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Kentuckians are looking at Matt Bevin for Governor

Kentucky Republican Gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin addresses a group of supporters during a Religious Freedoms Rally at the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort Ky., Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. Three Kentucky county clerks who are refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples drew thunderous cheers from a crowd gathered at the state capitol. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Kentucky Republican Gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin addresses a group of supporters during a Religious Freedoms Rally at the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort Ky., Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. Three Kentucky county clerks who are refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples drew thunderous cheers from a crowd gathered at the state capitol. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Dear Editor,

Next Tuesday, we determine the future of our State.  Voting is a right that few countries can exercise as freely as we do in the U. S.

The differences in candidates couldn’t be greater:

  • Matt Bevin:  Pro-Life
  • Jack Conway:  Pro-Abortion (has accepted money from Planned Parenthood)
  • Matt Bevin:  A self-made man who served as an Army Officer.
  • Conway:  Child of privilege
  • Matt Bevin:  Stands up for our Constitution
  • Conway:  Refused to defend a Constitutional vote required by his oath of office. (The Governor ended up spending money we don’t have in Conway’s absence)

Competency: 

  • Matt Bevin is a successful businessman.
  • Jack Conway became Kentucky’s chief law enforcement officer touting anti-drug skills.  Since his taking office, everyone in KY has been touched by the heroin epidemic. (The State Police in Southern KY have had to be re-trained to handle drug intoxication.)

I’ve known Matt Bevin since before he decided to run for United States Senator.  He’s a good man who has invested greatly of himself to get our state turned around for the future of our children. Conway, a man of utter incompetence panders to special interests and extreme ideologies.

Please vote on Tuesday, November 3rd and implore friends and family to vote.  This election will impact all of our lives.  Matt Bevin is the only choice.

Vic Altherr
Union, KY


4 Reasons to care about Kentucky Governor’s race

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The Cincinnati Enquirer is running a story this weekend by the same title, however, it is misleading and shows how disconnected they continue to be with Northern Kentucky.

Their reasons: “Northern Kentucky needs to improve turnout”, “who will gain momentum for the 2016 Senate race”, “the White House effect”, and “tepid Republican support”.

I ask, what do any of those have to do with how voters should weigh their choices this November? The answer is a very distinct, “absolutely nothing.”

Instead, please allow me to offer four REAL reasons:

  • Pension Crisis

As of January 1, 2015, the Kentucky teacher retirement system faced more than $14 Billion in unfunded liabilities. This is in addition to the $17 Billion in unfunded pensions in the Kentucky Retirement System. No solution came out of the legislative session, and the can was kicked down the road yet again. This massively looming debt grows daily, is not being addressed and is not sustainable. Pensions continue to be offered to state employees as a benefit, so the burden grows through attrition.

All of this burden falls upon the Kentucky taxpayer. Our police, fire, teachers, and civil servants all stand to lose their retirement that they’ve worked for if something is not done.

  • Tax Deficit

The current Kentucky tax code is more than 60,000 pages.  The state, in 2014, gave out $90M more than it took in, and is on pace to fall more than $35M short in 2015.  This, is in addition to the pension deficit. The tax code in current form does not provide competitive opportunity for businesses to locate within the commonwealth.  Major players such as Toyota, Humana, and Omnicare have moved out of state for greener pastures.  All sides agree that comprehensive tax reform is needed, but the seated governor and legislature have ignored the issue, and again, passed the buck.

  • Health Care Reform

The creation of a state exchange, KYNECT, was initiated as part of the Affordable Care Act.  The exchange is heralded as one of the better state exchanges in design, and was created with $253.6M in grants, of which only $60M have been accounted for.  The state spent more than $11M in 2014 just promoting the exchange, who has 622 employees.  The cost to operate KYNECT is stated at $39M per year.  States are not required to operate their own exchange, and all services provided by the exchange can be received through the federal ACA online exchange.

Medicaid expansion in the state has increased the annual state cost of funding. The governor’s projections in 2013 were for 147,000 people to join the expanded program, at a cost of $33M.  More than 310,000 people joined, just the first year pushing the cost projections to $119M per year.  The healthcare marked is turning to increased costs upon the insured, because of the reduced reimbursement rates of Medicaid, driving the expense of healthcare up, to compensate.  The cycle is not sustainable, and the state currently has no answers to fund the expansion.

