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One Year Later, Same Old GOP in Kentucky

One year ago today, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus unveiled his vision for a rebranded Republican Party while speaking at the National Press Club. Realizing his party’s utter failure to attract women, people of color, young people, the middle class, and other constituencies during the 2012 election, Priebus released an “Autopsy Report” that advocated for a new approach towards courting these groups. Unfortunately for the RNC, attempting to soften their image accomplishes nothing when their antiquated agenda and out-of-touch policies continue to offend the groups they seek to include.

On the one year anniversary of the RNC’s misguided “autopsy”, the DNC has released its own report titled, “One Year Later, Same Old Party.” In conjunction with a new interactive website,, voters can see for themselves that, as DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz puts it, “the GOP has failed to change their actions or tone from the party that in 2012 told immigrants they should ‘self deport’ and women that they had the ability to ‘shut that whole thing down’ when raped.”

Nowhere is the failed GOP rebrand more evident than in Kentucky. The GOP can claim all they want to have progressed beyond their “War on Women”, but their words and actions say otherwise when NRSC Communications Director Brad Dayspring refers to Kentucky Secretary of State and Senate Candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes as “an empty dress.” Likewise, the Republican Party can give lip service to policies that create opportunity for all rather than opportunity for some, but they’ll have a difficult time convincing voters they mean it when Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky opposes gender pay equity, the Violence Against Women Act, and any level of increase to the minimum wage.

For more on how the GOP is the “same old party” in Kentucky, or to submit your own example, visit the Kentucky section of