Democratic Rock of Gibraltar en On 'The Rise and Fall of West Ky Democratic Politics' <p>There are those of us, of sufficient vintage, who can recall people saying, “If you want to vote in Kentucky, you register as a Democrat.” &nbsp;That always seemed to be a little bit more true here in western Kentucky, the birthplace of Alben Barkley, Wendell Ford, Ned Breathitt, Ruby Laffoon, and Julian Carroll.&nbsp;Of course, western Kentucky is more competitive today politically, but one has to wonder how our part of the Commonwealth became a Democratic bastion in the first place.&nbsp;Dr. George Humphreys is the director of Madisonville Community College’s Muhlenberg campus and an alumnus of Murray State’s History Department. &nbsp;He’s the author of <em>The Democratic Rock of Gibraltar: The Rise and Fall of Western Kentucky Democratic Politics Since the New Deal</em>, slated to come out next spring. &nbsp;He’s on the line today to speak with us about it.</p><p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 21:01:19 +0000 Todd Hatton 34722 at On 'The Rise and Fall of West Ky Democratic Politics'