WASHINGTON, DC– Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) played a pivotal role in helping re-elect and put Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in position to become the next Majority Leader of the United States Senate.
The Question: What, if anything, did Congressman Whitfield get on behalf of the PAST ACT to lend himself to that effort?
- A commitment by Republican Speaker John Boehner to give the PAST ACT a vote?
- A commitment from McConnell to lift his hold on a vote in the Senate?
- A commitment from McConnell to not sabotage the PAST ACT in the Senate by tampering with the Republican Senators already co-sponsoring the bill?
CONGRESSMAN ED WHITFIELD STUMPING HARD FOR SENATOR MCCONNELL
CONGRESSMAN ED WHITFIELD STUMPING HARD FOR THE PAST ACT
HOW ED WHITFIELD PUT MITCH MCCONNELL OVER THE TOP
Senator Mitch McConnell was vulnerable in Whitfield’s 1st District of Kentucky. The 1st District has a majority of Democrat registered voters. There are 31 counties in the 1st District. The State of Kentucky has 120 counties (Only Texas and Georgia have more). Ed Whitfield is the gold standard in the 1st District. In 1995, Ed Whitfield became the first Republican Congressman to be elected from the 1st District in 172 years. When Ed Whitfield gets on the bus and rides with you, it means something.
In 2011, Allison Grimes was elected Kentucky Secretary of State carrying the State of Kentucky against a Republican opponent with 61% of the votes.
Senator Mitch McConnell trounced Secretary of State Allison Grimes yesterday by 56.2% to 40.7%.
In the 1st District of Kentucky, Ed Whitfield beat Democrat opponent, 73% to 27%.
With the essential help of Ed Whitfield yesterday, Senator McConnell clobbered Allison Grimes in the 1st District of Kentucky. (see details below)
So, how does all of this affect the PAST ACT?
Stay tuned in the days ahead.
THE HISTORY OF ED WHITFIELD/MITCH MCCONNELL – LICKERS VS FLATTERS AND THE PATH OF THE PAST ACT, AWAITING VICTORY OR DEFEAT
In 2012 and 2013, Congressman Ed Whitfield sponsored the PAST ACT in the U. S. House. The first year it didn’t go anywhere. But it got traction in 2013, and in 2014, the Bill to remove the pads and chains, through the hard work of grassroots volunteers such as the All American Walking Horse Alliance, now has 70% of the U. S.. House members and 59 U. S. Senators co-sponsoring it.
Mitch McConnell opposes the PAST ACT in the U. S. Senate along with Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN). They have co-sponsored an alternative Bill keeping the sore Big Lickers in power.
The two Senate Sponsors are Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Mark Warner (D-VA).
Senator Ayotte is done.
She is not about to further cross Majority Leader-elect Senator McConnell-elect on this bill. Nephew Eugene wonders, even if Harry Reid called the matter for a floor vote, would the Republican Senators presently co-sponsoring the PAST ACT stay hitched in the face of a disapproving Senate Majority Leader-elect Senator McConnell.
Senator Warner appears to have won yesterday by the skin of his teeth, 49.16% to 48.39%. Before the Nov. 4 election, Warner appeared to be a lukewarm advocate for the PAST ACT. The Past Act still does not have the requisite 60 Senators co-sponsoring the Bill to make it filibuster-proof. Observers wonder if Warner has the gravitas or fire in his belly to inveigh Majority Leader Harry Reid to bring the Bill to the Senate Floor.
Also, Harry Reid was royal pilloried by the media yesterday for presiding over the Republican Senate takeover. No one has any idea what Reid is up to from this point. Some observers think that the personal enmity between Senator Reid and Senator McConnell may be an impetus for Reid giving the PAST ACT a vote. Others think the taciturn Reid hasn’t been much pumpkin all along in furthering the passage of the PAST ACT and nothing will change on that front.
THE LICKERS PAYING SENATOR MCCONNELL OVER $700,000.00 – 26 YEARS
Mitch McConnell began serving in the U. S. Senate in January 1985.
