Saturday, February 10, 2007

Politics Anyone?

Believe it or not, it’s already time for the 2008 races. It seems like it was just a few months ago were talking politics (well, actually, it was just a few months ago; November to be exact). So, what was learned from the November races? Well, we learned that the people are tired of Bush’s handling of just about everything. The Republicans lost across the board. Was it a cyclical fluke? A slight correction? Or was it a signal that the mood of country, and the political momentum, was swinging back to the Left? Are we, as a country, becoming more liberal, perhaps as a result of aging Hippies (yeah, that would include me) taking one more swipe at affecting the country’s political climate? Is this the decade of the “New” Democratic Party? Interesting questions all.

We do know that the voters turned out in droves to oust Republican incumbents (which is no mean feat). Especially hard hit were Republican Moderates, who ironically, helped the one time minority Democrats get through or soften certain pieces of legislations. In turn the Democrats targeted their one time allies. I guess it goes to show that the enemy of my enemy is still my enemy. We know the anti-war movement is growing, and Bush’s ratings keep getting lower and lower. We know too that the ultra conservative Religious Right movement didn’t show up at the polls. Many stayed away to voice their frustration with what they saw as an increasing hypocritical Republican Party.

We know blue collar folks, especially union workers in the auto industry came out heavily, no doubt to vote their opinion of the state of the automobile industry, especially Ford (which beg the question “Has anyone driven a Ford lately?”). With Bush’s continued refusal to admit the existence of global warming (he recently, albeit cryptically, acknowledged there may be some sort of climate change afoot but continues to deny the human impact despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary). This “head-in-the-sand” stance brought out thousands of environmentally concerned voters, including ironically Fundamentalists, who have joined with environmentalists because of their belief that we are “caretakers” and “protectors” of the Earth and all that’s on it.

On the other side of spectrum, we know folks are very concerned…and frustrated…over illegal immigration and the Federal government’s refusal to do anything. They are equally frustrated about the government’s unwillingness to require immigrants to learn English. We are finding ourselves as outsiders in our own country. We are the ones who are being forced to adapt to those who refuse to learn our language. We are the ones being required to “press one” for English (something I refuse to do). We are the ones spending millions of taxpayer dollars to train police, EMS, and firefighters to speak Spainish, not to mention hiring special tutors for students who don’t speak our language, as well as for those whose parents don’t want their children to be taught in English (seriously), and this doesn’t even include all the money spent on various social services. We know that we are very concerned about a nuclear Iran, as well as a possible nuclear Taliban, Hezbollah, or Al Qaeda. Are these “conservative” issues or simply issues of national interest? I don’t know frankly, but I do know they will impact the 2008 elections, and beyond. Meanwhile, let’s take a look at some of the upcoming Kentucky races.


AND THEY’RE OFF!

As many of you know, I’ve been active in politics for nearly 30 years. There’s not much I haven’t done in politics. I know how the Democrats operate, and how the Republicans handle themselves. I also know personally many of the candidates running. With that said, let’s look at the Governor’s race.

The GOP has big problems. Darrell Brock, head of the Kentucky Republican Party announced on February 9 that he’s resigning next month (he’s expected to be replaced by the highly competent Gail Russell). Darrell, never a big fan of Republican Governor Ernie Fletcher, easily survived a failed attempt at ouster by the Governor as you may recall. Still, it’s never a good omen when the head of the incumbent’s party quits at the beginning of a major election cycle (sends that “deserting-a-sinking-ship” message). Ernie Fletcher is the first Republican since 1969 to be elected governor, which is impressive given the 2:1 Democrat voter registration. Yet successfully got himself indicted over a hiring scandal, and managed to limp from one crisis to another (even his Lt. Governor, not to mention most of his staff, has quit). Fletcher’s running mate is virtual unknown Robbie Rudolph, a Cabinet Secretary. His chief benefactor and GOP “Godfather”, US Senator Mitch McConnell (who was instrumental in getting Fletcher elected) has dropped him, as has Senator Jim Bunning. Most of the GOP operatives (and financial heavy hitters) have also abandoned him. In what has to be highly embarrassing for an incumbent governor, he’s been forced into a Primary against two strong opponents.

The headlines for former 3rd District Congresswoman Anne Northup on February 7th could have read "Northup throws in the Towel" when it was announced that she canned her campaign manager, Cam Savage. Not so much for firing him, although his handling of her thus far lackluster campaign certainly warranted it, but by hiring former Kentucky Executive Director Michael Clingaman (officially Savage “resigned” for “personal reasons”). I had the…er…opportunity of working with Michael when I ran for 38th State Representative in 2004. His job was to provide assistance to all challenger State House candidates. Specifically, he was to be our liaison between the House Leadership, Party Leadership, and the Governor’s office.

