Governor Beshear Tells House Leadership To "Get Their Act Together Quickly"

Statement by Governor Beshear On Limited Expanded Gaming:

“The entire leadership of the House of Representatives has on numerous occasions publicly and privately committed to me to work in a unified manner in passing a Constitutional Amendment allowing the issue of limited expanded gaming to be placed on the ballot.

Today’s actions, as well as inactions evidenced in the Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee, very clearly demonstrate that House leadership remains deeply divided.

House Leadership should remember that more than 80% of Kentucky voters want the right to express themselves on this amendment.

Such a disagreement also seriously threatens the people’s right to decide for themselves whether or not they favor capturing the hundreds of millions of new dollars now being lost to other states. These are dollars that could be available to us for education, health care and other vital services.

I publicly call on them to get their act together quickly. Only with their unified support will this amendment stand a chance of passage.”


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  • by Casey Location: southeastern ky on Mar 1, 2008 at 08:37 PM
    You know that the presidential candidates will turn out just like Breshear, a disappointment. The bad things you say about President Bush, you'll be saying similar things about the next president. Get over it, it's the way life goes. There will always be screwups and corrupted idiots. I don't know why Americans are always whining; we are the most powerful and richest country in the world. The poorest people in the U.S. are considered to be wealthy compared to other poor people in other nations. We are very fortunate to live in America, the greatest country in the world. When something doesn't go our way, we act like brats. Look at the bigger picture, we are in a war. There will be changes that we don't like because of it. Think of the sacrifice the troops are making. Right now we are saying, "Sorry guys, we're too busy worrying about our own lives." In WWII, everyone somehow got involved, made sacrifices, and helped win the war. It's probably the reason why it only lasted for 5 yea
  • by skyhawk Location: Lexington on Feb 29, 2008 at 07:43 AM
    To steve in irvine, yaeh you conservatives have done a great job over the last 7 years haven't you. We now have the highest deficit ever, people having their houses foreclosed at record numbers, a war that is costing a billion a day, $3.00 cost of gas and the list can go on and on. Thank you and your conservative friends for getting rid of the middle class. They were just in the way anyway!
  • by Note to Dave...again on Feb 29, 2008 at 04:52 AM
    Apparently you haven't read all the posts. I answered your question. Casinos are open 24/7, 365 days a year. THEY NEVER CLOSE! That is the difference. You can lose a lot more if something is open all the time. Plus, it is well known that the people who are normally involved in casinos (operating them) are involved in organized crime. Let's bring that to Kentucky. It would make sense since it seems we have strong arm politics happening again; let's just bring Vinny and the boys to break some kneecaps if they don't get their way.
  • by steve Location: irvine on Feb 28, 2008 at 06:53 PM
    Hey little Johny its not little Bushes fault for gas its your little tree hugger"s that won"t let us drill or build a refinery or nucelear power plants i say (edited) you whiners i think its stupid for ten persons to tell 100000 what to do go back to your stupid global warming religion wackos and burn you new mercury filled light bulbs idiot. You can be good stewards to the planet and not make it a religion uh Al Gore the worst winter in 100 years. and yes who ever votes for these casinos remember when your term comes up we will be voting i really think liberals are quite dangerous they are better off defeated trust me. Better do your homework first before you start bashing conservatives.
  • by larry Location: ky on Feb 28, 2008 at 06:44 PM
    Hey, Governor Beshear, How about you get your act together. We do not need the casino. We need more jobs open for the working people, not the gambling addict. You are a failure Governor and I do not approval of your work. You got a F grade. Poor man, so get your act together.
  • by ls Location: KY on Feb 28, 2008 at 03:26 PM
    I agree with Dave. I don't see any difference in betting on horses or playing the lottery; except, it leaves the vicinity of the casino open to mobsters. The lottery was suppose to do what Gov. Beshear says the casino is going to do. I think it is just another way for our politicians to get a little richer. I do think the people should vote on this. I think that we should vote on anything that our politicians want to make a law on. We elect people to represent us...not just to represent themselves and pad their pockets. With the jobs gone to other countries, I guess gambling is the only way the government has of getting money.
  • by Mike Location: Ky on Feb 28, 2008 at 12:25 PM
    Thanks Kentucky for putting a (edited) democrat as our governer.
  • by Dave Location: Lexington on Feb 28, 2008 at 09:38 AM
    It seems that most who responded missed the base arguement. I will ask the question again. How can gambling in a casino be any different than betting on a horse? Forget opening times or how many people get rich from gaming. Stick to the arguement. How is one form of gambling ok and the other is not. If the state of Kentucky says ok to gambling for one sector or industry, how could they ban another? Personally, I have been to a casino once in my life. I did not care for it. I'm not concerned if responders do or do not go to casinos, bet on horses or where they decide to put money. I also agree there has been a doomsday attitude in Frankfort about the economy. Again, my base arguement comes down to a simple understanding of how laws can be split or bent to appease the majority. If the majority does not want gambling, they also do not want the horse industry or lottery in the state of kentucky. I am sure there are few that do not. Lets take away horses and lotto and watch the sparks fly.
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Feb 28, 2008 at 08:43 AM
    I read "Get Their Act Together Quickly", but I hear..."Bow to me, minions"...
  • by ABM Location: Cynthiana on Feb 28, 2008 at 07:07 AM
    I don't see why casinos is a big issue with everybody right now...because the people of kentucky knew gov. beshear wanted casinos and now that he is trying to do it everybody is getting fussy about it...yes he made promises during the race between him and fletcher and one of them was to try and get casinos in kentucky everybody just needs to calm down a little i think...well thats my thoughts

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