Monday, May 14, 2018

It's Almost Primary Election Day

Kentucky's primary election is almost here! Can you feel the #bluewave that is coming this November?

Jessamine County voters can help unseat Andy Barr and Brett Guthrie this fall to bring a Democratic majority back to the U.S House of Representatives! Which candidate will you support on Tuesday, May 22, to bring about the change we need?

Between now and Election Day, Tuesday, May 22, there are a few events which you should know about.

Nicholasville City Commission Debate

The candidates for Nicholasville City Commission will be sharing their qualifications in a debate tomorrow evening (Tuesday, May 15) at City-County Park.

Details on Facebook by clicking here where you can also submit your questions for the candidates.

Democratic Party Meeting

On Thursday, May 17, at 6:00 pm, Jessamine County Democrats will convene our final pre-primary monthly meeting. We'll begin planning for November and all will have the opportunity to hear our candidates rally just five days before election day. Be sure to "sign up" for the meeting on Facebook to help spread the word!

Election Day

Polls are open on May 22, 2018 from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm. If you are in line at your polling station at 6 pm, you are entitled to vote. If you aren't sure of your polling location, click here.

Jessamine County Democrats vote in the primary for: Congress, Magistrate (Districts 4 and 5), and Nicholasville City Commission.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Jobless Rates: A Comparison, and the Rest of the Picture

WKYT, citing information directly from a state agency's news release, reported  the following:  "State officials say unemployment rates fell in 82 Kentucky counties between October 2015 and October 2016." This sounds like promising news indeed, but WKYT failed to go much deeper than to post the news release without comparison to the previous administration's rates to see if unemployment was truly decreasing as the news release suggests. In other words, they didn’t look at whole picture. We will.

Under the leadership of Gov. Beshear, Kentucky saw 27 more counties with decreased unemployment rates. Kentucky Career Center says of the previous year, "Unemployment rates fell in 109 Kentucky counties between October 2014 and October 2015.”

In a state consisting of 120 counties, Beshear came just 11 counties short of seeing unemployment fall in every county in the Commonwealth. The same cannot be said of Gov. Bevin. In fact, there’s a much more ugly reality: "The Kentucky Office of Employment and Training says jobless rates rose in 33 counties [between October 2015 and October 2016]" (WKYT, 2016).

Let that reality sink in. Gov. Beshear saw increased unemployment in only 11
counties, but unemployment dropped in all other 109 counties. Gov. Bevin saw unemployment fall in 82 counties while unemployment increased in 33. What this means is that after Gov. Bevin and his administration took over, we not only lost the gains of the previous administration, but we saw it reversed.

Let's consider closely our Commonwealth's hardest hit counties.

Between October 2014 and October 2015, Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate at 11.3 percent. It was followed by Owsley County, 9.2 percent; Letcher County, 9.1 percent; Harlan County, 9 percent; Wolfe County, 8.6 percent; Leslie County, 8.5 percent; Knott and Pike counties, 8.3 percent each; Clay County, 8.2 percent; and Lee County, 8.1 percent (Kentucky Career Center, 2015 )

Compare that to October 2015 through October 2016 (under Matt Bevin), Magoffin County had the state's highest unemployment rate at 14.1 percent. It was followed by Leslie County at 11.6 percent, Harlan County at 10.5 percent, Letcher County at 10.3 percent, Elliott County at 10.1 percent and Floyd County at 9.9 percent. All those Eastern Kentucky counties had increased unemployment under Matt Bevin.

Folks, each number cited here, every percentage point that is talked about, each one is representative of one of our neighbors; someone with kids to feed, a family to support, and dreams they hope to achieve. This is shameful, to say the least, and further justifies the hashtag, #BadMoveBevin because with our current governor, that's what we seem to get: bad moves that are hurting hard-working Kentuckians. Sometimes all they want is their fair shake and an equal shot to build their lives and provide for those they love. These numbers discussed here are not representative of anything close to capable of fulfilling such a promise. Instead, they suggest a downward spiral in the opposite direction.

This is not a picture of promise or of successful leadership. This is not what progress looks like. Not only can we do better, but we must. People's lives and livelihood depend on it.



Jobless rates down in 82 Kentucky counties. (2016, November 30). In WKYT. Retrieved December 1, 2016, from

Jobless rates down in 109 Kentucky counties in October 2015. (2015, December 3). In Kentucky Career Center. Retrieved from

Monday, November 28, 2016

Lessons and Looking Ahead

Jessamine County Democrats,

I believe that the purpose of politics and of government ought to be to seek the best ways to empower and protect people.

My family has called almost the same patch of Kentucky soil home for a little over 200 years, and yes, it's right here in beautiful Jessamine County! Kentucky is in my blood and to stand up for her is my highest honor, privilege and deepest sense of responsibility. I do this through politics, activism, and even poetry. I will not back down from this endeavor.

To that end, I have followed my principles and values firmly to my dedication and service through the Democratic party. I believe in our party. I say that unflinchingly and with the highest resolve. I say that even in the face of things before us, the changing atmosphere in both Frankfort and Washington D.C. Let me say it again, I am proud to be a Democrat.

