KFTC and Berea College team up for candidate forum

Posted by: KFTC Staff on October 31, 2014

Fifteen candidates for Berea City Council gathered at Berea College on October 28 for the town’s only candidate forum leading up to the November 4 election.

The Madison County KFTC chapter teamed up with the Berea College Student Government Association to host the forum, which gave voters a chance to hear from the candidates on fairness, diversity, energy efficiency, the town-gown relationship and affordable housing.

A diverse crowd of about 75 folks turned out, including community members and Berea College faculty, staff and students. The field of candidates was a mix of incumbents and challengers, including 14 candidates for City Council seats and Mayor Steve Connelly, who is seeking re-election. Only six council candidates and one mayoral candidate did not participate.

Berea College students and KFTC members Jonah Cabiles and Megan McKinney served as moderator and time-keeper, respectively.

Madison chapter members worked together to develop questions for the candidates, and Berea College SGA solicited questions from the student body. Following the structured question-and-answer portion, members of the audience got to ask questions.

KFTC member Steve Wilkins asked the candidates to weigh in on a proposal before the Berea Municipal Utilities to implement energy efficiency programs for ratepayers. Member Meta Mendel Reyes raised the issue of affordable housing in Berea. The candidates showed a range of interest and knowledge of these issues, but many agreed that both issues were important and should be addressed by the City Council.

After the two-hour forum, many people stayed to chat with the candidates.

In response to a recent ad in the local newspaper questioning students’ eligibility to vote, KFTC distributed a handout on student voting rights, as well as the KFTC voter guide.

Berea College students live-streamed the event, and more than 35 people watched from home. Students also recorded the event and plan to develop a highlights video to share with students before election day.

The Future Business Leaders of America club from Berea Community High School also helped with refreshments, microphones and photography.


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Madison chapter celebrates 10 years of grassroots work

Posted by: KFTC Staff on October 30, 2014

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'After Coal' Forums connect mining communities internationally and bring out local candidates

Posted by: Lillian Prosperino on October 27, 2014

On October 7th, KFTC’s Letcher County Chapter paired with the Appalshop in Whitesburg, KY, and the

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Be the Change: Sign up to help build power this fall

Posted by: KFTC Staff on October 24, 2014

Be the Change!

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Act now to cast an absentee ballot in November election

Posted by: KFTC staff on October 22, 2014

Take action NOW if you need to vote absentee in Kentucky

If you are registered to vote in Kentucky but won’t be able to get to your polling location on Tuesday, November 4, you need to act NOW to cast an absentee vote, either in person or by mail, in the upcoming election. We recommend in-person if you can manage that.

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Paradise Waitin': A John Prine Hootenanny Benefitting Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

Posted by: Beth Howard on October 22, 2014

For the second year in a row, folks gathered for a good, old fashioned hootenanny to the tune of John Prine at Paradise Waitin’: A John Prine Hootenanny benefitting Kentuckians For The Commonwealth on Saturday, October 11th at Willie’s Locally Known in Lexington. 

UntitledLocal bands paid tribute to folksinger and songwriter John Prine by putting their own touch to his songs all night. The event was sponsored by Willie’s Locally Known, WUKY, and West Sixth Brewing CompanyParadise Waitin' 2.

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KentuckyElection.org has been updated for the November 4 election!

Posted by: Erik Hungerbuhler on October 14, 2014

KFTC's voter guide website has been updated with new information about candidate stances, voting locations, key links and other information to help you cast an informed vote in the election on Tuesday, November 4. We've surveyed candidates running for the U.S. Senate and House, state legislative races, and local races in Louisville, Lexington, Danville, Berea, Richmond, Georgetown, Newport, Florence, Covington, Bowling Green and more!

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KFTC is "Powering Up" this election season

Posted by: Kentuckians For The Commonwealth on September 25, 2014

KFTC’s Fall 2014 Power Up webinar series is in full swing. These webinars will help members learn skills and opportunities to use this intense election season as a platform for KFTC’s values, frames, and vision.

We're recording these webinars on Monday evenings at 8 p.m. eastern. Join in to to participate in the discussion and have some good workshopping space, or find them here to watch them on your own time.

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Central Kentucky chapter and allies celebrate Lexington's Affordable Housing Trust Fund

Posted by: Staff; Photos by Steve Pavey on September 24, 2014

Justice HouseOn September 11, members of the Central Kentucky KFTC Chapter stood with allies in the Lexington Fayette Urban County Council meeting and gave the mayor and council a thunderous round of applause – the council voted 12-0 to approve funding and oversight for a city affordable housing trust fund.

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Shelby County pie auction fun and fundraising

Posted by: Lisa Aug on September 24, 2014

Shelby County Pie Auction September 18, 2014The Shelby County KFTC Chapter raised more than $800 at its first Pie Auction September 18.

About 30 people bid on 13 pies (including a cake and a cobbler), with winning bids ranging from $35 to $100. People also purchased KFTC shirts and hats and made direct donations.

KFTC members and friends who contributed pies went to the effort of making two of each: one for auction and one for tasting before the bidding began.  Goods included derby pie, chocolate pie, peach cobbler, Belgian butter cookie cake, chess pie, lemon meringue pie and others. During the tasting, the talented Susi Wood entertained the crowd with live acoustic music.<--break->

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National Voter Registration Day

Posted by: Enchanta Jackson on September 24, 2014

With the voter registration deadline being only 11 days away, KFTC is vigorously registering voters across Kentucky. On Tuesday, September 23rd we participated in the National Voter Registration Day and hosted 16 voter registration drives across Kentucky!

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