JoEllen Reed's Positions

JoEllen Reed's Positions

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#1 Oct 8, 2012
Does JoEllen support abortion? I know Representative Mayfield is Pro-Life because she actually answered the Kentucky Right to Life questionnaire on the issue ( http://www.krla.org/2012_Primary_PAC_Alert_-_... ).

I know Representative Mayfield opposes Gay “Marriage.” Does JoEllen support Gay “Marriage?” Would she vote for the Democrats’ plan to legalize it? http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/11rs/HB178.htm

And Representative Mayfield has also been endorsed by the NRA.

I don’t think that a candidate has to grant an interview to every journalist who requests one or give an answer to every issues group or fill out every survey she receives asking her position on issues. But when a candidate tries to evade an issue altogether there is something very wrong. JoEllen needs to let people know where she stands on the issues. Whether you agree or disagree with Representative Donna Mayfield, at least you know where she stands.
dripy

Winchester, KY

#2 Oct 8, 2012
Grindstone wrote:
Does JoEllen support abortion? I know Representative Mayfield is Pro-Life because she actually answered the Kentucky Right to Life questionnaire on the issue ( http://www.krla.org/2012_Primary_PAC_Alert_-_... ).

I know Representative Mayfield opposes Gay “Marriage.” Does JoEllen support Gay “Marriage?” Would she vote for the Democrats’ plan to legalize it? http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/11rs/HB178.htm

And Representative Mayfield has also been endorsed by the NRA.

I don’t think that a candidate has to grant an interview to every journalist who requests one or give an answer to every issues group or fill out every survey she receives asking her position on issues. But when a candidate tries to evade an issue altogether there is something very wrong. JoEllen needs to let people know where she stands on the issues. Whether you agree or disagree with Representative Donna Mayfield, at least you know where she stands.
Who cares JoEllen can't do the job he has so she can't do one with more responsibility

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#3 Oct 8, 2012
JoEllen and Donna both would be very good state reps. I like them both as people.
On the issues:
I do not like abortion personally but I do think it is a womans right to choose and I would not want that choice to go away legally, so I do support abortion rights.
I do support gay marriage. I hope that every person finds their true love and the government does not get in the way if it happens to be same sex.
The NRA? I think we need to limit guns here in the USA. Too many people are killed or accidentlly injured because of guns. Guns are the only think I can think of that was produced to kill something or someone. I do not support the NRA and if the NRA supports Donna Mayfield and she supports the NRA, then I will vote for JoEllen.
Joe

Winchester, KY

#4 Oct 8, 2012
Is Joellen gay herself???? She is a super woman but I'm am curious and would never ask her directly

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#5 Oct 8, 2012
jerry atrick wrote:
I do not like abortion personally but I do think it is a womans right to choose and I would not want that choice to go away legally, so I do support abortion rights.
I do support gay marriage. I hope that every person finds their true love and the government does not get in the way if it happens to be same sex.
The NRA? I think we need to limit guns here in the USA. Too many people are killed or accidentlly injured because of guns. Guns are the only think I can think of that was produced to kill something or someone. I do not support the NRA and if the NRA supports Donna Mayfield and she supports the NRA, then I will vote for JoEllen.
But what are JoEllen's positions on these issues? That is the topic. Not the positions of people who are not running for office. Although, by stating your positions you have proved yourself to be more qualified for office than JoEllen has.
Bobby

Winchester, KY

#6 Oct 8, 2012
Why is the whole abortion thing such a big deal? Would you rather ban it so people can go back to giving themselves abortions with coat hangers?

Abortion is going to happen if it's legal or not. You people need to get with the times.

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#7 Oct 8, 2012
Aside from the gay marriage issue (which is currently a states rights issue), I don't see where any of the above issues would be germane to her position as KY State Representative.

Care to elaborate?

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#8 Oct 8, 2012
Grindstone wrote:
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But what are JoEllen's positions on these issues? That is the topic. Not the positions of people who are not running for office. Although, by stating your positions you have proved yourself to be more qualified for office than JoEllen has.
Grindstone: Excellent point! I do support the candidate being "candid" about what their positions are. If they do not, how do we know? I personally like Harry Truman and in more recent years, Jesse Ventura because both are or were very open about what they believed. I wish all candidate were so! Thanks for the comment.

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#9 Oct 8, 2012
Bobby wrote:
Why is the whole abortion thing such a big deal? Would you rather ban it so people can go back to giving themselves abortions with coat hangers?
Abortion is going to happen if it's legal or not. You people need to get with the times.
Is this JoEllen's position? Can you give me a source for it? Or is it an off-topic post about your own view?

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#10 Oct 8, 2012
jerry atrick wrote:
<quoted text>Grindstone: Excellent point! I do support the candidate being "candid" about what their positions are. If they do not, how do we know? I personally like Harry Truman and in more recent years, Jesse Ventura because both are or were very open about what they believed. I wish all candidate were so! Thanks for the comment.
Truman won? I thought the paper said Dewey won???