Now why I can only speak for myself, many of my fellow candidates voiced these same concerns. The walk sheets Clingaman provided were incomplete, and usually outdated. The phone lists were incomplete (I received only a partial list—even my name wasn’t on it--though I was assured it was a complete list. This resulted in me paying more my phone banking than I should have and yet reaching fewer people). Although he was supported to arrange to get “names” to come out and walk with us, he never did. He was supposed to arrange photo-ops with the Governor and others, but failed to do so. He was supposed to notify party and House members of our fundraisers, but never did. And, by the way, money specifically set aside for challengers, was diverted to help the incumbents. His demeanor was rude and arrogant. His advice to the less politically experienced was disastrous. While I was not active in the ’06 races, my understanding was that Clingaman offered more of same. Her saving grace may be her running mate, House Minority Leader, Jeff Hoover. Jeff is a popular politician who knows the ins and outs of Frankfort politics better than most. But even his popularity and expertise may not be enough to overcome Clingaman.

Paducah businessman Billy Harper is making a name for himself with his self-funded campaign commercials. Barely was the ’06 election over when Harper started running his ads. Harper’s inexperience may have already caused a fatal error in his election bid. As everyone who follows Kentucky politics knows, to win a gubernatorial race, you need someone on your ticket from the “Golden Triangle”, that is, Louisville, Lexington, or Northern Kentucky, which are the main population centers of the state. Harper made the mistake of selecting Dick Wilson, also of Paducah. Wilson may be a great guy and all, but it could show Harper’s lack of statewide appeal and experience.

On the Democratic side, they smell blood in the water, and we have quite a selection of sharks to pick from. Former Lt. Governor Steve Beshear is running with State Senator Dan Mongiarino. Not much to say about Steve. Good guy. This may be last try at the top job. Perennial candidate Gatewood Galbraith and retired highway engineer Mark Wireman are giving it a go. Galbraith is best known for wanting to legalize Pot. Guess we should call this the “Doobie Brothers” ticket. Former Lt. Governor Steve Henry finally decided to jump in the pool. I’ve known Steve for many years. Steve has had a lot of troubles lately. He was indicted, and later acquitted of Medicare billing fraud. He’s also being investigated for possible campaign finance violations over his failed 1998 bid for US Senate. Steve’s best asset is his wife, former Miss USA, Heather French Henry. Heather has made a reputation of caring for veterans, especially disabled veterans. Steve and Heather regularly come out to veteran events (including a few of mine). However, Heather has her own baggage. Several years she accidentally hit and killed a bicyclist on her way home. While it was determined she wasn’t at fault, this is Kentucky politics, and it’s bound to come up. All in all, Steve and Heather would make a great First Couple for Kentucky.

Louisville businessman Bruce Lunsford is running with Attorney General Greg Stumbo. While this is a classic example of using the “Golden Triangle”, both men have serious baggage issues. Like Harper, Bruce is a self made multi millionaire. He ran for governor is 2002, and then quit toward the end of race. While bad enough, he endorsed Republican Ernie Fletcher. In Democratic circles, that’s tantamount to political suicide. Stumbo has made his term of Attorney General a crusade against Fletcher. Despite repeated denials of a “witch hunt”, including a public statement denying any interest in running, Stumbo accepted Lunsford’s offer for the number two position. Stumbo, of course, has a number of personal issues, among which comes his failure to pay back child support.

State Treasurer Jonathan Miller and Jefferson County Attorney Irv Maze are also weighing in. Both are good guys. Jonathan and Irv are very likable. I only see two possible flaws with their race. Jonathan is Jewish, which (sadly) may not play well in heart of the Bible Belt, and neither have the fundraising ability it’s going to take to win this race, which is too bad. Jonathan is without a doubt one of the best the Democrats have in their current stable of raising stars. As for Irv, this is possibly his last shot at higher office.

Finally we come to House Speaker Jody Richards and former Secretary of State, John Y Brown III. Jody comes off as dull and uninspiring, which belies a very intelligent man. Jody too is reaching the end of his political career and this may well be his last grab for the golden ring. I went to school with John Y. Let’s just say he wasn’t the sharpest crayon in the box. I have to admit, I always delighted in debating him in every class we had together. After his tenure as SoS, John publicly admitted to having a serious drinking problem; something I seriously hope he’s got under control.

