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Update from the 2017 Kentucky legislative session

By Tom Troth, Legislative Agent Kentucky Baptist Convention The members of the General Assembly have left Frankfort and returned to their home districts for the 10-day veto recess. They will return at noon on March 29, 2017, for two more days to deal with any potential Gubernatorial vetoes and to pass additional legislation. There were […]

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Casino gambling bill once again fails to move forward in the Kentucky General Assembly

By Tom Troth With only four legislative days remaining in the 2016 session, as Kentucky Baptists, I believe we can once again give thanks to God that a bill to expand casino gambling in the Commonwealth of Kentucky has failed to gain traction. Senate Bill 144, co-sponsored by Morgan McGarvey and Julie Raque-Adams would have […]

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Newspapers credit Ky. Baptists with gambling bill kill

Kentucky Baptist efforts urging opposition to gambling expansion coupled with strong Baptist influence in Frankfort have been cited by two large daily newspapers as the reason gambling bills can’t make it out of the General Assembly. From a story posted on kybaptist.org: LOUISVILLE — Two of Kentucky’s largest newspapers have run stories probing why a […]

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Chitwood, Hutcheson discuss gambling battle with ERLC’s Walker

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ERLC Analysis Points Out Criminal, Economic Impacts of Gambling

The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission has posted an excellent analysis piece on gambling.  Read it in its entirety here. Kentucky political leaders have argued that gambling will be a boon to the economy. Evidence indicates otherwise. Some key points from the ERLC analysis: Gambling Contributes to Crime and Corruption The growth of crime in […]

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Push to legalize casinos faltering

A legislative proposal to legalize casinos in Kentucky appears to be in serious trouble. The Associated Press reported Monday night that Republican Caucus Chairman Dan Seum has told Capitol reporters the measure doesn’t have enough votes to pass. Kentucky Baptist Convention Executive Director Paul Chitwood, who is leading a campaign against expanded gambling, said he’s […]

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EDITORIAL: Anyone else tired of the expanded gambling issue?

The following editorial by Todd Deaton appears in this week’s edition of the Western Recorder. Here we go again! It seems like this is the umpteenth time our governor and a small group of legislators have pushed for casinos in Kentucky, attempting to make them palatable by tying them to horseracing, education, the state’s budget […]

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Tune In Alert: Chitwood on 800 WHVU in the a.m.

KBC Executive Director Paul Chitwood will be a guest on the Tom Roten Show on 800 WHVU (Huntington, WV) at 8:04 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6 to discuss efforts to oppose the expansion of gambling in Kentucky. Tune in to listen here.

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Chitwood Issues Call to Action on Gambling

LOUISVILLE–Kentucky Baptist Convention Executive Director Paul Chitwood is making his case against casinos in a double-barreled offensive intended to encourage evangelical Christians to speak out against gambling legislation pending in the General Assembly. A bulletin insert is also available for download. Chitwood is speaking directly to the 750,000 members of the Kentucky Baptist Convention through a […]

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Letter to the Editor: Reject Gambling

The following letter to the editor appears in the January 16, 2014 edition of the Courier-Journal. The letter was written by James A. Smith, Sr. of Louisville. There are at least two good reasons Kentuckians should reject Gov. Steve Beshear’s latest attempt to introduce casino gambling to our state. First, it’s terrible public policy to […]

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Family Foundation: Gambling measure ‘DOA’

The Family Foundation  of Kentucky had this to say about Gov. Steve Beshear’s latest proposal to expand gambling: LEXINGTON—The Family Foundation said that Gov. Steve Beshear’s proposal in tonight’s State of the Commonwealth address to seek another Constitutional amendment to expand gambling was unrealistic and at odds with many of his other proposals. “The General […]

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Chitwood expresses concern over new gambling push

In response to Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear’s State of the Commonwealth address Jan. 7, Paul Chitwood, executive director-treasurer of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, voiced his concern about the latest push to expand gambling in Kentucky. “I’m disappointed that the governor is again pushing to legalize casinos in our state,” Chitwood said. “This proposal, while garnished […]

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Louisville Representative Files Bills To Allow Eight Casinos in Kentucky

The Louisville Courier-Journal is reporting that Rep. Larry Clark (D-Louisville) has filed bills in anticipation of the 2014 legislative session that would expand gambling in eight locations across the state, including five racetracks. According to the CJ, one of the bills is a constitutional amendment allowing casino gambling.

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Oral Arguments Set for Instant Racing Case

The Kentucky Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the instant racing case on August 21 at 10 a.m. When a trial court was deciding whether or not new “instant racing” video machines at racetracks are legal, the Kentucky Family Foundation was barred from asking questions or presenting evidence. The Family Foundation challenged the trial […]

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From Christianity Today: Study Reveals Casinos Ruin Cities

A recent post on ChristianityToday.com goes a long way towards debunking the myth that casinos offer economic salvation to floundering cities.  Among the facts: 1. Casinos are inwardly-focused by design. They are made so that customers go in and don’t come out. The idea that casinos boost nearby businesses is a myth. 2. Casinos primarily […]

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Kentucky Family Foundation Files Response Briefs in Instant Racing Case

Yesterday the Family Foundation of Kentucky filed its response briefs in the Kentucky Supreme Court “Instant Racing” case. When a trial court was deciding whether or not new “instant racing” video machines at racetracks are legal, the Kentucky Family Foundation was barred from asking questions or presenting evidence. The Family Foundation challenged the trial court’s […]

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Ky. Horse Racing Commission Approves New ‘Instant Racing’ Games

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission approved four new “instant racing” games and forty machines for the parlor at Kentucky Downs. While the commission an Kentucky horse racing tracks insist the ‘instant racing’ games are perfectly legal forms of pari-mutuel wagering, the games bear an uncanny resemblance to slot machines, which are illegal in Kentucky. See […]

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New Organization Launching to Fight Predatory Gambling

A new organization aimed at opposing the expansion of gambling in Kentucky is launching next week. Stop Predatory Gambling will host a launch event on Wednesday, March 6 at 11:30 a.m. in the Capitol Rotunda.  All supporters, lawmakers and media are invited to attend. Joy Bolton, Executive Director-Treasurer of the Kentucky Woman’s Missionary Union, is […]

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Stumbo is Betting On Expanded Gambling to Solve Pension Woes

UPDATE: The bill has been rejected by the Senate. Click here to read more. House leaders are betting on expanded gambling to solve problems with Kentucky’s pension system. House leaders are floating a new scheme that would rely on revenue from so-called “instant racing” – which are really just poorly-disguised slot machines – and online […]

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General Assembly Preparing for Session; Now Is the Time to Call

The General Assembly will gather in Frankfort Jan. 8 – 11 to organize for the session, which begins Feb. 8.  Now is an excellent time to call your legislator and let him or her know your stand on key issues, particularly the expansion of gambling, and life ethics. Gov. Beshear has made it clear he […]

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