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26  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: WI: Walker signs "right-to-work" legislation on: March 09, 2015, 02:55:07 pm
Obama can fix this with a stroke of a pen. He can issue an executive order that says unions don't have to pay for services for people who won't pay fair share fees.

If he does that, it's the end of "right-to-work."
27  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: WI: Walker signs "right-to-work" legislation on: March 09, 2015, 01:02:03 pm
Oh well. Another advantage for Kentucky.
28  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Republicans Gain Vacant State Senate Seat in Kentucky on: March 06, 2015, 12:09:43 pm
In terms of explaining the discrepancy, I would put forward this theory.  As Kentucky has slowly transitioned to being a Republican state, it has done so from the Federal level in a trickle down fashion to the state and county level.  For instance, it is hard to get a Democrat to win a Presidential or Senate election (or US House) in Kentucky, but it is still infrequent to get a Republican governor or state cabinet member elected.  I'm guessing that at county level, there are still a higher proportion of Democratic County Judges (Executives) than you would expect if you looked at the county-by-county vote totals for Federal positions.  If true, I would infer that this would lead to somewhat of a dearth of natural Republican candidates for the State House of Reps and hence some Democrats face re-election unopposed or against an opponent with no name recognition.  Also, there are no term limits for Kentucky legislators, so there are fewer open seats.  Thoughts?

Many more Republicans than Democrats were unopposed.

I wonder what percentage of Kentuckians live under a Republican county executive. I'm pretty sure Louisville and Lexington have Democratic mayors (which is really the top executive for those counties). The 3 heavily populated counties in northern Kentucky have Republican judge-executives, but 2 of these counties are urban enough that the Democrats will probably take the lead soon. I know 3 other big counties have a Republican, but I'm pretty sure at least one other big county has a Democrat. Mason County has an independent.
29  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Republicans Gain Vacant State Senate Seat in Kentucky on: March 05, 2015, 11:52:23 pm
It's also worth noting that this district had changed boundaries significantly since the last election there. The last election was in 2012 - before Kentucky redistricted its state legislature.
30  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Republicans Gain Vacant State Senate Seat in Kentucky on: March 05, 2015, 07:44:52 pm
That said, the Democrats actually got more votes in Kentucky Senate elections statewide, but still have far fewer seats.

Is there anywhere that I can find actual numbers? I'm searching for total votes cast for the two parties in the Kentucky House and Senate elections and can't seem to find anything except the individual districts.

Someone told me this right after the election.
31  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Republicans Gain Vacant State Senate Seat in Kentucky on: March 05, 2015, 07:30:20 pm
Bandit, why does Kentucky love Republicans so much?

Most statewide offices are Democratic.
32  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Republicans Gain Vacant State Senate Seat in Kentucky on: March 05, 2015, 12:51:46 pm
That said, the Democrats actually got more votes in Kentucky Senate elections statewide, but still have far fewer seats.
33  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Republicans Gain Vacant State Senate Seat in Kentucky on: March 05, 2015, 12:48:16 pm
On the other hand, can someone with knowledge of Kentucky politics enlighten me how the current chambers now have such a large discrepancy?

The House map was drawn by Democrats who wanted to appease Republicans.

But the Senate map was drawn by actual Republicans.
34  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Hillary Clinton Used Personal Email at State Dept., Possibly Breaking Rules on: March 02, 2015, 10:47:32 pm
This is hardly a scandal.
35  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Workers get the shaft in Wisconsin on: February 26, 2015, 11:02:39 am
The only good thing about the GOP is that it has yet to form private, politicized militias to do the dirty work.

Didn't they have a private militia take over Bunkerville during the Cliven Bundy standoff?
36  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Workers get the shaft in Wisconsin on: February 26, 2015, 02:37:47 am
This is just about the dumbest thing I've ever heard of.

