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Gov spending KDP money to fly around

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March 31, 2012
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I’m happy that the Governor and his family are in New Blue Orleans today.  It kind of behooves him to be there when the Commonwealth has two teams playing in the Final Four.  I also don’t mind him using the state jet to get down there so long as the state gets reimbursed.

As a Democrat, what I do mind is the Kentucky Democratic Party using donor money to fly the governor around.  I’ve asked around to people who know about these sorts of things and this was not a standard practice of past Democratic governors.  In the linked article, representatives of the party claim that the trip involves Democratic Party political activities. I don’t buy it.  Party spokesman Matt Erwin said “he would have to check” what political activities are going to be involved in the trip.

We’re not talking petty cash here either.  Jack Brammer reports:

Beshear also used a state plane in April 2011 to take his family to the NCAA Final Four in Houston. The state Democratic Party picked up the $6,105 tab for the flight.

Since Beshear became governor in December 2008, . . . . The Democratic Party has reimbursed the state about $100,000 for his trips.

This is a short-sighted practice, because it hampers the party’s ability to raise the money it should be spending beating the likes of David Williams, Mitch McConnell, and Rand Paul.  I know I don’t want to give money to the KDP for them to fly the Beshears around.

Take It Over: Kentucky Democratic Party Precinct Elections this Saturday, March 31st, 10AM

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March 26, 2012
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Here’s a friendly reminder, team…

This Saturday, March 31st, you can become a Precinct Delegate for the Kentucky Democratic Party.

And by “can” obviously I am suggesting that you “should.” As posted earlier:

On March 31st, 2012, the Democratic Party will gather at in its most local form… at voting precincts around the State. If you are a registered Dem, then at 10AM on March 31st, you just go to your local polling place.

There, you and other Dems will vote to elect the Party’s Precinct Delegates. Three people will be selected from each precinct — a man, a woman, and a youth (which is generously defined as someone under 35!). If 8 people show up, three of them are selected. If three people show up, then you’ve got a really good chance of being elected.

Once you are elected, you get fairly minimal but very important responsibilities. These are:

• Recruit volunteers to help with the Committee and campaigns

• Participate in the functions of the Executive Committee

• Electing the Democratic County Executive Committee at the County Convention

• Electing Delegates to the State  Convention

• Keeping current records of Democrats in the precinct

• Distributing communications from the party

• Elect nominees for the ballot when there is a vacancy in county officials

• Perform duties as requested by the County Democratic Executive Committee

In other words, you are not only on the front lines of the Party, you are shaping the Party. You are taking control of it.

It also means you have the chance to move up the ladder. If you are elected to your Precinct Committee, you not only then vote at the County Convention (April 14th), you could become a delegate to the State Convention (June 2nd) and you could, further, become a delegate to the National Convention… one of those very excited political nerds and other assorted weirdos who wear funny hats, hold vertical state signs, and clap on queue when they are told to in the midst of a massive political carnival.

If you don’t know your precinct location (it’s where you go and vote, people!) you can look it up here or contact your County Clerk’s office.

In fact… contact your County Clerk’s office just to be sure you end up at the right place.

 

The state Party has a very helpful handbook, give it a read (PDF).

 

Taking Over the Party: How to be a Precinct Delegate

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February 2, 2012
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A lot of people are frustrated with the Democratic Party. Here in Lexington, Fayette Dems are treated to a largely proactive and excellent set of Party leaders, which makes sense because most everything in Fayette County is excellent. What we don’t always have are responsive elected leaders — like a Congressman who votes to slash food and medicine aid to HIV-infected women and poor children around the world, and State Reps who pointlessly vote to disenfranchise our State Senator. But, good Dems, you do have a choice and you do have power. The Party is yours, so you can always work to change it, reshape it, reorganize it and take it over.

One of the simplest and most direct ways to do this is not by giving money to the Party but rather giving time… and not even that much.

On March 31st, 2012, the Democratic Party will gather at in its most local form… at voting precincts around the State. If you are a registered Dem, then at 10AM on March 31st, you just go to your local polling place.

