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Kentucky Democratic Party

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The Kentucky Democratic Party is the affiliate of the Democratic Party in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The party is a longstanding institution in the Commonwealth; 50.5% of Kentuckians are currently registered as Democrats.[1]

Following the 2016 elections, Democrats lost majority status in the Kentucky House of Representatives for the first time in several decades. As of the 2019 statewide elections, the only executive offices the party holds are the Governor's and Lieutenant Governor's offices.

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[ ♪♪ ] >> Anchor: HELLO AND THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. I'M WILSON STRIBLING WELCOME TO PART TWO OF A FOUR-PART SERIES OF AT ISSUE. WE'RE WEEKS AWAY FROM THE PRIMARIES WHEN MISSISSIPPIANS WILL GO TO THE POLLS TO DETERMINE WHICH CANDIDATE WILL REPRESENT EACH PARTY ON THE NOVEMBER BALLOT. ALL STATEWIDE OFFICES ARE UP FOR GRABS THIS YEAR AND "AT ISSUE" IS TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THE CANDIDATES. WE'LL HEAR FROM DEMOCRATS RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR. THERE ARE EIGHT DEMOCRATS IN THE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY. ATTORNEY GENERAL JIM HOOD OF HOUSTON, HINDS COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY ROBERT SCHULLER SMITH OF JACKSON. FELICIA P. WILLIAMS OF FLORA, ALBERT WILSON OF JACKSON, ROBERT JAY OF MERIDIAN, GREGORY WASH OF FOREST, MICHAEL BROWN AND WILLIAM BOND COMPTON JUNIOR OF MERIDIAN. ACCORDING TO PUBLIC POLLING, JIM HOOD IS THE MOST POPULAR DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE. HE SERVED AS ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR MISSISSIPPI FOR 16 YEARS. CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORTS FROM THE SECRETARY OF STATE'S OFFICE SHOW HOOD ALSO IN THE LEAD FOR THE MOST MONEY THIS YEAR COMPARED TO HIS DEMOCRATIC OPPONENTS. AS OF JULY 10TH HOOD HAD RAISED $1.3 MILLION OF HE TALKS ABOUT HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS AG, AND WHY HE CALLS A TIME FOR A CLEANUP IN THE STATE LEGISLATURE. >> THE GREED I'VE SEEN OUT THEREOF CORPORATE AMERICA, YOU KNOW, WE BROUGHT BACK OVER $200 MILLION IN DRUG OVERCHARGE CASES BACK THE STATE. AND SO BEING ABLE TO FIGHT FOR PEOPLE WHO CAN'T FIGHT THOSE ISSUES, YOU KNOW, THAT IS WHAT HAS BEEN REWARDING. SO I'VE ENJOYED THAT AND I'VE PROSECUTED PUBLIC CORRUPTION BUT THERE'S A LOT OF LEGAL CORRUPTION THAT IS ACTUALLY LEGAL BECAUSE THE LEGISLATURE, THEY MAKE THE LAWS. WHAT WE'RE SEEING IN OUR LEGISLATURE IS CONTROLLED BY LARGE CORPORATION WHO'S GIVE HUGE CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS AND THEY MAKE A WAY WITH TAX BREAKS BUT THEY ARE ACTUALLY TAX GIVEAWAYS. SO THE LEGISLATURE IS REALLY GIVING AWAY OUR MONEY, OUR STATE TREASURY. THE TAX CUTS TOGETHER COMBINED THAT THEY PUT TOGETHER FOR A TOTAL OF $768 MILLION A YEAR. OUR GENERAL FUND BUDGET IS $600 MILLION A YEAR. THEY HAVE GIVEN AWAY A LARGE PORTION. THAT'S WHY THEY CAN'T FIX OUR ROADS. MY WHOLE LIFETIME I DON'T RECALL US EVER HAVING THIS MANY BRIDGES OUT IN OUR STATE. THE LEGISLATURE WE NEED TO CLEAN THAT UP AND AS GOVERNOR THAT'S ONE OF THE FOUR THINGS I'M HOPING TO DO IT MAKE THEM SUBJECT TO THE PUBLIC RECORDS ACT LIKE EVERY OTHER SEATING, MUNICIPAL COUNTY STATE OFFICIALS ARE SUBJECT TO IT AND YOU CAN SEE WHO IS WINING AND DINING THEM AND MCUs GIVE THEM CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS. WE SHOULD STOP THEM FROM TAKING CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS. THERE ARE ABOUT THREE ISSUES I THINK THE VOTES ARE IN THE LEGISLATURE ALREADY. IF WE SEND THE SAME GROUP BACK AND ONE OF THEM IS A ROAD BILL. THE VOTES WERE THERE. THAT IS ABOUT 8,000 JOBS, AND WHEN WORKING PEOPLE ARE SWINGING HAMMERS THAT'S WHEN THEY BOOST ECONOMY. OUR ECONOMY IN OUR STATE IS ONE OF THE WORST IN THE NATION AND GROWTH RATE ABOUT 2% SINCE 'OT. -- '09. TENNESSEE HAS GROWN A RATE OF 22%. ARKANSAS AT 14, ALABAMA AT TEN SO I THINK WE CAN GET OUR COUNTY MOVING BY A ROAD BILL. THE SECOND IS EXPANDING HEALTH CARE. THAT IS A BILLION A YEAR WE'RE