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Because Governor Steve Beshear is now in his second and final term, some will call him a "lame duck." But the advantage of a lame-duck governor is that he can devote all his attention to real accomplishment instead of re-election.
Because of the comfortable lead he consistently held against David Williams in the November election, Beshear never had to get very specific about strategies for a second term. But he did make an issue out of the gridlock in Washington, saying he wanted to avoid that here in Kentucky.
That's nice. But recent revelations that Beshear and Williams have had no meaningful conversations at all since Election Day don't exactly indicate a new spirit of bipartisanship in Frankfort. It's time for both men to work together to put Kentucky's fortunes ahead of their own. And passing a constitutional amendment to allow the expansion of legalized gambling would be a step in the right direction.
This is one of the few things that can have a significant, immediate effect on our economic woes. And since the amendment process would allow the voters themselves to ultimately decide in a November referendum, no legislator would be overruling the will of the people.
If the issue fails on that basis, then so be it. But Beshear – who clearly supports the idea – has now gotten another vote of confidence. Shouldn't the people at least have their say?