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Tennessee legalizes sports gambling while Kentucky is left behind

Sports gambling will soon be legal in Tennessee.

On Tuesday, the Tennessee Senate passed legislation that will permit Online-only sports gambling statewide. Tennesseans will be placing wagers as soon as July 1 of this year. And a few months after the permit was approved, the website influenced many players to play online casino games. Congratulations to my friends south of the border. You will be seeing me a lot more often now.  Here we offer a Daftar SBOBET having the various features and will reward you with many high points, explore casino, poker and much more.

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Meanwhile, in Kentucky, legislators missed an enormous opportunity. Rather than embracing sports gambling in a state that already celebrates betting on horses, and getting out in front of the sports gambling boom before it is legal nationwide, Kentucky decided to sit back, do nothing, and let its neighbors capitalize instead. Before long, people like me and just about everyone I know will be making regular trips to Tennessee, Indiana or West Virginia to place our wagers on sports. We will stay in their hotels, eat at their restaurants, drink at their bars, lose our money to their sports books, and assist their economy, not our own. We would much rather stay home to do all of that, which would really help fund the whole pension crisis we’ve got going on here, but our leadership in Frankfort said, “Nah, go ahead and cross the state line in any direction to spend your disposable income somewhere else on something that millions of people are already doing anyway. Your money is no good here. We’ll just keep complaining about how underfunded we are while you’re gone.” (Not a direct quote but pretty accurate.)

It’s a shame. Not because Kentuckians like me are missing out on the fun (there are plenty of ways for us to bet on sports) but because it is yet another example of Kentucky being left behind. With places like Churchill Downs and Red Mile with the infrastructure already in place when the Supreme Court ruled in favor of sports gambling last year, Kentucky screwed around and dropped the ball. I want to be surprised but I’m not.

But this coming Saturday, 150,000-plus people will go to Churchill Downs to watch horses run in a circle and almost all of them will have money on the line. That’s OK, though. There is nothing wrong with gambling like QQOnline or on ponies or on numbered ping-pong balls or on random numbers popping up on a TV at the local bar or on whatever new game the Kentucky Lottery will come out with next. But bet on Game 2 of the NBA Western Conference semifinals? Not up in here. Not up in here!

Oh well. The hypocrisy is nothing new. Kentuckians have been traveling out of state to visit casinos for years. We’ll only be making more trips now that our border states are adding sports gambling in the very near future.

Can’t wait to give you my money, Tennessee! Maybe I can help build you a new road, West Virginia! Public schools need a little more money? I got you, Indiana! I’d hate to keep it here in Kentucky!

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

113 Comments for Tennessee legalizes sports gambling while Kentucky is left behind

  1. BCC
    7:32 pm April 30, 2019 Permalink

    Pretty soon every neighboring state will have legalized sports gambling and legal recreational marijuana and us in Kentucky will still be hoping all the morons in Frankfort consider legalizing medical marijuana.

    • dustylayne
      1:27 am May 1, 2019 Permalink

      Economic and human resource losses will be paramount.

    • Luether
      2:33 pm May 1, 2019 Permalink

      Irresponsible gambling ruins families and cost taxpayers in the end…

    • rdcore2
      2:47 pm May 1, 2019 Permalink

      @luether so does bad stock market investing, trusting the wrong real estate agent, getting an undercooked meal at McDonald’s. You are a loser who sets everyone else back and why Nashville will continue to flourish. You’re probably the same guy who voted against having a Top Golf in Louisville, die the slow death douche

  2. cats646
    7:34 pm April 30, 2019 Permalink

    Well that sucks.
    On another note, did anyone realize that Eddie Gran is the head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets?! Lol

  3. pwells618
    7:38 pm April 30, 2019 Permalink

    Well at least I live in Hoptown and I can drive to Nashville or Clarksville pretty easy.

  4. LaGrangeCat
    7:41 pm April 30, 2019 Permalink

    Gambling is the devil!

  5. Vyce0789
    7:54 pm April 30, 2019 Permalink

    I like the political tone…you are so right Drew. Let people just gamble on one sport (horse racing) and say heck with others? Makes no sense.

  6. Cousins Fake Tooth
    8:04 pm April 30, 2019 Permalink

    If you are going to be making “regular trips” to other states just to place bets, you got other issues.

