Franklin Circuit Court judge instructs reporters on the importance of the open records law.

The sparsely attended hearing conducted in the Franklin Circuit Court on September 20 belied the importance of the issue before the court. Judge Thomas Wingate clearly understood the importance of the issue. What was that issue? Whether a public university can ignore the express language of a statute that authorizes the Kentucky Attorney General to…

Bluegrass Beacon: Legislators boost, judge busts liberty

Editor’s note: The Bluegrass Beacon column is a weekly syndicated statewide newspaper column posted on the Bluegrass Institute website after being released to and published by newspapers statewide.   This edition of “Liberty Boosters and Busters” is brought to you by reasonable Kentuckians who reject racism, bigotry and censorship with every fiber of their freedom-loving…

News release: Bluegrass Institute Center for Open Government files complaint about House of Representatives’ secret pension meeting

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) — An open-meetings complaint was filed today by the Bluegrass Institute Center for Open Government in response to a closed meeting held last week by the Kentucky House of Representatives to discuss the commonwealth’s pension crisis. The complaint notes the closed meeting “constituted a violation of KRS 61.810(1) which states that ‘[all] meetings…

News release: Right-to-work not anti-union but pro opportunity, Warren County attorney tells SPN attendees in San Antonio

For Immediate Release: Friday, September 1, 2017 (SAN ANTONIO) — Warren County Attorney Amy Milliken told attendees at the 25th anniversary celebration of the State Policy Network (SPN) on Thursday that bringing right-to-work first to her local community in 2014 and then to the entire commonwealth in January wasn’t about being against unions but rather…

News Release: ‘Reform SBDM, restore chain-of-command in schools,” BIPPS CEO urges committee

  For Immediate Release: Monday, August 28, 2017 (WILLIAMSBURG, Ky.) — Bluegrass Institute president and CEO Jim Waters urged the Interim Joint Committee on Education to return balance to the process governing Kentucky’s public schools by reexamining the scope, authority and impact of School-Based Decision Making (SBDM) councils. The SBDM policy, implemented as part of…