There, you and other Dems will vote to elect the Party’s Precinct Delegates. Three people will be selected from each precinct — a man, a woman, and a youth (which is generously defined as someone under 35!). If 8 people show up, three of them are selected. If three people show up, then you’ve got a really good chance of being elected.

Once you are elected, you get fairly minimal but very important responsibilities. These are:

• Recruit volunteers to help with the Committee and campaigns

• Participate in the functions of the Executive Committee

• Electing the Democratic County Executive Committee at the County Convention

• Electing Delegates to the State  Convention

• Keeping current records of Democrats in the precinct

• Distributing communications from the party

• Elect nominees for the ballot when there is a vacancy in county officials

• Perform duties as requested by the County Democratic Executive Committee

In other words, you are not only on the front lines of the Party, you are shaping the Party. You are taking control of it.

It also means you have the chance to move up the ladder. If you are elected to your Precinct Committee, you not only then vote at the County Convention (April 14th), you could become a delegate to the State Convention (June 2nd) and you could, further, become a delegate to the National Convention… one of those very excited political nerds and other assorted weirdos who wear funny hats, hold vertical state signs, and clap on queue when they are told to in the midst of a massive political carnival.

I’m oversimplifying all of this, of course, but… if you want to be a delegate, if you want more control over the Party, or if you just want to be more involved, March 31st @ 10AM is the time to start.

We’re pretty lucky in Fayette County and so are those fools over in Jefferson. Many others… not so much. But wherever you are, wherever you vote, the party is yours for the taking.

All you have to do is gather up some friends, head to your polling place, and take it.

The state Party has a very helpful handbook, give it a read (PDF).

Yarmuth calls out McConnell’s hostage demands on the House floor (VIDEO)

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June 22, 2011
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Here’s John Yarmuth, Awesomely calling out Mitch McConnell for threatening to cause an economic calamity unless the Democrats cave on Medicare (i.e., electorally bail out Paul Ryan Republicans next year):

The KDP also weighed in on the matter:

That’s not an apology

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June 22, 2011
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The current clown of the Kentucky Democrats (this is a revolving prize), Commissioner of Agriculture Bob Farmer, apologized yesterday for saying in his stand-up routine that Eastern Kentuckians are a bunch of inbred toothless hicks. (we’ll also note the fact that Kentucky Democrats nominating a non-farmer stand-up comedian for this job because his name is “Farmer” isn’t the greatest rebuttal to the stereotype)

Only he didn’t really apologize. Yes, it’s the old “if you were offended” line:

“I apologize if it offends anyone,” Farmer said in a phone interview. “I don’t want to offend people.”

And it doesn’t help that he followed that remark with this, noting that Republicans found the video and made it an issue yesterday:

“When did they lose their sense of humor, when I got 15 points ahead?” Farmer said.

Yes, so Farmer is basically saying “I apologize if you were offended, but seriously, it was funny and if you’re offended you should get a sense of humor”.

FAIL.

And I reject the premise that Republicans did this because they are worried about Farmer winning. They brought this out so early because they know that Farmer is an embarrassing joke, and they want to tie him as fast as possible to the KDP and Steve Beshear, as David Williams and the rest of the GOP ticket continues to look doomed. The KDP did the smart thing by denouncing Farmer, but this incredibly lame “apology” might wind up giving the story more legs than it would of if he had just said “I was totally wrong and I apologize to all Kentuckians” without the “if’s”.

The issue here isn’t Bob Farmer, because despite the name and Beshear’s advantage at the top of the ticket, he just isn’t going to win this race. The issue is how well the RPK succeeds at tying the embarrassment that is Bob Farmer to the rest of the Democratic Party. Is it desperate? Yes. Can I blame them, based on the situation that is staring the KY GOP in the face come this November? Not really… they’d be stupid not to.

