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Congratulations to the Republican winners in the 2019 General Election!

The C-J reports that our new Attorney General, Daniel Cameron, won against Greg Stumbo by 220,928 votes, and Michael Adams won by 64,512 votes over Heather French Henry for Secretary of State.

Auditor Mike Harmon won by 204,766 over Sheri Donahue (D) and by 158,217 against both Donahue and the Libertarian candidate Kyle Hugenberg. Allison Ball, Treasurer, won by 300,707 over Michael Bowman, and Ryan Quarrels won by 231,515 over his opponents, Robert Conway (D) and Josh Gilpin (L).

Hmmm…

Perhaps it is the huge difference between the Governor’s and other races that seems suspect. How is it possible that Ball would win by nearly 301K votes, relative to Bevin losing by about 23K in votes cast for both Beshear and Hicks? The final tally for governor was: 709,577 for Beshear, 704,388 for Bevin, and 28,425 for Hicks (see previous article).

Is it characteristic of Republicans to split their vote and desert the Party candidate for chief state officer knowing the immense differences between the Republican and Democrat platforms? Not really. Did teachers make the difference?

Kentucky only employs 42,024 public school teachers, and certainly not all are liberal in their politics. In regard to the pension issue, many realize they make far more money in both salary and retirement funding than their friends who work in the private sector.

Private sector employees in all industries reported an average salary of $44,600 per year. During the same period, government workers reported an average annual salary of $51,840 — $7,240 per year more than private-sector employees. (Dec 31, 2018, CareerTrend)

According to the C-J final count, 1,442,390 Kentuckians voted for Governor, but 14,352 fewer voted for SOS, 17,454 fewer voted for AG, and 31,657 fewer voted for Commissioner of Agriculture and even fewer voted in the Auditor and Treasurer races.

Why do people go to the polls to vote only for a governor? It does not add up.


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This expression of those with disabilities when they confront societal assaults seems to fit pro-lifers’ current position: No concession before a recount! Not dead yet!

Gov. Bevin has stated:

“We know that there are reports of people having been turned away — incorrectly turned away — from various voting booths around the state,” he said. “We know that in Jefferson County, there were a number of machines that did not work properly. So ballots were taken and just put in open boxes and people were told they'd be scanned in later.”

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As well, Senate President Robert Stivers has said that the Kentucky Legislature could decide the race.

Stivers’ comments came shortly after Gov. Matt Bevin refused to concede to Attorney General Andy Beshear, who led by roughly 5,100 votes when all the precincts were counted.

“There’s less than one-half of 1%, as I understand, separating the governor and the attorney general,” Stivers said. “We will follow the letter of the law and what various processes determine.”

A Lexington station, WKYT, has this angle:

The Libertarian Party of Kentucky is relishing the role of spoiler in the 2019 Kentucky governor's race, as they had strong words for supporters of Gov. Matt Bevin in his apparent defeat.

Libertarian candidate John Hicks received 28,426 votes with 100 percent of precincts reporting. That total was far more than the approximately 5,000-vote difference between Democrat Andy Beshear and Republican Matt Bevin.

“We are always happy to split the vote in a way that causes delicious tears. Tonight there are plenty of delicious tears from Bevin supporters,” the party said in a Facebook post.

Last July when John Hicks was asked why voters should choose him over Matt Bevin and Andy Beshear, he said he’s “the one candidate that hasn’t been yelling at another candidate for the past four years.”

Hicks said he was running on the themes of liberty, civility and election reform. “Depending on the voter I think civility might be something where I really shine,” he said.

On their website, Libertarians state they are opposed to Government-regulated morality. What does that POSSIBLY mean? ? ? Should there be no laws against robbery, murder, extortion, etc? Are crimes OK so long as the deeds are done with diplomacy and kind words?

Who is John Hicks? As reported in the C-J last spring…

After a federal judge temporarily blocked a new section of a state law related to filing deadlines, a Libertarian Party candidate has officially joined the 2019 race to become Kentucky’s next governor….

“A lot of Gov. Bevin's policies have been right on,” Hicks said. “But his rhetoric has been terrible.”

By rhetoric, we believe Hicks was referring in part to Bevin’s statement, “I am unapologetically pro-life.” But rhetoric is the art of effective or persuasive speaking or writing, especially the use of figures of speech and other compositional techniques. Bevin is, in contrast, straight-forward.

