Saturday, March 3, 2018

We've Got the Candidates. Now We Get Out the Vote.

Don't waste time trying to persuade trump voters and other repugs to vote Democratic.  They never, EVER will.  Spend your time tracking down the non-voting Democrats in your county. They are there. All they need is somebody to knock on the door and say "We need you.  Please help us."

From the Herald:

Three hundred Kentuckians filed to run for a seat in the Republican-dominated Kentucky General Assembly this year, with Democrats slightly outpacing their GOP counterparts in an election year that promises dozens of intense political battles.

Hoping to ride a wave of discontent, 155 Democrats filed for a seat in the 100-member House or 38-member Senate. The GOP, which holds a super majority in both legislative chambers, fielded 145 legislative candidates. The deadline to file was 4 p.m. Tuesday.

All 100 House seats and 19 of 38 Senate seats are up for election in 2018.

Republicans won control of the House of Representatives in the 2016 general election for the first time since 1920. After using their new-found power to quickly push through a package of anti-abortion and anti-union laws, House Republicans were beset by a sexual harassment scandal that prompted their top leader to step aside and helped derail an unpopular proposal to overhaul Kentucky’s financially ailing pension systems.

Democrats, though, hope to regain power by stoking discontent with President Donald Trump and harnessing outrage over Gov. Matt Bevin’s bid to overhaul the pension systems. 

“In my 31 years of serving in the Kentucky House, I have never seen as much enthusiasm on the ground as I have this election cycle, and you can sense the tide that is building as we prepare for the wave that is coming in November,” said Minority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins, D-Sandy Hook.

The filing deadline also brought an influx of women candidates. Ninety-three women are seeking a seat in the General Assembly, including 70 challengers. That’s a huge increase from the 11 non-incumbent women who ran in 2016 and the three non-incumbent women who ran in 2014.

There are only 13 uncontested House races, with six Republicans running unchallenged and seven Democrats. 


There is only one open seat in the Senate, which currently belongs to Sen. Joe Bowen, R-Owensboro. Two Republicans are vying to replace Bowen: state Rep. Matt Castlen and Diane Burns Mackey, who lost to Jim Gooch in a race for the House of Representatives in 2014. The winner of that primary will take on Democrat Bob Glenn.

Despite the retirement of only one Republican, Democrats have filed to run in all but two Republican-held seats up for re-election in the Senate.


In Central Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District race, three well-known candidates — Lexington mayor Jim Gray, former fighter pilot Amy McGrath and state Sen. Reggie Thomas — all filed to seek the Democratic nomination well before the filing deadline. They’ll be joined in the race by Geoff Young, Theodore Green, and Daniel Kemph, all from Lexington. 

U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, drew a late primary opponent Tuesday. Chuck Eddy, of Lexington, said on his Facebook page he is running against Barr in the GOP primary to take Congress back from “renegade Republicans.”

A little more than an hour before the filing deadline, Health and Family Services Secretary Vicki Yates Brown Glisson, a Republican, announced that she would resign immediately from her role in the Bevin Administration to run against U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth in Louisville’s 3rd Congressional District.

“I want Louisville to succeed,” Glisson said. “And I want Louisville to become a city that is strong and robust and a place where our citizens can succeed. So that’s why I’m running.”

Yarmuth is Kentucky’s only Democratic congressman.

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