Election night in Frankfort last year was supposed to be a celebration for Kentucky Democrats ushering Attorney General Jack Conway into the governorship, just as all the polls had predicted would happen.
Lurking beneath the headlines of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton’s bids for president, there’s a battle waging for Kentucky’s state House of Representatives. Democrats have much to lose — it’s the last legislative chamber controlled by the party in any Southern state. Republicans have everything to gain — if they net four more seats, they’ll have power over the entire legislative process in Frankfort.
Candidates for the Kentucky House of Representatives 3rd District (part of McCracken County) squared off in a forum hosted by the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce Thursday. Candidates outlined their positions on the Affordable Care Act, the pension system, regulations on business and more.
Along with elections for president, U.S. Senate and Congress, Kentucky voters will decide in November the political control of the state House of Representatives, the last legislative chamber in the South controlled by Democrats.
Republican members of the Kentucky House are planning to boycott a meeting on the state’s under-funded pension system. House Speaker Greg Stumbo has called lawmakers to return to Frankfort Tuesday, but the GOP is calling it a trick.