Quick and easy! Apologies to all those who were overlooked, snubbed, ignored or portrayed accurately.
UNITED STATES SENATE
B&P proudly endorses… Voting Against Mitch McConnell!
You don’t even have to be a Democrat to do this. Hell… you don’t have to tell anyone that you did it. It’s a sacred place!
But why would a Republican do this?
Here’s how it works: There’s a really good chance Republicans will win the Senate without needing to win Kentucky. That means… if you are a True Conservative or a member of the Tea Party or just an independent-minded Republican, every vote that’s cast against Mitch McConnell is a vote for a new, more truly conservative leader for the Republican Party in the Upper House.
Imagine… a Senate Leadership that’s actually in-line with an even more conservative House! You won’t get that with Mitch McConnell. You’ll just get more Mitch McConnell.
Here’s another advantage to voting against Mitch McConnell: Rand Paul instantly becomes the “Senior Senator From Kentucky!” McConnell’s hold over the state Republican Party is over… Rand Paul takes the reins, and true conservatives take over the Commonwealth… all of which raises Rand Paul’s prominence and power ahead of his destined march into the White House. A vote against Mitch McConnell is a vote for Rand Paul!
Why am I telling you any of this? Because we’re all in this together. Mitch McConnell goes away… and that’s a victory for everyone (execpt Mitch McConnell). Who cares what happens next? It can’t start until he’s gone.
U.S. CONGRESS: 6th District
Vote for Elisabeth Jensen. Vote for Jensen because she’s not afraid to fight. She’s run an underdog campaign, been overlooked by powerful national Dems who shortsightedly only looked at the Senate race and she’s been snubbed by some jealous and useless local Chandlercrats who rather than run themselves decided to sit this one out entirely because they dumbly think they’ll do better some other time. But Elisabeth Jensen never stopped fighting. She didn’t let that bullshit get her down, she didn’t waste time playing the petty games that typify the KDP… instead, Elisabeth Jensen spent her time fighting Andy Barr and laying out a solid Democratic platform.
Elisabeth Jensen is for raising the minimum wage, Andy Barr is for lowering it.
Elisabeth Jensen is for equal pay for equal work, Andy Barr is for forcing rape survivors to have their rapists babies.
Elisabeth Jensen is for protecting the Affordable Care Act, Garland H. Barr IV is for stripping 500,000 Kentuckians of their insurance coverage.
Andy Barr represents Wall Street, Elisabeth Jensen represents Kentucky.
Andy Barr is funded by Predatory Payday Lenders and Debt Collectors — and Andy Barr protects and defends Predatory Payday Lenders and Debt Collectors.
Elisabeth Jensen has made it pretty clear that she only wants to protect and defend Kentucky families and Kentucky workers.
U.S. CONGRESS: 3rd District
Do we really need to say anything more?
FAMILY COURT JUDGE
Vote for Kathy Stein.
Vote for Kathy Stein because she is awesome. Vote for Kathy Stein because she is the most qualified person for the job. Vote for Kathy Stein because her opponent is heavily funded by a guy who isn’t just Karl Rove’s banker but also because that guy is literally trying to hurt your mother and your grandmother.
Vote for Kathy Stein.
FAYETTE COUNTY JUDGE EXECUTIVE
Currently, this job belongs to a Republican, Jon Larson, who’s entire reason for running for the office was to destroy it. For a variety of reasons, the position is a bit redundant in Fayette and Jefferson County, but in all other counties it’s like being the President of a County… and having good person in this seat is better than having an incompetent and Jon Larson is incompetent — the job still exists, Larson failed miserably to back up his platform but he did collect his paycheck the entire time (now he’s running for City Council… voter beware).
Anyway… vote for Alayne White for County Judge Executive. She’s been working hard for many years to advance good Dems, and there are still some duties the Judge Executive needs to do… and who better to do it than this smart, highly capable woman?
2nd DISTRICT CITY COUNCIL
Shevawn Akers has been on the Council and should stay on the Council. She’s running against a guy, Michael Stuart, who’s been vocally endorsed by the Fayette County Republican Party (see here, here) despite the fact this is a non-partisan race. Given Stuart’s prolonged effort to end the election before any of the voters had a chance to voice their own opinions through a series of questionable and ultimately failed court challenges, you can see why the Republican Party like’s Stuart’s style. They’re the party of voter suppression and it seems like that’s what was attempted here in the 2nd.
It’s a shame that this is what the 2nd District race became… the District has some real issues and Akers has been strong on all of them. But these dumb court cases are what Stuart’s entire campaign has been about and in the end, his court challenge — his attempt to win the seat without having the voters’ votes count — can only be viewed as a cynical ploy. It went nowhere, amounted to nothing but earned Stuart some free press while pointlessly impugning his opponent… who, in the end, didn’t deserve it. Stick with Shevawn, and let’s move on.
3rd DISTRICT CITY COUNCIL
While the 2nd presents some interesting questions, the 3rd has a very clear answer. That answer is — without doubt and not one single reservation — Jake Gibbs.
The 3rd District is Lexington’s fighting lefty core. We are the heart of the Fighting 75th House District and the blood of the Immovable 13th Senate District. Gibbs is the only candidate qualified for this office.
Gibbs is running against a dude who’s been on the City Council so long that no one has any idea what he’s ever done. Seriously… Chuck Ellinger has zero real accomplishments to call his own, historians are unable to say if he’s ever accomplished anything and about the only thing anyone actually knows about Chuck Ellinger is that he believes he should remain in city government for the rest of his life.
