Sunday, November 6, 2016

Legalize it - for the kids

$70 million. That's how much tax revenue Colorado took in last year from recreational marijuana. Based on Kentucky's population, we would take in about $50 million a year in tax revenues simply by legalizing a substance that is far less dangerous than alcohol. With the extra revenue, we could easily pay the community college tuition for every student that gets good grades in high school.
The program - which was passed by the Kentucky House 86-11 earlier this year but then delayed by our Republican governor - would cost $20 million if all high school graduates were included. (My opponent, Lynn Bechler, was one of the 11 who voted against this plan.)
The cost would be less under my plan, which requires students to have a 3.0 GPA in high school. I would use the rest of the money to pay tuition at a state university for student who maintain a 3.5 GPA in community college. Any money left over would be used for tax breaks for small businesses as they adjust to the increased minimum wage I would propose.
If you think that recreational marijuana should be legal in Kentucky, I ask that you please write in "Don Ellis" for 4th District State Representative. By legalizing a harmless plant, we can do so much for the future of our children - and isn't that what really matters?

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Princeton Times Leader runs article announcing Don Ellis for Kentucky House campaign

My campaign would like to thank the staff at the Princeton Times Leader for their article announcing my campaign. I bought the print edition this morning, but their website charges to read articles. I purchased a subscription in order to copy the article here so that everyone can read it., the website of Murray State University's NPR radio station, also ran an article announcing my campaign. Click here to read the article on their site.

Thanks again to and especially the Princeton Times leader for allowing me to post their article here:

Friday, October 21, 2016

A basic website, a basic platform, a basic campaign

When I asked his opinion of my campaign website, my very close friend Chad Cushman commented that while it looked nice, it was kind of basic.

While I appreciated the constructive criticism, I had to reply that the "basic" design is intentional.

No, I don't have a flashy website full of bells and whistles, because I'm not running a campaign full of bells and whistles. I built this website myself, the same way I am building my campaign.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Green Party Radio Network founder Don Ellis announces run for KY House of Representatives, District 4

Don Ellis, founder of The Green Party Radio Network and producer/co-host of The Green Party Radio Show, has announced his candidacy for the Kentucky State House of Representatives in the 4th District.

The 51-year-old Grand Rivers resident, who will be running a write-in campaign, recently filed the necessary paperwork with Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Don's general campaign will concentrate on the Green Party's four key pillars that make up the foundation of worldwide Green Parties:
  • Ecological wisdom
  • Social justice
  • Grassroots democracy
  • Nonviolence
More specifically, as a former Collective Bargaining Agreement Negotiator for the Service Employees International Union Heatlhcare of Illinois & Indiana, Don plans to implore his fellow Representatives to fight for more union jobs in Kentucky while also repelling Republican efforts to make Kentucky a right-to-work state.

Along with increased union membership, if elected Don plans to do everything in his power to make sure that all Kentuckians have the right to earn a living wage.