KFTC Blog | Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

KFTC Blog

Healthy Democracy Update - Phone and Text

Posted by: KFTC Staff on March 5, 2021

KUUJAN and KFTC Phone Bank 3-2-21In terms of legislative outcomes in this moment, our Healthy Democracy work is really struggling right now.  Our bill to restore voting rights for people with felonies in their past (HB 232) has broad bipartisan support and we’ve helped recruit 16 co-sponsors to the bill, but it’s not even been assigned to committee.  

Likewise, our endorsed bills around redistricting process, same-day voter registration, early voting, voting by mail, keeping polls open until 7pm, etc. have not gotten far.

In terms of our work, though, we’ve managed to build and use a lot of power by reaching out to constituentsdirectly through phone and text.

Over the course of two big pushes, 24 volunteers in KFTC and KUUJAN (Kentucky Unitarian Universalist Justice Action Network) made 2,090 calls, left 418 voice mails, had, 285 phone conversations, and 10,330 texts talking to people about restoration of voting rights for people with felonies in their past, identifying supporters, and connecting them to the legislative message line.

"I worked with KFTC and KUUJAN to call people about voting rights because it's so important.  It's really gratifying when you get to reach someone who's maybe alone or bored and you get to really connect with them around a shared value.  Sometimes we all feel alone in moments like this, but we can feel less alone through action."  Lisa Dalporto, Warren County, Kentucky

Action - Please call the Kentucky Legislative Message line at  1-800-372-7181 to leave a message for members of the House “Committee on Committees” and ask them to assign HB 232 to committee.  

0 comments view comments

Action Alert for Redistricting

Posted by: KFTC Staff on March 2, 2021

The following is an action alert from our allies at the League of Women Voters on Redistricting.

ACTION ALERT

Call Legislators today about  House Concurrent Resolution 61 calling for an open redistricting process!

800-372-7181

Redistricting Congressional and KY House and Senate boundaries will happen during the 2022 legislature and once enacted, will be in effect for 10 YEARS! In the past, redistricting has been done behind closed doors!

HCR 61 calls for an open process with opportunities for public input.

Call House leaders and your own legislator today and ask them to hear and support HCR 61 and open up the process.

Call 1-800-372-7181 and ask legislators to:

Please assign HCR 61 to a committee and support its passage to create an open redistricting process. Kentucky deserves a transparent redistricting process with opportunities for public input.

Kentuckians urge relief and a fundamental reshaping of our economy

Posted by: KFTC Staff on February 23, 2021

A statement from Kentuckians For The Commonwealth
as House COVID relief plan advances

Follow-up from yesterday's Virtual Lobby Day for a Healthy Democracy

Posted by: KFTC Staff on February 19, 2021

2-18-21 Virtual Lobby Day for a Healthy DemocracyYesterday's Virtual Lobby Day for a Healthy Democracy was a big success, despite so many weather-related challenges. We had over 70 participants, had some good legislative meetings, a lobby training, social media training, letter to the editor training, spokesperson training, generated tons of calls to the legislative message line and good outreach through social media, and had a fantastic virtual rally with powerful stories in the afternoon.

HB 272 aims to charge ratepayers more, lessen executive power

Posted by: Jacob Mack-Boll on February 10, 2021

Throughout this pandemic, Kentuckians have looked out for each other. Now we need our elected leaders to look out for Kentuckians who are still hurting.

Today House Bill 272 passed out of the House Local Government Committee (see how committee members voted). This bill aims to bypass the regulatory power of the Public Service Commission – proposing to make blanket allowances for water utilities to charge late fees up to 10% at their discretion, with no state oversight and no justification. 

Legislators should reject partisan impeachment bid

Posted by: KFTC Staff on January 27, 2021

Today a legislative committee is meeting to consider a petition to impeach

Voting Rights / Democracy focus on General Assembly bills and work in new year

Posted by: KFTC Staff on January 26, 2021

KFTC Voting Rights Strategy TeamWe had a January 9 Voting Rights Strategy Team meeting with 20 attendees, unpacking the political moment we’re in, celebrating our work last year to register people with felonies in their past, and winning a strong general election infrastructure. We set to work planning with a focus on the General Assembly. We also held a January 15 Voting Rights meeting where more than 50 people from 30 organizations joined to strengthen our coalition, build a shared analysis and make plans (both in the legislature and for field work). 

Your eyes do not deceive you

Posted by: KfTC on January 7, 2021

“Your eyes do not deceive you.”

Yesterday we saw both the power of democracy and the fragility of our hold on it. In both, we hear our call to Organize. 

Yesterday’s inept attempt at a coup was both shocking and unsurprising. We’ve invoked Nsé Ufot many times since she shared this affirmation/warning with members at this year’s Fall Gathering – “Your eyes do not deceive you.” They continue to resonate. Donald Trump has never hidden his connection to organized white supremacists or his intention to undermine democracy. The elected leaders who’ve supported him left him unchecked and fed the disease of hatred and racism that fueled his power, and they embedded it in our institutions at every level. We see it clearly here in Kentucky. The path Mitch McConnell cleared for Donald Trump is the same path he laid for Daniel Cameron, and the same path the Kentucky General Assembly is taking.

Page

Subscribe to KFTC Blog