    • Cletis75
      5:24 am May 1, 2019 Permalink

      Yeah, like having a life! I don’t mind betting the ponies every now and then, or sports I have knowledge about. If I can go spend my whole paycheck on lottery tickets, why shouldn’t I be able to place a water on the CATS?

    • notFromhere
      10:06 am May 1, 2019 Permalink

      Read this response by cousins fake tooth… ^^^

      There isn’t 2 industries that will lose if other gambling is allowed here. Just one. The lottery is big money and power.

      The horse industry will benefit, not lose, if this passes here. The lottery on the other hand, may lose quite a bit as people find other convenient and entertaining ways to gamble.

    • notFromhere
      10:07 am May 1, 2019 Permalink

      Cletis… not CFT made the comment. I misread that

    • Soylentbeans
      1:45 pm May 1, 2019 Permalink

      I dont even think the lottery would take a hit.

  7. Tully_Mayne_IV
    8:10 pm April 30, 2019 Permalink

    This makes me so damn mad. Here is an enormous tax revenue stream teed up for us and in typical inept Kentucky fashion we screw it up. We are one of the poorest states in the US with limited economic avenues to generate new tax revenue so for us to pass on this is pure ignorance.

    • Bluebloodtoo
      8:38 pm April 30, 2019 Permalink

      Or choosing some type of moral code rather than prioritizing capitalism. I’ve lived in plenty of places that love capitalism and embrace out wholeheartedly. They are good people, too. But I’d take my simple life in Kentucky back in a heart beat almost every day.

    • Tully_Mayne_IV
      1:47 am May 1, 2019 Permalink

      That’s sweet. You selfishly want your “simple” Kentucky life over providing funding for better public schools in impoverished counties in eastern Kentucky where entire towns have fallen into complete disarray with the collapse of the coal industry. The tax revenue generated from legalized sports gambling would provide our state with invaluable budget increases in so many areas we have lagged behind for decades.
      You make me sick.

    • Bluebloodtoo
      5:17 pm May 1, 2019 Permalink

      Wow. That’s a big conclusion to jump to based on what i said. Did you happen to know that gambling is an addiction that most often negatively affects already impoverished people? Is gambling the only source of revenue that will solve your problem, or just the one YOU decided was the right one? Honestly, i don’t feel strongly about this issue in either direction, but it seems like you do.

    • CATandMONKEY
      12:28 am May 1, 2019 Permalink

      25 years in Kentucky. We are just coming into the decade that I moved here.
      And I like it here but we lag in so many ways.

    • ClutchCargo
      1:17 am May 1, 2019 Permalink

      This state is famous for horse racing, tobacco and bourbon. We don’t get to exclude sports wagering because of some BS moral code.

    • DirtyDave
      5:57 am May 1, 2019 Permalink

      Got nothing to do with some moral code…..and everything to do with powerful horse industry lobbyists! Same ole good ole boy politics

    • timbo
      4:54 am May 1, 2019 Permalink

      “One of the poorest states in the US…” How would legalized gambling help? In my experience, legalized gambling hurts the poorest the most.

    • God Family UK
      6:21 am May 1, 2019 Permalink

      The problem with the argument about the added tax money is there is no assurance that the tax money will go for what is needed. I remember that when the lottery was up for the vote the promise was that all of it would go for education, but when it passed it went into the general fund so pet projects could be done.

    • oruacat2
      8:38 am May 1, 2019 Permalink

      You’re really arguing that we should bring in sports gambling to save impoverished areas of KY hurt by the collapse of the antiquated coal industry? Those areas STILL refuse to accept that King Coal is dead, why should the rest of the state willingly take on all the known problems associated with even more gambling just to bail them out? I’m all for helping my fellow Kentuckians, but my patience and sympathy are not limitless when it comes to self-inflicted wounds.

    • Irish son
      9:29 am May 1, 2019 Permalink

      I lived my whole life in Kentucky. I didn’t realize how backward and ignorant it was until I moved out. It’s like going back in time.

    • TWillrocks
      9:59 am May 1, 2019 Permalink

      Maybe we should do some serious work on the “Hillbilly Heroin problem in Eastern KY before we legalize another recreational drug, which for many leads to the use of other more harmful drugs. I’m not saying it works that way for everyone, but for those predisposed to addiction it sure as hell does.

