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As we’re gearing up for the 2018 elections, remember that the window to file for office begins on November 8th!  RPK has heard great updates about County Parties helping recruit for local races, and we can’t stress how much we appreciate this and how important it is.  Not only do local races drive up turnout on Election Day during non-Presidential years, but they’re a great tool in voter registration! Also, beware that the date to register for the PVA and Circuit Court Clerk tests are coming up.  Be sure to let any prospective candidates know!

If your county has any ideas that are working well, or if you have pictures from an event or meeting, the RPK wants to know!  Please, call or email Clancy Hauber at (812) 987-1729 or  County Chairs are the main contact for RPK in each county, and we want that line of communication to be open and used often!

All statistics listed below can be found in the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics September 2017 report.

September Unemployment Data

  • In September 2017, Kentucky’s unemployment rate decreased from 5.5 percent to 5.2 percent.

  • In September 2017, the national unemployment rate decreased from 4.6 percent to 4.4 percent.

Labor Participation Rate

  • In September 2017, Kentucky’s labor participation rate remained at 59.2 percent. Compare that to the national rate, which increased from 62.9 to 63.1 percent.

  • Since Bevin's Inauguration in December 2015, Kentucky’s labor participation rate has increased by 1.8 percent; while the National rate increased by 0.4 percent.

Kentucky Employment Statistics

  • In September 2017, Kentucky’s total non-farm employment increased 0.2 percent to 3,100 jobs.

  • In September 2017, Kentucky’s private sector employment increased 0.2 percent to  4,000 jobs.

  • In September 2017, Kentucky’s good producing industries increased 0.3 percent to 900 jobs.

  • In September 2017, Kentucky’s private service providing industries increased 0.2 percent to 3,100 jobs.

It’s another great month of positive voter registration growth for Republicans!  It’s exciting to see that number continue to rise every month.  Keep up the good work!  Below, we’ve put together a map to show the positive change by county across the Commonwealth from between January 2017 to September 2017.  The darker that your county is colored in, the higher positive percent change in voter registration you have!  Voter registration is an ongoing project and RPK is always looking for new ways and ideas to help!

The map and data shown below are collected from monthly Secretary of State Voter Registration updates. 

This month County Chairs and Vice Chairs should have received the "Trump In" List.  This is the latest voter registration opportunity the RPK has put together.  The voters in this list were modeled as being supporters of President Trump in the 2016 cycle, but are registered as Democrat or Other.  County parties should use these lists to reach out and try to get these voters to switch Republican!  December 31st is the last day to change registration and still be eligible to vote in the Primary Election.


As an elected official, county party chair or vice chair or executive committee member, you may, from time-to-time, be contacted by the media.  Here are few cardinal rules of dealing with the media to keep in mind:
  1. You are under no obligation to give them a comment.  Only respond if you feel comfortable with the reporter, the questions and the topic.
  2. Written comments are always better. There’s no chance a reporter can misquote you if you give them a written response rather than a verbal one.  It also gives you the opportunity to get input from others to ensure you’re effectively communicating the party’s positions.
  3. Don’t lie. You only get one lie to a reporter; anything you say after that will be met with distrust.  “No comment” better than a lie. Also…
  4. “I don’t know” is an acceptable answer. You can’t know everything about everything.  It’s ok to tell a reporter you don’t know and ask if you can get back to them with an answer after you learn more.
  5. RPK is here to help you. If you are contacted for comment on a particular policy or political issue, never hesitate to call the RPK Communications team.  We are always here to provide you with talking points, background information and other tools to help you be an effective communicator for the party.

College Republican Southern Regional Summit

The Kentucky College Republican Federation was pleased to host the first ever College Republican Southern Regional Summit.  Eight states were represented in Lexington over the weekend of October 20th. That first night, House Majority Floor Leader Jonathan Shell was the keynote speaker and Saturday morning Congressman Andy Barr spoke to the group.  The summit concluded with a day spent at Keeneland. The Kentucky Federation would like to thank Chairwoman Sadie Middleton for organizing the event and would also like to thank all the sponsors that made this event possible!

Simpson County GOP Picnic
Congratulations to Simpson County on an extremely successful GOP Picnic!  They had a great turnout and were joined by a large number of their elected officials!  Great weather and great conversation!
  • November 2: Allison Ball for Treasurer Event - Louisville, KY
  • November 2: Brandon Smith for State Senate - Hazard, KY
  • November 4: Melinda Gibbons Prunty for State Representative - Bremen, KY
  • November 7: CLI Networking Hour with Ag. Commissioner Ryan Quarles
  • November 8: Diane St. Onge for State Representative Event - Ft. Wright, KY
  • November 14: Regional House Majority Event - Paducah, KY
  • November 16: Regional House Majority Event - Nicholasville, KY
  • November 16: Mike Wilson For State Senate/ Senate Majority Event - Bowling Green, KY
  • November 17: Addia Wuchner for State Representative Event - Covington, KY
  • November 18: C.B. Embry for State Senate Event - Morgantown, KY
  • November 21: Dan Johnson for State Representative Event - Shepherdsville, KY
  • November 28: Jared Carpenter for State Senate - Lexington, KY
  • November 30: Wesley Morgan for State Representative Event - Richmond, KY
  • November 30: Ryan Quarles for Agriculture Commissioner - Louisville, KY
  • December 7: Senate Majority Wrap Up Event - Frankfort, KY
  • December 7: Robby Mills for State Representative - Henderson, KY
  • December 12: House Majority Wrap Up Event - Frankfort, KY
For more information & details on upcoming events please visit the RPK Calendar at or contact Makenzie Williams at 502-875-5130 or at

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By becoming a Fellow in the Republican Leadership Initiative, you'll have the opportunity to work alongside battle-tested GOP Operatives. You'll learn from the best in Data and Digital while developing leadership skills needed to build a successful volunteer network. RLI will teach you the skills you need to become a GOP Organizer in the field:

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Everyone has a role to play. Click this link to apply and have the chance to join a team of fellow activists working to continue victory.

For more information on these events please contact RPK Headquarters at (502) 875-5130.  A full list of GOP events can be found online at
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