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About the KDP

The Democratic Party descended from Thomas Jefferson's anti-Federalist Republicans in opposition to Alexander Hamilton's Whig Party. The belief in states' rights and a preference to a small, unobtrusive state government over a large federal government continued to be the overriding philosophy of the party through the 1850s when the Civil War broke out. Democrats in Kentucky have followed a pattern of splitting and reuniting since the Civil War. Some of the more famous splits occurred over the issue of slavery and, throughout the 20th Century, over a factionalism attached to various opposing candidates within the party. Democrats like Ruby LaffoonA.B. "Happy" ChandlerEarle ClementsLawrence WetherbyAlben BarkleyBert T. CombsEdward T. Breathitt and Wendell Ford – many of whom were key players in the factional in-fighting – were instrumental in setting the tone for the modern Kentucky Democratic Party. Democratic candidates run less often on traditional liberal or conservative platforms and more on the promise of tax relief, educational improvement and government efficiency. Today, ensuring honesty, integrity, and fresh ideas for the Commonwealth are the ideals of our Kentucky Democratic Party. We strive to protect our Kentucky values, while laying a foundation for a brighter tomorrow for all Kentuckians. Comprised of teams of Democratic leaders, the Kentucky Democratic Party works to communicate the message to the public, mobilize community members into action, and ensure funds are raised to promote projects across the Commonwealth. The most important piece of the Democratic Party does not fit a common mold – it is you. From the rolling hills of Northern Kentucky to the majestic mountains of Eastern and Western Kentucky, diverse Democrats from across the Commonwealth are the foundation and support of our party, helping us to restore democratic principles to the Commonwealth, and truly put the blue back in the Bluegrass State. 

The Democratic Party is comprised of more than 1.68 million registered Democrats. That means we have about 1.68 million different sets of dreams, ideas, hopes plans and thoughts. For the most part, being a Democrat means you care about people, not corporate greed. We fight for better jobs and a stronger economy for working families. We support public education and solid, fair health care. 

We are in the first phases of our 120-County Strategic Plan. This plan involves crucial involvement from elected executive members in each county.

Every four years, the Democratic Party puts together our party platform, the ideas and beliefs that govern our party as a whole.

Our 2016 platform is the most progressive platform in our party’s history, and is a declaration of how we plan to move forward. Democrats believe that cooperation is better than conflict, unity is better than division, empowerment is better than resentment, and bridges are better than walls.

Click here to read the platform of the Democratic Party of the United States of America.  

We are the people. Take a look at the profiles from our online update

Here are some quick links: 

Max Thomas: Helping Thousands

Al Gentry: A Second from Death

Bill Noelker: Flying Into the Missile

Augustust Owsley Stanley: The Governor who stood up to a lynch mob

Josh McGuire: One in Seven Million

James DeWeese: Finding a Miracle

Rob Walker: Four Mighty Words

Chuck Tackett: From Tragedy to Triumph

The Good Democrats