Missing from our list of political “Who’s Who” is current Secretary of State Trey Grayson. Trey considered a run for governor but wisely decided to seek reelection for SoS instead. Trey has done a great job as SoS and should win. Trey quite possibly represents the best of the Republican Party in Kentucky, and its future. He has everything one needs to be successful, except experience, and time will take care of that. I know that when I needed his help, he was there—no questions asked. And that says a lot in my book.

31 comments:

Anonymous said...

Man, if you're gonna write about something, at least get your facts straight. Don't play fast and loose with the truth like Henry does with other peoples' money.

Steve Henry was never indicted nor acquitted of Medicare billing fraud. He was charged with defrauding Medicaid, never acquitted, settled in the amount of $162,000 which was paid by Western Kentucky University. Guilt was never absolved.

He's not being investigated for violations over his 1998 campaign. The violations stem from a campaign account that he has used for various federal campaigns, playing fast and loose. The FEC will not confirm or deny any investigation.

There's also a flurry of activity and rumor surrounding his four non-profit organizations and their funds.

Sure, he's a crook who needs to be investigated, but get your ducks in a row.

Heather has more than the cyclist murder on her hands. She's being sued by her publishing company for defrauding them of more than $400,000. She pulled a Steve on them and blamed her non-profit organization-- like the organization itself
could write books and such.

Doesn't sound like you know the Henrys as well as you say you do.

Lunsford ran for Governor in 2003, not 2002. Why no mention of his "baggage" while you mention that of everyone else?

Stumbo's baggage has nothing to do with a failure to pay "back" child support. He began paying child support after a DNA paternity test. No "back" child support was ever involved. Other baggage includes a disappeared DUI charge.

If you're going to talk about JYBIII's drinking problem, let's talk about everyone else's addictions.

Linda Greenwell is not a Democrat and she is not running against Trey Grayson. She is a Republican running for the office of Auditor of Public Accounts.

Trey has no Republican opponent. There are three Democrats running for the bid to run against him in the general election. They are: Dick Robinson, MaDonna J. White and S. Bruce Hendrickson.

For being "active in politics for nearly 30 years", I'm pretty sure you need to educate yourself a bit. Posting this sort of inaccurate tripe is tantamount to George W. Bush trying to correctly pronounce the word "nuclear."

Paul W said...

Anon - Hosse clearly has no clue on what's going on with the State Races, thanks for pointing out his obvious inaccuracies. He wonders why he got little support from the RPK and Clingaman, maybe it's because you have to actually show that you have a legit shot at winning. Just because you put your name on a ballot you can't expect $100,000 and 1000 volunteers to just be thrown at you buy the RPK. Those candidates that needed and deserved the support received the support by the RPK, sorry you didn't make the cut. When you take on a Denver Butler who's been in office for years in a Democratic area, you better be a special candidate to pull the upset.

Also many elected officials don't want to have their picture taken or be at events supporting a candidate that is considered a pretty big long-shot. They don't want to be associated with losing and they did't see the point at ticking off Butler just because he's a D (which you apparently were not to long ago).

Clingaman and the RPK obtain their voter lists from Voter Vault which is maintained by the RNC. It's the national database, and what campaigns all across the county depend upon. Clingaman shouldn't get the blame for something he has no control over.

I wish the best to Cam Savage, but in all honestly Clingaman should have been the manager for Northup/Hoover from day one. He's successfully run her Congressional campaigns and during his time with the RPK made many statewide contacts. I think this is a positive change for the Northup/Hoover team.

Walter A said...

I don't really know much about National Politics But I do know a "SNOW JOB" when I see one.The only problem about this SNOW JOB is this one is costing young Americans the prime of their lifes.

The Bush people with their munitions investments are encouraging the escalation of the war so they can make more.

In order to for President Bush to pay for the war that his family greatly benefits from, is to start cutting Health Benefits from the elderly and poor so his Family CAN continue to make money. In other words, President Bush is asking to Trade "HEALTH FOR DEATH".

"Health" from those who are elderly, disabled and poor. With "Death" taking the lives of our brave and fine soldiers, which is our FUTURE!

Not only was the war started with a lie, but now the Bush Family is making Millions if not billions of dollars on the war and we as Tax-paying Americans are being asked to pay for it.

It is a lose, lose situation and a no win situation for America.

We, in Alaska, Has been through this type leadership just recently and to see the "SNOW JOB" happen on a national level is unbeleivable. WE NEED A SOLUTION, PEOPLE.

moderate man said...