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#11 Oct 8, 2012
Outta left field wrote:
Aside from the gay marriage issue (which is currently a states rights issue), I don't see where any of the above issues would be germane to her position as KY State Representative.
Care to elaborate?
Since there were only three issues listed, that means you do not see how abortion or gun rights are an issue for a KY State Representative.

Abortion:

This comes into play in many areas. The current effort by the federal government to force religious groups to violate their principles illustrates that there are secondary issues that touch on the abortion issue. There are many. Do you criminalize an assault on a pregnant woman that leads to the death of her baby? That's a state issue related to one's position on whether the baby deserves protection (charges for assault on the mother would be available regardless). Do you require the state or private entities to cover expenses related to abortion beyond what Obamacare is trying to impose? Do you restrict partial birth abortions? Do you require people seeking an abortion to be fully informed about their choice by having them watch a video informing them? Clearly, there are a great many state issues related to one's position on this issue.

Gun Control:

The Supreme Court has held that the 14th Amendment selectively incorporates the 2nd Amendment and therefore the 2nd Amendment applies to the states as well as the federal government. Further, they have held that this is a personal right. That does not mean that no regulation may be passed. It just means that of the three standards of review (Rational Basis, Intermediate Scrutiny, or Strict Scrutiny), it is the highest standard that must be met in order for the law to be valid. Gun laws vary considerably from state to state because this is primarily handled at the state level.

And these are not the only issues JoEllen has avoided. Would she raise taxes? In 2010 she only stated that she would need a "strong reason" to raise taxes. She hasn't even made such a purposely vague statement about the issue in this election.

And why did she file to run for this office when she was barely past the first year of her four-year term that she committed to serve in the previous year's election? When she announced for this election, barely a year into her four-year term, she said that she had been thinking about running for state office for years. That means she had to have been thinking about it even as she lied to people and said she would serve a four-year term on the Fiscal Court.

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#12 Oct 8, 2012
Grindstone wrote:
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Since there were only three issues listed, that means you do not see how abortion or gun rights are an issue for a KY State Representative.
Abortion:
This comes into play in many areas. The current effort by the federal government to force religious groups to violate their principles illustrates that there are secondary issues that touch on the abortion issue. There are many. Do you criminalize an assault on a pregnant woman that leads to the death of her baby? That's a state issue related to one's position on whether the baby deserves protection (charges for assault on the mother would be available regardless). Do you require the state or private entities to cover expenses related to abortion beyond what Obamacare is trying to impose? Do you restrict partial birth abortions? Do you require people seeking an abortion to be fully informed about their choice by having them watch a video informing them? Clearly, there are a great many state issues related to one's position on this issue.
Gun Control:
The Supreme Court has held that the 14th Amendment selectively incorporates the 2nd Amendment and therefore the 2nd Amendment applies to the states as well as the federal government. Further, they have held that this is a personal right. That does not mean that no regulation may be passed. It just means that of the three standards of review (Rational Basis, Intermediate Scrutiny, or Strict Scrutiny), it is the highest standard that must be met in order for the law to be valid. Gun laws vary considerably from state to state because this is primarily handled at the state level.
And these are not the only issues JoEllen has avoided. Would she raise taxes? In 2010 she only stated that she would need a "strong reason" to raise taxes. She hasn't even made such a purposely vague statement about the issue in this election.
And why did she file to run for this office when she was barely past the first year of her four-year term that she committed to serve in the previous year's election? When she announced for this election, barely a year into her four-year term, she said that she had been thinking about running for state office for years. That means she had to have been thinking about it even as she lied to people and said she would serve a four-year term on the Fiscal Court.
I purposely asked an obtuse question because I wanted to see your basis for your questioning Jo Ellen Reed's yet-to-be stated stance on the topics you listed above. Now, to your points:
1. Abortion - the government may be attempting to force the Pro Life group to violate their beliefs and principles, but aside from the late term abortion ban that was past some years ago, there have been, count 'em, zero successful challenges on Roe v. Wade. Even if it were treated on a state level, you can't expect me to believe the law wouldn't be struck down ultimately in the US Supreme Court. That's why I think the issue of abortion isn't germane to the state level position; because any votes cast to ban it would be ultimately rendered moot.

2. Gun Rights - understood that while it's protected under the 2nd Amendment, but also dealt with on a state level, again, in a state where gun rights are fiercely protected, do you honestly believe that if a statewide gun control law was passed, that it wouldn't be challenged under the 2nd Amendment? If this was CA, sure, I'd be more concerned, but in KY, no. And this is why I don't think this issue is germane to the state rep position.

Maybe I'm just naive, and this is more of a concern than I realize. But given KY's staunchly conservative history on those issues, to me personally, this isn't a concern. If you want to use that as a means to determine if Ms Reed is fit to serve as a State Rep for our district, so be it. Incidentally, thank you for your well-thought out response. It was one of the most well-informed and intelligent I've seen on here.
concerned

Lexington, KY

#13 Oct 8, 2012
I think Donna Mayfield should inform the public on all of her advertising literature who her husband is. He is head chairman of the GOP. Was it an error she failed to leave that out or intenational ? All candiates should be truthful and up front. This is why the American people is so sick of policiticans.

