Bluegrass Institute News Release: Transparency a winning issue in Tuesday’s history-making election

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 Contact: Jim Waters @ (270) 320-4376 (LEXINGTON, Ky.) — Voters handing Kentucky Republicans an overwhelming — and historic — majority in the state House of Representatives during Tuesday’s presidential election clearly indicated support for a more open, transparent and accountable government. Perhaps nowhere was this clearer than in the 95th…

Bluegrass Beacon – ‘Just Say No’: Good for campaigning, bad for governing

Editor’s note: This column originally was released to newspapers before Wednesday’s budget vote in which the House GOP refused in unanimous solidarity to support the Democratic leadership’s plan to undo Gov. Bevin’s proposed spending cuts and Rainy Day fund increases. The voters have spoken. They want politically divided state government for at least the remainder…

Columnist, parents not fooled by Kentucky’s Common Core review

Per Kentucky’s state education leaders, it was a big deal last year when the results came back from the Kentucky Core Academic Standards Challenge public comment program. Supposedly, there was overwhelming support to keep the Common Core based standards just as they are. Of course, the entire operation of the Challenge was biased. For starters,…

Bluegrass Beacon – Liberty boosters and busters: Something new, something bold

‘Tis the season for another edition of “Liberty Boosters and Busters.” My goal is to make these awards more about ideas than personalities. But alas, policymakers’ personal behavior occasionally is so egregious that they themselves demand a spot on the “Liberty Busters” wall. Liberty Buster: Take, for example, Speaker Greg Stumbo’s cheap shots fired at…

Bluegrass Beacon: Bethlehem’s star passed through Frankfort before settling over Louisville on Election Night

As part of his embarrassing Election-Night meltdown that’s garnering national attention, House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, encouraged Democrats to find a Republican to thump over the head with a Bible the next morning. After admitting he didn’t know whether Jesus was a Democrat or Republican, Stumbo astutely observed “Mary did not ride an elephant into…

News release: Gov.-elect Bevin’s principled platform features many of the Bluegrass Institute’s signature policy solutions

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, Nov. 4   Contact: Jim Waters @ 270.320.4376 (LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — The Bluegrass Institute, Kentucky’s first and only free-market think tank, congratulated Matt Bevin on his victory in Tuesday’s gubernatorial election and stated its support for his principled platform that will bring new ideas and common-sense solutions to the serious problems…