  • Labor Law

Right to work legislation is at Kentucky’s doorstep.  The concept with Right-To-Work is that by law, no one can be forced to enter into an organized labor contract / agreement.  This does not ban unions, but does make participation within them elective.  This issue is very divisive, as the organized labor contingent believes it jeopardizes their funding and ability to operate, and those opposed to forced participation believe the increased dollars going to worker pockets instead of union dues are a job creation incentive.  Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, and Tennessee all have passed right to work legislation, and are all in direct competition for business growth and expansion with Kentucky.

All four of these topics have major implications on the future ability of our state government to function. In Northern Kentucky we have a looming need for an I-75 bridge solution, and our sprawling growth has overburdened many state highways and systems.

Which candidate offers the best skill set, and approach to resolving these major issues facing our state?

Here are your choices:

Do your homework Kentucky, and VOTE!

November 3, 2015.


Kentucky GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Matt Bevin responds to County Clerk’s arrest

Kentucky Republican Gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin addresses a group of supporters during a Religious Freedoms Rally at the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort Ky., Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. Three Kentucky county clerks who are refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples drew thunderous cheers from a crowd gathered at the state capitol. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Kentucky Republican Gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin addresses a group of supporters during a Religious Freedoms Rally at the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort Ky., Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

MIDDLETOWN, Ky. — Republican Candidate for Governor Matt Bevin issues a statement on Thursday regarding Rowan County clerk Kim Davis’s arrest.

“It is utterly unnecessary that Rowan County clerk, Kim Davis, is sitting in a jail cell, when there is a simple solution that would respect the rights of every Kentuckian. I first put this solution forward many weeks ago. […] As Governor, I will stand up for all Kentuckians, not just the ones who agree with me,” said Bevin.

Davis came under fire recently by refusing to issue any same-sex marriage licenses in Rowan County even after the Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same-sex marriage in June. She has stated that doing so would violate her right to religious freedom although the Supreme Court disagrees with her. Since this has been going on, Davis and the Rowan County clerk’s office has not been issuing any marriage licenses.

When asked by reporters how she can continue to refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses, she responded by saying, “under God’s authority.”

The Republican Gubernatorial Candidate has also stated that he supports Davis by saying, “I absolutely support her willingness to stand on her First Amendment rights,” he said. “Without any question I support her.”

Bevin appeared on CNN Thursday morning to comment on this stating that government should be out of marriage all together.

Bevin’s plan, encourages the government to get out of marriage contracts entirely saying “Two consenting adults should not need to ask for permission from the government to enter into a contractual relationship – a license should not be needed. ”

The plan also adds; “As with other contracts, the government’s role should be limited to recording, interpreting, or enforcing such contracts in times of dispute.”

Kim Davis, the clerk of Rowan County in Kentucky, after refusing to grant a marriage certificate to Robbie Blankenship and Jesse Cruz on Wednesday. Credit Ty Wright/Getty Images

Kim Davis, the clerk of Rowan County in Kentucky, after refusing to grant a marriage certificate to Robbie Blankenship and Jesse Cruz on Wednesday. Credit Ty Wright/Getty Images

Davis was ordered to appear in court on Thursday for refusing to issue marriage licenses and the judge offered her a deal. If she were to allow her deputy clerks to begin issuing licenses without interference, she would be “Purged of Contempt”.

Five out of the six deputy clerks agreed to begin issuing licenses. The clerk who continues to refuse is Davis’s son, Nathan.

Davis rejected the judge’s proposal, which would have more than likely allowed her to be released from custody. Judge David L. Bunning ordered Ms. Davis to jail.

Rand Paul, the Republican presidential candidate and a senator from Kentucky, said it was “absurd to put someone in jail for exercising their religious liberties.”

Rowan County clerks will begin processing the paperwork for all marriage licenses starting on Friday.


