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The Battle Continues Between Bevin, Beshear and the Mainstream Media

CONTACT: Brandon Porter, 270-576-1755

DATE: January 26, 2017

NOTE: Audio Clips are available

The war of words between the Governor and Attorney General rose to new levels on Wednesday as Governor Bevin took exception to a story by Deborah Yetter in the Courier Journal saying that Attorney General Andy Beshear is defending the ultrasound bill recently passed in the General Assembly and signed by the Governor.

Governor Bevin said that Beshear’s request to be removed from the case shows he has no real intentions of defending either of the new pro-life laws, “He filed a motion stating he was taking no position and so he does not intend to defend either one of them.”  Gov. Bevin asserts the Attorney General is responding to the pressure of his political party rather than defending the laws of Kentucky, “The bottom line is there was a lot of pressure on him to not defend these and it’s from the people that support him and other liberals. I think he buckled to them rather than to the will of the people of Kentucky and that’s unfortunate, it’s irresponsible, and it’s a slap in the face to the taxpayers of Kentucky.”

In a statement released Wednesday afternoon Attorney General Beshear wrote, “My office is actively defending agencies sued over House Bill 2. In doing so, we have taken the most aggressive action possible, moving to have the entire case dismissed as to those agencies.”

In a Facebook Live post on Wednesday Governor Bevin took aim at the mainstream media. In a Wednesday afternoon interview with Richard Nelson of the Commonwealth Policy Center, Bevin said, “If something can be retweeted, reposted, liked, forwarded, or flagged that’s what it’s about. So more and more of the traditional media have become more and more tabloid like. Whether it’s true or whether it’s not true as long as it’s sensational and it gets people talking that’s what leads the charge now.” He says people should do their own investigating and that is the reason he’s using social media, “Don’t assume we or anything any individual says as straight up truth. Make your own interpretation as best as you see fit, but rather than waiting for something to be spun and then to be spun back to the truth we’ve just taken it straight to people through social media.”

Bevin’s video has been viewed more than 60,000 times on Facebook.

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If you have teens, should you be concerned about the amount time your teenage spends on screen time? A recent essay in The Atlantic says yes. It's entitled Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation? The author, Jean Twenge, interviewed a 13 year old girl in Houston, who told her she likes her phone better than people.  Twenge says that today, teenagers don’t go to the mall.  T... Read more
Kindergarten Teach Celebrates Transgender Transition August 30, 2017 by Staff
Kindergartners in a California charter school got a lesson that many of them weren't ready for and now parents are upset. A teacher at Rocklin Academy, led the class in celebrating the “transition” of a child from boy to girl by reading books normalizing transgenderism and then introduced a five-year-old student to the class as a boy. The student then left the room and came back... Read more
Downs Syndrome Eliminated in Iceland August 29, 2017 by Staff
CBS reported that Iceland has eliminated Downs Syndrome. This should be received as good news, but in order to understand how they've eliminated it, one must hear as Paul Harvey says "the rest of the story." Downs is a genetic abnormality that leads to physical defects and mental deficiency. In the case of Iceland, there hasn't been a medical breakthrough to treat Downs, but r... Read more
Tearing Down History August 28, 2017 by Staff
Since the rally around Robert E. Lee's statue in Charlottesville, Virginia, there's been a rise in vandalism to historic statues and monuments around the nation. A two century old statue of Christopher Columbus was smashed in Baltimore. The Lincoln Memorial in DC, a bust of Lincoln in Chicago and a statue of a Franciscan priest in California were all recently vandalized. Glass was shatt... Read more
Corruption at IRS August 25, 2017 by Staff
The IRS recently rehired 213 employees who were convicted of theft, falsified documents, or made unauthorized use of taxpayer data. Worse yet, a handful of these IRS employees failed to pay their own taxes! The Office of Treasury Inspector General released a report and said. “Given the substantial threat of identity theft and the magnitude of sensitive information that the IRS holds, hiri... Read more
Foster Care/Adoption Reform August 24, 2017 by Staff
Dan Dumas is Kentucky's adoption czar and he's working to find permanent homes for the 8000 kids in Kentucky's foster care system. Right now some 2000 kids are ready to be adopted and Dumas told Commonwealth Policy in a recent interview that he's working to make children a priority by asking "what's in their best interest?" As it is, bureaucracy and red tape stand ... Read more
Balancing Public Displays August 23, 2017 by Staff
I participated in a National Day of Prayer event where elected officials, pastors and residents gathered on the courthouse steps. Just a stone's throw from us stood a statue of a Confederate soldier. To me, it was an expression of the area's local history as they recognized many of their native sons who fought and died in the Civil War. But how was it viewed by the black ladies on the p... Read more
Controversy Over Confederate Monuments August 22, 2017 by Staff
The controversy stirs over Confederate monuments in public places. The tragedy in Charlottesville was sparked by an order to move a statue of General Lee. In Durham, NC, a mob dismantled a Confederate monument. But whitewashing our history and removing such monuments isn't the answer. All the warts and blemishes of our history should be open for all to see so that we can learn from our mist... Read more
Eclipse Today August 21, 2017 by Staff
People usually want to be in the light, but today, they're flocking to Western Kentucky to be in the darkness. That's because for 2:40 there will be complete darkness and the city of Hopkinsville is the point of greatest eclipse in the entire country. The total eclipse begins at 1:24pm. This is a rare and fascinating event and reminds us just how precise our galaxy is tuned and just how... Read more
Eclipsville August 18, 2017 by Staff
Hopkinsville, Kentucky will be the center of the world's attention this Monday. That's because its the best place in the world to observe the lunar eclipse where we'll have total darkness in the middle of the day for 2 minutes and 40 seconds. The eclipse will begin at 11:56am and the total eclipse will begin at 1:24pm. It's estimated that hundreds of thousands of people from all... Read more
Chicago Sues Over Sanctuary City Crackdown August 17, 2017 by Staff
Chicago calls itself a sanctuary city. This means they're allowing illegal immigrants to live and work there without repercussions but now the federal government is clamping down. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is demanding all cities that have illegal aliens in jail to tell federal immigration officials and to give them 48 hours notice before releasing them. Its a reasonable request, ... Read more
Free Speech Fear August 16, 2017 by Staff
There's a lot of fear to talk about controversial issues—especially social issues. This is because the culture is increasingly hostile to conservative values and for those who speak out, there is retribution. Last week, a memo by a Google employee got him fired because he challenged the modern mindset that men and women are essentially the same. At American Airlines, two employees of ... Read more
Associated Press Censorship August 15, 2017 by Staff
The Associated Press is updating its 2017 writing guidelines for journalists and conservatives are crying foul. The AP stylebook provides universal rules for journalists when it comes to punctuation, capitalization and using certain words over others. But in this edition it tells writers to avoid words like "pro-life," "migrant," "refugee," "Islamist" and... Read more
Creating the Perfect Baby August 14, 2017 by Staff
Researchers at the Oregon Health and Sciences University have successfully created genetically-modified human embryos. Their purpose is to stop genetic abnormalities from being passed on from parents to children. This might sound good, but we should ask if this is right and whether there are dangers. Considering the fallen state of humanity, the downside is great. John Stonestreet says this is ... Read more
Charlie Gard August 11, 2017 by Staff
Little Charlie Gard has died. His parents did their best fighting on behalf of their 11 month old to receive the experimental treatment they thought might save his life. But a British court blocked them from doing so. The court saw Charlie's case as hopeless. Which brings us to the question of who should decide whether a child should have life-saving treatment? The courts or parents? In Bri... Read more
Politicizing Baseball August 9, 2017 by Staff
Major League baseball teams often host fan appreciation nights.  It may be for members of our armed forces, the law enforcement community or just for kids. Now these special nights have become politicized by celebrating LGBT Pride. In New York, some of the proceeds went to the LGBT Network. In Boston, a Gay Men’s Choir sang the Star-Spangled Banner. And in Los Angeles they highlighte... Read more
ACLU Sues Bevin Over Social Media Policy August 8, 2017 by Staff
The ACLU of Kentucky is suing Gov. Bevin over his social media policy. They're angry that Gov. Bevin has blocked users from his news feeds. ACLU attorney William Sharp said, “The First Amendment does not allow the government to exclude speakers from a public forum because it disagrees with their viewpoint.” This of course raises the question of whether a politician's social ... Read more
Back to School August 7, 2017 by Staff
Many of Kentucky's kids are heading back to school this week. My children aren't looking forward to it but I remind them why school is important. It's because they're given minds to cultivate. And I want them to develop their gifts and talents so they can successfully live in this world.   But school is more than that.  It's where we impart the true, the good ... Read more
Abortion Protest in Louisville August 4, 2017 by Staff
Pro-lifers from across the country have convened in Louisville to protest Kentucky's last remaining abortion clinic. EMW Women's Clinic in downtown Louisville performs thousands of these life-ending procedures every year and the pro-life community is working to put an end to that. However, one of their methods is controversial. They're distributing flyers of the names, photos and ad... Read more
The Bevin House Deal Reveals Politicized Journalism, Bad Reporting August 3, 2017 by Staff
The Executive Branch Ethics Commission (EBEC) dismissed complaints against Gov. Bevin of any wrongdoing involving a home purchase. Kentucky's biggest newspapers created a lot of doubt over the deal when they insinuated that he got a sweetheart deal from a campaign donor and paid much less than market value. Much of this could have been avoided if journalists reported at the get-go that the ... Read more
Drugs Dominate the News August 2, 2017 by Staff
If there's one issue that's in the news nearly every day, it has to be illicit drugs. Drug overdoses, drug related crimes, and drug busts fill the pages of our newspapers nearly every day. Why is this? It reveals a crisis of emptiness and brokenness. Empty in that people fill themselves with something they believe will help them. Broken in that drugs numb the pain where there is hurt. A... Read more
Important Questions in the Transgender Debate August 2, 2017 by Brandon Porter
Envision a hospital delivery room a few years from now.  After hours of work, a baby cries for the first time as the people in the room celebrate a new life.  After the baby’s vital signs are checked, the doctor works on the birth certificate.  Instead of checking a box that says male or female, the doctor checks a box that says human.  There’s no way to indicate... Read more
Trump's New Transgender Policy for U.S. Troops August 1, 2017 by Staff
Pres. Trump announced that the U.S. military will not accept transgender troops into its ranks or allow them to serve in any capacity. This is a quick about-face from a policy instituted by Barack Obama. Last year, Obama opened up the military to openly transgendered people.  Just last month, troops had to undergo transgender sensitivity training. This will no longer be the case. The issue... Read more
Questioning Transgenderism August 1, 2017 by Richard Nelson
Pres. Trump's tweet barring transgendered persons from serving in the military caught everyone off guard, including policy makers who are still trying to figure out exactly what it means. As we navigate the minefields of this highly charged issue there's middle ground that nearly everyone can agree on: policy by tweet is no way to run a government.    Kentucky National... Read more
MN Teachers Forced to Use Trans-affirming Pronouns July 31, 2017 by Staff
Nowhere is the culture war as evident in the controversy over transgender rights. In Minnesota, new guidelines were issued to public school teachers ordering them to call children by the pronoun of their choice. This means that boys who identify as girls should be called "she" and girls who identify as boys should be called "he."They say the policy change is to prevent bully... Read more
Time for Pastors to Stand July 28, 2017 by Staff
Did you know that many pastors played a pivotal role in the colonist's battle for independence in the 1770's?  British soldiers called them the Black Robe Regiment because it was customary for preachers to wear a black robe while preaching in that era.  The pastors weren’t looking for a fight as much as they were speaking out against tyranny and injustice by King George.... Read more
Beshear Must Make Decision July 27, 2017 by Staff
The Executive Branch Ethics Commission told Attorney General Andy Beshear that if he plans to run for governor in 2019, he should stop directly investigating Governor Matt Bevin.  The Commission said that if any investigations are needed, an outside investigator should handle it. The Democratic Attorney General seems to enjoy investigating this Republican governor. And many believe his con... Read more
Opioid Crisis July 26, 2017 by Staff
It's almost in the news daily: opioid overdoses across Kentucky. Opiods are supposed to be pain killers but our state is suffering because of widespread abuse. The governor just launched a campaign to raise awareness and stem the flow of drugs. But cutting off the drug supply will only provide a temporary fix.  It's only part of the equation, so we must look deeper and ask question... Read more
Calling Out News Media Bias July 25, 2017 by Staff
Kentucky Today called out liberal bias against conservatives in the news media. They go on to say " until now, there was nothing that [conservative politicians] could do about it. Social media has evened the playing field so that politicians can strike back. Journalists covering politics have been able to write what they want anytime they want about anyone they want without serious repercu... Read more
Unbalanced Journalism July 24, 2017 by Staff
A news story criticized  the governor's recent board appointment to the executive branch ethics commission. They didn't like that the appointee made a donation to his campaign. They also implied that since the commission is made up of a majority of his recent appointments, it won't be fair.  Truth is, previous governors appointed people who donated to their campaigns. It&#... Read more
Influencing the State and Our Interdependence July 21, 2017 by Staff
The Commonwealth Policy Center covers stories from all across Kentucky. Sometimes people ask why they should care about something that happens in another part of the state?   The answer is simple. What happens in one part of Kentucky affects all of Kentucky. For example, think of a student that graduates from high school in eastern Kentucky. After graduation, the student enrolls at UK... Read more
LGBT Intolerance July 20, 2017 by Staff
There's a lot of talk about tolerance these days. So what is it? Tolerance is simply accepting the right of others to hold their own opinions. It doesn't mean that you necessarily agree with them, but you don't try to hurt the other person either. In principle, tolerance is a good thing. But unfortunately, it has come to mean something like this: "if you don't agree with me... Read more
Sinking the Ark Encounter? July 19, 2017 by Staff
The Ark Encounter celebrated its first anniversary this month but critics complain its message and argue that it shouldn't get a tax break from the state. Last year a federal court ruled that Answers in Genesis, the group behind the park, is entitled to receive equal protection under the law. The court upheld their right to receive tax breaks. But the Ark Encounter continues to bother ... Read more
Kentucky at Epicenter of Healthcare Debate July 18, 2017 by Staff
Are you following what's going on in Kentucky when it comes to the healthcare debate?  Last week, Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont visited the Bluegrass to speak about healthcare. Kentucky Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul have been vocal as they're key players in the healthcare debate. Kentucky is facing a major budget shortfall.  And our n... Read more
State Rep. Wants to Scrap Religious Freedom Law July 17, 2017 by Staff
A state representative from Louisville is calling on the Kentucky legislature to repeal  a bill that California is protesting. The Kentucky General Assembly passed a law upholding religious freedom for public school students. The law affirms the First Amendment freedoms, but State. Rep. Attica Scott says Kentucky should repeal it in order to avoid economic retaliation from California. Trut... Read more
Accountability in the Government July 14, 2017 by Staff
The United States government has built-in accountability. We have three branches of government and each provide a system of checks and balances.  Ultimately we the people hold the greatest form of accountability to our government. We do this through elections.   But what happens when people don't vote and disengage from the process?  Politics can be frustrating but to gi... Read more
Handling Negative News July 13, 2017 by Staff
How do you handle bad news?  More specifically, how do you handle negative news?  According to a recent study at Harvard University in the first 100 days of Donald Trump's presidency, 80% of the stories in the mainstream media were negative.  Harvard professor Thomas Patterson says this sets a new standard for negative reporting. This means if you’re going to remain upb... Read more
Kentucky's Drug Problem at "Biblical Plague Proportions" July 12, 2017 by Staff
How bad is Kentucky's drug problem? Just ask Boyd County Sheriff Bobby Jack Woods. He says the drug problem in northeastern Kentucky has “reached past an epidemic to biblical plague proportions.”  And woods should know. In just a six day time period Boyd County has had 19 overdoses with four deaths.  Altogether, Boyd County has seen 173 overdoses this year. County offi... Read more
Kentucky Lottery CEO Hopes Kentuckians Lose More July 11, 2017 by Staff
The Kentucky Lottery has a new CEO. His name is Tom Delacenserie, and his goal is to grow the Kentucky Lottery to  $1 billion. This is another way of saying, he wants Kentuckians to lose more money. We should be asking if its good policy for the state to be involved in an industry that brings addiction to many and causes the majority of participants to lose money. For most of our history w... Read more
California Bans Travel to Kentucky July 10, 2017 by Staff
California recently added Kentucky to its travel ban. This is because California considers Kentucky's newly enacted Student Religious Freedom Act "discriminatory legislation" toward the homosexual community. It's ironic that California imposes a travel ban over gay rights. This is because they joined a lawsuit protesting Pres. Trump's travel ban targeting Islamic states&md... Read more
New Study Reveals Kentuckians Don't Trust Media July 7, 2017 by Brandon Porter
Did you know that Kentucky ranks as one of the highest states in mistrusting the media?  A recent survey released by Secretary of State Alison Grimes says Kentucky ranks 48th in citizen’s confidence in the media. At the recent Kentucky Bar Association meeting in Owensboro, Krystal Ball, a writer and journalist from Louisville says the media can be its own worst enemy, “2016... Read more
A Journalist Defines His Role July 6, 2017 by Brandon Porter
Sometimes answers to current problems can be found by looking to the past.  Bias, fake news, and an antagonistic spirit plague the modern American news media...known as the media elite. Journalists would be wise to look to the past for help. Walter Cronkite helped pioneer television news. He began as a reporter 1937, was recruited to CBS in 1950 and anchored of CBS Evening News from 19... Read more
A More Perfect Union July 5, 2017 by Brandon Porter
The U.S. Constitution pursues “a more perfect union”. On July 5, 1852, former slave Frederick Douglass spoke to an anti-slavery group in Rochester, New York.  “What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July?  I answer: a day that reveals to him, more than all the other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim.&rdqu... Read more
Celebrating Freedom July 4, 2017 by Brandon Porter
Today is the nation’s birthday. The Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia in May 1776.  From that meeting, five men were chosen committee to draft a document that would declare the independence of a new nation. John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, Robert Livingston and Thomas Jefferson were appointed...and Jefferson remembered, “(the committee) unanimousl... Read more
An Exclusive Interview with Thomas Jefferson July 3, 2017 by Brandon Porter
What would Thomas Jefferson say if he were on a TV interview show today? Jefferson is well known as the primary author of the Declaration of Independence. According to Monticello.org, Jefferson once told an interviewer, “I saw my job as trying to bring together and harmonize a variety of different opinions.  We are putting before all of mankind words that are both simple and firm... Read more
Good Citizenship and Public Discourse June 30, 2017 by Staff
Public discourse is breaking down today and it needs to be restored. We used to be able to dialogue and debate ideas without getting ugly. We can disagree on ideas. but  what we cannot disagree upon is that each person is valuable, that each person has inherent dignity, and that violence employed to settle a dispute is never justified. When we shoot each other with words meant to cripple w... Read more
Does Civility have a Chance? June 29, 2017 by Staff
Have you ever been made to feel like you're the enemy? Well, I recently experienced this firsthand after sharing my concerns with the Shelby County Human Rights Commission over a proposed LGBT ordinance. Another person responded and said that law enforcement was monitoring extremist groups that have moved into Shelby County. Then she looked at me and asked "Are you from Shelby County?&... Read more
Social Engineering in the Army June 28, 2017 by Staff
Members of the U.S. Army recently attended "transgender soldiers training," which prepared enlisted men and women to accept soldiers who are transitioning from one gender to another. Women were told that they should be prepared for biological men who identify as women to appear in their showers. Soldiers were told they should be prepared to accept the Army's new "policy on ma... Read more
Ky College Tuition Increases June 27, 2017 by Staff
Most of Kentucky's college-bound students are going to be shelling out more for tuition this year. That's because all but two of Kentucky's public universities increased tuition rates. This brings the average cost of a four-year degree in Kentucky to nearly $40,000. Now that's a lot of dough and an investment that many go into debt over.  But we should ask: is it worth is? ... Read more
U of L Basketball Sanctions Imposed June 26, 2017 by Staff
U of L basketball coach Rick Pitino was suspended for five games this season as punishment for the scandal involving his basketball recruits. One of Pitino's assistant's hired strippers and prostitutes to lure new recruits to play for U of L. Pitino also allowed ineligible players to play. As a result, the NCAA is reducing the number of basketball scholarships, vacating victories, and p... Read more
Judge Strikes Down Ky Ethics Law June 23, 2017 by Staff
Judicial activism happens on both sides aisle. Case in point was a recent ruling by a federal judge who struck down Kentucky's legislative ethics law. It prevented lobbyists from donating to a candidates campaign. In fact, they couldn't even buy them lunch. It was one of the strictest laws in the nation, and the result of a scandal where several legislators were caught taking bribes in ... Read more
Lawsuit Seeks to Legalize Medical Marijuana June 22, 2017 by Staff
Kentucky is being sued over its ban on medical marijuana. The plaintiffs claim that their privacy rights are being violated and that they should be free of what they say is the "arbitrary power” of the state over their “lives, liberty and property.” So far, 29 states allow pot to be used as medicine. Two things need to be said. First, the science must support their claim ... Read more
Play Depicting Trump as Caesar Stirs Controversy June 21, 2017 by Staff
The New York Public Theater is finding itself in hot water over its modernized version of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar." This play opened to the public last week and it depicts Pres. Donald Trump as Caesar. But instead of a Roman robe, he's wearing a suit and tie and is brutally stabbed by women and minorities. This was so offensive that major corporate sponsors Delta Airlines... Read more
U of L Foundation Audit Damaging June 20, 2017 by Staff
Remember when the U of L Foundation board was reorganized last year? They were accused of operating under a cloud of secrecy, making risky and questionable investments and giving lavish pay to administrators and coaches. Well, a recently released audit reported in the Louisville Courier-Journal confirms that. Now Attorney General Andy Beshear said he is looking into any criminal wrongdoing and ... Read more
DC Rocked by Shooting June 19, 2017 by Staff
Washington DC was rocked by a sniper attack on a group of Republicans practicing for an annual baseball game. Congressman Steve Scalise was wounded along with several others in the attack. How have we gotten to the point where political differences turn into violence? How does someone's frustration over policies end up in attempted murder against our leaders? This is unacceptable. And each ... Read more
South Central Ky Students Doing Good June 16, 2017 by Staff
Summer break may mean vacation and lazy days for most kids, but not for a group of students in South Central Kentucky.  More than 250 middle and high school students put their faith into action across Barren, Hart and Metcalfe counties during the first week of June.  They built handicapped ramps for the elderly, repaired and painted buildings in public parks, and encouraged residents ... Read more
Response to Gov. Bevin's Call for Prayer June 15, 2017 by Staff
Gov. Bevin recently called on pastors to engage their communities and address the issue of violence.  And his proposal caught much in the media by surprise. He told nearly 800 pastors who gathered at a public school in the West End of Louisville to pray and to engage their churches in their communities by having small groups walking and praying 2-3 times per week in parts of the city that ... Read more
Flag Day June 14, 2017 by Staff
It flies above our public buildings. School Children put their hands over their hearts and pledge allegiance to it. It's lowered at half-staff in honor of someone's death. I'm talking about the American Flag, that's because it's flag day today—the one day of the year when we honor the symbol of our great country. But its not just a piece of cloth with stars and stripes... Read more
Children Need both a Mom and a Dad June 13, 2017 by Richard Nelson
I recently debated two leading gay-rights activists over whether judges should be forced to place children in same-sex parented households. They believed that all that kids need are two adults who love them. Truth is, kids needed more than that—they need mothers and fathers. It takes a male and female to create that child, which is an indication that it takes both parents to raise that ch... Read more
June is Gay Pride Month June 12, 2017 by Staff
The White House announced that President Donald Trump will not declare the month of June to be “LGBT Pride Month.” This has angered activists in the homosexual and transgender community who've had a friend in the White House for eight-years.  One activist called the move "shameful." We should be asking questions: Are homosexuality and transgenderism something to c... Read more
Population Decline Grave Threat June 8, 2017 by Staff
You often hear academics say that overpopulation is a grave threat to the planet. But what about underpopulation? This is where developing nations stop having kids and then don't have enough people to maintain their economy and care for the elderly. Japan is a prime example of what happens when population declines.  According to Business Insider Japan has entered “a vicious cycle... Read more
Political Frustrations Turn Violent June 7, 2017 by Staff
Americans have been as frustrated as ever over our political condition. The frustration is now boiling over. A congressional candidate in Montana body-slammed a reporter after he was annoyed with a question. Now, there's a way to deal with frustrations from reporters, but body slamming isn't one of them. It's simply wrong. This should be obvious but if we hope to pass down a civil a... Read more
Free Speech Cut off by Courts June 6, 2017 by Staff
We value free speech, but its been under attack on college campuses. Now its under attack in our courts. The pro-life group—Center for Medical Progress released video of  abortionists discussing late-term abortions at the National Abortion Federation conventions. The conversations are so offensive they're not fit to reiterate on this program. But interestingly, a federal U.S. Dis... Read more
Crossing the Line June 5, 2017 by Staff
We're blessed with freedom of speech in this country, but there are some lines that shouldn't be crossed. Comedienne Kathy Griffin crossed that line when she did a skit holding a bloody  head of President Donald Trump. The backlash has led to an apology but unfortunately this case isn't isolated. The Univ. of Alaska Prof displayed a painting of Capt. America with Trump's se... Read more
Gov. Bevin Calls Ky Pastors to Address Violence June 2, 2017 by Staff
Gov. Matt Bevin met with pastors from across Kentucky to address violence on Thursday. This is in response to a 7-year old boy who was killed by random gunfire while he was enjoying a bedtime snack and playing a game on his iPad. Louisville is now on pace to break a record for homicides, with 49 killed so far this year. This senseless violence led to the governor meeting with Kentucky's pas... Read more
Where has Tolerance and Respect Gone? May 31, 2017 by Staff
Vice-president Mike Pence is one of the most gracious and thoughtful political leaders on the national stage. But several college graduates rudely turned their backs on Pence as he got up to deliver the keynote address at the Notre Dame commencement ceremony. He was also protested at Grove City College. So what's going on? We used to be able to sit down and listen to people we disagreed wit... Read more
Ideological Tyranny on College Campuses May 30, 2017 by Staff
Have you noticed what's going on at America's colleges and universities lately? Conservative speakers have been shunned, protested—even threatened with violence. College is supposed to be a place of tolerance, a place where the free exchange of ideas takes place. Instead they've become echo chambers of left-wing ideology. College is too often a place where sexual autonomy and ... Read more
Positive Economic News for Kentucky May 24, 2017 by Staff
When it comes to the economy, things are looking much brighter in the Bluegrass State. Valvoline just cut the ribbon on a new $35 million dollar global headquarters in Lexington. Apple announced a $200 million investment in a Harrodsburg glass factory that makes the scratch resistant covers for their smart phones.  This good news comes on the heels of a recent announcement of a $1.3 billio... Read more
Grounding Conscience Rights May 23, 2017 by Staff
There's been a lot of talk about rights of conscience lately. A T-shirt maker in Lexington and Judge in Glasgow have appealed to their rights of conscience in a couple of high-profile cases. It's easy to get lost in legalese and lose sight of the fact that the right of conscience must be anchored in an absolute. Otherwise, any kind of outlandish behavior could be justified by claiming &... Read more
Are Needle-exchanges the Answer? May 22, 2017 by Staff
Kentucky has 32 needle exchange programs where dirty needles used by drug addicts are swapped out for clean ones. The legislature authorized this program in 2015, which allows local health departments to create needle exchanges to prevent the spread of Hepatitis C and HIV. But  Kentucky is divided on whether publicly-funded needle exchanges are a good idea. A recent poll by the Foundation ... Read more
Life Span Decreasing for Some May 18, 2017 by Staff
