Take note that these Congressional District Information Diaries are not meant to evaluate whether or not the districts are beatable. They are meant for Kossacks and others to share information on any knowledge they have on the districts.
There have been recent Congressional District Information diaries where Kos user comments are talking about "how this person will never be beaten," or "even a scandal wouldn't change anyone's minds." To be frank, we're not looking for this kind of feedback. We want real, inside information about the Congressional Districts we cover in our diaries.
While we are Kossacks ourselves, our goal is to gather information in general about these Congressional districts and to gather it from a number of different sources. Based on previous feedback from our diaries, it is clear each Kossack has insightful information about the Congressional districts but understandably, we are also in the process of communicating from state and local Democratic parties, as well as additional blogs and groups for additional information so don't think we're depending on Kos.
We'd like to reach out to any of you Kossacks from Kentucky's 1st Congressional District for information. Feel free to add your understanding of the communities, issues, etc.
What issues directly affect people in Kentucky's 1st Congressional District? My colleague Augustin and I are working on the Knowledge Democrats project and I've started working on a wiki page for the 1st Congressional congressional district in order to assist in our long term efforts to promote progressive candidates in that district, whether at the local, state or federal level. We understand this district may in fact have a bit conservative constituency but we're looking to reach out to any Kossacks, Democrats or progressives in the state anyway. It helps for long-term planning.
We also know that the current representative of the district is Ed Whitfield. The 2012 Democratic challenger, Charles Kendall, also happened to be Whitfield's 2010 challenger. In 2010 Kendall got 28% of the votes but in 2012, he got 30% of the votes. 2% is quite an "increase," isn't it?
Here in this video, Ed Whitfield is cutting off oversight hero Henry Waxman from finishing his statement on the Koch Brothers-Keystone Pipeline connection:
U.S. House, Kentucky, District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic Charles Kendall Hatchett 30.4% 87,199
Republican Ed Whitfield Incumbent 69.6% 199,956
Total Votes: 287,155