Well, Anonymous would have us believe that only Democrat Governor candidates carry any baggage. He fails to discuss our current incumbent Republican Governor who is running for re-election. Before I continue, let me say we are all human and we make mistakes, including our leaders. We may not want to talk about them, show them, or promote them. It is the duty of the electorate to uncover them to find out the candidates actions, values and character. Then make their decision accordingly. There are a lot of candidates running for governor this year. In my opinion too many. There should be an internal party mechanism limiting primaries to a certain number to avoid a runoff. A runoff is expensive to everybody including the taxpayers. If a candidate won’t be fielded by his party in a primary, let them run on the independent ticket. Why should I have to pay for a contested runoff because a millionaire wants to buy an office?

Another Opinion said...

Wow, looks like I hit the "hot" botton! Yes, I know Steve Henry. He's not a crook in my opinion.

Annon, you're right, Linsford ran in '03 not '02. My bad. And I stand corrected on Linda Greenwell. The research I received was inaccurate. My apolologies for not double checking.

Paul W- Few of us were considered long shots (I had the full and open support of Senator McConnell, so I would hardly think my race would be considered a "long shot" by anyone). We were all assured by GOP leadership of a minimum support, including everything I mentioned. I know what we were promised never materialized. I only hope Clingaman does a better job for Anne.

Another Opinion said...

John Y Brown III was kind enough to respond to my recent article. I'm posting his comment for all to see in order to make sure John's past is absolutly clear:

There is a factual mistake about me in your post. I didn't admit to having a drinking problem after my tenure as SoS, implying it was a recent revelation. I did have a drinking problem as a young man, and this issue was raised when I ran for SoS in 1995 by one of my opponents. I have not had a drink of alcohol in over 21 years, since the age of 22.

Best,
John Y Brown III


John, I commend you highly and thank you for your comment!

Donna said...

very good

Anonymous said...

Hey, even the pros make an error from time to time. You acknowledged the goofs (which were for the most part minor by the way), and that puts you heads above other political bloggers. Your blog is one of best ones out there, so get back to writing!

Anonymous said...

Paul--Looks like everyone is trying to protect their candidate. You weren't supposed to point out everyone's baggage, just the other guy's!

BTW, it was a real class act on your part to admit your error. This is still one of the best blogs going. Keep it up!

Anonymous said...

You really blamed your Linda Greenwell error on "research you received" as opposed to research you didn't do. Greenwell is a Republican, a member of the state party executive committee. She has ran for office before. Surely you can find your way to the Secretary of State's webpage. That's all the research you needed to do.

By the way, Harper started running his commercials in October, before Northup lost her race for re-election. And Nunn was elected in 1967, not 1969, a year in which local elections were held, but not state elections. Galbraith has backed off the legalizing Pot and reduced it to medical marijuana promotion. So far, Henry is not being investigated, although he probably will be. But that statement is factually incorrect. If you were to do any research on Maze, you will find he is an excellent fundraiser, even in years such as 2006 when he was unopposed. But Miller needs to step up if they are to be effective in 2007. As to Clingaman, you obviously had some bad work from him, as you have mentioned him before. Let it go. He is apparently successful or Northup would not have hired him.

Whatever research you received was wrong. Maybe you should actually do some yourself. Your 30 years of experience did not shine through in this post. I am being critical because I come here now and then and find your posts usually good, even if I disagree with them. This one was not of your usual standards and frankly disappointing.

The Whippoorwill Poet

Another Opinion said...

You are absolutely correct Whippoorwill. I usually do my own research. This time I didn't. I had two seperate sources provide the same information. Both were wrong. However, excuses aside, this is my blog, and therefore my error entirely. I will endeavor that it won't happen again.

My point about Clingaman was that he was terrible in '04 when it came to helping challenger candidates. Maybe he's changed. I hope so. As for Irv Maze, he really hasn't shown himself to be a successful statewide fundraiser. He's good in Jefferson County, and perhaps that's all he needs to be.

Anonymous said...

Paul- I’ve known you since the early eighties. No one knows politics West of I-65 better than you. No one. It sounds like a couple of individuals went off on you pretty hard. It’s not like you not to do your own research. What happened? You must have been pretty under the weather or something not to follow up. You’re too much of a perfectionist

I hope you’ll take this in the spirit it’s offered. The only thing I see wrong with article was about Greenwell. But you must have hit fairly close to home for those folks to go off on you like that. With that in mind, I know you to be someone who cares passionately about the Truth regardless of person, position, title, and least of all, of party (it’s “Principal over Personality or Party” you used to say). You never did “play the game”. Ever. It’s not in your nature. You always called them as you saw them. You’ve always though politics should be about the People, not privilege or power. You were never bullied or intimidated. You always thought for yourself. You spoke your mind. Maybe that’s why these folks fear you so much.