Some opinions published in the C-J have expressed that Gov. Bevin’s personality worked against him. Yet, he is certainly less confrontational than President Trump, and Trump fills every stadium to overflowing for each of his rallies. Could it be that media disinformation about pensions affected the (assumed) outcome? Or, was it the continual biased, negative comments and media attacks?

The C-J and John Hicks have suggested that Bevin lost due to replacing Jenean Hampton with Ralph Alvarado. We don’t buy this. No true pro-lifer would let personal feelings affect their voting decisions.


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First in a Series: Pro-life Laws Under Attack

Whatever became of the Heartbeat (SB9) and Anti-eugenics (HB5) bills that became law last March? Will discovery be allowed for the state of Kentucky to defend these laws?

You may be asking, what is discovery in a legal context? Here is Dictionary.Law.com’s definition:
n. The entire efforts of a party to a lawsuit and his/her/its attorneys to obtain information before trial through demands for production of documents, depositions of parties and potential witnesses, written interrogatories (questions and answers written under oath), written requests for admissions of fact, examination of the scene and the petitions and motions employed to enforce discovery rights. The theory of broad rights of discovery is that all parties will go to trial with as much knowledge as possible and that neither party should be able to keep secrets from the other (except for constitutional protection against self-incrimination). Often much of the fight between the two sides in a suit takes place during the discovery period.

Why has discovery not been permitted so far? Here begins a brief blog series to examine the EMW Clinic legal case against these laws.

We will look at documents filed by our attorneys and EMW’s on the PACER website. PACER is the Public Access to Court Electronic Records website that lets anyone create a login and search for case information.

If discovery is permitted by the judge, it is sure to be enlightening, but we may be on the brink of an opposing conclusion. Nevertheless, assuming Gov. Bevin is re-elected, the case probably will be pursued to the Appeals Court.

MANY ATTORNEYS

Four law entities are pursuing the case to quash HB5 and SB9 on behalf of the EMW clinic:

  • The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, NY, NY
  • Ackerson & Yann, PLLC , Louisville, KY
  • ACLU of Kentucky Foundation, Louisville, KY
  • O’Melveny & Myers, NY, NY

Kentucky is defending this case with attorney services from the Office of the Governor and the Cabinet for Health and Human Services since our Attorney General refused to defend them.

The opposition has termed HB5 the Reason Ban and SB9 the 6-week Ban. They have lumped these together in their suit that initially sought both a temporary restraining order and/or a temporary injunction as well as a permanent injunction, and now requests a summary judgment— asking the judge to reject these laws as unconstitutional, to dismiss the suit, and to permanently enjoin the defendants (our state) from "enforcing, attempting to enforce, threatening to enforce, or otherwise requiring compliance with SB9 and HB5…". (Enjoin in a legal context means to order.) That means never again could these issues be revisited in any legislation our senators or representatives propose.

The Judge in charge of this case is David J. Hale. From the Ballotpedia website, we read: …President Barack Obama nominated Hale to fill a vacancy on the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. Hale was confirmed to the court on December 3, 2014, by a voice vote of the Senate.


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Schu Montgomery, Opinion contributor | Published 6:34 a.m. ET Oct. 8, 2019 | Courier-Journal OPINION

On the opening day of the National Right to Life Convention in Charleston this past July, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster told an enthusiastic luncheon crowd, “I believe time and history are on our side.”

A Gallup poll had just been released showing a whopping 60% of respondents said abortion should be legal in “only a few circumstances" (39%) or “illegal in all circumstances" (21%). That was a jump of 7 percentage points from just a year earlier.

Grossly underreported, though, even ignored by the media, has been the surge of support among Americans who will “only vote for a candidate who shares their pro-life view on abortion.” As has been the case in practically every election cycle since Roe v. Wade in 1973, the percentage of “single-issue” pro-life voters has outpaced "single-issue" abortion-rights voters by anywhere from 6 to 9 percentage points. In 2016, the numbers were 23% to 17% — a 6-point advantage. Today, the gap is 9 points — 35% to 26%.

