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Welcome to the Commonwealth Policy Center

The Commonwealth Policy Center (CPC) is dedicated to preserving the bedrock values of life, marriage and fiscal responsibility in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. It affirms as stated in the Kentucky Constitution that our civil, political and religious liberties come from God.

To that end, it seeks to educate the general public, work for sound public policies, and influence elections on behalf of conservative candidates.

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The Commonwealth Matters

The Commonwealth Matters is a half-hour weekly podcast that features interviews with state leaders and reaction on important and relevant issues. The program is aired in Bowling Green, Owensboro, Paducah, Mayfield, Ashland, Prestonsburg, and Hazard.

Richard Nelson has appeared on programs on Christian television stations all across Kentucky and is a regular host on WNKJ in Hopkinsville and a monthly guest on WRUS in Russellville.

Pastor Ron Hicks, of Henderson Memorial Baptist Church, is a regular contributor to The Commonwealth Matters as they consider social issues from a Biblical perspective.

Richard Nelson

Richard Nelson

Director Commonwealth Policy Center

From the Blog

Sports Gambling Bill Passes Committee

Gambling expansion has been pushed for decades but now it has widespread bi-partisan support. HB 137 would legalize betting on college and pro-sports. It would also legalize online poker through the Kentucky lottery. The bill passed out of committee last week and...

Legislation Could Limit Faith-Based Counselors

The Kentucky state legislature is considering a bill banning conversion therapy. This is a controversial technique where counselors employ abusive practices to force change on those struggling with various sexual orientations.  The bills prohibit state licensed...

U.S. Senate Holds Impeachment Trial

The impeachment trial of Pres. Trump is underway. It's only the third time in our history that a president has been impeached. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell believes its more a political maneuver by Democrats than a fact-based case against the president. McConnell...

"We know in our souls that we don’t want to encourage gambling on ball games. Beyond its well-known corruptive influence, gambling’s false quick-cash, success-through-luck mentality fights against our values." Well said Richard Dawahare

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The final deadline to sign up for our 2020 Candidate Training Summit is on Wednesday at noon EST so that we are able to finalize our food and seating orders. Please visit to sign up!

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The Senate's impeachment trial is under way and Kentucky will take center-stage in the form of @senatemajldr Mitch McConnell. Tune in here:

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