    • Soylentbeans
      1:53 pm May 1, 2019 Permalink

      Twill get out of here with that d.a.r.e. bull crap. If somebody goes from weed to heroine they were always gonna do it. Weed didnt make them decide to try other drugs. Plus let’s be real alcohol is the gateway drug. But you didnt think about that since it’s legal and you probably drink.

    • notFromhere
      10:15 am May 1, 2019 Permalink

      It’s not a good thing. It’s not like people wont leave the state to gamble, since they cant here.

      It’s also ridiculous to think its tax revenue generated will help the state or its people. The government will still mispend the money- not being efficient or accountable- and that money spent gambling will not create jobs, as it would if it was spent on manufactured goods.

      We’re flushing ourselves down a toilet as a country because we’ve had it too easy to this point. People distraught over not having gambling legalized are simply selfish and that’s it. It does ruin lives. It does hurt people and economies.

      It will drain money from the state that other states like TN just a few hours away from anywhere in KY WILL allow it, because those that gamble WILL go there to do it.

  8. sincitycat
    8:19 pm April 30, 2019 Permalink

    Kentucky needs to check out how much tax money is generated in Colorado by legalizing marijuana.

    • cats646
      8:23 pm April 30, 2019 Permalink


    • oruacat2
      10:49 pm April 30, 2019 Permalink

      Hell, the benefits of not wasting so much money criminalizing it makes it worthwhile by itself.

    • noxicon
      11:10 pm April 30, 2019 Permalink

      I actually researched it at one point. If the Colorado projection held up, it would be somewhere between 50 and 60 Million in raw tax revenue, not including the money saved from enforcement of illegalization (which I believe is north of 100 million, but I could be wrong about that and probably am).

    • J-Dub421
      8:59 am May 1, 2019 Permalink

      Not to mention all the jobs legalizing it would create in multiple areas including agriculture, distribution, marketing, sales, development of edibles, pot tourism….

  9. Cattington
    8:24 pm April 30, 2019 Permalink

    It’s Ky; we’d have to leap ahead 10 years to be 15 years behind the times.

  10. BullittCoCat
    8:35 pm April 30, 2019 Permalink

    Preach it Drew

  11. A_Blue_Wildcat
    8:39 pm April 30, 2019 Permalink

    I love this state but the idea that we’d be the last to add sports gambling when the number one tourist quality we have is horse racing where gambling is allowed is nothing short of insanity.

  12. tfordstyle
    8:50 pm April 30, 2019 Permalink

    Rabble rabble, boo hiss, rabble rabble.

  13. Bobbum Man
    8:52 pm April 30, 2019 Permalink

    Don’t you mainly gamble online anyhow? Seems you guys are involved with one of the betting sites maybe that’s why ur a little more passionate on this… but I do agree it’s dumb for KY to miss out, don’t think anyone expected different though we all knew what would happen

  14. VirginiaCat
    8:59 pm April 30, 2019 Permalink

    I think Kentucky will eventually pass legislation legalizing sport betting, if for no other reason to bail out the underfunded state pension fund. The fund is underwater to the tune of almost $40 million needed to pay benefits for the next three years. Politicians will not be able to resist the revenue stream.

  15. StillBP
    9:37 pm April 30, 2019 Permalink

    Kentucky still has dry counties are far as alcohol is concerned. We’re a long way off from marijuana for sure. Maybe gambling before marijuana but I don’t see either happening for a long time.

    • Soylentbeans
      1:56 pm May 1, 2019 Permalink

      To add to that. I think more dry counties than wet counties.

  16. WatchutalkinboutWillis
    9:54 pm April 30, 2019 Permalink

    Why would we want to legalize sports gambling to make it easier for people to blow their money? So the government can have more monly? Do should really think taking money out of private hands and putting it into the government’s hands is a good idea?

    • speaksthetruth
      10:01 pm April 30, 2019 Permalink

      I think the point is that people are going to gamble regardless. Kentucky should at least benefit from it.

    • dustylayne
      1:24 am May 1, 2019 Permalink


    • WatchutalkinboutWillis
      10:50 pm April 30, 2019 Permalink

      “Benefit” is subjective. There may be monetary benefits and there may be social/familial disadvantages. Some people don’t care about those things, I get that. However, my question is, do you really think KY is going use the money better than private citizens would?

    • njCat
      11:12 pm April 30, 2019 Permalink

      Obviously, yes. Private citizens gamble it away and buy booze, and government uses it to pay teachers, cops, and fire fighters.

