Murray, KY – UPDATE: According to the Lexington Herald Leader, Senate Bill 9 and three other measures were struck down in the House Health and Welfare Committee yesterday (Thursday) afternoon. Advocates of the bill decry the liberal-leaning committee, which consists of 10 Democrats and 6 Republicans. Representative David Floyd, who added the abortion measures to the bills, believes if they were put up to a full House vote, more than 60 members would pass the measure.
Murray, KY – On November 2nd, Kentucky Republican and Tea Party flag-bearer Rand Paul won the Commonwealth's vacant U.S. Senate seat. The first-time candidate and Washington outsider championed small government in his campaign and emphasized businesses and entrepreneurs take a stronger role in job creation. Commentator Constance Alexander takes issue with this stance, citing herself as an example of the success of Government assistance.
Murray, KY – Last week, NPR terminated the contract of Senior News Analyst Juan Williams, due to remarks made on The O'Reilly Factor that were inconsistent with NPR's editorial standards and practices. The action has since sparked a national debate over the issues of political correctness and the freedom of speech. Commentator Richard Nelson says the sensitivity police's war on honesty claims another victim, furthering the divide between the political right and left.
Murray, KY – The issue of marriage and equality is in the news again after a California judge overturned the controversial Proposition 8. In Kentucky, the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld the ban on Ten Commandment displays in county courthouses. Commentator Richard Nelson says both decisions were left to a single or small group of judges rather than being open to the democratic process. For contentious issues like these, he proposes judges show restraint, not overreach.
Murray, KY – The Kentucky General Assembly wrapped up its 2010 legislative session recently, but failed to accomplish its primary goal of crafting a state budget. Commentator and Poetry Minute producer Constance Alexander reflects on the state of Kentucky through a poem of her own.
Legislative Session, 2010 (with apologies to Ernest Lawrence Thayer and in Honor of April, National Poetry Month)
Murray, KY – On Thursday, April 8th President Barack Obama and Russian Federation President Dimitri Medvedev signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, signaling a change in relations between the two countries. Commentator and History Professor Doctor Brian Clardy writes this open letter to President Obama about the future of nuclear weaponry and global security.
Murray, KY – During the 2008 presidential campaign, then candidate Barack Obama promised a change in U.S. approach to foreign policy. Commentator and History Professor Dr. Brian Clardy believes the president has since been instrumental in creating positive transformative efforts, but says the overall status and tone of U.S. - Chinese relations will be the single most tenuous foreign policy dilemma the Obama Administration will face.