56th House District http://wfpl.org en Noise and Notes: John-Mark Hack's Fight Against Frankfort's Party System http://wfpl.org/post/noise-and-notes-john-mark-hacks-fight-against-frankforts-party-system <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F94991189" frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Independent John-Mark Hack is running for the state House in an uphill battle against two well-funded opponents.</p><p>The special election for the 56th District seat in central Kentucky is a contest that could be a sign if Republicans overtake the Democratic majority in next years elections.</p><p>But for Hack, this race is about constituents rejecting the special interests of both political parties.</p><p>A former Democrat, Hack worked as an aide in former Gov. Paul Patton's administration and has passion for food issues. He's also a well-known anti-gaming activist, which is one of the reasons he left the party.</p><p>Hack says he isn't a <a href="http://mycn2.com/politics/56th-dist-candidate-crews-carves-out-casino-position-is-leaving-midway-college-job">spoiler for the Democrats as GOP candidate Lyen Crews has suggested</a>, and is honestly seeking to change Frankfort's culture. Sun, 02 Jun 2013 02:25:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 5623 at http://wfpl.org Noise and Notes: John-Mark Hack's Fight Against Frankfort's Party System Independent State House Candidate Releases 10-Point Platform to Improve State Government http://wfpl.org/post/independent-state-house-candidate-releases-10-point-platform-improve-state-government <p>Independent <a href="http://mycn2.com/politics/independent-candidate-john-mark-hack-entrance-into-56th-dist-special-election-adds-to-intrigue">state house candidate John-Mark Hack</a> released a 10-point platform aimed at making Kentucky's government more accountable and transparent.</p><p>Hack is running for the <a href="http://www.lrc.ky.gov/legislator/h056.htm">56th House District seat</a> covering Woodford County, including parts Frankfort and Lexington vacated by former state Rep. Carl Rollins, who resigned.</p><p>The three-way special election also features Republican Lyen&nbsp;Crews and Democrat James Kay, and is being closely watched due to the close party margins in the state House, where Democrats hold the majority by just a 5-seat margin.</p><p>The proposals unveiled by Hack's campaign on Friday include withholding the salaries of state lawmakers if they fail to pass a budget, creating a non-partisan commission to draw legislative district lines and eliminating annual sessions.</p><p>Hack says the proposals are about changing the political culture of "arrogance and self-interest" in Frankfort.</p><p>Check them out:</p><p> Fri, 17 May 2013 19:56:30 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 5446 at http://wfpl.org Independent State House Candidate Releases 10-Point Platform to Improve State Government