05/11: Stein, Long, and Lawson rally the troops 

BDC logoState Representative Kathy Stein, state house candidate Ralph Long, and Jean-Marie Lawson, president of the Kentucky Young Democrats, addressed the May 11th BDC meeting, which drew just over 30 attendees. Mr. Long fired up the troops in support of his bid to unseat arch-conservative Rep. Stan Lee in the 45th district, which is located entirely in southwestern Fayette County. Rep. Stein shared her opinions on Kentucky's desperate need for real leadership from the governor's office. Ms. Lawson, who hails from beautiful Bowling Green, made an appeal for all young Demcrats (as well as those who are still young at heart) to support the Kentucky YDs' efforts to mobilize the future of the state party.

Many thanks to our special guests for their time and energy. We hope you'll join us for our next meeting on June 8th. Check back soon for more details.

You can contact the BDC by e-mail at tenaciousd(at)bluegrassdemocrats(dot)org.

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Online Communities of Interest 

BDC logoBelow are some links to various online communities of interest for Bluegrass Democrats. The BDC is not responsible for the content of the communities and list services listed below. Please remember, these online communities are only as successful as their members make them, so don't just sign up and then not participate. Also, don't forget to check out the Bluegrass Democratic organization and candidate sections below. Many of them have list services and links to online communities as well.

Bluegrass Area

*NOTE: The BDC coordinates its meetings with the DNC Meetup.

Kentucky Statewide


You can contact the BDC by e-mail at tenaciousd(at)bluegrassdemocrats(dot)org.

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NEWS: Ratliff to lead Fayette Democratic Party 

DNC donkey(LEXINGTON)--Randy Ratliff, a long-time party activist who's also among the founders of KentuckyDems.com, was elected chair of the Fayette County Democratic Party at the party's April 24th convention at The Red Mile. Carol Angel Ballard, who was instrumental in engineering Congressman Ben Chandler's special-election victory, was elected vice chair. (For more about Ms. Ballard's fascinating contribution to the Chandler victory, you must read Ryan Alessi's article, "Kerr Lost Battle On Her Own Turf," in the February 22, 2004 edition of the Lexington Herald Leader, page A1.)

The runner-up for the chair's position was Jeremy Horton, another long-time party activist who, in an astounding demonstration of party loyalty, mobilized Dean supporters behind Chandler's special-election campaign despite Chandler's endorsement of Wesley Clark. He is currently organizing Change for Kentucky. Mr. Horton was gracious in defeat and, in the end, he and Mr. Ratliff stood united on the podium.

Many in attendance said it had been a long time since they saw such energy and unity at a local party event. Much of this was thanks to outgoing county chair Eddie Jacobs' persistent efforts to leave behind a county party that was stronger than he found it. The entire BDC staff and membership bid good luck to Mr. Ratliff, Mr. Horton, and Mr. Jacobs in all their endeavors. The future of Bluegrass and Kentucky Democrats is in good hands!

You can contact the BDC by e-mail at tenaciousd(at)bluegrassdemocrats(dot)org.

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04/21: Sen. Scorsone offers encouragment 

BDC logoSen. Ernesto Scorsone offered words of encouragement to the more than 20 Bluegrass Democrats who attended the April 21st meeting. This was great, considering that he referred to the last legislative session as being among the most contentious in his 18 years as a legislator! He told us to keep getting together for fun, support, and sharing and to do our best to support progressive Democrats for office. So, that's what we'll do.

The BDC whole-heartedly appreciates Sen. Scorsone for being our inaugural guest speaker.

Check back here soon to learn more about our next meeting to be held on Wednesday, May 19th (location to be determined).

You can contact the BDC by e-mail at tenaciousd(at)bluegrassdemocrats(dot)org.

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TAKE ACTION!: Precinct leadership 

DNC donkey(LEXINGTON)--The entire BDC staff and a number of its members joined a large number of Bluegrass Democrats at the recent (March 24th) precinct leadership training provided by Eddie Jacobs, chair of the Fayette County Democratic Party, and Jennifer Hicks, executive director of the Kentucky Democratic Party.  The downstairs meeting room of the Central Library was full!  This training detailed how to become a precinct committee member, which gives you a chance to elect your county and the state committees' leadership. (You can even try to become a delegate to the national convention.) The process is a bit convoluted, to say the least, but your help is needed to keep the county and state committees vibrant and strong.  So, if you want to get involved in this process, please do the following:
  1. Check out the three informational items at the bottom of the state party's home page.

  2. Also, check out the "Precinct Leadership Elections" information at Change for Kentucky's website.

  3. Watch for details in an advertisement from your county's Democratic Party in the Saturday, April 10, 2004 edition of your local paper.  Or, contact your county party or the state party directly.  The state party can give you contact info for your county party, if you can't readily find it.

Finally, one of our staffers met some new potential members at the Meetup.com gathering at the Oasis restaurant on the same night.  We hope they and you will join us our next meeting.

You can contact the BDC by e-mail at tenaciousd(at)bluegrassdemocrats(dot)org.

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Some Sites You'll Like 

BDC logoWell...we like them, so you might, too. You can't go wrong with these discriminating observers of the political events of the day. They'll keep you up to date on every major electoral, philosophical, and policy issue you need to know about. Check back every now and then for new and improved additions to the list. We'll try to keep it to the ten or 15 most useful and informative sites.

[WARNING: The BDC is not responsible for the content of the websites listed below. If we were, we'd be the most influential political force in America!]



Also, don't forget to check out Joel Pett's political cartoons and Larry Dale Keeling's political commentary in the "Opinions" section of The Lexington Herald-Leader. Stay informed on the issues facing Kentucky at the strictly non-partisan Kentucky Long-Term Policy Research Center as well as the local Democracy Resource Center sites.