In Spring 1988, the lights were turned off at the National Walking Horse Trainers Show in Decatur, Alabama when U. S. District Judge Oliver Gasch (Washington, DC) issued an injunction halting the show. The injunction emanated from a lawsuit brought to remove the pads and chains from the Tennessee Walking Show Horse. The Flatter attorney was a young Russell Gaspar. He has continued to capably represent Sound interests for the past 26 years, including an Amicus brief filed in the recent McGartland vs USDA case heard in September 2014 by a three judge panel before the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.
The Sunday morning in 1988 following the lights being turned out, the Lickers gatherered in the Decatur show arena. The late Reese L. Smith, Jr., father of TWHBEA President Steve Smith, “preached” to the Lickers that they would have to organize to fight to preved the “Big Lick Way Of Life”. Mr. Smith led a Licker effort to raise funds and the Lickers have now been going at it for nigh over 27 years.
Reese Smith’s Lickers contacted a young U. S. Senator from Kentucky named Mitch McConnell to help them keep the pads and chain and continue the soring necessary for the sore Big Lick. From 1988 to 2014, the Lickers have paid Mitch McConnell over $700,000.00 to watch after their interests, and above all else, maintain the pads and chains which enable the sore Big Lick way of life.
Senator McConnell has effectively done what he was paid to do.
Last month TWHBEA President Steve Smith, the son of the late Reese L. Smith, Jr., turned out the lights on TWHBEA when the ineptly led Flatters fumbled and bumbled in opposing the draconian By-Laws proposal. The outcome may have been different if the Flatters had mounted an effective timed campaign in opposition, but sadly, they did not.
LICKER LEADER STEVE SMITH
FLATTER LEADER KEITH DANE
THE “BIG COAL” FACTOR
One other factor, Kentucky is a state driven by BIG COAL.
When Big Coal says jump, Ed Whitfield and Mitch McConnell say “How High”?
Ed Whitfield’s 1st District of Kentucky is part of the Western Coalfields which are strip mined, rather than cave mined in Eastern Kentucky. Historically, most of Kentucky’s coal production has come from Kentucky’s Western Fields.
Since taking office in 1995, Representative Whitfield has risen to be Chairman of the powerful House Energy and Power Subcommittee under the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Big Coal needed Mitch McConnell to be the next U. S. Senate Majority Leader.
And thanks in large part to Ed Whitfield supporting him , Mitch McConnell soon will be.
So whether or not the PAST ACT has been sacrificed on the altar of Big Coal will soon be seen. Below is a House Calendar which shows 15 legislative days remaining, but informed observers related that those days could be reduced to only four to five, rather than 15 set out here.
REMAINING LEGISLATIVE DAYS ON HOUSE CALENDAR
MCCONNELL/GRIMES RESULTS – 1ST DISTRICT OF KENTUCKY
Adair 68.4% 28.2%
Allen 67.2% 28.6%
Ballard 62.6% 34.1%
Caldwell 61.4% 34.7%
Carlisle 62.7% 35.1%
Casey 73.4% 23.3%
Christian 61.0% 36.1%
Clinton 76.5% 20.3%
Crittenden 67.9% 28.3%
Cumberland 69.7% 26.1%
Fulton 55.7% 41.2%
Graves 63.8% 33.2%
Henderson 51.0% 46.4%
Hickman 60.0% 36.7%
Hopkins 65.2% 31.9%
Livingston 60.9% 35.7%
Logan 61.6% 35.3%
Lyon 57.6% 37.2%
Marshall 59.3% 37.4%
Marion 55.3% 42.3%
McCracken 63.0% 34.6%
McLean 58.5% 38.5%
Metcalfe 56.9% 38.4%
Monroe 74.2% 21.8%
Muhlenberg 53.6% 43.8%
Russell 70.9% 25.0%
Simpson 57.3% 39.5%
Todd 64.1% 31.9%
Trigg 63.2% 33.5%
Union 61.8% 35.6%
Webster 63.4% 33.6%
COAL PRODUCTION FROM COUNTIES IN ED WHITFIELD’S 1ST DISTRICT
1st District -Millions of tons of coal extracted- Millions of tons of coal remaining
Henderson County 76.12 6,700.53
Hopkins County 781.80 7251.20
McLean County 19.73 3536.95
Muhlenberg County 749.83 3224.18