TURNING DOWN FROM THE GO. THE LEGISLATURE TO PASS THAT. YOU SEE THAT'S 10,000 JOBS WORKING PEOPLE BUILDING CLINICS AND THE DELTA, DIFFERENT PLACES. AND JOBS IN TWO-LANE ROAD TOWNS LIKE I'M FROM ARE IN A MEDICAL CLINIC OR PHYSICAL THERAPIST OFFICE OR WHATEVER. BUT REALLY HAVE A HUGE IMPACT ON OUR STATE AND OUR ECONOMY. AND ON EDUCATION. WE HAVE A LOT THAT WE NEED TO DO ON EDUCATION SHALL AND ONE OF THEM, YOU KNOW, IF WE COULD JUST DO THE ONE THING TO HAVE PRESCHOOL FOR EVERY KID IN THE STATE. WE WOULD HAVE TO JUST 4K. JUST 4-YEAR-OLDS, BUT IT'S SO IMPORTANT FROM AGE 2 TO 5 FOR SOMEONE JUST TO READ TO A CHILD THAT EXPONENTIALLY INCREASES THEIR VOCABULARY. EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION IS A REALLY IMPORTANT ISSUE TO ME AS WELL AS TEACHER PAY. WE GOT TO PAY OUR TEACHERS SOUTHEASTERN AVERAGE. WE'RE LOSING SO MANY. WE'RE ABOUT ANYWHERE FROM A THOUSAND TO 1200 TEACHERS SHORT, AND SO WE GOT TO HAVE SOME INCENTIVES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO GO BACK INTO TEACHING AND ENCOURAGE THEM AND KEEP THEM HERE. TUITION FORGIVENESS FOR THOSE WHO DO STAY HERE FOR FIVE YEARS AND TEACH. BUT ALSO WE GOT TO FUND OUR SCHOOLS. WE HAVE UNDERFUNDED OUR SCHOOLS PARTICULARLY IN TRADE AREAS. WHERE KIDS LEARN SKILLS ELECTRICITY BODY SHOP AND THOSE TYPES OF ISSUES WE CERTAINLY NEED TO HAVE A BETTER TRAINING WORKFORCE. AND THEN WE NEED TO PROVIDE. LIKE WE'RE DOING MODIFIED COUNTIES IN NORTHEAST MISSISSIPPI. IF YOU WANT TO GO TO A COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND YOU CAN'T GET A GRANTOR SCHOLARSHIP OTHERWISE, YOU CAN GO TUITION-FREE. >> ROBERT SMITH HAS SERVED AS HEINZ COUNTY D.A. FOR 12 YEARS IN. THAT TIME HOOD'S OFFICE UNSUCCESSFULLY TRIED SMITH THREE TIMES IN COURT ONCE IN RANKIN COUNTY FOR STALKING AND DOMESTIC INCIDENT AND TWICE FOR CONSPIRACY TO HINDER PROSECUTION. SMITH SAYS CONTRARY TO WHAT OTHERS MIGHT THINK HIS CANADIANS FOR -- CANDIDACY FOR GOVERNOR HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH JIM HOOD. >> I HAVE NOT HAD MANY PEOPLE THAT SUPPORT ME SAY THAT. IT'S BEEN COMING FROM THE OTHER SIDE SO. I THINK IT'S A STRATEGIC MOVE TO DRIVE OTHER PEOPLE AWAY, SUCH AS THE AFRICAN-AMERICANS WHO PROBABLY THINK BECAUSE HE'S A WHITE MALE HE HAS A CHANCE BUT THAT'S IN THE TRUE. IF YOU LOOK AT THE QUALIFICATION MY EXPERIENCE AND IF YOU COMPARE THE TWO. IF YOU COMPARE MY RECORD VERSUS HIS OR OTHERS I AM MORE QUALIFIED AS AN ATTORNEY. YOU DEAL W LEGISLATORS AND LEGISLATION. -- WITH LEGISLATORS AND LEGISLATION. YOU ALSO SIGN LAWS INTO EFFECT. AND AS AN EXPERIENCED ATTORNEY I'VE BEEN LITIGATING FOR OVER 20 YEARS. I'VE BEEN REPRESENTING PEOPLE FOR OVER 20 YEARS SUCCESSFULLY. I REPRESENTED HEINZ COUNTY SUCCESSFULLY, SO I KNOW THE NEEDS OF PEOPLE AND JUST ABOUT EVERY PERSON AND CULTURE YOU CAN THINK OF AND MOST PEOPLE KNOW ME TO BE A VERY CARING PERSON WITH THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI. >> Anchor: HOOD DENIES STARTING ANYORS ABOUT THE D.A.. SMITH TELLS ASHLEY MILLWOOD FUNDING PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND INCREASING TEACHER SALARIES ARE IMPORTANT. HE SAYS TOPPING HIS LIST OF PRIORITIES IF ELECTED GOVERNOR IS CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM. >> WHAT ARE SOME ISSUES THAT ARE VERY IMPORTANT TO YOU THAT IF ELECTED GOVERNOR YOU WOULD LIKE TO RESOLVE? >> WELL CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM IS VERY IMPORTANT. I CAN SAVE MORE MONEY AND MORE LIVES NUMBER ONE, THE DECRIMINALIZATION OF MARIJUANA IS SOMETHING THAT I AM FOR. WE HAVE MANY PEOPLE WHO ARE INCARCERATED FOR A PLANT THAT'S ALREADY LEGAL. IT'S A PLANT THAT WILL BE LEGAL ALL OVER THE UNITED STATES, AND IT'S A CASH CROP. AND AGAIN, IMAGINE THE TAX DOLLARS THAT WE COULD GENERATE HERE IN MISSISSIPPI WE'RE AN AGRICULTURAL STATE. WE HAVE FARMERS WE HAVE FARMERS. WE HAVE WHITE FARMERS. WE HAVE MANY FARMERS THAT NEED A CROP THAT IS PROFITABLE. AGAIN BY DECRIMINALIZING IT CEK REDUCE THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN JAIL AND MAKE SOMETHING OUT OF THESE YOUNG MEN. THAT'S WHY THEY CALL IT THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS BECAUSE IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE CORRECTING PEOPLE BUT IT'S NOT