The Battle Continues Between Bevin, Beshear and the Mainstream Media

CONTACT: Brandon Porter, 270-576-1755

DATE: January 26, 2017

NOTE: Audio Clips are available

The war of words between the Governor and Attorney General rose to new levels on Wednesday as Governor Bevin took exception to a story by Deborah Yetter in the Courier Journal saying that Attorney General Andy Beshear is defending the ultrasound bill recently passed in the General Assembly and signed by the Governor.

Governor Bevin said that Beshear’s request to be removed from the case shows he has no real intentions of defending either of the new pro-life laws, “He filed a motion stating he was taking no position and so he does not intend to defend either one of them.”  Gov. Bevin asserts the Attorney General is responding to the pressure of his political party rather than defending the laws of Kentucky, “The bottom line is there was a lot of pressure on him to not defend these and it’s from the people that support him and other liberals. I think he buckled to them rather than to the will of the people of Kentucky and that’s unfortunate, it’s irresponsible, and it’s a slap in the face to the taxpayers of Kentucky.”

In a statement released Wednesday afternoon Attorney General Beshear wrote, “My office is actively defending agencies sued over House Bill 2. In doing so, we have taken the most aggressive action possible, moving to have the entire case dismissed as to those agencies.”

In a Facebook Live post on Wednesday Governor Bevin took aim at the mainstream media. In a Wednesday afternoon interview with Richard Nelson of the Commonwealth Policy Center, Bevin said, “If something can be retweeted, reposted, liked, forwarded, or flagged that’s what it’s about. So more and more of the traditional media have become more and more tabloid like. Whether it’s true or whether it’s not true as long as it’s sensational and it gets people talking that’s what leads the charge now.” He says people should do their own investigating and that is the reason he’s using social media, “Don’t assume we or anything any individual says as straight up truth. Make your own interpretation as best as you see fit, but rather than waiting for something to be spun and then to be spun back to the truth we’ve just taken it straight to people through social media.”

Bevin’s video has been viewed more than 60,000 times on Facebook.


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Is Expanding Gambling Worth the Risk? January 9, 2018 by Brandon Porter

Being a state that is closely tied to the horse racing industry, it’s not a surprise that expanded gambling is frequently discussed in Kentucky.  Even more, it’s no surprise this issue comes up when the woes of Kentucky’s economy are mentioned.  Keeping those things in mind, there are a few questions we should ask.

Would expanded gambling improve the work ethic of Kentuckians?

The prosperity of the Commonwealth is built on the hard work and ingenuity of previous generations.  It’s the only way the Commonwealth will be shared with the generations to come.  The Apostle Paul said if anyone is unwilling to work, he shouldn’t be allowed to eat.  The allurement of easy riches doesn’t promote the valuable principle of hard work.

Would expanded gambling promote false hope to Kentuckians?

When you think of a skilled trade, what comes to mind?  A vocational school would never teach the trade of learning to pick lottery numbers or how to play a slot machine. 

Hopefully, students go to school to learn a skill or trade with the understanding that they will use this ability to provide for themselves and others.  Gambling is built on the hope that the next coin, the next ticket, the next race, or the next pull of the lever will pay huge dividends.

Should the state government partner with an institution that could contribute to addiction?

Race tracks and casinos are usually established through state sponsored incentives.  This is different than an industry that is regulated by state government, because it is the state government partnering with a business a business that could cause harm to citizens.

Did you know the National Center for Responsible Gaming estimates 1.2 million Americans struggling with gambling addictions annually.  Compare that to the 600,000 people that the Center for Disease Control say die from cancer each year?  This means there are twice as many families affected by gambling addiction than by cancer.  Whether we hear about them or not, gambling addictions are prevalent in the United States.

Yes, there are rebuttals to each of these questions.  Yes, expanded gaming is legal in states that border Kentucky.  Yes, there might be tax revenue generated by expanded gambling sites. But is it worth the risk to the overall health of Kentucky in this generation and for the ones to come?

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