How someone can serve on the City Council for sixty or seventy years and have nothing to show for it is confounding… but what it clearly does show is that Chuck Ellinger does not deserve any more time in public office, and certainly not in this public office.
Gibbs is a strong progressive voice with a keen understanding of Lexington’s history and will be a strong voice for Lexington’s future. Jake Gibbs all the way.
4th District City Council
Susan Lamb. She’s good on the issues, from LexTran to race relations… on down the line. B&P loves Julian Beard… he’s the grumpy guy who keeps the Council on its toes and asks questions that surprise everyone. His answers to the KFTC questionnaire are hilarious (Julian “doesn’t believe” half the questions and the other half are fairly reasonable) but Lamb’s the better choice here… and it’ll free Julian to do something more worthy of his awesomeness. It’s time for Beard to go to Frankfort (imagine!), and it’s time for Lamb to take his seat in Lexington.
6th DISTRICT CITY COUNCIL
Another nonpartisan race in which the Republican Party has long been pushing a candidate of their own, this race has a very clear choice — Angela Evans.
Ms. Evans is right on the Minimum Wage, she’s right on worker’s rights, she’s right on HB70, she’s right on Lextran… and, look: Angela Evans is running against a self-described “Tea Party” member and Lexington needs that on its City Council like it needs a hole in the middle of its downtown. Like the Herald Leader said, Vote for Angela Evans.
7th DISTRICT CITY COUNCIL
On the one hand, 7th District voters have a Republican endorsed candidate who sent them a mailer that touted her “pubic service“… and on the other, there’s the guy the Republican Party turned their nose up at: a veteran of the Iraq War who now spends his time helping low-income families budget to pay their utility bills.
That’s Michael Moynahan. Only one candidate in this race has a history of public sevice and Michael is the one. The other… not so much.
8th DISTRICT CITY COUNCIL
LeTonia Jones is the one. With a distinguished career in social work, helping families, victims of domestic violence, and other pressing issues in our community, LeTonia brings a view of this city to the City Council that’s quite simply unmatched by any other sitting member or candidate.
Elect LeTonia Jones now, make her Mayor tomorrow. She’s fearless, driven, sharp, and she needs your vote.
9th DISTRICT CITY COUNCIL
Yet another non-partisan race in which the Republican Party has spent months pushing a candidate of their own (in this case, as the Herald-Leader noted, a candidate who doesn’t understand even the simplest facts of city services) in an attempt to oust a sitting city council member who’s done nothing wrong except that she doesn’t ascribe to the extremist Right Wing concepts that are driving a nationwide attempt to take over local governments to advance far right policies. That’s a long winded way of saying, Vote for Jennifer Mossotti.
COUNCIL AT LARGE (vote for 3?)
You don’t have to vote for 3. There’s a theory that if you actually vote for 1 that’s like an extra vote or two for your one. Basically… there are a bunch of candidates, the top 3 vote getters become At Large Council Members with the top vote getter become the Vice Mayor.
People all across the city-county vote in this race. Each voter is allowed to vote for up to 3 candidates. You can vote for 1 if you want, or two. Or you can vote for three. But if you vote for only 1, then you are essentially depriving a vote to one or two of your 1’s opponents.
The existing field in this year’s race has some fine choices and some serious duds. One such dud is Jon Larson, the above mentioned “conservative” who became the County Judge Executive on a platform of destroying that office… and then rather than destroy the office just sat around cashing his paycheck each week for years. Don’t vote for him.
Who should you vote for? B&P is going to advise a Two Vote approach. Those two are:
- Steve Kay
- Richard Moloney
Why only two? And why those two? Because the Andy Barr and Mitch McConnell voters are going to turn out in force and they are going to vote for a handful of the other guys (yes, there are only men in this race). It is imperative that you offset the other candidates. Vote for Kay and Moloney… leave your third space blank… and tell your friends to do the same. Will this strategy ensure that one of their guys gets in? Probably… but!… that probably will happen anyway. So just make sure that two out of the three are on the good side.
(Yes, yes, I hear you… but Stinnett was a vocal Water Company lackey and Cegelka didn’t have the best month press-wise… seriously: Kay & Moloney… and scroll on…)
***Long story short… don’t vote for these guys:
Jim Gray has been a great mayor for Lexington. He’s brought people together, he’s worked miracles with the budget, he’s taking Lexington to new levels, and he’s bringing a great vision — and an inclusive, collaborative approach — to City Hall. His opponent’s a good man, but should never have tried for this office (heck, Beatty could’ve been a nice addition to that At Large race instead of wasting his effort here).
Jim Gray all the way.
STATE HOUSE & STATE SENATE RACES
Look… the State House needs help. You know this. Luckily two seats are taken care of — both George Brown (in the Jesse Crenshaw! seat) and Kelly Flood (in the Kathy Stein! seat) are unopposed. Some others need your help… if you see: Overly, Westrom, Kay, Tackett or Palumbo on your State House ballot, vote for them. B&P assures you they are better than whatever numbskull they’re running against.
Same goes for State Senate. RJ Palmer and especially Kathy Warnecke Ryan are solid bets here.
And if you can vote for Ashley Miller in her State House race… do it. Her Tea Party opponent has run a racist, sexist campaign and he needs to be put in his place.
But hey! This ain’t a directive. Decide for yourself…
- Kentuckians for the Commonwealth has a tremendous voters guide for all the races and you can read there about each of these candidates and where they stand
Get your vote on!
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