Op-ed

Al Cross: Is Daniel Cameron remaking himself in Trump’s image?

Kentucky’s chief prosecutor has delivered, figuratively speaking, an indictment with no evidence. Attorney General Daniel Cameron sent a fund-raising email Sept. 15 that said, “The media is actively coordinating messaging efforts with Democrats and their Propaganda Machine to destroy the GOP’s chances this November.” There are several problems with that; the biggest is that Cameron...

Al Cross: How much is Trump’s endorsement worth now? Or later?

This column is about Kentucky politics, but in today’s America, most politics are national, because Donald Trump has made them so. President Biden said last week that Trump is a threat to our country, its democracy, and the rule of law. And he is. But in Kentucky, the state’s chief law-enforcement officer, Attorney General Daniel...

Al Cross: Daniel Cameron shows why he’s the one to beat, then could get beat

FANCY FARM – In the 24-hour political circus that ends with the Fancy Farm Picnic, Daniel Cameron was always in the center ring. Kentucky’s attorney general showed why he’s the candidate to beat in next May’s Republican primary for governor, but he also showed why Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear could beat him in the general...

Al Cross: As Beshear largely shuns Booker, Republicans prepare for first face-off at Fancy Farm

As we look forward (well, I do) to the political speaking at the Fancy Farm Picnic in Graves County on Saturday, Aug. 6, I think about the 1994 picnic, which helped set the stage for Republicans’ takeover of the region once known as the Gibraltar of Democracy, with a capital D (as told in George...

Al Cross: On guns, McConnell is rational, but his operative word is risk

When President Biden said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was one of the “rational Republicans” who recognize “they can’t continue like this” on the issue of guns – which means doing nothing – the left erupted, casting Biden as hapless Charlie Brown in the old “Peanuts” meme of Lucy yanking away the football. Even some...

Al Cross: As primary voters move GOP farther right, will others follow?

Tuesday’s primary elections in Kentucky reflected increasing polarization of the two political parties. The Republican Party kept moving right, with the victories of several candidates who campaigned primarily on cultural issues and against government overreach. The Democratic Party kept moving left, with the U.S. Senate primary victory of former state Rep. Charles Booker of Louisville,...

Editorial: How Does the Draft SCOTUS Opinion Change Abortion Access in KY?

Op-Ed from J. Brandon Thompson Short answer? It doesn’t…yet.  In predictable fashion, the pro-life and pro-choice camps came clamoring to social and traditional media alike to express their respective adulation and furor for the recently leaked first draft of Justice Samuel Alito’s majority opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization the ruling that, if...

Al Cross: As Trump comes to Kentucky, who will welcome him?

As Churchill Downs opens its spring meet this weekend and horses prepare for the Kentucky Derby, our interest is compelled by another sort of stable: Kentucky Republican politicians and their odds of showing up at former president Donald Trump’s fund-raiser at the Derby. The $75,000 ticket price is a convenient excuse not to attend, but...

OP-ED: Lt. Gov. Coleman: Make a Difference by Volunteering at Your Local School

Our public schools are shaping the lives of our kids and the future of our commonwealth, and the teachers and school administrators in these schools step-up for Kentuckians daily. Yet, over the last several years, the education community has shouldered the blame for many of society’s ills and have even become political punching bags. These...