A nonprofit publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Billy Reed: All-Star Game moved from Atlanta but there’s surely a way to call attention to Georgia mess

By now just about everyone knows that Rob Manfred, the commissioner of Major League Baseball, has ordered the All-Star Game moved from Atlanta to Denver to protest Georgia’s new laws that encourage voter suppression. The decision was driven by the Players’ Association, which has many African-American and Hispanic members, and supported by Atlanta-based multi-national corporations such as Coca-Cola...

Bill Straub: A very good case can be made for mail-in ballots, but not everyone wants more turnout

When he hasn’t been fulminating over governmental overreach in addressing the coronavirus crisis or gnashing his teeth into dust over the pending economic recovery package, Rep. Thomas Massie has been using his copious free time to warn against the potential “end of our republic as we know it. And that menace on the cusp of achieving what the likes of Jefferson Davis and the Axis powers dreamed...

Bill Straub: Comity, progress gone, we must protect voting rights to hold on to democratic process

If you’re black or brown or poor, it’s obvious now that Senate Republican Leader Mitch “Root-‘n-Branch’’ McConnell couldn’t care less about your sacred right to vote. House Bill 1 in the 116th Congress is titled the For the People Act, and is intended to address many of the glaring deficiencies in the nation’s electoral system. It strengthens campaign finance laws, establishes new...

Attorney general launches new initiative to fight proliferation of voter-suppression laws

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A new initiative to protect Kentuckians from potential voter suppression during Tuesday’s primary election was announced last week by Attorney General Andy Beshear. Beshear said voter-suppression laws are springing up across the nation to disproportionately exclude low-income, minority and disabled voters, so Kentucky must have a sustained commitment to fight such laws....