SUPPOSED TO BE RUINING SOME PEOPLE'S LIVES FOR SOMETHING SUCH AS POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA. >> Anchor: CANDIDATE BELICIA WILLIAMS RAISED MORE THAN $23,000 THIS YEAR. SHE'S RETIRED FROM JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY WHERE SHE SERVED AS DIRECTOR AND PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR FOR FEDERAL STATE FUNDED PROGRAMS. WILLIAMS SAYS SHE HAS NO POLITICAL EXPERIENCE, BUT 30 YEARS OF LEADERSHIP AND A VARIETY OF EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS, AND IN THE MILITARY. SHE SAYS IF ELECTED GOVERNOR, SHE'LL WORK TO EXPAND MEDICAID, FULLY FUND EDUCATION AND REDEVELOP THE STATE'S CRUMBLING INFRASTRUCTURE. WE LOOK AT MISSISSIPPI, WE ARE AT THE BOTTOM OR NEAR THE BOTTOM OF EVERY SOCIAL INDICATOR. WE RANK 50TH IN HEALTH CARE, AND THAT RANKING IS BASED UPON THE "U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT". THAT RANKING COMES FROM THE FACT HAD A WE'RE 50TH IN HEALTH CARE QUALITY AND 50TH IN HEALTH CARE AFFORDABILITY. WE PAY MORE FOR LESS. AS A CONSEQUENCE, WE HAVE THE NUMBER ONE RATE OF MORTALITY, THE NUMBER ONE INFANT MORTALITY RATE 44TH IN MENTAL HEALTH AND WE LEFT BILLIONS YES I SAID BILLIONS ON THE TABLE IF WE EXPAND MEDICAID. WHAT YOU GET FROM ME AS GOVERNOR I WILL GO GET THAT BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. I WILL EXPAND MEDICAID. I WILL PROTECT MEDICARE AND I WILL ENSURE MISSISSIPPIANS HAVE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE. I BELIEVE WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO DO SUCH AND I WILL BE WORKING TO ENSURE THAT. WHEN WE THINK ABOUT OUR EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM WE'RE 46TH IN EDUCATION. WE'RE 49TH IN COLLEGE READINESS. WE'RE NOT PREPARING OUR YOUNG PEOPLE FOR GLOBALLY ADVANCED AND TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCED SOC SOCIETY. WE'VE GOT TO SET A SOLID FOUNDATION. THE WAY WE DO THAT IS NOT TAKE MONEY OUT OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS BUT MAKE SURE WE FULLY FUND EDUCATION AND I'M COMMITTED TO THAT WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO DO THAT. WE HAVE TO MAKE IT A PRIORITY AND WE ALSO HAVE TO MAKE SURE OUR EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM IS SET SO WHEN YOUNG PEOPLE CHOOSE TO GO TO COLLEGE OR CHOOSE TO HAVE A CAREER IN OTHER AREAS THAT THEY ARE PREPARED. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE ARE PREPARING THEM FOR THE INDUSTRIES TO COME AND NOT FOR THE JOBS THAT ARE PAST. SO I'M COMMITTED TO DOING THAT AND OUR EDUCATION AT A HIGHER LEVEL HAS TO BE AFFORDABLE. AS I LISTEN TO THE STORY OF YOUNG PEOPLE ALL OVER THIS STATE KNOWING THAT THE DEBT THAT THEY INCUR FOR COLLEGE AND SOME ARE PAYING THE DEBT AND DON'T HAVE A DEGREE, AND SO THOSE ARE THE THINGS THAT WE HAVE TO BRING CORRECTION TO. OUR INFRASTRUCTURE, WE CAN SEE IT CRUMBLING BEFORE OUR EYES. WHEN WE LOOK AT OUR ROLLS WE'RE LIKE 30.2% OF OUR MAJOR ROADS ARE IN POOR CONDITION. WE HAD OVER 550S CLOSED. AND -- 550 BRIDGES CLOSED. IN SOME COUNT THRIZ ARE 20 BRIDGES OR MORE THAT HAVE BEEN -- COUNTIES THERE ARE 20 BRIDGES OR MORE THAT HAVE BEEN CLOSED. THE IMPACT THAT HAS ON A COMMUNITY TO HAVE TO REROUTE OR GO AROUND IS DEVASTATING. SO WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE MAINTAIN OUR INFRASTRUCTURE. MANY OF THE PROBLEMS WE FACE ARE BASED UPON THE FACT THAT WE FAILED TO DO MAINTENANCE, THE SIMPLE THINGS. HAVE NOW BECOME BIG THINGS. AND SO WE CAN CORRECT THAT. WE HAVE TO ENSURE THAT WE BUILD OUR INFRASTRUCTURE, BUT IT DOESN'T STOP THERE BECAUSE INFRASTRUCTURE IS SO MUCH MORE. WATER. IT DOES WHAT OUR COMMUNICATION. IT DOES WHAT OUR TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS. WE'RE 49TH IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION BECAUSE OUR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION DOESN'T EXIST OR IS POOR. AND WHEN WE THINK ABOUT OUR COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM, WE'RE ALMOST LIKE A THIRD WORLD COUNTRY WHEN IT COMES TO FAST INTERNET CAPABILITIES. WE HAVE GOT TO MAKE SURE THAT IF WE WANT TO BE COMPETITIVE, IF WE WANT OUR CITIZENS TO HAVE QUALITY OF LIFE, WE'VE GOT TO TAKE CARE BY INFRASTRUCTURE. -- CARE OF OUR