The Chatter: Poll about gambling; U-Pike review and 4th District

12/28/2011 07:26 AM

An overwhelming majority of Kentuckians want to vote on a constitutional amendment regarding expanded gambling and 64 percent say they would support such a proposal, according to a poll commissioned by the horse industry.

The Thoroughbred Times reported Tuesday the results of the poll, which was conducted by Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group out of Washington, D.C.

Gov. Steve Beshear has said he will push for a constitutional amendment to allow casino-style gambling in Kentucky. But he has yet to unveil the details.

While Beshear would say very little about poll results during this year’s governor’s race, he was quick to issue a lengthy statement Tuesday about the gambling survey.

For far too long, millions of hard-earned Kentucky dollars have flowed across our rivers to surrounding states – helping to build schools and roads, and hire teachers and police officers in Indiana, Illinois, and West Virginia. That’s Kentucky money, and it belongs here where it can directly help our people.

We’re working very hard to prepare for the upcoming legislative session, and one of my top priorities will be a constitutional amendment to take the gaming question directly to our people. It’s time for Kentuckians to decide the state’s future on expanded gaming.”

Governor announces review of University of Pikeville proposal

Beshear announced that he would conduct a feasibility study into the state buying the independent University of Pikeville to make it a public university — similar to what Kentucky did when deciding whether to add the University of Louisville in 1970.

Beshear announced the study in a press release. The statement said the study would last six to eight weeks, which leave only a few weeks before the end of the 60-day legislative session.

The study would look at a host of factors including: the educational need in Eastern Kentucky, the economic impact the university could make, how much it would cost the state to maintain the university as the ninth four-year public institution and what impact that would have on the other public universities.

Webb-Edgington officially resigns as GOP 4th District chair

Underscoring her “all-in” approach to running for Congress, state Rep. Alecia Webb-Edgington of Fort Wright resigned Tuesday as the Republican Party of Kentucky’s 4th District chairman.

Webb-Edgington in that capacity worked to recruit Republican legislative candidates and served on the party’s executive board.

But Webb-Edgington has some bipartisan credentials as well. She agreed to serve on the transition team for Democratic Secretary of State-elect Alison Lundergan Grimes.

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