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How Rand Paul May Owe His Presidential Bid to Hall of Fame Journalist Mark Hebert

Don McNay | Posted 06.22.2014 | Media
Don McNay

It took a journalist with Mark Hebert's talents, and courage, to dig out a scandal about a sitting Governor and make it a national story. With a long-term national impact.

Have We Forgotten the Lessons of the Triangle Fire?

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.24.2014 | Business
Peter Dreier

Even after the fire, the city's businesses continued to insist they could regulate themselves, but the deaths clearly demonstrated that companies like Triangle, if left to their own devices, would not concern themselves with their workers' safety.

The Rich and the Poor

Robert Slayton | Posted 04.20.2014 | Politics
Robert Slayton

My last piece began with the words, "Never let it be said that the rich are silent." That was too modest. Let's add that they're tone deaf too.

Political Family Feuds: The Good, the Bad, and the Really Ugly

Rich Rubino | Posted 11.16.2013 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Throughout American history, political family dynasties have not been uncommon. However, these families have not always acted in unison. In fact, in some cases American political families have been split asunder by divergent political loyalties.

Courtside at the Special Olympics

Don McNay | Posted 05.18.2013 | Sports
Don McNay

Along with never having broadcast a basketball game, I had never been to a Special Olympics before. I'm not sure how I missed the Special Olympics.

Shades of Al Smith in Albany Today

Jerry Kremer | Posted 02.06.2013 | New York
Jerry Kremer

This new alliance is such a dramatic change for Albany or any other statehouse, that is might even have the potential to work. Republicans get to hold onto power and the independent Democrats gain new stature.

One of the Five Reasons People Blow Their Money: Not Having a Purpose

Don McNay | Posted 01.23.2014 | Money
Don McNay

People need to have a purpose. With their money and their lives. Otherwise, they are going to cut both of them short.

Al Smith: Overcoming the Bottle, Making a Historic Mark in Journalism

Don McNay | Posted 12.27.2012 | Books
Don McNay

Along with being one of the most influential journalists in the history of Kentucky, Al Smith is a fascinating role model of redemption and overcoming addiction.

Christina Wilkie

Obama's Jobs Joke: 'I Don't Have A Joke Here'

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 10.19.2012 | Business

NEW YORK -- President Barack Obama on Thursday gave a spirited and funny speech at the annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation dinner in Manhattan,...

Obama, Romney Trade Zingers At Al Smith Dinner

Reuters | Steve Holland and Andy Sullivan | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics

NEW YORK, Oct 18 (Reuters) - Locked in a tense race with time running out, President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney took time of...

When Do You Stop Taking Financial Risks?

Don McNay | Posted 11.23.2012 | Money
Don McNay

I knew of a woman who was always trying to meet a guy driving a new Mercedes. She should have been looking for someone who drives a 10-year-old Toyota. The Toyota driver is more likely to have real wealth in the long run.

John Boel, On the News, In the News

Don McNay | Posted 01.17.2012 | Media
Don McNay

On the bottom of the front cover was his picture in a mug shot. As the legendary attorney Frank Haddad said, "no one looks good in a mug shot." John Boel didn't either. The Louisville news anchor who won seventy Emmy awards had a problem.

Al Smith: A Trip From Darkness to Glory

Don McNay | Posted 01.01.2012 | Books
Don McNay

What makes Wordsmith a fascinating book is Smith's life and the gut-wrenching honesty with which he tells the story of how he overcame self-destruction. It might be one of the best books written about overcoming the grips of alcohol addiction.

Small Town Publisher With Big Time Impact

Don McNay | Posted 11.22.2011 | Impact
Don McNay

Countless people have told me their personal stories about something Al did to make a difference in their lives. Al doesn't discriminate. I've had multimillionaires, manual laborers and journalists all tell me their stories about how Dr. Smith touched their lives.

Hugh Carey: New York Mensch

Martin Nolan | Posted 10.11.2011 | New York
Martin Nolan

He had the wit of Jimmy Walker, the vision of Al Smith, the courage of FDR and the energy of Nelson Rockefeller. When New York's history is written, Hugh Leo Carey will have his place as the hero of a dark decade.

Elvis and the Definition of Happiness

Don McNay | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Don McNay

"I believe the key to happiness is someone to love, something to do, and something to look forward to." -Elvis Presley The King had it right. If...

Wisdom From a Wealth Wizard

Don McNay | Posted 06.09.2011 | Business
Don McNay

I've spent nearly 30 years around the financial business. I've known a lot of "paper gurus" who can talk a decent game but really don't practice what they preach.

The Person We Should Be Moving Our Money to

Don McNay | Posted 05.28.2011 | Business
Don McNay

Over 4 million people moved their money from Wall Street Banks in 2010, according to Sara Ackerman, project coordinator for Move Your Money. I bought...

The Next Generation of Kentucky's Political Leadership

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Don McNay

I recently asked a number of people in the "political know" of Kentucky the question. "Who do you see emerging as the next leaders of Kentucky?"

Federal Appeals Courts Sides With NFL In Ex-Broncos' Suit Against League

AP | GREG BLUESTEIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

(ASSOCIATED PRESS) ATLANTA (AP) -- A federal appeals court sided with the NFL and its players union Tuesday and upheld a judge's ruling against six f...

Sentencing Kids to "Life or Meth"

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Don McNay

"People don't you understand, the child needs a helping hand." - Elvis Presley. I walked by a car in a parking lot that had a sticker on it that...

Kentucky's Ultimate Watchdog Journalist

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Don McNay

In April, Al Cross is being inducted in the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame. No one worked harder or longer to gather all the nuances of a story than Al Cross.

Weeping for the Kennedys

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

The Kennedys knew how to strive for noble causes, step by step. They would make deals, but only to benefit the best causes.

A Cell Phone Call During Mass (Remembering the Anti-Catholic Smears of the 1928 Election)

David Quigg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Quigg

"Great-great-grandma Frances will set you straight. By the time I'm done with you, you'll vote for who you want to vote for. You won't let anybody scare you out of it. That's the lesson of Al Smith."

Friday Talking Points [52] -- What A Long, Strange Trip It's Been

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I started blogging over two years ago. That is to say, right about the time the 2008 presidential campaign began. OK, that's a bit of an exaggeration...