Could this dramatic shift reflect American outrage over aggressive efforts by Democrats to make abortion policy more permissive in states like New York, Vermont and Illinois? Or maybe more and more Americans are learning how House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has blocked more than 80 times now, floor votes on the “Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act,” which would give legal rights to newborn infants who survive failed abortions. (The Center for Disease Control reports 143 babies died after being born alive during botched abortions between 2003 and 2014.)

Possibly, the word is getting out (no thanks to the mainstream media), too, that certain politicians are apparently just fine with late-term abortions and even post-birth deaths, in spite of polls consistently showing huge majorities favoring the anti-infanticide reform measure.

Indeed, there is virtue in single-mindedness when choosing who to vote for when casting your ballot. The suffragists are a perfect example. Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alice Paul (incidentally, all strong abortion opponents) and others believed in the promises of liberty guaranteed in the Declaration of Independence and made possible through the amendment process of the Constitution.

You better believe women, like the founding feminists, demanded Americans focus on a single issue. The Democrat-led 65th Congress failed to legislate a woman’s right to vote. So, in the next Congress, Democrats were swept out of power and Republicans led the victory for women’s rights instead.

Abortion, as a single issue, is the most compelling issue facing America today. The right to life for all members of the human family is the most important right guaranteed by our Founding Fathers. As concerned citizens elect candidates on their willingness to protect human life, presidents, legislators and judges will begin to restore protection to the unborn and end abortion on demand.

The anti-abortion movement has been successful in passing life-saving measures including mandatory informed consent and a ban on late-term abortion due, in part, to its uncompromising stance when evaluating candidates. Without the right to life, no other right is possible, or has meaning. A candidate unwilling to rectify the terrible injustice perpetrated by abortionists (killing a defenseless preborn child), should be disqualified from holding public office.

The gravity of restoring the civil right to life to unborn children is especially salient in the Kentucky governor’s race. Republican Matt Bevin has fearlessly defended the most vulnerable. For example, the bill he signed into law requiring abortionists to give women opportunity to view an ultrasound of their baby before an abortion, was upheld by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. A judicial appointment by President Donald Trump made all the difference! Elections do have consequences.

Yet, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andy Beshear, as attorney general, refused to defend that very law in the courts, an egregious shirking of his constitutional responsibilities.

If the civil rights of the unborn throughout the nine months of pregnancy are to be restored, then our obligation to vote for candidates who hold the right to life inviolate, becomes as important as democracy itself.

As the late Judge John Noonan so aptly said, “Once or twice in a century an Issue arises … so far-reaching in its consequences and so deep in its foundations that it calls every person to take a stand.”

Vote pro-life on Nov. 5!

Schu Montgomery is on the board of directors of Right to Life of Louisville and is a teacher at Holy Angels Academy.


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Mike Fichter, CEO of Indiana RTL, Host of LoveX2 podcast on Apple Podcasts (Facebook too), and author of many pro-life books, warned about Planned Parenthood on a mission.

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  • Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky (PPINK) formerly had a budget of $15M, but after its “merger” (takeover) with PP of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands (PPGNHI), the budget includes $90M in financial resources.
  • Ky. and Ind. have become a “test market” for PP. They saw our states as abortion deserts with aggressive pro-lifers in charge, and they believe that if they can “break the back” of our pro-life majority, they can achieve the same goal in any state of the union.
  • Their plan is outlined in “Care For All” — See here.
    The document begins:
    There’s no way to sugarcoat it. With Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, we are likely to see the further erosion of Roe v. Wade in the very near future. There are 13 abortion-related cases that are just one step away from the Supreme Court, and 20 states are poised to ban abortion should Roe v. Wade be overturned.
  • The “Care For All” Plan is to:
    1. Expand regional access and “virtual” access through telemedicine.
    2. Partner with coalitions and advocates to ensure a network of states where abortion will still be legal whatever SCOTUS may rule.
    3. Work to destigmatize abortion in the media and in the popular culture “including working with the music, fashion, movie and television industries”… and with content creators (etc). (This tactic is already in play by Whole Women’s Health as well. http://shiftstigma.org/)
  • PP’s strategy is also to drain state resources through taking us to court as pro-life laws are passed.

Be alert, pro-lifers. Do ALL that you can to preserve our state’s pro-life majority in the legislature and in state offices.



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