INFRASTRUCTURE. >> MERIDIAN WILLIAM BOND COMPTON WAS UNAVAILABLE. ROBERT RAY IS A DRUG COUNSELOR. GREG WASH IS A VETERAN FROM FOREST. ALBERT WILSON IS A BUSINESSMAN FROM JACKSON AND MICHAEL SBROUN A PASTOR AND PUBLIC SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR. THEY TELL PRODUCER ASHLEY WOOD WHY THEY ARE RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR AND WHAT ISSUES MATTERED MOST TO THEM -- MICHAEL BROWN. >> I'LL BE 73 YEARS OLD SATURDAY AND I DON'T HAVE NOT ANY HEALTH ISSUES AT ALL. SEE THAT'S A MIRACLE THERE. YOU CAN'T FIND A BLACK MAN THE 50 ANYWHERE THAT'S AIN'T ON SOME PRESCRIPTION DRUG OR ANYTHING. I DON'T TAKE ANYTHING. I HAVEN'T HAD A HEADACHE OVER 40 YEARS OFMENT I KNOW HOW TO TEACH PEOPLE HOW TO DO THAT, HOW TO LIVE LIKE THAT. THAT'S WHY I WAS TELLING THEM YOU NEED TO HAVE SOME TOOLS BEFORE YOU RUN OUT THERE AND SAY YOU WANT TO BE GOVERNOR, OTHERWISE YOU JUST GOING TO BE DOING LIKE FIELD GRIND AND PROBABLY TATE REED JUST BE SITTING UP IN THE OFFICE SIGN A BILL HERE AND THERE EVERY NOW AND THEN. BUT THE PEOPLE FEEL THE SUFFERING. SEE, IF YOU GOING TO BE THE GOVERNOR THE PEOPLE YOU GOING TO BE THE HEAD OF THE STATE, YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT THESE POOR SUFFERING PEOPLE AND KNOW HOW TO HEAL THEM. >> SO WOULD YOU SAY YOUR PRIMARY FOCUS FOR YOUR CAMPAIGN IS ABOUT HEALTH AND HEALTH CARE, MENTAL HEALTH? >> YES, IT IS BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT PEOPLE BECOME HAPPEN YEMPLT IT'S NOT MONEY. YOU KNOW -- HAPPIER. ALL THESE PEOPLE DOWN HERE WHO HAVE MONEY SPEND THEIR LIFE AND ALL THEIR HEALTH MAKING THE MONEY AND RICHES. THEN THEY HAVE TO SPEND ALL THE MONEY TRYING TO STAY ALIVE, TRYING TO GET WELL, TRYING TO GET FREE FROM ALL THESE DEBILITATING DISEASES AND KILLING DISEASES, SEE. BUT IF YOU GOT YOUR MENTAL HEALTH AND YOU GOT YOUR PHYSICAL HEALTH, YOU'RE GOING TO BE HAPPY. THERE'S NOTHING BETTER THAN THAT. AND THAT'S WHAT I CAN DO FOR THE PEOPLE OF MISSISSIPPI IS TO MAKE THEM HEALTHY MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY HEALTHY. MOST OF THE PEOPLE KNOW THAT MY PROCESS IS THE BEST WAY TO GO, AND I WOULD SAY I'M DOING A LOT OF MY STUFF ON THE INTERNET. I'M PUTTING A LOT OF MY VIDEOS OUT THERE SO PEOPLE WILL KNOW WHAT I'M GOING TO DO FOR THEM IF I BECOME THE GOVERNOR. AND I'M TELLING THEM WHAT THE OTHER CANDIDATES CAN'T DO AND DON'T KNOW HOW TO DO, AND THEN AFTER A WHILE THEY WILL BEGIN TO THINK WELL WHAT'S THE BEST THING FOR ME? YOU KNOW, I GOT MY GRANDKIDS AND MY GREAT-EDKIDS GETTING READY TO COME UP. RIGHT NOW THEY SAY ALL THE 3-YEAR-OLDS IN MISSISSIPPI -- GRANDKIDS -- THERE WON'T BE ANY JOBS. MY PROCESS WHEN I'M TRAINING MILLENNIALS WHICH ARE COLLEGE STUDENTS 25. I CAN'T TRAIN 25, BUT THEY WILL GO INTO THE PRISON SYSTEM AND FIX THAT. THAT WILL SAVE THE CITIZENS OF MISSISSIPPI HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, AND YOU CAN PUT THAT OTHER PLACES. YOU CAN PUT THAT AS DETENTION SPACE. DETENTION, THEY GOT THE WORST JOB IN MISSISSIPPI AND THEY PAY LESS THAN ANYBODY. BUT SEE, WHEN I GET IN, THERE I'M GOING TO GO OUT. MILLENNIALS WILL GO OUT IN THE WORLD AND BRING THESE BILLION DOLLAR COMPANIES HERE BECAUSE SEE WE'RE GOING TO HAVE -- WE GOT THE BEST WEATHER. WE GOT THE BEST LAND. ALL WE GOT TO DO IS HAVE THE BEST WORKERS, AND SEE WHAT MY PROCESS WE CAN TRAIN PROFESSIONAL WORKERS. >> I'M RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR BECAUSE I DON'T THE WAY THINGS ARE GOING IN THIS COUNTRY, IN THIS STATE, AND I THINK I CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. I'VE BEEN STUDYING ALL MY LIFE. I'M SELF-EDUCATED AND I'M CLOSE TO GOD. HE GIVE ME INSIGHT. I DON'T LIKE THE WAY THINGS ARE GOING, AND ALL MY LIFE I'VE BEEN COMPLAINING. SO I'M GOING TO STOP COMPLAINING AND START DOING SOMETHING MYSELF. >> WHAT ARE SOME OF THE THINGS THAT YOU DON'T LIKE? WHAT YOU'RE CONCERNED ABOUT. >> WELL THIS COUNTRY, WELL WE THE PEOPLE, WE DON'T DO OUR CIVIC DUTY, AND THE POLITICIANS, THEY GET IN OFFICE AND THEY DO ANYTHING THEY WANT TO DO AND WE LET THEM GET AWAY IT. THIS COUNTRY DON'T BELONG AND THIS STATE DON'T BELONG TO THE REPUBLIC OR THE DEMOCRAT, NO POLITICAL PARTY. IT BELONGS TO THE PEOPLE. WE GO OVERSEAS. WE HAVE OTHER COUNTRIES AND