Unsavory tactic in use again
I remember the last time I willingly went to church. It was 2004 and it was the second George W. Bush election. The state of Kentucky has a referendum on a redundant and ultimately unconstitutional law on gay marriage – a strategy to bring conservatives to the ballot box, assisting Bush and other Republicans. It was a race steeped in homophobia and turned me, a young man with many gay friends, away from the church community which bought into it.
It was a shameful move by the Republican Party. Worse, it worked.
And as history repeats itself, we are here most of two decades later, and the Matt Bevin campaign is doing that same thing again. His campaign posits that, if Andy Beshear were to be governor, the worst outcome would be a rash of high-schoolers pretending to be a different gender in order to cheat at sports. I will not explain the flaws in this argument because it’s not asserted in good faith and I won’t pretend to respond in good faith.
I will say this. It is shameful. It is hateful. It is, truly, just kind of lame that the best thing Bevin can find to say about his candidacy involves a fiction about high school sports.
Andy Beshear understands this race is important and has things to talk about that actually are true and actually matter. I look forward to seeing all of you at the polls Nov. 5.
Seeing pattern of corruption
The upcoming state election begs the question “Will the Democratic Party corruption continue unabated or will it come to a halt?” There were four people connected directly to the Democrat Steve Beshear’s gubernatorial administration who received prison sentences and/or fines for crimes from bribery to campaign finance violations.
Andy Beshear’s deputy attorney general, Tim Longmeyer, is serving more than five years in an Alabama federal prison. Lobbyist Jim Sullivan was sentenced to 33 months in prison and a $25,000 fine. Lawrence O’Bryan was sentenced to five years in prison and a $100,000 fine and Democratic consultant Samuel McIntosh was sentenced to 65 months in prison and ordered to repay $200,000.
Now let’s look at the Purdue Pharma settlement initiated by then Democrat Attorney General Greg Stumbo and settled by Democrat AG Jack Conway. Stumbo sued Purdue Pharma saying the settlement should be worth $1 billion but instead Conway settled for $24 million. Oklahoma just settled a similar lawsuit for $270 million. Louisville law firm Stites and Harbison was representing Purdue Pharma, and guess who worked for Stites and Harbison. That’s right, Andy Beshear. After Andy Beshear was elected AG, he turned around and paid the law firm of Dolt, Thompson and Shepherd $4 million even though the contract had expired. After Jack Conway leaves office, he became a partner in the law firm of Dolt, Thompson and Shepherd. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see what happened here.
Finally, we have the corruption of Alison Lundergan Grimes’ daddy, Jerry Lundergan. He was found guilty of illegally funneling contributions to his daughter’s 2014 campaign against Sen. Mitch McConnell.
Lundergan, former chairman of the Kentucky Democratic Party, and Democratic consultant Dale Emmons were convicted on 10 and six counts, respectively. Prosecutors said the two had carried out a scheme to direct more than $200,000 in corporate contributions to Grimes’s campaign in violation of federal election laws.
Now you have two choices. You can vote to support Democrat corruption or you can vote to keep moving Kentucky forward. Vote straight Republican.
Chairman, LaRue Co. Republican Party
Senate should act on ‘red flag’
Much has been said about Congress’ inability to pass meaningful, if any, legislation under both Republican and Democratic leadership. However, there currently are upwards of 400 bills, passed by the House, that are awaiting action in the Senate.
One of which, passed by the House of Representatives, is H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019. This bill would require a background check be conducted for all gun sales (those from federally licensed gun dealers, as well as unlicensed sellers), with some exemptions.
According to a Quinnipiac University poll, 93 percent of American voters support requiring background checks on all gun sales, including 89 percent of Republicans and 87 percent of gun owners. With such universal support, why are we not getting background checks for all gun sales?
At the same time, there have been several other bills introduced in the House that commonly are referred to as “red flag” laws. These allow for family and/or law enforcement to request extreme risk orders to intervene in order to temporarily prevent someone in crisis from accessing firearms. Already, 17 states have enacted extreme risk laws, including Indiana, which had a 7.5 percent reduction of gun suicide rate afterward. Kentucky can join this group by supporting state “red flag” legislation.
As a gun owner and retired law-enforcement officer, I support efforts for background checks for all gun sales. I realize passing this legislation is not a cure-all for gun-related violent crime, but it will make it harder for criminals to obtain firearms. As a gun owner, I do not see this as something that will hamper any lawful firearm activities in which I choose to participate.
I also support passage of “red flag” laws with robust due process protections.
Democratic veterans organize
As a veteran recently retired from Fort Knox, I would like to take this opportunity to let other local veterans know about the Kentucky Democratic Veterans Council.
KDVC is a new political organization, comprised of veterans of the Armed Forces who challenge the GOP’s choke hold on patriotism and their frequent claim Democrats hate America.
We believe our government should be driven by selfless service, inclusion, accountability and dignity – values we exercised while serving this country.
Our members still want to serve and we want to elect leaders we can respect. That’s why we endorse Andy Beshear for governor, Jacqueline Coleman for lieutenant governor, Heather French Henry for secretary of state, Greg Stumbo for attorney general, Sherri Donahue for state auditor, Michael Bowman for state treasurer and Robert Conway for agriculture commissioner.
We invite all Democrats, independents and Republicans to join us at the polling place Nov. 5.
If you’d like to learn more about our organization, we invite you to visit Kentucky Democratic Veterans Council on Facebook.
Retired colonel, U.S. Army
Kentucky Democratic Veterans Council