A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that life spans are decreasing for some Americans. In fact, there's a gap between counties with the longest life spans and counties with the shortest. It's a 20 year difference. People in communities that are well-off and better educated live longer and people in communities that are poorer and less educated ... Read more
Gov. Bevin Appoints Adoption Czar May 16, 2017 by Staff
Gov. Matt Bevin is committed to reforming Kentucky's foster care system and his appointment of Dan Dumas as Kentucky's Adoption and Foster Care Czar is a downpayment on that commitment. Dumas is an administrator at Southern Seminary and said that he "is resolved to making our adoption and foster care system faster, safer, more affordable and more accessible." This is fantastic... Read more
Drugs, Recreation and the Church May 12, 2017 by Richard Nelson
Last week, two major headlines landed on Kentucky newspapers and their contrast couldn't have been more stark. One story announced that Kentucky's tourism industry had a fantastic year in 2016 with a $14.5 billion impact that generated more than $1.5 billion in tax revenue. The other headline wasn't as pleasant. It involved the seizure of $1.5 million in heroin in a small Wester... Read more
The Disease of Being Busy May 11, 2017 by Staff
In a column called The Disease of Being Busy, writer Amid Safi asks "What happened to a world in which we can sit with the people we love so much and have slow conversations about the state of our heart and soul, conversations that slowly unfold, conversations with pregnant pauses and silences that we are in no rush to fill?" The answer is because we're much too busy these days. W... Read more
Fairness Campaign Rallies Against Nance May 10, 2017 by Staff
Judge Mitchell Nance is back in the news. He's the family court judge in Glasgow who has recused himself in cases regarding the placement of children into the custody of homosexual parents. Nance said that “as a matter of conscience” and “under no circumstance” would “the best interest of the child be promoted by the adoption by a practicing homosexual." N... Read more
Who Missed the Big News in Ky? May 8, 2017 by Staff
Have you heard the big news out of Eastern Kentucky? Brady Industries announced a  $1.3 billion aluminum mill in Ashland that's going to create 550 permanent jobs with an average salary of $38 an hour. It's fantastic news! Yet if you were a subscriber to the Louisville Courier-Journal, you may have missed it. That's because Kentucky's biggest newspaper failed to cover the s... Read more
Kentucky Derby May 5, 2017 by Staff
Tomorrow is the Kentucky Derby where the fastest horses in the world will run at Churchill Downs in Louisville. The Derby is much more than just horses. It's the fanfare, the crazy hats, pre-race parties, festivities, celebrities, and international figures who will be in attendance. Of course, there's also going to be gambling. And lots of it. Last year $138 million was bet on the bigge... Read more
Communism for Kids? May 4, 2017 by Staff
There are some things that should be promoted to our children and other things that should not. The latest children's book released by MIT Press, is one of things in the latter category. It's called “Communism for Kids” and it dresses communism up to be something that it is not. The preface says the book “proposes a different kind of communism, one that is true to its ... Read more
Humans for Sale? April 30, 2017 by Staff
It's unthinkable that children should be bought and sold in a civilized society, Yet consider these words from Deborah Spar at Fortune: "There’s something funny about the U.S. market for eggs. No, not the kind that spring from chickens and go into making pancakes, but those that come from humans and go into making babies." Stop for a moment and let that sink in… .&nbs... Read more
Wombs for Rent April 27, 2017 by Staff
A startling headline in World Magazine said Wombs for Rent. The story goes on to report about San Francisco's fourth annual “Surrogacy Conference and Expo.” It sounds like fodder for a science fiction novel. But its not. Surrogacy is when a woman bears a child genetically unrelated to her. In other words, she's renting out her womb. And she stands make big bucks. Typically, ... Read more
What's Going in Our Universities? April 26, 2017 by Staff
It's no secret that universities often undermine conservative ideals.  Many are now becoming openly hostile to conservative leaders. A group of psychology professors recently met at Yale University and alleged that President Trump is mentally ill. The problem here is that it violates their own rule which forbids them from psychoanalyzing people they have't personally evaluated. A p... Read more
Kentucky Settles with Newspapers April 24, 2017 by Staff
The state of Kentucky has an open records law which means that the records of state agencies are available to the public. Unfortunately, the state doesn't always comply, especially when records might reveal neglectful for illegal behavior. Such was the case last week when the state of Kentucky agreed to pay the Louisville Courier-Journal and Lexington Herald-Leader nearly $700,000 for viola... Read more
Churches Benefit Society April 21, 2017 by Staff
A few days ago the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case over whether churches should be eligible to participate in government grant programs for neutral projects. Some have argued that since churches don't pay taxes, they shouldn't receive any benefits from the state. If that's true, why do fire and rescue squads answer calls to churches and religious organizations in n... Read more
O'Reilly Ousted at Fox April 20, 2017 by Staff
One of the top conservative TV commentators in the country is no longer on the air. Yesterday, Fox News fired Bill O’Reilly who hosted the most popular cable commentary program—The O'Reilly Factor. O'Reilly was ousted after a long pattern of sexual harassment was revealed. Five women settled with O'Reilly for a combined $13 million. This revelation led to 50 advertisers ... Read more
EMW Stays Open by Court Order April 17, 2017 by Staff
The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services recently found EMW Women's Surgical Center in Louisville to be out of compliance with state law regulating abortion clinics. The breech could have resulted in the closure of Kentucky's last remaining abortion clinic but U.S. District Judge Greg Stivers issued a preliminary injunction to keep EMW open. He cited due process concerns and ... Read more
Chicago Sues Over Sanctuary City Crackdowna April 17, 2017 by Staff
Chicago calls itself a sanctuary city. This means they're allowing illegal immigrants to live and work there without repercussions but now the federal government is clamping down. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is demanding all cities that have illegal aliens in jail to tell federal immigration officials and to give them 48 hours notice before releasing them. Its a reasonable request, ... Read more
Making Sense of a Post-truth World April 12, 2017 by Richard Nelson
Wheaties was a staple breakfast food in my childhood and between spoonfuls of the stuff that was supposed to make me strong I remember the box staring back at me of Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner ready to spring the javelin. It was the breakfast of champions and of course what eight-year boy old didn't aspire to be a world champion athlete? Jenner, now goes by Caitlyn Jenner and rev... Read more
Physician Prescribed Suicide April 10, 2017 by Dr. Doug Snow
There is mounting pressure in our nation to promote what is called death with dignity. The predominate argument is that persons facing terminal illness shouldn’t have to suffer with pain but rather should have the right to end their life on their terms providing end of life comfort. Advocates argue that individuals have the right to control when and how we die and the state has no right t... Read more
Using Your Hands to Work April 7, 2017 by Staff
A pastor was once told that he hasn't worked a day in his life and responded by saying "There are a lot of hard working activities these hands have never done, but they have taken a lifeless baby from the arms of a broken mother. They have taken a gun out of the hand of a man about to end his life. They have taken a bottle from an individual who was drinking their life away. They have ... Read more
2017 General Assembly Session Recap April 4, 2017 by Staff
2017 Session Recap Bills that passed: HB 2 Ultrasound Law. Requires abortionist to provide ultrasound of the unborn child to woman seeking an abortion. Passed House 83-12 (1-5-17). Passed Senate 32-5 (1-7-17). Signed into law by Gov. Bevin on 1-7-17. Vote record here. SB 5 Late-term Abortion Ban. Bans abortions after 20 weeks. Passed Senate 30-6 (1-6-17).  Passed House 63-2... Read more
On the Brink of Incivility March 30, 2017 by Staff
One thing that differentiate's the U.S. from much of the world is that it settles its policy disagreements at the ballot box instead of with guns and bombs. We pride ourselves in our civility, but civility is wearing thin as opponents of President Trump are calling for violence.  In a new video rapper Snoop Dog aims a handgun at a clown dressed as President Donald Trump.  At the M... Read more
What Undergirds Western Civilization? March 29, 2017 by Staff
We sometimes take for granted what it is that undergirds our society. In trying to discover what makes the West so successful a Chinese sociologist said this: “We studied everything we could from the historical, political, economic, and cultural perspective. At first, we thought it was because you had more powerful guns than we had. Then we thought it was because you had the best politica... Read more
LGBTQ Coordinator at MSU? March 27, 2017 by Staff
A recent email from the LGBT Coordinator at Murray State staffer said: "Hello Safe Zone allies!  Gaypril (Gay April) is going to be a fun month. We have a lot of activities lining up, including a game night, gender-inclusive sex ed, discussions on gender roles and LGBTQ+ in the media, LGBTQ-friendly religious services, and more." The letter goes on to promote  movie Nig... Read more
Charter Schools Come to KY March 25, 2017 by Staff
Kentucky became the 44th state to permit charter schools. These are public school that avoid much of the bureaucracy that bogs down teachers into minutia and mires students into endless tests.  Some focus on Science Technology Engineering or Math (STEM) while others might focus on language, arts, or college preparation. In inner city areas they are closing the achievement gap and are some ... Read more
Is Big Brother Listening In? March 22, 2017 by Staff
The latest technology and smart gadgets are designed to make life easier, but according to the latest Wikileaks, they also make it easier for the government or big business to spy on us. Leaked CIA documents reveal that smart tv's connected to the internet can be used to eavesdrop inside ones home. Smart phones can do the same with internal cameras activated from the outside to record priva... Read more
Summit to Save Our Children March 20, 2017 by Staff
At the Summit to Save Our Children, Gov. Matt Bevin said, “we will not only be known for horses and basketball. But now Kentucky will lead the nation in taking care of the needs of the most vulnerable children we have.” Bevin is making it a priority to find homes for over 8,000 children in the state's foster care system. This isn't just theoretical for Gov. Bevin. He and his... Read more
$10 Billion Wagered on March Madness March 18, 2017 by Staff
Do you have your college basketball bracket filled out? Millions of Americans do, hoping to win the office pool during March Madness. For some, it's big money. According to the American Gaming Association and reported by ESPN an estimated $10 billion dollars will be wagered on the NCAA tournament this month. That's a lot of dough. Now, we love our basketball in Kentucky, and have produc... Read more
Louisville Police Program Under Investigation March 17, 2017 by Staff
A disturbing report in the Louisville Courier Journal has rocked the Louisville police department. A young man in the police's Youth Explorer program was raped by officers over a two year time period. Mayor Greg Fischer said "The allegations represent an appalling betrayal of trust and abuse of power, and threaten a program that has helped so many young men and women interested in beco... Read more
Kim Davis Doesn't Have to Pay Legal Fees March 13, 2017 by Staff
Kim Davis is back in the news. Remember her? She's the county clerk from Eastern Kentucky who refused to put her signature on a gay marriage license.  A federal judge ruled that Davis doesn't have to pay the legal fees of the couple that sued her. In fact, they were seeking $233,000 in legal fees. Gay couples came from all across the county tried to force Davis to issue them a lice... Read more
KY Legislature Defunds Planned Parenthood March 10, 2017 by Staff
The Kentucky State House voted last week to defund state tax dollars from going to Planned Parenthood. By the tone of the debate and the way Planned Parenthood defenders postured, you'd think the vote would have been close. But it wasn't. It was a lopsided 75 state House members voting to defund PP and only 13 voted to keep state funds going to the nation's largest abortion provider... Read more
"Fairness" Ordinance Stalls in Bowling Green March 8, 2017 by Richard Nelson
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Bowling Green Fairness Ordinance Stalls Date: March 8, 2017 Contact: Richard Nelson (270) 271-2713   Bowling Green, KY—  Last night, the Bowling Green City Commission rejected an ordinance that would elevate sexual orientation and gender identity into the city’s nondiscrimination code. During a work session open to the public, the Bowling G... Read more
Sen. Stivers Calls on LHL to Retract Story March 7, 2017 by Staff
At what point does journalism cease being journalism and become something else? That's the question alluded to on the Kentucky Senate Floor by Senate President Robert Stivers. Senator Stivers was so outraged with a Lexington Herald-Leader news story for misreporting and misrepresentation of the truth that he called them out on the Senate floor to retract the story. The usually calm mannered... Read more
Space X Plans Launch of Humans to Moon March 6, 2017 by Staff
Remember the opening lines of the original Star Trek where William Shatner says "Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. … to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before." That was 1966. Today, a company called Space X is making that a reality. It announced that next year ... Read more
Religious Freedom Bills in General Assembly March 4, 2017 by Staff
The Kentucky legislature has considered a number of bills dealing with religion and religious freedom. One bill would allow the teaching of the Bible as an elective course in public schools. Another protects the religious freedom rights of public schools students. Yet on the other side, another bill would restrict religious freedom of pastors by requiring them to be licensed by the state if the... Read more
Fantasy Sports Gambling Expansion? March 2, 2017 by Staff
Two bills in the Kentucky General Assembly would authorize gambling on fantasy sports. Advocates say that it's already happening and regulation is needed in order to provide oversight and keep minors from gambling activity. This might be true, but the bigger question is whether more gambling is a good and healthy thing. Should society welcome more gambling? There are many things that are ha... Read more
Transgender Girl Wins Texas State Wrestling Tournament March 1, 2017 by Staff
When Mack Beggs won the the Texas state girl's wrestling championship it created a controversy. The 17-year was born female, but she is "transitioning" into a male. So Beggs is taking hormone replacement therapy. Critics say this gives her an unfair advantage over girls who do not take testosterone—girls who would have been disqualified for taking the drug for any other reas... Read more
Berkely Protests Undermine Speech February 28, 2017 by Staff
The UC Berkely College Republicans recently invited a controversial speaker on campus and this sparked protest. Students responded by rioting. Fires were set, windows were broken and molotov cocktails were thrown, causing thousands of dollars in damage. The irony is that UC Berkely is the birth of the free speech movement where students in the 1960's defied rules that prevented them from se... Read more
Trumps Speech to Congress February 28, 2017 by Staff
Pres. Donald Trump addressed a joint session of Congress in what analysts on both sides of the political spectrum say was his best speech since becoming president. Interestingly, Pres. Trump mentioned Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin for his work to replace the Affordable Care Act. After the president's speech, former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear delivered the democrat response. Perhaps Kentucky is ... Read more
Subsidiarity February 26, 2017 by Staff
Last week, I attended a legislative reception in Frankfort where Dr. Al Mohler, president of Southern Seminary encouraged our state leaders to do the things that lead to human flourishing, by promoting justice, righteousness and mercy. He also talked about the principle of subsidiarity. It's a big word, but it's simply "an organizing principle that matters ought to be handled by th... Read more
Blue Lives Matter February 24, 2017 by Staff
A bill that would increase penalties for violent targeting of first responders and law enforcement officers passed the state House last week by a wide margin, but not before a disruptive protest in the House gallery. The bill was dubbed "Blue Lives Matter." It's a response to the brutal targeting of police officers across the country. State Rep. Robert Benvenuti said "The mes... Read more
Intolerance of the Left February 23, 2017 by Staff
Last week National Public Radio had a fascinating interview with Chadwick Moore, a writer for Out Magazine—a gay and lesbian publication. Moore wrote a story on Milo Yiannopolous an openly gay man and provocative writer and speaker whose ideas are, let's just say, a poster child for political incorrectness. But this was too much for those on the political left. A petition condemning h... Read more
CPC Bill Tracking February 22, 2017 by Staff
The 2017 General Assembly session is at the half-way mark. Here are several Bills CPC is tracking: 2nd Amendment SB 7 would drop requirement to take class for concealed carry HB 101 would allow local governments to limit sales of arms and ammo Planned Parenthood SB 8 prohibits state and local funds from being used… to an entity, organization, or individual that provides ab... Read more
Big Media's Credibility Deficit February 21, 2017 by Richard Nelson
Kentuckians' trust in institutional media may be at an all-time low.  According to Secretary of State Alison Grime's Kentucky Civic Health Index released in January, less than half of Kentuckians trust the media. Even more surprising is an Emerson College Poll that found more Americans believe the Trump administration is more trustworthy than the news media by 49-39 percent. So why... Read more
President's Day February 20, 2017 by Staff
Today is President's Day and if you're a public employee, you can thank George Washington, the father of our country for what we celebrate. He was "first in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen." Henry Lee, Washington's friend eulogized Washington and said 'that he was second to none in humble and enduring scenes of private life. Pious, just, h... Read more
News Coverage on Rallies Unbalanced February 16, 2017 by Staff
There have been many rallies in the Capitol since the 2017 Kentucky General Assembly began. Union members protested the right to work bill. Parents rallied for school choice options. There was even an abortion rights rally.  You can find several news reports about each of these events if you did an online search. But if you tried to find anything about the pro-life rally that took place in... Read more
Will HB 149 Defund PP and Churches? February 14, 2017 by Staff
A headline in last week's Louisville Courier-Journals said "Bill targets Planned Parenthood, maybe churches." The journalist was referring to HB 149, which would bar any state tax dollars going to groups involved with abortion. The bill also bars funds going to groups that do abortion referrals. This alarmed Rev. Derek Penwell of Douglass Boulevard Christian Church in Louisville. ... Read more
Boy Scouts Gender Confusion February 13, 2017 by Staff
Just days ago, the Boy Scouts welcomed the first transgender boy into their ranks. Nine-year-old Joe Maldonado of Seacaucus, New Jersey joined Pack 20 in Maplewood.  All this within weeks of announcing a policy change that allows transgender children to join. By doing so, the scouts are participating in wholesale rejection of biological reality and undermining social realities—namely... Read more
What holds us together? February 9, 2017 by Staff
We live in an age of division and divisiveness. Racial tensions remain high and political tensions even higher. Demonstrators took to the streets and airports to protest the executive order that temporarily banned immigrants from nations that harbor terrorists. Now, a battle is brewing over Donald Trump's cabinet picks and Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.  Politics is a tough arena,... Read more
Governor's Prayer Breakfast February 8, 2017 by Staff
Governor Matt Bevin held the Kentucky Governor's annual prayer breakfast in Frankfort this morning. Close to 1000 pastors, businessmen and civic leaders gathered from across the state to hear an inspiring message and to pray for our government. But it wouldn't have happened if Gov. Bevin listed to the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Last year, they urged him to cancel the event. They ... Read more
Baby Girl Born with Three Parents February 2, 2017 by Staff
In early January, a mother in Ukraine gave birth to a baby girl with DNA from three parents—yes you hear that correctly. The young girl has DNA from three parents—two women and one man. This was done by a process known as s modern mitochondrial replacement therapy (MRT). And its done purportedly to prevent genetic abnormalities. Arina Grossu, of the Family Research Council’s s... Read more
The House and Senate Find Evidence Planned Parenthood Sold Baby Body Parts February 1, 2017 by Brandon Porter
Investigative committees in the United States Senate and House have returned reports concerning the summer 2015 undercover videos by the Center for Medical Progress and allegations that Planned Parenthood sold baby body parts.  The results reveal the grisly activity by Planned Parenthood and accusations that laws have been broken.  The reports total more than 500 pages. Here&rsquo... Read more
Trump's Exec Order January 31, 2017 by Staff
There's much confusion about Pres. Trump's Exec Order halting immigrants from nations associated known as refuge for terrorists.  Here's what the order does; It temporarily bans citizens from these nations to enter the U. S.  It suspends the refugee program for four months and caps the number of refugees this year at 50,000. It also prioritizes refugee status for persecute... Read more
March for Life and Fair Reporting January 27, 2017 by Staff
The U.S. Press Corps recently sent a letter to Donald Trump and admitted that the public mistrusts them and they intend "to regain that trust." If they are serious about this, they will provide just as fair coverage to conservative causes as they do liberal ones. This Saturday, we'll see how fair the media plans to be when the annual March for Life comes to Washington. The event u... Read more
Is Woman's March Biggest News? January 25, 2017 by Staff
The Women's March on Washington dominated news cycles, but in the pursuit of a story that seemed most important to big media, they neglected some major news. In his last hours of his presidency, Barack Obama transferred $221 million to the Palestinian Authority. Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Trans Pacific Partnership. A policy that prohibits federal funds for groups involved with ... Read more
Legislator Pensions Finally Revealed January 23, 2017 by Staff
Thanks to a new law recently signed by Gov. Bevin, Kentuckians can finally find out how much their state legislators will receive in public pensions. It was kept secret by House members who refused to divulge their pensions to the public. That might be one reason Democrats lost control of the Kentucky House in November. Legislature first approved pensions for themselves in 1980. Then in 2005, t... Read more
Someone Has to Pay January 23, 2017 by Brandon Porter
Recently I heard a young lady describe a whirlwind season in her life.  She met a young man and a relationship began.  Their relationship moved quickly and they came together in what she described as a night of love and passion.  The next few weeks of the story take a different turn as she discovered the young man was controlling and abusive.  A few weeks later she decided t... Read more
Assisted Suicide and Organ Harvesting January 19, 2017 by Staff
Assisted suicide was legalized in Canada last June. And since then it has claimed the lives of 744 people. Now some bioethicists are pushing to allow the harvesting of organs from patients who seek physician-assisted suicide. This move is alarming when you consider that undue pressure may be placed on people to prematurely take their lives in order for someone else to benefit from their organs.... Read more
More Conversation Please January 16, 2017 by Staff
One way to bridge the partisan divide is to engage in more conversations with those you disagree with. Not arguments. Not rants. But conversations. This is where mature individuals dialogue and discuss ideas that they may not agree with. And in case you were wondering, verbal daggers coupled with condescension and belittling aren't found in conversations. Also, texters should put down their... Read more
News Coverage on Rallies Unbalanced January 16, 2017 by Staff
There have been many rallies in the Capitol since the 2017 Kentucky General Assembly began. Union members protested the right to work bill. Parents rallied for school choice options. There was even an abortion rights rally.  You can find several news reports about each of these events if you did an online search. But if you tried to find anything about the pro-life rally that took place in... Read more
Trust is needed in our government January 13, 2017 by Staff
In order for a democratic republic to effectively work, it takes trust and lots of it. Voters must trust election results. They also must trust that elected officials will act honorably and obey laws that apply to them once in office. Unfortunately, trust in our state government is at a low. Last week an employee in Andy Beshear's office was fired for lying in court settings. The same week,... Read more
Can the Attorney General Pick and Choose Which Laws to Defend? January 12, 2017 by Staff
Attorney General Andy Beshear created a controversy last week when he publicly refused to defend a duly enacted law by the legislature. SB 5 bans late-term abortions after 20 weeks and passed with over 80 percent of the vote. It's based on science that tells us that babies feel pain at that age. Abortion of course, is horribly painful. Beshear disagrees and called the law unconstitutional. ... Read more
Opposition to Ultrasound Law Unreasonable January 10, 2017 by Staff
The newly enacted ultrasound law requires abortionists to provide an ultrasound picture of the unborn child at least 24-hours before an abortion. It took 12 years to pass such a law and opponents are still decrying the law as a burden to women seeking an abortion. They are essentially arguing that women are better off with less medical information when making one of the most important decisions... Read more
Ultrasound Law Challenged in Court January 9, 2017 by Staff
It's been a momentous time in Kentucky's Capitol in Frankfort. Seven bills became law in a week when very little is usually accomplished. Rallies were held. Testimonies heard and opposition to the bills ensued. In fact, one group was so upset by the passage of one bill that less than 48 hours after it was signed into law, they sued. The bill was over requiring abortionists to provide&nb... Read more
Testimony on HB 2 Ultrasound Bill January 6, 2017 by Richard Nelson
Good afternoon. My name is Richard Nelson, executive director of the Commonwealth Policy Center, a Kentucky-based nonprofit public policy group. I appreciate the opportunity to testify in favor of HB 2—the Ultrasound Bill. CPC favors HB 2 because it is empowering to women. It provides pregnant mothers contemplating abortion with all of the latest technology and information availabl... Read more
Testimony on SB 5 Pain-capable Unborn Child Protection Act January 4, 2017 by Richard Nelson
Good afternoon. My name is Richard Nelson, executive director of the Commonwealth Policy Center. I'm testifying on behalf of SB5—the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. I'll make my remarks very brief.  I do have handouts that provide further information. We are in favor of this legislation because it is humane legislation based on good science. Medical experts t... Read more
A few resolutions January 1, 2017 by Staff
Political commentators and celebrities are bidding good riddance to 2016 largely because of the ideological divide and politics that separates the nation.  It's a singular way to gauge a year, as if politics is the measure of all things. Coming off a holiday season celebrating with family is a reminder that there are more important things in life. Since it's the season of resol... Read more
Another U of L Scandal December 27, 2016 by Staff
When it comes to sports, its fair to say that all sides want a level playing field. So when its discovered that when one team's playbook comes into the hands of their opponents, the playing field is no longer level. In fact there is a breech. This is what the Wake Forest football team discovered when one if its former assistants shared the playbook with U of L coach Lonnie Galloway. U of L ... Read more
Christmas Letdown December 26, 2016 by Staff
Christmas is in the books, and after all the anticipation, the gift-giving, the feasting and family gatherings, do you ever get that feeling of disappointment? That feeling that there should be something more? Of course, in this case, there is something more. And that something is Jesus  Christ—the Messiah, God's son who came to save us from our sins.  Isaiah 9:6  says ... Read more
The Heart of Christmas December 24, 2016 by Staff
A few last-minute shoppers can be found at the mall, Christmas music floods the radio while we rush between office parties and family gatherings. The food, friends and festivities are great, but in the midst of our busyness, it's easy to get carried away and miss the real meaning of Christmas.  We sometimes forget that at the heart of Christmas is Christ—the babe born in a manger... Read more
Year in Review December 23, 2016 by Staff
2016 has been a momentous year. Eight years of authoritarian and far-left ideology under Pres. Barack Obama imposed upon the American people led to a backlash at the polls and a presidential election that took the nation by surprise with Donald Trump winning. Kentucky Republicans also won big as they picked up 17 seats in the state House. They now have a supermajority of 64-36. Racial tension r... Read more
KY Kids Count Data Book December 22, 2016 by Staff
Kentucky children are unfortunately first in the nation when it comes to having a parent in jail. This is one of the findings recently released in the 2016 Kentucky KIDS COUNT data book. Kentucky Youth Advocates compiled the report and one of the biggest if not overlooked findings regards family structure. The report found that nearly one of every three children live in single parent homes. Thi... Read more
False Political Ads are Costly December 21, 2016 by Staff
There's a mistaken belief that politicians can say whatever they want without any consequences—especially when it comes to spreading falsehoods about their opponent. This was recently underscored when a jury in Eastern Kentucky found a former Democratic state senator guilty for knowingly airing a false TV ad in 2014.  At issue was a TV commercial alleging Republican senate challe... Read more
Drugged Driving in Northern Kentucky December 20, 2016 by Staff
You've heard of driving under the influence, well in Northern Kentucky, they have a problem with "drugged driving," which is the latest fallout from the heroin epidemic.  Since October 1, Kenton County prosecuted 38 drivers for felonies because they were operating vehicles while high on heroin or other opioids. State Sen. John Schickel, who represents part of Northern Kentuck... Read more
AUL Report on Abortion Clinic Abuse December 18, 2016 by Staff
The pro-life organization, Americans United for Life released a ground-breaking investigative report about just how unsafe abortion clinics are to women's health. Their investigative report is called Unsafe: How The Public Health Crisis in America's Abortion Clinics Endangers Women and they detail, in their own words "horrific abortion clinic conditions." In the last eight yea... Read more
Tolerance Must be a Two Way Street December 15, 2016 by Staff
There's much talk about tolerance these days, but those who advocate tolerance are often unwilling to be tolerant of others, especially when it comes to another's perspective. Nick Kristof, a self-identified liberal writer at the NY Times criticizes the intolerance of liberals on the majority of college campuses. His piece, entitled, The Dangers of Echo Chambers on Campus warns "We... Read more
America's Abortion Rate Continues to Decline December 12, 2016 by Staff
Just when we need it, there's good news from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding one of the hottest social issues of our day: The numbers of abortions are declining. According to their latest report 664,435 abortions were reported to CDC in 2013. And there has been a 46 percent drop in girls aged 15-19 who've had an abortion. Some will claim credit this is due... Read more
