When you think about Kentucky’s deep red politics today, it’s likely the face of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his laconic drawl that comes to mind.
But one northern corner of this solidly Republican state is streaked blue by its state house representation.
Covering local government in northern Kentucky through our Report for America program, reporter Julia Fair with the Cincinnati Enquirer has been following this trend just across the Ohio River. It’s there, in Kentucky’s District 67, that she’s been covering a race for the Kentucky general assembly. And though you may think you know where this story is headed, it’s not politics as usual. As Julia says, in her time reporting on local politics, she’s never seen a race quite like this – one that is starkly framed by a time of deep political divides.
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