending massive amounts of money without input from the legislature, I ask…

Crape myrtles in western Kentucky suffered partial or total kills of the top portions of the trees this spring. Trees and shrubs had lost their winter dormancy when the April 15 and 16 freeze occurred with temperatures dropping to between 27-29 degrees in this area.

It was a busy week in Frankfort as several Interim Joint Committees met to discuss issues the state is facing. The common theme in all the committee meetings continues to be COVID-19. This virus appears to be with us for the near future, so it is important to find safe, effective, common sen…

Public safety is one of the most important responsibilities of government. During the 2020 Regular Session, my colleagues and I made public safety a top priority. We approved several measures aimed at protecting our most vulnerable, many of which became effective July 15.

With the first full month of interim joint committee meetings behind us, this week I want to share some insight we gained during the last few meetings.

The men’s locker room at the downtown YMCA in Frankfort has a flat screen TV on the wall. Every morning when I go there to swim, it’s blaring out the daily dosage of bad news. If no one else is in the locker room, I turn it off. If someone is there watching it, I politely endure.

While working on the House Floor during a session, many of my colleagues and I step into the Speaker’s Office to take phone calls, have a conversation, or greet constituents. This year, I noticed something new — a beautiful quilt sewn together from pieces of red, white, and blue fabric and d…

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Gardening is a wonderful pastime with many benefits. Garden produce can supplement grocery shopping, potentially lowering monthly food costs, It provides moderate intensity exercise. It also tends to improve self-esteem, increase happiness and improve sleep. It can be great for family health…

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Lyon County High School Class of 2020 ended a school year like no other in history, with all 58 graduates spending the last two months of their compulsory education learning at home through non-traditional instruction. This group of seniors missed out on a final season of spring sports, a se…

To the graduates of 2020, I want to extend my congratulations and best of luck on your future endeavors. Whether you are graduating from high school or college, you have worked and prepared your whole life for the day you get to hear your name called, walk across a stage, and receive your di…

As part of Team Kentucky, Andy Beshear and I made a commitment to be good teammates to our fellow Kentuckians, to end the divisive political rhetoric and verbal attacks by demonstrating the compassion, empathy and leadership we believe they deserve.

The text alert arrived with a call to action. I needed to verify with my data breach monitoring company that a cable company had my permission to check my financial background, allowing me to consider them as a streaming entertainment provider. Like many Kentuckians who have been Healthy at …

Before I begin this week’s session review, I would like to share an update regarding the Primary Election. I hope you are already aware that the Governor and Secretary of State worked together to postpone this year’s primary from May 18 to June 23 and expand the absentee voting options to in…

Kentucky does not have the best track record when it comes to health. We come close to leading the nation in all the wrong things — particularly chronic illnesses like diabetes, heart disease, obesity. Lifestyle choices contribute to the prevalence of diseases, but access to quality medical …

Over the past few years, Kentucky has become one of the most military-friendly states in the nation. A big part of this is that we are without a doubt a patriotic people with communities that welcome active duty and retired military members. We have also earned this reputation by enacting sm…

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As we near the end of (non-traditional instruction) NTI and the school year, I wish to pause to focus a bit on the positives of the past two months. Little did we know that when we began discussion about NTI, this would be how we concluded the school year. Certainly, challenges arose and our…

Newspapers in the United States have traveled rough seas to the First Amendment freedoms we enjoy today. From the colonial Stamp Act through wartime censorship to today, when thousands of newspapers were slammed with the public health emergency known as COVID-19, people who work for newspape…

With the 2020 Regular Session behind us, I hope to use my legislative updates to review some of the work we did this session. It makes sense to start with education, since so much depends on both how we approach this issue and how successful we are. Investing wisely will prepare Kentucky chi…

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The 2020 Regular Session adjourned just before midnight last Wednesday, more than four months after convening in January and six weeks after COVID-19 altered so much about the world as we knew it.

