Louisville Public Defenders Have Unionized

Public defenders with the Louisville Metro Public Defender’s Office voted to unionize 32-5 earlier this year. Their story is a microcosm of a national phenomenon: the year 2022, the year of American labor. Public defenders represent indigent clients, those who cannot afford a lawyer and are constitutionally entitled to one when facing criminal proceedings. PublicContinue reading “Louisville Public Defenders Have Unionized”

Felon Re-Enfranchisement: Balancing the Needs of Strong Law Enforcement and Fair Justice Systems

Too often, political issues are depicted as a choice between two extremes. If you support criminal justice reform, you’re soft on crime. If you support strong law enforcement, you’re a proponent of mass incarceration. The disenfranchisement of former felons’ voting rights has long been stuck in this frustrating type of political conflict. I’ve written onContinue reading Felon Re-Enfranchisement: Balancing the Needs of Strong Law Enforcement and Fair Justice Systems

A Left-Wing Approach to the Question of Universal Suffrage

Felons have long been barred from voting in the state of Kentucky. In 2019, Governor Andy Beshear signed an executive order to allow certain non-violent felons to vote. However, executive orders are not permanent and can be overturned by future governors. In Kentucky right now, 15% of Black people cannot vote, and 20% of BlackContinue reading “A Left-Wing Approach to the Question of Universal Suffrage”

Kentucky Stands Alone on Felon Disenfranchisement 

Policymakers in state governments often take inspiration from surrounding states to implement changes in policy at home. Doing this gives lawmakers the ability to survey the intentions and effects of a certain policy before taking the risk of passing those policies in their state. This idea was explained perfectly by Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis,Continue reading Kentucky Stands Alone on Felon Disenfranchisement 

The Kentucky Roots of Marriage Equality in Obergefell v. Hodges

The Louisville Political Review looks at monumental court cases that have defined the city of Louisville, and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Today we examine Obergefell v. Hodges and its societal impact on civil liberties. On June 26, 2015, crowds gathered in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building, anticipating the final rulings of the term.Continue reading “The Kentucky Roots of Marriage Equality in Obergefell v. Hodges”

Clay v. United States: A Pivotal Moment in War Ethics

The Louisville Political Review looks at monumental court cases that have defined the city of Louisville, and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Today we examine Clay v. United States and its societal impact on civil liberties. Background On November 1st of 1955, the United States began their controversial campaign in the Vietnam War. In the 1960s,Continue reading “Clay v. United States: A Pivotal Moment in War Ethics”

2022 Louisville Mayoral Election

On May 17, both the Republican and Democratic parties will be holding a primary for the mayoral election scheduled in November. Our current Mayor, Greg Fischer, is term limited and cannot run again for Mayor. LPR interviewed three candidates, Colin Hardin, Tim Findley, and Craig Greenberg, with full interviews here on our YouTube. Below isContinue reading “2022 Louisville Mayoral Election”

The State of Local Businesses in America: An Underdog Story

If you’ve been in a shopping district in any city in America recently, you’ve probably seen signs displaying some form of the “Shop Local” message. The message is certainly not new, but it’s taken on new importance. After seeing local favorites face closures and struggle to compete with e-commerce giants like Amazon, people are rootingContinue reading “The State of Local Businesses in America: An Underdog Story”

Here is the Evidence and Logic Used in the Writing of our SGA Article.

On Saturday, April 9th, members of the LPR editorial board were informed of the decision on the SGA election that was soon to be announced by the Supreme Court. We were given a copy of the Court’s opinion (which explains the “logic” behind their decision) and copies of the Finley/Brooks suit and the Brown/Hayden countersuit.Continue reading “Here is the Evidence and Logic Used in the Writing of our SGA Article.”

The SGA Supreme Court and Top 4 Stole the SGA Election

The SGA Supreme Court will soon announce the current SGA Executive Vice President, Sydney Finley, as the winner of the SGA presidential election with 670 votes and a run-off between candidates Katie Hayden and Valerie Tran for the office of the Executive Vice President. This is a very curious outcome, as after the elections firstContinue reading “The SGA Supreme Court and Top 4 Stole the SGA Election”