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Dave was late so I began the class without him. We were team teaching an undergraduate class in psychology. It was unusual for him to be tardy.

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A year before the Declaration of Independence was signed, pioneers planted the first hemp crop at Clark’s Run Creek in Danville. Fast forward to 2018, which looked to be one of the most momentous years in the history of this storied crop. That’s because President Trump signed the 2018 Farm B…

For the child of God who has been made clean by the precious blood of Jesus, death is swallowed up in victory. Paul writes, I Corinthians 15:55-57, “O death where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? But thanks be to God, who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” For …

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What would my town be without a newspaper? If you haven’t asked yourself that question, perhaps it is time to consider just what the newspaper means to this community.

The word means arising from the dead. The doctrine is taught both in the old and new testaments. Job of old taught it (Job 19: 25-27). Lazarus experienced it. (John 11:2 3-44). The apostle Paul spoke clearly about it. (I Corinthians 15: 12-56) and (I Thessalonians 4: 13-28).

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A pandemic is an essentializing force; it strips away the frosting of rhetoric and habit and forces us to confront bare realities. Nowhere is this more apparent than in higher education, which over the past few decades has been one of two sectors that have just kept increasing their prices, …

Asian longhorned tick has been confirmed in three counties in Kentucky — Floyd, Martin and Metcalfe — according to Ric Bessin and Jonathan Larson, University of Kentucky entomologists. The samples were found on a black bear, elk and cow, respectively. In Metcalfe County the cow was reported …

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…

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.

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.

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…

Most of the time, helping the people of our community navigate state government is one of my favorite parts of being a legislator.

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…

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…

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 …

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…

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…

A pandemic is an essentializing force; it strips away the frosting of rhetoric and habit and forces us to confront bare realities. Nowhere is this more apparent than in higher education, which over the past few decades has been one of two sectors that have just kept increasing their prices, …

Asian longhorned tick has been confirmed in three counties in Kentucky — Floyd, Martin and Metcalfe — according to Ric Bessin and Jonathan Larson, University of Kentucky entomologists. The samples were found on a black bear, elk and cow, respectively. In Metcalfe County the cow was reported …

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…

Most of the time, helping the people of our community navigate state government is one of my favorite parts of being a legislator.

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…

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…

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…

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.

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.

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.

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…

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There is no doubt that putting in place quality infrastructure, including roads, bridges and water systems, is incredibly vital to our quality of life. We depend on safe roads, quality drinking water and reliable forms of energy. It makes perfect sense that these should be among the most imp…

Opponents of giving Kentucky parents more alternatives when it comes to educating their children want to distract families and taxpayers and the lawmakers who represent them from the true success being achieved by public charter schools and tax-credit scholarships in some of the nation's mos…

Part of my daughter's morning school arrival routine is stopping to say hi to Officer Steve, her school resource officer. And daily, even with all he is managing during morning drop-offs, he never fails to share a smile or a laugh with her.

The second of five gubernatorial campaign debates held recently at the University of Kentucky featured a statement you rarely hear uttered by a politician of either party, but especially one who portrays himself as a progressive with a spending wish list long enough to cover every inch of th…

Is the U.S. on the verge of self-destruction due to worsening division among its people? I hope not. But according to Jesus, "If a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand." About three years before the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln borrowed the metaphor in a speech initiating h…