Wallace Wilkinson

Commentary

Can Cameron get voters to pay attention? Will he play the Trump card?

BY: - October 20, 2023

As it nears its final fortnight, the Kentucky governor’s race might seem one of the biggest wastes of money in our state’s history. More than $40 million has been spent, much of it for mostly misleading TV attacks on Gov. Andy Beshear, who seems to have withstood them or gotten stronger. That must vex Republican […]

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Brereton Jones leaves lessons for reformist politicians

BY: - September 22, 2023

Kentucky never had a governor quite like Brereton Jones, who died Monday, and it may never again. His legacy is one of reform, with lessons for reformers. Jones wasn’t the first high-minded millionaire to use wealth to gain high office, but he did it with a most unusual pedigree. His political career began in West […]

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Has Joe Wright’s example been forgotten?

BY: - July 28, 2023

HARNED, Ky. – At the funeral for one of Kentucky’s greater public servants in living memory, no speaker said a word about his service to the state. Joe Wright, who was probably the most powerful member of a legislature he helped make independent from the governor, was remembered as a farmer and family man, always […]

Joe Wright, a leader in Kentucky legislative independence movement, dies at 82

BY: - July 17, 2023

Former state Sen. Joe Wright, a leader in the Kentucky General Assembly’s fight to become independent from the control of the governor more than four decades ago, died Saturday at Louisville’s Baptist East Hospital. He was 82. Joseph “Joe” Richard Wright of Breckinridge County served in the state Senate from 1976 to 1992. From 1981 […]