Which Candidates Benefit from ALECs Support

We don’t even have to guess at whether or not these fellas are backed by the Kochs. It was right here in this article.

Koch Head Candidate District Location Better Choice
Richard Heath 2 Mayfield, Hickory Charlotte Goddard
Jim Gooch 12 Providence, Owensboro Bruce Kunze
DJ Johnson 13 Owensboro James Glenn, Jr.
Brandon Reed 24 Hodgenville, Lebanon Terry Mills
Kevin Bratcher 29 Louisville Ronel Brown
Phil Moffett 32 Louisville Tina Bojanowski

The six Republican incumbents are Richard Heath of Mayfield (2nd district) who faces Democrat Charlotte Goddard of Hickory; Jim Gooch of Providence (12th) opposed by Bruce Kunze of Owensboro; D. J. Johnson of Owensboro (13th), opposed by Jim Glenn of Owensboro; Brandon Reed of Hodgenville, opposed by Terry Mills of Lebanon; Kevin Bratcher of Louisville and the House Majority Whip, opposed by Ronel Brown of Louisville; and Phil Moffett of Louisville, opposed by Tin Bojanowski of Louisville.

AFP-Kentucky state Director Andrew McNeill said the six were chosen because they championed legislation and causes supported by AFP. He said all six have supported or sponsored legislation which promotes key goals of AFP.

 

So we made this handy meme to remind folks about the #ShadySix.

Phil Moffett

It seems you can say pretty much anything in political speech these days. Including this doozie! Anyone who’s been paying attention knows that the pension crisis is far from over, but Phil would have you believe, that thanks in large part to him, they’ve been fully funded.

Kentucky’s public pension plans that were fully funded in 2000 devolved to become among the very worst-funded plans in the country, officially carrying more than $37 billion in unfunded liabilities – a figure Gov. Matt Bevin says in reality is worse.

Kentucky pension crisis: A closer look at what ‘Frontline’ found

Which is it Phil? Your governor seems to think otherwise.

What we DO know Phil is responsible for is the introduction of the first ALEC-worded charter school bill in 2017. Although it did not pass, another one that he supported eventually did. And Phil has been one of the most outspoken critics of our state’s largest public school system, blaming their intricate and nationally acclaimed student assignment plan as one of the primary causes of so many of our woes.

The City That Believed in Desegregation Integration isn’t easy, but Louisville, Kentucky, has decided that it’s worth it.

Here’s what Americans For Prosperity (another Koch outfit) have to say about Moffett. He’s a “true policy champion” for their raping and pillaging of our state.

“Across our network, the bar has been raised to focus our support on true policy champions which has resulted in supporting less than half the number of candidates than we did in 2016,” McNeill confirmed.

Moffett is one of the General Assembly’s most libertarian leaning Republicans, who AFP praised for his support of “liberty and economic freedom.”

AFP backing 6 Kentucky House Republicans

State Rep. Phil Moffett, a Republican who has sponsored his own legislation to bring charter schools to Kentucky, is also on the nonprofit’s board. Moffett could not be immediately reached for a comment.

Yeah, here we were able to confirm Phil’s connections to Mayor Fischer’s father’s organization, School Choice Scholarships, Inc.

It’s probably just a coincidence Phil introduced a “friendly amendment” the morning the charter school bill passed out of the House Education Committee which allowed mayors to become authorizers of charter schools. A little too friendly, if you ask me.

Under this bill, charter schools would be allowed to open in any area of the state if approved. Local school boards would serve as the primary authorizer to review applications to open a charter school. The bill also sets up an appeals process that allows for applications to be reviewed by the Kentucky State Board of Education. A friendly amendment by Rep. Phil Moffett was adopted that allows the mayors of Louisville and Lexington to also serve as authorizers in those cities.

Charter school legislation passes Senate, heads for final legislative hurdle

We see you.

See, Phil’s been banking on our public schools to fail for nearly a decade, when he first aligned with Koch-funded Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy’s (BIPPS) Founder Jim Waters, as well as Pastors Jerry Stephenson and Milton Seymore (recently the interim chair for KBE), to form Kentucky Education Restoration Alliance, Inc. in 2009.

So, after watching Phil introduce the first ALEC-backed charter school bill in 2017, and push for neighborhood schools, and seeing his name on several organizations which stand to profit from privatization of public schools, there are too many conflicts of interest here for my comfort.

That’s why I’m voting for Tina Bojanowski for KY House District 32.

Richard Heath

Richard Heath is one of the two House Representatives who sponsored HB520, Kentucky’s ALEC-backed Charter School Bill that passed into law in 2017 (barely).

Here’s what Americans For Prosperity (another Koch outfit) have to say about Heath. He’s a “true policy champion” for their raping and pillaging of our state.

“Across our network, the bar has been raised to focus our support on true policy champions which has resulted in supporting less than half the number of candidates than we did in 2016,” McNeill confirmed.

According to AFP, it is backing Heath because of his “tenacious” championing of legislation which allows home-based processors to sell products by removing some licensing requirements. The “Home Baker’s Bill” passed this year’s General Assembly.

AFP backing 6 Kentucky House Republicans

#UnplugTheKochMachine! Vote for Charlotte Goddard on Nov. 6.

Photo by Berry Craig, AFLCIO

DJ Johnson

Here’s what Americans For Prosperity (another Koch outfit) have to say about Johnson. He’s a “true policy champion” for their raping and pillaging of our state.

