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Kentucky entered the Union on June 1, 1792 becoming the 14th state of the United States. Kentucky prides itself on producing some of the nation's best tobacco, race horses, whiskey and bluegrass music. Only the last is not direcly associated with some form of vice.

Eastern Kentucky was originally home to the Cherokee. Central Kentucky was originally home to Shawnee. Western Kentucky was originally home to the Chickasaw. The lesser known Mosopelea and Yuchi also lived in Kentucky. Englishman Gabriel Arthur arrived in Kentucky 1674. Kentucky was part of the vast region claimed by France in 1782.

Kentucky's state capitol is Frankfort although its largest city is Louisville. Demographically, according the 2000 census, Kentucky had a population of 4,041,769. Racially, the population is:

  • 89.3% White, non-Hispanic
  • 7.3% Black
  • 1.5% Hispanic
  • 0.7% Asian
  • 0.2% Native American
  • 1.1% Mixed race

To date, 46 Kentuckians have been killed in the War in Iraq.


Blue-Red Border State Politics

Kentucky has voted Republican in five of the last seven presidential elections, but has supported the Democratic candidates of the South. The commonwealth supported Democrats Jimmy Carter in 1976, and Bill Clinton in 1992 and 1996, but Republican George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004. Bush won the state's 8 electoral votes overwhelmingly in 2004 by a margin of 20 percentage points and 59.6% of the vote. The most solidly Democratic counties are in the mountainous eastern unionized coal mining region, especially Pike, Floyd, Knott, Menifee, and Breathitt, and the city of Louisville.

Patronage Politics

On May 11, Republican Gov. Ernie Fletcher was indicted for engaging in crude, old fashioned patronage politics--giving political supporters state jobs. Fletcher, who had pardoned underlings charged with the same offense but not himself, is accused of conspiracy, official misconduct and violating a prohibition against political discrimination. In a demonstration of the denial plus "I'm a victim of politics" rhetoric typical of so many Republican politicians Fletcher's spokesperson Bret Hall claimed that, "This has been a politically motivated, media-driven investigation from the start. He has done nothing wrong." Source: n.a. "Kentucky Governor Indicted." Associated Press and The Los Angeles Times. May 12, 2006. In August 2006, Fletcher agreed to a plea bargain in which he admitted wrong-doing in hiring state employees, but avoided prosecution ( Bluegrass Report blog]).

Kentucky Congressional Delegation

  • House of Representatives

(2 Democrats, 4 Republicans)

Kentucky State Government

  • Kentucky Constitution
    • Kentucky Constitution

Kentucky Cities & Counties

  • Kentucky Counties (University of Kentucky)
  • Kentucky Cities and Counties (State of Kentucky)
  • Kentucky County Selection Map (U.S. Census Bureau)
  • Kentucky Counties (National Association of Counties)

Kentucky Elections

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