Another gun massacre of children. How will McConnell respond?

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Americans are disgusted and outraged yet again after another massacre of 19 children and two teachers in a Texas elementary Tuesday — with some passionately calling on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to allow gun legislation to pass this time.

This week's newsletter also takes a look back at Kentucky's primary elections last week, including what to expect going forward in the Louisville mayoral race and different takes within the Kentucky GOP on what the "liberty" insurgency in Frankfort really means.

Prayers to and from McConnell

America's new Sandy Hook is in Uvalde, Texas, with many now wondering if Congress will issue the same old response — "thoughts and prayers," but no legislative action on access to and regulation of firearms.

McConnell offered his prayers on the Senate floor Wednesday, but did not address the potential success of gun legislation that has already passed the House — which he was passionately urged to advance by NBA head coach Steve Kerr after the Texas shootings.

Here's our look at the legislation in question and McConnell's history in the face of past massacres — a record of staunch opposition to new federal guns laws.

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Craig Greenberg vs. Bill Dieruf

The frontrunners in the Louisville mayoral primary — Democrat Craig Greenberg and Republican Bill Dieruf — came out victorious last week. Here's a look at the similarities and differences of the two candidates who will face off for the city's top spot in the general election.

Columnist Joe Gerth looked ahead at that race and thinks one of those candidates has a significant advantage — based on a decade of political and demographic winds shifting Louisville's electoral landscape.

Craig Greenberg, Bill Dieruf composite photo
Craig Greenberg, Bill Dieruf composite photo

While Black candidates Shameka Parrish-Wright and Tim Findley Jr. came up short in the Democratic primary, both are looking ahead for what is next to come, for them personally and the city as a whole.

'Liberty' boom or bust?

Challengers from the small-government "liberty" movement were able to knock off three GOP House chairmen from Northern Kentucky in the (low turnout) primary last week, but their other challenges to incumbents outside Boone County came up short.

Were these primary results a sign of a statewide uprising coming to the GOP supermajority caucuses in Frankfort? Rep. Savannah Maddox — a leader in the liberty wing of the state GOP — said they were, while sounding an awful lot like a 2023 candidate for governor.

State Rep. Savannah Maddox-District 61 speaks during a committee meeting in Frankfort in February 2021. The Republican representative is from Dry Ridge, Ky.
State Rep. Savannah Maddox-District 61 speaks during a committee meeting in Frankfort in February 2021. The Republican representative is from Dry Ridge, Ky.

Here's our look at what these primary results could mean for Republicans in Frankfort, as others think this could just be another example of Boone County Republicans being their eccentric and infighting selves.

All eyes on SCOTUS

A federal judge has again temporarily blocked Kentucky's sweeping new anti-abortion law from being enforced — but the success of the plaintiffs and abortion rights advocates could still be short-lived.

With the U.S. Supreme Court expected to rule on a case this summer that could overturn Roe v. Wade, such a decision would make Kentucky one of more than a dozen states with a trigger law immediately banning all abortion procedures.

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