Gaine's Story a Loss for Media Credibility December 10, 2016 by Staff
Chip and Joanna Gaines are the hosts of the popular cable show Fixer Upper but now they're in hot water because they refused to divulge to a probing reporter their personal beliefs on same-sex relationships. As a result, the "reporter" dug up old sermons delivered by their pastor and reported his views. This is a non story about a celebrity couple's non views. The danger here ... Read more
Taking Free Speech for Granted December 8, 2016 by Staff
One of the greatest gifts we enjoy in this nation is the freedom of speech and association which are both protected by the First Amendment. This means that we can speak in public about religion and political ideas. We can also choose our associations. In other words, the government cannot force us to associate with a group or event that tviolates our conscience. Somehow, officials in Minnesota ... Read more
A Call for Respect and Civility in the Media December 6, 2016 by Richard Nelson
In the time of year when elections come to an end and average citizens suddenly grow tired of the bickering and vulgarization of discourse, a new idea comes along that undermines partisan provocateurs bent on belittling and maligning their opposition. The idea is that civilization flourishes when public discourse is accompanied by respect and charity—both sorely lacking in the post-electi... Read more
President's Cabinet Picks December 5, 2016 by Staff
Elaine Chao was recently appointed to serve as the Secretary of Transportation in the Trump administration. This is good for Kentucky and the nation.  Chao is Sen. Mitch McConnell's wife and formerly served as Secretary of Labor under George W. Bush. Joining Chao in the president's cabinet is Dr. Ben Carson who will serve as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Betsy DeVos, ... Read more
Why is Castro Praised? December 2, 2016 by Staff
Fidel Castro is dead. And surprisingly, many sang his praises. President Jimmy Carter said he "[he] fondly remembered his visits with [Castro] and his love of his country." Con. Barbara Lee (D-Oakland), said “We [should] mourn his loss…. [and she] was very sad for the Cuban people. He led a revolution in Cuba that led to social improvements for his people.” Truth is... Read more
The Divisiveness of Identity Politics November 30, 2016 by Staff
Martin Luther King, Jr., famously prophesied a time in America when his children would “be judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” King’s dream foresaw a new era of civil rights for African-Americans, but it also hinted at a fundamental cultural transformation, one in which people were thought of foremost as responsible moral agents, not ... Read more
Atheist requests IM God Plate November 29, 2016 by Staff
A Northern Kentucky man is suing the state of Kentucky for refusing to issue a license plate that says "IM GOD." Bennie L. Hart of Kenton County is an atheist who says he's spreading his religious view that it's impossible to disprove anyone's claim to being "God." Which reminds me of the man who visited a psychiatric ward and asked a patient what his name was. H... Read more
Should UK become Sanctuary Campus? November 28, 2016 by Staff
Should universities become sanctuaries for people who cannot prove their citizenship? A group of University of Kentucky students think so. This is the latest activist movement on college campuses. More than 1500 signatures were gathered from students who want Kentucky's flagship university to provide shelter for undocumented students from being deported. The petition was prompted in... Read more
Medicaid Used for Sex-changes? November 26, 2016 by Staff
A Minnesota judge recently struck down a state law that prohibited the use of taxpayer dollars to fund gender reassignment surgery. The judge said citizens have a fundamental right to change their sexual anatomy through surgery and declared the statute unconstitutional. If the ruling is upheld, this means that Medicare can be used for sex-change operations. But we should ask, is this good polic... Read more
Giving Thanks November 23, 2016 by Staff
Could you imagine taking a trip that lasted much longer than it was supposed to, in uncomfortable seats and when you arrived at your destination, you had no place to stay? That's the story of the Pilgrims and their voyage on the Mayflower nearly 400 years ago. They came to this new world seeking freedom of religion but it came at a great price. They suffered with sickness and exposure and n... Read more
Protests November 22, 2016 by Staff
Donald Trump’s victory sparked protests in major cities with chants of “Not My President” and “Love Trumps Hate.” Some of the protest has gotten vile; one sign photographed at an organized protest read, “Rape Melania.” This kind of mindless anger has become symptomatic of how American culture often responds to politics. If democracy means anything, it m... Read more
Cry-in at Cornell November 17, 2016 by Staff
Last week, Cornell University students held a cry-in event on campus in response to the election results. So what happens at a cry-in? According to their Facebook page, attendees were encouraged to wear black and hold each other and cry. The Cornell Daily Sun, said "Over 50 students gathered in a circle to tell stories and support each other. [They] were given blankets, tissues and hot cho... Read more
Election Protests November 15, 2016 by Staff
The aftermath of the 2016 presidential election has been fascinating, but it has not always been pleasant. As media outlets scramble to comprehend Donald Trump’s victory, several parts of America have been submerged in anger and unrest at the president-elect. Throes of protesters have taken to the streets in recent days, chanting things like “Not My President” and “Love ... Read more
America is a Gift November 14, 2016 by Staff
The other day I had a chance to speak to a group of home school students about the presidential election and citizen participation in our government. I explained that what we have here in this nation is a gift—in fact a great gift. We have freedom of speech and the right to assemble. We can worship our Creator and live according to our conscience; We can use our gifts and talents to creat... Read more
Election Recap November 10, 2016 by Staff
On Tuesday, American voters waged a quiet revolution at the ballot box and took back the idea of government by the consent of the governed. Pollsters and media pundits were off target and Donald Trump was elected our 45th president against the odds. Here's a recap: Republicans will control the U.S. House and Senate; A majority of state legislatures and here in Kentucky for the first time in... Read more
We Get What We Want in Political Ads November 7, 2016 by Brandon Porter
The political ads are everywhere as election day approaches.  Ever wonder why the ads are the way they are?  One political scientist says the advertisers are giving the audience what they want. Dr. Stephen Voss, a professor at the University of Kentucky, says, “If the audience had a taste for reasonable, fact-based, productive discourse then that’s what would sell or g... Read more
Election Eve Analysis of State House Races November 7, 2016 by Richard Nelson
Democrats dominate the Kentucky state House by a 53-47 margin—an chamber they've held for 95 straight years. This makes Kentucky the last remaining state House in the South controlled by Democrats. That could all change tomorrow if the voter anger we've seen translates into action. Here's a brief analysis of several races in play. Two members of the House switched from Dem... Read more
Presidential Ads Make Me Blush November 5, 2016 by Brandon Porter
The ads for male enhancement products used to leave adults blushing during televised sports.  If you saw the political commercials during the World Series you know the game has changed.  The Cubs and the Indians were desperate to win, but not as desperate as the two leading presidential candidates. Campaign ads from both candidates featured language that will get you grounded at o... Read more
What is a Conservative? November 4, 2016 by Staff
Ever wonder what it means to be a conservative? If you believe the caricature of their opponents, they are miserly and greedy—kind of like a miserable Ebenezer Scrooge who thinks only of himself and measures success by the size of his bank account. But that's not accurate. In fact, the idea of conservatism is more than just financial dealings. Conservatism is based on the idea tha... Read more
Another Perspective on Making America Great November 3, 2016 by Brandon Porter
Donald Trump’s slogan “Make America Great Again” is like a song you can’t get out of your head.  The more you try, the more places you hear it.  I wonder, though, if the slogan is accomplishing its intended goals?  On a recent radio show in Russellville, KY, I heard a woman call in to bemoan how awful America is.  She didn’t have any specific fa... Read more
SCOTUS Takes up Gender Identity November 2, 2016 by Staff
Can a public school forbid a female from using the boys’ restroom? That may sound like a common sense question, but in 2017 it will be an issue in front of the Supreme Court. The Court recently agreed to hear the case of a transgender boy, born female, who sued a Virginia school district after she was denied access to the boys locker room and restroom. Until deciding to hear this case, th... Read more
Politics Scarier than Halloween October 31, 2016 by Staff
Today is October 31 otherwise known as Halloween—a day of when kids traditionally don masks and go door to door trick or treating. But what might be scarier than a goblin at your doorstep is the political season filled with high pitched rhetoric that has invaded your home.  Accusations and charges between candidates are flying faster than a witch on her broom and the vitriol brewing ... Read more
Hillary's Dishonesty October 28, 2016 by Staff
Hillary Clinton may not have faced an indictment from the FBI over using an unsecured emails. But that doesn’t mean she's escaped public controversy. Recently the whistleblower site Wikileaks released hundreds of emails from Secretary Clinton's campaign. Several emails discuss questionable strategies. One detailed her speech to major Wall Street donors where she said it was necess... Read more
Wikileaks Troubling for Clinton October 26, 2016 by Staff
Hillary Clinton may not have faced an indictment from the FBI over her unsecured emails. But that doesn’t mean she has escaped public controversy. Over the past couple weeks, the whistleblower site Wikileaks has released hundreds of emails from Secretary Clinton, her campaign, and her office. Many of these emails discuss in detail the strategies of Clinton’s political team, as well ... Read more
Murray State University Will Cover Sex-Change Surgeries October 24, 2016 by Staff
Murray State will become the first Kentucky university to provide insurance coverage for sex-change operations. The school recently announced that beginning on Jan. 1, 2017 their insurance policies will cover gender transition therapy and surgeries—actually they call it gender affirmation surgery. Faculty and staff will be provided with this new benefit which university officials say is m... Read more
Obamacare Implosion October 22, 2016 by Staff
There are many changes happening in the health insurance industry: premiums are increasing, options are decreasing and health insurance providers are pulling out of many markets. Some say that Obamacare is imploding. If this is the case, the seeds of its destruction were planted inside the thousands of pages of what was then called the Affordable Care Act which radically changed America's h... Read more
Students Kneel at Sporting Event October 20, 2016 by Staff
The headline of the Kentucky New Era said: Kneeling students won't be punished. No, these students weren't praying. They kneeled during the national anthem at a recent sporting event in Todd County —purportedly to protest injustice. Many parents complained and demanded the students be reprimanded.. but Todd County Superintendent Wayne Benningfield told the paper that schools acros... Read more
Planned Parenthood Celebrates 100 Years, October 18, 2016 by Staff
Last weekend, Planned Parenthood and its allies celebrated the organization’s 100th birthday. President Obama, Hillary Clinton, and other abortion defenders publicly praised Planned Parenthood for its work and commemorated its milestone. For pro-choice Americans, Planned Parenthood has offered a century of autonomy and “reproductive freedom.” Yet for millions of other Amer... Read more
Pastors must speak to politics October 17, 2016 by Staff
Should pastors get political? That's a question many are asking. When it comes to speaking to moral and social issues from a biblical perspective, it's a pastors duty. It's unreasonable to expect ministers to piece together lives of shattered people who've made poor moral choices and expect those same ministers to be silent about the dangers of making such poor choices in the fi... Read more
Reviving Public Discourse October 15, 2016 by Staff
The presidential debate represents a coarsened public discourse that has been going on for years. Much of today's political dialogue involves painting the opposition as anti-American as possible.  People with sincerely held beliefs are casually dismissed as “bigots,” while immigrants and others are often talked about in dehumanizing language. The loss of mutual respect in A... Read more
The Demise of Civil Discourse October 13, 2016 by Staff
John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were  famously opposed to each other in their political views. Adams found Jefferson’s radicalism dangerous; Jefferson believed Adams’ federalism tended toward tyranny. But despite their differences, the second and third presidents maintained a rich friendship and correspondence, one that has been treasured by American historians for centuries. ... Read more
Another Guilty Plea October 12, 2016 by Staff
A longtime Democratic operative pled guilty to a kickback scandal last week. Political consultant Larry O’Bryan confessed that he acted as the middleman in an illegal scheme with Tim Longmeyer,  Governor Beshear's former Personnel Cabinet Secretary.  O’Bryan admitted that he funneled payoffs between Longmeyer and a Lexington consulting company. This was done in return ... Read more
Ky Constitution on Religious Freedom October 11, 2016 by Staff
Kentucky has some of the strongest laws in the country protecting religious freedom. Article 5 in Kentucky's Bill of Rights prohibits any preferential treatment of one religion over another. The Constitution restricts the state from favoring any creed or mode of worship. It also prohibits the state from compelling anyone to attend a particular place of worship or use tax dollars to fund rel... Read more
Frankfort's New Fiscal Watchdog October 10, 2016 by Staff
You know the common campaign slogan about cutting "waste, fraud and abuse"? Well, there's a new auditor in Frankfort who's been following through with that promise. State Auditor Mike Harmon released his audit of the Department of Criminal Justice Training and the Kentucky Law Enforcement Foundation Program Fund. It shows excessive and questionable spending and contracts with ... Read more
RPK asks Candidate to Drop Out October 8, 2016 by Staff
So what is a political party to do when one of their candidates posts racist and derogatory comments on social media sites? They ask them to drop out of the race. Such is the case with Republican candidate Dan Johnson who is running for Kentucky's 49th House seat. Johnson posted photos on Facebook that likened President Barack Obama and the first lady as monkeys. In one he's draped in a... Read more
AP Charges Bevin with Politicizing Pastors October 6, 2016 by Richard Nelson
The two topics to avoid in polite company are religion and politics. At least that's what we're told. So when the AP got a hold of a leaked video of Gov. Bevin speaking to a group of pastors and encouraging them to boldly speak to the social issues of the day and not fear losing their tax-exempt status, they saw a story. AP reported the governor "urged a group of preachers to embra... Read more
Dictatorship of Relativism October 5, 2016 by Staff
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger  warned prior to becoming Pope Benedict, “we are moving toward a dictatorship of relativism which does not recognize anything as for certain and .. has as its highest goal one’s own ego and one’s own desires.” This dictatorship of relativism landed a heavy blow to  Aaron and Melissa Klein—bakery owners in Oregon who lost the... Read more
KY Court Overrules Bevin's Cuts to Universities October 3, 2016 by Staff
The Kentucky State Supreme Court ruled that  Gov. Matt Bevin didn't have the authority to make unilateral cuts to Kentucky Universities.  The high court overturned a lower court ruling that ruled in his favor. There are four other lawsuits involving the governor: His dissolution of the U of L Board; the removal of the chairman of the Kentucky retirement system; one involving a com... Read more
Baby Born with DNA from 3 Parents September 30, 2016 by Staff
A team of American scientists reported the birth of a child with the DNA from three biological parents. This is a world first, but controversy is surrounding the news. Scientists intended to produce a healthy child for a mother who had a rare genetic abnormality, so they performed what is called a ‘spindle nuclear transfer’,  They removed the nucleus from the mother's egg a... Read more
University of Kentucky: Coca-Cola Not a Local Food Product September 27, 2016 by Staff
The University of Kentucky just announced that Coke is no longer considered "local food" in its cafeterias. Now it doesn't take a graduate student to figure that out. Of course, UK has been fighting bigger battles, like the the abrupt departure of an entomology professor accused of sexual misconduct. James Harwood avoided disciplinary action and was given paid leave for six months... Read more
NFL and Right to Protest September 22, 2016 by Staff
The NFL season is in full swing and the discussion revolves around players who are sitting down during the national anthem. The protest is over racial injustice and several TV and radio personalities are coming to the players defense. Of course, every American, including NFL players have a right to protest the national anthem. But the offended have a right to not watch a game. Such protest is p... Read more
U.S. Navy's War on Gender September 21, 2016 by Staff
The American military is famous for its intense and effective training, training that emphasizes respect, honor, and courage. But under the Obama administration, US armed forces have begun to train in a new area: Gender re-education. In a message addressed to the entire US Navy, one of the corps’ highest ranking officials announced a new regimen of trainings that focuses on gender identit... Read more
Churches' Religious Freedom Threatened September 20, 2016 by Staff
A governmental agency in Massachusetts said that churches “open to the public” must allow crossdressers to use restrooms of the opposite sex.  You heard that correctly. Crossdressing men in Massachusetts can lawfully enter women restrooms in any church….This isn't isolated either. In Iowa, the Civil Rights Commission ordered a church to censor their teaching on human... Read more
NCAA Pulls Tournaments from NC September 19, 2016 by Staff
The NCAA announced they are pulling college tournaments out of North Carolina because of their position on transgender bathrooms.  The Atlantic Coast Conference followed suit and is pulling post-season events, including the football championship game, from the Tarheel state. In a statement, the ACC Council of Presidents said they are "reaffirm[ing] our collective commitment to uphol... Read more
NFL Protest and Conscience September 15, 2016 by Staff
When the NFL’s regular season opened in 2016, perhaps the most talked about fact was going on off the field, on the sideline. 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick made headlines when he was filmed sitting down, separated from his teammates, during the national anthem at a 49ers preseason game. When Kaepernick explained to media later that his action was a protest against racial injustices, ... Read more
Phyllis Schlafly: How to Treat Your Political Enemies September 13, 2016 by Staff
Conservative political activist, Phyllis Schlafly passed away last week after battling cancer. She's credited with making the GOP a pro-life party and defeating the controversial Equal Rights Amendment. Unfortunately, her political enemies are pummeling the deceased on social media. Entertainment Weekly writer Anthony Breznican said Schlafly had “squandered” her entire life. Jeb... Read more
ACLU's Definition of Bullying September 12, 2016 by Staff
An ACLU action alert is urging people to STOP STATE LEADERS FROM BULLYING TRANSGENDER YOUTH. Now nobody is for bullying, or they shouldn't be. But how does the ACLU define it? In their eyes, its anyone who is opposed to transgendered students using bathrooms and locker rooms of the opposite sex. The action alert further said "It’s starting to feel like anti-LGBT politicians are w... Read more
Transparency on Decline in AG's office September 9, 2016 by Staff
Kentuckians expect their government to be transparent and that their dealings are open to the public. So when the most knowledgeable lawyer regarding Kentucky's open records law abruptly resigned from the attorney general's office, it raised eyebrows. Assistant Attorney General Amye Bensenhaver left her post “under considerable duress” after she was publicly "reprimande... Read more
Where Have all the (Working Men) Gone? September 7, 2016 by Staff
Where are America’s men? Recent data suggests somewhere they’re likely not—the workplace. In a recent column for AEI, Nicholas Eberstadt reports on the US’s troubling unemployment figures for men, especially young men. Over the past decade, millions of young males have seemingly dropped out of the laborforce, with a high percentage having given up on finding full time wo... Read more
Lt Gov. Entrepreneurial Competition September 6, 2016 by Staff
Ever wonder what sets America apart from much of the world? That's a question Lt Gov. Jenean Hampton has asked others.. and her life story is a hint to the answer. Hampton was born in inner-city Detroit, and along with her three sisters was raised by a single mom who demonstrated the value of hard work and thrift. Even though she grew up poor, Hampton had big dreams, realizing she was bless... Read more
Heroin Epidemic Continues September 3, 2016 by Staff
The latest news about heroin isn't good, of course most news about illicit drug epidemics is rarely ever good.  Last week, Kentucky and several surrounding states saw a spike in overdoses. Within days, police arrested a Cincinnati man believed to be the source of at least 12 heroin overdoses in Kentucky and may be linked to as many as 170 in Cincinnati. Now, public health officials in ... Read more
Court Rules Judges Can Mention Party Affiliation September 1, 2016 by Staff
Judges run for election in Kentucky but they've been so highly restricted from saying anything meaningful that voters hardly know why they should vote for them. Even for a judge to mention their party affiliation was considered improper. That's no longer the case since the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that judges running for office are free to name their political party and p... Read more
Vote-buying in Eastern KY August 31, 2016 by Staff
The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting recently reported that vote-buying still continues in many Eastern Kentucky counties. The report came out shortly after a federal court conviction finding three people guilty of conspiring to buy votes in Magoffin County in 2014. In Clay County, a former judge and school superintendent were involved in a racketeering conspiracy to control election... Read more
KY Supreme Court Keeps Abortion Business Closed August 30, 2016 by Staff
The Kentucky Supreme Court handed down a ruling last week that effectively keeps the doors closed on Lexington's only remaining abortion clinic. When the Cabinet for Families and Children inspected EMW Women's clinic earlier this year, they found unsanitary conditions. They also found it was unlicensed. The Cabinet filed suit to stop the business from performing abortions until it met s... Read more
Yarmuth Protests Farm Bureau's Wholesome Policies August 26, 2016 by Staff
The Kentucky Farm Bureau hosts a breakfast at the Kentucky state fair every year where country Ham is served up along with other local farm products. Dignitaries speak and attendees meet, greet and mingle at this popular event provided by Kentucky's largest insurer. Despite the festive atmosphere, Congressman John Yarmuth of Louisville isn't happy. Instead of purchasing a table, as he&#... Read more
Thinking of Not Voting? August 23, 2016 by Richard Nelson
Some say they simply will not vote this election. Nominees of the two major political parties are unacceptable in their eyes and as a matter of protest, they just won't vote. If you're in that category, please allow me to persuade you to rethink that position. For starters, let's set aside the presidential race. Consider that there are many other offices up for election: U.S. Senate... Read more
Naloxone Available at Kroger August 20, 2016 by Staff
Next time you go to your local Kroger pharmacy, you'll find a drug available that wasn't there last week. It's called Naloxone and used to reverse heroin overdoses. What makes this interesting is that its now available without a prescription.  Last year over 1200 Kentuckians overdosed—about 1/3rd were from heroin last. That's nearly three people per day. Whatever can ... Read more
Signs of Obamacare Cracking August 18, 2016 by Staff
Last week Humana announced that it is pulling out of several states after posting a billion dollars in losses. UnitedHealthcare, and Aetna, also announced major losses and that they are scaling back from Obamacare next year. All of this spells trouble for health care reforms that were supposed to make health insurance widely available and more affordable. Many families have seen exactly the opp... Read more
Church Stabbing August 17, 2016 by Staff
Church is supposed to be a place of peace and safety but  that wasn't the case for a church in Bowling Green after a son stabbed his father with a knife at the end of the service. Fortunately, the father appears to be recovering. The son, who said he was moved by the message, is being held in jail on a $500,000 bond. But what are churchgoers to think of such things? For starters, evil ... Read more
The Limits of Speech August 15, 2016 by Staff
Is there a limit to free speech?  In a day of mass shootings and terror threats any speech viewed as possibly inciting violence is under close scrutiny. James Evans, a Muhlenberg County man found this out the hard way. In 2014, he posted violent song lyrics about a school shooting on his Facebook page and this left local school officials feel threatened. The song was called "Class Dis... Read more
Politicizing the Pulpit August 12, 2016 by Staff
According to a survey by the Pew Center, nearly 1 in 10 church attendees recently heard pastors endorse or criticize a political candidate—something that is technically against the law. Nearly 1/3 of  black protestant church members heard their pastor support Hillary Clinton but this isn't just happening in black churches. White protestant churches are also challenging rigid IRS ... Read more
NIH Opens Door to Animal/Human Chimeras August 10, 2016 by Staff
The National Institutes of Health just announced that it's lifting the funding ban on research that allows the mixing of animal DNA with human DNA. Scientists say it will better help develop therapies to treat human disease. and that it could eventually lead to animals growing human organs for transplant purposes. Science has become a tremendous tool to alleviate suffering and make our live... Read more
Illinois' Anti-Conscience Law August 8, 2016 by Staff
Could you imagine a law forcing a Jewish deli owner to tell his customers about the benefits of eating pork and then referring them to a non kosher butcher? Sounds ridiculous but a new law in Illinois does something even worse. It forces doctors, nurses and other medical professionals with pro-life convictions to become abortion advocates.. and requires them to refer patients to centers like Pl... Read more
ACLU Sues Bevin Over Social Media Policy August 8, 2016 by Staff
The ACLU of Kentucky is suing Gov. Bevin over his social media policy. They're angry that Gov. Bevin has blocked users from his news feeds. ACLU attorney William Sharp said, “The First Amendment does not allow the government to exclude speakers from a public forum because it disagrees with their viewpoint.” This of course raises the question of whether a politician's social ... Read more
VP Biden Officiates Gay Marriage Ceremony August 4, 2016 by Staff
On Monday, Vice President Joe Biden officiated a homosexual wedding ceremony of two White House staffers. What's interesting is that Biden considers himself a catholic and yet openly flouts the teaching of his church. Biden's done a similar thing with the issue of abortion— claiming he's personally against it while supporting it politically.  How is this possible? We'... Read more
More on U of L Board Debacle August 3, 2016 by Staff
The chaos in Frankfort over the University of Louisville has to be one of the more exasperating political spectacles we’ve seen in Kentucky over the last few years. Earlier this year, Governor Matt Bevin dissolved a trustee board at UofL that was mired in controversy and internal strife. University president James Ramsay offered his resignation and received a generous financial agreement ... Read more
Lawsuits over School Bathrooms August 2, 2016 by Staff
Remember the letter the U.S. Department of Education sent to public schools saying children have right to determine their own gender? Well, now its led to lawsuits by transgender students who feel they've been discriminated against. A 16-year-old Wisconsin student born a girl, who now identifies as a boy is suing her High School. She says the district has denied her access to boys' rest... Read more
Drugs Dominate the News August 2, 2016 by Staff
If there's one issue that's in the news nearly every day, it has to be illicit drugs. Drug overdoses, drug related crimes, and drug busts fill the pages of our newspapers nearly every day. Why is this? It reveals a crisis of emptiness and brokenness. Empty in that people fill themselves with something they believe will help them. Broken in that drugs numb the pain where there is hurt. A... Read more
U of L Ramsey Resigns August 1, 2016 by Staff
Last Wednesday, University of Louisville President James Ramsey resigned. Several scandals under his watch, including millions of dollars embezzled by employees, misspent federal dollars, jailed professors and the latest—strippers used to lure recruits to the U of L basketball program led to his ouster. Nonetheless, Ramsey will receive  $690,000 in a severance package from the univer... Read more
Missionaries of Secularism Target Trigg County Judge July 28, 2016 by Richard Nelson
A far Western Kentucky judge landed himself in hot water earlier this month when the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) threatened a lawsuit over his refusal to perform a secular wedding. Trigg County Judge Executive Hollis Alexander was asked to perform nuptials for a Tennessee couple with an unusual request: they insisted the ceremony have no reference to God, someone Alexander believ... Read more
Russia on Brink of Olympic Ban July 26, 2016 by Staff
Russia faces a possible ban from this year’s Olympics after a World Anti-Doping Agency report found evidence of a state-sponsored performance-enhancing drugs program. While it may be tempting to dismiss cheating in sports as a less important moral failure, we shouldn’t look at it that way. Russia’s state-sponsored doping program is more than “gaining an advantage.”... Read more
DNC Platform July 25, 2016 by Richard Nelson
Today is the first day of the Democratic National Convention where Hillary Clinton will be confirmed as the party's candidate for president. Part of the convention is to approve the party platform and the 2016 Democratic Party platform is unlike anything your grandparents Democratic Party ever imagined. It includes provisions which allows taxpayer funding of abortion; Supports Planned Paren... Read more
Compromising the Rule of Law July 23, 2016 by Staff
There's been much talk about the rule of law lately. Part of this idea is that nobody is above the law. However, an outcry ensued when FBI Director James Comey announced earlier this month that he is not pursuing charges against Hillary Clinton for violating federal law and compromising national security. House Speaker Paul Ryan said "it appears damage is being done to the rule of law.... Read more
Doping by Russian's Bears Heavy Cost July 20, 2016 by Staff
As the world gets ready to watch the summer Olympics in Rio, one country’s path to the games has become controversial. Russia faces a possible ban from this year’s Olympics after a World Anti-Doping Agency report found evidence of a state-sponsored performance-enhancing drugs (PED) program. The Agency recommended to the International Olympic Committee that Russia be barred entirely ... Read more
The Rule of Law and Racial Reconciliation July 19, 2016 by Richard Nelson
The latest murder of three Baton Rouge police officers has rattled our already fragile sense of safety and reminds us—as if we needed reminding—that we live in an age of hatred, a hatred that fuels terror and ends in murder. And the nearly daily dish of bad news leaves many of us asking how we arrived at such a place. There are many paths that lead to such destruction. In this ... Read more
