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We’ve been looking for a special headline on the front page of the Courier-Journal, as one would expect for significant news about a community icon. We want to see one that mentions the retirement of Margie Montgomery from her role as executive director of Kentucky and Louisville Right to Life, and the Ky RTL Educational Foundation.

Margie, a faithful reader of the C-J, was nearly always contacted by a C-J reporter for input about pro-life issues, of which there have been many over the years.

Though we can’t find a featured headline, there is a nice article about her retirement. See here. To read an insider’s announcement about her retirement, see here.


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Do you have a Trump/Pence sign in your front yard? Or, maybe the question should be: DID you have a Trump/Pence sign?

A number of pro-life members and friends have reported that theirs were either vandalized or stolen. In broad daylight. On busy roads.

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The gentleman pictured desires to remain anonymous but wants to report that his large sign was stolen once and on two other occasions his signs were ruined by spray paint. He has resorted to guarding the large sign in uniform, and he added the smaller ones to make a point. He lives in eastern Jefferson County.

There are many online news stories and YouTube videos about Trump yard signs being stolen and some stories about Biden sign theft.

Any campaign sign must not be placed between the sidewalk and the road or in the right-of-way, and the person who steals a sign from a yard can be punished with a fine or even face jail time.


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The KRLA PAC ALERT Voter Guide has only three recommendations on judges. A short bench! It can be hard to discover whether or not a judge is pro-life.

A judge must run as a non-partisan, so unless we hear from a person who knows them or knows someone who does, or the candidate makes it clear, we cannot know their views on the sanctity of life. Likewise, KRLA cannot endorse any judge due to the non-partisan nature of the race. We only recommend when we have trusted information. Let us know when you have a tip! We will verify your information.

All judges’ positions in Ky are elected offices, but if a judge departs a seat before the end of the term, the new U.S. District or Appeals Court judges will be appointed by the U.S. president, and the Ky Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Circuit Court, Family Court or District Court vacancies will be filled by appointment of the governor. Their nominations or appointments are based on lists received from the judicial nominating commissions.

Ky has an Eastern and Western district plus a temporary judge who can serve if a sitting judge becomes disabled. There are seven Supreme Court and Court of Appeals districts, 57 circuit court districts and 60 Judicial districts. The graphic shows the seven districts of Ky’s Supreme and Appeals Courts.

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The candidates recommended in the PAC ALERT include:

DistrictDivisonJudge CandidateBench Seat
7 Robert B. ConleySeeking to become an Eastern District Judge on Ky’s Supreme Court
11Jenny HinesRunning for a seat on the Ky Court of Appeals
281Teresa WhitakerRunning for Circuit Judge

Robert Conley’s opponent, Rep. Chris Harris (D-93), is stepping down from the Ky House to run for the Supreme Court position, recruited by Gov. Beshear. Jenny Hines’ opponent, Chris McNeill, was appointed to the seat by Gov. Beshear earlier this year.

The Ballotpedia states that Whitaker’s opponent, Walt Maguire, was a family court judge for the 28th Circuit who retired on June 30, 2013. The Somerset, Ky online newspaper reports: A local retired judge is seeking an opportunity to return to the bench… Maguire acknowledged… “I’m not signing on for eight years, but I just like being involved in trying to make a difference in our communities in a positive, constructive, traditional way.” So, voting for Maguire is voting for the person who will succeed him by appointment.

Judges make so many important decisions; holding a high view of human life is essential to their role in society.

Ky has rarely had a helpful verdict in the Western District Court that hears the legal cases relating to the pro-life laws passed by our Legislature. An interesting article on the judicial role in deciding the “times, places and protocols” for congressional elections is here.

Your ballot will feature a question: Are you in favor of changing the term of Commonwealth’s Attorneys from six-year terms to eight-year terms starting in 2030, changing the terms of judges of the district court from four-year terms to eight-year terms beginning in 2022, and requiring district judges to have been licensed attorneys for at least eight years beginning in 2022 by amending the Constitution of Ky?

How will you mark your ballot?


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WHAT? KET refused to include Rhonda Palazzo in its broadcast featuring Ky’s 3rd Congressional District candidates? WHY?

