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Guest Columns

  • Growing population growing older in Kentucky

    The U.S. population is growing faster than a blade of bluegrass in spring. But a larger population will not necessarily mean a younger population, for either our country or the Bluegrass State.
    The less-than-robust birth rate nationally and here in Kentucky over the past decade means that the largest population growth -- at least over the next few decades -- will be among the baby boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964), which means most population growth will be among older and the oldest Americans, demographers say.

  • Senator wraps up final week of session

    Long nights, intense debate, and media attention from across the globe wrapped up what started as a quiet final week of the 2017 Session of the Kentucky General Assembly. Minutes before the Senate gaveled out for good, Governor Matt Bevin called this session the most productive in history.  It was truly an honor to work alongside the governor with the new House Majority to pass many great initiatives for our commonwealth.

  • Rep. Rand lists summaries of approved bills

    It’s been good to be back among the people of the 47th House District since the adjournment of the 2017 session of the Kentucky General Assembly on March 30.  I’ve enjoyed talking to so many of you about the many issues we faced and the final decisions that were made, some with my support and some without.

  • 2017 session was busy: 793 bills introduced

    The 2017 session of the Kentucky General Assembly is now history and with its conclusion comes the consideration of what was accomplished — both good and bad — and how the adoption of these policies will play out for the future of the Commonwealth.

  • Summit Basecamp at TCMS

    Dear Readers,
    I am excited to share information this week regarding Trimble County Middle School. Due to the positive leadership of Principal Tracy Poe and her staff TCMS has applied for and been accepted into the Summit Basecamp training this summer. What is Summit Basecamp? It is a free program that provides educators with resources needed to bring personalized learning into the classroom.
    The mission of Summit is to prepare a diverse student population for success in a four-year college or university and to be thoughtful, contributing members of society.

  • Communication methods rapidly advancing in Ky.

    There was a time when most people connected with their elected officials over landline phones or by sending a letter through the postal service.
    Oh, how times have changed.

  • Massie introduces bill to eliminate federal education department

    Should a presidential appointee and an army of bureaucrats in a remote office building thousands of miles away decide what values, morals and ideas to instill in your children? I think not. Of all the harmful things our government in Washington, D.C., does, micromanaging education is perhaps the worst.

  • Senate passes school legislation

    Early mornings turned to late nights and spirited debate echoed through the House and Senate chambers as we closed in on the final days of the 2017 Legislative Session in Frankfort. A flurry of bills were sent to Governor Matt Bevin’s desk this week, highlighted by measures to empower our Kentucky teachers and create better learning environments for our Kentucky students.

  • Limited discussion on House bills regarding education

    Fifteen minutes – that’s how long the new House Majority let opponents to charter schools discuss a last-minute funding bill that will siphon money from our public schools for years to come.
    It was an 11th-hour sneak attack on March 15th, offered in the final moments of the final day for passing legislation. It was certainly not the first assault on the democratic process during the 2017 session, but it’s the one with the most potential for damaging the future of Kentucky’s school children.

  • Short Senate week is ‘intense’

    A flurry of activity stemming from committee meetings and the passage of bills marked a short but intense Week 6 of the Kentucky General Assembly. Although the Senate was only in session from Monday to Wednesday of this week, committee meetings still met during the later part of the week to give final hearings to a few select bills.