kentucky politics

David Blee And The Power Of The Mentor

(Editor’s note: David Cooper Blee died on Dec. 29 at the age of 66. Among other things, in his professional life he was vice president of Runnymede Farm in Paris, Ky., an internationally recognized expert in the field of nuclear energy, and an advocate for the Thoroughbred industry through his involvement with the Kentucky Equine […]

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The Friday Show: Derby Talk And Synthetic Moves

We’re fast approaching the most important prep races on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. This weekend features the 2015 debut of American Pharoah, the colt that could go favored on the first Saturday in May. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick share their thoughts on the Derby contenders […]

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Racing At Every Convenience Store: Cummings’ EquiLottery Bid Takes Stage In Kentucky

Like Robert F. Kennedy and George Bernard Shaw before him, Brad Cummings is one of those people who doesn’t see things and ask “Why?” but dreams of things and asks “Why not?” I got to know Cummings during the 4 1/2 years we worked together on the Paulick Report. He was the perfect partner when […]

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Churchill’s Donation to Conservative-Based PAC Could Jeopardize Gambling Bill

Passing legislation that would allow casino-style gambling in Kentucky has been impossible for many years, as supporters of past proposals would certainly attest. One of the strongest supporters of allowing expanded gambling has been Churchill Downs Inc. However, as the Louisville Courier-Journal reports, a $100,000 donation made by the track to a conservative-based political action […]

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The Breeders’ Cup Forum: Elisabeth Jensen

Elisabeth Jensen is the Democratic frontrunner to face first-term Republican Rep. Andy Barr in Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District in 2014. Jensen, who announced her candidacy in June, is president and co-founder with horseman Bill Casner of the Race for Education, a non-profit organization that has provided over $5 million in scholarships and educational programs. Originally […]

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Race for Education President to Run for Congress

Elisabeth Jensen, President of the Race for Education and a Lexington Democrat, confirmed in a recent interview with Pure Politics that she will run for Congress in 2014 in Ky.’s 6th District for the chance to challenge Republican Andy Barr. Jensen indicated that her first fundraiser will be on July 8, and will by hosted […]

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Beshear: Gaming bill in doubt over racetrack opposition

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear expressed doubts Tuesday about whether an expanded gambling bill would be filed this legislative session because of opposition from some of the state’s racetracks. The Lexington Herald-Leader reported Beshear as saying that while horse owners and breeders support a vote on a constitutional amendment, racetracks including Keeneland, The Red Mile, and […]

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Damon Thayer’s comeback and the future of gaming in Kentucky

A couple weeks ago, multi-term Kentucky State Sen. Damon Thayer completed an unlikely turnaround of political fortunes when he was elected Majority Leader of the Kentucky Senate. It wasn’t even a year ago that the embattled Republican senator from Georgetown had been tossed aside by his caucus when then-Senate President David Williams effectively squashed Senate […]

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Williams appointed to judgeship, will step down from KY Senate

Kentucky State Senate President David Williams will resign his post in Frankfort to accept a judicial appointment by Gov. Steve Beshear, according to a report from the Louisville Courier-Journal. The appointment marks the end of Williams’ 27-year legislative career and nearly 13 years where he was often Frankfort’s dominant political force as president of the […]

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