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PP Attempts to Thwart Safety Regulation

LEXINGTON, KY--"The organization that talks about safe and legal abortions doesn't seem to care enough about safety to make sure that women get the care they need if something goes wrong," said a spokesman for The Family Foundation today. The comment came in response...

Some want our money at all costs

Opinion: By Martin Cothran, Senior Policy Analyst for The Family Foundation The gambling bill in the 2019 Session is dead, but the corruptive influence of the gambling industry never dies. In early February, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported that a prominent...

Historical Racing case is farcical

It’s a fact that these machines were operating LONG BEFORE there was a ruling. How the Kentucky judiciary had been allowing these “historical racing” slot machines to operate long before it ruled in the case is “Exhibit Number 1” of how the gambling industry corrupts...

HB 175: Massive gambling expansion bill fails!

Though it was described simply as a “Sports Wagering bill,” HB 175 would have had huge ramifications for Kentucky families. House Bill 175 was “advertised” in the General Assembly in Frankfort as the “Sports Wagering Bill” but it actually went way beyond its moniker....

Which path will the Court choose?

On Wednesday, February 27, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that will settle the fate of a nearly 100-year-old cross-shaped war memorial in Maryland. The Court also has an opportunity to clarify or change the legal standard to be applied in other...

PP Attempts to Thwart Safety Regulation

LEXINGTON, KY--"The organization that talks about safe and legal abortions doesn't seem to care enough about safety to make sure that women get the care they need if something goes wrong," said a spokesman for The Family Foundation today. The comment came in response...

Some want our money at all costs

Opinion: By Martin Cothran, Senior Policy Analyst for The Family Foundation The gambling bill in the 2019 Session is dead, but the corruptive influence of the gambling industry never dies. In early February, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported that a prominent...

Historical Racing case is farcical

It’s a fact that these machines were operating LONG BEFORE there was a ruling. How the Kentucky judiciary had been allowing these “historical racing” slot machines to operate long before it ruled in the case is “Exhibit Number 1” of how the gambling industry corrupts...

HB 175: Massive gambling expansion bill fails!

Though it was described simply as a “Sports Wagering bill,” HB 175 would have had huge ramifications for Kentucky families. House Bill 175 was “advertised” in the General Assembly in Frankfort as the “Sports Wagering Bill” but it actually went way beyond its moniker....

Which path will the Court choose?

On Wednesday, February 27, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that will settle the fate of a nearly 100-year-old cross-shaped war memorial in Maryland. The Court also has an opportunity to clarify or change the legal standard to be applied in other...

PP Attempts to Thwart Safety Regulation

LEXINGTON, KY--"The organization that talks about safe and legal abortions doesn't seem to care enough about safety to make sure that women get the care they need if something goes wrong," said a spokesman for The Family Foundation today. The comment came in response...

Some want our money at all costs

Opinion: By Martin Cothran, Senior Policy Analyst for The Family Foundation The gambling bill in the 2019 Session is dead, but the corruptive influence of the gambling industry never dies. In early February, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported that a prominent...

Historical Racing case is farcical

It’s a fact that these machines were operating LONG BEFORE there was a ruling. How the Kentucky judiciary had been allowing these “historical racing” slot machines to operate long before it ruled in the case is “Exhibit Number 1” of how the gambling industry corrupts...

HB 175: Massive gambling expansion bill fails!

Though it was described simply as a “Sports Wagering bill,” HB 175 would have had huge ramifications for Kentucky families. House Bill 175 was “advertised” in the General Assembly in Frankfort as the “Sports Wagering Bill” but it actually went way beyond its moniker....

Which path will the Court choose?

On Wednesday, February 27, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that will settle the fate of a nearly 100-year-old cross-shaped war memorial in Maryland. The Court also has an opportunity to clarify or change the legal standard to be applied in other...

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Gambling expansion is bad policy! – CALL!

The legislative efforts to expand gambling are now coming from some Republicans. Phone calls are the best tool to stop them. HB 175  is posted for passage in the Kentucky House. Stan Cave, attorney for The Family Foundation, who testified against HB175 (as filed)...

Cannabis must be fully researched – CALL!

House Concurrent Resolution 5 (HCR 5) calls on the FDA to properly study cannabis, just like it does all other medications. ALL of the herbs and grasses of the field, and ALL of the shrubs and trees have been given to man to use and develop for his benefit. Cannabis...

Louisiana law case could be the tipping point

The case deals with abortion so it could give some indication where the Court, now with Kavanuagh and Gorsuch, wants to go. Much has been debated about what the US Supreme Court will do with the abortion case coming out of Louisiana. The measure on trial, known as Act...