But the Republicans don't learn, because there are no consequences.
37  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Have there ever been Senators that became Representatives? on: February 26, 2015, 01:07:31 am
In Kentucky, former Gov. Julian Carroll is now a state senator. (At least I think he still is.)
38  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Why is Jack Conway a Democrat? on: February 21, 2015, 05:44:03 pm
He probably is more conservative than Beshear on everything except marriage equality.
39  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: MSNBC embarassment: Network pulls in avg of 55,000 viewers on: February 20, 2015, 02:57:40 pm
They need to become a liberal network much as Fox News is a conservative network.
Um MSNBC is a liberal network.

Then why do they still have 'Morning Joe'?
40  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: MSNBC embarassment: Network pulls in avg of 55,000 viewers on: February 20, 2015, 01:07:28 pm
They need to become a liberal network much as Fox News is a conservative network.
41  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Jack Conway vs. Mitch Landrieu on: February 20, 2015, 01:04:25 pm
Are people forgetting that Conway is an absolute idiot when it comes to campaigning? Aqqua Buddah?

He did win another AG election in a landslide even after that.

Then again, that was 2011, when Occupy actually fought for things instead of trying to "understand our enemies, man."
42  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: Kansas-1988 on: February 15, 2015, 10:33:18 pm
Why did Dukakis perform so well in Kansas in 1988 compared to other states? Also, I realize that historically, Ellis County was a strong D county compared to the rest of Kansas, but what explains their unusually strong Democratic showing in 1988, a year where things weren't even very close?

I once read that it was because people were disappointed that Bob Dole didn't get the Republican nomination.
43  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Appalchian Democrats and California Asian/Hispanics Republicans on: February 15, 2015, 10:31:25 pm
Kentucky is fascinating. Even though it votes Republican at the presidential level, it is still fairly independent and Dem-leaning at the statewide level.

Also, the top elected official in Elliott County was a Republican, but became a Democrat and won reelection.

That's another very real sign that the GOP has already maxed out in eastern Kentucky.
44  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Appalchian Democrats and California Asian/Hispanics Republicans on: February 15, 2015, 05:08:06 pm
Winning back Appalachia is a pipe dream.

I don't know. In the race for top elected official in Morgan County, Ky., a Democrat recently defeated a Republican incumbent by a 3-to-1 margin. Also, a Republican incumbent in the Kentucky House from Appalachia lost.
45  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Appalchian Democrats and California Asian/Hispanics Republicans on: February 15, 2015, 11:41:12 am
The Democrats need to abandon the DLC, run against "right-to-work", and support a strong jobs program for the region. And yes, support the Second Amendment too!
46  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: OR: The Oregonian asks Kitzhaber to resign on: February 14, 2015, 11:38:12 am
Kitzhaber's seemed kind of off to me for a while now.

I've seen a few mentions - none of them necessarily credible, I should add - that Kitzhaber has been showing symptoms of dementia since the second half of his previous term.

Not buying it unless you post link(s) to the claims. I remember someone saying the same thing about Neil Abercrombie and I could never find it anything.

There was a politician in Kentucky who used to be great. But then a few years ago, he began acting bizarrely. He was only in his early 60s. I suspected he was suffering from dementia. Not long after, he died.

I haven't seen anything that suggests Kitzhaber has dementia, although he is slightly older.
47  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2012 U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: Major Cities where Whites Voted for Romney? on: February 13, 2015, 08:24:51 pm
Is Cincinnati a possibility? I would doubt it, but Romney did actually win some mostly white precincts - though usually ones with fewer people.

He also won a precinct just east of downtown that's rather built-up. For the life of me, I don't know why.
48  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Breaking: Kitzhaber to resign on: February 13, 2015, 03:12:52 pm
So they're stuck with Comcast Kate. Smooth move, Oregonian.
49  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: OR: The Oregonian asks Kitzhaber to resign on: February 13, 2015, 02:52:36 pm
This may well be the first time ever - in any country - that a popular public figure who hadn't been charged with any ethical or legal violations resigned all because a newspaper told him to.
50  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: OR: The Oregonian asks Kitzhaber to resign on: February 13, 2015, 12:07:36 pm
They think every Democrat should resign if they have a nosering or chewed bubble gum in school when they were 8 years old.

This wasn't about Kitzhaber, but about Amanda Curtis. They opposed Curtis because she has a nosering.
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