Legislating priorities: like where people pee

This year marks my seventh in the Kentucky General Assembly as the Fairness Campaign’s director, and through all the good and bad I’ve seen, I never thought we’d be busy debating where people pee, but that’s the Kentucky Senate for you. Freshman Senator C.B. Embry, a Morgantown Republican, has sought to make a name for … Continued

Feminismo

Ah! The joys of modern feminism — so different from its beginnings and yet so much the same. When the Oscars aired, women got an injection of activist fire from Patricia Arquette’s speech about pay equality — initially, that is — before what she actually said was dismantled and before she added more. The statement … Continued

Frankfort fame and follies

The first day of the session fell on my birthday. I was feeling my age, eager to feel the energy of the new senators and recall some unforgettable highlights of David Williams’ presidency. When he wickedly mimicked then-House Speaker Jody Richards, a great swell of laughter filled the chamber and the mighty Tom Jensen spilled … Continued

Netanyahu, the self-anointed Jewish Pope

Seldom does a week go by in which a politician does not do something offensive. The most common offensive act is usually of the racial or sexist variety, although some venture into the socioeconomic territory.  In the 2006 Virginia Senate race, incumbent George Allen lost his election as a result of what has been dubbed … Continued

Interruptions

“Prepare yourself, you contemptible poltroon, for my imminent, bloody invasion into your heart or, if you don’t stand still, perhaps your left shoulder or your fundament. For as sure as you and your colleagues shall never again wear the vile fabrics of Europe, your death at this creekside today shall avenge my honorable lord’s character … Continued

‘Speaking’ of Homeland Security…

So far, it is difficult to tell whether or not Mitch McConnell and John Boehner are out joyriding in mom and dad’s car in the middle of the night or if they’ve reached the senior moment when their licenses need to be revoked. Whatever the case may be, they now have the keys to the … Continued

Legalization Now

The Kentucky legislature debated legalizing medical marijuana during this year’s legislative session. February 12, Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo announced that his medical marijuana bill was not going to pass this year. Speaker Stumbo should be commended for trying to move our Commonwealth forward but his bill was a mere half measure. Kentucky should legalize … Continued

The Disease of Perfection

Project Beyoncé body has commenced for 2015! One of my goals for this year is to get back in shape. I needed to refocus on my fitness after a busy campaign season that created an estranged relationship between myself and the Louisville Athletic Club. I confess that I had not been happy about the lack … Continued

A love letter to Malcolm X

Rightfully, we pause to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. every year. Wrongfully, Malcolm X is still not so well received. Sadly, Brother Malcolm’s birthday often comes and goes without the majority of people realizing it. There is no fanfare in most quarters. No parades, no holiday, no television specials, no proclamations from the mayor … … Continued

Feeding Back

This week, I’m taking time to reflect on one of the more interesting parts of writing for a publication and that is the interaction with people who write me letters. These last couple of weeks I’ve received a few emails that, even in disagreement, make me extraordinarily appreciative. Why? I’m grateful because it means that they heard … Continued