RNC Kicks Off in Cleveland July 18, 2016 by Staff
Today, Republicans from across the country will meet in Cleveland as the 2016 Republican National Convention begins. Nearly 5000 delegates and alternate delegates will attend from all 50 states and it looks very possibly to be a contentious week with protests both inside and outside the convention hall. Donald Trump—the presumed nominee, is the point of controversy—perhaps not so mu... Read more
Schools Warned Against Ark Park July 13, 2016 by Staff
The Ark Park opened in Northern Kentucky last week and seems to be a hit with everyone. Everyone that is, except the militant atheist group called the Freedom From Religion Foundation. They're apparently intimidated by the life-size replica of Noah's Ark and the possibility that public schools in the region might decide to take their students to see it on a field trip. Freedom From Reli... Read more
Reflections on Racial Tensions, Violence, and Reconciliation July 11, 2016 by Staff
The week of July 4, 2016 will go down in American history as a somber and tragic week. It started with the deaths of two African-American men, who lost their lives in videotaped encounters with police. The deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castille were widely publicized on social media and on the news, and triggered yet another national unrest about policing and race. While the country was... Read more
All Suffer from Racial Divide July 9, 2016 by Staff
Two black men—Alton Sterling and Philando Castille — were murdered by police in Minnesota and Louisiana. In response to the outrage, a sniper attack in Dallas took the lives of five officers. Our country has been rattled… Numb and in disbelief.  Suspicion and division has fueled a racism that has led to this and we're learning a painful lesson that when injustice is ... Read more
A Nation in Decline July 6, 2016 by Staff
In the wake of gun violence, politicians are calling for more gun control, but will more restrictions really make anyone safer? Dare I say that our problem is not primarily with guns, but it is one of the human heart? Our nation is in moral freefall and if there was ever any doubt consider that: 50% of first time births are out of wedlock, 1 of 3 women will have had an abortion by age 45; 40% o... Read more
On Civility and Tolerance from a Gay Attorney June 29, 2016 by Richard Nelson
Here is an interesting response to my recent column on Orlando and the Politics of Vilification. This is from a Louisville attorney who identifies as gay and supports the idea of civility and tolerance. Quite frankly, I didn't expect this, and was moved to reprint it here in this blog. He gave us permission to use it and for his sake we chose not to print his name. "I wanted to... Read more
Gay Marriage One year Anniversary June 27, 2016 by Staff
Yesterday was the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court's ruling which legalized same-sex marriage.  Before it was legalized, it was "live and let live." and we were asked "How would someone's gay marriage affect your straight marriage?" Well, now we're finding out. The hard way. Business owners who cater to the wedding industry have been forced to parti... Read more
Dueling Lawsuits June 24, 2016 by Richard Nelson
Gov. Bevin's first six months in office have been marked by lawsuit after lawsuit. First it was Attorney General Andy Beshear who sued over budget cuts to Kentucky Universities. Then it was House Speaker Greg Stumbo who sued over the Governor's vetoes, then the governor drew another lawsuit over reorganizing the boards of workers compensation and state pension system. Now the University... Read more
Does Disagreement Equal Hate? June 21, 2016 by Staff
Does disagreement equal hate? According to the New York Times, it just might. In an editorial published 3 days after almost 50 people were murdered at a gay nightclub in Orlando, the Times argued that Republicans and other conservatives who disagreed with same-sex marriage and gender ideology were partially responsible. The editorial blasted opponents of same-sex marriage for helping to create ... Read more
Drug Overdose Deaths Up in KY June 18, 2016 by Staff
The number of drug overdose deaths in Kentucky reached a new record high in 2015. According to the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, a total of 1,248 people died of drug overdoses. And the number is likely to climb due to incomplete reporting. One reason for the spike is due to a new drug called Fentanyl —which is the same one that claimed the life of rock star Prince. Fentanyl is a... Read more
Orlando and the Politics of Blame June 16, 2016 by Richard Nelson
Less than 24-hours after one of the worst mass shootings in our nation's history, political opportunists fired up rhetoric that grated our already raw emotions. "If only there were better gun control laws." "If only less anti-gay rhetoric."  "If only full acceptance of the LGBT community…".  First responders were still working the scene and fac... Read more
Me Before You June 15, 2016 by Staff
The film “Me About You” has been doing well with audiences at the box office. Even though its a well told story, its underlying worldview is troubling. The hero of “Me Before You” is a handsome, wealthy young man who falls in love with a young girl and wants to be with her, but instead decides to order his own assisted suicide to end his life in a wheelchair. The film po... Read more
Ali Laid to Rest June 10, 2016 by Staff
One of Kentucky’s most iconic figures was laid to rest today. Muhammad Ali, a Louisville native, was widely considered one of the greatest athletes of the 20th century and arguably the most gifted heavyweight champion of all time. But he wasn’t just known for his boxing feats. He was an outspoken voice on issues of politics and race. He famously refused to go to war in Vietnam and b... Read more
Questionable Use of Tax $$ at UK June 9, 2016 by Staff
Ever wonder what your tax dollars are supporting at our universities? Much of it is good but some of it is undoubtedly questionable and sometimes downright offensive. At the University of Kentucky, some of it goes to gay political activism. The college Office of LGBTQ Resources is an official university office that works for promotion and advocacy for gay, bisexual, and transgender issues relat... Read more
Language Police in NYC
 June 4, 2016 by Staff
You'd better watch what you say in New York City because if you're a business or landlord and say the wrong thing or more specifically—use the wrong pronoun, it could cost you. A lot. The NYC Commission on Human Rights recently updated its discrimination code which protects gender identity and expression and can penalize businesses that do not address customers by their “pre... Read more
Asbury and University of the Cumberlands Seek Exemptions June 2, 2016 by Staff
In the wake of the federal government’s imposition of radical transgender policies, some Kentucky schools are taking steps to protect themselves. Asbury University and the University of the Cumberlands are two schools that have requested exemptions from the rules. These exemptions would allow both universities to receive federal funding for student aid while continuing to hold onto long s... Read more
Memorial Day Controversy in Georgia May 30, 2016 by Staff
Happy Memorial Day! It's a day to honor the men and women who've made great sacrifice so that we might live in freedom. It's a time of commemoration and appreciation but unfortunately, for a small city in Georgia it turned into controversy when the mayor recognized their war dead with crosses. Hiram Mayor Teresa Philyaw, set up 79 crosses  on public property to recognize the 79... Read more
Millenials Living at Home May 28, 2016 by Staff
A recent report by the Pew Research Center finds that more millennials are living at home than in any other living arrangement. Nearly 1/3 of 18-34 year olds today are still living with their parents. The main reason is that they're not getting married like they used to. In 1962, nearly 2/3rds of 18- to 34-year-olds were living independently with a spouse in their own household, and on... Read more
Jim Craig's True Heroics May 27, 2016 by Staff
Do you believe in miracles? Those were the words of sports announcer Al Michaels when he was calling the last seconds of the US hockey team's unlikely victory over the Soviet Union in the 1980 winter Olympics. It was a generation-defining moment and symbolic for our nation which was mired in a cold war with the Soviets. Now, beloved US goalie from that famed team—Jim Craig, is back in... Read more
More on Transgender Craze May 22, 2016 by Staff
Just when you think you've heard the last word on the transgender craze, another bombshell comes out of Washington. This time its from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services which now considers gender identity protected by law under the 1964 Civil Rights Act. HHS released the final rule for the Affordable Care Act's Section 1557 which requires all healthcare providers receivin... Read more
Drafting Girls into Military Nixed May 18, 2016 by Staff
What if your daughter received a notice from the federal government on her 18th birthday that she must sign up to make herself available to the draft? Well, that's no longer a hypothetical as a measure in Congress was narrowly defeated to prevent that reality, at least for now.  A provision in the defense authorization bill that would have essentially required women to be subject to th... Read more
Is GOP Abandoning Social Issues? May 16, 2016 by Rick Hardison
The GOP once was a three-legged stool that stood on principles of limited government, a strong national defense and socially conservative values. Now that Donald Trump is likely the nominee of the Republican Party, socially conservative issues have officially left the conversation. Pro-life, pro-family and pro-conscience issues have moved from the back burner to the trash can. There is ... Read more
Department of Education Transgender Mandate May 14, 2016 by Richard Nelson
America's education establishment left the world of objective reality on Friday, when the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) politicized public school bathrooms and sided with biological revisionists by demanding that public school students be allowed to use lockers and restrooms regardless of their biological gender at birth. Instead of coming to grips with biology, sociology and confusion... Read more
PRESS RELEASE: Department of Education Declares War on Biology May 13, 2016 by Richard Nelson
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Department of Education Declares War on Biology DATE: May 13, 2016 CONTACT: Richard Nelson PHONE: (270) 271-2713 On Friday, the U.S. Department of Education sent a letter to every public school in the nation notifying them they must open their restrooms and locker rooms to children whose self-determined gender identity doesn't match their biological gender.... Read more
America's Identity Crisis May 10, 2016 by Richard Nelson
Do you remember the famous line in the Wizard of Oz when a bewildered Dorothy gets her bearings after her airborne house comes to rest? She says to her dog "Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas any more?"  Well, that's how many who've been swept into the North Carolina bathroom policy debate are feeling. Last week, the Obama administration threatened to withho... Read more
More Idle Today than Ever April 28, 2016 by Staff
In 1961, 81% of working age men in this country were employed in the workforce. In 2012, that number dropped to less than 63%— nearly a 20 percent decrease. While a tough economy can be partly to blame, many of those unemployed have simply given up on looking for work or furthering their education. Just as troubling is that many government policies have removed incentives for the able-bod... Read more
Christian Medical and Dental Association Statement on Transgender Identity April 21, 2016 by Staff
Transgender Identification Ethics Statement CMDA affirms the historic and enduring Christian understanding of humankind as having been created male and female. CMDA has concerns about recent usage of the term “gender” to emphasize an identity other than one’s biological sex, that is, a sense of self based on subjective feelings or desires of identifying more strongly with... Read more
Of Transgender Men and Dragons: Is Truth Relative? April 13, 2016 by Richard Nelson
According to a survey by George Barna several years ago, most Americans reject the idea of absolute truth. Nearly two-thirds of respondents believed that “truth is based on feelings and “relative to the person and their situation.” Ok, the survey is a bit dated, but if anything, too many Americans have demonstrated by their words and actions they actually believe this. A recen... Read more
KY Senate Rock Solid on Foundations April 8, 2016 by Richard Nelson
Exactly 941 bills were introduced in the state legislature during the 2016 session but none were as important as those protecting life and religious liberty championed by the state Senate. The Senate passed five bills elevating and protecting the sanctity of human life. They also passed three bills protecting conscience rights and religious liberty. Unfortunately all but one of the eight bills ... Read more
Atheists Mount Billboard Campaign Against Ark Encounter March 31, 2016 by Richard Nelson
A group of atheists is so riled up by the Ark Park in Northern Kentucky that they've started a billboard campaign to discourage people from visiting.  Tri-State Freethinkers spokesman Tony Arnold said the theme park is "a genocide park that celebrates the destruction of humankind, minus whoever was on the ark."  Of course that's what parents are thinking: "Johnn... Read more
Participate in My Gay Wedding or Else March 22, 2016 by Richard Nelson
Last week's Kentucky New Era (KNE) editorial "Don't give business prejudice a loophole" sounds good at first blush, after all who supports prejudicial business practices? But after one better understands the issue, the headline doesn't pass muster. It was in fact inaccurate and misleading. The editorial claims the bill would "legalize discrimination against gay and le... Read more
CPC Honors Lt. Gov. Hampton with Award March 13, 2016 by Staff
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Commonwealth Policy Center Honors Lt. Gov. Hampton with Award DATE: March 13, 2016 CONTACT: Richard Nelson PHONE: (270) 271-2713 Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton visited Western Kentucky on Saturday and received an award from the Commonwealth Policy Center (CPC).  The first ever Friend of the Commonwealth Award, presented at a candidate training event in Christi... Read more
The Unprotected March 3, 2016 by Staff
Peggy Noonan, the noted political analyst, wrote a powerful article in the Wall Street Journal on February 25, 2016.  She described two groups, the protected and the unprotected.  The protected make public policy.  The unprotected have to live by it.  The protected are dependent on wealth for their protection while ... Read more
Open Letter to Kentucky Churches March 1, 2016 by Richard Nelson
To: Kentucky Pastors From: Richard Nelson Re: Open Letter to the Church March 1, 2016 Several states have weighed in on the U.S. Presidential Primaries. Now it's Kentucky's turn. The Republican Caucus is this Saturday, March 5 and the Democratic Primary is on Tuesday, May 17.   The question to Kentucky's Christians is whether the Christian faith is of any public ... Read more
Another Trump Controversy February 29, 2016 by Staff
Over the weekend Donald Trump, the frontrunner for the GOP nomination, feigned ignorance about white supremacy and its connection to his campaign. In an interview with Jake Tapper of CNN he refused—multiple times—to denounce any individuals or movements associated with the KKK or white supremacy. This caused a firestorm of controversy that has allowed the various facets of the me... Read more
Spirit of Scalia February 22, 2016 by Staff
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia lies in repose in Washington DC this morning. One of the longest standing justices to even sit on the bench passed away last Saturday. Scalia stood as a towering figure of conservatism in the last 30 years. Yet barely an hour passed before the wonderful tributes to Scalia’s legacy turned to rancorous political speak about who President Obama would nomi... Read more
Will More $$ for Eastern Kentucky Help? February 13, 2016 by Staff
U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers is pushing for $1 billion dollars for Eastern Kentucky which has been hurt particularly hard by the closure of several coal mines in recent years.  The money would come from the federal abandoned mine land fund and could be used for job training, reclamation and other projects. While there might be some legitimate and worthy projects, Eastern Kentucky's pove... Read more
What to Look for in a Candidate February 6, 2016 by Staff
With the Iowa caucuses behind us, the election season is in full swing. While many of us have been following the candidates, polls, and everything in between, most of the country is only now tuning in to find out who they might vote for this November. They are—hopefully—taking the time to size up each candidate seeking to become the next resident of 1600 Pennsylvania AvenueThey are ... Read more
The Face of the Pro-Life Movement January 22, 2016 by Richard Nelson
The week started out with many commemorating the work of Dr.  Martin Luther King Jr.  Today, people will march in our nation's capital to uphold human dignity of a different kind. While King was the face of the civil rights movement, it is unlikely the pro-life movement will ever have a single representative  but if they do, it will likely be the face of the anonymous woman w... Read more
Trump and down ticket elections January 20, 2016 by Staff
In the New York Times today, Peter Wehner wrote a fascinating article laying out why he could never vote for Donald Trump. Highlighting the rancor, narcissism and overall vindictive rhetoric of Mr. Trump, Wehner paints an image of a candidate that he could not in good conscience cast his vote for the Presidency. Whether or not one agrees with Wehner, a potential implication of this position mig... Read more
Don't bet on the lottery to bring riches January 15, 2016 by Staff
"How could we have been so lucky? I can't believe how blessed we've been.” Steve and Carolyn West had won $300 million dollars in the lottery. Like all lottery winners, their life was changed the moment those lucky numbers were called. For some this meant a relief from their debts, poverty, and the like. For others it has meant turmoil, troubles, and the loss of anonymity. Fo... Read more
Powerball relief January 14, 2016 by Ivan Zabilka
Whew!!!  Its over and three someones won and will share $1.6 billion.  Of the $530 million each will receive. Federal and state taxes will take 40-50% of it leaving $260 million for each of the three.  The rest of us can get back to work and watch something else on the news. The troubles have just begun for the winners.&n... Read more
Power Ball Frenzy January 11, 2016 by Staff
This morning the Powerball grand prize stands at $1.3 BILLION, the largest in history, and more than the budget of several of the smaller countries in the world.  As you can imagine, the nation has gone crazy in a rush to buy tickets. On Friday and Saturday Kentucky citizens bought tickets at a rate of 35 per second, in the vain hope to escape povert... Read more
Judge Awards $870 Million to Kentucky January 6, 2016 by Staff
Franklin Circuit Court Judge Thomas Wingate awarded $870 Million to the state against Amaya, Inc., the parent company of the website PokerStars, for illegal play from 2006 to 2011 in Kentucky.  The State sued the company claiming that more than 34,000 Kentuckians lost more than $5, some of them much more.  Under an 1833 law the state claimed tha... Read more
Donald Trump and Religious Liberty January 5, 2016 by Staff
There are many reasons to not support Donald Trump’s bid for the Republican nomination. From his sketchy-at-best conservative credentials to his propensity for outlandish and inane commentary, Trump is an “outsider,” not to the Washington machine of power that his supporters claim he is, but an outsider to common sense, common decency and intellectual fortitude. But perhap... Read more
Trump, Cruz and the Politics of Silence January 2, 2016 by Staff
The last few weeks have had GOP candidates wrestling for their position on the podium and in the polls. The current front-runner, Donald Trump, has been the singular candidate the rest of the field has sought to criticize with the hopes of distancing themselves from the New York billionaire. Trump's recent statements about temporarily banning all Muslims from entering the United States caus... Read more
Women in Combat Roles December 30, 2015 by Staff
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced earlier this month that they were opening all combat positions to women, including those located at the most dangerous command posts. The move opens up over 200,000 new jobs to women that were previously unavailable. In the weeks following this announcement, debates have returned over the role of women in combat, and whether or not they should be i... Read more
Global Gambling Losses December 26, 2015 by Ivan Zabilka
In early September of 2015 The Economist published one of their “Graphic Detail” series.  It was a national comparison of several facts about gambling.  The article was entitled “Betting the House.”  There are four main graphics or lists in this compact report. The top fifteen countries by total amount lost is led by the United States with $142,8 billi... Read more
Can Prayer Help in San Bernadino? December 5, 2015 by Staff
Wednesday December 2nd became another day in American history that is not tallied in a calendar sent out to place on your desk. It was not a date that people will ask themselves, “where were you on Wednesday, December 2nd?” It’s not a moment in history that is something worth celebrating. But when this date is recalled and the events that took place, it will be remembered as a... Read more
How Seriously Should You Take College Students? December 3, 2015 by Samuel James
I distinctly remember walking into my professor’s office and gently shutting the door. I had some questions for my teacher about some things he had been saying, some other things that I had been reading, and why a lot of what I was learning from the classroom didn’t make sense to me. What the conversation was about I only vaguely recall. What’s still clear to me is the sense o... Read more
Iowa, New Hampshire, and the Quest for a Nomination November 30, 2015 by Staff
With the election season in full swing, presidential candidates are racing across the country to stump their speeches, shake hands, and pontificate on why they should be the next president of the United States. While the Democratic nomination seems like a foregone conclusion, the Republican nomination is wide open. Some candidates have decided to make Iowa their boom or bust caucus, while other... Read more
Betting on Football November 25, 2015 by Ivan Zabilka
Perhaps the leadership of pro-football are a little naïve, or perhaps the leaders of Sportradar US are a little nefarious, or both.  Whatever the case, the data company which is partly owned by the NFL abruptly changed an announcement of a mobile sports betting app that would allow betting on any NFL play.  The NFL says their contract to su... Read more
Governor's Children aren't Props November 20, 2015 by Staff
Political cartoonist Joel Pett’s most recent sketch has caused an uproar in the commonwealth and the nation at large. Depicting Gov.-elect Matt Bevin crouching in fear underneath his desk, another gentleman encourages Mr. Bevin not to fear. The reason for this word of courage is apparently Mr. Bevin’s concern about the pictures on his desk. The gentleman soothes him by stating that ... Read more
Politicizing Everything and Honoring Nothing November 12, 2015 by Staff
Open your browser, turn on your TV, unlock your phone. It seems everywhere you turn— articles, statuses, and everything in between bring shared outrage or criticism of Starbucks red cups, Star Wars casting decisions, and schadenfreude over a team losing the world series because the third basemen was against the individual’s political opinions. All of this is wrapped up into one... Read more
Gambling Expansion November 5, 2015 by Ivan Zabilka
Several states are attempting to expand gambling to shore up state revenue.  One of them is Georgia.  There has been little serious checking of the downside of gambling expansion: increased crime, divorce, poverty, addiction.  As is usually the case, the benefits are easily seen in increased revenue (1-3% of a state budget) but the dow... Read more
8 Takeaway's from the 2015 Gubernatorial Election November 4, 2015 by Richard Nelson
Nobody predicted that Matt Bevin would beat Jack Conway by nine points. Nobody. The Bluegrass poll  had Conway up by five points just a few days ago. We learned last year that the Bluegrass poll was wildly off target when it had Grimes and McConnell deadlocked within weeks of the 2014 election for U.S. Senate. Of course,  McConnell won handily by 15 points. Takeaway: Don't be... Read more
Jenean Hampton Runs on Accomplishments and Vision October 31, 2015 by Staff
This election season has been brutal. Millions have been spent by candidates and PACs to criticize and attack the opposition. Many Kentuckians I've talked to over the last couple of weeks are tired of negative campaigning and can't wait for it to be over. However, there is an interesting political fact that has escaped much attention—the first African-American candidate for Lt. Go... Read more
Great Budget Impasse of 2015 October 27, 2015 by Staff
Many of us have read about the road fund mess in Illinois that is beyond the ability of the state to fix.  Then came the Great Budget Impasse of 2015 (since July15).  The legislature has been deadlocked and is months overdue in passing a budget.  The temporary spending bills have created a situation where the state continues to spend m... Read more
Louisville Basketball and a Culture of Sports October 26, 2015 by Staff
In the last week the airwaves have been replete with stories and commentaries on the bombshell revelation concerning allegations about The University of Louisville basketball’s less-than-honorable recruiting tactics. The claims center around an assistant coach providing strippers and sex for current players and potential recruits on their visit to the derby city. What initially seemed lik... Read more
The Sexual Revolution Still Hates Women October 21, 2015 by Samuel James
Rebecca Traister, writing in New York Magazine, says that when it comes to sex, women are in a permanent position of disadvantage and injustice in our culture. All sex--even consensual sex--is dominated by a "power imbalance" that favors men and prioritizes male desires. Sex used to be feminist, Traister argues, but then looming specter of patriarchy intervened, and now women... Read more
Debates and the Spirit of Civility October 16, 2015 by Staff
Having watched two Republican debates and the most recent Democratic debate, there are a couple of observations we can surmise from them. Principally we can say that sometimes—and especially in nationally televised debates—less is more. The sheer amount of candidates on the stage for the Republican nomination was revealed by their counterpart’s performance to hamper the discus... Read more
C.S. Lewis Explains When To Stop Believing a Doctrine October 15, 2015 by Samuel James
One thing I've read a lot lately from some contemporary progressive evangelical writers is this: If a particular belief makes relationships difficult, or makes people around you feel alienated or upset, you should probably stop believing that doctrine. The logic goes like this. Jesus said we can judge a tree by its fruits. When people are excluded by or express personal frustra... Read more
Losing The Battle October 15, 2015 by Eddie Sheridan
In a column on his website titled “Bad News, Indeed - Playboy Opened the Floodgates and Now the Culture is Drowning,” Christian theologian and former Southern Baptist Theological Seminary president Albert Mohler laments the recent announcement that the adult men's magazine would no longer feature nude photos of women in its monthly issues. To reiterate, let me rephrase: Albert M... Read more
Planned Parenthood and the Future October 14, 2015 by Samuel James
Yesterday Planned Parenthood leadership announced that it would stop receiving "reimbursements" for the donation of fetal tissue taken from aborted babies. It was a curious declaration, one that could be summarized (as my boss Russell Moore put it) "We never did anything wrong and we'll stop doing it now." The video evidence that betrayed a profita... Read more
The Utter Victory of Online Pornography October 12, 2015 by Samuel James
How powerful is online pornography? Well, it just single handedly took down Playboy magazine. As part of a redesign that will be unveiled next March, the print edition of Playboy will still feature women in provocative poses. But they will no longer be fully nude. Its executives admit that Playboy has been overtaken by the changes it pioneered. “That battle has... Read more
Voices Rich and Poor October 9, 2015 by Eddie Sheridan
Is it possible these days to make a difference in politics without first breaking the bank on a massive campaign? If the amounts of money being tossed around in Kentucky's political races are any indication, the answer to that question is a resounding “No.” According to data analyzed by the Center for Public Integrity, Kentucky leads the nation for political ad spending in 2015,... Read more
Voter Fraud and the Spirit of America October 2, 2015 by Staff
Voter Fraud and the Spirit of America We live in an age where society has grown to distrust its political leaders. From Bridgegate in New Jersey to the email scandals of former Secretary Clinton, the ability to take leaders at their word seems like an all-time low. When trust is this antarctically dismal, a deep cynicism starts settling into the consciousness of the electorate. This su... Read more
On Hearings and Being Heard October 1, 2015 by Staff
Last Tuesday Cecil Richards appeared before the House Oversight Committee to deliberate about the use of taxpayer funds for her organization, Planned Parenthood. The organization came under fire when videos released by the Center for Medical Progress uncovered the trading in dismembered aborted babies for medical research. For a large part of Tuesday, House Republicans and Democrats exchanged d... Read more
A New Day September 30, 2015 by Eddie Sheridan
In a little over a year, Kentuckians will have the opportunity to once again shape the political landscape in Washington, D.C. Long-time U.S. Representative Ed Whitfield announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election to a 12th term in Congress. The long-time Republican representative for Kentucky's 1st Congressional District will leave office in December 2016 with a largely conservativ... Read more
CPC Launches Radio Commentaries September 25, 2015 by Richard Nelson
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Commonwealth Policy Center Launches Daily Radio Commentaries DATE: September 24, 2015 CONTACT: Richard Nelson PHONE: (270) 271-2713 Cadiz, KY—The Commonwealth Policy Center (CPC) is launching daily commentaries to help Kentuckians better understand what is going on in politics and culture. “There is so much happening in our world and followers of J... Read more
Fight The Fear September 25, 2015 by Eddie Sheridan
Thomas Jefferson once said, “Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.” According to a recent Gallup poll, nearly half of all Americans share the same sentiment. Forty-nine percent of those polled believed the federal government poses “an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordi... Read more
Russell Moore on Evangelicals and Donald Trump September 17, 2015 by Samuel James
  Russell Moore The strongest word yet on evangelicals and Donald Trump comes from Russell Moore this morning in The New York Times. Here’s an excerpt: We should not demand to see the long-form certificate for Mr. Trump’s second birth. We should, though, ask about his personal character and fitness for office. His personal mor... Read more
Going to Church, Skipping Donald Trump September 16, 2015 by Samuel James
Keith Miller writes a very helpful piece for The Federalist, demonstrating that reports of evangelical support for Donald Trump don’t quite say what you might think. Among the 40 percent of GOP primary voters who say they are evangelical or born again, Trump only polls 25 percent compared to his 38 percent support among all other GOP primary vote... Read more
Wanted: Journalists Not Beholden to Planned Parenthood September 15, 2015 by Samuel James
The tenth video by the Center for Medical Progress doesn’t contain any jarring imagery of mangled infants or bloody petri dishes. But it may be one of the most damning yet. Most of the video contains dialogue from Planned Parenthood officials, as well as other abortion professionals, discussing the various viscera of their industry. One person discusses which fetal body parts are... Read more
The Pension Problem September 11, 2015 by Eddie Sheridan
Kentucky is facing a serious pension problem. According to The Courier Journal, the Kentucky Retirement Systems for public employees has reported unfunded liabilities of approximately $17 billion. The Kentucky Teachers' Retirement System has approximately $14 billion in unfunded liabilities. KTRS officials have estimated the system needs nearly $500 million more per year from the state to m... Read more
Count Your Blessings September 10, 2015 by Eddie Sheridan
