Op-ed

Al Cross: As she runs with a big issue, Craft raises questions about her approach

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Elections should be about issues, not just candidates. So, Republican Kelly Craft is to be commended for making the first substantive commercial in the governor’s race about one of Kentucky’s most difficult issues: drug abuse that led to 2,250 overdose deaths in 2021. We need to talk more about the issue, because...

Al Cross: For better or worse, McConnell is consequential

The contrast was stark in the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday. The east side was chaos, as the new, thin Republican majority in the House of Representatives failed to elect a speaker, the prerequisite for doing any other business. The west side was calm and comity, as Democrats kept nominal control of the Senate and its...

RPK Op-Ed: A Historic Year for Kentucky Republicans

Op-Ed from Republican Party of Kentucky Chair Mac Brown On a cold day in March 1854, a small group of activists met in Ripon, Wisconsin to start a political movement. It began as most political coalitions do: a group of people with diverse views, but united in opposition to the status quo: a Democrat Party...

Al Cross: Christmas gifts for Kentucky’s political elite

Before we renew this space’s 41-year tradition of imaginary but fitting Christmas gifts for Kentucky political figures, here’s a plea for some real gifts for folks who really need them: the people of Ukraine, who are standing up to a vicious bully for our common cause of freedom; and the thousands of people in the upper Kentucky...

Al Cross: Beshear is no longer an underdog, but he’s not the favorite, either

When Gov. Andy Beshear was sworn in three years ago Saturday, he was a fluke, elected by just 5,136 votes (less than 0.4% of the total) due to controversial utterances by incumbent Matt Bevin. Republicans won all the other statewide offices going away, including a first-time candidate who defeated a former Miss America. Three months...

Op-ed: Kentucky Democrats Need a “New Deal”

Op-Ed from T.J. Hensley This Midterm election cycle will likely be recorded with an asterisk in the history books. A poor midterm performance for the party which occupies the White House is the general rule of thumb in American politics, with the President’s party often suffering an average loss of almost thirty seats in the...

Al Cross: In politics, John Y. Brown Jr. was a reformer who delivered

The first time I was in a helicopter, and the first time I covered a race for governor, was the first time I met John Y. Brown Jr. It was the Monday after the 1979 Kentucky Derby, and Brown was using a helicopter to make up for his late-starting candidacy, choppering from town to town,...

Al Cross: Gerrymanders warp legislature, damage our political system

The word “representative” is both a noun and an adjective. In the Kentucky General Assembly it has become mainly a noun, meaning a member of the House of Representatives. That’s because the House is not as representative of Kentucky as it should be, given the results of this month’s elections and the district lines on...

Al Cross: Political tumult makes us value pols like Ron Mazzoli, whose ‘fine character always won’

As the nation hurtles toward a tumultuous and fraught midterm election, Kentucky is an island of relative calm. Beyond elections for local office in every county, our voters seem unlikely to change much of government, with Republican congressional incumbents favored and GOP legislative majorities secure. Louisville will get a new congressman, almost surely another Democrat;...