It seems House and Senate Leadership are, according to today's Herald-Leader:
Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, said the horse industry, which says expanded gambling is needed for Kentucky to compete with the slots-fueled racing purses and breeders incentives of other states, will have to make its case in the Senate.
"We're not going to engage in useless activity here," he said. "We're not going to go through it for no reason."
Senate President David Williams, who opposes expanded gambling, responded: "Good. That means we won't have to address that issue in the next session. The support is not here."
It seems, however, that the Governor and the Speaker aren't interested in success on this issue, only politics:
"One of the things we agree on is that ... we usually campaign for candidates in our party, and I'm sure we all will be doing that next year."
However, at a rally of horse industry supporters later Wednesday, Beshear took a different tack. "We've got to do one of two things," he said to several hundred gathered at Keeneland. "We've got to change some of the state senators' minds or we've got to change some of the state senators."
In next year's state legislative races, all 100 House seats and half of the Senate's 38 seats will be up for grabs, including Williams' in south-central Kentucky.
Williams predicted that Democrats will spend a lot of money trying to oust Senate Republicans and slots supporters will form a group to pay for issue-oriented advertisements. But he said there will be no change in party control of the House or Senate in the next 18 months.
Advocates of slots "can spend all the money in the world, but they have the wrong issue," Williams said.
Stumbo, however, said most Kentuckians will side with the House.
"They will smile on what we did," he said, "and they will frown on what they did."
Let's do a quick analysis here, from the bottom up.
Stumbo and Williams have differing views of the popularity of the issue in Kentucky. Given the outright bribery that had to occur to achieve a one-vote victory in the House, we have to think Williams' take - that it is not very popular - is closer to the truth.
Next we have the Governor's two statements - that "We've got to change some of the state senators' minds or we've got to change some of the state senators," and he plans on campaigning hard for Democrats. It seems that he's chosen the latter approach: changing Senators.
And it seems that it's the wrong approach. It seems obvious, to this fairly uninterested observer, that slots for horses is still very unpopular in the state.
In fact, there have been plenty of seriously contested elections we can think of since Beshear took office where casinos were an issue and the anti-casino candidate won: Sen. Smith won Mongiardo's seat, Sen. Givens won an expensive race. In the February special election for the 32nd district, both candidates were against casinos.
The citizens of Kentucky have yet to be convinced, but Governor Beshear and Greg Stumbo seem to see the issue as a fundraiser for their politics. If they actually cared about the issue, they'd work on convincing the citizens of Kentucky, not finding candidates to lose races.