Posts Tagged:politics

Masters of their Domain

This column appeared in the January 13, 2016 edition of the Louisville Courier-Journal.  By: Scott Jennings January 7th was an illustrative day when it comes to what’s at stake in the 2016 General Assembly. We learned on that day that one political party in Kentucky is fully controlled by trial lawyers (including massive out-of-state firms)…

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The Conservative Case for International Aid

This column originally appeared in the December 22, 2015 edition of the Louisville Courier-Journal.  By: Scott Jennings  Dispatch from a recent trip to Rwanda and Tanzania to see personally the results of American foreign aid programming. The view from high in the mountains of northern Rwanda is breathtaking, both for the arrestingly lush green scenery and…

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Beshear Whitewashes Failed Administration

This column originally appeared in the December 2, 2015 edition of the Louisville Courier-Journal. By Scott Jennings There’s a great scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail in which King Arthur encounters the obstinate Black Knight, who will not let the monarch cross a bridge. During their fight, King Arthur chops off the Black Knight’s arms. “You’ve got…

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A Brief History of Why It Is Time to Call 911

This column originally appeared in the November 11, 2015 edition of the Louisville Courier-Journal. By Scott Jennings Alison Grimes, running against U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell in 2014, released a television ad in which the only image was of a burning house. Voters rejected her anti-McConnell nonsense, but the image of a house fully engulfed in flames has…

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Ranking the 2015 KY Constitutional Races from Most Likely GOP to Least

This column originally appeared in the October 21, 2015 edition of the Louisville Courier-Journal. By Scott Jennings Just two weeks remain for Kentucky’s constitutional office candidates to make their case to the voters, and big independent expenditure news Tuesday changed the landscape. The Republican Governor’s Association (RGA), which had already spent $3 million on behalf of…

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Breaking Down Kentucky’s Race for Governor

This column originally appeared in the September 9, 2015 edition of the Louisville Courier-Journal. By: Scott Jennings Talk to any Kentucky political operative or reporter and you’ll likely hear the same thing: “This is the strangest governor’s race I’ve ever seen.” Predictions are hedged, and most struggle to sort out how the cultural and civic…

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Fancy Farm To Jumpstart Gubernatorial Race

This piece originally appeared in the Louisville Courier Journal on July 29, 2015. By: Scott Jennings The last time Kentucky’s political collective descended on Fancy Farm, the U.S. Senate race between Mitch McConnell and Alison Grimes was in full bloom, with both candidates and their respective apparatuses already spending freely. Last time around, Fancy Farm felt like…

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Observing Recent British Election Fascinating Experience

This piece originally appeared in the Louisville Courier Journal on June 17, 2015. By: Scott Jennings We spend a fair amount of time in this space discussing American political campaigns and elections. But how we do it differs tremendously from our friends in the United Kingdom, which held a national election on May 7 to…

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