Great 2012 General Assembly summary

Representative government is almost always a messy business, frequently frustrating and rarely a hundred-percent satisfactory. A contentious 2012 Kentucky General Assembly came to a close this month. Scott Payton, assistant public relations officer with the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission, provided a great, nonpartisan press release chronicling some of the dramatic issues this year. You can…

Kentucky Energy Equation – ALEC is a key ally in the battle for Kentucky’s energy sovereignty

The list of allies fighting for Kentucky’s energy sovereignty against the unilateral mandates of the Environmental Protection Agency continues to grow. One ally that deserves special mention on that list is the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). ALEC has been vitally important in helping the Bluegrass Institute sponsor a piece of model legislation that champions…

Kentucky Energy Equation – List of allies fighting for Kentucky energy sovereignty gets even longer

The list of allies fighting for Kentucky’s energy sovereignty seems to get longer every day. Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY, 2nd District) and Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-IN, 9th District) joined forces this past Monday to speak out against the Draconian mandates of the Environmental Protection Agency which threaten to choke the economic vitality out of Appalachia’s…

“Rich States, Poor States” highlights Tennessee’s success – and Kentucky’s failure

A good way to judge one’s placement in any competition is a comparison with one’s closest, most similar adversaries. If we’re talking about a state’s economic performance and outlook, the relevant competition for Kentucky is its closest neighbors in states like Indiana and Tennessee. Taking a look at Kentucky’s economic performance in the most recently…