PS- I’ll never get tired of saying “I told you so” about nominating Bob Farmer…

KY Democratic County Chairs issue statement to Speaker Boehner

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June 19, 2011
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As Kentucky celebrates the 200th anniversary of local boy made good Henry Clay becoming Speaker of the House (dubbed “Henry Clay Week” currently in Lexington), 20 Democratic County Executive Committee Chairs have a message for current Speaker of the House John Boehner, who will be speaking at Transylvania this Friday along with three former Speakers.

Henry Clay served Kentucky as a member of the Kentucky Legislature, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the U.S. Senate for almost half of the 1800s. In addition to serving as a state and national legislator Clay served as a diplomat who helped negotiate the end of the War of 1812 and as U.S. Secretary of State.

While Clay lost three elections to be President of the United States, his contributions to the nation exceed those of many Presidents. He is known as “The Great Compromiser” for keeping the nation from civil war in 1820, and for sponsoring the “Missouri Compromise of 1820” and “The Compromise of 1850.”

Clay was a strong supporter of the Federal Government building roads and canals throughout the nation. In 1836, he sponsored legislation which created the system of Marine Hospitals for workers on the nation’s inland rivers, lakes and waterways. The legislation mandated that this healthcare system be paid for by the employers of workers on America’s waterways.

Clay left a powerful legacy as a leader who believed in the power of government to do good for society. It is hoped that the present Speaker of the House, John Boehner, will learn from that legacy that compromise and internal improvements made and continue to make our nation great.

In that spirit we suggest that Speaker Boehner use his leadership position not to try to balance the budget on the backs of America’s Seniors by dismantling Medicare, but instead by phasing out the billions of dollars of tax subsidies for very profitable oil companies. Instead of cutting grants for students and pre-school programs, we suggest he lead Congress to mandate that companies such as GE that receive billions of dollars of government contracts and yet pay no taxes, start acting as responsible corporate citizens and pay reasonable taxes.

We further suggest that Speaker Boehner find common ground with the President on the health care reform legislation, the “Affordable Care Act.” It is unclear why Speaker Boehner and his Republican colleagues oppose families being able to provide health insurance to their children until age 26? Or why they oppose prohibiting the denial of coverage to children born with disabilities?

Speaker Boehner, we ask that you follow the example of Henry Clay, “The Great Compromiser,” and look to compromise to make our Federal Government work.

Not bad. Kentucky Democratic Party Chairman Daniel Logsdon also released a special video statement about John Boehner:

Yes, it’s now been two months since the entire Kentucky GOP House delegation voted to end Medicare, yet not a single word about this has been uttered by the Kentucky Democratic Party. Nor about Mitch McConnell saying that ending Medicare will “empower grandma on the private market“. But at least more and more individual county chairs (volunteers) are speaking up, doing the job that the KDP gets paid (well) to do.

How long will we have to wait, KDP?

Hilarious GOP tactic to target Chandler and House Dems over efforts to ‘decimate Medicare’

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June 8, 2011
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Let’s say you’re the Republican Party. All but four of your members voted to destroy Medicare — a vote so insane 54% of Conservatives, 50% of Republicans, and 74% of all Seniors opposed it. What do you do?

Why… point the finger the other way of course!

This is rich:

Republicans are targeting Rep. Jerry Costello with a television attack ad set to air in his new Illinois House district — even before Gov. Pat Quinn (D) is expected to sign the state’s new Congressional map into law later this week.

The National Republican Congressional Committee spot goes after the 12-term Democrat for supporting his party’s Medicare plan. The buy totals slightly more than $20,500. A GOP source said the advertisement will air over the next three weeks on Fox News Channel in the St. Louis and Paducah, Ky., media markets.

“To grow old in America is to be one illness away from bankruptcy,” an announcer says in the spot. “And Jerry Costello is making it worse. Costello backs a Democrat plan the media says would ‘decimate medicare.’ The Costello-backed plan would lead to ‘political rationing’ of health care taking choices from seniors, ‘shred the social safety net’ and leave seniors vulnerable, at risk. Call Jerry Costello tell him to stop bankrupting Medicare.”

Beautiful.

