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Gaming machines await customers in the instant racing area at Kentucky Downs Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011, in Franklin, Ky. Kentucky Downs will be the first horse racing track in the state to offer instant racing when it opens Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)

Coalition sends letter to KYGA calling for higher tax rate on HHR slot machines

Did you know that Kentucky taxes "historical horse racing" slot machines at MUCH LESS than other states? And that HHRs are experiencing explosive growth? It's time to tax them at a fair rate.

Voucher bill would take millions in resources from our public schools

Once again, there's a voucher bill up for consideration in the legislature ... and once again, over time it will blow a gigantic hole in our public school budgets.

Trump can issue secret pardons. Can Beshear do the same?

Legal experts seem to agree that Donald Trump can secretly pardon whomever he wants. Does Governor Andy Beshear have the same power?

KYGA20 open-records-exception-bill resurfaces in KYGA21

Current law already allows for an exception to open records statutes to protect privacy concerns. HB 293 is a solution in search of a problem.

Are the state’s security plans subject to the open records law?

Governor Beshear has refused to divulge any details about security plans for the Capitol. So the question remains – can you use the Open Records law to force the plans out into the open?

What Biden’s plan for “Building Back Better” could mean for the Ohio Valley

President-Elect Joe Biden’s sweeping $2 trillion infrastructure plan could have a profound impact in the Ohio Valley region. The plan would invest in rural broadband, clean energy industries, and struggling water systems.

No-knock warrants and the “Castle Doctrine”

If someone pounded on your door and kicked it open in the dark of night, what would you do? In Kentucky, it is legal to use lethal force to defend your home. What does this mean for no-knock warrants?

Let’s talk about McConnell and fixing democracy …

Another solid video from Beau of the Fifth Column, on two ideas that would dramatically alter our democracy for the better.

Preemption laws block KY communities from tobacco control measures

Since 1996, Kentucky has barred cities and counties from enacting tobacco control measures to govern the marketing and sale of tobacco products. Advocates say such preemptive legislation is outdated and should be repealed.
Donald Trump giving thumbs up (caricature by DonkeyHotey)

UK expert: Trump tax returns highlight unequal tax code

President Trump paid a mere $750 in federal income taxes in 2016 and 2017. A UK professor notes this is a reminder of how the nation's tax system benefits the wealthy at the expense of middle-class and lower-income households.

Moody’s Analytics: A Democratic election sweep would be best for the economy

The myth persists that Republicans are the party of the economy. But now, a report shows that a Democratic sweep of the election would be the best for economic growth and jobs.
An investigative file with Closed stamped on it

Open records authority weighs in: Can Cameron release the Taylor investigative files?

A sanitized narrative of the fatal police shooting of Ms. Taylor on March 13, 2020, is no substitute for public review of the investigative records compiled by the Attorney General.