    • Keets
      11:24 pm April 30, 2019 Permalink

      Are you saying that the government should not legalize gambling, so that the government cannot take money from private hands?

      If “sports” gambling were to be legalized, why does a negative assumption of what adults would do with their money outweigh the liberty and freedom those same adults should have to spend their money how they choose?

      Go Cats

    • CATandMONKEY
      12:30 am May 1, 2019 Permalink

      People should be able to spend their own money however they please.
      If they go bankrupt, that is on them not the state.

  17. oruacat2
    10:48 pm April 30, 2019 Permalink

    It’s the horse-racing industry most opposed to it – that’s why the only way they’ll approve it is if the gambling is limited to existing race-tracks – just like they did with the faux casinos.

    It’s not the economic boon you think it is, either. When these gambling addicts piss away their money on sports betting, they’re not spending it on movies, bowling, other forms of recreational activities, etc. It might stop a few from traveling out of state, but it doesn’t bring new revenue into the state – it just moves existing spending around, slightly.

    • WatchutalkinboutWillis
      10:53 pm April 30, 2019 Permalink

      Exactly. Drew Franklin wants to bet money on sports. Fine. Go for it. That doesn’t mean KY is left behind. The best case scenario is not for the government to have money from the hands of private citizens. And that is not mentioning any moral objections people have.

    • njCat
      11:14 pm April 30, 2019 Permalink

      They are going to gamble like they always did. Now they can do it legally in surrounding states. Those states will take their cut while $$$ streak out of KY.

      Pure idiocy.

    • JT919
      2:06 am May 1, 2019 Permalink

      Oruacat, maybe ive misread you but I don’t follow your logic. The compulsive gamblers you’re referring to are pissing their money away on gambling in other states or online, not on movies in Kentucky. At least there’s a chance for something good to come of it if they’re doing it within the state.

    • oruacat2
      8:44 am May 1, 2019 Permalink

      JT919 – no, you’re not misreading me at all. I don’t think money is leaving the state in the vast amounts Drew Franklin wants us all to believe, and it’s all but certain that legalizing sports gambling won’t bring in vast new amounts from surround states.

      My objections mostly revolve around the dishonest way this is being pushed by the gambling-addicted who think any of us should give a rat’s arse about their being inconvenienced.

  18. Chacosrule
    11:01 pm April 30, 2019 Permalink


  19. Yeah, and all those other states have no infrastructure problems and all their education problems are solved and fully funded, right? Gimme a break.

    • JT919
      2:10 am May 1, 2019 Permalink

      Of course not, but those things are both better off than they were before several million more dollars became available to allocate. If your basis for something being a success is absolute perfection, I can’t imagine how disappointed you feel with life on a daily basis.

    • timbo
      5:00 am May 1, 2019 Permalink

      Give examples. I want to see how this “economic prosperity”, originating from the poorest people gambling their money away, has specifically benefited all the other states we’re “lagging behind”. I want to see the “better off” in Indiana please. Clue us in.

    • Exactly timbo. JT, the people who gamble are typically those who can least afford it. This is not to mention all the problems that result from gambling addiction, which KSR writers all seem to have.

    • J-Dub421
      9:11 am May 1, 2019 Permalink

      We already have horse racing, which is a billion dollar per year industry.

    • True, and with the fact that I do have SOME libertarian leanings, if people want to gamble then I lean toward let them do what they want. I just grow tired of gambling addicts like Drew trying to fool us into thinking that there will be some panacea as a result. There won’t.

  20. dustylayne
    11:25 pm April 30, 2019 Permalink

    I love KY, born and raised, but we remain consistently behind the curve nationally. We have legal gambling…it’s just selective and that’s bullshit. If I can wager on a horse I should be able to wager on a team.

    Cannibis legality is sweeping the nation and again we are behind the curve. I want our state to succeed and our legislature seems to want to hold us back…why?

    Wake up Ky. We can be better than this.

  21. BoogieDMC
    11:26 pm April 30, 2019 Permalink

    So sad to see that Kentucky is behind in allowing degenerate gamblers and drug users to freely be degenerates. What has the state come to?

    • dustylayne
      11:35 pm April 30, 2019 Permalink

      Degenerates are just that, their patterns will continue through lottery and horses, which are open avenues. Open your mind. Many people gamble responsibly. Many people drink responsibly. Cannibis is readily available in this state as all others, but decent people have to go black market to easily obtain it.

