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Welcome to the best opinion pieces of the week from News From The States. Our commentary includes our own journalists from across our extensive network as well as outside voices to bring a wide range of perspectives and ideas. In addition to the sampling below, you can look through all our commentary here.



Demands by protesters and Breonna Taylor’s family helped expose the rot in Louisville policing

Vanessa Gallman | Kentucky Lantern

On what would have been her 28th birthday, June 5, 2021, Breonna Taylor was remembered with an art installation in Louisville.​​​​​​​(Getty Images) (Photo by Jon Cherry/Getty Images)

On what would have been her 28th birthday, June 5, 2021, Breonna Taylor was remembered with an art installation in Louisville.
(Getty Images) (Photo by Jon Cherry/Getty Images)

The fallout of the 2020 Breonna Taylor killing by police, resulting from an invalid warrant, made clear that the Louisville police department has serious problems in management and training.

But a two-year federal investigation into the department exposed the depth of the bullying and overall disrespect toward citizens. Attorney General Merrick Garland rightly described the results in the report as “heartbreaking. … It is an affront to the people of Louisville who deserve better.”

It’s the type of policing one would expect to find in the Deep South decades ago, not today in Kentucky’s largest and most racially diverse city.


Inside the mind of a typical Kansas lawmaker: Fury as far as the eye can see

Clay Wirestone | Kansas Reflector


Householder and Borges felony convictions just a start in stopping Ohio pay-to-play corruption

David DeWitt | Ohio Capital Journal


Politics, ‘values’ and big money in the Wisconsin Supreme Court race

Ruth Conniff | Wisconsin Examiner


‘Parental rights’ advocates don’t really trust parents

Kathie Obradovich | Iowa Capital Dispatch


Time to step up on birth control access

Niki Kelly | Indiana Capital Chronicle


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