Bluegrass Beacon – Fighting open-meetings offenses: Short-term pain, long-term gain

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. Getting sued and seeing the glass half full is an obvious oxymoron – unless the lawsuit leads to a court decision establishing judicial precedent ensconcing a more open,…

News Release: New study questions school councils’ effectiveness

For Immediate Release: Thursday, January 18, 2018 (FRANKFORT, KY) – A new report released today by the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, Kentucky’s free-market think tank, questions the lack of research and effectiveness of School Based Decision Making (SBDM) councils more than a quarter-century after the Kentucky Education Reform Act mandated this governing approach…

‘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…