It has been relatively easy lately to be down on America. Between the plight of Kim Davis, the ongoing revelations concerning Planned Parenthood, and the millions of adulterers exposed by the Ashley Madison hack, there are plenty of reasons a person could choose to explain why America appears to be a country that has lost its way. The harrowing image of a child's lifeless body washed upon a... Read more
Taking Prisoners: The Tale of Kim Davis September 8, 2015 by Staff
On Thursday, September 3rd Federal District Judge David Bunning held Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis in contempt of court for her refusal as County Clerk to issue any marriage license after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of redefined marriage. Citing her Christian faith, Davis objected to affixing her name to a marriage license for same-sex couples because it would mean an endorsement of a union... Read more
Millions of Reasons September 5, 2015 by Eddie Sheridan
If ever there were a sign that respect for the institution of marriage has dwindled and that our perception of sexuality is running amok, it is the sheer number of men whose names have now surfaced as adulterers thanks to the Ashley Madison hack. The impact of the names released via the hack has reach staggering proportions. Christianity Today blogger Ed Stetzer estimated as many 400 church lea... Read more
No Spin For the Truth September 5, 2015 by Eddie Sheridan
The ongoing saga of Planned Parenting is enough to make a person dizzy. The organization is now claiming videos revealing its officials discussing harvesting organs from aborted children were heavily edited and deceptive. Never mind that a story trumpeting the video's distortions from Politico even stated “there is no evidence that the anti-abortion group (the Center for Medical Progr... Read more
Thoughts on Trump September 1, 2015 by Staff
Open your Twitter account, follow any number of politicos, and you’ll see that Donald Trump is currently all the rage. His surge in the polls is one of the more fascinating political stories in decades. Even among evangelical voters, Trump has found a friend. If even a modicum of the polls are to be trusted, Trump leads in almost every major category for the GOP nomination. This leads nat... Read more
Looking for Abortion Truth in Big Media August 28, 2015 by Samuel James
Image: Bill Kerr, Flickr, License CC 2.0 As a general rule, I don’t think conservatives should constantly harp about the bias of mainstream news. That’s not because I think the bias isn’t there (it absolutely is, as anyone who watches 1 hour of Fox News and MSNBC can immediately perceive). Rather, it’s because I think the bias of mainstream new... Read more
Mobile Gambling August 26, 2015 by Ivan Zabilka
Just as the growth of internet gambling has grown through fantasy sports gambling, so also mobile gambling has grown.  Technically the UGEIA of 2006 prohibits such gambling, but the Attorney General’s Office has chosen not to enforce the law, so mobile gambling has mushroomed. Casino game applications are available for Android, acquire... Read more
Nelson: Supreme Court rule will affect marriage August 26, 2015 by Melinda J. Overstreet, Glasgow Daily Times
Glasgow Daily Times, August 21, 2015 publication Richard Nelson, founder and executive director of the Commonwealth Policy Center, told the group of people who came Thursday evening to hear him at Immanuel Baptist Church that our culture is in a moral freefall and in a period of spiritual darkness. “The Supreme Court has undone m... Read more
The Phantom Females of Ashley Madison August 26, 2015 by Samuel James
I wasn’t planning to write about the Ashley Madison hack. For one thing, the story is its own proverb: Secrets have a way of spilling. For another, it’s difficult to find a moral angle on the story that doesn’t make me either sympathethic to adulterous men or a champion of militant hackers. There aren’t any heroes here, just different flavors of villains. ... Read more
I Protested Planned Parenthood August 24, 2015 by Samuel James
twitter.com/seanperron I asked my friend Sean Perron to write about Saturday’s Planned Parenthood protest. Sean works for the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. He blogs atUnspoken.  By Sean Perron Friday night my wife and I shook up the car paint. Jenny took out the red and white window paint and spelled a message on the back window ... Read more
Clear Violation August 23, 2015 by Eddie Sheridan
In 2007, former Kentucky attorney general and current Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo filed a suit against former Governor Ernie Fletcher over a “clear violation” of the law. The violation? The state's public university boards were becoming too Republican-heavy. Fletcher's successor, current Governor Steve Beshear settled the case and vowed to follow the state's laws co... Read more
Just A Click Away August 23, 2015 by Eddie Sheridan
There are not many things that a person cannot do these days through the internet. Bills can be paid, jobs can be applied for, and groceries can even be bought without ever leaving the comforts of home. Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Grendel Grimes would like to add registering to vote to that list of online possibilities. Kentucky already allows members of the military and those living ove... Read more
At Planned Parenthood, Beating Hearts Are Stopped August 19, 2015 by Samuel James
The newest video from the Center for Medical Progress is a horror beyond a nightmare. Holly O’Donnell, an ex-”procurement technician” who worked to “harvest” fetal parts for Planned Parenthood, testifies that she witnessed nearly-intact unborn children be delivered–with hearts that beat even as they were dissected. From the CMP’s pre... Read more
Religious Freedom for All August 18, 2015 by Staff
More than two years ago, the Bowling Green Daily News ran a story about the growing Muslim population in their city. Arriving from over 23 countries around the world, Bowling Green has one of the highest populations of Muslim refugees in the state. According to the Daily News, the refugee population made up 10% of the overall population in Bowling Green in 2013. The refugees interviewed for the... Read more
The Time Is Now August 16, 2015 by Eddie Sheridan
Sometimes not doing the right thing can be just as telling as doing what should be done. The United States Senate's recent inability to pass legislation which would have barred all federal funding of Planned Parenthood has to be viewed as failure of monumental proportions. If ever there was enough evidence to justify taking public money away from the nation's largest provider of abortio... Read more
Changing The Game August 16, 2015 by Eddie Sheridan
It is difficult to win a game if the rules keep changing, and that would appear to be the scenario now facing Kentucky's once-thriving coal industry. In a new plan released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Kentucky is now expected to reduce carbon emissions by 32 percent over the next 15 years. This represents a 2 percent bump from what the EPA had announced last year it would r... Read more
Tinder Mercies Or, How Porn Destroyed Sex August 15, 2015 by Samuel James
“Online Romance” by Don Hankins, Flickr, Licensed under CC 2.0 You’ve probably already seen the Vanity Fair piece on how the dating/hookup app Tinder is changing “mating rituals” for young Americans. The article is harsh and at times graphic, so read with care and discretion. Under normal circumstances I probably wouldn&rsq... Read more
Three Cheers for the Homeschoolers August 13, 2015 by Samuel James
Photo: By Regstuff, Wikimedia Commons, Licensed under CC 3.0 When you hear the word “homeschool,” what do you think? Do you think of underground bunkers filled with fringe evangelical families trying avoid any infecting contact with the outside world? Do you think of rural nightmares where parents stash children in home like pets and feed them anti-governm... Read more
I Don't Know if I'm Pro-Choice Anymore August 10, 2015 by Samuel James
Photo: Christine Szeto, Flickr, licensed under CC 2.0 Your must read of the day is by Ruben Navarrette Jr. at The Daily Beast . His confession: Being pro-choice in the face of the Planned Parenthood videos  is “getting harder to do.”  From his column: It’s jarring to see doctors acting as negotiators as they dicker... Read more
Let the Cameras Roll August 8, 2015 by Eddie Sheridan
Remember those old hidden camera commercials where the caffeinated coffee was switched out for the decaf? Or how about old episodes of Candid Camera? On a more serious note, who hasn't watched a hidden camera report on 20/20 or Dateline? Apparently, if hidden cameras are used for our entertainment somehow, they're okay. If they are used to expose baby body parts and organs being sold by... Read more
Planned Parenthood and the Morality of a Budget August 7, 2015 by Staff
This week, the Center for Medical Progress released their fifth secretly recorded video, uncovering further the ghastly nature of a business underwritten by the American people to the tune of $500 million dollars a year. The hopes of exposing atrocities and shaking up the social consciousness of Americans fell on a sword of political expediency this week, as Congress failed to defund Planned Pa... Read more
Press Release: Time to Defund Planned Parenthood August 6, 2015 by Staff
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE State of Kentucky Should Sever Ties with Planned Parenthood DATE: August 4, 2015 CONTACT: Richard Nelson PHONE: (270) 271-2713 Cadiz, KY—The Planned Parenthood scandal involving marketing and selling the human remains of unborn babies is now spreading to Kentucky.  According to a press release by the Kentucky State House Republican Caucus yesterday ... Read more
KY House GOP Denounces Planned Parenthood Funding August 5, 2015 by Staff
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Statement Regarding Use of Public Funds for Planned Parenthood Programs in Kentucky FRANKFORT, Ky. (August 3, 2015) – “Last week, after repeated requests for information, a high-ranking official with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health & Family Services admitted that it provided at least $331,300 in taxpayer funding through local health departments to &l... Read more
Call to Action: Defund Planned Parenthood August 4, 2015 by Richard Nelson
Dear Friends, As you probably already know, Planned Parenthood was recently caught on video marketing and selling the remains of unborn babies. The latest video depicts a Planned Parenthood official explaining how they cover this up to avoid the appearance of a financial transaction. What you may not know is that the Kentucky Cabinet for Health & Family Services admitted that it pro... Read more
Fancy Farm Picnic August 3, 2015 by Eddie Sheridan
Rhetoric is an easy thing to get lost in. Sometimes politicians throw jabs at each other so quickly that we can forget exactly what the point of what they were talking about was in the first place. Nowhere did those jabs fly any faster this past weekend than at the 135th annual Fancy Farm Picnic in Fancy Farm, Kentucky. While the sheer number of political candidates speaking and the ferocity of... Read more
Breaking the Bonds August 1, 2015 by Eddie Sheridan
Mary Beth Steinfeld, M.D., once wrote the following on the UC Davis Medical Center website about mothers bonding with their children: “A normal, full-term baby is … programmed to initiate and enter into a bonding relationship.” Steinfeld's view is not shared by all, however. Kathleen McCartney, president of Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, recently referred to... Read more
Blazing a Trail to Nowhere July 30, 2015 by Richard Nelson
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) are navigating new terrain as leadership ranks opened up to openly homosexual Scoutmasters earlier this week. Former Secretary of Defense, now BSA President, Robert Gates blazed the trail when he urgently called for a revised policy in May. “We must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be,” Gates said. Others were at work to f... Read more
Confession at Planned Parenthood- "It's a Boy" July 30, 2015 by Samuel James
  The worst one yet, by far. Here’s what we learn from this video: 1) Planned Parenthood absolutely considers its business in fetal parts more than “research.” It’s selling. https://twitter.com/MZHemingway/status/626763424823910400/photo/1 https://twitter.com/MZHemingway/status/626764266167758849/photo/1 2) Planned Parenthood a... Read more
For Safety's Sake July 30, 2015 by Eddie Sheridan
Those seeking medical care are usually looking for the highest standards possible. Few people would want to visit a doctor whose office was not required to meet the most stringent of health requirements. It is odd then that new abortion laws in Texas are receiving so much opposition from the very people they are designed to protect. The state recently passed a law requiring doctors performing a... Read more
The Moment I Grabbed the Leg....I Felt Death and Pain July 28, 2015 by Samuel James
I remember my first day…I was with one of my trainers. I walk in and meet the staff, and I look over in the corner and there’s a little white tray with pie dishes on it. Then I see someone come in with a bottle and there’s blood in it. They went over to the sink and emptied it out in  a strainer and put it on  the pie dish…My trainer comes ... Read more
What Abortion Does to Us July 24, 2015 by Samuel James
What Abortion Does to Us Charles Krauthammer explains why the Planned Parenthood expose videos will have effects on the public: Abortion critics have long warned that the problem is not only the obvious — what abortion does to the fetus — but also what it does to us. It’s the same kind of desensitization that has occurred in the Netherlands with another... Read more
Throwing Back The Curtain July 24, 2015 by Eddie Sheridan
The old saying goes that the “Devil is in the details.” This past week, though, eye-opening moments of clarity made an appearance in the details as well. In a secretly-recorded video released by the Center for Medical Progress, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, senior director of medical services for Planned Parenthood, explained to a group of people over lunch how the organization harvests the... Read more
Do No Harm July 23, 2015 by Eddie Sheridan
Doctors are in the business of protecting life. In fact, they are bound by the Hippocratic Oath to “do no harm.” What happens, though, when a doctor is asked to terminate a life? That is a question doctors across the country could be facing soon if states adopt assisted suicide legislation. Oregon passed its Death with Dignity Act in 1997. Since then, 1,327 people have legally obtai... Read more
The Mythological Moralities of Planned Parenthood and Caitlyn Jenner July 21, 2015 by Samuel James
What does the organ harvesting ugliness of Planned Parenthood have to do with the spectacle of Bruce Caitlyn Jenner? Rod Dreher says, quite a lot: In both the Caitlyn and Planned Parenthood cases, the stand you take has everything to do with what you think it means to be human, and how you relate the human being to the natural order. Modernity generally sees the material ... Read more
Fifty-seven Voices July 19, 2015 by Eddie Sheridan
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has been abundantly clear on one point since the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling on gay marriage: County clerks all over the state are expected to issue marriage licenses to homosexual couples. As evidenced by his recent directive to Casey County Clerk Casey Davis to either issue the licenses or resign, Beshear is taking the matter seriously. What he is no... Read more
Press Release: Model Resolution Affirms Marriage and Religious Liberty July 15, 2015 by Staff
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Model Resolution to Affirm Marriage and Religious Liberty released by Commonwealth Policy Center DATE: July 15, 2015 CONTACT: Richard Nelson PHONE: (270) 271-2713 Cadiz, KY— The Commonwealth Policy Center released a model resolution regarding marriage and religious freedom for local governments on Tuesday. According to Richard Nelson, executive directo... Read more
Making It Personal July 14, 2015 by Eddie Sheridan
Clerks across the nation are trying to find different ways of coping with the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on homosexual marriage. Rowan County, Kentucky, Clerk Kim Davis has attempted to stay true to her religious beliefs against gay marriage by refusing to issue marriage licenses of any type, homo- or heterosexual. Davis finds herself squarely in the cross hairs of the ACLU now because of... Read more
Time to Shut Down Planned Parenthood July 14, 2015 by Samuel James
An undercover video has recorded Deborah Nucatola,  Planned Parenthood’s Senior Director for Medical Services,  revealing the organization’s interest in selling the body parts of aborted children. The video has been confirmed authentic through multiple sources and the  doctor featured in the video has reportedly deleted her Twitter account  this morning. ... Read more
Vote "No" On Crank Conservatism July 13, 2015 by Samuel James
A  couple  weeks ago I was making the 3 hour drive from Columbus, Ohio to Louisville. Bored with my music collection, I decided to pass the time on AM radio. For about an hour I was able to listen to the local NPR affiliate. NPR, of course, is a decidedly liberal-leaning organization; its progressive worldview was obvious in its news coverage and its commentary. Yet for all its waywar... Read more
A Lot Of Dough July 9, 2015 by Eddie Sheridan
The Portland Bureau of Labor and Industries awarded a same-sex couple $135,000 because a bakery owner refused to bake them a wedding cake two years ago. That’s a lot of dough. Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian said the ruling “is not about a wedding cake or a marriage. It is about a business’s refusal to serve someone because of their sexual orientation.” Bakery own... Read more
The Myth of Adult Entertainment July 7, 2015 by Sam James
Let’s contemplate one of the most widespread and most unfortunate phrases of recent times: The “adult” entertainment industry. When I say adult entertainment, the vast majority of you know exactly what I mean—pornography. If you did a search for that term (don’t), 99% of your hits would come up pornographic. In our cultural lexicon, the use of “adult&rdq... Read more
Cut Off At The Pass July 7, 2015 by Eddie Sheridan
The U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling legalizing same-sex marriage leaves many clergy wondering whether they will legally be able to refuse to perform same-sex weddings. One Kentucky legislator is attempting to make sure the answer to that question remains “yes.” State Rep. Addia Kathryn Wuchner, a Republican who represents part of Boone County, has filed a bill intended to cla... Read more
The Value Of Life July 2, 2015 by Eddie Sheridan
For better or worse, human beings have the freedom to choose when they want to die. Should a person choose to take his or her own life, there is no law or restriction against them doing so. Thankfully, the world still deems life precious enough that the majority of people want to keep on living. What happens, though, when attitudes shift nationally in the other direction? For example, in the pa... Read more
Meaningful Discourse June 30, 2015 by Eddie Sheridan
Homosexuality and transgenderism lifestyle are now being taught as completely normal, and discourse on their validity is becoming increasingly difficult. The Lexington Herald-Leader recently featured an article on J'Lissabeth Faughn, a Lexington-based “transgender educator and social activist.” She offers programs such as “Unlearning Homophobia” and “Beyond Div... Read more
An Open Letter to the Church June 30, 2015 by Staff
An Open Letter to the Church From: Commonwealth Policy Center Executive Director Richard Nelson Date: June 30, 2015 Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Last Friday’s Supreme Court ruling redefining marriage and imposing homosexual marriage in all 50 states is a wakeup call. We have seen this coming for two years and now its here. The ruling underscores the nation’s mo... Read more
Seven Questions for the Victors June 29, 2015 by Sam James
It was to very few’s surprise that the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Friday to find a Constitutional right to same-sex marriage. Most politicos and commentators on both sides of the marriage debate predicted that if the issue were brought to the court during the present administration, the decision would be in favor. The relative lack of shock and awe doesn’t mean much, of course (exce... Read more
CPC Responds to Marriage Ruling June 26, 2015 by Richard Nelson
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE U.S. Supreme Court Strikes down Kentucky Marriage Law DATE: June 26, 2015 CONTACT: Richard Nelson (270) 719-1640 (Cadiz, KY)  On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Kentucky’s law defining marriage as between one man and one woman. “This is a sad day for the rule of law and the democratic process,” said Commonwealth Policy Center Ex... Read more
Projected Fallout from Marriage June 25, 2015 by Richard Nelson
The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on marriage any day now. As we've explained on numerous occassions, man/woman marriage is a pre-political institution. It is the most basic human relationship. It is a pillar to society. Should the pillar be weakened in any way, society will feel the reverberations. Here are a few impacts for individuals and institutions adhering to the belief that... Read more
Love From Tragedy June 23, 2015 by Eddie Sheridan
Is there any way we can make sense of the horrific events that took place in Charleston, South Carolina, last week? When 21-year-old Dylann Roof entered the Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church Wednesday night, who could have known he would take the lives of nine people, including the church's pastor? Roof reportedly had intentions of starting a race war, but the results of his actio... Read more
Why Flying the Confederate Flag Isn't a Conservative Thing to Do June 22, 2015 by Sam James
The horrific and terroristic murder of 9 black Americans in Charlestown, South Carolina,  while they worshiped at one of the oldest African-American congregations in the United States has become the main news story of the week, rightfully. The suspect, who is in custody, is alleged to have admitted that he came to the church “to kill black people” and to “start another ci... Read more
Charleston Grieving June 19, 2015 by Richard Nelson
Murder is terrible. Throw a racist into a church pew in the midst of a Bible study and prayer time for an hour only to have him draw a gun and begin shooting indiscriminately is a horror. Our collective conscience has been seared by the unspeakable act of Dylann Roof. Many are looking for answers. Some for something to blame: guns, psychological imbalance, social isolation, etc. But inexplicabl... Read more
It Isn't Right June 18, 2015 by Eddie Sheridan
Tennessee lawmakers created a stir when they passed a law stating that a woman can be “prosecuted for assault for the illegal use of a narcotic drug while pregnant” if her infant is harmed or addicted to the drug. She can also be charged with homicide if the baby dies. The first woman to be charged under this law went to jail in July of last year. This type of law protecting the liv... Read more
Inconceivable June 16, 2015 by Eddie Sheridan
In director Rob Reiner's classic movie The Princess Bride, the vengeful Inigo Montoya uttered these famous words to the evil Vizzini: “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” Perhaps we could use some of Montoya's wisdom today. Following a day which saw a man drive up to a Dallas police station in an armored vehicle and open fire, a CNN ne... Read more
Where Is The Hope? June 10, 2015 by Eddie Sheridan
Whether fairly or unfairly, Kentucky's Appalachian region has long been regarded as a place of poverty and hopelessness. Although blanket statements such as this are rarely 100 percent correct, recent numbers published regarding rising hepatitis C rates in the region and the drug use which could be causing them certainly do not paint an encouraging picture. In the four Appalachian states of... Read more
The Cult of Caitlyn June 4, 2015 by Staff
It is difficult and sometimes dangerous to comment on someone's intimate personal choice. But when the discussion lands on the front pages of Vanity Fair and dominates the news, a response is necessary--especially when strident voices demand agreement and approval of that choice, however controversial it might be. Of course, we're talking about Bruce Jenner who has transitioned into ... Read more
What's going on at Western? May 26, 2015 by Richard Nelson
Western Kentucky University (WKU) hosted its first ever Lavender graduation ceremony on May 11 to recognize lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender graduates. Critics are wondering when an explicitly heterosexual ceremony will be held. WKU President Gary Ransdell told the WKU Herald the ceremony is a natural step for the university. “I’m all for any student or academic community that... Read more
Embrace The Privilege May 18, 2015 by Eddie Sheridan
Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundgren Grimes is projecting approximately 10 percent of the 3.1 million people registered to vote in Kentucky will actually show up to the polls for this year's primary election Tuesday, May 19. To put that into further perspective, that 10 percent equates to 310,000 voters. Sadly, this low expected turnout falls in line with the last several primary ele... Read more
Keep It Clean May 13, 2015 by Eddie Sheridan
Wouldn't it be nice if we could have just one political race that didn't turn ugly? Unfortunately, the race for the Republican nomination for governor in Kentucky is not going to be that race. In an editorial piece on CNN's website titled “Koch Money Fuels Personal Politics in Kentucky,” writer Theodore Schleifer calls this year's battle for the GOP nod “the na... Read more
Negative Returns May 11, 2015 by Eddie Sheridan
When the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - “Obamacare” - first began to be implented, Kentucky was one of the first states to fully embrace the new health care plan. While the state was hailed at the time for being ahead of the national curve, a look back at the effects of Obamacare so far paints a not-so-positive picture of how it is affecting Kentucky's hospitals. I... Read more
National Day Of Prayer: We Cry Out May 6, 2015 by Eddie Sheridan
The 64th annual National Day of Prayer will take place Thursday, May 7, at various spots across the United States. The theme of this year's event is “Lord, Hear Our Cry.” It is true that we, as a nation, talk to God quite often. There is a significant difference, however, between talking to and crying out. A conversation can be had without necessarily conveying a sense of desper... Read more
Freedom To Choose May 4, 2015 by Eddie Sheridan
When Fayette County Judge James Ishmael issued a ruling last Monday reversing the Lexington Human Rights Commission's 2014 decision that Hands On Originals violated Lexington's fairness ordinance by refusing to print tee shirts for the Lexington's Gay and Lesbian Services Organization's Lexington Pride Festival in 2012, many heralded the decision as a victory for religious freed... Read more
SCOTUS Hears Marriage Arguments April 30, 2015 by Richard Nelson
On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on whether the U.S. Constitution requires states to recognize homosexual marriage. Here are a few poignant questions: "[Thinking marriage is the union of a man and a woman] has been with us for millennia. And it—it’s very difficult for the Court to say, oh, well, we—we know better.” --Justice Anthony Kenne... Read more
Unspeakable Matters April 29, 2015 by Eddie Sheridan
There are some topics that are so unbelievaly heinous, they probably don't even deserve mention. When they pass from taboo into the realm of public policy, however, they must be dealt with. Last week, lawmakers in Denmark approved a law banning people from having sex with animals. The vote was not unanimous, passing by a margin of 91-75, with five abstentions. Incredibly, Denmark's Anim... Read more
#PrayForMarriage April 28, 2015 by Sam James
I invite you to join many Christians around the nation in praying today as the Supreme Court hears oral arguments over the power of states to define marriage between one man and one woman. #PrayForMarriage is more than a prayer for legal victory (though it isn’t less). It’s a prayer for a cultural renewal, for awakening from the toxic slumber of the Sexual Revolution and awaren... Read more
Pray For Nepal April 27, 2015 by Eddie Sheridan
Natural disasters, while always tragic, have a way of snapping us back to reality. The suddenness of a tornado or a monsoon or a tsunami, even if they were forecasted ahead of time, serve as fierce reminders of how the elements can change our lives in an instant. Right now, Nepal lies devastated beneath the rubble generated by a magnitude 7.8 earthquake this past Saturday. Nepal has faced its s... Read more
Protecting Our Values April 20, 2015 by Eddie Sheridan
We, as human beings, have a right to protest. We also have a right to walk away, however, and choose not to affiliate ourselves with practices we do not believe in. This second right seems to have been lost on liberal Catholics in San Francisco, who placed a full-page ad in the San Francisco Chronicle last week appealing to Pope Francis to replace their archdiocese’s spiritual leader... Read more
A Conversation Between "Safe, Legal, and Rare" April 15, 2015 by Samuel James
Photo: by Debra Sweet, Flickr, Creative Commons 2.0 The following is an edited version of the transcript of conversation between abortion talking points Safe, Legal, and Rare.  Legal: Good evening, friends. Thanks for joining this conversation Safe and Rare: [together] Thank you as well. Glad to be here. Legal: I hope both of you are OK with&nbs... Read more
The Price of Terrorism April 14, 2015 by Eddie Sheridan
What are the most terrible effects of terrorism? The most obvious is loss of life. A shooter took the lives of nearly 150 people at Kenya's Garissa University just a few days ago. A second incident in Kenya Sunday, however, was indicative of an equally tragic effect acts of terrorism can have. One student was killed and 141 injured Sunday in a stampede at a university in the Kenyan capital ... Read more
Don't Be Sheep April 13, 2015 by Eddie Sheridan
Seven years ago, scientists at the University of Leeds conducted a study which discovered that it takes a minority of just 5 percent to influence a crowd’s direction – and that the other 95 percent follow without realizing it. While the study was performed to research crowd flow, it is symbolic of the unfortunate tendency of people to follow rather than chart their own courses. Once... Read more
What's A Conscience Worth? April 9, 2015 by Samuel James
Photo by Davidlud, Wikimedia Commons Consider this a brief, concluding postscript to my 4-article (!) conversation about religious freedom and the RFRA. I want to give a final (Lord willing) admonition to my fellow Christians, specifically those who may be swayed by arguments such as “Bake For Them Two.” According to this line of thought, Jesus ... Read more
How RFRA Helps Us Love Our Neighbors April 7, 2015 by Samuel James
“St. Paul Preaching in Athens,” Raphael In the sincere hope, dear reader, that soon we may speak of other things, let me linger just a while longer on religious freedom, liberalism, and public conscience. I’m compelled to do so now by Conor Friedersdorf, who writes with insight and clarity about the differences of perceptions in two cultural communit... Read more
Do Christians Mean What They Say? April 4, 2015 by Samuel James
Frank Bruni New York Times columnist Frank Bruni doesn’t believe that Christians who are opposed to same-sex marriage are genuine. That’s the obvious upshot of his new piece “Bigotry, the Bible, and the Lessons of Indiana.” Rather than building a positive case against religious liberty laws like the ones that exist in 21 states (including Arkansas a... Read more
Costly Christianity April 2, 2015 by Eddie Sheridan
The United States and Christianity have long been synonymous with one another. The nation's founding documents are filled with references to the Christian God and his providence. As a result, the protection of religious freedom in the U.S. has been a long-held priority. That may be changing, however, and the security of being a Christian in America may be in jeopardy. In a recent blog p... Read more
Discriminatory Meltdown in Indiana April 1, 2015 by Richard Nelson
To say something is happening in Indiana bigger than the Final Four, may sound like heresy to the faithful congregants of the Big Blue Nation in this holy week of NCAA tournaments.  But the uproar over the recently passed Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) threatens to drown out even the wildest of cheers from Cat’s fans on Saturday. The Indiana bill to protect religious l... Read more
Who are the Liberals? March 31, 2015 by Sam James
If there’s anything in store for American political discourse more absurd or uninformed than the arms race over Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, I  cannot fathom what that might be. The entire kerfuffle is pathetic, from the blatant misinformation being peddled in mainstream news to the astonishing cluelessness of the history of RFRA. Consider this sad episode furth... Read more
Where We Are Now: The Affordable Health Care Act March 30, 2015 by Eddie Sheridan
It's difficult to believe five years have passed since the Affordable Health Care Act was signed into law by President Barrack Obama. Even with the passage of time, many of the details of “Obamacare” seem to be shrouded in mystery. As if a piece of legislation designed to solve the nation's healthcare problems not being entirely understandable to the public it is supposed to... Read more
PCUSA Rejects Marriage March 26, 2015 by Richard Nelson