We have work to do, tough questions to answer, and hard lessons to learn but I believe in the Democratic party. I believe in OUR party, and because it is each of ours, I believe the responsibility to shape and guide where we go from here is on each of our shoulders. It is and ought to be up to us to determine what Kentucky Democrat, and what Jessamine County Democrat ought to mean going forward.

Our reality changed on Tuesday, November 8th. For the good of Kentucky, we need to listen and to pay close attention to the real lessons being given to us. We need to stand up for what we believe, feet planted firmly, shoulders back, chest out, proud of the principles that guide us and define us. We must be resolutely determined to follow our morals to service and leadership. We must become the leaders that we need, each of us sharing in the responsibilities that will be required of us to grow our Party from the grassroots up, building our comeback. We must each do this because it this isn't just one person or another's party, this is OUR Jessamine County Democratic Party

We don't need to do this just because we want a party to survive either. We need to do it because we believe fully that we, the Democratic party, are the last true line of defense for real people with real problems, and we must make sure that that is what we are and are constantly bettering ourselves to be: The Party of the People.

I do not believe that the policies, attitudes, and politics that hid behind a cloak of populism, that hid behind promises that are far more in line with the Democratic party than the GOP are the best policies, attitudes, and politics for the good of the Commonwealth or the good of the Country. In fact, I believe that the true ugly nature of these policies, of these attitudes, and these politics will throw away any hint of care for the working class as soon as a decision between the 1% Billionaires and the rest of us has to be made (the proof of which is already showing itself in the President Elect's proposed cabinet members, made up of several billionaires with a history set against the middle class). That when the new Republican Majority here in Kentucky takes up the reins in January, their policies won’t help but hurt the hard workers who proudly call our Commonwealth home.

It’s time that we more fully, more directly, and with greater resolve and focus, address the realities of hard-working Kentuckians who bust their butts and break their backs to make enough money to feed their families and pursue a little happiness along the way. We shouldn’t offer these messages as just that, a message to turn a head or gain a vote, we should do it because it’s right and the Kentucky people look to us to stand up for them and their families. It’s time that we risk some losses if it might mean some gains for the minimum wage workers who want to earn enough to live on, or if it means some gains for the single mom who is looking at her two jobs and still wondering how she’s going to afford to pay for daycare this month, or if it means gains for the 400,000 Kentuckians who have access to health care (many for the first time) that might not have it at all after January thanks to Governor Bevin and his new Majority.

To that end and for that purpose, fighting for a politics that represents the best in us and to empower and protect real people with real problems, I am working tirelessly for you, our Commonwealth and our Jessamine County Democratic Party.

So, yes, we do have our work cut out for us. But we’re not alone, we have each other. Let’s turn these feelings going on inside of us into fuel. Let’s turn these losses into lessons, these setbacks into launching points, and let’s build our comeback. It’s time to organize, strategize, plan and put things into motion. Who’s with me?

In solidarity,

Gregory D. Welch


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The Morning After

Congratulations to Russ Meyer - our new State Representative! The majority of Jessamine County will continue to be well-represented in Frankfort.

And a big win for our Sheriff, Kevin Corman! His strong leadership has earned bipartisan respect which earned him a resounding win.

Admittedly, though, last night was a tough night for Jessamine County Democrats. We had several strong candidates who were unsuccessful at the polls. Scripture says that "weeping may linger for the night. "

But the Psalmist goes on to remind us that "Joy cometh in the morning!" Our work is not done. We must carry on for our Democratic values of equality, fairness, and respect for all people.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Jessamine Democrats Rally for Victory

On Thursday, September 18, 2014, Jessamine Democrats will rally for victory at West Jessamine High School from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM.

Refreshments will be served and there will be door prizes.

Help spread the word and be sure to mark your calendars for this big event!

You can help spread the word on facebook, too!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Vote on Tuesday!!

On Tuesday, don't forget to VOTE for our Democratic candidates! There are a lot of good candidates on the ballot and it is important that we have the strongest slate possible to carry the day in November!

Polls are open from 6am to 6pm.

One reminder: if you vote straight ticket, don't forget that this will NOT cast a ballot in the non-partisan races which include Nicholasville Mayor, the Nicholasville City Commission, and the judicial races. These are important races so be sure to ensure you've cast your ballot in all the races!

Click here to see the Democrats on the ballot in partisan races!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

President Obama Recognizes Governor Beshear in the State of the Union #SOTU

Watching the State of the Union? Check out the President's words on our Governor, Steve Beshear:
And if you want to know the real impact this law is having, just talk to Governor Steve Beshear of Kentucky, who’s here tonight.  Kentucky’s not the most liberal part of the country, but he’s like a man possessed when it comes to covering his commonwealth’s families.  “They are our friends and neighbors,” he said.  “They are people we shop and go to church with…farmers out on the tractors…grocery clerks…they are people who go to work every morning praying they don’t get sick.  No one deserves to live that way.”

Steve’s right.  That’s why, tonight, I ask every American who knows someone without health insurance to help them get covered by March 31st.  Moms, get on your kids to sign up.  Kids, call your mom and walk her through the application.  It will give her some peace of mind – plus, she’ll appreciate hearing from you.

After all, that’s the spirit that has always moved this nation forward.  It’s the spirit of citizenship – the recognition that through hard work and responsibility, we can pursue our individual dreams, but still come together as one American family to make sure the next generation can pursue its dreams as well.