    • JT919
      2:12 am May 1, 2019 Permalink

      Using cannabis is no more or less degenerate than drinking alcohol. Please leave reefer madness behind in the 1900s and join the modern world.

    • J-Dub421
      9:13 am May 1, 2019 Permalink

      If you don’t want to gamble or use marijuana, then don’t. Stop using your bullcrap religion to try to tell other people how to live their lives. Mind your own business.

    • rabblerabblerabble
      10:15 am May 1, 2019 Permalink

      See, we can agree on things J-Dub!

  22. dustylayne
    11:32 pm April 30, 2019 Permalink

    People wonder why so many bright young minds leave the state….I don’t.

    Ky is deciding to be left behind by our law makers. Old curmudgeons who aren’t willing to accept the world and our country is changing. Our minds are opening and Ky refuses to accept new ideas. This state has produced a massive amount of cannibis illegally and locked people away for it. Why? Is it criminal to relax and open your ideas? How did prohibition work out? There’s no shortage of cannibis or gambling here, it’s just demonized and controlled by old ideas. Let’s move forward

    • 4everUKblue
      8:25 am May 1, 2019 Permalink

      If I were a pot smoker the last thing I would want would be to give the govt control over my pot and allow them to regulate the cost, potency and use of GMO’s. Just one more way for Monsanto/Bayer to poison us.

    • dustylayne
      10:15 am May 1, 2019 Permalink

      Guess you would rather them put you in jail for smoking it?

    • Bluebloodtoo
      6:46 pm May 1, 2019 Permalink

      That’s just ridiculous. In WA, where pot is legal, the potency is way off the chart. You’ll never get that potency from flower alone, no matter how much hydro you grow. They only way to get that potency is to process it, which requires that the government allow you to make it a business. Prices dropped so low when it went legal here, that the black market dealers all left the state.

    • oruacat2
      8:29 am May 1, 2019 Permalink

      If the inability to gamble on sports is what makes them leave, they’re not that bright and they won’t be missed.

    • dustylayne
      10:20 am May 1, 2019 Permalink

      It’s way more than just this specific topic…..this state ranks at the bottom in almost every category. It all starts in Frankfort….

    • eaprince12
      9:42 am May 1, 2019 Permalink

      It’s things like this that made me (under 30 with a BA in engineering and a MBA) leave the state. It sucks that our state is so behind the times. I love my old Kentucky home, but until our state gets it’s act together I can’t imagine moving back.

  23. Smyrna_Cat
    11:39 pm April 30, 2019 Permalink

    Sorry, I don’t think that leglized gambling will solve the economic ills of the state. That money comes out of the pockets of Kentuckians, and a MUCH, MUCH smaller amount of money comes back to the state in terms of public dollars. This is a little like saying “let’s all go to Vegas” so we can win lots of money and retire. There is a reason those casinos are big and shiny, and it AIN’T because they are losing!

    • dustylayne
      11:43 pm April 30, 2019 Permalink

      Gambling is already legal in this state, in large sums. The money will go somewhere…why not keep as much as we can here ?

    • Cattington
      11:48 pm April 30, 2019 Permalink

      Right, money is lost in Vegas and counted as revenue for casinos, which is then taxed. And there’s sales tax on all the food eaten, room taxes…so I’m not sure what your point is. This won’t cure all the state’s ills, but it could have helped. A small amount of money beats having a net loss of money going out of state.

    • dustylayne
      11:54 pm April 30, 2019 Permalink

      Agree! It’s not a pure fix but it sure doesn’t hurt. We are sending money out of state. Pure and simple.

    • J-Dub421
      9:15 am May 1, 2019 Permalink

      And no one works in those casinos, so it wouldn’t create a bunch of much needed jobs or anything….

  24. Big Sexy
    11:49 pm April 30, 2019 Permalink

    And when ol’ Dad gambles away his paycheck and the family ends up homeless it’s going to be all our problem. The irresponsible will make problems out of it. More people for government to save via our tax dollars.

    • dustylayne
      11:51 pm April 30, 2019 Permalink

      Your ignorance shows. Ol’ Dad can just as easily gamble away his paycheck on the ponies or scratch offs. What don’t you get here?

    • CATandMONKEY
      12:34 am May 1, 2019 Permalink

      This is the weakest argument of all.
      They can gamble away their paycheck now. Just in Tennessee,or Indiana.
      May as well capitalize on the misfortune of our own citizens.

