An overwhelming majority of the Democratic lawmakers who opposed the bill — 31 of the 39 — represent rural districts that were won by Senator John McCain in the 2008 presidential election, and a third of them were freshmen. Nearly all of the fourteen freshmen Democrats who voted “no” represent districts that were previously Republican and are considered vulnerable in 2010. Geographically, 22 lawmakers from southern states formed the largest opposition bloc.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says this bill is a big victory for working families:
"...It is time to say “yes” to a more secure future for Americans—and that is how the majority in the House of Representatives answered. It is time to say “yes” to lowering health costs, breaking the stranglehold of the insurance companies and extending health care to those in our rich country who are sick and need it. "
We want to share the news with you that a new statewide poll of 800 registered Democrats shows Jack Conway holds a 17-point lead over Dan Mongiardo in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate among voters who know both candidates.
A survey conducted by nationally acclaimed pollster Pete Brodnitz revealed that Jack Conway holds a 17-point lead among Democrats who know both candidates. Democratic primary voters are more satisfied with Conway’s job performance - with Conway’s net job approval at plus 11% (43% to 32%) - while Mongiardo has a net negative job rating (39% to 43%).
Brodnitz’s poll also shows that Mongiardo, not unexpectedly since he has run 5 races in 9 years, has a 16-point name ID advantage over Conway. However, once voters hear information about both Conway and Mongiardo, Jack Conway expands his lead to 23 points.
Another poll recently taken by Executive Communications (10-22-09) indicates that Jack Conway holds a 10-point lead (25% to 15%) among registered Democrats with over half the electorate undecided. This poll also reveals that the recent audio tapes raise devastating character questions about Dan Mongiardo revealing him to be a backstabbing, double talking politician far different from the way he sells himself. This latest survey shows that 62% of voters may have heard something about the tapes in which Mongiardo calls our Governor an “SOB” and “whore.”
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FRANKFORT --- Lt. Governor and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Daniel Mongiardo widened his lead to double digits over his primary opponent Attorney General Jack Conway according to a new independent poll conducted by Survey USA released last night. The poll showed Mongiardo with an 11-point advantage over Conway (39% to 28%). Mongiardo’s lead increased by 3 points from the last Survey USA poll released in August shortly after Conway’s Fancy Farm fiasco where Mongiardo led by 8-points (39% to 31%).
In response to the survey findings, Mongiardo released the following statement:
"Our campaign’s supporters and I are very gratified by the latest poll results. These numbers reaffirm my belief that this campaign is about the families of Kentucky who are struggling to survive economically during the worst recession in our life time, trying to save their homes, pay the bills and keep their healthcare while still providing an opportunity for their children to have a better life. They desperately want a United States Senator who will go to Washington and fight for them. I will never lose sight of that fact – now or when I am serving them in the United States Senate.
"I believe my determination to travel to every corner of our Commonwealth and meet with voters to talk about the issues they care most about is reflected in these numbers. I will continue traveling to our urban centers and our rural communities to engage voters and discuss the real issues at hand because I believe that best serves our Party and the people of Kentucky who want a Senator who finally puts Kentucky’s working families first.
"While we are encouraged by these poll results we are determined to redouble our efforts to make a real difference in the lives of Kentucky's working families --- bring affordable, quality healthcare to every American, offer real solutions that will help build a stronger economy here in Kentucky and promote Kentucky energy and protect Kentucky values."
Emerge America, a national, non‐profit organization established in 2003 to recruit and train Democratic women who want to run for public office, today announced the launching of Emerge Kentucky. Emerge Kentucky will recruit Democratic women statewide and put them through an intensive seven‐month training and networking program based upon the Emerge America curriculum. Emerge Kentucky will begin its first class of women candidates in February 2010. The application process will begin this November.
“Kentucky ranks 45th among the states for women in elected office and there are no women representing Kentucky in Congress ‐‐ we must do better,” said Emerge Kentucky Board Chair, Jennifer A. Moore. “We have received an enthusiastic response from women across Kentucky about the program. Our board of advisors and board of directors is an impressive list of women committed to improving the political landscape for women in Kentucky.” Moore served as the chair of the Kentucky Democratic Party in 2007 and 2008 at the selection of Governor Steve Beshear. She is a partner in the Louisville law firm, Grossman & Moore PLLC.
In addition, Emerge Kentucky has hired Kathy Groob as its executive director. Groob is a former city councilwoman from Ft. Mitchell and ran for the state senate in 2008. She is a political consultant with November Strategies in Covington and is the publisher of ElectWomen Magazine. “I know firsthand how difficult it is for women to run for office,” said Groob. “When women go through the Emerge program, they will be ready to run and Kentucky will benefit greatly from additional women holding leadership positions.”
Emerge Kentucky’s advisory board includes the following members: former Governor Martha Layne Collins, Auditor Crit Luallen, First Lady Jane Beshear, Senator Denise Harper Angel, Senator Kathy Stein, Senator Robin Webb, Reps. Linda Belcher, Leslie Combs, Kelly Flood, Joni Jenkins, Martha Jane King, MaryLou Marzian, Sannie Overly, Ruth Ann Palumbo, Dottie Sims, and Susan Westrom, Judge Executive Carolyn Belcher, Jennifer Chandler, Teresa Isaac, Eleanor Jordan, Lillian Press, Mary Karen Stumbo, Mayor Elaine Walker, Lois Combs Weinberg, and Virginia Woodward.
Board members from across Kentucky include: Gina Berry, Ashley Jackson, Priscilla Johnson, Virginia Johnson, Kathleen Lape, Chris McGarvey, Wanda Mitchell‐Smith, Kerry Morgan, Melinda Niemann, Vicki Prichard, Kennita Roy, Linda Scholle Cowan, Loren Wolff, and Kathy Wright.
For information about Emerge Kentucky, to volunteer, contribute or for program application information contact Kathy Groob at 859‐291‐9001 or visit www.EmergeAmerica.org.