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Wednesday, October 08, 2003


Kentucky's Dean Tuesday gets results

posted by annatopia at Wednesday, October 08, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
This message was forwarded to me by a Kentucky Deaniac. I've linked directly to the KY4Dean blog above in the hope that you'll visit their site and give them some kudos. I'm going to reproduce the email in full, as it includes some valuable background information as well as a great description of what's happening on the ground in Kentucky:
"Dean Tuesday" Helps to Elect Ben Chandler Kentucky Governor!
The Presidential election is 13 months away, and Kentucky is a late primary state. Undeterred, Howard Dean supporters across the Bluegrass are organizing with a dedication and energy that, hasn't happened in Kentucky politics in a long time. Committed Democrats, Independents, and even Republicans have found themselves together, working for Howard Dean, spreading the word into the "hollers and hills" that this country, its principles, and its flag are not the property of the Republican Party, and that we can take our country back!
This November 3, an election of great importance to the Democratic Party and to the entire country takes place right here in Kentucky. Attorney General Ben Chandler (D) is in an extremely tight race with Congressman Ernie Fletcher (R) for the office of Kentucky Governor. Ernie Fletcher is a politician unapologetically in the hip pocket of the conservative Bush Administration. A "yes sir" supporter of the President's disastrous tax cuts for the wealthy, a "how high sir?" supporter of the misguided and wrong war in Iraq and a "will do" supporter of the fallacy that is "No Child Left Behind". Oh, and since the election of 2000, we've lost 67,000 jobs in Kentucky!
The election of Ben Chandler as Governor is the best thing that could happen to Kentucky. Yet today, with 27 days to go, the election is too close to call, with most polls a statistical dead heat. The national media and political watchers across the country are looking to the KY Governor's race as a bellweather election; an indication of how well a committed, progressive and positive Democrat can stack up against a Republican beholden to special interests and to the destructive policies of tax-cuts for the rich and unfunded mandates. Sound familiar?
In the past month, Lexington-area Howard Dean supporters have come together to help the Ben Chandler campaign, bringing our "People Powered Howard" energy to this important election. We're going door-to-door talking with voters. We're planting yard signs and handing out flyers and buttons. Last night was our first "Dean Tuesday" at Fayette Democratic HQ, where all ten phone-banking volunteers are Howard Dean supporters. The Fayette County Democratic Party Chairman expressed his gratitude (and amazement) and declared last night "the best night so far" for Chandler volunteer efforts in Lexington.
Yes, Kentucky is a late primary state. Yes, the election (of Howard Dean) is 13 months away. Here in Lexington, though, we've come to realize that the best thing we can do right now for Gov. Dean is work to elect Ben Chandler Governor of Kentucky.
Jeremy Horton
Kentucky for Dean

Kudos to Kentucky for Dean for showing their local party leadership just how valuable a true grassroots network can be. Similar efforts are happening around the country as Dean Corps integrates into our local parties to lend a hand at phone banks, block walking, election poll-watching, and voter outreach. Keep up the great work, Kentucky. I hope you'll inspire Deaniacs in other states to do the same. Does anyone else have a story to share about how you are working with your local democratic party?


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