Shun ads, watch a debate
We're once again inundated with mudslinging political ads. We say we don't like negative ads but politicians keep running them, because they work. Shame on us.
On occasions I've heard voters comment, "They couldn't say those awful things if they weren't true." The fact is, libel doesn't apply to politics, and politicians and their deep-pocketed PACs can say anything they like — and they do.
The few good candidates don't have lobbyists lining up to invest in their campaigns. The career politicians sell us out to the highest bidder, so they always have lots of fact-free attack ads. They can't run on the issues, so their vicious lies are all they have.
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I hope Kentucky doesn't elect another career politician for governor this year based on millions of dollars worth of televised lies, but we usually get what we deserve. Please watch a debate before you vote. Don't buy the lies.
Urine tests to vote?
When Mitch McConnell called Matt Bevin a liar, we listened.
The GOP governors dumped Bevin for recent bizarre antics then dumpster-dived him back because they looked worse.
Bevin, called in ads "the East Coast con man," tells us Southern folk that his personal finances are none of our business.
His lack of understanding about federal regulations shows he doesn't know Medicare from Medicaid but he wants everybody peeing in cups. As governor, would Bevin require urine tests for voter eligibility?
All this chaotic self-inflicted GOP drama in Washington should be a big warning flag for Kentuckians. Do we really want to vote our state constitutional offices to become like the circus Republicans have turned Congress into?
House Speaker John Boehner said he wanted to "clean the barn." Kentuckians, be smart enough not to even let them near the barn.
Work to elect Bevin
If Matt Bevin was guilty of all the claims being made against him he would be in the most secure prison in Kentucky. But his freedom and candidacy for Kentucky governor must mean that these accusations are not true.
He is a good man caring for a family of nine children. He is a man capable of being governor.
Let's look at well-documented truth about the present leadership and Jack Conway's intention to continue policies that's made Kentucky a puppet of Washington.
The Environmental Protection Agency, the current governor and the president have declared war on coal, creating famine for miners and all other associated industries. If you are happy with the state of the economy in Kentucky, Conway is your man.
There can be a better way for the people of our state. Bevin is the leader who will work for all Kentuckians. Let's work together to elect him governor.
Bevin uniquely qualified
Have you noticed that Matt Bevin has not used negative ads in his race for governor of Kentucky?
His opponent, Jack Conway, and a political action group supporting him have run so many negative ads about Bevin that we are all sick to death of the mudslinging.
Bevin is being too nice. It is all well and good to turn the other cheek, but people need to know how bad Conway really is. Even his own cronies don't have any use for him.
Bevin, on the other hand, is uniquely qualified to start Kentucky on the road to economic recovery. He is a wizard at managing private business. Now let's give Bevin a chance to do the same thing for Kentucky.
Candidate wrong on clerk
Attorney general candidate Whitney Westerfield said the Rowan County clerk was "jailed for her religious beliefs. Unbelievable."
This is a lie. The clerk was jailed for contempt of court. She should have been impeached and removed from office. Allowing her to remain in office sets a terrible precedent. Supporters would destroy freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution placing America in the same category as the Islamic countries.
Robert Ray Lillie
Rally behind Conway
As the gubernatorial election nears, voters should heed the warning of not letting the perfect be the enemy of the good.
Though Democratic candidate Jack Conway's moderate positions that he hopes will appeal to conservative Democrats and some independents may not excite progressives, it's essential that all rally behind him or risk the election of Republican Matt Bevin.
Voters can't trust the stewardship of our commonwealth to a slick, untrustworthy carpetbagger who continues to hide his tax returns from voters and shift his many positions on what to do with Kynect, which insures more than 400,000 formerly uninsured Kentuckians.
Moreover, Bevin's positions are very unfriendly to workers. Attorney General Conway has an accomplished record of service to Kentucky, fighting for middle-class families and our economy. It's time we get out to vote and fight for him.
By Mike Harmon
First, since words are limited, I would encourage everyone to go to www.mikeharmon.com for more detail on my campaign and also be sure to click on the Facebook icon for several videos that go into detail about my background and this race for auditor.
Secondly, I wanted to address the attack ads my opponent is running against me.
It is odd that my opponent, who raised almost $1 million for his race as well as some super PAC support, feels compelled to attack me, given I only raised around $30,000.
I am thankful at least that the ad is so ridiculous and over-the-top that I know most will see through the deception.
It portrays me as some jet setter and even has me pushing the baggage guy (which first is just rude and secondly would get you an interesting full body search) and shows me being served a drink. (I am not judgmental of people who choose to drink, but I'm a teetotaler.)
As for the expenses, I can only assume that is a total over 13 years of service to the citizens of the 54th House district.
My opponent has said we can do big things when we get past the mindless, empty, cotton-candy rhetoric.
But apparently that only applies when his race is safe. I am thankful that I have more confidence in the intelligence of voters than my liberal opponent, Adam Edelen.
On Nov. 3, please vote for me, Mike Harmon, for auditor.