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Kentucky Political Opportunity Timeline

Clinton, KY. January 18, 2018

The "Window of Opportunity" for Kentucky leadership to leverage major forces of change into a successful strategic action plan to either keep power or take power, is from January of 2018 through November of 2020. These 27 months will be critical to transforming West Kentucky's political platform model.

At stake is who or which political party will have the power to draw state and federal political districts in 2021 and set the stage for moving Kentucky political leadership into the 21st Century.

2018 January (1) Political candidates file for office in Kentucky

2018 March (2) General Assembly, new state budget, issues

2018 April (3) Governor Bevin undergoes organizational transitional period.

14 cabinet secretaries

200 governor staff

500 division directors

2018 May (4) Kentucky political primaries

2018 July (5) New Kentucky State Government budget

2018 August (6) Fancy Farm panic and the start of November elections

Media start of intense coverage of major statewide candidates

Major organizational month for state and local candidates

2018 September (7)

  1. Kentucky Labor Unions launch fall political offensive

Major marches in Paducah, Murray, Bowling Green, Frankfort, Louisville, Lexington, Richmond, and Pikeville

Labor and Teacher Unions, President Trump-- Governor Bevin Resistance Groups, Emerge Kentucky join and form loose Political Federation to try to take back the Kentucky House of Representatives and important state constitutional offices

Domestic Federal programs are targeted for elimination. White House issues new domestic plan for economic recovery against the poor and middle class.

2018 October

(8) Federal budget starts

2018 November

(9) General elections held

2018 November

(10) Control of national and KY House of Representatives determined

White House control

US Senate control

US House control

2018 December

(11) Governor's 2018 General Assembly Strategy

2018 December(12)

Winners and losers in West KY Review Situation and plan new strategies for political landscape in 1st and 2nd Congressional Districts as well as state house and senate elected members

2019 January (13) Kentucky General Assembly starts

  1. Governor Bevin and State of Union speech
  2. President State of Union speech-domestic agenda
  3. Candidates for Kentucky Governor file to run

2019 February


State sales tax revenue down-budget crisis develops

New hidden taxes and fees passed by General Assembly:

  1. budget cuts of 30 % higher education/ local schools
  2. budget cuts of 15 % state and county governments
  3. budget cuts of 30 % health and wellness programs

2019 April (15) Governor calls for Special Session of General Assembly to finalize state budget

2019 May (16) Federal domestic agenda in shambles

Primary for Kentucky Senate and Presidential race

2019 June (17) Kentucky major political races in full operations

KY Governor

2 US Presidential

KY US Senator

2019 August

(18) Fancy Farm and final stage of statewide political races

2019 November

(19) National and Statewide elections vote

Kentucky Governor elected

Governor's transition of staff and new leadership

2019 December

(20) Kentucky Governor sworn into office five weeks after November election

2020 January

(21)Kentucky elected Constitutional Officers sworn into office

  1. General Assembly starts
  2. New State of Union
  3. Governor organizational plan for state government

2020 January (22) Candidates for President file official papers

2020 May (23) Primary election

2020 August (24) Fancy Farm

2020 September (25) Full campaign mode for all political parties

2020 November (26) Election of US President

2020 November (27) Election winners and losers review their strategy for moving forward

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