The Kentucky Revolution starts with Matt Bevin

Matt Bevin was supposed to be dead in the water.  Mitch McConnell was supposed to put Matt Bevin’s life and career on the ash heap of political history.  Mitch McConnell promised he would permanently crush Matt Bevin. Mitch McConnell and his henchman warned Matt Bevin he wouldn’t even be acknowledged at his own church, if he chose to run against Mitch McConnell. After 2014’s loss, Mitch McConnell counted on Matt Bevin’s political pursuits to be passive.  Mitch McConnell counted wrong.

Matt Bevin, the presumed Republican nominee for Governor currently leads Agriculture Commissioner James Comer by 83 votes after last week’s Republican primary. Comer has asked for a review of the state’s voting machines and absentee ballots, a process known as “recanvassing” which should start and conclude this Thursday. Historically, this process has not yielded any change in the election and this race should be no different.

Matt Bevin ran the most positive, well articulated and strong vision to reclaim Kentucky in recent political history.

Plain and simple, Bevin ran the best campaign.

It wasn’t just the “Food fight” ad. Bevin and campaign manager Ben Hartman, whose last campaign also lost to an establishment U.S. Senate candidate in a 2014 primary, made all the right moves at all the right times.Bevin2

As the candidates spent their weekends this spring at Lincoln Day dinners across the state, Bevin began turning heads.

McConnell loyalists, slightly alarmed, reported that they were hearing from supporters in every corner of the state that at every dinner, Bevin was blowing away the field with his remarks.

Bevin didn’t make his millions by accident. He is a great salesman, and he sold himself with aplomb at those dinners.

He had, after all, become a student of the dinners, regularly attending them in 2014 long after he had been vanquished by McConnell.

Aided by his personal fortune, Bevin hit the ground running in late January, and he tirelessly campaigned across the state, giving voters his “Blueprint for Kentucky” and asking them, just as he did in 2014, just to “kick the tires” on what he was proposing.

Matt Bevin’s message has been a clear bold contrast to the Democrats and the only Republican candidate who has spelled out a written consistent conservative message with his Blueprint For A Better Kentucky.

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Mitch McConnell and his minions know this.  The last thing they want is to see Matt Bevin succeed in being the next Governor of Kentucky.  It would mean that Matt Bevin is not in Mitch’s back pocket.  You’ve already seen early on Mitch and his minions running interference and trolling social media for Conway to help defeat Matt Bevin.

“According to the Herald Leader, Bevin also said that if anyone doubted that he worked hard to support McConnell in that campaign, Larry Cox — and old friend and advisor of McConnell — would vouch for him.

In a phone conversation with Insider Louisville, Cox did nothing of the sort, saying that Bevin was completely making that up.

‘No, I cannot do any of that,’ said Cox, struggling to contain shocked laughter. ‘I don’t know why he would even invoke my name. That is inviting the discrediting of what he had to say. I am lost, I really am lost. No, there was never any evidence of support for Mitch McConnell of which I’m aware at all.”

Cox said he wants to see the Republican Party unite for the fall elections, but Bevin’s falsehoods right off of the bat aren’t doing the party any favors.

“It’s in my interest as a longtime Republican activist to see a party that pulls together, but my gracious, I also would like to protect my integrity just a little, too,” said Cox. “Surely you know it really is up to the nominee to pull the party together. And when you pick out somebody like me… and quote them with what is nothing but a lie, that is probably not doing a whole lot to help party cohesion. So I don’t know where it goes from here. This is not an element of unity building.”

How do we know that Larry Cox isn’t lying about Bevin’s conversation with him?  A better question who really cares about 2014?  Mitch and his minions do.  It’s not about party unity for them, instead it’s about continuing to throw distractions Matt Bevin’s way in order to boost the Democrat nominee, Jack Conway.  Mitch McConnell sees a path where Matt Bevin is continually distracted with trying to reach out to him in the same way that Cuccinelli in Virginia was obsessed with trying to suck up to Bill Bolling.

“KEN SPENT MORE TIME WORRYING ABOUT BILL BOLLING THAN HIS OWN SUPPORTERS.

Cuccinelli should have instigated Bill Bolling to run as an Independent.  While conventional wisdom was that Bolling would have taken more votes from Cuccinelli than McAuliffe, it’s pretty clear looking at the results that Bolling would have cut significantly into the McAuliffe vote, and won many high-income “moderates” who ultimately voted for McAuliffe anyway.”