First and foremost, I want to let everyone know that Caldwell Medical Center is here for our community. These are uncertain times with a lot of unknowns, but you can gain some peace of mind with the knowledge that we are taking the COVID-19 outbreak very seriously and are aggressively workin…

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As your State Representative, I usually use this column to share news and updates about what the legislature is doing. I certainly appreciate the opportunity to share. With the coronavirus and COVID-19 changing so much about our daily lives, this week, I would like to share some thoughts I h…

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The worry is palpable. Stress is mounting on the faces we see and in the voices we hear. And the pain is hitting closer to home.

The Kentucky legislature is responsible for passing the state’s budget — that is, deciding how state money is raised and spent in the commonwealth. No other government official or body can do that job for us.

The United States Postal Service is committed to delivering your mail and packages throughout the current pandemic. We are proud of our role in providing an essential service to every community. The one constant throughout this crisis has been our commitment to fulfilling the vital mission o…

As I drove home from the Capitol last week, I saw so many businesses closed, so few people out and about. I have no doubt that we are doing the right thing. I support what our public health agencies are doing to “flatten the curve” and slow the spread of COVID-19.

Frankfort, like most of the world, is not the same place it was two weeks ago when the governor announced the state’s first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus.

Gardening is a wonderful pastime with many benefits. Garden produce can supplement grocery shopping, potentially lowering monthly food costs, It provides moderate intensity exercise. It also tends to improve self-esteem, increase happiness and improve sleep. It can be great for family health…

  • Updated

Lyon County High School Class of 2020 ended a school year like no other in history, with all 58 graduates spending the last two months of their compulsory education learning at home through non-traditional instruction. This group of seniors missed out on a final season of spring sports, a se…

To the graduates of 2020, I want to extend my congratulations and best of luck on your future endeavors. Whether you are graduating from high school or college, you have worked and prepared your whole life for the day you get to hear your name called, walk across a stage, and receive your di…

The text alert arrived with a call to action. I needed to verify with my data breach monitoring company that a cable company had my permission to check my financial background, allowing me to consider them as a streaming entertainment provider. Like many Kentuckians who have been Healthy at …

Before I begin this week’s session review, I would like to share an update regarding the Primary Election. I hope you are already aware that the Governor and Secretary of State worked together to postpone this year’s primary from May 18 to June 23 and expand the absentee voting options to in…

As part of Team Kentucky, Andy Beshear and I made a commitment to be good teammates to our fellow Kentuckians, to end the divisive political rhetoric and verbal attacks by demonstrating the compassion, empathy and leadership we believe they deserve.

Kentucky does not have the best track record when it comes to health. We come close to leading the nation in all the wrong things — particularly chronic illnesses like diabetes, heart disease, obesity. Lifestyle choices contribute to the prevalence of diseases, but access to quality medical …

Over the past few years, Kentucky has become one of the most military-friendly states in the nation. A big part of this is that we are without a doubt a patriotic people with communities that welcome active duty and retired military members. We have also earned this reputation by enacting sm…

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  • Updated

As we near the end of (non-traditional instruction) NTI and the school year, I wish to pause to focus a bit on the positives of the past two months. Little did we know that when we began discussion about NTI, this would be how we concluded the school year. Certainly, challenges arose and our…

Newspapers in the United States have traveled rough seas to the First Amendment freedoms we enjoy today. From the colonial Stamp Act through wartime censorship to today, when thousands of newspapers were slammed with the public health emergency known as COVID-19, people who work for newspape…

With the 2020 Regular Session behind us, I hope to use my legislative updates to review some of the work we did this session. It makes sense to start with education, since so much depends on both how we approach this issue and how successful we are. Investing wisely will prepare Kentucky chi…

  • Updated

The 2020 Regular Session adjourned just before midnight last Wednesday, more than four months after convening in January and six weeks after COVID-19 altered so much about the world as we knew it.

