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Instant Racing Decision Overturned

The Kentucky Court of Appeals has sent a lawsuit over the constitutionality of “instant racing” machines back to the circuit court level after ruling that the rules of pre-trial discovery were violated when the court first heard the case. The Family Foundation had sought to participate in a lawsuit over the Kentucky Racing Commission’s decision […]

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Casinos Coming in Through Back Door

While we celebrate the fact that Gov. Steve Beshear’s latest effort to bring seven casinos to Kentucky failed miserably in the state senate, it’s important to realize that one casino already exists at the Kentucky Downs racetrack in Franklin and is quietly continuing to grow. In this post from The Gambling Notepad blog, gambling issue […]

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Here are the Voting Details on the Casino Bill

Here’s how Kentucky senators voted on the casino gambling bill yesterday. Senate Bill 151, which would have given Senate approval to placing a constitutional amendment on the November ballot allowing up to seven casinos across the Commonwealth, needed to receive 23 votes (three-fifths of the senators) in order to move the proposal along to the […]

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Casino Bill Goes Down to Defeat

The Kentucky Senate has voted 21-16 to defeat a proposal that could have led to as many as seven casinos operating to drain the Kentucky economy of more than a billion dollars each year. Many thanks are owed to all of those courageous senators who stood up to the tremendous pressure that was exerted by […]

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Governor Finally Unveils Casino Plan

Gov. Steve Beshear’s long awaited casino gambling bill has finally been unveiled nearly halfway through the General Assembly’s 60-day session. He and Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, announced the plan in a press conference in the capitol rotunda today. As expected, it is a terrible bill that calls for a constitutional amendment allowing up to  seven […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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‘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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Chitwood to Pray Before Governor’s Speech

Dr. Paul Chitwood, executive director of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, will be leading the opening prayer for a joint session of the state General Assembly called to hear the governor’s annual State of the Commonwealth address at 7 p.m. Eastern tonight (Jan. 4) at the state capitol building in Frankfort. The speech will air on […]

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Something’s Smelling Mighty Bad in Frankfort

The big gambling corporations think they are smelling victory on bringing casinos to Kentucky and it’s an odor that stinks to high heavens. The gamblers are planning to go all out this coming legislative session to win approval to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot for voters in November.  They think they have what […]

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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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Racetrack Unilaterally Expands Gambling

It’s a sad day in the commonwealth as Kentucky Downs in Franklin unilaterally expands gambling without legislative or voter approval. The racetrack today opens a new gambling parlor with 200 “instant racing” machines. The racetrack is trying to claim that these machines are somehow “parimutuel” games because users are really just betting on old horse […]

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Guest Post: New Push for Gambling

By Ivan Zabilka Sorting out the political rhetoric in a Kentucky gubernatorial campaign is Byzantine in nature.  Senate President David Williams, the Republican candidate, said last week that there were enough votes in the Senate to place casinos on the ballot a year from November.  He challenged the governor to get the Democratic controlled House […]

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‘Instant Racing’ Ruling Being Appealed

A circuit judge’s ruling last month that said it was okay to use slot machine-like devices to bet on old horse races is being appealed to the Kentucky Court of Appeals by the Family Foundation of Kentucky. Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate ruled Dec. 28 in an opinion sought by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and […]

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Judge Says Betting on Dead Horses Okay

A Kentucky judge pushed the state farther down the path to allowing slot machines at racetracks Dec. 28 when he ruled that slot machine-like electronic games that have gamblers betting on “old” horse races can be considered to be parimutuel betting. Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate, in an opinion sought by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission […]

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