Ky’s public television station, KET, has criteria for candidates to participate in the Kentucky Tonight forum: The candidate must raise or spend $50,000 by the end of the second quarter. Thanks, taxpayers, who fund a large percentage of KET’s operations, for providing a one-sided forum for the Democrats.

WKYT TV, a Lexington channel, featured a fiery debate between the 6th District Congressional candidates. See here. Maybe a Louisville station will fill the void for a 3rd District debate. ?

Volunteer to help!

GET involved in walking for Rhonda. Literature campaigns are being organized. You will not knock on doors but rather simply deliver printed cards about Rhonda’s goals. YOU are needed! Please sign up here to help.

If you have not yet contacted your representative, whether congressional or state, senate or house, NOW is the time to offer your time and talent.

Rep. Jason Nemes, House D-33, Jefferson-part and Oldham-part, plans a walk for volunteers on Oct. 17 in Oldham Co. Contact Jason!

KRLA invites ENDORSED and RECOMMENDED candidates to send information that we can post to Facebook, Twitter and the Krla.org website.


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Looking at Ky’s House races in the central to east districts, excluding Jefferson and Fayette counties, we find numerous incumbents. Two incumbents, Travis Brenda in D-71 and Les Yates in D-73 were defeated in the Primary. This is unusual. An incumbent ought to have an advantage. When they are unopposed, they do! The below table shows incumbents who are unopposed. All are ENDORSED by the KRLA PAC.

DistrictRegionRepublicanComment
52McCreary, Pulaski-part, WayneKen UnchurchNO CONTEST
55Jessamine-part, Mercer, WashingtonKim KingNO CONTEST
59Oldham-partDavid OsborneNO CONTEST
60Boone-partSal SantoroNO CONTEST
61Boone-part, Grant, Kenton-part, Scott-partSavannah MaddoxNO CONTEST
71Garrard, Madison-part, RockcastleJosh BrayNO CONTEST; seat formerly held by R. Travis Brenda
80Lincoln, Pulaski-partDavid MeadeNO CONTEST
82Laurel-part, WhitleyRegina HuffNO CONTEST
83Oldham-partJoshua BranscumNO CONTEST; seat formerly held by Jeff Hoover
85Laurel-part, Pulaski-partShane BakerNO CONTEST; replacing Tommy Turner- retired
86Knox, Laurel-partTom SmithNO CONTEST; replacing Jim Stewart III- retired
87Bell, Harlan-partAdam BowlingNO CONTEST
98Boyd-part, GreenupDanny BentleyNO CONTEST

For the remaining districts of central and east Ky not covered in previous articles, the below table features the ENDORSED and RECOMMENDED candidates only. Some comments and links are included. If you take time to visit the candidate websites, you will be impressed. You will be encouraged to help elect pro-lifers and to vote.