BEAT OUR COUNTRY UP. OUR ROLLS ARE A MESS. JACKSON IS THE CAPITAL CITY, LIKE A WAR ZONE. OUR 911 SYSTEM IS MESS. WE DON'T GO -- WE DON'T HAVE HEALTH CARE. WE PAY THE REPUBLICANS AND THE POLITICIANS. THEY GOT THE BEST GOVERNMENT HEALTH CARE AND WE'RE PAYING FOR IT AND THEY ARE BLOCKING OURS AND WE PAYING THEIR SALARY. I DON'T LIKE THAT. AND THEY LOCK UP A LOT OF PEOPLE'S IN THIS COUNTRY MORE THAN ANY OTHER COUNTRY, AND THERE ARE MORE BLACK PEOPLE LOCKED UP THAN ANY RACE. I WANT TO STOP THE DEATH PENALTY BECAUSE IT IS IMMORAL IN THE UNITED STATES AND ALL THE INDUSTRIALIZED COUNTRY THAT HAVE THE DEATH PENALTY, AND THEY EXECUTE MORE BLACKS THAN ANY OTHER RACE IN THE FEDERAL PRISONS STATE AND MILITARY PRISONS, AND IT IS WRONG. I'M GOING TO RUN FOR OFFICE, AND I WANT TO GIVE EVERY MISSISSIPPIAN A $5,000 STIMULUS PACKAGE BECAUSE IT'S OUR MONEY. I WANT TO RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE. I WANT TO RAISE TEACHERS' PAY AND TIRED TEACHERS' PAY AND STATE EMPLOYEES AND RETIRED STATE EMPLOYEES. I WANT TO GIVE LAW ENFORCEMENT A PAY RAISE. RAISE UNEMPLOYMENT, FIX OUR ROADS AND RAILROADS AND BRIDGES AND PUT UPON OUR SCHOOLS, AND I WANT TO HELP JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI BECAUSE IT IS THE CAPITAL CITY. AND THE POLITICIAN MOVE THESE BUILDINGS TO THE RANKIN COUNTY TO GET ALL THEIR MONEY, AND THEY AIN'T PAYING JACKSON. WATER BILLS AND RENT SPACE, THEY AIN'T PAYING JACKSON. AND THEY JUST DOING JACKSON LIKE A DOG BUT IT IS THE CAPITAL CITY. SO I WANT TO RUN FOR OFFICE AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE. I DON'T CARE WHAT RACE OR COLOR YOU ARE, IT IS THE PEOPLE'S COUNTRY, THE PEOPLE'S STATE. I WANT TO TAKE THE PEOPLE'S MONEY AND RETURN THE POWER BACK TO THE PEOPLE. >> I AM A PERSON WHO LOVES MISSISSIPPI, AND I KNOW MY EXPERTISE IN BUSINESS, EXPERTISE IN DEALING WITH PEOPLE, WORKING WITH PEOPLE CAN REALLY DO OUR STATE WELL IN MOVING US PAST SOME OF THE THINGS THAT'S HINDERING US SO MANY YEARS. >> NORMALLY, YOU SEE A LOT OF POLITICIANS OR ELECTED OFFICIALS THAT DECIDE TO RUN LIKE THEY MOVE UP THE LADDER. SO THIS IS DIFFERENT. TELL ME WHY YOU WANT TO RUN FOR GOVERNOR OR WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR? >> I'M RUNNING BECAUSE THE REAL ISSUES WITH PEOPLE IN MISSISSIPPI IS NOT BEING ADDRESSED. A LOT OF THESE POLITICIANS, THEY ARE JUST REALLY MUSTERING TOWARDS THE BASE. THEY ARE PASSING LAWS AND LEGISLATION JUST FOR THE PEOPLE WHO ARE DONATING THEIR CAMPAIGN AND THE PEOPLE THAT VOTED FOR THEM, WE ARE LEFT BEHIND BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT PASSING LEGISLATION IMPROVING OUR QUALITY OF LIFE, AND THEY ARE DOING AND PASSING LAWS THAT MAKE IT HARDER FOR THE LOW INCOME OR MIDDLE AGE PERSON, INCOME FOR PEOPLE TO LIVE. AND THE GOVERNOR SHOULD WORK FOR ALL. NOT JUST FOR THOSE ECONOMICALLY ADVANCED PEOPLE. >> TALK ABOUT SOME AREAS THAT YOU HAVE SEEN SORT OF CRUMBLE OVER THE YEARS, THAT YOU THINK AS GOVERNOR WOULD YOU LIKE TO RESOLVE. >> ONE AREA IS NOT CRUMBLED BECAUSE WE NEVER BEEN THERE IT'S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. I GRADUATED JACKSON STATE 35 OR SO YEARS AGO AND IT WAS NO JOBS LEFT FOR ME WHEN I GOT LEFT WITH THE DEGREE AND I HAD TO MOVE TO ILLINOIS GEORGIA ILLINOIS JUST TO GET A HIGH PAYING JOB OR GETTING A JOB IN MY FIELD AREA EXPERTISE VERSUS WORK AT KMART, WAL-MART AND STORES. AND THAT IS 30 SOME YEARS AGO. MY DAUGHTER GRADUATED FROM UNIVERSITY OF -- MSN TWO YEARS AGO AND SADLY SHE HAD TO MOVE TO DALLAS ALSO BUT FACED THE SAME OPPORTUNITY, THE SAME PROBLEMS AND GOT NO JOB. THE A DEGREE BUT THERE'S NO OPPORTUNITIES, AND THAT'S SOMETHING THAT SADLY WE NEED TO ADDRESS. WE NEED TO KEEP OUR GRADUATES IN MISSISSIPPI. WE SPEND -- I SPEND ALL THIS MONEY EDUCATING LIKE MY DAUGHTER AND A LOT OF PARENTS DO. THAT'S HOW IT CAN REALLY BE USED RIGHT HERE IN MISSISSIPPI VERSUS GEORGIA AND OTHER TEXAS AND OTHER PLACES GETTING IT BECAUSE THEY ARE THE FUTURE, AND WE'RE STUCK WITH THE SAME PEOPLE RUNNING OUR CITY IN THE SAME WORKERS HERE AND IT'S JUST THE COST OF LIVING THE QUALITY NEEDS TO BE IMPROVED SO THAT'S ONE EXAMPLE REFERENCING TO GROWTH IS NOT TAKING PLACE. >> AS AN ISSUE THAT MANY PEOPLE ARE SPEAKING OUT ABOUT SO WHAT DO YOU THINK WITH