It seems just like yesterday we were urging people to go to the polls in the 2018 general election and vote for the candidates of their choice in federal, state and local races.

We applauded those who went to the polls last year and voted. Even if their candidate or candidates didn’t win, we are still proud of voters because they exercised their constitutional duty by being a part of the election process. Those who didn’t vote last year, as we’ve stated in previous editorials, don’t really have a right to complain about the outcome of the election because they made a deliberate choice not to participate.

It is beyond upsetting each election cycle to see the percentage of registered voters in Kentucky who don’t vote in primaries and general elections. We always hope participation will increase, but it seldom ever comes to fruition.

On Tuesday, the primary election cycle ended. Unfortunately, it once again inspired low voter turnout across the state.

But first, we would like to congratulate incumbent Gov. Matt Bevin, who defeated several Republican opponents, including his main opponent, state Rep. Robert Goforth, to win his party’s nomination to take on the Democratic nominee in the fall. On the Democratic side, we congratulate state Attorney General Andy Beshear for securing his party’s nomination to face Bevin in the fall. Beshear held off former state auditor Adam Edelen and particularly state Rep. Rocky Adkins, who gave Beshear a tough challenge, with the outcome unclear until vote totals came in from Louisville and western Kentucky as Tuesday night wore on.

There were several other statewide offices in this primary, such as secretary of state, state treasurer, attorney general and agriculture commissioner. We wish the victors in these races all the best in the general election in November.

We say to all who ran for their party’s nomination in each race that we are proud of them for putting their hat in the ring and offering their visions on how to make this state better. While most fell short, they should be credited with traveling around the state, meeting the voters and putting themselves and their families into the public eye. They deserve credit, because campaigning puts heavy demands on family and personal time.

We also hope to see nothing but positive campaigning this fall. While we know this is unlikely to happen, especially in what is expected to be an intense governor’s race, we can at least hope that the mud-throwing is kept to a minimum.

Now, as for statewide voter turnout, which was predicted by the secretary of state’s office to be less than 15 percent, but proved to be just short of 20 percent. This number, even though it beat the prediction, is simply unacceptable. We can’t find one reason why more people couldn’t have gotten out Tuesday and voted their conscience.

When there is so much riding on this year’s election in all of the offices, we can’t believe people cared so little about exercising a precious right.

It’s a sad reality that hopefully will change by November in the general election.


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Le Ecrivain

The minimum wage bills were presented previous sessions and now languish. Bashear is running on his love for the teacher's union and expanding medicaid. Not fixing any real issues. Adkins was decent, but nobody is going to vote for a guy that is out for the little guy. It was a pleasure to hear the song, but his campaign didn't have a chance from the start. This medicaid stuff is one of the reasons the area is so poor.

The hospital gets extra multipliers on their payment from CMS the more poor people they serve. So they are pushing as many poor people here as possible and put the hospital on the workforce development boards. The first thing the government boards did was decide to try and make it so you had to attend tech school to get a job. They wanted to turn private sector employment into the workforce equivalent of POPS. So then they want to make tech college free.

They are doubling down on socialism. Tennessee's technical colleges are free - but they do not have the state/privateer partnership for job prospects that runs out of the unemployment offices. That's the difference.

The employment picture is dire in Kentucky. the employment rate for males is in the 50s. That means just over half the males have jobs. It's horrific. Warren County is turning into an economic disaster zone by any metric. All the heads in the sand are so sad and horrifying. And our government is a bunch of do nothings. Sitting on all those real bills like minimum wages and instead voting for God signs and to affirm the second ammendment, which is already in the constitution.

The democrats should be running on helping people - not further enriching the medical center complex as the entire community descends into one of the lowest paid highest poverty zones in the united states. They have coupled the work force development boards with people who directly benefit from more poor people, so they want those poor people to have to partner with the state to get a job, and they want to make that partnership free so that even more people have to do it.

It is a horrifying socialist night mare. But hey, that teacher's union.... YEEEEE HAAW


If you don't see any good horses, you don't go to the races.

Le Ecrivain

If that's about the commentators on this site, I was beginning to feel the same, albeit in a more emotionally intelligent and considerate manner. If it's about the derby it implies that the non-aristocrats should have nothing to do with the derby due to their lack of competence related to thoroughbreds, which is not a position to jump at willy-nilly.


Take it at face value. I looked at the candidates and skipped the primary. First time in over 20 years. The winner’s father is the one who gave the pension money to a hedge funds manager and paid lots of taxpayer money for the “expert investing” advice that led to an SEC investigation and the loss of a significant amount of pension money. On the other side, we have a hedge fund manager and his shenanigans are well known. Nice house at a discount from a political benefactor. I received lots of negative campaign mail. Nice to attack the opponent in your own party. Good funding of candidates. Decided money is running politics, not principles. Skipped the primary.

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