HB175 not constitutional

LEXINGTON, KY — An attorney for The Family Foundation told a House committee today that the so-called sports wagering bill was neither constitutional, nor was it only a sports wagering bill. Stan Cave, attorney for the group, said the bill, HB 175, was "an attempt by...

Leaders’ Letter

The Leaders' Letter for the Timely and Orderly Confirmation of Judicial Nominees was delivered to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and U.S. Senate Judiciary Chairman Graham on Wednesday, January 23, 2019. Copies were also delivered to the Republican Members...

The 2019 General Assembly: OPPORTUNITY!

Difficult issues are facing our Senators and Representatives, so they will need ALL the help they can get! (So, be sure to make your calls.) Here's the "Bad News” for the 2019 General Assembly Session: There are 32 brand new Representatives in the State House of...

How A Bill Becomes A Law

A law begins its journey toward enactment when it is introduced as a bill. It can be introduced in either the House of Representatives or the Senate, but it must be approved by both in order to be sent to the Governor for his signature, at which point it becomes law....

Legislators of Faith

A very significant gathering! A very significant time! By Kent Ostrander, Executive Director of The Family Foundation Perhaps one of the most encouraging events that has taken place in my 30 years of work in the legislature, took place on Saturday, Dec. 1. On that...

Kennedy & problems with same-sex marriage

The Obergefell decision began a collision course with other rights that Kentuckians, and all Americans, have always cherished. Casting the deciding vote and writing for the Court in Obergefell v. Hodges, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Kennedy decided that the “limitation...

As I See It… Two Inconvenient Truths

Kentuckians now await Judge Joseph McKinley’s decision on live dismemberment of the unborn. His decision may be a year away. By Joyce Ostrander, Policy Analyst for The Family Foundation Testimony in the November 2018 trial of Kentucky’s newest abortion statute...

The federal judiciary continues to move right

The transformation of the federal judiciary moves forward with Trump and McConnell working diligently hand-in-hand. As President Trump’s second year in office comes to a close, one of his greatest accomplishments has been the lifetime appointments of federal judges....

Marijuana from a Healthcare Provider Perspective

With some states legalizing “medical marijuana” and some states even legalizing “recreational marijuana,” health practitioners are having to increase their knowledge of the complications arising from marijuana use by their patients. “Medical marijuana” in these states...

The Nov. 6 message? EVERY vote counts!

Consider these facts: six House seats were decided by 50 votes or less. There were six House races that were decided by 50 votes or less, including one race that was decided by ONE VOTE. House District 13: Incumbent D.J. Johnson (R) was defeated by Jim Glenn (D), the...

Nov. 6 was a good election day for the family

Many of those who were elected ran with pro-life and pro-family campaigns, suggesting good things for the 2019 Session. From a “pro-family” perspective, the Nov. 6 election and its impact on the Kentucky General Assembly should turn out to be a major step forward....

Kentucky mixes blue & red

Republican-controlled House and Republican-controlled Senate were racing forward with their conservative agenda – passing seven bills in the first five days of the 2017 Session. The speed is not the same in 2018 for a number of reasons. Among the bills passed early...

Don’t trust those who covet YOUR money

Opinion: The gambling industry weasels it’s way into the most favorable position. It’s very good at sleight-of-hand. By Martin Cothran, Senior Policy Analyst for The Family Foundation The gambling industry has made regular attempts to buy its way into Kentucky. Its...

Trail Life USA: A new option for boys, parents

“. . . that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God . . .” In the midst of the Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA) shifting image and decline in membership, Trail Life USA has emerged with...

The state pension issue IS important, but . . .

Some are using our significant crisis as a political weapon rather than truly working to find the solution. The 600-pound gorilla in the room this Fall is the question of state pensions. Clearly, just as bread has two sides, there are naturally two sides in this...

Consider these 2017-18 victories when you vote:

The list of successfully passed pro-family legislation over the last two years is a reason for which every family can be proud. Major changes in how the General Assembly responds to the will and values of everyday Kentuckians has come into play. Simply consider the...

Trump continues to move federal courts right

He’s just doing what he promised to do when he campaigned for office in 2016. (It’s actually quite refreshing.) According to U.S. Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY), “The most important thing the Senate is involved in is the personnel business” and “most...

Showdown: Unborn Child Dismemberment Ban

House Bill 454 is one of nine bills in the nation that limits this particularly barbaric abortion procedure. November 13 marks the start of a multi-day courtroom showdown between the Commonwealth and abortion advocates. The judge must decide whether to uphold the...