DistrictRegionRepublicanOpponentsComment
47Carroll, Gallatin, Henry, TrimbleFelicia RayburnJack CouchFelicia’s campaign website
49Bullitt-partThomas HuffJonathan Cacciatore (D), Mitch Rushing (Lib)Huff’s campaign website. He is the incumbent.
50NelsonChad McCoyKory Miller (D)Chad’s campaign website. He is the incumbent.
51Adair, TaylorJohn CarneyRichard Steele (D)Huff’s Twitter page. He is the incumbent.
53Anderson, Bullitt-part, SpencerJames A. TiptonDustin Burley (D)Rep. Tipton won in 2018 against Dustin Burley (D) by 8208 votes.
54Boyle, CaseyDaniel ElliottLydia Coffee (D)Rep. Elliott won in 2018 against Other/Write-in votes by 7319 votes.
57Franklin-partGary StrattonDerrick Graham (D)Huff’s Twitter page. Graham is the incumbent. An uphill race for Stratton
58ShelbyJennifer DeckerWill Barnett (D)Jennifer’s campaign website. Are you in a position to endorse a candidate? Do!
63Boone-part, Kenton-partKimberly BantaAshley Williams (D)Kim’s campaign website. She is the incumbent.
64Campbell-part, Kenton-partKimberly Poore MoserLarry Varney (D)Kimberly’s campaign website. She is the incumbent.
66Boone-partEd MasseyRoberto Henriquez (D), Cristi Kendrick (Lib)3-way race: Rep. Massey beat Henriquez and several other candidates in 2018 handily
67Campbell-partLeAnna HomandbergRachel Roberts (D)LeAnna’s campaign website. Rachel is the incumbent.
68Campbell-partJoe FischerNancy Bardgett (D)Joe’s campaign website. He is the incumbent. Sponsor of many pro-life bills.
69Boone-part, Kenton-partAdam KoenigRyan Neaves (D), Bill Mitchell (Lib)Adam’s campaign website. He is the incumbent.
70Bracken, Fleming, Mason, RobertsonWilliam LawrenceCraig Miller (D)William’s campaign website. Youngest candidate? Great!
72Bath, Bourbon, Fayette (Part), NicholasMatthew KochTodd Neace (D)Matthew’s campaign website. He is the incumbent.
73Clark, Madison-partRyan DotsonKenneth Blair (D)Ryan’s Facebook page. Ryan won against the incumbent.
74Menifee, Montgomery, PowellDavid HaleJeff Spradling (D)David’s Facebook page. He is the incumbent.
78Harrison, Pendleton, Scott-partMark HartJames Toller (Lib)Mark’s Facebook page. He is the incumbent.
81Madison-partDeanna FrazierMike Eaves (D)Deanna’s campaign website. She is the incumbent.
84Harlan-part, PerryChris FugateKenneth Hall (D)Fugue’s Twitter page. He is the incumbent.
90Clay, Laurel-part, LeslieDerek LewisRalph Hoskins (D)Derek’s campaign website. He is the incumbent.
91Breathitt, Estill, Lee, Madison-part, OwsleyBilly WesleyPaula Clemons-Combs (D)Billy’s Facebook page. Billy’s video is great! It’s on our PAC page.
92Knott, Magoffin, Pike-partJohn BlantonAncel Smith (D)John’s campaign website. He is the incumbent.
93Martin, Pike-partNorma Kirk-McCormickRod Varney (D)Norma’s Facebook page.
96Carter, LawrencePatrick FlanneryKathy Hinkle (D)Patrick’s Facebook page. Kathy is the incumbent.
97Johnson, Morgan, WolfeBobby McCoolWill Hurst (D)Bobby’s campaign website. He is the incumbent.
99Elliott, Lewis, RowanRichard WhiteBill Redwine (D)Rep. White won a 2020 special election against the same candidate.
100NelsonScott SharpTerri Branham Clark (D)More about Scott. Terri is the incumbent.

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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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Kentucky has 38 Senate Districts. To maintain a smoother governing process, elections are held for odd, then for even-numbered districts every two years. This year, of the odd-numbered districts, seven are uncontested:

  • District 1 - Jason Howell (R)
  • District 15 - Rick Girdler (R)
  • District 19 - Morgan McGarvey (D)
  • District 25 - Robert Stivers (R)
  • District 33 - Gerald Neal (D)
  • District 35 - Denise Harper Angel (D)
  • District 37 - David Yates (D)

Of the remaining 12 races,

  • 3 pro-life incumbents face Libertarian and Independent candidates
  • 5 pro-life incumbents face Democrat challengers
  • 3 new Republican candidates face Democrats and others, and
  • 1 Democrat faces an unaffiliated, write-in candidate

Of the active campaigners who are pro-life, it’s likely that those facing Democrats will need the most turnout to win their race. That said, we should not take any race for granted. The 28,433 votes for the Libertarian candidate sank Gov. Bevin’s boat. So, let’s make plain exactly what the Libertarian party stands for:

The right to life— “We support the prohibition of the initiation of physical force against others…”
On abortion— “Recognizing that abortion is a sensitive issue and that people can hold good-faith views on all sides, we believe that government should be kept out of the matter, leaving the question to each person for their conscientious consideration.”

Here are the districts and the Republican incumbents facing a Libertarian:

DistrictCountiesPro-lifeLibertarianIndependent, Write-in
3Christian, Logan, ToddWhitney Westerfield (R)Amanda Billings 
5Breckinridge, Edmonson, Grayson, Hart, LaRue, MeadeStephen Meredith (R)Guy MillerJohn Whipple
27Bourbon, Fleming, Harrison, Lewis, Mason, Nicholas, Robertson, RowanStephen West (R)Bryan ShortGene Detherage

It is hard to imagine that the incomparable Westerfield, Meredith or West could lose to these contenders, but there are many ways a race can be snagged, so let’s get out the vote for these fine Senators!

