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Looking at the 100 Ky House races of 2020, in 35 districts the incumbent was not challenged. Most of the incumbents in Ky’s Nov. Election are Republicans, though Ky has more registered Democrats than Republicans.

With 1,670,789 registered voters in the most current count (8/2020), Democrats are in the cat seat in Kentucky. Republicans come in second with 1,533,095, and the Groups have 313,681. Groups include Libertarian, Independent etc.

A few examples in the western districts, with PAC endorsed candidate bolded: District 1 (Ballard, Carlisle, Fulton, Hickman, McCracken-part) has about 4600 more Democrats than Republicans, but incumbent Steven Rudy (R) had no challenger. District 2 (Graves, McCracken-part) has nearly 4900 more Dems, but incumbent Richard Heath (R) only faces a Libertarian candidate.

Incumbent Randy Bridges (R) in District 3 is running against Democrat Corbin Snardon. Incumbents usually win, but since this district has 6400 more Dems than Reps let’s not take it for granted. Randy lost to a Democrat in 2014.

Incumbent Lynn Bechler (R-D4) is in a 3-way race, outnumbered by Dems.

Mary Imes (R-D5), faces Davis-Roberts, an Emerge-Ky candidate. Recently Ky lost Senate District 26 to an Emerge-Ky candidate.

Chris Freeland (R-D6) is the incumbent but this district has more than 5,000 more Dems than Reps.

Incumbent Walker Thomas (R-D8) faces Pam Dossett— who is endorsed by Planned Parenthood ($$$).

An interesting race is in District 13. D. J. Johnson (R) faces the incumbent Democrat Jim Glenn Jr., who has a pro-abortion voting record. Glenn defeated Johnson in the 2018 race by one point!

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It is interesting to note the number of Republicans in Blue districts. Going back some decades, Democrats elected many conservatives. Heck, U.S. Congressman Larry McDonald (D-Ga, 1970s, ‘80s) served as chairman of the John Birch Society.

Looking at the years 1980 and 1990 in the American Conservative Union (ACU) many Democrats in Congress had as high ACU numbers as Republicans. Even in 2000 about 20 Democrats had mid-range ratings of 40 or above, but by 2010, only six did.

Now in 2020, we see Rep. John DeBerry, a pro-life Democrat Tennessee state representative, running as an independent after he was ousted from the Democratic Party last spring for his views on life and marriage.

Times have changed! Most Kentuckians are pro-life.

But with the changes in how people vote due to COVID, pro-lifers must work hard to get the vote out. EACH pro-life candidate from President Trump to the local council member NEEDS our support.


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It’s great when passionate pro-lifers get excited about political races. It’s fun to enthusiastically support a candidate who could make a positive DIFFERENCE!

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Rhonda Palazzo is the one to watch in the Third U.S. Congressional District which comprises most of Jefferson County. She will face John Yarmuth who has held office since 2007.

Yarmuth is supported by Planned Parenthood and solidly votes pro-abortion, against conscience rights, and for Democratic bills. See his voting record here.

Mr. Yarmuth’s net worth has risen massively over his years in Congress so donating his congressional salary may not be so generous. His family’s business, Almost Family, merged with LHC Group in 2018, a corporation worth $6.35B in 2020 and a recipient of $87.5M from the CARES Act. LHC is recommended on the NASDAQ as a Buy this month, because it is “well poised for growth on the back of a broad range of services… The stock has gained 75.9% compared with the industry’s growth of 18.8% in a year’s time.” Well, the rich do get richer.

Without a doubt Mr. Yarmuth will outspend Rhonda in the General Election. However, she does not believe that money will be the deciding factor for the Third District. She spent $7,092 to win by 130 votes in the Primary against Mike Craven, who spent very much more.

In an interview on YouTube she notes that Michael Bloomberg spent nearly a billion dollars on his three-month presidential campaign but that did not help. Likewise, Republican Vickie Glisson spent $744K to win against Yarmuth in 2018, which was hundreds of thousands more than Harold Bratcher spent in 2016 to unseat him, but Glisson got fewer votes than Bratcher.

“It’s about people, reaching out to people,” says Rhonda. She is seeking an opportunity to prove herself to all the people of the District.

Rhonda is a strong supporter of President Trump, and in particular favors his plan to build a wall on the southern border. She notes that a large reason he wants the wall is to put an end to sex trafficking of children and women. “Over 66,000 children go missing each month in the USA, many who are trafficked across the border.”

Rhonda is endorsed in the KRLA General Election PAC Alert. Learn more about her platform on her website.

She will be a featured speaker at the 2020 Annual Meeting of Louisville Right to Life on October 5th. All members are invited, but please call the office, 502.895.5959 to RSVP so we can plan for COVID safety.


