A Romney campaign would be all the more formidable in the unlikely event that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton does not run for president.
President Barack Obama gave a good speech Wednesday night. He needed to.
Louisville may not have many big time pro sports. But as far as I'm concerned, what we do have is even better
Some Metro Council members are already talking about reversing the decision to start charging at downtown parking meters on Saturdays. But I think that would be too hasty.
Higher defense spending is in our interest because global order is in our interest. Global order is hardly guaranteed, but without a strong U.S. military, the odds of global disorder are much greater.
Two startling announcements, only a half-dozen years apart, both made from the Oval Office: In 1968, Lyndon B. Johnson says he will not run for another term as president. Six years later -- we mark the 40th anniversary Monday -- Gerald R. Ford decides to pardon Richard M. Nixon.
One thing is certain about the race for Kentucky governor next year. It is wide open.
Is President Obama's tepid response to Russia's outrageous invasion of Ukraine a result of inexperience? Incompetence? Or could it be something else?
I'm Dave Mutchler, President of River City Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 614, and I represent over 2,200 active and retired officers of the LMPD.
Doris Kearns Goodwin has done it again. The academic historian who writes like a popular historian hits another homerun with her latest book The Bully Pulpit, now out in paperback,
Grimes makes a lot of baseless claims about McConnell. Will she ever tell Kentuckians the truth about herself?
You owe me an apology, Mr. Lamb.
Graffiti spray-painted on public or private property without the permission of the owner is not "art." It's vandalism. And it's against the law.
Some Republicans are pounding the drums for Obama to take the battle against ISIS into Syria and beyond. Not Kentucky's junior U.S. Senator Rand Paul.
The 2016 presidential preseason still has a few months left -- for every candidate but Hillary Rodham Clinton.
All seven of Kentucky's congressional incumbents up for reelection this year look safe despite the unpopularity of Congress as a whole.
As usual, there are lots of good things happening in our community – and, of course, a little goofiness, as well.
Although many people think they know exactly what happened that night when Michael Brown, a young black man, was shot by a white police officer, we don't. We weren't there. But it is fair to demand honest answers.
No one much likes political Washington now, but the city itself remains a powerful place of ghosts and inspiration.
The party of the next guy has no next guy.
This is shaping up as a status quo election as far as Kentucky's congressional delegation is concerned.
Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson were two of the biggest stars at last week's PGA Championship. But there were plenty of other stars you may not have thought about.
Requiring all hazmat trucks to pass around the center city would reduce the crippling effects of any such accident while also making such accidents less likely in the first place.
The seemingly sudden appearance and ascendancy of the Islamic State, or ISIS, again confronts America, and especially American Christians, with old questions of whether and how to resist international evil.
Throughout the reign of Adolf Hitler, Berlin warped the physics of Europe.
It's probably the biggest problem affecting this community. So why are so few people willing to help fix it?
The most dangerous of the many depressing results of a recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll may be that "76% of adults lack confidence that their children's generation will have a better life than they do -- an all-time high."
Another Fancy Farm full of sound and fury is past. Candidates strutted and fretted their few minutes on the statewide stage, their speeches signifying nothing we did not already know.
Richard Nixon no longer walks among us, having departed this earth a full two decades ago. But the ghost of the enigmatic figure who 40 years ago this week resigned the presidency lingers among us, and he is a curious character indeed.
America could use more politicians like Paul Ryan. A lot more.
There aren’t many professions where you’re often referred to as “angels of mercy.” But I know of at least one in which that description is well-deserved
I hear more grumbling in this community about JCPS than just about anything else.
Matt Wallace and his team saved and strengthened Shakespeare this year.
I finally watched the key turn in a tucked-away corner of the top floor of the hotel and saw the door open to the secret meeting place of the Salem Marine Society, founded 1766.
Many Republicans will base their vote on which man stands the best chance of beating Jack Conway, the likely Democratic nominee. Some may even consider which candidate would make the best governor.
The number one reason is Kentucky is so far behind is its stubborn insistence on redistributing far too much of its wealth from the areas with the most population and occupational activity to rural areas.
Not all terrorists wear robes and masks or blow themselves up in crowds. Sometimes, the ones who do the most damage are camouflaged in expensive suits and ties
Kentucky would be a better place if its citizens would simply stop doing a few things.
The Republicans have made a choice, and it's the last easy one they will have for the next 23 months. They will hold their national political convention in Cleveland.
