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Neal Turpin

Neal Turpin
Dr. Neal Turpin is a recent PhD graduate of the University of Louisville’s School of Urban and Public Affairs, where he focused on public policy and participation, democratic structures, and efficiency. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Sara, working out at the Southeast YMCA, where the two of them met, and teaching Sunday school at Buechel Park Baptist Church. Neal also has an appreciation for trivia, movie scores, and the Muppets.

Voting with disabilities? It’s tough in the Bluegrass

Being able to vote is fundamental to democracy, yet many still face serious barriers to casting a ballot. One such group is people with disabilities, who vote at a significantly lower rate. A report from Rutgers University has shown just how big a problem voting with disabilities actually is – especially for Kentucky.

Despair and hope in the era of mass shootings

I have a 14-month-old son, and of course, I worry a lot. I worry about him falling; I worry about him outsmarting our cabinet locks. And from the day he was born, I haven’t gone into a single building without worrying about how to get him to safety if someone were to open fire while we were inside.

Preemption – Stealing Power from Our Cities

Preemption is when a higher govt level makes a law which overrides a lower level law. States are using this to quash progressive policies at the city level.

Let’s Stop the Hit-and-Kill Bills

There are bills popping up all over the country that would make the Charlottesville attack legal. It's time to stop these "hit-and-kill" bills.

FBI Director Garland?

Merrick Garland as the new FBI director is not likely, but the suggestion is interesting (and troubling) for a number of reasons.

Stop Asking About Salary Histories

Passing "ban the box" was a good step. Now it's time to stop asking about past salaries, and just pay people the salary they deserve.

Early Voting Bills Are a Step In the Right Direction

John Dewey said “the cure for the ailments of democracy is more democracy.” Therefore, it's good that KYGA17 is considering several early voting bills.

It’s Time to Restore Felon Voting Rights

The right to vote is fundamental to democracy - and yet, we continue to prohibit felons from voting. It is time to restore felon voting rights in our state.

Private Prisons Should Stay Out of Kentucky

In 2013, we got rid of private prisons. Today, as that good decision is being challenged, it is time to say: Private prisons should stay out of Kentucky.

How to Get Big Money Out of KY Elections

Are you sick of Big Money in politics? Are you tired of good candidates without money being tsunamied by bad candidates with millions? There is a way to change this, and it is something we can do right here in Kentucky: publicly funded elections.

Paid Family Leave and Businesses

If we put paid family leave in place, won't that hurt businesses? The evidence says Not At All - in fact, the benefits outweigh the costs.

It’s Time for Paid Family Leave

Paid family leave not only helps families, it also has a positive impact on the community, even on businesses. It's time we move this forward in Louisville.