Yeah, I head the same thing from other candidates about Clingaman. He and the local and state GOP leadership dropped the ball. That cost them several elections, including yours. Clingaman will either continue in his ways as before and Northup will lose, or he's got the message and she’ll win. But as far as you should be concerned, forget about it. Say what needs to be said, and go on.

You need to keep writing. Blogs like this are too important to the rest of us. Keep calling them as you see them. Name names. If they do well, say so. If they don’t, keep pounding them—just like you’ve always done before. The more they yell, the more you're on the right track. It has always been about doing the “right thing for the right reasons” with you, so keep doing the right thing. But, this has become too important to trust the homework to someone else. Depend on yourself for that! Meanwhile, we'll keep reading.

Hagan said...

http://www.politicsplease.com/2007/02/in-his-continued-quest-to-mold-himself.html

ZackTrudeau said...

Doesnt it say something for Harper that he is willing to look outside the political arena, the pandering politicians, for a fresh perspective on the ticket?

Another Opinion said...

Zack--
Yes, it says a lot of positive about Harper's willingness to skip over the "usual suspects" and find someone outside the political arena. But, Western Kentucky has a low population center, and thus a low voter base. He would have been better served finding someone like Wilson in the Louisville, Lexington, or maybe the Covington-Newport areas, which is where the larger population centers are. Harper will need to find a way to tap into the "Golden Triangle". Great question.

Zack said...

AO,

What do you think he could have done and what do you think is his way into those areas? Also, how much disatisfaction do you think exists within the triangle?

Another Opinion said...

Very good questions Zack. Thank you. Harper should have found someone like Wilson within the Triangle. It would have given him a real edge. What he's done is make life a little harder for himself, but nothing that can't overcome. First, a successful businessman (or woman for that matter) can become governor. Look at John Y Brown and Wallace Wilkinson for example. Second, people love an outsider, or underdog if you'd like. Third (and perhaps most importantly), he's got money and he isn't afraid to use it.

Harper/Wilson need to spend a lot of extra time in the Triangle. They need to hit it and hit it often in person. Politics is about relationships. Either making them or exploiting them. I'd like to see three or four strong testimonials from leading citizens (community activist, Labor leader, respected business leader, ex-mayor, local personality, etc) for EACH of the key areas within the Triangle. Run the three medias (radio, TV, print) within each market. That establishes a sense of connection and trust. If they have any family roots in the Triangle, use that too.

There's a lot of dissatisifaction with the political status quo. Just look at Fletcher's numbers! For that matter, look at Bush's number. This isn't going to be a good election cycle of the Grand Ole Party, and it's going to be hard for them to overcome the damage. But, there's also a lot of frustration with politicans and politics in general. Harper is an outsider. Use it. Emphasize "pratical" solutions--use examples from his business career. Stress being above the pettiness of party politics. Be results oriented.

Lastly, I'd like to see Harper (and frankly, all the other candidates) come out openly in favor of the Employee Free Choice Act, which, very briefly, would give employees the right to form unions without fear of retribution, and is currently pending before Congress. Kentucky needs something similar.

He's already on the right track with his emphasis on education. How about bringing in good paying new jobs to the poorer counties (like in his Western Kentucky, and also Eastern Kentucky) and tying it with an education assistance program such as corporate sponsered post-high school training programs? It could reinforce reading, writing, and math with specific business skills geared toward the corporate sponser's business much like a European style apprenticeship program. The company would benefit with a well trained employee (and maybe a tax break too) and the individual would have a job and be off the public dole. The county (and state) would gain through an additional taxing source. This in turn attracts more businesses. It's a win/win situation. So, since he's a businessman, how could he do that?

Anyway, that's just a few thoughts. I hope it answers your questions.

Zack said...

AO, excellent points. But, wont union support kill him with business? Also, basically your strategy is have him run from the party, can that work in a primary election?

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Another Opinion said...

The upcoming election cycles will heavily favor the Democrats. Businesses give mainly money and not much else. Harper has money. He needs votes. So why not use his status as an outsider to show himself to be a compassionate businessman who cares about Kentucky's working men and women (union and non-union) as well as the small "Mom & Pop" outfits? Don't forget Kentucky, though conservative, is still 2:1 Democrat in registration. Northup has used a similar tactic in the past, and did quite well. If he makes it through the primary, it would give him a leg up going after the Dem's traditional base.