You will hear over the next couple of months that Matt Bevin desperately needs Mitch McConnell and his influence to win Kentucky.  Mitch’s minions will drive this home.   The Kentucky media will drive this home.  You will continue to see false stories of how Mitch is the one who wants to unite and Matt Bevin is still bitter about 2014 and all the while it will be Mitch McConnell and his pack of wolves working in the shadows to undermine Matt Bevin’s campaign. The good news is that it won’t work.  Mitch McConnell is too distracted to kill off Matt Bevin’s chances.  Mitch McConnell is too unpopular to have the political capitol to pull it off.

“Republicans can fool some of the people some of the time, but they can’t fool all the people all the time.  They can only go so far in reneging on every campaign promise before the public begins to realize the extent of the betrayal.  Now, a new comprehensive poll from the Pew Research Center confirms that this time has come. 

Pew asked respondents if GOP leaders, in charge of the newly-minted Republican Congress, have kept their promises.  Only 23% of those polled answered affirmatively that indeed Republicans have kept their promises.  More importantly, only 37% of Republicans believe that their own party has kept their campaign promises.  And only 41% of Republicans approve of their party leadership—that is lower than the percentage of people from all political affiliations who approve of Obama.” 

There’s also something happening in Kentucky.  Kentucky is sick of the smears evidenced by Hal Heiner’s significant loss in the primary.  Mitch McConnell is not going to get away with these kind of tactics if he chooses to continue with this line of attack even in the shadows voters will see through it.  They have had enough.   McConnell’s tactics will backfire like they did with Hal Heiner.   If you are afraid that Bevin will be distracted because Mitch McConnell is running interference for Conway think again.  Bevin has mastered maneuvering through the mindfield. 

“Being ignored or underestimated worked to Bevin’s advantage, and he capitalized.

 Revelations, allegations, controversy and scandal gave Bevin a path to victory.

The latch lifted on his window of opportunity after the Herald-Leader revealed links between the Heiner campaign and a Lexington blogger who for months circulated rumors that Comer had assaulted his college girlfriend. Then the window flung open after the woman made the allegations of abuse in a letter to The Courier-Journal.

Bevin played it perfectly.

He had already been chipping away at Heiner after pro-Heiner super PACs started attacking him, accusing Heiner of having “soiled the bed” with negative attacks.

After the reports about Heiner and Comer came to light, Bevin kept his focus on Heiner. He said Heiner had “disqualified” himself and offered during a debate on Kentucky Sports Radio that Heiner had told him about the allegations “months and months ago.”

In that debate, Bevin could’ve piled on Comer. Instead, he ensured that Heiner was equally damaged.

With the help of Jason Miller, a Ted Cruz spokesman and a partner at Jamestown Associates, Bevin deployed the best ad of the cycle, taking full advantage of the long war between Heiner and Comer.

The ad, “Food fight,” perfectly characterized the nastiness of the race in a funny way, and Bevin’s promise of “grown-up leadership” at the close of the ad, put him in position to be the beneficiary of some of the worst political fighting I have ever seen.

Just as important, Heiner’s last ad, which introduced the allegations against Comer to the larger electorate, resulted in what was known during the Cold War as MAD (mutually assured destruction), and Heiner and Comer were both damaged beyond repair.”

Kentucky’s primary was a bell weather event for 2014. What happened in Kentucky set the tone for what happened nationwide. Mitch McConnell handily defeated Matt Bevin. After that primary took place, an overwhelming victory for establishment republicans nationwide took place. Kentucky is a bell weather for 2015 and 2016.  The most powerful Republican in the country Mitch McConnell has lost the ability to do permanent damage to those that run against him and Matt Bevin’s victory is evidence of that. Matt Bevin being the next Governor of Kentucky will do irreparable damage to Mitch McConnell’s iron fisted control of Kentucky politics.  A Revolution started in Kentucky. Welcome to the Revolution! Tell Mitch McConnell that the conservatives are coming and we are bringing hell with us!


GASPARD: KY Primary election offers voters extraordinary opportunity

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The upcoming primary election offers voters an extraordinary opportunity to select from among four highly qualified candidates to be the next republican nominee for Governor of Kentucky.