And Rep. Costello isn’t alone in this flip-flopped targeting. While the Republican Party works feverishly to bankrupt Medicare themselves, they are simultaneously lashing out at Democrats around the country for trying to bankrupt Medicare:

the NRCC also announced it is targeting the following Democrats with automated phone calls hitting them on Medicare: Reps. Mike Ross (Ark.), Jerry McNerney (Calif.), John Barrow (Ga.), Dave Loebsack (Iowa), Ben Chandler (Ky.), Mike McIntyre (N.C.), Tim Bishop (N.Y.) and Dan Boren (Okla.).

Like Ben Chandler, many on that list are “Blue Dog” Democrats, the pack that keeps mindlessly voting with Republicans on Bill after Bill. That’s the thanks they get. It’s like watching a poodle getting beat endlessly by its owner yet still sitting at the owner’s feet with obedient, pleading eyes.

And nevermind the fact that Ben Chandler already went all-in to defend Medicare:

I fought to protect Social Security in 2005, and I’ll do whatever I have to do to protect these programs in the future.

Why won’t his Republican friends just tell the truth about him? It must really hurt.

Also, this seems like yet another good time to point out the KDP’s utter silence on the Republican Party’s efforts to kill Medicare, a sure-fire political weapon handed to them on a silver platter by Mitch McConnell and company… and now, in the KDP’s silence, the NRCC will fill the void. They’ll be the ones attacking a Congressman for trying to kill Medicare and… the KDP will probably still keep quiet.

Tea Party Doing Better Job of Attacking Mitch McConnell than Democrats

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June 6, 2011
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Did you know Mitch McConnell had his balls sliced off? Neither did we, but Andrew Breitbart has the goods!

Sarah Palin’s new documentary, The Undefeated, isn’t just taking on BHO and his terrorist pals, it’s also attacking John Boner and our own Dear Leader:

One of the most politically stunning moments of the film targets House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) during a segment that criticizes the GOP establishment.

Conservative talk radio host Mark Levin, who was interviewed for the documentary, claims that the party establishment views her with suspicion and is unwilling to defend her against liberal attacks.

As Levin rails against the party establishment, images of Boehner, Cantor, and McConnell are flashed on-screen.

Conservative media figure Andrew Breitbart also lashes out at the Republican elite for failing to defend Palin.

“Men no longer have a sense of chivalry,” he says. They are “eunuchs who have run as men but who aren’t men.”

Meanwhile, Kentucky Dems can’t figure out how to just say Sen. McConnell is trying to kill Medicare.

And while the national Dems are trying to do the work the KDP won’t do in their new ad, a new Rasmussen poll suggests few people even know who Mitch is (or that he’s not a man):

Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader, remains the least-known top congressional leader, with 40 percent who express no opinion of him. McConnell’s favorables add up to 27 percet, including just 5 percent with a very favorable view of him. Thirty-three percent (33%) share an unfavorable assessment of the Kentucky Republican, with 15 percent very unfavorable.

Now, granted, that’s a Rasmussen poll (and it shows that 1% more people like Nancy Pelosi than like Mitch), but Mitch McConnell’s a pretty gorgeous face for the Republican Party nationwide and even if the KDP can’t get it together to do a single thing to defeat him, here’s hoping the national Party might adopt the same tactics toward Mitch as the GOP has toward Nancy and turn him into a household hated name to help win races elsewhere.

Mitch may be a castrated man, but he’s still good for something. Even if the KDP can’t figure it out.

Schumer swipes at McConnell, KDP still silent

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June 6, 2011
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Chuck Schumer and the Senate Democrats are releasing this video today calling out McConnell’s BS on Medicare and “playing politics”:

We’re going on two months now, and the Kentucky Democratic Party has yet to say a single word about Mitch McConnell our any of the House Republicans from Kentucky voting for the Paul Ryan plan to end Medicare.

You kind of have to wonder what the hell is going on here, no?