See this unique, nonpartisan Survey

Listed side-by-side, candidates respond in their own words. The Kentucky Candidate Information Survey’s website has something for every Kentuckian. It’s an excellent resource for the busy citizen who desires to be an informed voter. Find the resources and info you...

ALL should give direction for state & nation

Kentuckians are rooted in traditional values and are grounded in common sense. Clearly, America needs those virtues now. The phrase “elections have consequences” is often bandied about during election cycles in order to get voters inclined to vote one way or another....

Sports betting: Another proposed boondoggle

Opinion: Why do government officials not recognize that their duty is to the people of Kentucky, not the gambling industry lobbyists? By Martin Cothran, Senior Policy Analyst For The Family Foundation One of the state lawmakers pushing a bill to legalize sports...

Tonya Moreland selected “KY Mother of the Year”

Wife of The Family Foundation policy analyst named “Kentucky Mother of the Year” and honored in Washington, D.C. Tonya Moreland, wife of The Family Foundation policy analyst David Moreland, was recently honored as the 2018 Kentucky Mother of the Year. She received the...

OPERATION JERICHO: Voices speaking out!!!

Being “salt and light” is about being diligent and not being afraid to let your voice be heard. Join us with “Operation Jericho.” The history of the Biblically recorded battle of Jericho underscores that a miracle of tremendous importance and a number of dimensions...

Trump nominates Kavanaugh to Supreme Court

Seventy-two of Kennedy’s former law clerks: Kavanaugh “would be a fair-minded and conscientious successor to Justice Kennedy.” President Trump, who has already impacted the U.S. Supreme Court with one appointment since taking office, now has the opportunity to shift...

Trump is transforming the federal court system

For decades, the federal court system has been over-run with liberal appointees, but Trump is quickly bringing back some balance. President Trump and the U.S. Senate (led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell R-KY) continue to build upon their record-breaking...

Unborn Child Dismemberment Ban goes to court

House Bill 454, sponsored by Rep. Addia Wuchner, is one of the strongest bills in the nation that limits an abortion procedure. With a trial date set for Nov. 13-17, Gov. Bevin’s legal team finds itself once again facing off with the ACLU and Kentucky’s last remaining...

Instant Racing Court Case: Still waiting . . . !

In April, the Judge said he would decide “in a few weeks”; It’s now September, the machines are still operating, and no decision. It’s more than a little frustrating . . . We’ve labored for just over eight years in the court case to determine whether these historical...

Nov. 6 election is CRITICAL for state, nation

Kentuckians can only do their part in the Commonwealth, but the new state/national trajectories will either be reversed or affirmed. It is almost a cliché to suggest that the upcoming General Election is the “most important” in decades. Citizens hear that almost every...

Happy Birthday, Justice Ginsburg!

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg celebrated her 85th birthday last month on March 15. This August she will celebrate her 25th anniversary of service on the U.S. Supreme Court. Clearly, some point out that her 25 years of service have actually been a disservice to the plain...

The manipulation of government

By Martin Cothran, Senior Policy Analyst for The Family Foundation If there was a legal effort to blur the lines between the three branches of government (and between the government and the governed) and that threatened the governmental system of checks and balances,...

Pregnancy Centers honored by GA resolution and rally

House Concurrent Resolution 152, honoring Pregnancy Help Centers for their life saving work, passed the 2018 General Assembly and was signed by Gov. Bevin on April 2. Over 50 Pregnancy Help Centers (PHCs) operate in Kentucky, 37 of which are Care Net affiliates. These...

Congress and the Life Issue: Fact from Fiction

Editor’s Note: U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, a Republican, has served the 6th Congressional District for just over 5 years. He regards himself as a pro-life legislator and was eager to clarify what has been happening with the life issue in Washington during the last two years....

“Cakeshop” decision will likely be monumental

By the end of June, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, an important case addressing the intersection of our nation’s foundational right to religious liberty and the Court’s newly recognized right to...

GOOD NEWS: Trump transforming court system

President Trump appointed a total of 23 judges to the federal judiciary during his first year, leading some to claim it was his greatest success and to already speculate that it will be a legacy of his since judges are appointed for life. Those appointments included a...

Gambling expansion goes down . . . AGAIN!

Editor’s Note: The gambling industry has been trying to bring casino-style gambling into the state (through the legislature) for decades because of the massive volume of money to be gained (the losses of patrons). However, for the last eight years it’s tried though...

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