YOUR EXPERIENCE SO FAR AS A BUSINESSMAN, AS AN OWNER OF COMMUNITIES AS LARGE AS THIS. WHAT CAN BE DONE? WHAT CAN DO YOU? >> WE GOT TO BE IN RELATIONSHIPS. WE GOT TO BE IN RELATIONSHIPS WITH PEOPLE WHO HAVE MONEY, WHO HAVE OPPORTUNITIES. NISSAN CANNOT BE THE ONLY MAJOR PLAYER IN MISS SIP. THERE ARE OTHER COMPANIES THAT I WILL BE BUILDING TO GET THEM TO COME TO MISSISSIPPI. >> ANY POLITICAL EXPERIENCE. >> NO POLITICAL EXPERIENCE BUT I THINK THAT'S WORKING FOR THE BEST FOR ME. >> WHY DO YOU SAY THAT? >> BECAUSE A LOT OF TIME WE GET CAUGHT UP WITH POLITICS AND WITH POLITICS COMES SUPER PATS AND WE BEGIN TO OWE FAVORS TO PEOPLE AND WE FORGET ABOUT THE COMMON PEOPLE OF MISSISSIPPI THOSE THAT ARE THE WORKING PEOPLE AND IT BECOMES MORE OF A BUSINESS. >> HY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR? >> FIRST AND FOREMOST I'M RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR BECAUSE OF MY GREAT LOVE FOR THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI, MY LOVE FOR THE PEOPLE OF MISSISSIPPI, AND, OF COURSE, I WANT TO BE AN ADVOCATE FOR EDUCATION. A WANT TO BE AN ADVOCATE FOR A HEALTH IN MISSISSIPPI. WHEN I SAY A HEALTH IN MISSISSIPPI, I'M TALKING ABOUT PHYSICALLY HEALTHY AS WELL AS MENTALLY HEALTHY. WE'RE LOSING A LOT OF PASTORS. WE'RE LOSING A LOT OF POLICE OFFICERS TO SUICIDE AND THAT MUST BE ADDRESSED. OF COURSE, I'M ALSO RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR BECAUSE I THINK THAT WE SHOULD TAKE OUR AGRICULTURAL TO A -- AGRICULTURE TO A GLOBAL MARKET. MISSISSIPPI HAS SOMETHING GREAT TO OFFER FROM CATTLE TO CATFISH. IT NEEDS TO GO TO A LOCAL MAR MARKET. WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO DO SOMETHING TO RETAIN QUALIFIED, HIGHLY QUALIFIED TEACHERS IN THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI. TEACHERS SHORTAGE IS NOT JUST JACKSON PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM ISSUE. IT'S AN ISSUE ACROSS MISSISSIPPI. AND THE REASON BEING IS THERE ARE SEVERAL REASONS. NUMBER ONES THE PAY OF TEACHERS. NUMBER TWO, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO DO A BETTER JOB OF RECRUITING TEACHERS AND WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO USE SOME KIND OF STRATEGIES TO -- AS FAR AS REDUCE STUDENT LOANS FOR THOSE TEACHERS, WHO WILL STAY IN MISSISSIPPI AND GIVE US THREE YEARS. AND WE'VE GOT TO DO A BETTER JOB. WE MUST DO A BETTER JOB. WE'RE LOSING. THEY ARE VERY FEW PEOPLE -- THERE ARE FEWER AND FEWER PEOPLE GOING INTO EDUCATION NOW, BUT WE NEED TO HOLD ONTO THOSE TEACHERS THAT ARE GRADUATING FROM BELL HAVEN ON THIS, JACKSON STATE AND WE MUST REASSURE THEM THAT MISSISSIPPI HAS SOME OF THE BETTER SCHOOLS AND THEY NEED TO STAY AND WORK HERE IN MISSISSIPPI AND HELP OUR KIDS HERE IN MISSISSIPPI. AS FOR IT RELATES TO THINK ONE OF THE THINGS I WANT TO CONCENTRATE ON IS A LOT OF BUSINESSES AND COMPANIES UNDERSTANDING THE IMPORTANCE OF ALLOWING EMPLOYEES TIME FOR EXERCISE, WHETHER IT'S 15, 20 MINUTES A DAY. BUT HAVE THAT BUILT INTO THEIR SCHEDULE, WHERE YOU ALLOW THEM. NOW EXERCISE CAN VARY FROM PUSHUPS TO SITUPS OR EVEN FROM WALKING AROUND THE BUILDING, BUT STUDIES HAVE SHOWN IF YOU WOULD JUST DO AN EXTRA 15 MINUTES A DAY HOW MUCH IT WOULD IMPROVE YOUR LIFE SPAN. SO THOSE ARE SOME OF THE THINGS THAT I WANT TO ADDRESS AND I THINK THIS WE REALLY NEED TO ADDRESS, AND WORK CAN BE TEDIOUS SOMETIMES. I THINK COMPANIES ARE ALSO GOING TO HAVE TO START GIVING MENTAL HEALTH DAYS. JUST A DAY OFF. HEY, WHAT DO YOU DO? I'M TELLING YOU TO TAKE THE DAY OFF DO I WANT YOU TO DO? I WANT YOU TO DO NOTHING BECAUSE WHAT WE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND, A BETTER PERSON MEANS A BETTER PERSON WORKING FOR THAT COMPANY. >> Anchor: ONCE AGAIN THE PRIMARIES ARE AUGUST 6TH. WE ARE OUT OF TIME. DON'T FORGET YOU CAN WATCH THIS PROGRAM, PLUS MORE FROM THE CANDIDATES ON OUR ELECTION WEBSITE MPB ONLINE./ORG SELECTION IT'S THE NEW PLATFORM FOR MISSISSIPPI TO GAIN INSIGHT ABOUT ALL THE CANDIDATES RUNNING FOROFFS. WE INVITE YOU TO TUNE IN "AT ISSUE" NEXT FRIDAY NIGHT WHEN WE HEAR FROM REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR. WE THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. HAVE A GOOD NIGHT. CAPTIONING PROVIDED BY U.S. CAPTIONING COMPANY

