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Penny M. Miller is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Kentucky, chair of the Kentucky Commission on Women, and a member of the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars. Among her publications are Political Parties and Primaries in Kentucky and The Kentucky Legislature: Two Decades of Change, both coauthored with Malcolm E. Jewell. She has been involved in state and local political campaigns for many years.

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  • Series: Politics and Governments of the American States
  • Paperback: 469 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press (January 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803282060
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803282063
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,483,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "dclawyerfromky" on May 7, 2003
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I find it hard to believe that this book has not received any feedback. If you are an undergraduate history or political science student who wants to go to law school (especially in Kentucky), a las student, or if you are just seeking an excellent resource examining Kentucky's Political History- this book is for you! This book is a good read. It has a lot of information in it, but the information BY NO MEANS weighs down the actual text. Take the advice from someone who has been there- you cannot grasp the concepts of a state's laws or its government without first understanding its political history. In all seriousness, you should buy this book. G.A.
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This is a textbook that discusses the history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, in particular its political institutions. It was (or perhaps still is) required reading for some political science courses at the University of Kentucky. It was published in 1994 after several reforms had taken place under the Brereton Jones administration, but little has changed in the last 20 years sine publication. This book should be required reading for all elected representatives to the Kentucky General Assembly as well as anyone who works in the Executive Cabinet or Legislative Research Commission (LRC). There is a wealth of helpful information about the evolution of Kentucky's constitution, its tax system, and its political culture. (The other prerequisite is Night Comes to the Cumberlands.)

I took several pages of notes and will keep this book as a reference in my current job. I personally found it helpful to see the evolution of the tax code, how we got to where we are today. The biggest epiphany came in the final chapter looking at the 1993 health care reform crusade led by Gov. Jones, which was basically Romneycare long before Jonathan Gruber and Mitt Romney. I'm amazed that the comparison does not come up more (see below).

"Politics is the damndest in Kentucky" is an oft-quoted line by poet James Mulligan delivered in a 1902 banquet for members of the KY General Assembly.
"The landscape is the grandest - and
Politics - the damnedest
In Kentucky."

Those of us who score bills and watch the political point-scoring in Kentucky know this adage to be true.

"Kentucky's political elite govern through family ties or position," and several names have long existed in the legislature.
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