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 2016 DNC Platform DRAFT

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CONVENTION 2016

We are happy to announce the re-organization of our Party at the precinct and county levels, is complete!!

Today we held our county convention with excellent attendance. We elected a new executive board that truly represents the wide spectrum of Madison County citizens. This term our board is heavily weighted toward the young members of Madison County and we enthusiastically welcome them into action. This is a GREAT sign that our party and our causes have bright days ahead.

We look forward to this 4 year term with much excitement. We have 2 tremendously dynamic presidential candidates and our bench is deep with talent completely down the tickets. As we saw in recent KY special elections for the House of Representatives. ..our Party is strong and healthy.

Thanks to everyone that volunteered, and made today’s convention a huge success.

The list of newly elected County Executive Board members will be posted here shortly.

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About Us

The Democratic Party has consistently been the dominant political party in Kentucky since the state was formed in 1792. The Party descended from Thomas Jefferson’s anti-Federalist Republicans in opposition to Alexander Hamilton’s Whig Party. The belief in states’ rights and a preference to a small, unobtrusive state government over a large federal government continued to be the overriding philosophy of the party through the 1850s when the Civil War broke out.

Democrats in Kentucky have followed a pattern of splitting and reuniting since the Civil War. Some of the more famous splits occurred over the issue of slavery and, throughout the 20th Century, over a factionalism attached to various opposing candidates within the party.Democrats

Democrats like Ruby LaffoonA.B. “Happy” ChandlerEarle ClementsLawrence WetherbyAlben BarkleyBert T. CombsEdward T. Breathitt and Wendell Ford – many of whom were key players in the factional in-fighting – were instrumental in setting the tone for the modern Kentucky Democratic Party. Democratic candidates run less often on traditional liberal or conservative platforms and more on the promise of tax relief, educational improvement and government efficiency.

Today, ensuring honesty, integrity, and fresh ideas for the Commonwealth are the ideals of our Kentucky Democratic Party. We strive to protect our Kentucky values, while laying a foundation for a brighter tomorrow for all Kentuckians. Comprised of teams of Democratic leaders, the Kentucky Democratic Party works to communicate the message to the public, mobilize community members into action, and ensuring funds are raised to promote projects across the State.

The most important piece of the Democratic Party does not fit a common mold – it is you.

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