A quick conclusion after three whirlwind days of service on a citizen committee selected to help interview finalists for Frankfort city manager: City Hall will be in capable hands regardless of whom the mayor and commissioners select.
Racial equality and criminal justice reform long were causes of the political left, with little enthusiasm from moderates and even some hostility from the right.
My friend Al Cross this week declared Kentucky “news organizations” to be “less willing or able” to defend government transparency laws.
The alternatives would be worse, of course, but a downside of a democratic republic — and its revolving door of elected leadership — is a lack of continuity on major community projects.
Sheriff Chris Quire, still on something of a political honeymoon after his 2018 trouncing of incumbent Pat Melton, faces the first public leadership test of his young career in elected service.
My recent postmortem on Kentucky Democrats’ disastrous 2020 election cycle prompted a few readers to suggest a critique of state Republicans.
In a 2020 city election cycle notable for slim victory margins, City Commissioner Katrisha Waldridge solidified her standing as Frankfort’s most popular politician. And it’s not even close.
City Commissioner Katrisha Waldridge recently got caught in the crossfire of two groups of protesters whose objectives, sadly, have been deemed mutually exclusive.
It took a while, but we believe we have reported as thoroughly as possible on work done by Boxcar PR firm for the City of Frankfort.
In arguably the most distressed economy in a century, Frankfort and Franklin County are wandering aimlessly, lacking vision and clarity of purpose.
Hell froze over last week when longtime political rivals Bill May and John Sower joined forces to oust Frankfort’s city manager.
Back in March when COVID-19 began battering the economy, including small businesses like The State Journal, many of you asked how you could help your hometown newspaper weather the crisis.
No matter what percentage of cops you believe to be rogue and capable of killing people because of their skin color, the truth is that many men and women put on their badges and go to work daily with no motive but to protect citizens and make an honest living.
Keith Parker and Susan Laurenson are wise voices of fiscal caution as city and county governments wind down budget discussions for the fiscal year that starts July 1.
In perhaps the most uncertain times in which any of us have ever lived, or will again, remarkable to me is the certainty of opinions about the COVID-19 crisis and its health and economic impacts.
The generosity of our readers in recent days has lifted and inspired us in as challenging a business climate as The State Journal has ever faced, or will again. My staff and I are deeply appreciative.
My Vanderbilt-educated brother-in-law, who works on the front lines as a rural nurse practitioner, says we should have seen coming the American health care system’s complete lack of preparedness for what has hit us.
The State Journal staff has been working hard in recent days to ensure that we remain — both in print and online — a trusted source of information in scary and uncertain times.
A change agent who can walk a tightrope over hot coals of competing interests has a big opportunity in this year’s city elections.
In fractious times such as these, one especially appreciates those important institutions that quietly, effectively plug along in service to community, rarely a source of controversy or division but indispensable to our quality of life.
When his obituary is written one day in his hometown Greensburg Record-Herald, retired Col. William M. Landrum III’s legacy won’t be the fate of a dozen acres of dirt in Downtown Frankfort or the concrete that once stood on it.
The outcome of Tuesday’s gubernatorial election and another delay in the state’s decision on the future of the former Frankfort Convention Center land raises the valid question of whether the matter would benefit from fresh eyes.
Amid much citizen disappointment over a seemingly paltry response to the state’s effort to put former Capital Plaza land on the tax rolls and revitalize downtown Frankfort, those who understand the economics of real estate development had the opposite reaction.
Editor’s note: This column was updated at 11:15 a.m. Sunday to reflect that Jeff Abrams retired as police chief rather than resigned.
If the divorce becomes official in coming days, it should come as no surprise. The political marriage of Mayor Bill May and Frankfort Plant Board Chair Anna Marie Pavlik Rosen was a bad match from the beginning, propped up the past two years only by the mayor’s rivalry with a former city com…
An observer of city and county politics who left the country a year ago, stayed off the internet and just returned to town might be shocked by what he sees.
A popular narrative around the Frankfort Plant Board’s Tanglewood water tank controversy puts the blame for expensive and time-consuming litigation on the so-called “Roach commission” — a reference to the city commission’s 2018 vote to side with Tanglewood residents in the squabble.
Criminal cases in Franklin County Circuit Court – indictments, pleas and sentences – fill the better part of a full page in this newspaper every week, despite Frankfort’s being a mostly tranquil place with little violent crime.
When Frankfort City Commissioner Katrisha Waldridge, during a debate over bicycle trails last month, publicly ridiculed Mayor Bill May as an alleged flip-flopper, observers were too stunned to realize what they’d just witnessed: the unofficial start of the 2020 mayoral race.