In his recent decision striking down Kentucky’s laws limiting marriage to one man and one woman, U.S. Senior District Judge John G. Heyburn II derisively dismissed arguments made by Kentucky governor Steve Beshear.
For $2 million, the city’s about to get an upgrade to the Big Four Bridge that’ll make it even more attractive to visitors. But where’s the money to repair the streets they’ll need to get there?
Driving angry – even when you know you’re in the right – is a senseless reaction to volatile traffic situations.
My friends and fellow Kentuckians, I am announcing today that I am not running for governor in 2015. I therefore offer my platform free of charge to any and all of those good men and women who are interested in being the state's chief executive.
By David M. ShribmanWDRB Contributor from Pittsburgh Post-GazetteWow. A reputable poll shows that the public believes Barack Obama is the worst president since World War II. Worse than Richard M. Nixon, driven from the presidency by Watergate? Much. Worse than Jimmy Carter, for decades the very symbol of the feckless chief executive? Loads. Worse than George W. Bush, still a lightning rod on the left and a symbol of disappointment on the right? Definitely.These startling poll results set loos...
Just last year ultra-liberal U. S. Rep. John Yarmuth of Louisville lapsed into a childish kicking and screaming fit about Republican U. S. Senator Mitch McConnell misstating some things about Obamacare...
This is a very complicated issue with no simple answers, but I have one idea that might be a step in the right direction.
Should we have cut jobs instead? Postponed repair and maintenance work? Maybe cut back on security expenses?
It is too bad Hal Heiner's campaign is criticizing James Comer, a likely rival for that the Republican gubernatorial nomination, as a "career politician." That epithet may poll test well, but it is not accurate, fair, or wise.
David M. ShribmanWDRB Contributor from Pittsburgh Post-GazetteMilitants have formally declared a new Islamic state consisting of parts of Syria and Iraq. Russia, loaded with nuclear weapons and resentment, is looking menacingly at Ukraine. China is rich and restive. Israel is in upheaval over the deaths of three teens. There is no reason to believe Iran is refraining from pressing forward with nuclear-weapons research. North Korea is unpredictable and unreliable. Things are pretty bad.Now let...
Time for a few more Darts and Laurels.
This editorial is for stupid people only. If you're not hopelessly stupid, now might be a good time to go out and fix a sandwich.
Reginald Meeks needs to apologize to Senator Paul and all Kentuckians for lowering the quality of the debate.
Do not for a minute think that Tuesday's Senate runoff in Mississippi is about Thad Cochran.
First and foremost, conservatives fear that America is in a broad-based decline, and that its best days are behind it.
The story of the young girl allegedly turned away from a Mississippi KFC restaurant because her disfigured face was frightening other customers has been puzzling from the start.
I hear the Metro Council is considering an ordinance that would tax cyclists through a licensing fee. This is a good idea.
The Obama administration is overwhelmed by crises and scandals. Almost overlooked amid the myriad foreign policy and political messes is the president's abject failure at his oft-proclaimed top priority: economic recovery.
We honor our military personnel because we know that when they raise their right hand and are sworn in, that they are writing our country a blank check. That blank check is good for anything, up to and including their life. It is an honorable thing.
Republicans are relieved. Democrats are desperate.
It's never fun when you’re caught in an error. But when it happens, it's important to set the record straight.
This is exactly the sort of project that should be completely paid for by the federal government - not local residents.
The old-fashioned event at St. Jerome Catholic Church on the first Saturday in August each year should be on every Kentuckian's "bucket list."
In almost every period of our history, the national focus has been on the future.
50 summers later, we now recognize that this was one of the signature episodes in America's long story of racial strife and racial reconciliation.
Moderates remain a significant part of the Republican Party. The Ripon Society remains their institutional voice.
It's hard to say if this is President Obama's worst decision ever. But it's a contender.
There are always people who say, "We better not do that. It might be risky."
This year marked the 40th anniversary of the television series The Six Million Dollar Man, starring Kentuckian Lee Majors of Middlesboro. Suppose that small fortune instead went into creating the perfect Kentucky politician by combining the best assets of the state's current crop.
The word "campaign" has its origins in 17th-century battles, the term referring to an army's field operations.
Kentucky U. S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes was a proud Barack Obama delegate at the 2012 Democratic convention. Thanks a lot, Alison!
Now that Walmart has announced plans to build a new supercenter at 18th and Broadway, we need to shift from the question of "Will they come?" to "How do they plan to do it?"
