Democrats, like mining, may never fully recover in Appalachia
WHITESBURG, Ky. -- The coal industry downturn is a central talking point in many contested political races in Central Appalachia. President Obama's mining and climate change policies have given Republicans ammunition and angered many Appalachian Democrats who fear their party might forever lose its base here. "I feel like the national party has run off and left me. And that's being honest," Lester County Judge Executive Jim Ward (D) said. "I just feel like they have forgotten the grass-roots Democrats that put them where they are."