First and foremost, I want to let everyone know that Caldwell Medical Center is here for our community. These are uncertain times with a lot of unknowns, but you can gain some peace of mind with the knowledge that we are taking the COVID-19 outbreak very seriously and are aggressively workin…

breaking
  • Updated

As your State Representative, I usually use this column to share news and updates about what the legislature is doing. I certainly appreciate the opportunity to share. With the coronavirus and COVID-19 changing so much about our daily lives, this week, I would like to share some thoughts I h…

  • Updated

The worry is palpable. Stress is mounting on the faces we see and in the voices we hear. And the pain is hitting closer to home.

The Kentucky legislature is responsible for passing the state’s budget — that is, deciding how state money is raised and spent in the commonwealth. No other government official or body can do that job for us.

The United States Postal Service is committed to delivering your mail and packages throughout the current pandemic. We are proud of our role in providing an essential service to every community. The one constant throughout this crisis has been our commitment to fulfilling the vital mission o…

As I drove home from the Capitol last week, I saw so many businesses closed, so few people out and about. I have no doubt that we are doing the right thing. I support what our public health agencies are doing to “flatten the curve” and slow the spread of COVID-19.

Frankfort, like most of the world, is not the same place it was two weeks ago when the governor announced the state’s first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus.

We began last week by remembering our founding fathers and the noble leaders who helped shape our great nation. On Presidents Day, we saluted all U.S. Presidents, past and present.

Throughout my time in the Kentucky House, I have made this district my top legislative priority. When I go to work, I go to work for our families and our future. Throughout my time in Frankfort, I have supported policies aimed at growing our economy, protecting life, defending our most vulne…

The first week of the 2020 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly has come to a close Friday. We had a productive week in Frankfort and left with confidence in what the session has in store. It was a pleasure to begin the session Jan. 7 with a visit from the 100th Army Band from Fo…

At a time when efforts are underway across the country to restrict gun ownership, patriotic Americans are rising up in strong defense of the 2nd Amendment. This is especially true across Kentucky where there is significant grassroots energy aimed at defending a right that our founding father…

I joined legislators from throughout Kentucky in Frankfort last week as House and Senate members convened the 2020 Regular Session. I am always reminded that it is a privilege to serve this district and our communities, an honor and responsibility that I take very seriously. I hope to contin…

Happy New Year and thanks to everyone who participated last month in our first ever Festival of Trees. It was a big success and lots of money was raised for various charities throughout the area.

As we move into the new year, I've been reflecting on what we have accomplished in 2019 on behalf of the 1st Congressional District. Every time I returned to Kentucky throughout 2019, I heard loud and clear the priorities of my constituents, which have been to enact policies that put working…

As we welcome a new year after just ushering out another 12 months that seemingly raced by, let's take a moment to reflect on our democracy and our wonderful country.

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger’ because there was no room for them in the inn.

This year's interim joint committee meetings have come to an end, giving us a peek at the topics we will likely consider during the 2020 General Assembly. With the session just weeks away, committees spent time delving into issues like the opioid crisis, local taxation and high pension costs…

Last summer, I was approached by a Lyon County assistant coach and asked if I'd like to help the boys high school basketball team with strength and conditioning. I have dedicated a large portion of my adult years to furthering my knowledge of health and fitness; I have a passion for basketba…

Growing up in western Kentucky there were some fundamentals: When the Cats played, the TV was turned down and Cawood Ledford cranked-up; I first had to learn to sit still before being allowed anywhere near a deer stand; and it was better to be on the top tier of the tobacco barn when housing…

Legislators spent this week in Frankfort wrapping up many of our Interim Joint Committees. Over the last few months, agencies, organizations, and constituents have brought their agendas to Frankfort to lay the groundwork for issues we will consider during the 2020 Session. I have shared abou…

Governor-elect Andy Beshear and future First Lady Britainy Beshear are holding an inauguration poster contest and invite children to submit artwork reflecting Kentuckians working together to accomplish "common goals we all share."

At the end of October, President Trump announced U.S. special operations forces eliminated Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the world's most wanted terrorist and the vile leader of ISIS. Whatever your politics, every American should express sincere gratitude to the intelligence professionals and servic…