I want to give you an update on WDRB’s invitation to host the debates between Allison Lundergen Grimes and Mitch McConnell.
There is a lot to love about Louisville, which has had some notable successes. Yet several large-scale and long-running leadership failures have left it lagging behind comparable cities.
Folks sure love their guns. Some seem to love them more than they do their fellow human beings.
One look at the actual 2015 budget just passed by the board reveals 81 pages of charts, graphs and tables that would challenge the expertise of most professional accountants
Starting with perfect weather, this past weekend was a great weekend to live in Louisville.
More senseless, multiple-victim shootings marred the Memorial Day weekend. Such sickening slaughter has become numbingly commonplace in America.
I'm pleased to announce that Senator McConnell has already accepted our offer, and we’ve already received commitments from 31 other TV and radio stations to carry our telecasts.
Mitch McConnell won Kentucky's Republican U. S. Senate primary election with 60 percent of the vote to challenger Matt Bevin's 35 percent.
We at WDRB are so enthusiastic about the prospect that we are - right now -- offering our facilities to host and televise any such debates that result from this invitation.
There are some on the political Right who fear that future history books will recount the current era something like this...
While California Chrome was winning the second jewel of the Triple Crown on Saturday, most of his rivals from the Kentucky Derby were sitting out and resting, hoping to be in their best shape to beat him in the Belmont.
What does it take to be ready, to be qualified, to be president of the United States?
The Non-Interventionists is not a punk band name (although it would a good one). It is a description of an unlikely political trio with a common attitude toward American foreign and national security policy.
Time for a few more Darts and Laurels.
Some people forget that "freedom of speech" is not synonymous with "freedom from any consequences of our speech."
Pray for the monks of The Abbey of Gethsemani. It is the least you can do since they have been praying for you.
The slang usage of this word is degrading and needs to be stopped.
Let’s pray the Court continues to recognize the important role our Founders placed on religion in our society and on the rightful place of prayer in our proceedings.
He's not running for re-election, but his Democrats face the voters in November's midterm congressional elections, and then his political heirs do so again in the presidential election two years hence.
Although the Watterson Expressway connects Louisville's eastern and western ends, a road honoring Henry Watterson should really run north and south.
Just about everyone seems to think they have the solutions to the problems that ail the system. So why then does it seem so hard to get qualified people to run for the school board?
We needed this Derby Festival to wash away the nasty taste of the youthful violence that caused such concern back in March...
Most American presidents are reluctant warriors.
April was a cruel month for Kentucky jobs.
Once again, the Bluegrass State is cited as a prime example of a place where inefficiency, incompetence and good old plain waste prevent citizens from realizing all the government services they should expect from the taxes they pay.
A political crimson tide has been washing over Kentucky for decades.
It seems several local folks have a bone to pick with Churchill Downs...
It’s Derby week in Kentucky! Here is a tip sheet pairing some of the state’s top politicians with some of this year’s Derby horses.
President Barack Obama asked for a national debate on health care, and he got his wish.
So, on behalf of Kentuckians across the Commonwealth, I want to thank the General Assembly. Thanks for nothing.
He takes a lot of questions, but U. S. Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is a master at not actually answering them.
Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore has said that INDOT has simply been dragging its feet and acting like a bully -- and I think he’s right.
A complaint I recently received about the violence in Fox's Saturday night UFC telecast made me think it's a good time to explain once more exactly what the connection is - and is not -- between Fox and WDRB.
All eyes are focused on this year's Kentucky U.S. Senate race, but the next one is actually already underway.
Let me assure you we have no patience with bald-faced bigots, and no intention of being used by these people for their pin-headed, racist purposes in the future.
So what exactly happened last Saturday that was so horrible? Pretty much nothing.
If Jeb Bush decides to run and presents the best chance of beating Democrat Hillary Clinton, the Republican Party should unreservedly rally around him.
The Obama Economy has had a devastating impact on the people of Kentucky, especially the many working women and families who keep this Commonwealth running.
Since 2000, Caterpillar, the massive Peoria-based heavy equipment company, has avoided paying over $2 billion in U.S. taxes by using a legal maneuver...
Texting while driving is now against the law in Kentucky and 39 other states, but we still have no nationwide standards for investigating such accidents and apportioning blame accordingly.
The unsolved 2012 murder of Adan Perez at Churchill Downs is symbolic of so much in thoroughbred horse racing now.
