Richard Nelson


Richard Nelson is a Trigg County magistrate and Executive Director of the Commonwealth Policy Center. He currently lives near the Roaring Springs community with his wife and children.

Many Kentucky lawmakers are calling a local option sales tax their highest priority this legislative session. The legislation would allow local governments to put public projects on the ballot and allow residents to vote on paying a sales tax to fund the project. This bill has been an issue among conservative groups, namely the United Kentucky Tea Party. Commentator Richard Nelson takes issue with the proposal and says Kentuckians are already over-taxed.

One of the greatest expressions of American democracy is going to the polls on election day and casting your vote. Yet, low voter turnout cast a shadow over the Kentucky May Primary. Commentator Richard Nelson says the health of the Commonwealth depends on citizen involvement in the election.

On May 9th, Barack Obama made history and headlines, becoming the first sitting president to openly support gay marriage. As expected, media outlets jumped on this announcement, a contentious social issue with favorability weighing almost an even split for and against in the polls. Commentator Richard Nelson argues that overall media coverage appeared bias, praising Obama for his “evolution” on the issue, without considering the other 50 percent or so who disagree on the issue. In his commentary, Nelson takes the opposing view and argues that the right recipe for marriage should include God in the mix.

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Murray, KY – For many, Thanksgiving has become a tradition of gathering around a turkey with the family, sharing stories and giving thanks. Commentator Richard Nelson recently found some statistics on opinions about marriage and the traditional family, which suggest that the idea of family has changed in people's minds. Nelson found, however that most Americans still believe children fare best in two-parent families.