      It is entertainment.
      If some take it too far , not your issue.

    • J-Dub421
      9:16 am May 1, 2019 Permalink

      Ol’ Dad also gets drunk all the time and beats his wife and kids, so do you want to go back to the prohibition days? How did that work out?

    • Big Sexy
      12:38 pm May 1, 2019 Permalink

      Scratch offs and horse racing don’t have the lure that football and basketball have. Plus it makes it easier once its legal here. Most people can deal with legalized gambling. However, like the lottery, it’s a “tax” on many of the poor and ignorant. Wait and see. Personally I’ll probably gamble on football but I don’t think overall it’s as great of a thing as you all seem to think it is.

      Not sure how you linked this to prohibition. Coming from someone who drinks alcohol, it’s not a great thing for society. Alcohol is the genie you can’t put back in the bottle.

  25. Larkin123
    11:55 pm April 30, 2019 Permalink

    Everything is plus or minus…..

  26. kjgouk
    11:58 pm April 30, 2019 Permalink

    This is why when the end of time comes, people will head to Ky since we are at least 10 years behind.

    • CATandMONKEY
      12:35 am May 1, 2019 Permalink

      I believe Mark Twain said we were twenty years behind.
      I believe that is generous.

  27. bailey000
    12:00 am May 1, 2019 Permalink

    Dude Drew Franklin needs to quit worrying about gambling. Every couple months expect this same article. We get it you hate your money. Just give it away man. You don’t even need to gamble. And weed always comes up in the comments. America is broken.

    • dustylayne
      12:05 am May 1, 2019 Permalink

      Have you ever considered that maybe your antiquated ideas are broken?

    • CATandMONKEY
      12:37 am May 1, 2019 Permalink

      You would do well to smoke a little and play a few hands of Black Jack.

      Or you could be a hypocrite, denouncing what you do as you drown in bourbon and losing Trifecta-box tickets.

    • 4everUKblue
      8:33 am May 1, 2019 Permalink

      bailey is right, this country is broken and I’m not even talking about gambling and pot, I’m talking overall and if you don’t see it maybe pot and gambling is part of that problem.

  28. timbo
    5:21 am May 1, 2019 Permalink

    Drew, you have a serious compulsion/self-control problem, man. You talk about gambling more than anything. Your entire world revolves around your gambling. Disagree? Go back in time and count the number of blogs you’ve written about it. I bet it’s 50%. That’s pretty telling.
    To summarize the argument: “everyone is going to do the wrong thing with their money anyway (they have to do it somewhere else, now), why don’t we try to ‘benefit’ from their wrong choices?” And: the fact that KY “lags behind every other state” in instituting this “huge” REGRESSIVE tax revenue “stream” is “damaging our economy compared to others”. What road or school in Indiana is so much better that we can make these “arguments”? What meaningful contribution has been made to the world in a state where any form of gambling is legal? Name one, specifically, please. If the concern is for education and roads, why are you gambling money that you’d like to see used for improvement?

    • Cletis75
      5:37 am May 1, 2019 Permalink

      Obviously you haven’t seen the changes in Switzerland County Indiana over the last 20 years!

  29. Cmstew502
    7:12 am May 1, 2019 Permalink

    This is the irritating thing about Bevin. He’s the first governor we’ve had in forever that’s willing to address our monetary shortfalls but at the same time completely unwilling to create new revenue streams

  30. minton22
    7:41 am May 1, 2019 Permalink

    Just dumb backwards thinking. My old hometown paintsville was last to become wet. They were about 30 years too late. Nearby Prestonsburg and Pikeville flourished when they went wet decades before paintsville finally did. All the new businesses had already settled in the wet towns and paintsville is becoming a ghost town.

  31. Sentient Third Eye
    8:05 am May 1, 2019 Permalink

    Personally, I think gambling of any kind is stupid, but it’s not my place nor the government’s place to make that judgement for others. Proper governance treats people like adults and puts responsibility for themselves in their own hands. Perhaps if we didn’t treat adults like children, they wouldn’t act like children by becoming addicted to everything under the sun? If they are responsible for themselves, maybe they’ll act like grownups for a change. But we can’t have that in Kentucky, can we? It’s been the same thing with efforts to pass true Right-to-Work legislation and no state income tax. The Commonwealth of Kentucky insists on far too much control over our lives. This is both immoral and unhealthy.

