The governor has called a state of emergency in Kentucky. The reason, it turns out, has nothing to do with the reported fistfight in Paducah yesterday. Rather, Governor Beshear's goal is to prevent price gouging on gasoline as a result of Hurricane Ike's interrupting gas production in the Gulf of Mexico.
Last spring and over the summer, Louisville's gas prices were higher than those in South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Indiana, Ohio (as well as other states I didn't drive in and can't verify), and the rest of Kentucky. Our prices went up faster and stayed up longer than any state except perhaps California. This time a little effort to protect citizens seems appropriate.