In reading the websites of the Libertarian and Democrat opponents of the pro-life incumbents, a central theme is that the incumbent is out of touch with the district. He does not understand that his constituents are struggling to make ends meet and cannot afford health care and other basics. The incumbent is accused of hobnobbing with lobbyists while ignoring the promises to teachers and school districts, etc., and he is not even sensitive to COVID-19 rules. Promises are made to fix everything by the superior methods and philosophies of the contenders.

Disinformation is promoted. For example, stunted views on the pro-life candidate’s legislative work and perspectives are presented. For that reason, the name of each in the below table is linked to the page on the legislature website that lists their 2020 record of sponsored bills.

One opponent pictures himself with Allison Lundergan Grimes, which seems a bad idea but perhaps proves that, no matter what, many Democrats will never change their vote. Of the counties in these Districts, 10 have more registered Republicans and 5 have more Democrats, but some counts are very close. For the below Democrat candidates, we saw no pro-life sentiment expressed on their campaign sites.

Now for a look at the five pro-life incumbents who are facing Democrat opponents:

DistrictCountiesRepublicanDemocrat
9Allen, Barren, Green, Metcalfe, Monroe, SimpsonDavid GivensBrian Pedigo
11BooneJohn SchickelJames Fiorello
17Grant, Kenton (Part), ScottDamon ThayerJason Stroude
23Kenton (Part)Chris McDanielRyan Olexia
31Elliott, Lawrence, Martin, Morgan, PikePhillip WheelerGlenn Hammond

Mr. Wheeler won a special election in March 2019 flipping his District to Republican after 50 years. His race will be hard with 17K more Democrats than Republicans in these counties.

Finally, let’s look at the three new Republican candidates on the General Election ballots and their opposition:

DistrictCountiesRepublicanDemocratIndependent
7Anderson, Franklin, Gallatin, Owen, WoodfordAdrienne SouthworthJoe GravissKen Carroll
21Bath, Estill, Jackson, Laurel, Menifee, PowellBrandon StormWalter Trebolo 
29Floyd, Harlan, Knott, LetcherJohnnie L. TurnerJohnny R. Turner 

You will find out more about these candidates in the KRLA PAC Voter Guide. We can say that Republican Johnnie Turner easily won his Republican primary in Eastern Kentucky and has previously served in the Ky House of Representatives.

Storm was a KRLA PAC recommended candidate in the Primary. His opponent, Trebolo, states that he is “very pro-life”.

Joe Graviss currently serves in the Ky House D-56 (Fayette (Part), Franklin (Part), Woodford), having defeated his Republican opponent in 2018 by a sizable margin, and has been endorsed by retiring Senator Julian Carroll. He voted in favor of the Born Alive (SB 9) Bill but we do not know his full outlook on pro-life issues.


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Explaining the Republican loss of Senate District 26 boils down to a few questions:

  1. Why did Ernie Harris wait so late to announce he would retire from the Ky. Senate?
  2. Was it absolutely necessary to hold the Special Election as part of the 2020 Primary Election? Who made the decision and why?

Though other factors could be analyzed, those seem to be the main ones to explore.

Some background on the race

Sen. Harris was first elected in Nov. 1994 with strong support from Right to Life. Registered Democrats outnumbered registered Republicans 4-1 in the region which at that time included seven more counties. Senate District 26 now comprises Oldham Co, and 44 precincts in NE Jefferson Co.

The Republican candidate, Bill Ferko, a successful business owner and an exemplary conservative in his life’s activities over many years, is the very sort of person Republicans love to vote for. He worked hard and invested his own money to gain more exposure through media advertising. He received contributions from some PACs. We were so fortunate he stepped up to the plate!

The Democrat candidate, Dr. Karen Berg, had run a good race in 2018 against Ernie Harris. She was a graduate of EmergeKentucky, a left-leaning nonprofit that trains Democrat women to win political campaigns, so she had a network of volunteers on board. Contributions from Democrats such as Rep. Mary Lou Marzian show us that Berg is not likely to vote pro-life.

