By John David Dyche
Before the summer passes into autumn let's harvest a few of the fading season's last political produce still hanging on the browning stalk.
The complaints suggest that at least some members of Democratic House leadership knew about harassment allegations against Arnold as far back as 2010, and that former House Majority Whip Rep. John Will Stacy (D-West Liberty) told one of the accusers that Arnold was "harmless." Also, WFPL's Phillip Bailey reported, "A Democratic state lawmaker says some of his colleagues told him to keep quiet allegations of sexual harassment and assault against a fellow legislator to protect the party's majority in upcoming elections."
So what did Democratic leaders know and when did they know it? The House Democratic Caucus Campaign Committee, which is controlled by House leadership, contributed $10,000 to Arnold's campaign on September 18, 2012. Did these dollars flow despite top Democrats knowing about sex harassment allegations against Arnold, who went on to win election by a mere 5 votes?
It will be impossible for Grimes to paint Republicans as somehow waging war against women when it appears that her fellow Democrats put politics ahead of protecting female employees. Grimes can still run on her support for Obamacare, of course, especially now that Governor Steve Beshear is enthusiastically embracing that train wreck.
That mind-boggling sum is still $183 billion more than any pre-Obama deficit, and the national debt is still $17 trillion, which exceeds the gross domestic product. So it is safe to assume that Senator Paul's response would be that the federal government still spends way too much and America desperately needs more private sector economic growth.
On August 13, a news sub-headline referred to the "far-right tea party," and the news story to "tea party shrillness." Back in May, a news headline said the IRS gave extra scrutiny to "right wing" groups. You will search in vain for comparable news headlines or stories using the terms "far-left," "liberal shrillness," or "left wing."
The Kentucky FFA's Regional Star Farmer, Star Agribusiness & Star in Ag Placement exhibits at the Kentucky State Fair give reasons for hope. These stars are some of the many amazing young people involved in Kentucky agriculture, and the displays about their demanding, disciplined, an inspiring lives will restore your faith in America's future.
John David Dyche is a Louisville attorney and political commentator for WDRB.com. His e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.