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Columns

  • America’s team is not in DC

  • The 2011 session begins in Frankfort

    The 2009 session of your General Assembly focused last week on organizing the leadership posts and committee assignments for the next two years. As you may know, I declined to run for a leadership position, resigning as Whip of the minority caucus. The last two years as Whip were extremely busy, the work effective and rewarding. However, anyone can do the job, and they’ll also do it well if they throw themselves into it. But the more time I spend in Frankfort, the less I have in my home district. So I stepped aside, and am happy about the decision.   

  • Sen. Higdon’s report from Frankfort

    FRANKFORT — Usually, the first week is an organizational week during which the different parties elect their leadership. This year was different. When we announced the Senate Majority legislative agenda in December, we committed to move aggressively on passing legislation regarding job creation, education, and transparent and responsive government. With the passage of these bills, the “Agenda for Prosperity,” very few can say we didn’t deliver on that promise this first week.

  • All aboard, still plenty of room

    My younger sister, Sarah, is a planner.

    She finished undergraduate school in 3-1/2 years because she planned to do just that. She began law school in August following her graduation from college because that was in her plans. Now, with only one semester left before she completes her law degree, she is planning for her next step — her wedding. Well, technically she is planning for the bar in July and then the wedding in August.

  • Let’s celebrate gifts and hope

    Gifts from good people often come so unexpectedly, and calls to hope come from many sources, too.

  • Don’t rewrite Mark Twain’s ‘Huck Finn’

    If only Mark Twain were alive to skewer the censorious protectors of modern sensitivities who have taken to banning “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” from the classroom and now to excising its offensive words.

  • Defusing a sociological bomb: Wrongful convictions

    Race still matters in America, and justice is not completely blind. Anyone who believes otherwise should examine the case of Cornelius Dupree Jr., who was ruled innocent Tuesday after spending 30 years in prison — almost his entire adult life — for a brutal carjacking and rape that he did not commit.

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  • Column: Setting an agenda for 2011 General Assembly

    The Senate majority gathered Dec. 9-10 to discuss the upcoming session and lay out legislative priorities. The session will only be 30 days; we have only a brief time so we have to make the most of it and respond to the issues we heard from voters in the fall.