Last week, the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) officially amended its constitution to expand marriage from “a man and a woman” to “two people, traditionally a man and a woman.” The decades-long battle inside the largest Presbyterian denomination to allow homosexual marriage may have received “amens!” from gay marriage advocates outside the church and wailing ... Read more
Man Bites Dog Story March 24, 2015 by Ivan Zabilka
For the past 23 years I have been writing about the social consequences of expanded gambling.  The “fruit” of gambling is very public: jobs and revenue.  The pain of gambling caused by the addicted and the problem gamblers is mostly private, frequently hidden and often covered up by families.  I have written occasi9nally about abuse and assault associated with a dysfu... Read more
Loneliness and the Religion of Personal Autonomy March 23, 2015 by Samuel James
Is it even possible that my generation, which sends 6 billion text messages per day and 6,000 thousand Tweets per second, is fatally lonely? Not only is that possible, it’s increasingly the consensus of social and behavioral scientists. Carolyn Gregoire at Huffington Post has highlighted a report from the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science that discusses the serious ... Read more
The Fine Line Between Tolerance and Concession March 19, 2015 by Eddie Sheridan
The line between practicing tolerance and concession is a difficult one to walk. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has attempted to extend an olive branch the LGBT community in Utah by helping to craft anti-discrimination legislation specifically designed to protect the civil rights of gays and lesbians in the state. The intentions are certainly noble, but the bill is lacking in c... Read more
Facing The Constant Drip of Cultural Impact March 17, 2015 by Eddie Sheridan
The concept of Chinese water torture is a relatively simple one: The repetitive, slow drip, drip, drip of water onto a restrained person's forehead will allegedly drive them insane. It is a concept that can be found in nature as well, as the slow dripping of water can even wear down stone. That gradual drip can be found in today's culture, as years of lobbying for homosexual rights has ... Read more
Kansas Losses (Gambling) March 16, 2015 by Ivan Zabilka
Hard times hit Kansas.  Government leaders sold their soul to the casino business and lost. In March 2007 the legislature passed and Governor Kathleen Sebelius signed a bill to approve the first “government owned” casinos in the country.  Casino firms were to build and manage the casinos, but the government would receive 60% of the after expenses revenue. Seven new... Read more
Christians and College Debt March 15, 2015 by Samuel James
I’ve found myself thinking about one particular classmate from my undergraduate years. We entered around the same time. He was able to graduate much sooner than I, though, mostly because his Sallie Mae loan covered enough of his college bill so that he could take a full load or more every semester without working many hours (if he worked at all). Unfortunately, my friend made a... Read more
Planet what? March 12, 2015 by Richard Nelson
Have you heard the news about the woman in the Planet Fitness locker room who objected to another man being there? Instead of the man being asked to leave, the woman was kicked out of the club because of the way she objected. Planet Fitness has a "no-judgment" policy that allows transgendered individuals to use the restrooms and locker rooms that they most identify with.  Unfortu... Read more
The Case Against the Lottery March 11, 2015 by Ivan Zabilka
An increasing number of legal cases are being filed against casinos and lotteries in efforts to make them responsible for the damage they cause,  A recent very interesting case has arisen in Portland, OR involving the dishonest presentation of a lottery game. Justin Curzi is a wealthy former software company owner who loves games.  He was playing  poker when the machine dealt... Read more
Driver Permits for Illegal Aliens? March 6, 2015 by Eddie Sheridan
Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Obedience to the law is demanded as a right, not asked as a favor.” Traditionally, those who uphold the law receive benefits, while those who skirt it do not. House Bill 267 in Kentucky, however, aims to undermine the law while rewarding those who have not abided by it. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Larry Clark, would make driving certificates available ... Read more
Kentucky Battle (Expanded Gambling) March 5, 2015 by Ivan Zabilka
Opponents of expanded gambling in Kentucky have been battling Instant Racing (brand name) for over four years.  On one side are the opponents including individuals, the Family Foundation of Kentucky and the Kentucky Council on Alcohol and Gambling Problems and their lone lawyer, Stan Cave.  On the other side is the Horse Racing Commission, the Kentucky Department of Revenue, the track... Read more
Netanyahu's Speech March 4, 2015 by Richard Nelson
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to the joint session of Congress might have been one of the most important speeches in our day. It was monumental for a number of reasons. In plain-spoken terms, he challenged radical Islam in general and Iran in particular and the threat it poses not just toward Israel but toward all civilization. Unlike our president, he wasn't afraid... Read more
How to reduce poverty March 3, 2015 by Eddie Sheridan
What exactly is goverment's role in reducing poverty among its citizens?  According to recently published statistics, it may just need to get out of the way more. The Heritage Foundation/Wall Street Journal’s 2015 Index of Economic Freedom is showing once again that countries which enjoy high levels of economic freedom outperform others in alleviating poverty. Data consistently s... Read more
New Mexico - Gambling February 25, 2015 by Ivan Zabilka
The New Mexico legislature is considering a bill to allow lottery tickets to be purchased by credit card.  Fortunately, it is being opposed by Guy Clark of Stop Predatory Gambling New Mexico.  There is so much wrong about this bill it is hard to know where to start. New Mexico pays for college scholarships as do many other states.  If not specifically directed to poor student... Read more
Original Sin - Internet Gambling and Churchill Downs February 24, 2015 by Ivan Zabilka
If you have ever doubted original sin, the idea that human nature is corrupted, the internet should have cured you by now.  The means of putting the world at your finger-tips has also brought us instant sadism, pornography, political sleaze, access to every weird idea ever thought, scams, identity theft, and much more. Churchill Downs Incorporated recently found out how quickly things ... Read more
30 Reasons to Oppose Expanded Gambling February 23, 2015 by Ivan Zabilka
Reason # 1.  If you gamble you lose money.   Reason # 2.  Gambling is not recreation.  Recreation restores.  Gambling depletes energy, resources, and induces guilt.   Reason # 3.  Gambling is addictive.  Depending upon where you live, between 1¼ % and 6 % of the residents of your state are addicted.   Reason # 4.  ... Read more
Scott Walker Doesn't Know if Obama Is a Christian (And Neither Do I) February 23, 2015 by Samuel James
Governor and Republican Presidential hopeful Scott Walker says he doesn’t know if President Obama is a Christian. I, for one, believe him. Why is it so hard for some to accept his answer? The President says he is a Christian. This is, as Ross Douthat points out, an indisputable fact of public record. There’s no need to assume the governor was unaware of this when asked the quest... Read more
The Islamic Threat February 21, 2015 by Richard Nelson
Earlier this week 21 Coptic Christians were kidnapped in Libya and beheaded because they refused to deny Christ. The message posted on the brutal videotape was clear: “A Message Signed With Blood To The Nation Of The Cross.” 2015 has been a terror-filled year, and we're not even through our second month.  A gunman in Copenhagen shouted ‘Allahu akbar’ as he targe... Read more
How addiction votes February 20, 2015 by Samuel James
Carl Trueman has written several fine pieces lately on both the nature of and antidote to our cultural pornography addiction. His latest concerns the power of porn to reshape subconscious patterns of thought and, by extension, alter deeply held moral attitudes and actions. Understanding Trueman’s point requires putting together two emerging facts about American sexual morality. First... Read more
Government and poverty February 17, 2015 by Eddie Sheridan
What exactly is goverment's role in reducing poverty among its citizens?  According to recently published statistics, it may just need to get out of the way more. The Heritage Foundation/Wall Street Journal’s 2015 Index of Economic Freedom is showing once again that countries which enjoy high levels of economic freedom outperform others in alleviating poverty. Data consistently s... Read more
Sneak Attack With Equilottery February 17, 2015 by Ivan Zabilka
Yet another devious means of increasing gambling is in the works here in Kentucky.  The Lottery has proposed a new game called EquiLottery which although opposed by The Family Foundation, sailed through Committee to the floor of the Senate where it passed on a 20-10 vote.  The Senate is usually the last bulwark against gambling expansion, but this time they were sucked in. EquiLot... Read more
Ultrasound gives sight to expecting moms February 16, 2015 by Eddie Sheridan
Helen Keller once said, “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” Thanks to modern technology, sight is giving birth to an encouraging pro-life vision, as statistics quoted by the website lifenews.com are now showing that up to 78 percent of women who are allowed to see an ultrasound of their unborn children opt against abortion. Anything unseen can... Read more
Gambling expansion proposed February 12, 2015 by Richard Nelson
There is a crafty move to marry the Kentucky Lottery with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission in order to expand gambling. It would allow the Lottery to create electronic games that purportedly allow wagering on a horse race taking place somewhere in America. Considering the inherent deception associated with the casino crowd the games they have in mind will look more like video gambling machi... Read more
Casinos don't help state budget deficits February 6, 2015 by Richard Nelson
One of the strongest arguments to expand gambling in Kentucky is that we are losing tax revenue to other states. The problem however, is that other states with casino revenue have larger budget deficits than those with no casinos. Consider: Commercial Casinos State    Adjusted Gross Casino Rev (2012)        Budget Deficit (2012) NV   &... Read more
The absurdity of transgenderism February 5, 2015 by Richard Nelson
The move to create a special status in society for individuals who desire to identify with the gender opposite of that which they were born seems to be gaining traction. Several Kentucky cities now protect gender identity as a civil right on par with race or ethnicity. Last year, a Louisville High School opened up female restrooms and locker rooms to transgendered boys. Now a petition is being ... Read more
Measles and Mainline Protestants February 4, 2015 by Samuel James
Vaccination skepticism is–regardless of one’s judgment about inoculation–an elemental rejection of expertise and authority structures. Hostility towards vaccinations exists on a spectrum, ranging from the “anti-vax” advocates (think Jenny McCarthy) to worried parents to libertarian-leaning folks who vaccinate but think the alternatives should be legal. These distin... Read more
Gambling and the well-being of family January 31, 2015 by Ivan Zabilka
Only a small minority of our population is aware that casino expansion is a threat to the well-being of families and children.  If the relationship is not direct and obvious many people refuse to believe there is a connection between gambling problems and children.  The impact of the children that suffocate in overheated cars, neglected by gambling parents fade, because it only happen... Read more
On your mark, get set, go! January 28, 2015 by Richard Nelson
Now that the filing deadline is over, the field is set and the sprint toward the May 19 primary finish line begins. Let's talk gubernatorial candidates. On the Democratic side, Jack Conway must be ecstatic that he hasn't drawn a strong challenge. Scratch that. His only other challenger Geoffry Young dropped out yesterday. But his joy doesn't necessarily translate into happiness amon... Read more
On Human Rights January 21, 2015 by Richard Nelson
Yesterday, the Commonwealth Policy Center conducted a meeting in Murray on the implications of elevating sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) to civil rights status. The meeting was well attended with several local officials, pastors and concerned citizens. I noted that this is an issue that we did not go looking for. It was thrust upon the city by activists. We are simply responding. ... Read more
Martin Luther King Jr's birthday January 15, 2015 by Richard Nelson
Today marks the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. His name is synonymous with civil rights in the United States.  It was his Christian conviction that all men possess dignity and are made in the image of God. It was his powerful voice that spoke the timeless truth that people "should be judged by the content of their character, not color of their skin."  It was his life tha... Read more
A lesson in intolerance January 14, 2015 by Eddie Sheridan
The line between tolerance and intolerance is becoming increasingly blurred. Observe the online furor over TLC's recent special “My Husband's Not Gay.” The one-hour special details the stories of four Mormon men who struggle with same-sex attraction but choose to be in married relationships with women. GLAAD and other pro-LGBT groups have taken to the internet to amass more ... Read more
Free speech under fire in Atlanta January 12, 2015 by Richard Nelson
A firestorm over religious freedom and human sexuality has long been brewing in the nation. Legalization of gay marriage and the ascendency of sexual orientation protection into law has fueled the debate and kindled controversies from coast to coast.  Casualities on the side of speech, conscience and religion are mounting. Louie Giglio, Brenden Eich, Craig James, Donnie McClurkin, Jack Phi... Read more
Sexual harassment scandal continues January 5, 2015 by staff
The saga of alleged harrasment  in Kentucky's state House continues. State employee Yolanda Costner, embroiled in a sexual harassment lawsuit which resulted in state Rep. John Arnold's (D-Sturgis) resignation, reports that retaliation against her is in the works if a particular Democrat is elected in an intra-party leadership election.   Costner claims that state Rep. Joh... Read more
Pro-lifers find success December 30, 2014 by Richard Nelson
The pro-life movement has made great gains in the last several years. A majority of Americans now identify as pro-life. Prudent laws requiring parental consent, full disclosure, and clinic standards on par with non-abortion facilities have all combined to reduce abortions to their lowest numbers since 1973. The movement has been successful because of a change in tactics and strategy. Listen to ... Read more
Christmas trumps evil December 16, 2014 by Richard Nelson
Earlier this week, the Pew Research Center reported that nearly three-quarters of Americans are OK with religious displays on public property. Apparently, America still has room at the Inn, or at least the public square for baby Jesus and a nativity scene.  Only 20 percent according to the survey say that such displays should never be permitted. Must be Grinches, all of them. Pew also... Read more
Seven takeaways from 2014 State House elections November 17, 2014 by Richard Nelson
Hired guns sometimes misfire: The outside group Mark It Red was hired to run Republican state House races. They were given a sizable war chest—an estimated $1.2 million. They had a state to work in that is leaning conservative—in fact, the only state in the Southeast without a GOP majority in both Houses of the state legislature. They had excellent candidates to work with. But their... Read more
What Nelson really said about Fairness Ordinances November 12, 2014 by Richard Nelson
The Lexington Herald-Leader printed a rebuttal to my recent opinion on how "Fairness" ordinances jeopardize religious freedom. Here's the scoop. In late October, the Lexington Human Rights Commission found Blaine Adamson and his company Hands on Originals violated the human rights of homosexual activists who approached him about producing T-shirts for their gay-pride event. Adamso... Read more
CPC Endorsements fare well November 5, 2014 by Richard Nelson
Commonwealth Policy Center endorsements fared well in yesterday's elections. Five of six state Senate candidates endorsed or recommended by CPC won their election. The biggest surprise of the night was when Ralph Alvarado (R-Winchester) defeated Senate Minority Leader RJ Palmer. Alvarado is a family doctor of Hispanic heritage. But he also ran as an unabashed social conservative. Danny Carr... Read more
What Election 2014 Means For Pro-Life November 5, 2014 by Samuel James
Last night the party of President Obama was routed in spectacular fashion, as Republicans gained more than enough to take control of the Senate and fortify their healthy numbers in the House of Representatives. There’s no shortage of reading this morning for the politicos, so I would refer you elsewhere for comprehensive reaction. But I do want to take a minute and contemplate some i... Read more
"Safe, Legal, and Rare:" The Abortion Compromise Nobody Wanted October 30, 2014 by Samuel James
In her review of the newest pro-choice manifesto by Katha Pollitt, Hanna Rosin expresses frustration at the “muddled middle” of the pro-choice movement. These are the kinds of people who believe abortion should be legal but avoided, who give lip service to Roe but in a “fog of regret:” We shouldn’t need a book explaining why abortion rights are important. We... Read more
"Green Funerals:" What To Make of a Trend October 21, 2014 by Samuel James
Thinking how one would want to be interred after death is probably not a regular pastime of most American people. Recently, though, The Washington Post highlighted a contemporary movement towards “green burials.” According to Ellen McCarthy’s article, a growing number of environmentally conscientious Americans are rethinking traditional burials. McCarthy leads by conversi... Read more
What Happened In Houston October 16, 2014 by Samuel James
Earlier this week, Houston mayor Annise Parker and attorneys representing the city in a civil suit created outrage across the nation by issuing broad-reaching subpoenas for Houston pastors’ sermons and other communique discussing homosexuality, gender, Mayor Parker herself, or the anti-discrimination law that is the subject of the lawsuit. While not entirely unprecedented in concept, the ... Read more
How Alison Grimes Disqualified Herself October 10, 2014 by Samuel James
Most civically engaged folks would probably agree on two things. One, honesty is an important character trait. Two, many politicians don't have it. Rarely, though, does a candidate make her lack of transparency as transparent as Alison Grimes has done. The Courier-Journal recently interviewed Grimes, an interview which was live-streamed online. At one point in the interview, Grime... Read more
Supreme Court Non-Action Paves Way for Same-Sex Marriage October 7, 2014 by Samuel James
Yesterday the Supreme Court declined to hear appeals from five state legislatures regarding same-sex marriage. The non-action lets stand judicial rulings that struck down voter-approved traditional definitions of marriage in those states. Thus, as of Tuesday, same-sex couples in 29 states can lawfully wed. Both sides of the marriage debate expressed surprise at the Court's punting. Man... Read more
Do Pro-Lifers Believe in Executing Abortionists? October 3, 2014 by Samuel James
Feminist Amanda Marcotte wrote an op-ed this week for USA Today in which she claims to have pro-lifers cornered: If they really believe abortion is murder, then they also believe anyone who has an abortion should be executed. If abortion is murder, then women who get abortions are murderers. But instead of accepting their own logic, the mainstream anti-abortion movement instead tries to pai... Read more
Nevada School District Aims to Offer Sex Ed to 5 Year Olds September 30, 2014 by Samuel James
It feels like every week, what was once considered a fallacious "slippery slope" argument from traditionalists has actually become reality. From the revocation of religious liberty to codified transgenderism in public schools, moral insanity reigns. At National Review, Katherine Timpf calls attention to a sickening consideration by a Las Vegas school board. The suits in charge of... Read more
Diversity or Conformity: A Choice to Make September 23, 2014 by Samuel James
Karen Swallow Prior has a must-read in The Atlantic about California State University’s recent decision to derecognize Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. Advocates of religious liberty who haven’t been living under a rock for the past year will find her arguments familiar yet refreshingly direct and simple. Prior makes a compelling case that by prohibiting Christian student gro... Read more
Marriage Matters in Economics, Too September 18, 2014 by Samuel James
Contemporary political discourse frequently speaks in divisions like “social issues,” “the economy,” and “foreign policy.” While not without truth, these highly demarcated categories can obscure the real way in which worldview and policy in one area can affect the other. A practical example was offered by Joe Carter at the Acton blog. He writes that economics... Read more
Web Roundup 9/17 September 17, 2014 by Samuel James
Here are some noteworthy pieces from around the media and blogosphere:   Commonwealth Policy Center announces endorsements for 2014 elections. “Battles For Eight Open Seats Could Determine Control of Kentucky House This Fall”—Lexington Herald Leader If Republicans hope to take over the Kentucky House this fall for the first time since 1921, they'll p... Read more
Intervarsity and Gordon College Face Wrath of New Morality September 11, 2014 by Samuel James
The New Morality Police march on. Their latest prisoners: Intervarsity Fellowship and Gordon College. Intervarsity Christian Fellowship was stripped of its recognized student group status by every campus of California State University, simply on the grounds that the group refused to allow non-Christians to become leaders of the fellowship. Terribly scandalous, huh? This is quite ... Read more
Multi-Billion Dollar Casino Closes in Two Years September 10, 2014 by Samuel James
You can’t always get what you want, sang Mick Jagger. Casino gamblers often learn this lesson at a high price. This time, however, it’s the business suits atop a casino that have lost. The Revel Casino Hotel has closed doors just two years after opening, making it yet another high dollar example of the flaky economics of casino gambling. Revel became the second Atlantic City cas... Read more
Prominent Atheist: "Immoral" to Not Abort Down Syndrome Children August 26, 2014 by Samuel James
Richard Dawkins, arguably the most famous evolutionary biologist in the world right now, recently offered his perspective via Twitter on unborn babies that are diagnosed with Down syndrome. He responded to a question about what to do if an unborn child is determined to have the genetic disorder. "Abort and it and try again," Dawkins wrote. "It would be immoral to bring it into th... Read more
Gay Marriage Advocates: "Join or Be Jailed" August 22, 2014 by Samuel James
There’s a surreal quality about the way same sex marriage advocates so ruthlessly pursue any and all who disagree. Personally I can’t remember in my lifetime a movement so obviously double-faced in its rhetoric and campaigning. For years, same sex marriage advocates such as Andrew Sullivan argued tirelessly that redefining marriage meant inclusion of all and exclusion of none. Relig... Read more
A Symbolic Victory for Marriage in Tennessee August 19, 2014 by Samuel James
Earlier this month a judge made a decision on Tennessee’s constitutional definition of marriage as between a man and a woman. The unusual thing about this particular judge was that he actually upheld the state’s right to define marriage thus. I say “unusual” because it’s the first successful day in court for a traditional definition of marriage in over a year. Writ... Read more
How Private is Private Morality? (Answer: Not Very) August 14, 2014 by Samuel James
Richard Nelson, director of the Commonwealth Policy Center, writes in an editorial for the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer that the city should ask itself whether an LGBT non-discrimination law is necessary. From his piece: We were once told that somebody's private sexual life is nobody's business. Should this ordinance pass, it drags private sexual behavior into the workplace. Here... Read more
New Research Suggests Link Between Support of Gay Marriage and Pornography, Cohabitation August 12, 2014 by Samuel James
Mark Regnerus has presented new data about the beliefs of Christians who support same sex marriage. For the study, Regnerus gathered responses from four groups: Christians who opposed SSM, Christians who supported SSM, Christians identifying as LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered), and non-Christian LGBT. He controlled the responses with data from the “general population.”... Read more
David Frum Explains How Casinos Hurt Cities August 7, 2014 by Samuel James
David Frum has a superb piece today in The Atlantic about the effect that casinos have on cities and local economies. The short version: It’s not pretty. Frum begins by explaining a curious trend. The post-recession economy has lent to gaming floors fewer and fewer able-budgeted customers. “Affluent and educated people visit casinos less often than poorer people do for the same... Read more
Three Reasons Alison Grimes Should Accept the Evangelical Debate Invite August 5, 2014 by Samuel James
"Always winter, never Christmas." That's how the characters in C.S. Lewis's classic fairy tale The Chronicles of Narnia described the frozen world they lived in. I'd like to adapt this, edit it somewhat and apply it to the McConnell-Grimes race: "Always election season, never debate." How long can this go on? Here we are, exactly three months from decision t... Read more
Josh Barro, Anthony Kennedy and the New Liberalism July 31, 2014 by Samuel James
New York Times reporter Josh Barro put himself in the news last week by tweeting, “Anti-LGBT attitudes are terrible for people in all sorts of communities. They linger and oppress, and we need to stamp them out, ruthlessly.” His violent rhetoric was the final straw for The American Conservative’s Rod Dreher, who canceled his subscription to the paper. Others have parsed and re... Read more
Recap of Richard Nelson on "Kentucky Tonight" July 29, 2014 by Samuel James
Last night Richard Nelson participated in a panel for a spirited discussion on KET’s Kentucky Tonight program.  The topic was the recent Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision. Nelson was joined by Amy Cubbage of the Kentucky ACLU; Samuel Marcosson, professor of law at the University of Louisville; and Paul Salamanca, professor of law at the University of Kentucky. The discussion co... Read more
Murray State Implements "Gender Neutral" Restrooms July 24, 2014 by Samuel James
Murray State University can rest easy tonight knowing they have courageously stood on the right side of history with their….restrooms? Yes, apparently lavatories are now the artifacts of historic social progress. Murray State’s administration, following the recommendations from the Student Government Association, implemented three “gender neutral” restrooms on the campu... Read more
When Do We Hear Alison Grimes? July 22, 2014 by Samuel James
I join the editors of The Courier Journal in urging Senator Mitch McConnell and challenger Alison Grimes to “stop debating debates.” The Courier gets the right message out, even if the editorial obscures the unwillingness of Grimes to debate the Senate minority leader. It predictably skewers towards portraying Grimes as waiting in the wings for her obstinate opponent, when in fact G... Read more
Kentucky Falls Again in National Economic Health Forecast July 17, 2014 by Samuel James
 The American Legislative Exchange Counsel (ALEC) has released their 2014 state by state economic forecast. The report, called Rich States, Poor States, explains its methodology and philosophy thus: The Economic Outlook Ranking is a forecast based on a state’s current standing in 15 state policy variables. Each of these factors is influenced directly by state lawmakers through th... Read more
Steve Beshear: Genuine Defender of Marriage? July 15, 2014 by Samuel James
Will the real Steve Beshear please stand up? The Kentucky governor received commendation from commonwealth conservatives for arguing on behalf of Kentucky’s traditional definition of marriage. But since then it has become less clear just how committed the governor is to maintaining traditional marriage. Beshear’s attorneys were virtually laughed out of court by Judge John G... Read more
Brief analysis of Love v. Beshear July 11, 2014 by Richard Nelson
When Judge John Heyburn struck down Kentucky’s constitutional law defining marriage on July 1, he did so on dubious grounds—appealing to the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment which essentially says that all citizens must be treated equally under the law.  Of course, we should all be for equal treatment under the law, but the logic of “homosexuals are tre... Read more
Supreme Court Update and Resources on Marriage June 26, 2014 by Samuel James
On Monday, the Supreme Court will reveal its important ruling in the case of Hobby Lobby, Conestoga Wood and the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate. The President's healthcare legislation seeks to require all employers to include contraceptive care in their employees' insurance plans, even abortifacients and other morally objectionable substances. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga ... Read more
Google Opts Out of Porn Ads June 23, 2014 by Samuel James
Earlier this month Google initiated a major blow for the internet pornography industry when it announced it would no longer accept advertising for sexually explicit material. While this decision won't make pornographic material inaccessible through Google's search engines, it's a significant step in the right direction towards protecting children and families. From Breitbart: Th... Read more
President Obama Imposes Moral Confusion Via Executive Order June 19, 2014 by Samuel James
Earlier this week, President Obama announced an executive order prohibiting federal contract workers from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The use of an executive order to enforce a policy that does not actually exist is extraordinary enough, but the President says he was fed up waiting for Congress to act: "The president has resisted signing the o... Read more
"Pastoral Letter" From Planned Parenthood Pushes Abortion June 13, 2014 by Sam James
Casey Mattox of Family Research Council has responded to Planned Parenthood’s “Clergy Advocacy Board Statement,” an open, “pastoral” letter encouraging people to not assume that “all religious clergy disapprove of abortion.” In the words of the letter (which is no longer available via PP’s site but is archived at FRC): "The truth is that... Read more
Eric Cantor Loses to Tea Party Candidate in Major Upset June 12, 2014 by Sam James
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has lost his bid for re-election in Virginia District 7’s Republican primary. His opponent, economics professor and Tea Party-backed David Brat, won a resounding victory that will be discussed for many, many days to come. I wrote a couple weeks ago that showings of GOP solidarity in Kentucky and elsewhere demonstrated that the party was not, contrary ... Read more
Kevin Williamson On Transgender Identity versus Reality June 6, 2014 by Sam James
As a relevant follow up to Wednesday’s post covering the Atherton high school’s new transgender policy, this piece by Kevin Williamson at National Review is worth your time. Williamson’s words are brief but get to the heart of the transgender controversy. Williamson writes in response to Time Magazine’s (in)famous May cover which featured Laverne Cox. Cox is a t... Read more
Atherton High School Transgender Policy Fails Its Community June 4, 2014 by Sam James
When two “rights” collide, who wins? For those who espouse moral relativism, the answer usually comes down to politics, utility, and cultural accommodation. Rather than principled debate, raw political power is wielded in order to learn who bests who. This is one of the signs of a morally confused worldview. For example, contemporary sexual revolutionaries often preach the legal pro... Read more
GOP Divide or GOP Momentum? May 30, 2014 by Sam James
Reports of the demise of GOP solidarity have been greatly exaggerated. True, pundits enjoyed fantasizing about a “civil war” within Republican ranks between the mainline candidates and the Tea Party wing. An example of that intramural rift was supposed to be the primary race for Kentucky’s US Senate seat between Mitch McConnell and Matt Bevin. In the days leading up to the pri... Read more
Alison Grimes and the Question of Abortion May 22, 2014 by Sam James
Both Senator Mitch McConnell and senate candidate Allison Grimes enjoyed landslide victories in Tuesday’s primary elections. McConnell blew out Louisville businessman Matt Bevin and Grimes won almost 80% of the vote in the Democratic election, setting up a showdown between the two for the general election in which Grimes will challenge McConnell for his seat in the US Senate. Grimes w... Read more
