Thursday, May 15, 2008

Do Kentuckians still want casinos?

I am quoted in today's Lexington Herald-Leader story about Kentuckians' views on casinos remaining unchanged over the course of the legislative session. One thing I told Janet Patton, who wrote the story, and which she didn't include in the story, is that, while most Kentuckians want to vote on the issue, the fact is they would want to vote on any issue you asked them about. I bet if you asked them whether they would like to vote on what kind of china was used at state dinners, they would say they would want to vote on it.

The reason for this, of course, is that most Kentuckians do not understand that we do not, like many other states, have a ballot referendum process. We have a mechanism for amending the Constitution, which happens to include ballot ratification.

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