Some factors to consider

The COVID19 virus changed the election in many ways.

1. On March 16 SOS Adams announced that the date for the Primary would move from May 19 to June 23. The deadline to register to vote was moved up to May 26. With 354,563 registered Democrats in Jefferson Co. as of mid-July 2020 and 353,932 as of mid-May 2020, the Dems gained 631 voters for the Primary. The Republicans lost 311 voters since 199,986 were registered in mid-May and 199,675 in mid-July. It’s hard to say how this occurred. We have not taken the time to evaluate whether this affected the Ferko precincts but will assume some effect.

2. On May 14 the media reported that Jefferson Co. would have only one polling location, the Ky. Expo Center, that would be overseen by the National Guard. For a person in NE Jefferson Co., it could take a half hour or more to reach the Expo Center. Also, the prospect of military oversight may have provoked many to request an absentee ballot.

However, it was acknowledged by the SOS that the goal of the USPS was not to lose more than about 4% of the ballots, and in the end, about 5% of voters did not complete the ballot accurately, disqualifying their vote. Whether any of these were in D26 is unknown.

3. Insiders said that the McGrath-Booker hysteria brought in loads more Democrat voters, pushing up the numbers.

4. Perhaps Republicans generally did not realize that the Senate Special Election was to determine the candidate who would serve through 2022. There would be no chance to cast a vote for Ferko in November.

In Jefferson Co., for the 44 precincts in D26, Berg got 15,033 votes, and Ferko got 7,604. In Oldham Co., of 38 precincts, Ferko got 11,101 votes and Berg got 9,738.

In 2018, of 57,227 votes cast, Harris got 29,625, Berg got 26,524, a difference of 3,101. (The Independent got 1,078.) In the June 2020 Primary, the total votes were 43,534, with 58 cast for the Independent. That means 13,693 fewer people voted in 2020 than in the 2018 General Election for this race. Ferko got a total of 18,705 and Berg, a total of 24,771.

Yes, 6,066 votes is a significant difference, however, for a Primary, it was a good turnout. COVID19 affected the outcome, but was not the largest factor. Mr. Ferko could have gained far more support with more lead time.

Sen. Harris announced he would step down in early April. His announcement was reported in The Oldham Era newspaper online on Friday, April 10. He stated, “My career is about to end, it’s been a good career and it’s time to move on,” He felt he had achieved his goal to get funds for widening I-71, and wanted to spend time with his family. He said his decision to retire was already made back in 2018 when he ran for reelection. He said he knew that would be his last election and was actively considering retiring midway between his term.

But who else knew this?

The article noted that a special election to fill Harris’ seat would be held on June 23; the Republican and Democrat executive committees for Oldham and Jefferson counties would make the decision on who to put forward as candidates. We wonder, was it absolutely necessary to cram the race into the Primary?

Had the Primary taken place May 19 as originally scheduled, this would have left about a month for the candidates to campaign. Even TWO MONTHS was not enough for Mr. Ferko. Berg already had name recognition and an easy path forward.

Perhaps this article can encourage pro-life legislators to carefully consider their retirement decisions.


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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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We have never been more challenged to keep up with news and events, and to determine the best way to react and show leadership. In part we will address this through sending out our e-news weekly starting in September through early November, and if you are not on our list, please sign up now. We will keep you apprised of important updates affecting pro-life activism in these unusual days of national and state political distress.

We receive media requests to quickly respond to developments in pro-life issues, and the news cycle is accelerating. An example may be seen in a recent Courier-Journal article. Margie Montgomery was asked to weigh in on the Buffer Zone ordinance (see previous post). We are in the office daily to field calls and requests for information, and the stream of activity is never-ending.

Donors have given generously to the Educational Foundation, but our funds for operations are down. We are humbled by the sacrificial giving of all donors, and ask our members and supporters to keep us in mind for our September Walk for Life. This is our major annual fundraiser that enables us to keep the lights on and do our work, both for Louisville RTL and KRLA.

The State Fair and Golf Outing have been cancelled this year due to the virus, and we have not been able to participate in other events. At this time we do not anticipate a State Conference but will instead focus efforts on the Election.