As GOP Chairman of one of the largest conservative strongholds in the state, I am often asked my views on various political races, and usually happy to oblige with a response. In doing so, although, I initially like to articulate the key responsibilities of republican officers.

Predominantly, the key role of party officials is to promote the values and principles outlined in the GOP platform. Further, it is incumbent upon us to recruit, educate and support candidates for office. Equally important – though far more stressful – is the need to hold elected officials accountable to those values and principles, especially in light of their written pledge to honor the party platform.

Aside from these core tasks, whether or not elected officials and party officers choose to back particular candidates in primaries is a completely independent decision. In the past, I have opted to help recruit and endorse high caliber candidates to run for office because I believed them to be exceptional choices able to move our nation back towards its constitutional roots – strong voices such as Senator Rand Paul and Congressman Thomas Massie. Happily, both of these gentlemen ran very clean, upbeat and positive campaigns focused on the issues. They won in landslides.

Unfortunately, in this year’s republican gubernatorial election to be held next week on May 19, Kentucky voters have been confronted with an alarming degree of misinformation and smear attacks completely unrelated to the actual voting record or public statements of the candidates. Sadly, no matter how often folks say they dislike negative advertising and are not influenced by it, the data continues to validate this type of campaign strategy works. We must change that reality.

Let’s start that process by setting the record straight now. We ought to make note that allegations of a personal nature should be viewed with much skepticism. Elections should be based on issues. Voting records are fair game. Personal attacks involving family or business are usually not, and should be quickly spurned. That being said, the following is what we know about the candidates:

halFormer Louisville Metro Council member Hal Heiner was the first person to announce. He is a prominent developer who has personally infused millions of dollars into his campaign war chest. His principal issue has been a focus on creating jobs, but has been called to account for supporting tolls in Louisville, helping move jobs to Indiana, and opposing local concealed carry ordinances.

 

comerAgriculture Commissioner James Comer was the second candidate to enter the race. He is a former state legislator and earned a reputation for leading the hemp initiative in Kentucky. Having served in elective office for some 15 years, his public record is the most extensive. Commissioner Comer has earned kudos for cleaning up the Agriculture Department, but has also been chided for votes to supersize legislator pensions, increase the gas tax, enable tolls, and escalate the minimum wage.

JusticeScottRetired Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott was the third person to join the fray. Although lagging far behind in the polls, he is popular in Eastern Kentucky and well-known in political circles for being honest, direct and colorful. Like all judges, he has made decisions that please some while upsetting others. A former paratrooper, Scott recently jumped from an airplane to gain attention for the campaign. His most notable issue has been the support of expanded gaming and casinos.

rsz_download_2Louisville businessman Matt Bevin was the final republican who filed to run for Governor. While he is best known for challenging Mitch McConnell to represent Kentucky in the United States Senate, Bevin has also gained national attention for his successful pension management background, chiefly due to the looming debt and pension crisis facing our Commonwealth. As a Tea Party favorite, Bevin has been the recipient of constant negative advertising, even though nearly every accusation has been thoroughly rebuffed or disproved. Only time will tell if the damaging attacks hit their mark.

Having been an extremely engaged volunteer activist for 20 years, I can state with confidence that most contested elections involve a high level of anxiety and division among the respective factions. Some people pick sides due to a genuine divergence of philosophy. Others have a serious difference on key issues. Still more line up behind one team or another because that’s what friends are doing. I’ve even witnessed decisions made based on negative rumors, proving false advertising does work. Ultimately, it is incumbent upon We, the People, to weigh all the factors important to us – including the urgent financial and social issues confronting our families – then cast our vote for the candidate who best and most consistently represents our values and principles.

Therefore, after spending this entire election cycle allowing the campaigns to unfold, the candidates to articulate their positions and clarify statements, I am reluctantly ready to share my comments – reluctant because all four candidates are worthy of consideration and certainly present a stark contrast to Jack Conway this fall. In presenting my thoughts, it should be made explicit that I am a steadfast constitutional conservative who strongly supports the Republican platform and patently views abortion as the greatest evil in our land crying to Heaven for vengeance.