    • oruacat2
      8:21 am May 1, 2019 Permalink

      I think that’s fair, and I mostly agree.
      However, painting this as some sort of “KY is falling behind and missing out on economic prosperity” argument is about as idiotic and dishonest as it gets.

    • dustylayne
      10:30 am May 1, 2019 Permalink

      Kentucky isn’t falling behind…it’s been behind for decades, this is just one of a multitude of topics that the state continues to get wrong.

  32. Mc12
    8:42 am May 1, 2019 Permalink

    Similarly if I want a hooker I should be able to rent a hooker. Get her a W-2 and tax her:)

    • Mc12
      8:43 am May 1, 2019 Permalink

      A lot more jobs too lol

    • J-Dub421
      9:20 am May 1, 2019 Permalink

      Actually, I’m fine with this. Places with legalized prostitution have regulations and healthcare for their sex workers.

    • dustylayne
      10:22 am May 1, 2019 Permalink

      Why not?! It’s not as if it isn’t happening already…everywhere…for centuries….

    • Peas and Carrots
      10:59 am May 1, 2019 Permalink

      Right, I lean libertarian and I’m tired of listening to the Rs perpetuate their false decree of more freedom, less government and then do more to restrict people’s rights. This is America and I should have the freedom to own guns, shoot sh1t, gamble, drink, do drugs, hire prostitutes, have abortions etc. Any or all of the above and you should have the freedom to be offended my choices, not the freedom to restrict mine based on your religion or personal moral code.

  33. dbake
    10:58 am May 1, 2019 Permalink

    What’s so funny about this, is the only pro argument for gambling is 2 things: More money for the the Government to help schools, police, fire, the list goes on. The other is people are gonna so it anyway so why not reap the benefits. That’s it no other. Well it don’t work that way in real life, yeah on paper it makes for great conversation and hope, but no!! Where so you think all this money comes from? From the hands of the people of the commonwealth. So yeah we now got a big new school, which now little Johnny can’t afford have new shoes or a backpack or other things. Why mom and dad had to go play black jack down at the casino to try to make up for what they lost there last week. But it’s all good the state will use their gambling loses to start a program to fund gambling addiction and buy little Johnny his backpack and shoes. Last thing I promise you the people barley getting my in some of these rural counties are not going to Tn or In to gamble. But you put it right in their back door, and yes they will go, and lose what little they have. It’s a stupid choice to legalize gambling in hopes of strenghting your economy.

    • RackEmWillie
      11:11 am May 1, 2019 Permalink

      You know, as long as my kids don’t grow up to have this completely idiotic view on the issue, I’ll consider it a good job on my part.

    • Peas and Carrots
      11:12 am May 1, 2019 Permalink

      You legalize it because people will do it anyway. If little Johhny’s mom and dad lose all their money gambling that’s their decision and their choice. With your argument we should legalize alcohol, cigarettes, cars, and guns because people might make bad decisions with them. Let’s just let the government decide all our decisions for us so we don’t hurt ourselves…

    • dbake
      11:35 am May 1, 2019 Permalink

      So let’s legalize meth and let thestate tax it. I mean from your point people are gonna do it anyway. That could cover johnnys shoes.

    • Peas and Carrots
      12:58 pm May 1, 2019 Permalink

      Yea, let’s do that

    • RackEmWillie
      11:50 am May 1, 2019 Permalink

      I mean, sure.

  34. eyebleedblue
    11:01 am May 1, 2019 Permalink

    I am for it to be legal.

    But it’s not some great cure all (see lottery promises on fixing government funded items).

    It can become a process addiction that destroys lives. So, like marijuana it’s best to have a fact based argument for it and not an emotional one. But like nearly every political issue in this continuously dumbed down country of ours we get ‘I want it legal so legalize it!!’

  35. RackEmWillie
    11:17 am May 1, 2019 Permalink

    There’s a weird cross section of “keep duh guv-ment out my biznez” and “We have to outlaw personal financial choices” from people.

  36. ukisgr8
    11:51 am May 1, 2019 Permalink

    I live in tennessee and while i support it because I’m conservative, I wouldn’t want to anywhere near a place where sports betting is allowed. They are talking about building near us and the crime expected to move in and the increase in property taxes is going to kill the lower economic ladder people.