The Supreme Court has the capacity to structure the politics of the other two branches, and it did so last week.
It's a good time to review the state of the business and sport of thoroughbred horse racing, especially in its Kentucky epicenter. The report is mixed.
Is there anyone out there who thinks we get our money's worth out of Kentucky's legislature?
The alarm is now sounding about the danger potential terrorist attacks on America's power grid pose. If national leadership is listening, it is not acting.
A historic deadline beckons Monday. Most Americans without health insurance must have started to apply for coverage by that deadline or face a financial penalty. It's the first time that health insurance
These are stellar accomplishments by some truly gifted student-athletes, and they deserve as much respect as the men.
The last few weeks in Louisville really have been the best of times and the worst of times. It is a tale of two cities, but both are Louisville.
I'm glad so many local African American leaders -- church leaders -- are sitting down with some of these kids to find out what's got them so agitated. Because this didn't just happen overnight.
Whether you're a lifelong Cardinal basketball fan or bleed Wildcat blue, you had plenty to cheer about this past weekend.
Kentucky's political press cannot abide a candidate who refuses to kowtow. Thus, the torrent of righteous indignation that has rained down on U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell after his staff excluded an editor for LEO from a campaign press conference.
Once a year is probably not often enough to celebrate the goodness in those who hold opposing views, but is at least better than never.
Simply declaring that so many days can be missed without consequence may be the easy way out, but it would also be grossly irresponsible.
I'm in favor of free speech, but only from people who are willing to take ownership of that speech.
The Democrats who run Kentucky's House of Representatives are deathly afraid that the public is going to finally hold them accountable for the party's long legacy of failed liberal policies.
An unusual battle for history is now underway, pitting American memory against the historical legacy of an American president.
The lively debate signals that Republicans are healthier and hungrier than the Democrats, who are slouching towards Hillary Clinton.
A local option sales tax would be huge for Louisville, but there will be more hurdles to clear, such as the rural legislators who have long held a selfish bias against Louisville...
I count Jack Conway as a friend of mine, but in this case, I believe he's wrong.
U. S. Senator Rand Paul has the most realistic prospect of being elected president of any Kentuckian since Henry Clay or John C. Breckinridge.
Kentucky's sensitive Attorney General Jack Conway cried upon having to make a hard political decision before running for governor. Great Edmund Muskie's ghost!
Why does the crisis in Ukraine matter to us? To those of us at WDRB, it matters very much.
Hal Heiner is starting the 2015 Republican race for governor by formally announcing his candidacy. How will the GOP frontrunner, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, respond?
If JCPS returned to the concept of neighborhood schools, a huge amount of bus travel would be eliminated, allowing all our schools to function in a far more effective, economical and consistent manner – even on snowy days.
Bipartisan sponsorship reflects the broad support for the local option sales tax throughout the state.
I favor the death penalty because, in my view, some crimes are just so heinous that the perpetrator forfeits any further right to exist. Period.
Either some of our judges are too eater to relieve the jail overcrowding problem, or shock probation is just a bad idea that needs to be reconsidered.
Bill Clinton's appeal is difficult to understand. He is dishonest and was not nearly as good a president as adoring Democrats and their mainstream media allies claim.
The Democrats have a jobs plan. They want to kill about a half million of them.
It's rumored that the site at 18th and Broadway that's been vacant since 2000 will soon be occupied by a new Walmart store. But First District Metro Council Representative Attica Scott is aggressively
You'd think our legislators would be too busy to indulge in frivolity. But at least one of our lawmakers apparently disagrees.
The conservative case against the death penalty has come to Kentucky. It is a compelling one.
Hillary Clinton is a pretty good bet to be the Democratic presidential nominee. If she runs.
So far in this General Assembly session the endangered Democrats who control the House of Representatives and the inexplicably popular Governor Beshear have pursued a predictable path on the political left.
To suggest that the Courier Journal "rigged" its poll was wrong and I would like to apologize. That was a bad choice of words.
On his 2,248th day as Kentucky's governor, Steve Beshear finally issued a tax reform proposal. According to WDRB's John David Dyche, it was not worth the wait.
Louisiana may be the state most like Kentucky.
Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman's death from an apparent heroin overdose should help focus public attention on the rapidly growing menace that dangerous drug presents.
Equal protection of the law seems like such a simple concept. As applied by America's federal courts, however, it is a devilishly difficult one.