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Party by-laws

The structure of the Kentucky Democratic Party states that the power rests in the hands of the members and is to be conducted in accordance with the Constitutions of the United States and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. A member is anyone who is registered as a Democrat in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and states that no discrimination will take part in anyone wishing to join the party.

Governing of the Kentucky Democratic Party articulates that proxy votes are not permitted and unit rules are forbidden. The organization aims to take strong stances against forcing members to vote a certain way, but instead endorses all candidates which meet their ideological structure most effectively.

The functions of the State Party are orchestrated by the State Central Executive Committee, County Executive Committees, and Precinct Committees. The members of each committee are nominated and elected at their respective conventions during a party-wide reorganization from the precinct level up which begins in April of every Presidential election year. Members of each precinct must select one man, one woman, and one youth to represent their precinct. One member is then selected as the Precinct Chair. Those elected to their Precinct Committee then meet for the County Convention wherein they elect 10 men and 10 women to serve on as members of the County Executive Committee, who in turn elect a Chair and Vice Chair. Also at the County Convention, certain members will be nominated to represent the county at the Kentucky Democratic Convention to elect new members to the State Central Executive Committee as well as delegates to the Democratic National Convention.[2]

John C. Breckinridge
John C. Breckinridge

History

Kentucky politics has been relatively evenly matched between Democrats and Republicans. There has been no Democratic President from Kentucky, but there have been three Democratic Vice Presidents from the state. The first Vice President from Kentucky, Richard M. Johnson, was the ninth Vice President of the United States. In the earliest part of the 19th century Johnson was a supporter of the Democratic-Republican Party during his service in the U.S. House, Johnson would work to secure pensions for widows and orphans of wars, in particular those following the War of 1812, a stance that would set precedence for future Kentucky Democrats.[3] Johnson would later become a strong supporter and influence in the Democratic Party along with his service in the White House from 1837 to 1840.[4]

John C. Breckinridge served as the 14th Vice President (1857–1861) and a notable figure in the early Democratic Party of Kentucky, although Breckinridge claimed himself not an anti-union demonstrator, during the civil war, yet strongly supported the states right to determine slavery and would go on to be an officer in the confederate army.[5]

Alben W. Barkley Vice President (1949–1953) began his Kentucky Democratic influence as a county Judge, and would become a U.S. House of Representatives and go onto the U.S. Senate with strong ties to Woodrow Wilson's liberal agenda, as well as during Franklin D Roosevelt's Administration, and would help transition Kentucky's Democratic Party into the modern era of politics.[6]

Since the 20th century and early part of the 21st century, Democrats have largely dominated the office of governor in the State of Kentucky; out of 26 governors since 1900, only seven have not conducted office within the Democratic Party.[7]

Current elected officials

Members of Congress

U.S. Senate

  • None

Both of Kentucky's U.S. Senate seats have been held by Republicans since 1998. Wendell Ford was the last Democrat to represent Kentucky in the U.S. Senate. First elected in 1974, Ford opted to retire instead of seeking a fifth term. Congressman Scotty Baesler ran as the Democratic nominee in the 1998 election and was subsequently defeated by Republican challenger Jim Bunning.

