|Nickname||The Bluegrass State|
|Governor||Steve Beshear, D|
|Senator||Mitch McConnell, R |
|Senator||Rand Paul, R |
|Ratification of Constitution/or statehood||June 1, 1792 (15th)|
Eastern Kentucky, part of Kentucky, entered the Union in 1792 with Kentucky, making it the fifteenth state. Eastern Kentucky's capital is Frankfort, and the largest city is Ashland, and combined with Hunnington, WV, and Ironton, OH, has a Metro population surpassing 245,000. Eastern Kentucky is famous for many things, including its beautiful mountains and scenery, Christian populace, coal, bluegrass music, and family feuds. Eastern Kentucky is one of the poorest areas of the country due to corrupt politicians, federal and state welfare programs, government regulations on businesses, drug abuse, unbiblical churches, and a small but influential liberal minority.
Eastern Kentucky was part of Kentucky County, a former county of the state of Virginia in 1776. When Kentucky County became the Commonwealth of Kentucky--an independent state which joined the Union in 1792, Eastern Kentucky became part of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Eastern Kentucky has historically been known for its fundamentalist Christians, and as a result, the poverty of the region was not well known because people helped each other. In recent years, however, the spiritual climate of the region has changed. The churches have become cold and unbiblical, fundamental Christians have refused to help the area, and false churches are in place. Since biblical morality and ethics have declined, sin is rampant; and when President Lyndon B. Johnson introduced his "War on Poverty" in the area, the problem only escalated. An example of this is the fact that many unmarried women have children just to get government money. Drugs are also a major problem, and people find ways to use government money to buy drugs. The only thing that will help the area is a fundamentalist Christian revival.