“Across our network, the bar has been raised to focus our support on true policy champions which has resulted in supporting less than half the number of candidates than we did in 2016,” McNeill confirmed.

AFP is backing Johnson because of his support for Gov. Matt Bevin’s “Red Tape Reduction” plans.

AFP backing 6 Kentucky House Republicans

Brandon Reed

Here’s what Americans For Prosperity (another Koch outfit) have to say about Reed. He’s a “true policy champion” for their raping and pillaging of our state.

“Across our network, the bar has been raised to focus our support on true policy champions which has resulted in supporting less than half the number of candidates than we did in 2016,” McNeill confirmed.

Reed, a first-term legislator, backed the measures to repeal prevailing wage and pass right-to-work and prohibitions on automatic paycheck deductions of union dues.

The AFP release said Reed is poised to become a legislative leader. Reed is thought to be in a tight race with Mills — the Democrat Reed defeated in the 2016 election who is seeking to regain the seat.

AFP backing 6 Kentucky House Republicans

Kevin Bratcher

Here’s what Americans For Prosperity (another Koch outfit) have to say about Bratcher. He’s a “true policy champion” for their raping and pillaging of our state.

“Across our network, the bar has been raised to focus our support on true policy champions which has resulted in supporting less than half the number of candidates than we did in 2016,” McNeill confirmed.

Bratcher is the Republican Majority House Whip and was involved in passage of the labor measures during the 2017 session, all of which were supported by AFP.

AFP backing 6 Kentucky House Republicans

Say Goodbye to Gooch

As for Gooch’s House Bill 227, it would cut by about 70 percent the value of the credits utilities must provide to future solar panel owners for any extra electricity they produce, effectively going from a retail to a wholesale rate. Supporters say the bill is just a matter of fairness, while its critics say it threatens to squash a fledgling solar installation industry in Kentucky and kill hundreds of jobs.

As it turns out, pretty much the same story — tomatoes and all — can be found in the preface of a 2014 legislative playbook of a national, corporate-backed organization that has been working on behalf of big businesses for years, leaving behind a wake of controversy.

Using tomatoes to attack solar power, a Kentucky lawmaker pulls from big business playbook

Here’s what Americans For Prosperity (another Koch outfit) have to say about Gooch. He’s a “true policy champion” for their raping and pillaging of our state.

“Across our network, the bar has been raised to focus our support on true policy champions which has resulted in supporting less than half the number of candidates than we did in 2016,” McNeill confirmed.

Gooch worked throughout the 2018 session — though in the end unsuccessfully — to eliminate net metering subsidies for private homeowners who install solar panels. Net metering allows the homeowner to sell back — or be credited for on future bills — any excess electricity their solar panels generate.

Gooch and those supporting his legislation say net metering results in other rate payers’ higher bills to subsidize the solar panel owners.

Subsidizing solar panel owners? How so? By favoring customers over the utility monopolies who can demand whatever rate they want because there is no competition? Seems to me what’s good for the Gooch should be good for the gander. I thought you said competition was good! At least it supposedly is for our public schools. Make up your mind!

AFP backing 6 Kentucky House Republicans

He’s clearly been at this for awhile now. (At least since 2007.)

So instead, Rep. Gooch invited a British puzzle-maker named Christopher Monckton (who regular DeSmog readers know all to well) and Chris Taylor a lawyer and “senior fellow” at the Exxon-backed “thank you for smoking” Heartland Institute.

Maybe not under ALEC’s influence yet, but certainly with his own conflicts of interest.

And speaking of coal mining (drum-roll please)… Gooch and his brother own a company called West Kentucky Steel Construction Co., which sells mining equipment to Peabody Energy, Arch Coal and other coal companies that would rather see the entire of issue of global warming go away.

Fortunately though, some Kentucky bloggers are taking the issue a little more seriously than House Speaker Richards:

The Now NATIONAL Embarrassment Of State Rep. Jim Gooch (D)

Hearing was an embarrassment

Rep. Gooch on Good Morning America

Jim Gooch Drinks Global Warming Denial Hooch in Kentucky

Do you think maybe he realized he was missing out on all those ALEC benefits and that’s why he changed parties? Yeah, he’s now a Republican.

Gooch, who has served in the House since 1995 and chairs the Natural Resources and Environment Committee, released a statement Monday announcing he had changed parties because of the policies of Democratic President Barack Obama on coal and other issues.

“Let my departure from the Democrat Party send a message loud and clear. I stand behind the thousands of Kentuckians who have lost their jobs all across the coalfields,” Gooch, of Providence, said in a statement released Monday.

Mmm hmmm. Sounds  like something from McConnell’s playbook. Make us think coal jobs are coming back. Democrats are the enemy to the working man. Blah blah. Spare me.

He becomes the fourth Democrat to leave the House Democratic caucus since the election of Republican Gov. Matt Bevin in November. Rep. Denny Butler, of Louisville, announced in November his switch to the Republican Party. And Democratic Reps. John Tilley, of Hopkinsville, and Tanya Pullin, of South Shore, have resigned to accept appointments from Bevin.

Didn’t I mention McConnell had something to do with this?

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called Gooch “an outstanding lawmaker.” McConnell said. “The wave of western Kentucky conservatives making the switch to the Republican Party is growing, …” McConnell said.

Rep. Jim Gooch latest Democrat to switch to GOP – Courier-Journal

So, now that you are starting to get it, what can you do about it?

#UnplugTheKochMachine! Vote for Bruce Kunze on Nov. 6.