‘The Post’: A reminder of the importance of the courts in defending the public’s right to know

A recent article in the Corpus Christi Caller Times heralds the release of “The Post”–Steven Spielberg’s dramatization of the internal and external battles that accompanied the Washington Post’s 1971 publication of the Pentagon Papers–and reminds us of the importance of the courts in protecting the public’s right to know at the federal, state and local…

Bluegrass Beacon: New pension paradigm protects taxpayers, benefits workers

Rep. Jerry Miller, R-Louisville, was on the right side of principle when he said recently on KET’s “Kentucky Tonight” program that he doesn’t deserve to be re-elected if he doesn’t have the “courage to make the right vote for Kentucky.” There’s no question that Miller, like other conservatives who’ve expressed similar sentiments – including Gov.…

2017 in review: the top ten Kentucky open meetings and records stories of the past year

It’s easy to identify the most significant years in the history of the Open Meetings and Open Records Acts since I first professionally encountered them as an assistant attorney general in 1991. In 1992 and 1994, for example, the legislature dramatically overhauled the then nearly 20 year old acts, clarifying—among other things– the attorney general’s…

Bluegrass Beacon – Education’s holy grail: Achievement, not racial quotas

Editor’s note: The Bluegrass Beacon is a weekly syndicated statewide newspaper column posted on the Bluegrass Institute website after being released to and published by newspapers statewide. “All I want for Christmas is for Republicans to act like Republicans,” I recently wrote on Facebook. Responders aren’t optimistic. “LOL Jim Waters … I’ll bet you still…

Kentucky House of Representatives v. Bluegrass Institute

Few things are more familiar to regular television viewers than the one hour courtroom drama. The program begins with the commission of a crime, continues with the investigation—often accompanied by strategic legal maneuvering—and reaches its climax in a dramatic courtroom scene where justice prevails in the conviction of the guilty and the exoneration of the…

News release: State House rejects attorney general’s ruling it violated open-meetings law, files suit against Bluegrass Institute

For Immediate Release: December 26, 2017 (FRANKFORT, Ky.) — The Kentucky House of Representatives has opted to waste more taxpayer money by filing a lawsuit against the Bluegrass Institute, Kentucky’s free-market think tank, rather than acknowledge it violated the Commonwealth’s Open Meetings Act when it gathered behind closed doors last summer to discuss pension reform.…

Bluegrass Beacon: Applying the Yellow Pages test to utility ownership

Editor’s note: The Bluegrass Beacon is a weekly syndicated statewide newspaper column posted on the Bluegrass Institute website after being released to and published by newspapers statewide. Considering Frankfort will soon be forced to pass a painful budget, it might be helpful for legislators to apply the Yellow Pages test, an analogy that, for the…