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  •  This was expected of Grimes (3+ / 0-)
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    hbk, Simplify, Urban Space Cowboy

    She has to PROVE that she is not with Obama, so I expected this type of reaction on her part.  If she was honest, she would be trying to work with others to bring other types of jobs to counties in KY that depend upon coal.  However, this has been a bipartisan failure in KY.  

    The politicians here are dependent upon the coal and energy industry for campaign money, so there is no incentive to bite the hand that feeds them.  The coal companies and utilities have reaped profits while those who work for them lose their jobs or suffer harm from coal mining.  They also have funded a scare campaign of a war on coal, and with 5,000 more coal mining jobs lost in the last two years, coal companies and the utilities have scared those suffering economic privation into thinking all their troubles are because of the EPA and Obama.

    No one, except the environmentalists, in KY has the guts to say that coal mining is a dying industry in Eastern Kentucky.  It is considered political suicide to do so.  Therefore, you cannot really talk about economic development in those counties without the presence of the coal companies and mining jobs.

    •  You mean she has to pretend she is not with Obama (1+ / 0-)
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      John in Cleveland

      for purposes of getting elected.  Then she can switch her stance to follow lock-step with Obama's agenda until just before the next election?

      Voters aren't stupid.  They know Dems follow the Dem agenda nearly 100%, just as Repubs follow their's 100% - with few exceptions.

      Politicians are, by definition (almost) liars.  Do you really think Kentuckians believe Grimes will fight tooth and nail for the coal industry, if she was the final Dem vote needed to pass an environmental bill that would devastate coal?  

      •  "Voters aren't stupid" (0+ / 0-)

        Ahem.

        Almost everything you do will seem insignificant, but it is most important that you do it.

        by The Termite on Mon Jun 02, 2014 at 01:50:57 PM PDT

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      •  She will vote for her campaign contributors (0+ / 0-)

        And she will vote for coal and not "lock-step" with Obama.  Do I think she should vote for the coal industry?  No.  But there have been plenty of other Democrats who have voted against Democratic Presidents on environmental matters, so why should Grimes be any different from say former Senator Ford of KY?   And if you paid any attention, you would see that Blue Dogs in the House and conservadems in the Senate have been more than happy to vote against the progressive agenda.  Grimes is more of an establishment Democrat, so I expect her to a be "centrist," which is something I'm not excited about.

        And if Democrats vote lock-step with Obama now, it is only because Republicans are in a permanent vegetative state with a living will that screams, NO!" to even conservative bills that Obama supports.  If Obama proposed not jumping off a cliff, Republicans would be throwing people in droves off any cliff they could find and yelling, "FREEDOM!"

      •  I do (1+ / 0-)
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        Shaylors Provence
        Do you really think Kentuckians believe Grimes will fight tooth and nail for the coal industry, if she was the final Dem vote needed to pass an environmental bill that would devastate coal?  
        I do.

        Democratic Senators have not been coy about obstructing. (see: Manchin, Lieberman, Ben Nelson)

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