Author Archives: KBC Public Affairs

Barbourville Citizens Vote to Remain Dry

Congratulations to the citizens of Barbourville on their decision yesterday to block alcohol sales in the city. City residents rejected a push to make Barbourville wet by a tally of 55 percent “no” to 45 percent “yes,” according to The Mountain Advocate newspaper in Knox County. Final vote tallies for the local option election were […]

Posted in Alcohol | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Louisville Starts Year with 283 Abortions

According to the latest statistics provided by Right to Life of Louisville (part of Kentucky Right to Life), an estimated 283 abortions were performed at the state’s largest abortion clinic in Louisville in January. The abortions were performed at the EMW Women’s Surgical Center in downtown Louisville. The clinic is one of two in the […]

Posted in Life | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Life You Save Might Be Your Own

University of the Cumberlands President James Taylor recently wrote a powerful letter to the editor to the News Journal in Corbin urging citizens to vote against bringing alcohol into Williamsburg in a local option election on March 20. The message is a good one for citizens throughout Kentucky to hear: U of C President says […]

Posted in Alcohol | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Resolution Opposes Gambling Expansion

The Crittenden Baptist Association recently approved a strongly-worded resolution opposing gambling expansion proposals in the Kentucky General Assembly. Here’s the text: We the churches of the Crittenden Baptist Association, members of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, and the Southern Baptist Convention, do admonish you the legislative and executive branches of this great Commonwealth of Kentucky, to […]

Posted in Gambling | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Alcohol Votes a Symptom of Deeper Problem

The (Louisville) Courier-Journal had an interesting article Feb. 5 discussing how communities in Kentucky that have traditionally been dry are feeling more and more pressure to allow alcohol sales or to expand those sales under a relentless barrage of pressure from the alcohol industry. Barbourville voters go to the polls on Tuesday and elections in […]

Posted in Alcohol | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Responses

Slot Machines: The Big Gamble

Gov. Steve Beshear has put off submitting his gambling expansion bill for a few more days to allow the courts to settle legislature redistricting issues which have delayed the filing deadline for candidates for General Assembly seats. State senators and representatives are always leery of taking controversial stands before the filing deadline because they want […]

Posted in Gambling | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Response

Call Your Senator TODAY on Gambling Issue

The politicking over bringing more gambling to Kentucky is getting hot and heavy. Gov. Steve Beshear said Monday that he believes he has the 23 votes he needs to get a bill calling for a constitutional amendment on expanded gambling through the state Senate. The Family Foundation of Kentucky says its count of senators shows […]

Posted in Gambling | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

No Easy Money Found in Gambling Expansion

Right click here to download this video. The Committee on Public Affairs has just released two anti-gambling expansion videos that take an entertainment approach to communicating the message that gambling expansion is a bad idea for Kentucky. The videos feature magician David Garrard, minister to children at St. Matthews Baptist Church in Louisville. Each video […]

Posted in Gambling, Uncategorized | Tagged | Leave a comment

‘Over the River’ Gambling Estimates Inflated

Expanded gambling proponents often talk about the need to recapture Kentucky money going “across the river” to Indiana and Ohio casinos as justification for adding casinos in Kentucky. The flawed logic used to make this claim is that if there are casinos on the Kentucky side of the river, gamblers will stay at home and […]

Posted in Gambling, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Governor, Senator Ready With Casinos Bill

News media are reporting that Gov. Steve Beshear has come to an agreement with Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, on the language for a bill calling for a constitutional amendment to expand gambling. The governor has previously said that he wants an amendment that would allow up to nine casinos across the state. Thayer has not […]

Posted in Gambling | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Gambling Studies: Math in Fantasyland

Gambling industry expert Ivan Zabilka* recently wrote a blog post about the latest gambling industry “study” about the economic impact of expanded gambling.  His post shows how the industry seeks to manipulate the economic numbers for its purposes in a kind of “math in fantasyland” fashion. Here are Ivan’s thoughts from his blog, The Gambling […]

Posted in Gambling | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Big Casino Brother is Watching You

When you see the letters CSI, your first thought might be of the popular television show set in Las Vegas that follows its stars through a “crime scene investigation.” That CSI is fiction but the real-life CSI is much more ominous. It stands for “Casino Share Intelligence” and describes how the ATM vendors at casinos […]

Posted in Gambling, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Casino Prayer Getting Lots of Attention

A prayer by a Kentucky Baptist pastor is getting a lot of attention here in Kentucky these days. Dr. Hershael York, pastor of Buck Run Baptist Church in Frankfort and a former Kentucky Baptist Convention president, had the opportunity to pray just before a joint session of the Kentucky General Assembly on Jan. 17. The […]

Posted in Gambling, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bill Expands Alcohol Sales in Restaurants

Kentucky Ethics League Executive Director Don Cole has expressed concern over bills now in the General Assembly to expand alcohol sales in restaurants across Kentucky. Here’s his message: As I have stated many times before, the alcohol industry is never satisfied. Several years ago, two bills were passed that allow the selling of alcohol by […]

Posted in Alcohol | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Responses

Gambling Expert: Casinos Will Hurt State

The following is an excerpt of a blog written by Ivan Zabilka*, an expert on the gambling industry’s efforts to bring casinos in Kentucky. It originally appeared on his blog, The Gambling Notepad. Historically casino proponents in Kentucky have resorted to distorting polls and working up biased reports… A former governor, Julian Carroll, once famously […]

Posted in Gambling | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Associations Stand Against Gambling

Two Kentucky Baptist associations have taken action in the past week to oppose gambling expansion efforts: The South District Baptist Association Executive Board voted unanimously Jan. 9 to oppose an expansion of gambling in the Commonwealth and have communicated the association’s stand to area legislators. Jim Clontz serves as director of missions in this association. […]

Posted in Gambling, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Louisville Abortions Top 3,600 for 2011

According to the latest statistics provided by Right to Life of Louisville (part of Kentucky Right to Life), an estimated 284 abortions were performed at the state’s largest abortion clinic in Louisville in December. That brings the estimated total for the year to 3,651. The abortions were performed at the EMW Women’s Surgical Center in […]

Posted in Life, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Response

Sharing the Facts on Gambling Suffering

Interested in taking a deeper look at the false claims made by the gambling industry in its efforts to expand gambling across the nation (including Kentucky)? Check out the online book Suffering: the Pain that Casinos Cause by Ivan Zabilka. The book considers 11 propositions frequently stated by gambling proponents in their public effort to introduce […]

Posted in Gambling, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Expanded Gambling Will Only Bring Suffering

Don Cole, executive director of the Kentucky Ethics League, recently spoke out about about Gov. Steve Beshear’s proposal for a constitutional amendment to allow up to nine casinos in Kentucky. Here’s what he had to say: Now is the time for the citizens of Kentucky to speak up and let their voices be heard. This […]

Posted in Gambling, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Prayer for the Commonwealth

KBC Executive Director Paul Chitwood was invited to offer the invocation for a joint session of the General Assembly gathered to hear the governor’s 2012 State of the Commonwealth Address on Jan. 4. Click here to see the video of the entire joint session with the governor’s speech. In part, Dr. Chitwood prayed: Lord let […]

Posted in Gambling, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment