A new era of transparency: Bipartisan investigation reveals department anything but ‘Kentucky Proud’

His exploits on the basketball court will not be the only thing that remains “unforgettable” about former University of Kentucky basketball standout Richie Farmer’s life in the limelight. An audit by released today by State Auditor Adam Edelen of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture — known for its Kentucky Proud food products — under Farmer’s…

Lower the price of Kentucky’s legislature

Once again, we have a special legislative session. And once again, newspapers trot out that special session legislative days cost tens of thousands of dollars. So what? As I’ve noted before, regular legislative session days are close to 18 times more expensive than special session days. In that post, I offered to correct my calculation…

You just never know what an open-records request might reveal

(…It also might offer some clues about why the Williams/Farmer ticket got beat so soundly in the November election. It certainly isn’t because the incumbent had great ideas to move Kentucky forward.) This from today’s (Louisville) Courier-Journal (emphasis added): FRANKFORT, KY.— The Southern Association of State Departments of Agriculture and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture…

PODCAST: Jim Waters talks transparency, armed guards with Heartland

Jim Waters, President of The Bluegrass Institute, sat down for a conversation with the Heartland Institute about recent transparency troubles in the Kentucky General Assembly. Listen here. This is particularly timely as the Lexington Herald-Leader praised the General Assemblyfor how open its budget negotiations were during this session. Jim accurately describes why that is not…