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#14 Oct 8, 2012
concerned wrote:
I think Donna Mayfield should inform the public on all of her advertising literature who her husband is. He is head chairman of the GOP. Was it an error she failed to leave that out or intenational ? All candiates should be truthful and up front. This is why the American people is so sick of policiticans.
Gee, you would almost have a point except for the fact that it is well known and your post itself contradicts your complaint by citing the fact you claim is not disclosed. I would love to be able to tell you JoEllen's positions but there is no source at all.

My complaint is that on multiple issues JoEllen has evaded answering issues altogether. I specifically mentioned that it is unreasonable to expect any candidate to grant every requested interview or answer every single issue survey they receive. The criticism is that she has avoided stating her positions altogether. And I have done multiple searches. Contrast that with search on Mayfield where you can find multiple sources for the fact that Bob Mayfield is "Clark County Republican party chairman and a state GOP executive committee member" (see: http://articles.centralkynews.com/2012-01-30/... )

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#15 Oct 8, 2012
To whomever that gave me the Judge It! icons, you're certainly entitled to your opinion. However, I'd love to see the basis for yours. At least Grindstone defended hers in a well-thought out fashion. Most people on here, when it comes to politics, when asked on why they believe what they believe, are unable to give a solid answer. At least she's asking some hard questions, and thinking critically about her candidates.
Jim Jim

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#16 Oct 9, 2012
I think jo Ellen can do more for Clark county than Donna can and has. At least she's willing to try. I think in four years all Donna has done is fly some veterans to D.C. I'd rather have someone who's willing to swing and miss for Clark county than someone not even willing to step up to the plate. I like them both; just think Reed can hit the ground running and get something done.

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#18 Oct 9, 2012
Jim Jim wrote:
I think in four years all Donna has done is fly some veterans to D.C. I'd rather have someone who's willing to swing and miss for Clark county than someone not even willing to step up to the plate. I like them both; just think Reed can hit the ground running and get something done.
1. Donna has only been in office for two years, not four years.

2. JoEllen hasn't told us she will "swing" at anything. That is the point of this thread: to find out what she would "swing" at. JoEllen is too cowardly to even step up to the plate. Of course, with her record of mismanagement, leaving City finances in shambles, she has reason to be cowardly.

3. It was JoEllen who made a commitment to serve a four-year term. After serving barely a year of it she filed for yet another office. She admitting that she had been thinking about doing so "for years." That means she was flat out lying to her constituents when she pledged to serve on the Fiscal Court for four years.

4. Clark County has spent thousands of dollars training JoEllen for her position on the Fiscal Court. Replacing her will drain even more money from a budget that JoEllen said was too tight to give a raise to County employees.

JoEllen and her fellow commissioners on the Fiscal Court decided to spend money on other things besides a pay raise. JoEllen then acted like she was on the side of the people to whom she denied a raise (they were only asking for an amount equal to inflation—so it wasn’t really a raise they were asking for) and said “shame on the county.”(See her quotes below). Who the heck does she think the county is, if not the Fiscal Court? JoEllen IS the county, at least in the context of appropriating money for county employees. This bizarre attempt to deceive the people she had voted against just added insult to injury.

JoEllen Quotes from a Winchester Sun article:
"I’ve been told ... that there are even some people of the Road Department who are on food stamps. And that is fine to do that, but it’s a shame that you have to do that.

“And to me, shame on the county that you’re in that position.”
http://articles.centralkynews.com/2012-04-19/...

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#19 Oct 9, 2012
Here is an update to the original post. The Kentucky Right to Life Association has posted their endorsements for the General Election. They endorsed Representative Donna Mayfield. Unsurprisingly, JoEllen refused to give her position, just like the primary. http://www.krla.org/2012DraftPACalert__1___3_...

But the criticism is not that JoEllen refused to answer just this survey. It is that she refuses to address the issues altogether. If she is pro-abortion and stated her position, then I would not care that she refused to answer the KRLA or some other group. As "jerry atrick" said in his post, it's about the duty of all candidates to be "candid."

If JoEllen is so embarrassed about her positions on the issues that she refuses to state her positions, then she is not fit to hold office. Instead she should just pick out an alias and join us here on Topix.
Lynn

Winchester, KY

#20 Oct 9, 2012
I don't understand why anybody would run against somebody that has done a great job. Mrs. Mayfield has worked very hard. She took my dad and other veterans to Washington. She planned the whole thing. She loves and respects veterans. They were so happy to go. Mayfield is the only choice in my opinion.
Judy

Winchester, KY

#21 Nov 18, 2012
Jo Ellen gets on every committee and board in Winchester and does not even go to half of the meetings and when she does, she pulls out papers of BCTC school and reads them during these other meetings. She does not have any business sense about
her at all. I have seen and heard her in meeting and
am not impressed. When the going gets rough she will
leave that board or position. She will dodge out of
anything controversial. She is the typical politician, very friendly and outgoing but she could be stabbing you in the back at the same time if it is to her political benefit. Impressed at first until you get to deal with her on a business level. We dodged a bullet. Jo Ellen Reed representing Clark County in the state legislature would be to the detriment of the county.

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