U.S. House of Representatives

Out of the 6 seats Kentucky is apportioned in the U.S. House of Representatives, 1 is held by a Democrat:

Statewide offices

Democrats control three of the seven elected statewide offices:

State legislative leaders

Chief Executive Officers

ChairBen Self[8]

Vice Chair: Cassie Chambers Armstrong[9]

Kentucky General Assembly

House of Representatives

In the House of Representatives, Democrats hold a minority of seats. The Democratic Party in the House is led by the Minority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins; Minority Caucus Chairman is Dennis Keene and Minority Whip is Wilson Stone.[10]

Senate

In the Senate, Democrats a minority of seats. Leading figures of the Democratic Party in the Senate include Minority Floor Leader Ray S. Jones II, Minority Caucus Chairman Dorsey Ridley, and Minority Whip Dennis Parrett.[11]

Ideology

Health care

The Democratic Party has been working to ensure health coverage for every American citizen since the turn of the 20th century.[12] The Democratic Party of Kentucky supports the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama's health care reform that took effect in 2014. Under the act, health care providers will no longer be able to refuse coverage to anyone based on their past medical experience.

In 2006, 2,000,231 people between the ages of 25 and 64 were living in Kentucky, of those an estimated 19 percent were living without health insurance.[13] Almost every company that provides health care coverage in Kentucky has the right to refuse coverage. Over the decade 2000–2009 family health insurance premiums rose 3.3 times faster than median earnings. Under the new reforms, insurance companies will no longer be able to discriminate against those with pre-existing conditions. By 2019, an estimated 438,000 Kentuckians will gain coverage.[14]

Infrastructure

The Kentucky Infrastructure Authority was founded in 1988 to develop and fund a better infrastructure for the state. Its main reason for existence has been to finance local development and works as an office under the Governor.[15]

In 2009, the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority distributed 47.8 million dollars to fund wastewater infrastructure projects. An additional 18.9 million dollars was made available to improve funding for drinking water projects in the state. The funding was to be distributed through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, which were directly funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which was strongly supported by Democrats and implemented by President Obama. Governor Beshear, a strong supporter of President Obama's Reinvestment Act, stated that these infrastructure improvements will not only create jobs but address short and long-term water challenges for the state of Kentucky.[16]

See also

References

  1. ^ http://elect.ky.gov/statistics/Documents/voterstatscounty-20170718-084631.pdf
  2. ^ "Our Bylaws." Kentucky Democratic Party. Web. 26 September 2017[1]
  3. ^ "American President: Richard M. Johnson (1837–1841)." Miller Center. Web. 28 November 2011. <http://millercenter.org/president/vanburen/essays/vicepresident/1862>
  4. ^ "Richard M. Johnson (vice President of United States) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia." Encyclopedia - Britannica Online Encyclopedia. Web. 28 November 2011. <http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/305425/Richard-M-Johnson>
  5. ^ "John C. Breckinridge (vice President of United States) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia." Encyclopedia - Britannica Online Encyclopedia. Web. 28 November 2011. <http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/78636/John-C-Breckinridge>
  6. ^ "American President: Alben W. Barkley." Miller Center. Web. 29 November 2011. <http://millercenter.org/president/truman/essays/vicepresident/1836>
  7. ^ "The US50 - A Guide to the State of Kentucky - List of Governors." The US50 - A Guide to the Fifty States. Web. 29 November 2011. <http://www.theus50.com/kentucky/governors.php>
  8. ^ "His online work helped elect Obama. Can he rebuild Kentucky's Democratic Party? | Lexington Herald-Leader". http://www.kentucky.com/. Retrieved 2018-03-27. External link in |website= (help)
  9. ^ "Cassie Chambers elected new vice chair of the Kentucky Democratic Party | Medium – @BradBowman". https://medium.com. Retrieved 2018-03-27. External link in |website= (help)
  10. ^ "House Leadership." Kentucky Legislature Home Page. Web. 06 January 2017. <http://www.lrc.ky.gov/House.htm>.
  11. ^ "Senate Leadership." Kentucky Legislature Home Page. Web. 24 September 2017. <http://www.lrc.ky.gov/Senate.htm>.
  12. ^ "What We Stand For: Health Care." Democrats.org. Democratic National Committee. Web. 3 November 2011. <http://www.democrats.org/issues/health_care>
  13. ^ Wikler, Beth, and Kim Bailey. "Dying For Coverage In Kentucky." Families USA: The Voice for Health Care Consumers. April 2008. Web. 30 October 2011. <http://www.familiesusa.org/>
  14. ^ McAndrew, Claire. "Health Coverage in Kentucky: How Will Health Reform Help?" Families USA (2010). Print
  15. ^ "Welcome." Kentucky: Infrastructure Authority - Home. Kentucky Infrastructure Authority. Web. 11 December 2011. <http://kia.ky.gov/>
  16. ^ "Kentucky: Infrastructure Authority - Recovery Act Investments Announced for Kentucky's Infrastructure." Kentucky: Infrastructure Authority - Home. 1 May 2009. Web. 11 December 2011. <http://kia.ky.gov/news/ARRAprioritylists.htm>

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