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Kentucky's 1st Congressional District
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We'd like to reach out to any of you Kossacks from Kentucky's 1st Congressional District for information.  Feel free to add your understanding of the communities, issues, etc.  

What issues directly affect people in Kentucky's 1st Congressional District?  My colleague Augustin and I are working on the Knowledge Democrats project and I've started working on a wiki page for the 1st Congressional congressional district in order to assist in our long term efforts to promote progressive candidates in that district, whether at the local, state or federal level.  We understand this district may in fact have a bit conservative constituency but we're looking to reach out to any Kossacks, Democrats or progressives in the state anyway.  It helps for long-term planning.

We also know that the current representative of the district is Ed Whitfield.  The 2012 Democratic challenger, Charles Kendall, also happened to be Whitfield's 2010 challenger.  In 2010 Kendall got 28% of the votes but in 2012, he got 30% of the votes.  2% is quite an "increase," isn't it?  

Here in this video, Ed Whitfield is cutting off oversight hero Henry Waxman from finishing his statement on the Koch Brothers-Keystone Pipeline connection:

U.S. House, Kentucky, District 1 General Election, 2012
Party    Candidate    Vote %    Votes
        Democratic     Charles Kendall Hatchett    30.4%    87,199
        Republican    Ed Whitfield Incumbent    69.6%    199,956

Total Votes:  287,155

Source:  http://ballotpedia.org/...

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  •  Ok, my Friday night after a glass or two of wine (0+ / 0-)

    Advice.  My folks live there.  I grew up there. Dad has a Whitfiled sticker next to a Jack  Conway sticker on His bumper.    Drives me nuts.  

    The disconnect as I understand it is the Reaganesque " government isn't the solution it's the problem."  Thatgoes further back than Reagan, but we haven't made inroads since then.  It is ALL About what have you done for me lately?  And then I think we need to hit hard the last 40 years of wage disparity, falling further behind, and how healthcare can help these people lead a quality lifestyle At lower cost thn big cities.  

    My mother, former teacher, spews Rush Limbaugh  quotes from the local radio state and Dad is more thoughtful but demoralize by low interest rates.  Definitely low Infomration voters compared to us and sucking up the fear from available media....  Add in gun culture and NRA framing and we can't reach them easily.  But they vote each and Every election.  

    The grammar and punctuation is Atroicous.  Is apologize but way too much hassle to fix on the iPad tonight.   Wiling to put money and effort into this for those who are interested..

    •  I've lived in the dist for (1+ / 0-)
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      42 years. I would say Jobs are the Number one issue, when I first moved here every town had a factory maybe two now they have all closed. I worked at the General tire Plant in Mayfield for 22 yrs at one time we had over 2000 good paying union job it was bought out by a German co. and closed. now they have started closing the USEC to Shut Uranium-Enrichment Plant in Paduach. Hatchett I'm not even sure he's a Democratic  

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