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The Most Likely To Succeed congressional candidates are Republicans in Ky Districts 1, 2, 4 and 5. All are incumbents. The Ballotpedia calls Ky’s Sixth District a ‘battleground race’ even though the Republican is an incumbent. For District 3 see here.

DistrictRegionPro-life RepublicanOpponentsComment
1western KyJames ComerJames Rhodes (D)Comer won by 93K votes in 2018. Heavily Republican District predicted to remain Red.
2west central KyBrett GuthrieHank Linderman (D),
Robert Lee Perry (L),
Lewis Carter (P),
Poet Tribble (U)
Guthrie beat Linderman by about 92,000 votes in 2018. Predicted to win in 2020.
4northern KyThomas MassieAlexandra Owensby (D)Predicted to win again in 2020.
5southeastern KyHal RogersMatthew Ryan Best (D)Rogers beat Democrat Stepp by 126.2K votes in 2018. Predicted to win in 2020.
6central Ky
(includes Lexington)
Andy BarrJosh Hicks (D), Frank Harris (L)Barr won by about 10K votes against Amy McGrath in 2018. Carried the Republican
Primary by about 90% against contenders, but received 63K votes compared with
81K votes received by Josh Hicks in the Democratic Primary. So, if the Democrats are
diligent to vote in the General Election, Barr may have a problem.

Cause for concern?

In Comer’s and Barr’s districts, there are more registered Democrats than registered Republicans. Here are the July 2020 statistics. (The numbers don’t quite add up but are close.)

As shown in the Pdf or Excel file, the categories of registered voters include: Democrat, Republican, Other, Ind, Libert, Green, Const, Reform, and Soc Wk. On the old mainframe computer all voters not registered as Democrat or Republican were classified as ‘Other,’ however, no current registered voter in the new system is classified as ‘Other’ and ‘Ind,’ for example. Each has only one designation as a registered voter. Only Democrats and Republicans are classified as a Party; the rest are called ‘Groups.’

For District 1 there are 40,700 total voters in Groups, which is more than either the Democrat or Republican registered voters.

Districts 2, 3 and 6 have more in the Groups than in Republican, and Districts 4 and 5 have more in Groups than are Democrats. It is unclear how these Groups may affect the General Election. Perhaps these voters will positively affect Barr’s circumstances.

Not voting is not an option for pro-lifers!


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Not long ago Kentuckians stood firmly against Early Voting, Mail-in Voting and other unconstitutional methods. But in the midst of COVID regulations, we have accepted these practices.

Ky’s mail-in “absentee” ballots must be requested, and this is safer than simply mailing ballots to all registered voters as some states do. Our Secretary of State (SOS) Michael Adams also requires that mail-in ballots be properly completed and that signatures match those on file with the state (for drivers license, etc). Nevertheless, many say that early and mail-in voting are detrimental to elections.

On July 28 our SOS reported to an Interim Joint Committee on State Government, televised on KET. He answered questions and heard comments about early voting and more. He stated that up to this year, Ky's elections cost about $8-10 million, and that it is not affordable to require absentee ballots for all Kentuckians. Ky has 3.4+ million registered voters and many will request to vote in the November. Return postage must be provided to avoid law suits. About two-thirds of Ky’s annual budget for 2020 elections was spent for the Primary. More money is needed.

damon-thayer.jpgSen. Damon Thayer (R-17-Grant, Kenton (Part), Scott) spoke up and thanked the members present who had voted for the bill which passed during the General Assembly that required any changes to the election process to have the agreement of both the SOS and the Governor. He noted that Gov. Beshear vetoed that bill, proving he wanted to control the election process. The legislators overrode his veto so that the SOS has input to the process (hence, the committee hearing).

Addressing the SOS, Thayer continued: (very slightly modified for brevity)

I appreciate the system you came up with for the Primary Election … But voting three weeks in advance is not something we should do on a regular basis.

Everyone in this room has run elections; the information shared with the voters is meant to peak on election day.

Had June 23 been a regular election, then Representative Charles Booker would be the democratic nominee for U.S. Senate today.

Early voting does not account for insurgent candidacies. It does not account for national or local events like occurred the last three to four weeks before the election that ultimately affected how democrats voted in the Primary.

It was clear that the only reason Amy McGrath won the nomination was that there were huge numbers of absentee ballots cast for her before people even knew who Representative Charles Booker was. (Ed: the final vote count between McGrath and Booker was 247,037 to 231,888.)

I had a lot of Democrats tell me they wish they could have had their ballots back so they could have voted for Representative Booker.