ChadRossan said...

You mentioned Northup's past strategy, how much do you think she is dinged by having lost in November??

Another Opinion said...

I don't Northup wasn't dinged at all. It would be one thing if Anne lost and other Republicans won, but that didn't happen. Republicans lost across the board. I think her loss was more of a reaction to Bush and in this case, against Fletcher than anything. Anne is a smart and tough campaigner. She long held on to a seat that by all rights should have belonged to the Democrats. She also made a great choice in selecting Jeff Hoover as her running mate. Both know their stuff. Both are good fundraisers, but Anne can bring in some BIG bucks from out of state. I think that if she runs the campaign the way she knows it should be run and not let others run it for her, she'll do just fine.

KendallLayton said...

I agree it was somewhat a reaction to Bush, but the distrcit has more R's in it than any other district... If she cant win there, how can she win statewide?

Another Opinion said...

Eastern Jefferson County is mainly Republican, but the rest of the county is heavily Democrat with a few small pockets of large Republican minorities here and there. Voter registration in Jefferson County remains about 2:1 Democrat, which is about the same for the state in general (if I recall correctly, there are two Kentucky counties with Republican majorities, but of course, Jefferson County has the population).

Having said that, I think Anne has a pretty shot. For decades, popular Democrat Ron Mazzolli was the 3rd District Congressman. After he retired, Mike Ward (who beat Charlie Owens (D)) went on to beat Susan Stokes (R) for the seat. Anne, who had been serving the Kentucky House of Representatives, took on Ward and beat him with approximately 51% of the vote in 1996. In 1998, she took on former Kentucky Attorney General, Chris Gorman, about beat him by a similar margin.

In 2000, Northup defeated State Representative Eleanor Jordon, who garnered only 44.2% of the vote. In 2002, she took on Jack Conway, who many observers were calling "Young Jack" because he remined them of a young Jack Kennedy (I know. I find that that hard to believe too). Conway did the best of all the Democratic candidates to that point with 48.4% of the vote. Later came Jefferson County Circuit Clerk, Tony Miller. Tony lost with 37.8% of the vote. Anne finally lost to John Yarmuth, but not by much. In a ironic reversal, Yarmuth got 51% to Anne's 48%. Libertarian Donna Mancinci received 1%. I also think the mood of the country, and state worked against her. They wanted nothing to do with anyone tied to Bush (or Fletcher) in any way.

Having said that, I think the numbers shows that Anne can win in a Democratic state. She polled well among minorites, seniors, and veterans. Of course, Jeff Hoover has done quite well too. He was a great choice for a running mate. The key, as I see it, is for her to run her own race, show her independence, and hold nothing anything back.

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Another Opinion said...

Ken, I got a little time to get some figures for you. If you go to www.elect.ky.gov/ you can see the voter registration statistics. According to the SOS, there are 2,783,050 voters. Of that, 1,585,905 are registered Democrats, while 1,017,968 are Republicans. That gives you roughly a 1.6:1 ratio of Democrats to Republicans. Of course, you have to consider the 179,177 who are registered at "Other", which means Independent or a third party (they can only vote in the General) And just because someone is registered a certain party, doesn't mean they'll vote that way in a General Election. Beyond party, Kentucky is conservative.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Not up online yet but wil be soon.

TimSalmon said...

I wouldnt call this a Democratic state, registration wise maybe, but a Republican senatorial leader and a Republican Governor? C'mon AO...

Another Opinion said...

Ok Tim, I will. I think you're confusing party registration with ideology. If you read the last two lines of my last entry, you'll note I said "And just because someone is registered a certain party, doesn't mean they'll vote that way in a General Election. Beyond party, Kentucky is conservative" didn't I?

Yes, we tend to send more Republicans to Washington. Our Governors are overwhelming Democrat. Until recently, both the State Senate AND State House were Democrat (now, only the House is). We also tend to elect Democrats to many of the Constitutional offices. Most of Kentucky's mayors and local council members, not to mention to most of the other assorted elected positions like County Judge, Sheriff, Circuit Court Clerks, County Attorneys, etc, etc have been Democrats.

The majority of these Democrats are fairly conservative overall, and some are very conservative. We have few elected Democrats who are as liberal as Democrats are in others states. So, again to my previous point Tim, beyond party registration, Kentuckians are by and large conservative and tend to vote conservative.

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