In Kentucky, a constitutional moment

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Barack Obama lost Kentucky in 2012 by 23 points, yet the state remains closely divided about re-electing the man whose parliamentary skills uniquely qualify him to restrain Obama's executive overreach.

Jim Dey: Fatal shooting moves to trial for damages to family of victim

It's been three years since a retired, but still prominent, member of the Champaign-Urbana community was shot and killed in a farm field near Mahomet.

It's been two years since Gerard James, a cousin of the 80-year-old victim, Harlan James of Champaign, was found not guilty of murder by reason of insanity.

Jim Dey: Shimkus' opponent an experienced runner

MAHOMET — Eric Thorsland knows the challenge of a being a long-distance runner, but he denies that there is any loneliness associated with his race for the U.S. House of Representatives.

"It's truly an enjoyable experience," he said. "It's really nice to get to places that feel neglected."

Dan Corkery: Beetle, Hagar, Hi and Lois: It's all in the family

I'll say one thing about Hiram and Lois Flagston: They've aged well.

So have their kids. So well, after 60 years, they're still kids.

The names might not sound familiar, but you know them by their comics title: "Hi and Lois."

For those who have already read today's comics section, you know that the creation of Mort Walker and Dik Browne is celebrating its 60th anniversary.

George Will: The fictitious 'war on women'

DENVER — One of the wonders of this political moment is feminist contentment about the infantilization of women in the name of progressive politics. Government, encouraging academic administrations to micromanage campus sexual interactions, now assumes that, absent a script, women cannot cope.

Esther Cepeda: Exposing our darkest thoughts

CHICAGO — Raise your hand if you've heard the phrase "heart of darkness" about a hundred times lately.

It has been used to reference the African continent, the Ebola outbreak, the newly discovered origination point of the HIV virus, as well as beheadings by the Islamic State and Syria's terrorist tactics, among other calamities.

Jim Dey: Senate Bill 16 remains a work in progress

Today's tutorial is about proposed legislation to change the state's funding formula for Illinois' K-12 schools.


Sorry, just nodded off a little bit there. This subject is just so complicated and so boring that it kind of knocks me oooooooooooooouuuuuuuuuutttttttttt. ZZZZZZZZZZ.

Whoa — that sandman is tenacious.

Scott Reeder: Indiana's transformational leader

WEST LAFEYETTE, Ind. — Mitch Daniels has been a transformational leader for Indiana.

For his eight years as governor, he charted a much different course for the Hoosier State than the one taken by Illinois.

Recently, I sat down with the former governor, who now leads Purdue University, and asked him to discuss his time at Indiana's helm.

Jim Dey: Governor's race will be a photo finish

Interesting but ugly, kind of like a serious traffic accident that draws the attention of passing motorists.

Tackled by the language police

WASHINGTON — Wretched excess by government can be beneficial if it startles people into wholesome disgust and deepened distrust, and prompts judicial rebukes that enlarge freedom. So let's hope the Federal Communications Commission embraces the formal petition inciting it to deny licenses to broadcasters who use the word "Redskins" when reporting on the Washington Redskins.