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When Winning Isn't News ... And Kentucky Prepares for a Big Voter Turnout

By: Neil Middleton
By: Neil Middleton

“What would happen if the U.S. won a war but the media didn’t tell the American public? Apparently, we have to rely on a British newspaper for the news that we’ve defeated the last remnants of al-Qaida in Iraq.”

“What would happen if the U.S. won a war but the media didn’t tell the American public?  Apparently, we have to rely on a British newspaper for the news that we’ve defeated the last remnants of al-Qaida in Iraq.”   That quote comes from an editorial in the Investors Business Daily.  It refers to a July 6, 2008 article in the London Sunday Times.  The paper called it “the culmination of one of the most spectacular victories in the war on terror.” 

A friend of mine emailed the editorial to me and I wanted to share it with you.  What do you think?  Has America’s mainstream media failed to report accurately on the War in Iraq? 

Early Voting
We are heading in to the final stretch of Campaign 08 and election officials are predicting a heavy voter turnout on November 4th.   As of today, 28,000 Kentuckians have already cast their ballots and Secretary of State Spokesman Les Fugate says that number is growing quickly.  Another 69,000 people have requested mail-in absentee ballots.  Fugate says he expects more than 100,000 Kentuckians to vote by absentee ballot before Election Day.   That’s a new record, topping the number of absentee votes cast in the 2004 presidential election.

Kentucky also has a record number of people registered to vote this year.  In the last six months, Kentucky’s voter rolls have grown by nearly 50,000 votes.  That brings the total number of registered voters to nearly three million.  Of those, 1.7 million are registered as Democrats and a little more than one million are registered as Republicans.

Most political observers believe a record number of Kentuckians will vote next month.   The Presidential Race is close and the latest polls show Mitch McConnell and Bruce Lunsford neck-and-neck in the U.S. Senate Race.  It is the most expensive U.S. Senate race in Kentucky history and Les Fugate says that is a “perfect recipe for higher registrations and, hopefully, higher turnout.”  The Secretary of State’s office will make its official prediction next week.  Fugate says it will be more than the 64.7% that voted in the 2004 Presidential Election.

It’s great to hear that we could have more people voting than ever before.  Still, I am always amazed at the number of people who do not take advantage of their constitutional right to select their elected leaders.   We are faced with two very different philosophies on what direction this country should take.  While I will not tell you who you should vote for, I will tell you that if you do not vote, you lose your right to complain.  Your vote is your voice and every voice counts!  Let your voice be heard on November 4th.
I look forward to your comments.

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Neil Middleton
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