We are are concerned to do whatever we can to help Kentucky run a clean General Election and to help elect pro-lifers. Kentucky is among Ballotpedia’s “22 battleground chambers in 17 states out of the 86 chambers holding regularly-scheduled elections in 2020… that will be more competitive overall and have the potential to see major shifts in party control.” Watch for specific news about District candidates and races.

As noted, donors have generously given to the Education Foundation, enabling three media campaigns. The first was organized by Louisville board president emeritus Jack Ratterman. It began in June and has resumed this month on WHAS Radio.

The second is an Internet Click Ad campaign coordinated by Louisville board member Schu Montgomery. The theme of this outreach is: Life is not just for the perfect, privileged and planned. We hope it will strike a chord in the hearts of people who realize that our society is on a course to cold, calculated birth and death, with abortion, eugenics and euthanasia promoted by the mainstream media as well as certain medical associations without scruples. When the ads are clicked they go to a special website page.

The third campaign will start in the Autumn and feature very large “mobile” ads on TARC buses in Metro Louisville. This project was spearheaded by Louisville board member Dawn Heuglin and the Celebration of Life Banquet committee, working with the keynote speaker, Mike Fichter, to ask for funding. We are excited about all these campaigns! Our sincere thanks to all these RTL board members and the donors!

To hear or see all ads, visit the Educational Foundation Special Projects page.


KRLA Forum

We read or witness the continual disparaging of our duly-elected pro-life President every day.

To help counter this trend, on Friday, July 31, KRLA issued a media release restating our endorsement of President Trump. Read it here.

Mail-in voting update

Last week, Secretary of State Adams stated that he is considering scaling back mail-in voting eligibility for the general election this fall. Gov. Beshear disapproved of this. He was quoted as saying that with the pandemic “more dangerous now than it was during the primary election,” Kentucky should continue no-excuse absentee voting this fall.

SOS Adams noted that Kentucky handled increased mail-in voting effectively and without fraud in the primary, but he is “dubious” that the same model can be fully replicated in the fall with significantly higher turnout.

“It’s not obvious that our county clerks or the post office can manage a 250% increase in absentee ballots,” Adams said. “That is based on feedback from state and local election officials from both major parties. They and I are concerned that going from 750,000 absentee ballots to 1.875 million absentee ballots, or more, would overload and crash our system.”

Read more.

An important announcement is on the KRLA PAC page. Let’s all get involved in helping to elect pro-life candidates!

A somewhat troubling discussion about the General Election prospects may be heard on the July 28 KET video covering state government and legislators’ questions on this issue. SOS Adams begins speaking at about 33 minutes.

Every day we hear news that breaks pro-life hearts. We read stories about COVID ‘necessitating’ Telemedicine and at-home procedures that could result in extreme trauma and even death for women; about decisions in our courts that favor abortion clinics, and demands made by legislators to force taxpayers to pay for abortion, related health insurance, research on aborted fetuses, and to fund abortion worldwide.

The next three months are sure to break all records for bad behavior by politicians, and we can only encourage prayer as the way forward.


KRLA Forum

chad_meredith.jpgRecently the Beshear administration called for release of Gov. Bevin’s pardon files. These would include records relating to both pardons and commutations by Gov. Bevin that are under Solicitor General Chad Meredith’s oversight.

KRLA has been very impressed with Attorney Meredith’s abilities. He represented Kentuckians in numerous legal cases brought against the pro-life laws passed by our General Assembly during the Bevin administration.

The Courier-Journal reported on July 23 that Holly Johnson, Beshear Finance and Administration Cabinet Secretary, asked the Fayette Circuit Court to order Meredith to turn over public records which he had declined to do in response to an open records request in May and a subpoena in June. Though he provided some records related to the investigation into alleged mismanagement of government funds, he did not release documents related to pardons by asserting that ‘attorney-client and work-product privileges’ prevented him from doing so.

We are sure that Attorney Meredith knows the difference between emails that are state property and emails and documents that comprise confidential case information.

The C-J article reports:

The Finance Cabinet's motion states that Meredith's justification for withholding the records is incorrect, as the emails and attachments related to Bevin’s pardons were part of his official jobs duties and created on state time with state resources.