NKY Dems accomplish what KDP refuses to do

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June 3, 2011
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Oh hey, look what 3 volunteers running the Democratic Parties of Kenton, Campbell and Grant Counties were able to accomplish. They managed to get out a press release slamming Rep. Geoff Davis for voting for the Paul Ryan bill to kill Medicare, which was picked up by the NKY Enquirer and forced Davis to counter with a completely dishonest response.

You know, what the actual Kentucky Democratic Party and its paid staffers have been too, uh, busy to do over the last 2 months.

Amazing, isn’t it?

Here’s the NKY Dems statement:

Medicare, established by Congress in 1965, provides health care to seniors and persons with disabilities. It protects them and their families from becoming poor or going bankrupt when they encounter health problems. It makes it possible for seniors to live with dignity in their golden years.

The Republican Party proposes to dismantle Medicare. Their plan, the Ryan plan, would turn Medicare into a voucher program where seniors would pay on average $6,000 more per year, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office. Seniors’ health security would depend on the willingness of insurance companies to provide coverage. Incredibly, Republicans put seniors’ health status at risk in order to provide trillion dollar tax breaks to the rich. They cynically exempt those over 55 — as if seniors do not care about future coverage for their children and grandchildren. Finally, they would repeal Democratic-passed legislation which assists seniors with prescription drug costs and provides free preventive screenings.

Congressman Geoff Davis and Sen. Mitch McConnell voted for the Ryan plan. Sen. Rand Paul voted against it only because its spending cuts did not go far enough. Sen. Paul has described Medicare as “slavery” for doctors. Rep. Davis recently spent thousands of taxpayer dollars for a mailing to 4th District voters trying to explain his vote against Medicare.

Democrats strongly oppose the Ryan plan. We believe the Administration’s strategies to improve Medicare, by eliminating fraud, providing equal reimbursement to Medicare Advantage and regular Medicare, and allowing Medicare to negotiate prices with drug companies, are fair and realistic.

Polls confirm the public is strongly on our side, showing 80% favor leaving Medicaid intact. The recent special election in New York demonstrates vividly how strongly Americans oppose this cynical plan.

Voters should remember how Republican officials have treated this critical issue. Voters should ignore Republican rhetoric and focus on what they do. Voters should vote for Democrats, to save Medicare.

And here’s Geoff Davis’ shamefully dishonest response:

“According to the Congressional Budget Office, Medicare will be bankrupt in just nine short years (2020). The lack of a plan from the President, the Senate Democrats or any other Democratic leaders to address this situation only ensures Medicare will go broke resulting in severe consequences for current and every future generation of seniors.

“The Ryan budget proposal saves Medicare for current and future retirees. It does not affect Medicare benefits for anyone fifty-five or above. The budget proposal will however ensure that Medicare is still available for future generations. For those fifty-four or younger, the plan proposes to enhance Medicare and increase choices, giving them a plan similar to what Members of Congress and federal employees use currently.

“This proposal to save Medicare has started the critical discussion about how to deal with our long-term fiscal challenges and ensure our children and grandchildren have the same peace of mind that comes from knowing this program will be there in the future.

“In contrast, President Obama’s health care law damaged Medicare significantly with $500 billion in cuts, the creation of a board of fifteen unelected bureaucrats with broad and unaccountable authority to make binding decisions on additional cuts and rationing of care, and a looming 29% cut to Medicare physician payments in 2012. It is unrealistic and irresponsible to ignore Medicare’s fiscal problems.

“Messrs. Howard, Whalen, Adkins and Owens, where is your plan to save Medicare? Turning a blind eye to the facts with false attacks is not a plan and is frankly misleading to the American people.”


False, false, false, false false
, Geoff.

Here is basically what Geoff(erson) Davis is saying: “I’m saving Medicare by killing it, which will provide future grandmas with more “choice” on the market. But those meanie Democrats had the nerve to “cut” Medicare in Obamacare, even though I hope you don’t realize that using the words “cut Medicare” is completely misleading. Anyway, who really believes anything you read in the liberal media, right? Amaright?”

Bravo to the NKY Dems. And to the KDP…. maybe an intern could spend on hour or so drafting a release? Maybe?

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