of how liberal or conservative we are, Kentuckians
all want the same things.
want better schools, safe streets, low taxes, fair wages,
job security, affordable energy, good roads, and accurate
elections. We all want to know someone will take care of
us if we get sick or hurt. Yet somehow, for as long as we
can remember, Frankfort has been unable to substantially
deliver any of this for us.
Maybe it's because when one of the two major parties introduces a solution, the other side's natural inclination is that it must be a bad idea. They automatically find a reason to oppose it instead of working toward a compromise. Maybe it's because campaigns on both sides are funded by the same corporations that profit from these problems remaining unsolved. Maybe it's because the people we've sent to Frankfort aren't truly serious about doing their jobs and there's no true incentive for them to achieve anything. Re-election is as easy as calling corporate fundraisers then saturating the public with an advertising blitz.
Whatever the reason, Kentucky voters – Democrats, Republicans, and independents – have all had enough of the back-and-forth, corporate-fueled politics that have been standing in the way of progress for decades.
The same impoverished conditions that embarrassed Kentucky in 1960's documentaries still exist today. Every fifth child in Kentucky is born into poverty. One in five families lives on less than $300 a week. Kentuckians spend more on health care than people in Switzerland, Norway, and France, and yet our infant mortality rate is higher than in Cuba, Taiwan, or Lithuania. More than half a million Kentuckians have no health care coverage at all.
Instead of losing sleep over these conditions or even lifting a finger to help those in need, our legislators waste our time and money about as fast as we can send it to them. There was no shortage of support last year for giving the world's largest coal company the equivalent of $80 per taxpayer in a year when it was posting record profits. There's no shortage of non-binding resolutions to honor football teams, golfers, and cheerleaders. There was no shortage of votes to shut down the legislature early because a basketball game was on TV. In short, there's no shortage of anything that doesn't address the true concerns of Kentucky's voters, and why would there be?
Kentuckians struggle with expensive medical bills or no coverage at all, our district's current state senator, Denise Harper Angel, has accepted
campaign contributions from PACs run by Eli Lilly Pharmaceuticals and insurance companies like Humana and Anthem.
While energy prices are at record highs and we continue to
burn fossil fuels, she has taken money from LG&E and
Columbia Gas. And while the banking industry has seen unprecedented
increases in profits from outrageous, unregulated fees, our
senator has been in the pocket of Citigroup, Fifth Third
Bank, the Kentucky Bankers Committee, and BB&T.
But Ms. Angel isn't an unusual case in Kentucky. While a few of our senators and representatives are farmers and hard working people, many are also wealthy lawyers and executives in private companies. They serve in the legislature almost as if they're hobbyists around a model railroad set. On top of our legislators' disinterest in doing serious work in Frankfort, they are also swarmed by an army of special interest lobbyists who outnumber them by a ratio of five to one.
why I am doing this. I may not be the most qualified person
who ever ran for office, but what use is hiring the most
qualified applicant if they have no intention of doing their
job? People have been voting for "qualified" politicians
since I was a kid, and yet the same problems persist.
I take pride in being more passionate than qualified, more angry than qualified, and more willing to do whatever it
takes to put Kentuckians and Kentucky's government back on
the same side.
We may not be able to end the corporate influence in Frankfort, but we can refuse to be a part of it.
Unlike Denise Harper Angel and so many others, I refuse to accept campaign contributions from special interest groups and corporate PACs. My campaign is supported only by individual voters like you, which means when I am elected, I will answer only to you.
is about what we as Kentuckians want and deserve; to know
that our taxes and our efforts are being used for the
greater good of Kentucky; for Kentucky to be an innovator in
the way it takes care of its own people; for us to feel like
paying taxes is the least we can do for what we get in return.
Our state government must
realize it has an obligation to help those who cannot help
themselves. Kentucky must take better care of its people.
Even if these objectives require small sacrifices of some,
the benefit for the greater good of our society will be incalculable.
to introduce as much of the legislation on this page as is
humanly possible, and to fight for it on the senate floor,
or to be dragged out kicking and screaming. As
your state senator, I promise to be the most vocal and memorable
advocate of statewide universal health care, election reform,
workers' rights, living wage, equally fair taxation, ethics
legislation, and the elimination of paid lobbying.
join this Ballot Revolution.
I need the help and contributions of
ordinary individuals like yourself in order to make this
happen. We've already lost way too much to be afraid we have something to lose by fighting for it now.
not disappoint you if you send me to Frankfort as your state
senator on November 4, 2008.
for your support,