Analysis

Articles that dig into an issue, policy, or story, and present relevant research and insights.

Kentuckians under “crippling” financial stress from student loan debt Subscribers Public

Kentuckians collectively owe more than $20 million in student loan debt, and a new informal survey sheds light on how hefty student-loan payments affect the lives of borrowers in the Commonwealth.

Forward Kentucky
Forward Kentucky
Analysis

The most important article you will read today – “What would an American Fascist Government look like?” Subscribers Public

We have an authoritarian movement growing across our country, and if it is not called out and stopped, the United States may still exist, but “America” will be gone.

Guest Author
Guest Author
Commentary

Rand Paul gets more gun money than anyone else in Congress Subscribers Public

It can be enlightening to see which Congress-person gets paid by which lobby, and how that affects their actions. Here’s some info in that regard on Rand Paul.

Bruce Maples
Bruce Maples
Analysis

Wombsday Subscribers Public

The draft has been leaked. The implications are plain. Today, we await Wombsday.

Anora Marie Morton
Anora Marie Morton
Analysis

There’s a feedback loop in rural America – and Democrats didn’t cause it Subscribers Public

Are Dems guilty of abandoning rural America? Or is something else going on? A researcher shares some possible answers.

Berry Craig
Berry Craig
Commentary

2022 Primary: Winners, losers, drama, and all results Subscribers Public

A wrap-up of Kentucky primaries, with tables show all race results.

Bruce Maples
Bruce Maples
News

Medical MJ, Delta-8, and what happened in Frankfort Subscribers Public

The House passed a bill legalizing medial MJ, but it was never heard in the Senate. The Senate passed a bill outlawing Delta-8, but it was never heard in the House. As a result, we all lose.

Guest Author
Guest Author
Analysis

Mapped: The State of Global Democracy in 2022 Subscribers Public

How healthy is our democracy? How healthy are the WORLD’s democracies? Here are maps showing the state of global democracy. And the U.S. is not the healthiest.

Guest Author
Guest Author
Analysis

If personhood begins at conception, what about all those frozen humans? Subscribers Public

According to Kentucky’s trigger law, human life begins at conception. If that is so, what do we do about all the frozen humans in Kentucky?

Bruce Maples
Bruce Maples
Commentary

Post-Roe, rural women would face more obstacles; retired health director says the issue is about men, women, sex, and control Subscribers Public

Rural women will be even more affected by Kentucky’s post-Roe trigger laws. A retired health director explains.

Guest Author
Guest Author
Analysis

Bruce’s list of primaries to watch on May 17 Subscribers Public

Are you ready for the big race? Not the Derby, silly — the primary election ten days after that! Here are my picks for some primary races to watch.

Bruce Maples
Bruce Maples
Analysis

Budget agreement falls short of meeting Kentucky's present and future needs Subscribers Public

An overview analysis of the budget by the KY Center for Economic Policy

Guest Author
Guest Author
Analysis

New version of HB 8 will have deeply harmful impact Subscribers Public

HB 8, the “let’s cut income taxes” bill, will leave a massive hole in future budgets long after the current temporary surplus is gone. Then what? Budget cuts!

Guest Author
Guest Author
Analysis

Given my experience of charter schools in Texas, they are not the answer for Kentucky Subscribers Public

Charter schools are still a theory in Kentucky, but they are a reality in Texas. A superintendent who moved here from Texas tells what charters are REALLY like.

Guest Author
Guest Author
Commentary

Will we “shift and shaft”—just like Kansas did? Subscribers Public

We are about to see a financial disaster in Kentucky. Why can’t our Repub legislators learn from the failed “Kansas Tax Experiment”?

Ken Wolf
Ken Wolf
Analysis

This legislative session threatens to lower the quality of life in the Commonwealth Subscribers Public

If the lege pairs attacks on our safety net with bills that shovel money to rich corporate interests, it will lower our quality of life. Far from being “business friendly,” these bills would make Kentucky a worse place to live, raise a family, have a job.

Guest Author
Guest Author
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