Judges Tear Down State Constitutions May 21, 2014 by Sam James
It’s been a bad month to be a voter, and an exciting month to be an activist judge. Two judges struck down state constitutional provisions in Oregon and Arkansas defining marriage as between a man and a woman. Both state’s constitutional language had been approved by voters, but that mattered little to Judges Michael McShane and Chris Piazza. Both judges used remarkably similar ... Read more
Protecting Marriage Event on Thursday May 20, 2014 by Sam James
It is obvious to any who keep just a cursory awareness of national news that the traditional definition of marriage is under serious assault. Same sex marriage is now legal in several states and activist judges in other states are tearing down longstanding legislation in the name of sexual revolution. These trends represent challenges and concerns to religious individuals and churches who w... Read more
Former Representative Reprimanded, Fined May 13, 2014 by Sam James
Kentucky House Representative John Arnold was found liable by the KY Legistlative House Ethics Commission concerning allegations by three former staffers that he sexually harassed them. The Commission’s votes finally numbered to the required tally-5 to 1-after failing to do so last month.  The Commission punished Arnold with a $3,000 fine, or $1,000 for each of his ethics violations ... Read more
Historical Adam and Eve at forefront of troubled Bryan College May 7, 2014 by Sam James
Bryan College, a private Christian university in Tennessee, is experiencing a storm of uncertainty. The controversy centers on the university’s views on creation and the historicity of Adam and Eve. Bryan College is named after William Jennings Bryan, the famous Christian attorney who prosecuted John Scopes in the eponymous “Scopes Trial.” Bryan has maintained since its beginn... Read more
A Supreme Court Win on Prayer May 6, 2014 by Sam James
The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Monday to allow the city hall meetings of Greece, New York to continue their practice of an opening prayer. A group of voters who were present during one of the prayers brought suit against the city, claiming that specific references by the clergy to Jesus were too sectarian and discriminated against non-Christians present. The Supreme Court overturned a lower cou... Read more
A Pro-Life Win in Mississippi April 25, 2014
Mississippi's Governor has banned all abortions after 20 weeks.  Republican Gov. Phil Bryant of Mississippi on Wednesday signed a bill that bans abortion at a minimum of 20 weeks of pregnancy, without exception for rape or incest.The law, which takes effect on July 1, defines 20 weeks from the start of the woman’s last menstrual period. It permits exceptions only for expectin... Read more
Big News from Alabama Court: unborn child has "inalienable" right to life April 24, 2014 by Staff
Big news from the Alabama Supreme Court that is likely to have repercussions on how courts move forward on thinking about the sanctity of life: Children in the womb should have the same legal standing as other children, the Supreme Court of Alabama ruled Friday. The decision upheld the prior conviction of Sarah Janie Hicks for “the chemical endangerment of her child,&rdq... Read more
General Assembly Over for 2014 April 17, 2014
The 2014 General Assembly concluded this week; and despite grand bargains on budgets, and compromises on solutions, the democratic stronghold that keeps Kentucky mired in mediocrity persists.  A few highlights: Governor Beshear lost yet again on attempting to bring expanded gambling into the Commonwealth. This marks yet another failure of his leadership and his administration, ... Read more
How the Gay Rights Movement Succeeded April 15, 2014
Joe Carter, an editor for The Gospel Coalition and a communications assistant for The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, has an excellent essay on the origins and successes of the gay rights movement. In an essay at Canon & Culture titled, "The Most Influential Essay You’ve Never Heard Of,” Carter discusses the influence and impact of an essay “The Overhauling o... Read more
Craig James scores with FRC April 9, 2014 by Richard Nelson
Former pro-football player and sportscaster Craig James was sacked by Fox Sports last fall for the egregious error of supporting marriage between one man and one woman.  He recently scored a job with the Family Research Council.  "... Craig and his wife decided to turn the adversity into an opportunity. At FRC, Craig will try to level the playing field for other Americans facing ... Read more
Keeneland & Red Mile Install "Instant Racing" April 4, 2014
In a show of confidence, racetracks Keeneland and Red Mile moved ahead with installation of hundreds of video terminals known as "Instant Racing." Their move comes amidst a court battle waged by the Family Foundation of Kentucky against the Kentucky Horce Racing Commission. This protracted debate boils down to whether "Instant Racing" should be considered a slot machine, whi... Read more
For Your Review April 2, 2014
There are several articles worth your review floating out on the internet today. First, Kathleen Parker, the sometimes-conservative columnist for the Washington Post has a syndicated column in today’s Courier-Journal. In it, she talks about the practical agreement that many have reached on the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court Case. In the silence from the Left after the oral arguments, ... Read more
World Vision: At First a Loss, Now a Win March 27, 2014
Conservative Christians are accustomed to defeat after defeat it seems in the culture wars. This week, we were struck a major blow. World Vision, the preeminent evangelical mercy ministry known for feeding the world's poor, announced that it would allow for Christians in same-sex marriages to be employees of their organization. This move was made, ostensibly, because World Vision employs in... Read more
CPC's Richard Nelson on KET's Kentucky Tonight March 26, 2014
Commonwealth Policy Center's Executive Director Richard Nelson appeared on KET's Kentucky Tonight discussing the issue of gay rights in Kentucky. Other guests included Martin Cothran of The Family Foundation, and a representative from The Fairness Campaign and the ACLU of Kentucky. You can view Nelson's appearance by clicking here. ... Read more
Hobby Lobby Goes to Court! March 24, 2014
Tomorrow is the long-awaited day. The Christian-owned craft store mega-giant Hobby Lobby will argue before the Supreme Court that its religious liberty has been violated due to the Obama administration's HHS Mandate, an odious provision of Obamacare that requires all employers to provide their employees with insurance that covers contraception, abortion-inducing drugs, and sterilization. An... Read more
The Closing of the Mind at Stanford March 20, 2014
An interesting, ironic, and ultimately sad episode is taking place at Stanford University. At this esteemed institution of elite education, LGBT activists have persuaded Stanford's student body government to prevent school funds from being disbursed to pay for a conference featuring conservative thinkers on the topic of sexuality. Originally, the conference was granted approval and the fund... Read more
Who Will Stand for Life? March 18, 2014
Imagine a scenario where a bill has over sixty co-sponsors. Imagine a deliberative body, the House of Representatives, that requires a simple majority to pass a bill. One would assume that with over sixty co-sponsors, a bill's passage would be quite easy, non-controversial, even expected. Stay with me. Then, imagine that this bill with over sixty co-sponsors is placed in a committee designe... Read more
Nelson: "Gay marriage threat to GOP ideals" March 14, 2014
Commonwealth Policy Center Executive Director Richard Nelson had an opinion editorial in yesterday's Courier-Journal. Nelson's concern is the seeming collapse of defending marriage as the union of a man and woman within the ranks of the GOP. In the editorial, Nelson lays out a brief case for marriage, it's importance, and the consequences of redefining it, particularly along the lin... Read more
Conway: 'For the trend of history, what I did was right' March 13, 2014
Attorney General Jack Conway insists his support for same-sex marriage is designed to put him "on the right side of history." Or, as he said, “I had some political advisors who looked at the crosstabs of the Bluegrass Poll and I knew roughly in this state its about 2-1 against it. So I knew I was doing something that was against the trend of the polling but I think for the trend... Read more
Something's Afoul at Bowdoin College: Religious Intolerance March 11, 2014
Boyce College professor Owen Strachan, and an alum of Bowdoin College in Maine, has a must read post on the shenanigans happening at his alma mater regarding religious liberty and religious intolerance. According to Strachan,  In a move that has reminded many onlookers of heavy-handed institutional actions at Vanderbilt University and Tufts University, the school’s... Read more
Douthat on "Surrender" March 7, 2014
Conservative and Catholic New York Times Columnist Ross Douthat penned a sobering op-ed in last Sunday's New York Times. His message: The issue of defending marriage is lost. It truly is inevitable, and for this reason, defenders of traditional marriage may find themselves at a place in culture they've never seen or ever expected. In short, Douthat thinks that the battle has been lost, ... Read more
The Perilous State of Kentucky's Marriage Amendment March 5, 2014
Yesterday, in a surprise move, Governor Beshear announced his attention to seek outside counsel to defend Kentucky's 2004 marriage protection amendment, a constitutional amendment passed with over 70 percentage points. The move is surprising as it pits Kentucky's Attorney General, Jack Conway, who decided yesterday to not defend the provision of Kentucky's constitution that prohibit... Read more
Arizona bill that protects religious liberty defeated February 27, 2014
In arguably one of the most calculated rhetorical and misinformation campaigns ever seen, the Arizona bill that protects liberty has been vetoed by Governor Jan Brewer. There are several links worth drawing attention to that highlight why this bill was well written and necessary. First, ADF attorney Kellie Fiedorek has a short op-ed explaining the bill. According to Fiedorek,  ... Read more
National Spotlight on Religious Liberty February 25, 2014
With the spate of religious liberty bills popping up in the legislatures of Tennessee, Arizona, and Kansas, outcry has arisen from the gay community about an attempt to undermine their rights, some even calling such legislation "Jim Crow" laws for homosexuals.  What these bills illustrate is the looming conflict over religious liberty and an expansive sexual worldview that wo... Read more
More on Marriage February 22, 2014 by Richard Nelson
Advocates of natural marriage, including U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin, have taken lots of heat for criticizing the federal court ruling which overturned much of the Commonwealth's marriage law. Erick Erickson put the issue into focus by differentiating refusal to serve somebody because of their sexual orientation and refusal to participate in a ceremony which orthodox Christians conside... Read more
How Baking Cakes Became Controversial February 21, 2014
This week, no small amount of energy and tweeting was spent addressing an article by USA Today columnist and self-professed evangelical Christian Kirsten Powers who suggested that when it comes to Christians deciding on whether to bake cakes for gay weddings, "Jesus would bake the cake." The article comes in the context of legislation in Kansas that many thought was a reincarnation of... Read more
Mitt Romney on Marriage February 19, 2014
While federal judges in Kentucky are busy striking down portions of the Commonwealth's marriage amendment, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney offered wise words about the highly contested space that same-sex marriage now occupies. On with Meet the Press's David Gregory, Romney offered these words: "I think marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman, and I think... Read more
Media Round-up of Kentucky Gay Marriage Ruling February 13, 2014
From CN2: Mix of emotional and cautious reactions to federal judge's opinion on Ky. same sex marriage ban Politico: Kentucky gay marriage: Judge says state must recognize gay marriages performed in other states From Albert Mohler, President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary:  The Other Shoe Drops in Kentucky: Federal Court Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage in... Read more
BREAKING: Kentucky ban on gay marriages from other states struck down by federal judge February 12, 2014
This just out from the Louisville Courier-Journal:  A federal judge Wednesday struck down Kentucky’s ban on recognizing valid same-sex marriages performed in other states, saying it violates the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection under the law. [...] Ruling in a suit brought by four gay and lesbian couples, Heyburn said that while “religious bel... Read more
Quakes rattle Kentucky February 12, 2014 by Richard Nelson
The earth shook and the ground caved in on a bedrock Kentucky institution today. But the story of the sinkhole that developed under the refined ground of the Corvette Museum is the second most important event in today’s news. The federal judge that struck down part of Kentucky’s marriage law that defines marriage exclusively between one man and one woman, tops the list. U.S. Di... Read more
What really matters in football February 11, 2014 by Staff
Yesterday's news cycle was abuzz with very important information about a college football player about to enter the NFL draft. If  you thought it might be a phoenomenal rise in draft projections due to some superhuman strength or technique found in the offseason, you'd be wrong. The most important thing that has lit up the twitterverse, and bombarded the  blogosphere is that t... Read more
Obamacare nets a loss of two million jobs by 2021 February 6, 2014
In another punch to the gut that Obamacare is brining to America, this week, news broke from the Congressional Budget Office that the continuation of Obamacare would result in a loss of over two million jobs by 2021. According to the Associated Press,  The workforce changes would mean nationwide losses equal to 2.3 million full-time jobs by 2021, in large part because people would ... Read more
Nye/Ham debate: a few thoughts and questions February 5, 2014 by Richard Nelson
Of all the heat Bill Nye the Science Guy took from the scientific community for agreeing to debate Ken Ham on the topic of evolution, he didn’t do so bad. He presented himself well and was articulate and confident. Yet Nye couldn’t answer some of the most fundamental questions at the heart of the debate: Where did atoms come from to create the Big Bang? Where does consciousness come... Read more
Kentucky Wins! and the "Billions" January 31, 2014
Ever notice that gambling proponents make the argument that casino gambling is necessary in Kentucky in order to keep Kentucky dollars from funding casinos not in our state? It’s not that gambling is wrong, predatory, or immoral, but rather a subtler message, as though to say: “Hey, if you’re going to ruin your life and bankrupt your family, do it in our state!” Gambling... Read more
Secular Liberal Pounces on Effects of Pornography January 30, 2014
Part of the mission of the Commonwealth Policy Center is to advance a culture than honors all that God has given to us—to honor what is true, good, and beautiful. So, at times, it's necessary pause from the routine and focus on items that help address and discern the culture we're in and ways to forge a better culture. In this post, we won't be highlighting the latest policy d... Read more
Forget the SOTU, who's filed for the Kentucky House? January 29, 2014 by Richard Nelson
Did you watch the State of the Union address last night?  I thought so. How about a quick read on politics closer to home? Now that the filing deadline for the Nov. 4 election is over, its time for some analysis.  And oh, how the political analysts, including yours truly, are having a field day.  Who’s filed? Where are the most heated races? And which party has the best can... Read more
Little Sisters Get a Win Against Big Brother January 26, 2014
The Little Sisters of the Poor, a Catholic charities organization that runs nursing homes throughout the United States received a big win at the Supreme Court on Friday. Short of a full victory that many anticipate will come in June when the Court decides the HHS Mandate in full, on Friday, the organization received a step beyond a injunctive. What the Court decided on Friday is that all&n... Read more
Virginia's AG Challenging Marriage Law January 23, 2014
Virginia's new attorney general, Mark Herring, is set to announce on Thursday that his office will challenge Virginia's 2004 constitutional amendment that defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Herring's announcement reiterates a truth for those that don't participate in elections yet grow frustrated at government undermining the peoples' will: Elections hav... Read more
Herald-Leader Expose on Abortion in the House January 20, 2014
John Cheves, political reporter at the Lexington Herald-Leader has done great work in investigating the discontent of pro-life foces in Kentucky, and their constant misfortune with having pro-life bills placed in Rep. Tom Burch's committee.  Cheves captures the air of inevitablity about the pro-life cause turning the screw on the Democratically-controlled House of Represenatives. A... Read more
Oklahoma's Marriage Amendment Overturned January 15, 2014
Folks in Kentucky interested in preserving marriage need to pay attention to what's happening in the reddest of American states, like Utah and Oklahoma. There, following precedent handed down in Anthony Kennedy's Windsor decision, federal judges are ruling state marriage amendments unconstitutional. Anyone surprised by this shouldn't be, for Anthony Scalia's dissent in Wind... Read more
Pro-Life Legislation Filed January 10, 2014
As the Kentucky legislature begins, three pro-life bills have been filed, signaling the pro-life caucus' intent to see real progress on this front. There has been no pro-life legislation come out of the Democratically-controlled House for nine years, due in large part to the liberal-loaded Health and Welfare Committee, chaired by pro-abortion Tom Burch. Meanwhile, the Republican-controlled ... Read more
Busy Times Ahead January 8, 2014
Much has happened in the news lately, especially relevant to the concerns of constituents of the Commonwealth Policy Center. Here are two in particular that should be in focus. In a much bandied about affair in Utah, a federal judge ruled same-sex marriage legal, leading to over 900 same-sex couples tying the knot. Then, in what's being called an unexpected turn of events, the Supreme C... Read more
POLITICO Touts Social Conservative Action January 3, 2014
The national publication, POLITICO, discussed the political efforts of social conservatives. Titled, "Social Conservative Make Big Money Plans," the article highlighted efforts by national family groups to help keep their party and their candiates accountable on issues related to the family. According to POLITICO, It’s all geared toward elevating the place of social... Read more
HHS Mandate: A Happy New Year Indeed January 1, 2014
In an eleventh hour action, Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor issued a stay against the Obama administration's HHS Mandate, the odious provision of Obamacare that requires all employers to provide contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs to their employees. Hundreds or organizations have sought relief from the bill, believing that is infringes on religious practice, a r... Read more
A Study of Contrasts December 27, 2013
Consider the irony of our news media: One outspoken Christian in America stated his belief that homosexuality is sinful. He gets suspended from his TV show at the behest of gay rights organizations' protest. Another outspoken Christian in Rome not only believes homosexuality is sinful, but also abortion is wrong. In recent days, the same outspoken Roman Christian made news for excom... Read more
Duck Dynasty and Moral Reasoning December 22, 2013
Whatever one may think of Duck Commander Phil Robertson’s recent remarks (and let’s be honest, his references to human anatomy could have used a more careful nuance), there’s at least one element in this hubbub that’s going underemphasized, but that should be appreciated: Morality. Morality and calls for a more moral nation seem more resonant of an Eisenhower-era pur... Read more
A Few Words on Duck Dynasty December 21, 2013
By now, if you haven't been living under a rock, you've heard of A&E's decision to suspend the highly popular Phil Robertson from his own show, Duck Dynasty, after an interview he did with GQ disclosed some culturally unsavory words about homosexuality. Inevitably, the episode displays the hypocrisy of Tolerance as a virtue--especially when those espousing Tolerance end up using... Read more
Young Guns battle traditional values December 18, 2013 by Richard Nelson
The National Republican Congressional Committee (RNCC) is financially supporting two openly homosexual and pro-abortion Congressional candidates through its Young Guns program. The move has miffed the social wing of the party which believes that life and marriage are core values of the GOP. The 2012 GOP Platform clearly states: "Faithful to the 'self-evident' truths enshrined ... Read more
Polygamy Law Partially Decriminalized in Utah December 17, 2013
In what many conservatives both predicted and feared would happen, the logic of same-sex marriage to opening up the door to other forms of marriage is coming true. Last Friday, a federal judge in Utah lifted a portion of the state's ban on polygamy, ruling that while an individual is still barred from entering more than one marriage at a time, individuals are no longer prohibited from cohab... Read more
House Republicans Score a Win December 12, 2013
After Tuesday night's special election win for Suzanne Miles of Owensboro, House Republicans etched another win in their belt, and with it, an additional seat in the House chambers.  A long-held bastion of Democratic control, the Kentucky House of Representatives is slowly but steadily becoming more Republican, and one hopes, more conservative.  Ryan Alessi of CN2 referred... Read more
Gambling Proposal Released December 6, 2013
Ryan Alessi of CN2 is reporting that Louisville State Senator Dan Seum has announced a propoal for bringing expanded gambling in the form of casinos to the Commonwealth. According to Alessi, "A proposal for casinos that will have the backing of business and some horse industry leaders will include licenses for a casino in seven regions of Kentucky and a requirement that 10 percent of r... Read more
Expanded gambling bad idea then, just as bad now December 3, 2013 by Richard Nelson
Businessman Billy Harper jumped onto the casino expansion bandwagon last week and called for casino legalization to recapture revenue lost to other states and use it to build Kentucky roads and schools. Sounds awfully close to a remake of the golden oldie we heard back in the late ‘80’s that the lottery was going to fix and fund our schools. And we all got coal in our stockings for ... Read more
Richard Nelson on KET's "Kentucky Tonight" Discussing ENDA December 2, 2013
Last Monday evening, Commonwealth Policy Center Executive Director Richard Nelson appeared with Martin Cothran on KET's "Kentucky Tonight" where he discussed and debated the Employment Non-Discrimination Act against Chris Hartman of the Fairness Campaign and the Enid Trucios-Haynes of the American Civil Liberties Union. The debate lasted an hour and can be viewed by clicking here.... Read more
Housing Allowance for Ministers a Thing of the Past? November 26, 2013
A major development out of Wisconsin: A notoriously liberal federal judge has struck down the clergy housing allowance tax deduction. This would have devastating effects on many rural, small church pastors. Read more about it: "Federal Judge: Clergy tax-free housing allowance is unconstitutional." The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission announced a statement on the ruling,... Read more
Bread, Circuses, and Gambling November 24, 2013
As sure as it is being anticipated, the gambling industry will be inching its ravenous claws into this year’s General Assembly, scheduled to start in January. This is hardly new. Attempts to expand gambling in Kentucky have been a constant back-and-forth for decades now, each time the assembly refusing to give sway to a predatory industry that promise profits, but begets problems. The... Read more
Memory of JFK November 22, 2013 by Richard Nelson
Fifty years ago today on a sunny afternoon in Dallas, Texas the peace of our nation was shattered when our 35th president was gunned down in his motorcade. When the shots rang out and when John Fitzgerald Kennedy was pronounced dead just shortly thereafter, something in us died. Our sense of peace. Our sense of security. Our sense of strength. Gone. More alarming was that it was ... Read more
Gambling on the Prowl November 21, 2013
As promised, movement is being made to introduce expanded gambling in Kentucky; and the movement is happening on multiple fronts. According to Blue Grass Politics, Democratic House Speaker Pro Tem Larry Clark has pre-filed expanded gambling legislation for the 2014 legislative session. One of his measures calls for a constitutional amendment to let Kentucky voters decide in November 201... Read more
Gay Marriage signaling a GOP Split? November 19, 2013
POLICITO reports that the issue of same-sex marriage that divides the family of former vice president Dick Cheney is emblematic of the larger national scene on gay marriage, an issue that many report has the GOP in a full-on identity crisis.  In a recent interview, Liz Cheney, who is running for the US Senate in Wyoming, said that while she loves her sister Mary, who is "married&q... Read more
Obamacare: Appealing to the base November 16, 2013 by Richard Nelson
According to the Huffington Post, Colorado is promoting Obamacare and luring people to sign up by appealing to base instincts. One ad says "Let's get physical" and promotes free birth control. Another says "Friends with benefits" which implies sex without consequences.  In another, a group of women line up over a snow ski lined up with filled shot glasses and are to... Read more
Louisville Columnist Questions Gambling November 15, 2013
Louisville political columnist John David Dyche penned a column with WDRB questioning the merits of expanded gambling, an issue that besets the Commonwealth in a seemingly unending cycle. Drawing upon the recent (and excellent) op-ed by conservative columnist Ross Douthat, Dyche continues in like manner by questioning the wisdom of expanding gambling. According to Dyche, The prolife... Read more
Kentucky Baptists Face Hiring Dilemma November 11, 2013
A controversy has brewed in Kentucky Baptist life over one of its entities, Sunrise Children Services, considering to end its ban on hiring homosexuals.  Sunrise Children Services is the foster care entity that receives funding through the Kentucky Baptist Convention, along with receiving the bulk of its operating revenue through state funding. According to Baptist Press, The p... Read more
ENDA Passes Senate November 8, 2013
A troubling bill that should have believers of all faiths concerned passed the U.S.  Senate yesterday. Titled the "Employment Non-Discrimination Act" (ENDA), the bill imposes strict hiring standards on all employers, especially employers who are people of faith, and who might object to overt actions pertaining to sexual orientation or gender identity in their workplace. T... Read more
Fracking pipeline and other controversies November 7, 2013 by Richard Nelson
An article in Wednesday’s edition of the Louisville Courier Journal titled “Protestors cite faith in opposing Bluegrass Pipeline” is interesting on a number of levels. Conservative Christians were conspicuously absent from the protest which consisted of 40 people on the capitol steps. It’s laudable that some of the Christian communities are actively engaging in policy di... Read more
Gay Divorce in Kentucky? November 5, 2013
A peculiar case in Kentucky has gained the attention of marriage advocates and marriage revisionists. According to the Courier-Journal, a couple in Kentucky is seeking the state’s very first “gay divorce.” This is peculiar not only for a divorce between same-sex persons, but that in Kentucky, the commonwealth’s constitution does not recognize same-sex marriage. H... Read more
Gambling Debate on KET October 31, 2013
With the 2014 General Assembly just around the corner, gambling advocates are back to their old ways and insisting, yet again, that Kentuckians deserve the right to vote on whether to bring expanded gambling (casinos) into the Commonwealth. Despite Kentucky not being a referendum state, advocates are calling on the legislature to bypass its duty to weigh in on the soundness or unsoundness of ga... Read more
Just What Did the White House Know Regarding Cancelled Insurance? October 29, 2013
A disturbing investigative report out of NBC News sheds light on the Obama administration's advance knowledge that its healthcare law would force millions of individuals to lose their private insurance, despite repeated promises from the President himself that "if you like your plan, you can keep it." "Buried in Obamacare regulations from July 2010 is an estimate that bec... Read more
2015 Governor Speculations October 25, 2013
  Though Kentuckians are still two years away from the next Governor's race, citizens are already being treated to a boilerplate of anticipation as to who will be at the top of the gubernatorial ticket. Republican political columnist and Louisville attorney, John David Dyche, put forth a column with WDRB talking up the potential of Louisville businessman Hal Heiner as a top contend... Read more
Same-Sex Marriage Comes to New Jersey October 21, 2013
Same-sex marriage continues its march across America as New Jersey becomes the 14th state to allow same-sex marriage.  Political specatators will probably cast Chris Christie as the political winner. For one, as the leader of a deep blue state, Christie's personal stance against same-sex marriage was expected to be overriden by the legislature; where Republicans were poised to buck the... Read more
Faith, Culture, & Religious Liberty October 15, 2013
Last week in Washington D.C., the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention and the Manhattan Declaration co-hosted an event on the topic of religious liberty.  Panelists included Russell Moore, president of the ERLC, Kirsten Powers, a FOX News political analyst and columnist for the Daily Beast, Jennifer Marshall, Director of Domestic Policy at The Heritag... Read more
California's "back alley abortion" law October 10, 2013 by Richard Nelson
One of the reasons for legalizing abortion in established medical facilities was to prevent illegal or "back alley" abortions. Unlicensed doctors and shabby facilities would be a thing of the past. Instead, women would be treated by medical professionals--doctors who had surgical training. The U.S. Supreme Court agreed with this logic in 1973 and  Roe v Wade and legal abortion be... Read more
Big Cases at the US Supreme Court October 7, 2013
As the United States Supreme Court begins its new terms, the highest court in the land will hear several important cases pertaining to abortion and prayer. In Town of Greece v. Galloway, the Supreme Court will hear a case involving a dispute brought by secular citizens in Greece, New York, against the city's governing council. The plaintiffs allege that opening a town hall gathering in ... Read more
College Student's Protest Against "Diversity Training" Goes Viral October 2, 2013
In probably the most encouraging news of the week, a doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin has rebuffed his university's committment to so-called "diversity" by publishing an online letter to the university's administration.  Subject to a regimen of "diversity classes," student Jason Morgan decided he had had enough. In the letter, Morgan criticize... Read more
Marriage and Religious Liberty Legislation Introduced September 30, 2013
After the Supreme Court's ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act and Prop 8, coupled with numerous instances of individuals and businesses facing great difficulty in holding a view of marriage as the union of one man and one woman, Idaho Representative Raul Labrador has introduced legislation in the House of Representatives aimed at protecting citizens with traditional beliefs on marriage fr... Read more
Liberal Democrat calls for investigation of Stumbo September 26, 2013 by Richard Nelson
What do you call it when a state legislator resigns amidst a sexual harassment scandal; the director of the Legislative Research Commission abruptly resigns; and a liberal Democrat is calling for the investigation of the Speaker of the House? A bad month for Democrats. Earlier today,  Democratic state Sen. Kathy Stein (D-Lexington) called for the investigation of House Speaker Gr... Read more
Filibuster on Obamacare Has Begun September 24, 2013
The long-awaited showdown between Republicans and Democrats has begun. Senator Ted Cruz, true to his pledge, has pulled all stops in blocking the arrival of the Affordable Care Act by beginning his filibuster against the bill's funding. He's been joined by Kentucky's very own, Senator Rand Paul, who had stood beside Cruz in his battle to bring the people's voice to the wall... Read more