Early voting shows no favor to underfunded or less well-known candidates, and I thought the Booker-McGrath race backed up my point, so I hope we’re not voting for three weeks before the election (as in the Primary) …

I’m glad to hear we will have more polling locations than in June … I voted in person and I will vote in person on November third … I understand we have to have a somewhat different situation than normal, but I hope it’s different than what we had in June.

Others in the meeting expressed support for Early Voting and Mail-in Voting. To hear the entire broadcast, go here. Express your views to your legislators!

COVID has been credited for the significant changes and huge additional expense for elections in Ky., but on Aug. 26 the CDC reported: “The vast majority of Americans officially recorded as dying from COVID-19 also had other factors contributing to their deaths… For 6% of the deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned… For deaths with conditions or causes in addition to COVID-19, on average, there were 2.6 additional conditions or causes per death, such as pneumonia, respiratory failure, diabetes, or heart disease.” This news was reported on many internet sites and needs to be broadly shared even though it is too late to affect the November election.

Let’s all vote pro-life, and drain the swamp, not the Treasury!


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National Right to Life | nrlc.org | September 2, 2020

mitch-m.jpgRadical pro-abortion Democrats are eager to defeat pro-life Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and take back the U.S. Senate. They are only a few seats away! If that were to happen, they would advance an agenda of abortion on demand and taxpayer funding of abortion. And they would be in a position to determine the fates of judicial nominees, including potential nominees to the U.S. Supreme Court.

It may all come down to Kentucky!

Mitch McConnell is pro-life. He opposes abortion on demand and supports protection for unborn children. Mitch McConnell has been instrumental in advancing pro-life legislation, including the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

Mitch McConnell voted against taxpayer funding for abortion, and he voted against taxpayer funding of abortion providers.

By contrast, his opponent, Amy McGrath, supports a policy of abortion on demand, which allows abortion for any reason. McGrath opposes legislation to protect unborn children at 20 weeks, a point by which the unborn child is capable of experiencing great pain when being killed by dismemberment or other late abortion methods.

For more information on where the candidates stand, please see this comparison flyer.

National Democrats are spending BIG in Kentucky. We need to fight back! We would like to inform and turn out as many pro-life voters as we can. But we cannot go toe-to-toe with pro-abortion forces without your help. Please consider a donation to National Right to Life.


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Samara Heavrin will run for election to Tim Moore’s office on Nov. 5. Visit her website!

Legislators addressed the KRLA conference and took questions.

  • Tim Moore has resigned his office and Samara Heavrin is running to be the District 18 State Representative. Moore leaves to become the head of Lamb & Lion Ministries in Texas.
  • Samara Heavrin interned for U.S. Congressman Brett Guthrie before joining U. S. Senator Rand Paul’s staff as a Staff Assistant. Most recently she has served on State Treasurer Allison Ball’s staff as Unclaimed Property Director.
  • Russell Webber will become the leader of the Legislature’s Pro-life Caucus, with Sen. Robbie Mills as the vice chairman.
  • This upcoming election and the 2020 elections are very critical. “This pro-life issue informs all others. It is a bellwether issue for a legislator. If they are outspoken pro-lifers, they will vote as conservatives on other key issues.”
  • We can look for at least three bills to be filed by pro-life legislators and probably others. Rep. Joe Fischer will be introducing a constitutional amendment to end abortion in Kentucky.

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Not all qualified voters can get to the polls, so it is important to think of pro-life voters who may need encouragement to get an absentee ballot. EVERY VOTE WILL COUNT in the November General Election.

Many of us have elderly family or friends who need help to vote. The rules for obtaining an absentee ballot and either mailing it in or voting in-person ahead of the election, are here.

June 4 is a candidate filing deadline for petitions (etc). Perhaps October 1 would be a good day to mark on your calendar. That way, you won’t forget.

Also, the deadline to register to vote is October 7. Keep your eyes open for anyone who is pro-life and not yet registered!


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Congratulations to Governor Bevin and running mate Ralph Alvarado, Secretary of State candidate Michael Adams, Attorney General contender Daniel Cameron, and Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles.

We must all ask ourselves: How can we help the Republicans win in November? Think of any who did not vote yesterday. Ask them why. Explain what is at stake. Urge them to vote.

The KRLA PAC will be active to support your efforts.

Our endorsed candidate for AG, Wil Schroder, made a great showing and we look for him to succeed in future state races.



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Kentucky Is a Red State with More Democrats than Republicans
9/15/2020 7:06:04 PM
The odds are on Rhonda.
9/14/2020 8:22:53 PM
Ballotpedia says District 6 is a battleground race
9/1/2020 8:40:10 PM
Let’s vote pro-life, and drain the swamp, not the Treasury!
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National Right to Life explains the challenge ahead for Leader McConnell
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Wrap Up of 2019 KRLA State Conference - Part 3
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