“In short, they are the property and legal documents of the Commonwealth,” the motion states. “Mr. Meredith’s [sic] does not hold the privilege as to these records, cannot assert the privilege on behalf of the Office of Governor, nor could he do so against the very entity which seeks the production of these documents.”

Read more.

This seems like an ‘appeal to force’ (‘ad baculum’ logical fallacy for you students of the law), as it claims that the state has full rights to any communications, without respect to the legal principle and practice of client-attorney privilege, which is a norm undergirding the entire legal system.

For our pro-life lawsuits, It would mean that any individual, for example, one damaged by an abortion, could not expect her full conversation with a State attorney to be kept confidential, and only portions shared as deemed necessary in a trial. Obviously, a potential breach of confidence could lead to life-damaging public disclosures. What witness would ever volunteer to fully disclose evidences, if attorney-client privilege were not enforced?

To say that attorney-client privilege is nonexistent for state attorneys on state business, and that all state employees’ documents and emails are the property of the state is a disastrous idea, no matter which department, employee or state officer entertains the notion. The debate about ‘open records’ is an active one at this time, but that topic aside, the issue here is attorney-client privilege. That pillar, if removed, could bring the house down.

The same C-J article notes that Atty. Meredith is being considered for a nomination to a federal judgeship in Kentucky’s western district and has the support of Sen. McConnell.

Chad Meredith skillfully defended Kentucky in ACLU / EMW / Planned Parenthood lawsuits brought against the state both in the Fifth District Court and the Sixth Circuit Appeals Court.

The Fifth District Judges who heard the cases for the Ultrasound Law, the Transfer Agreement Law, the Dismemberment Abortion Law, and the Heartbeat and Anti-Eugenics Laws— Judges Hale, McKinley and Stivers— all ruled in favor of the abortion clinics.

The Heartbeat and Anti-Eugenics case hinges on an Appeals Court ruling.


KRLA Forum

We’ve been following the news on our AG’s web pages.

Here are some headlines with a brief excerpt:

Attorney General Cameron Files Motion to Defend Commonwealth’s Pro-Life Heartbeat and Anti-Discrimination Laws

Jan. 31, 2020 | Link

“It is my duty to fight for those who cannot fight for themselves, and it is my job to stand in the gap and defend Kentucky’s pro-life laws… Kentuckians have made it abundantly clear that they support the unborn, and I am committed to doing everything I can to protect the sanctity of life and defend the will of the people by joining this case.”…


Statement from Attorney General Cameron Following Conclusion of Oral Argument in Defense of Kentucky Law Banning Live Dismemberment Abortions

Jan. 29, 2020 | Link

“HB 454 does not ban the Dilation and Evacuation procedure in Kentucky, but it simply requires abortion providers to ensure that the unborn child dies before beginning the dismemberment procedure. This is, without question, a more humane way to perform the procedure. At issue today is our ability, as Kentuckians, to show compassion to the most vulnerable. That is a core mission of my office, to stand up for the voiceless. While we are confident in the compelling case made by our office before the court today, we will defend the law all the way to the United States Supreme Court, if necessary. That is my pledge to the people of Kentucky.”


Attorney General Cameron Files Amicus Brief Protecting Unborn Children with Down Syndrome From Discriminatory Abortions

Jan. 23, 2020 | Link

Attorney General Daniel Cameron joined Indiana and 16 additional states in filing an amicus brief in the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals urging the Court to uphold an Ohio law banning abortions where a doctor knows that the abortion is sought because the unborn child has Down syndrome…


Prepared Remarks of Attorney General Daniel Cameron for the Inauguration of Constitutional Officers

Jan. 6, 2020 | Link

“To me, the role of Attorney General means adhering to one guiding principle – the rule of law (our emphasis). The bedrock of our society is that we are a nation and a government of laws, not of men, as John Adams once put it.

“And if we adhere to that simple principle, it makes the rest of our agenda fall right into place:

“Protecting and ensuring public safety.

“Providing reliability and consistency in the way that the AG’s office operates.

“Defending our state and the laws passed by our duly elected representatives in the General Assembly…”


Many more than three cheers for AG Cameron!



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