Obamacare's Continued Undermining of Religious Freedom September 18, 2013 by Staff
In what is now an additional setback for religious liberty advocates, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the Obama administration by denying an injunction for a company seeking relief from the Health and Human Services Mandate. The Health and Humans Services Mandate is a provision of the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, that mandates that all employers provi... Read more
Beshear to Override Education Vote September 13, 2013 by Staff
With science standards in education being hotly debated in Kentucky, it is being reported that Governor Beshear will override the vote of a legislative review committee and implement new science standards.  Debate ensued over the Next Generation Science Standards and whether their purported standards were sufficiently rigorous. Some conservatives expressed concern that the standards ar... Read more
9/11 and the path to the Darwin Award September 11, 2013 by Richard Nelson
Twelve years ago our nation changed forever. We were jolted out of a routine morning of school and work when we heard news of an airliner crashing into the World Trade Center. Then a second plane struck.  We were under attack. “But why?” everyone asked. Since then, our military has suffered nearly 20,000 casualties in Afghanistan alone—2200 dead and 17,000 wounded. B... Read more
Congress Back to Work: Syria September 9, 2013 by Staff
As Congress heads back into session this week, one topic will be on the minds of our elected officials: the crisis in Syria. As many are most surely familiar with, the Obama administration’s self-imposed “red line” on Syrian use of chemical weapons has brought the United States to the brink of exercising its full military capability.   The President’s support ... Read more
Religious liberty downgrade as Frankfort passes Fairness Ordinance September 4, 2013 by Staff
Coming to a Commonwealth city near you is the eventual clash of sexual orientation and religious expression. The Commonwealth’s capital, Frankfort, became the fifth city in Kentucky to pass a “Fairness Ordinance.” Conveniently self-titled, Fairness Ordinances are non-discrimination bills that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The bil... Read more
Religious Liberty goes down in Oregon September 2, 2013 by Staff
The collapse of religious liberty continues. With August’s news of religious liberty taking a backseat to sexual orientation in New Mexico   September is starting off with a bang, too. News out of the northwest reveals that a Gresham, Oregon cake shop is closing its doors after allegations of discrimination against a gay couple. Like cases now involving a Denver baker ... Read more
A culture of harassment August 29, 2013 by Richard Nelson
The nation was thrust into the midst of a strip-club act earlier in the week when MTV televised Video Music Awards showed Miley twerking in a nude bikini and Gaga stripping down to a thong and sea shell pasties.  The only thing missing was a shiny pole and strobe lights. The two undoubtedly talented artists who exposed and degraded themselves before millions, made even the glitterati uncom... Read more
The ACLU: There they go again August 23, 2013 by Staff
Anyone familiar with President Reagan’s famous refrain, “There you go again”  will note that the President first said this remark in a bout of sighing annoyance toward his opponent, Jimmy Carter, who would offer the same repeated, tired lines of attack. The American Civil Liberties Union is up to their usual: Finding the smallest iota of public goodwill and calling f... Read more
Louisville attorney pens article on religious liberty in Kentucky August 21, 2013 by Staff
Louisville attorney John David Dyche has a fantastic article as it relates to religious liberty in Kentucky at Louisville’s FOX affiliate.  In the article, Dyche summarizes what was a very important case for religious liberty not only in Kentucky, but also for the United States. The case dealt specifically with the Commonwealth of Kentucky versus an Amish sect in Kentucky that h... Read more
Planned Parenthood: Coming to a town near you? August 16, 2013 by Staff
Planned Parenthood, the government-subsidized “family planning” organization that oversaw over 330,000 abortions throughout the United States in 2012 is poised to inch further into the Commonwealth.  Currently, there are two abortion facilities in Kentucky associated with Planned Parenthood—in Louisville and Lexington. According to reports, Planned Parenthood of Indi... Read more
When a coup is not a coup August 14, 2013 by Richard Nelson
I woke up this morning to the latest news of violence in the streets of Cairo, Egypt.  NPR reported that Egyptian security forces attacked pro-Morsi camps, killing as many as 60 protestors. With that kind of news off the bat who needs coffee to jumpstart the day? It’s a bit strange that our federal government has claimed that the July 3 ouster of Egypt’s democratically ele... Read more
Fancy Farm: full of sound and fury August 5, 2013 by Richard Nelson
I made it to the 133 annual Fancy Farm Picnic on Saturday. When I left home in Cadiz, it looked as if I'd be watching the candidate speeches in the rain but as I arrived, the rain stopped and the sun poked through the clouds. I didn't hear a single politician take credit for the improved weather. If any dared to, I'd have pressed them if they'd also be willing to take credit for... Read more
Are some babies worth more than others? July 23, 2013 by Richard Nelson
It's funny how a nation that rejected rule by monarchy is suddenly fixated on a royal birth. Yes, Prince William and his bride gave birth to their yet-to-be-named son who is now third in line to the royal throne. But why do we care? Is it because he's royalty? Or just a special baby born into a privileged class that most of us could never relate to? Whatever the reasons, the interest an... Read more
Texas Pain Capable Child Protection Act doesn't hate on women July 22, 2013 by Anna Webber
When people chant, “Hail Satan,” they’re at a ritual, not a political protest. So all Hell broke loose (pun intended) when Texas Governor Rick Perry called a special session to pass the pro-life bill previously filibustered the other week by State Senator Wendy Davis.  But while Senator Davis and the countless other protestors claimed it was a “war on women,” ... Read more
Are morality and religion valid arguments in the marriage debate? July 11, 2013 by Justin Ramey
Two weeks after the ground shaking Supreme Court decision that toppled DOMA, its effects and meaning are still being debated.  NPR had a conservative on recently, who was trying to walk an impossible tight rope.  On the one hand, he argued that the will of the people was being thwarted by the courts.  To which his liberal counterpart correctly pointed out that our nation should r... Read more
Cleanup doesn't make abortion right July 8, 2013 by John Birkett
Replace the blood-stained furniture and blankets, the roaming cats and filthy instruments of Dr. Kermit Gosnell's Philadelphia abortion clinic with bleached sheets, skilled nurses and sterilized equipment. Place the comfortably anesthetized newborn face-down on a proper operating table. Drape him neatly with a blue operating sheet that leaves exposed just the one square inch of nape where, ... Read more
Declaration of Independence July 4, 2013 by Thomas Jefferson
The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America In Congress, July 4, 1776   When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle th... Read more
Five Takeaways from the June 25 Special Election June 29, 2013 by Richard Nelson
Democratic candidate James Kay won the 56th House District special election with 44 percent of the vote. Here are a few lessons that we gleaned from the race. Money doesn’t always win: This was likely the most expensive state House race in Kentucky history. Republican candidate Lyen Crews had some $243,000 spent on behalf of his candidacy while Democrat James Kay had $182,000 spent o... Read more
High Court's Defiance of Marriage Act June 26, 2013 by Richard Nelson
The U.S. Supreme Court declined to uphold the meaning of marriage and undermined the democratic process when it struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Perhaps we should call it their Defiance of Marriage Act (DMA). The Court also declined to hear a defense to California’s Proposition 8 which defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman. They said proponents of the law l... Read more
The case against Plan B June 17, 2013 by Justin Ramey
Caving to political pressure from the left, the Obama administration has approved the sale of “Plan B One-Step,” to children of any age, without a prescription.  The decision comes less than two years after the President himself voiced concerns over 10 and 11-year-olds purchasing this so called morning after pill, “alongside the bubble gum or batteries.” Call it his... Read more
Exporting Deviancy June 11, 2013 by Richard Nelson
In his speech marking June as LGBTQ--Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning month, President Barack Obama listed a string of ways his administration has promoted LGBTQ acceptance in America. "My Administration is a proud partner in the journey toward LGBT equality. We extended hate crimes protections to include attacks based on sexual orientation or gender identity and repealed &l... Read more
Enter the Wonderland of moral relativism June 2, 2013 by Justin Ramey
Ever feel like you're Alice in Wonderland where everything is topsy turvy?  Two recent news stories put me into that fairy tale where I felt somewhere between the Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts. The first came from Florida, where an 18-year-old high school girl is being charged for having sexual relations with a 14-year-old.  It would be a non-story as, most would agree th... Read more
Treading on freedom May 25, 2013 by Justin Ramey
“Don’t tread on me.”  The motto, from a yellow flag with a coiled rattle snake, represents the courageous spirit of justice and freedom at our founding.  As a symbol believed to have originated on the drums of enlisting Marines during the Revolutionary War, it is fitting that we reflect upon its significance during this Memorial Day weekend. Ben Franklin said of ... Read more
Boys Scouts Lost May 24, 2013 by Richard Nelson
Yesterday, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) voted to allow openly homosexual boys to join the ranks. A surprising 61 percent of the 1400 voting members voted to ax the longstanding policy prohibiting Scouts from openly professing homosexuality. However, voting members were strongly pressured and lobbied by the national organization to do so. The national BSA in turn, caved into pressure by gay p... Read more
Dragging the bedroom into public for political points May 20, 2013 by Richard Nelson
  It is a common tactic of the gay political lobby to absolve homosexual behavior with some great achievement of a practiting homosexual. Roger Guffey recently wrote an op-ed in the May 18 edition of the Lexington Herald-Leader and dropped a great deal of ink on the page listing many homosexuals and some purported homosexuals who were successful in their various fields. While no seriou... Read more
Justice Department deporting home schoolers May 16, 2013 by Justin Ramey
A little covered news story from Tuesday caught my eye.  “Home Schooling German Family Fights Deportation” the headline ran.  Apparently, a German homeschool family, living in Tennessee for the past five years, has lost their appeal for asylum.  Their attorney has vowed to appeal again, but also noted in an interview, “We’re in the seventh inning, and we&r... Read more
Targeting political enemies May 15, 2013 by Richard Nelson
Revelations that the IRS targeted Tea Party and Patriot groups applying for nonprofit tax status has rocked the Obama administration and resulted in one high level official's departure. Earlier this evening, acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller was ousted in the wake of scandal that pits a powerful federal government against political opponents. Conservative groups, including the Kentucky ... Read more
Who can you trust? May 11, 2013 by Justin Ramey
Charles Spurgeon once noted, "A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes."  It’s a fitting analogy for the world we live in, a world where we must be eternally vigilant in our quest for truth and trust worthiness. During the past few days, Benghazi Hearings in Congress have revealed deliberate falsehoods from the highest levels of ... Read more
When the intolerant craft tolerance policy May 3, 2013 by Justin Ramey
Would you consult Congress for tips on how to live within your means and get out of debt?  Would you ask Rush Limbaugh for tips on humility?  Would you tap the wisdom of Lindsay Lohan for insight into self-control?  If so, you can stop reading now and invest your valuable time elsewhere. Still there?  Ok, get this, according to the Washington Post, the Pentagon last mon... Read more
President praises Planned Parenthood April 30, 2013 by Justin Ramey
In the face of troubling new revelations by Planned Parenthood, the President on Friday boldly proclaimed his unwavering support for the nation's largest abortion provider.  It seems supporters of abortion have always meticulously avoided the question of when life begins.  Then candidate Obama, famously claimed in the 2008 presidential election that the question was "abov... Read more
Hope in troubled times April 23, 2013 by Justin Ramey
Our hearts go out to the victims of senseless violence.  We bristle at the cruelty of the perpetrators, and we desperately search for a solution and safety for our own loved ones.  But how?  How do we ensure such safety. As congress debates gun control, the Department for Homeland Security amasses ammunition and armored vehicles, and the nation examines our immigration polic... Read more
Media shows bias in reporting on violence April 16, 2013 by Richard Nelson
Blood stains, severed limbs, the taking of innocent human life. Our nation is horrified by the terrorist attack in Boston yesterday, but what I just described is another case of cold-blooded killing that the national media has neglected to report. It is of the trial of Kermit Gosnell, the notorious late-term abortionist in Philadelphia who is accused of murdering a patient by administering a le... Read more
Sexual behavior shouldn't trump religious conviction March 25, 2013 by Richard Nelson
Last Friday, Governor Steve Beshear created a stir when he vetoed HB 279, the Religious Freedom Act. It passed both Houses by wide margins and was intended to put a greater burden on the state before it could infringe on somebody’s religious liberty. Interestingly, it was gay political organizations that objected the loudest. The ACLU and the Kentucky Equality Federation said it could jeo... Read more
GOP will go up in smoke if it becomes party of pot March 21, 2013 by Richard Nelson
Dear editor, David Adams op-ed: The GOP should be the party of cannabis, likens prohibition of drug use with an assault on liberty. His argument is predicated on the definition of liberty. If liberty means that one can do whatever they want without restraint then Adams has a point. But it is an argument foreign to our history. America’s Founding Fathers understood that choices have l... Read more
Sequestration not so bad March 11, 2013 by Justin Ramey
One week post sequestration, and the sky hasn't fallen.  In fact, it would appear crow is on the menu in Washington, as many of the dire pre-sequestration predictions are proving to be little more than political scare tactics, exaggerations, and even out right lies.    Turns out, Capitol janitors haven't been materially impacted, teachers haven't received pink s... Read more
Gay activists lobby Beshear to veto religious freedom bill March 8, 2013 by Richard Nelson
Before the ink was dry on the Kentucky Senate's passage of the Religious Freedom Act, gay rights groups sent a letter to Governor Steve Beshear asking him to veto the bill. They contend it will give people the right to discriminate against gays and lesbians. The letter said in part "House Bill 279 represents a clear and present danger to the gay and lesbian community and other minority... Read more
GOP incumbents on Dem chopping block March 5, 2013 by Richard Nelson
State House Democrats on the State Government Committee demonstrated exceptional solidarity on HB 2--the Incumbent Protection Plan otherwise known as the redistricting bill. What they could not achieve at the ballot box last November they accomplished by eliminating at least five opponents from the other party.  Eleven Republican State House members were moved into the same districts and w... Read more
Sequestration: scream in terror, or yawn and go back to bed? March 3, 2013 by Justin Ramey
The past weeks and months have brought us a steady stream of dire warnings from Washington.  In the waning days before Sequestration hit on Friday, the danger sirens and flashing lights blared as both political parties attempted to manipulate the situation to their own gain. Yet, for good or bad, there appears to be little real concern among most of the American people.  Perhaps they ... Read more
Pro-life bills die in House Committee February 28, 2013 by Richard Nelson
In the last 24 hours, Kentucky House Democrats voted to kill three bills that would protect and elevate the sanctity of human life. Another bill they supported would potentially suck the life out of many more who made it out of the womb--expanded gambling at the racetracks. This was their solution to shore up the faltering pension fund. So instead of making tough decisions like increasing the r... Read more
A National Conversation on Religious Liberty & Gay Rights February 25, 2013 by February 25, 2014
With the spate of religious liberty bills popping up in the legislatures of Tennessee, Arizona, and Kansas, outcry has arisen from the gay community about an attempt to undermine their rights, some even calling such legislation "Jim Crow" laws for homosexuals.  What these bills illustrate is the looming conflict over religious liberty and an expansive sexual worldview that wo... Read more
President's Day February 18, 2013 by Richard Nelson
    Today we celebrate two of our greatest presidents: Washington and Lincoln. One a Virginian. The other a Kentuckian. One fought to birth this nation. The other fought to hold it together. They are known today largely for their character, their convictions and the idea that freedom is worth fighting for.   So we celebrate their leadership of this great nation. Here is... Read more
Academic Genocide February 16, 2013 by Richard Nelson
Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holiday ruffled a few feathers last week when he likened the persistently failing Louisville schools to "academic genocide."  This is no verbal bomb thrown by a right winger. Rather, its a shot across the bow from the educational establishment's general. And as they say in the back forty, "he's not playin' around." ... Read more
Military becomes proving ground for social engineering January 31, 2013 by Richard Nelson
It is no secret that the U.S. Armed Forces have become a playground for left wing social engineers. In 2011, Don't Ask, Don't Tell was dropped and open and outward homosexual behavior was no longer grounds for expulsion. How this made our military stronger has yet to be explained. Just days ago, Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta announced that women will be able to serve in combat posi... Read more
Scouts honor? January 29, 2013 by Richard Nelson
A bombshell of abuse and cover up dropped on the Boy Scouts of America last October when secret files revealed 1200 cases of sexual abuse perpetrated by Scout masters. The abuse was documented from 1960 to 1985 and occurred across the United States. The 'Perversion Files," as they're known, are strong evidence for keeping out openly homosexual leaders. However, yesterday, the Boy S... Read more
Little Sisters get a win against Big Brother January 26, 2013
The Little Sisters of the Poor, a Catholic charities organization that runs nursing homes throughout the United States received a big win at the Supreme Court on Friday. Short of a full victory that many anticipate will come in June when the Court decides the HHS Mandate in full, on Friday, the organization received a step beyond a injunctive. What the Court decided on Friday is that all groups... Read more
Values at heart of gun debate January 17, 2013 by Richard Nelson
Guns have been the hottest topic of debate since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown Connecticut. In response to the horrific tragedy that has gripped our hearts, President Obama  issued yesterday 23 executive orders which expands background checks, increases school resource officers and addresses mental health issues. Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has called for school person... Read more
Three Illinois legislators facing criminal charges January 13, 2013 by West Kentucky Star
SPRINGFIELD, IL - When a new General Assembly takes the oath of office later in the day, its ranks will include three lawmakers facing criminal charges. Former state Rep. Derrick Smith heads back to Springfield on Wednesday. The Democrat was arrested on bribery charges and expelled last year, but voters put him back in office. Sen. Donne Trotter faces gun charges for allegedly bringin... Read more
CPC endorses Bam Carney January 4, 2013 by Commonwealth Policy Center
The Commonwealth Policy Center endorsed Bam Carney (R-Cambellsville) after he signed and agreed to fight for core principles integral to the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Rep. Carney has taken a strong stand for life, marriage, religious freedom and sound fiscal policies. He is also opposed to any gambling expansion. Rep. Carney is also running to become the minority whip in the state House. ... Read more
POLITICO touts Social Conservative Efforts January 3, 2013
The national publication, POLITICO, discussed the political efforts of social conservatives. Titled, "Social Conservative Make Big Money Plans," the article highlighted efforts by national family groups to help keep their party and their candiates accountable on issues related to the family. According to POLITICO, It’s all geared toward elevating the place of social issu... Read more
POLITICO touts Social Conservative Efforts January 3, 2013
The national publication, POLITICO, discussed the political efforts of social conservatives. Titled, "Social Conservative Make Big Money Plans," the article highlighted efforts by national family groups to help keep their party and their candiates accountable on issues related to the family. According to POLITICO, It’s all geared toward elevating the place of social... Read more
CPC endorse Gregory for special Senate election December 6, 2012 by Richard Nelson
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: December 6, 2012 Contact: Richard Nelson (270) 719-1640 Commonwealth Policy Center endorses Sara Beth Gregory for vacant state Senate seat   Cadiz, KY— The Commonwealth Policy Center endorsed State Representative Sara Beth Gregory (R-Monticello) for the 16th District state Senate seat today.  She will be facing Williamsburg school tea... Read more
1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation November 21, 2012 by Abraham Lincoln
National Day of Thanksgiving Proclamation October 3, 1863 By the President of the United States   The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a... Read more
Kentucky Family Values November 6, 2012 by Richard Nelson
The Super PAC calling itself Kentucky Family Values has run some vicious ads against Republican candidates. Demeaning a political opponent is not a Kentucky value. Nor is  a hefty chunk of  the money used to fund the ads from Kentucky. According to a recent election finance report, James Wilkes, Tampa, Fla., and Timothy McHugh, Rolling Hills, Califormia, of the law firm Wilkes & M... Read more
Test of Fire November 2, 2012
Please take a moment and check out this video that puts the 2012 election into perspective. It takes 3 minutes and it will move you. After you watch it, please share it with your friends.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnYf1t5ZTCM&feature=youtu.be ... Read more
Letter to Editor regarding Graves County Voter Guide October 25, 2012 by Richard Nelson
Here is a letter to the Mayfield Messenger regarding the voter guide we recently inserted into that paper. One of the candidates is claiming they never received the questionnaire. I still haven't heard back from the editor as to whether they will publish the letter. So here it is for all to see.   Dear Editor, The voter guide that we inserted into your newspaper has created... Read more
Smoking not the biggest health hazard inside strip clubs October 19, 2012 by Richard Nelson
Earlier in the week the Lexington Herald-Leader reported that  Lexington strip clubs were not complying with the city’s eight year old smoking ban. I’ll go out on a limb and say that smoking inside these clubs isn’t the most serious offense. At what point did we decide that the air quality inside a strip club was more important than how women are treated on their premises... Read more
Party Platforms October 11, 2012 by Commonwealth Policy Center
Just in case you were wondering, there is a difference between Democrat and Republican party platforms. On foundational issues of abortion, marriage, taxes and redistributing wealth, there is a stark contrast between the two parties. Click on the links below to read the 2012 platforms in their entirety: Democrat Party   http://www.democrats.org/democratic-national-platform Republ... Read more
Presidential debate October 3, 2012 by Richard Nelson
Mitt Romney won yesterday's debate so handily that left of center media spent much of the day trying to explain why President Obama's performance was less than stellar.  It could be summed up by one of Romney's lines: "Mr. President, you are entitled to your own airplane, your own house, but not your own facts."   Obama criticized Romney's tax plan as increasing the deficit. ... Read more
Implications of gay marriage real September 25, 2012 by Richard Nelson
State Senator Perry Clark (D-Louisville) recently told CN2 Pure Politics that gay marriage isn't the issue it was in 2004 when it was placed on the ballot. Clark, who is up for reelection this year, has migrated from his conservative roots and is supporting among other things, legalizing marijuana for medicinal use. He's also advocating  gay marriage and says people are softening o... Read more
al Qaeda, the elections and civility September 18, 2012 by Richard Nelson
In the wake of violent unrest in the Middle East, it is hard to not reflect on what we have in terms of civility in our public square. As most know, our Ambassador, Chris Stevens, was killed after the U.S. Embassy in Libya was stormed by militia on September, 11. Three other Americans were killed in the attack and riots are taking place from Tunisia to Malaysia. A 14 minute low budget film calle... Read more
Geary taking a gamble on slots August 31, 2012 by Richard Nelson
Ellis Park owner Ron Geary announced that he is opening up a new facility today in Henderson that will house 187 "instant racing" machines. They are just like slot machines but purportedly based on previously run horse races.  If they are anything like Kentucky Downs "instant racing" machines they have names like Yukon Wilie's Gold Rush and work like a regular slot machine... Read more
Political storm brewing August 27, 2012 by Richard Nelson
Tropical Storm Isaac is drenching the GOP National Convention resulting in postponement of activities for a day. Prediction: this storm will bring it will be more than wet weather to the region. It is a useful metaphor to describe the escalating political fury and fiery rhetoric unleashed in recent weeks.   A super-PAC is charging Mitt Romney with the death of a cancer patient a... Read more
Do we need an anti-straight hate crimes law? August 15, 2012 by Richard Nelson
The news out of Washington D.C. earlier today was chilling. At 10:45 this morning an angry man shouting negative slurs about pro-family activity in the Family Research Council lobby opened fire and wounded a security guard. Floyd Corkins II was subdued and taken into custody. "But he was such a nice man"  his neighbors insisted.  Isn't that always the case when someone goes off... Read more
Romney gets his man August 11, 2012 by Richard Nelson
Earlier today Mitt Romney announced that Rep.Paul Ryan (R-WI) will be his VP running mate. The pick couldn't have been any better. Ryan is an articulate defender of founding principles, the right to life, and limited government. He understands that the fiscal mess and ballooning social programs that will burst in our lifetime need to be addressed. And now. Ryan has proposed bold solutions to fix ... Read more
Everyone is Talking About Chick-Fil-A August 6, 2012 by Andy French
Everyone is talking about Chik-Fil-A, and not about the food.  The recent controversy that has opened up around the same-sex marriage debate has demonstrated several important truths that conservatives must observe. First, being careful with our words is important in this overly-sensitive accusatory cultural climate.  We should be as wise as serpents and gentle as doves, avoiding inflam... Read more
Fairytales and Fiscal Responsibility: Can America have a "Happily Ever After"? August 3, 2012 by Kara Stivers
 Once upon a time, there were two small children who were abandoned by their father in the woods. Left on their own, they have a dangerous adventure involving a candy house, a hungry witch, and a hot oven. Eventually they find their way back to their now remorseful father, and the fairytale ends. As a child, I found the story of Hansel and Gretel unsatisfying. I was firmly convinced ... Read more
Dark Night Rising July 26, 2012 by Richard Nelson
It has been one of the saddest news cycles in recent times. Two men— one who thinks he’s the Joker and went on a killing rampage and another who hid behind a different mask and lured young boys into unthinkable acts, left our hearts heavy and our collective soul wounded. In such times, what does one say? The latter perpetrator was brought back into the public eye after NCAA officials ... Read more
The Great Depression or The Great Recovery? What Do the Statistics Say? July 24, 2012 by Nathan Gibson
Can you remember all the way back to when gas prices were only $1.33? Was that five years ago? Ten? More? Actually, gas prices in Kentucky were $1.33 when President Obama took office, and since then have skyrocketed more than 240%.1 Everyone has felt the effects of the recent recession (negative effects, that is, except perhaps in the case of a foreclosure lawyer), so it should be no surpri... Read more
Charter Schools and the Commonwealth: The Race for Meaningful Education Reform July 18, 2012 by Kara Stivers
Despite being known for its fast horses, Kentucky has been slow in the race to meaningful education reform.  The inability of the Kentucky legislature to pass recent charter school legislation is just one example of its failure to stay on track. Charter Schools are tuition-free public schools that have been freed from certain rules in exchange for improving student achievement.1 Curr... Read more
Commonwealth Policy PAC gets favorable coverage from public radio July 11, 2012 by Richard Nelson
  Robby Mills was recently interview by Kenny Colston of WFPL in Louisville. We continue to get favorable coverage. To read a transcript of the report, go to:  http://wfpl.org/post/conservative-kentucky-think-tank-starts-political-action-committee... Read more
ACA Ruling July 2, 2012 by Richard Nelson
Now that the dust has settled over the Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) its time to discern where we stand and also ask how did reliably conservative justice John Roberts side with the consistently liberal wing of the court?  Roberts rejected the Obama administration's interstate commerce arguement  but said instead it was still OK because it was a tax.  Under A... Read more
Rally for Religious Freedom June 8, 2012 by Richard Nelson
 Rally for Religious Freedom at Moreland Park Owensboro, June 8, 2012  Remarks by Richard Nelson of the Commonwealth Policy Center: Good afternoon. It is good to see so many here today to gather and rally to support our most precious freedom—freedom of religion, actually the right to life is the most precious, but religious freedom is right up there. It is good to see many deno... Read more
What does Walker's victory mean for November? June 6, 2012 by Richard Nelson
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker pulled a big win in yesterday's recall election beating Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett by a 53-46 margin. I actually met the guy in 1997 when I briefly worked for another legislator in the Wisconsin Capitol. After Walker left a colleague said to me "he's going to be governor someday." Boy was he right--and elected twice within less than two years. In 2010 Wal... Read more
Primary Analysis May 25, 2012 by Richard Nelson
Primary update The biggest news in the Kentucky primary was that Barack Obama was beaten in 67 counties by a candidate named “Uncommitted.” If it weren’t for Lexington and Louisville, he would have lost Kentucky.  Political science guru, Larry Sabato, who heads the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, called the showing “embarrassing.&rdq... Read more
Can Prayer Help in San Bernadino? May 15, 2012 by Staff
Wednesday December 2nd became another day in American history that is not tallied in a calendar sent out to place on your desk. It was not a date that people will ask themselves, “where were you on Wednesday, December 2nd?” It’s not a moment in history that is something worth celebrating. But when this date is recalled and the events that took place, it will be remembered as a... Read more