Tag Archives: alcohol

Do We Really Need Drunk Voters?

A Senate bill that would increase the amount of income a restaurant bar can derive from alcohol sales now has an amendment to it that would also allow alcohol sales on election days. Both the original bill, Senate Bill 40, introduced by Sen. John Schickel, R-Union, and the amendment, which comes from a House bill […]

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London Voters Defeat Liquor Sales Push

Congratulations to the citizens of London on the defeat of a push to allow packaged liquor sales. On March 6, 54 percent of voters in a special election in London voted against the sales. It was the third city in southeastern Kentucky that have long been dry to deal with efforts to expand alcohol sales […]

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Corbin Voters Approve Package Liquor Sales

Unlike voters in Barbourville who voted down alcohol sales last week, voters in the city of Corbin  decided in a local option election Tuesday to allow package liquor sales by a vote of 887-789. According to the Whitley County clerk, less than 33 percent of eligible voters cast ballots. We can’t help but wonder what […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Milburn Delivers Public Affairs Report

In this video, Kentucky Baptist Convention Committee on Public Affairs Chairman Kevin Milburn delivers the 2011 report to messengers attending the KBC Annual Meeting at Florence Baptist Church at Mt. Zion on Nov. 15, 2011. Here’s the written version of his report as it appeared in the 2011 KBC Book of Reports: Committee on Public […]

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Owen County Votes to Remain Dry

This just in from the Kentucky Ethics League: We are extremely pleased to report that the voters of Owen County have rejected the proposal to expand alcohol sales in the county. The vote was held yesterday, July 26. Although a larger voter turnout was expected, only 44 percent of registered voters cast their ballots. The […]

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State Parks May Soon Be Selling Alcohol

Kentucky moved a big step closer to having alcohol sales at state parks last week when state lawmakers heard plans to do just that in a meeting of the Economic Development and Tourism Committee. The state has applied for licenses to allow alcohol sales at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park in Prestonsburg, General Butler State […]

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Alcohol Expansion Doesn’t Have to be Forever

Following local-option elections last month that saw two of three ballot initiatives to expand alcohol sales in the affected communities, Don Cole, executive director for the Kentucky Ethics League prepared these guidelines to help citizens continue to be a positive influence on the issue in those communities where expansion was approved: With the abundance of […]

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League Reports on Alcohol, Legislative Issues

The KBC Committee on Public Affairs has recently received the following information from Don Cole, executive director of the Kentucky League on Alcohol and Gambling Programs (Kentucky Ethics League), regarding upcoming alcohol sales expansion petitions in Kentucky and legislation pending in the General Assembly: OWENTON — Efforts to expand the availability of alcohol in Owenton […]

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Alcohol Expansion Petitions Being Filed

The KBC Committee on Public Affairs has recently received the following report from Don Cole, executive director or the Kentucky League on Alcohol and Gambling Programs (Kentucky Ethics League), regarding upcoming alcohol sales expansion petitions in Kentucky: The Kentucky League on Alcohol & Gambling Problems has been informed that a petition for a local option […]

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No Shortage of Bad Bills in 2011

It’s amazing the amount of bad legislation that gets proposed in the Kentucky General Assembly. Some proposals just take your breath away in terms of their foolishness. Here are just a couple: House Bill 299 – This bill, introduced by Rep. Arnold Simpson, District 65 (Kenton County), would permit the sale of alcohol on any election […]

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20 Percent Say They’ve Driven After Drinking

If there were any doubt that the continuing expansion of alcohol use in the United States is a major problem and health risk, the release of survey results by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration should help to settle the question. The recently released findings from a 2008 NHTSA survey indicate that as many as […]

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