You can contact the BDC by e-mail at tenaciousd(at)bluegrassdemocrats(dot)org.

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Bluegrass Democratic Organizations 

DNC donkeyBelow is the website or contact info for various Democratic Party organizations and groups serving the Bluegrass and beyond.

Bluegrass Area


Kentucky Statewide


National


You can contact the BDC by e-mail at tenaciousd(at)bluegrassdemocrats(dot)org.

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Bluegrass elected officials 

Seal of the Commonwealth of KentuckyBelow is the website information for every federal and state elected official representing the Bluegrass. The names of counties in the BDC action area are italicized.

FEDERAL OFFICES
President of the United States


U.S. Senate


U.S. House of Representatives

6th District (Click here to see a map of the district.)


STATE OFFICES

Governor


Attorney General


Auditor of Public Accounts


Treasurer


Secretary of State


Commissioner of Agriculture


How do I find my state representative and state senator?


Kentucky State Senate
[NOTE: Click here to see a PDF map of Kentucky's State Senate Districts.]

34th District (Madison, Rockcastle, and Lincoln counties)


28th District (Bourbon, Clark, Harrison, Nicholas, Montgomery, and Bath counties)


22nd District (Southwestern Fayette, Jessamine, Garrard, and Boyle counties)


17th District (Scott, Owen, Grant, and central and southern Kenton counties)


13th District (Central Fayette County)


12th District (Western and southern Fayette County)


7th District (Northern Fayette, Woodford, Franklin, and Anderson counties)


Kentucky State House of Representatives
[NOTE: Click here to see a PDF map of Kentucky's State House Districts.]

88th District (Southeastern Fayette County)


81st District (North-central, central, and south-central Madison County)


79th District (South-central Fayette County)


77th District (North-central Fayette County)


76th District (East-central and eastern Fayette County)


75th District (West-central Fayette County)


73rd District (Clark and north-central Madison counties)


72nd District (Northeastern Fayette, Bourbon, Nicholas, and Bath counties)


62nd District (Northwestern Fayette and Scott counties)


56th District (Western Fayette, Woodford, and eastern Franklin counties)


45th District (Southwestern Fayette County)


39th District (Jessamine and Atwood Precinct in southwestern Fayette counties)


Court of Justice

Supreme Court, 5th District
[NOTE: Click here to see a map of Kentucky's Supreme Court Districts.]


All Judges by County


You can contact the BDC by e-mail at tenaciousd(at)bluegrassdemocrats(dot)org.

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Bluegrass Democratic candidates 

DNC donkeyBelow is the website or contact information for every Democrat actively running for office in a partisan race in the Bluegrass in 2004. The names of counties in the BDC action area are italicized.

FEDERAL OFFICES
President of the United States


U.S. Senate


U.S. House of Representatives

6th District (Click here to see a map of the district.)


STATE OFFICES
How do I find my state representative and state senator?


Kentucky State Senate
[NOTE: Click here to see a PDF map of Kentucky's State Senate Districts. Only odd-numbered districts are up for election in 2004.]

17th District (Scott, Owen, Grant, and central and southern Kenton counties)


13th District (Central Fayette County)


7th District (Northern Fayette, Woodford, Franklin, and Anderson counties)


Kentucky State House of Representatives
[NOTE: Click here to see a PDF map of Kentucky's State House Districts.]

88th District (Southeastern Fayette County)


81st District (North-central, central, and south-central Madison County)


79th District (South-central Fayette County)


77th District (North-central Fayette County)


76th District (East-central and eastern Fayette County)


75th District (West-central Fayette County)


73rd District (Clark and north-central Madison counties)


72nd District (Northeastern Fayette, Bourbon, Nicholas, and Bath counties)


62nd District (Northwestern Fayette and Scott counties)


56th District (Western Fayette, Woodford, and eastern Franklin counties)


45th District (Southwestern Fayette County)


39th District (Jessamine and Atwood Precinct in southwestern Fayette counties)


You can contact the BDC by e-mail at tenaciousd(at)bluegrassdemocrats(dot)org.

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$upport the BDC 

BDC logoThe Bluegrass Democrats Club (BDC) does not have a formal membership program yet, but we might someday. Check back and we'll let you know how you can support our basic outreach program to connect motivated Bluegrass Democrats with candidates and causes they believe in.

You can contact the BDC by e-mail at tenaciousd(at)bluegrassdemocrats(dot)org.

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Next BDC meeting 

BDC logoThe BDC will meet next on Tuesday, June 8th at 7:00pm at Tonio's Mexican restaurant in Lexington (at the intersection of Limestone St. and Vine St. catty-corner to the Central Library parking garage). You can park on the street or at the Central Parking lot next to the Central Library. Our guest speaker will be Randy Ratliff, newly-elected chair of the Fayette County Democratic Party and co-founder of KentuckyDems.com.


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Map of the intersection of
S. Limestone St. and Vine St.
Lexington, KY


You can contact the BDC by e-mail at tenaciousd(at)bluegrassdemocrats(dot)org.

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About the BDC 

BDC logoThe mission of the Bluegrass Democrats Club (BDC) is to energize the more than 170,000 registered Democrats in the Bluegrass region by promoting candidates and causes they believe in. The BDC does not have a formal membership program yet, but we might someday. For now, we intend to serve as more of a "gateway," connecting motivated Democrats like you with opportunities to make a difference where it really counts--getting Democrats elected and changing your community for the better. We invite you to join us at our next meeting for some fun and fellowship with like-minded folks.

We focus our efforts in the following seven counties:

The BDC is not affiliated with any county or state Democratic Party organization or committee.

You can contact the BDC by e-mail at tenaciousd(at)bluegrassdemocrats(dot)org.

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