Stop renewal of Patriot Act's privacy abuses
Right now, our state's senior senator is preparing to pass a bill to renew the USA Patriot Act, one that jeopardizes the lives and liberty of Americans everywhere.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr are leading the charge to reauthorize the law before it expires on June 1 and renew it until 2020.
Opposing this move are Sen. Patrick Leahy, a Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the other Kentucky senator, Rand Paul. Both are part of a bipartisan attempt to halt progress on the bill's renewal.
Section 215 of the original bill enables the government, the National Security Agency in particular, to perform surveillance on citizens with impunity, using phone records, emails, videos and other data.
NSA operations under Section 215 (called the PRISM program) were included in Edward Snowden's information leaks in 2013. Notably, President Barack Obama signed a renewal of Section 215 in 2011.
The men and women who sponsor programs like this treasonous act are endangering our republic. I urge citizens to contact representatives and make their voices heard so that this bill will be struck down. This is about more than the party line, this is about protecting American lives.
Rand Paul arrogant
Rand Paul's garish 2016 campaign now roars with high-tech theatrics and glitzy feel-goods. Glaring contradictions fester beneath Paul's carefully-calculated bombast.
His "freedom" mantra is totally dictated by right-wing Republican extremists — not genuine libertarian conviction.
Fake-libertarian Paul panders with his opposition to gay rights. Paul is no outsider; his failed GOP policies pour more wealth to the rich, while protecting tax-free corporations.
Paul simultaneously pretends compassion while coldly cutting the safety nets that safeguard the vulnerable in our society.
Paul's "less government" kills real people and makes millions miserable. Double-talking Paul's greed-creed disguises deadly Darwinism.
Dare anyone ask: What are candidate Paul's actual public-service accomplishments and qualifications for the most difficult job in the world? George W. Bush showed us what lasting damage an arrogant unqualified president can inflict on our fragile nation and our much troubled world.
Coincidence for Heiner?
The Republican governor's race has turned very nasty with an ad by a PAC supporting Hal Heiner now attacking Matt Bevin. The ad is so full of lies that WLEX, the NBC affiliate in Lexington, has pulled it. The face and voice/spokesman for the negative PAC is Joe Burgan.
Through a remarkable coincidence, his job just prior to this one, was as Heiner's campaign manager. Hmmm.
When he said he was leaving for family reasons, I guess that was true. Now we know whose family he was talking about. But don't forget, Heiner knows nothing about this group and there is no coordination. Uh-huh.
Comer will fight for coal
The only candidate for governor who has come out strong in defense of our coal industry is Jamie Comer. Comer has said he will not allow unelected Washington bureaucrats to push us around. We will fight to protect our natural resources that put food on the tables for not just the hard-working miners and operators but also for all businesses that rely on coal to keep the lights on.
Comer will stand strong against harmful expansion of unnecessary regulations. Folks worry that coal-fired generators are going to be shut down. We worry that we will not only be unable to mine coal, we won't be allowed to burn our coal either. This is one of the major reasons our rates are so low, and why so many companies come to Kentucky bringing much-needed good-paying jobs.
We need strong leadership to fight back. We need Comer to be our next governor.
Grossberg for treasurer
On May 19, I will proudly cast my vote for Daniel Grossberg for treasurer. A Realtor who lives in Jefferson County with his wife, Erica, he is the youngest candidate, which is his most redeeming quality, as he brings a set of new ideas and a fresh perspective for this office.
Grossberg and I serve together on the Kentucky Democratic State Central Executive Committee and he is president of the Louisville Young Democrats.
He is intelligent and hardworking and sees the opportunity to bring greater accountability, transparency and modernization to our commonwealth. He wants to implement fraud-detection software used by banks to monitor checks written within state government. He would ensure state account balances and recent transactions could be accessed for all citizens.
He is a genuinely good man and will be a great public servant. I urge all Democrats to support him.