That stated, I believe it is imperative for elected leaders to be clear and unambiguous when it comes to the individual right to keep and bear arms, support of states’ rights, and the need to reject federal intrusion into our lives. After two terms under the socialist leaning agendas of President Obama and Governor Beshear, we immediately require a radical change of course and bold new leadership. We cannot settle for a measured response. Accordingly, here is my take on each candidate:

Will Scott is one of the nicest guys you could meet and an old school conservative, but even with a major surge is unlikely to catch the leading candidates. And, while we could discuss his strong and weak points, it seems unnecessary under the circumstances.

Hal Heiner remains statistically tied in the polls with the other leading candidates, but has seen his numbers slip after negative attacks aimed at Bevin and Comer. I have concerns with his reluctance to dismantle Kynect (the state-run Obamacare health insurance exchange) and his lack of focus on traditional conservative issues. Job creation is important, but we also need a leader who has a track record of fighting against federal government intrusion and defending constitutional principles.

James Comer has done a yeoman’s job arguing against federal government overreach and valiantly fought the Obama Administration to ensure hemp could be grown and studied in Kentucky. Further, despite being a tenured elected official, he has also made vital inroads with many Tea Partiers, but unsubstantiated claims that he abused his college girlfriend continue to plague him. Additionally, overcoming his past votes to increase legislator pensions and the fuel tax are difficult for some conservatives to swallow, though he has apologized for the pension faux pas. In the end, Comer’s path to victory will depend on his ability to hold enough support from Tea Party crossovers and establishment incumbents already lined up to pull him across the finish line.

Matt Bevin’s campaign has affably pitched him as “The Real Deal Conservative” in much of their outreach efforts and heavily played up the fact that he is the only military veteran and concealed carry permit holder in the mix to win. Unlike his counterparts, Bevin is also the only candidate who has not held elected office and can properly claim to be a political outsider. However, having faced the Washington Machine of Mitch McConnell in his first run for office and been the recipient of perhaps the most ugly attack ads and patently false accusations I have ever witnessed, the greatest hurdle Bevin faces in this campaign is clearing his good name as the same negative ads resurface.

In sharing my thoughts on the gubernatorial race, I have already exhausted more space than is typically expedient to read, but if you have followed along this far you can likely guess or already know the person for whom I will personally cast my vote. In fact, I purposely chose to highlight each candidate twice so readers could follow along with the process. Still, I want to reiterate the importance of republicans uniting after the primary in order to change regimes in Frankfort. We cannot afford to have another liberal leading in Frankfort over the next four years.

Just to be clear though, here is what I expect from elected officials and candidates: (1) Absolute commitment to conservative values and principles; (2) Unconditional support for the individual right to keep and bear arms; (3) Solemn devotion to the sanctity of life for all ages and a pledge never to harm innocent life in the womb; (4) An unwavering defense of States’ Rights and visible efforts to push back federal intrusion and overreach; (5) Complete respect for private property rights and outright resistance against infringements thereof; (6) Rejection of any federal program, regulation, or agency not specifically enumerated in the U.S. Constitution; (7) Extreme prejudice against any new or increased taxes, a willingness to repeal existing punitive taxes, and the solid recognition that our current tax code is broken and needs repair; (8) Fervent respect for both the United States and Kentucky Constitutions; (9) Gratitude for our men and women in uniform in all public service capacities; (10) Acknowledgement of our nation’s Christian heritage with obedience to the oath of office and reverence for the unalienable rights endowed to mankind by our Creator.

Because these principles are so important – and in light of the fact that most candidates for public office sign a pledge to uphold their Party Platform as well as swear an oath on the Holy Bible to defend the Constitution – I believe it is important to remind folks of them. All told though, there is little doubt that the four republican gubernatorial candidates are devoted to these principles. There may be differences in strategy and approach, but all seem to be men of deep personal faith. Yet, it is often that unique variance in style that tends to set bold leaders apart.

To that end, after much reflection, I agree with the Kentucky Enquirer’s endorsement of Matt Bevin for setting himself apart by “having clarity and specifics about his ideas” and being “most impressed with his focus on Kentucky’s looming public employee pension crisis – the same kind of crisis that threatened Cincinnati and helped send Detroit into bankruptcy.”

While no candidate is perfect, our state desperately requires someone unafraid to take bold stances, but who also has the business savvy to spark economic growth and avoid financial calamity. Unlike other candidates, Matt Bevin has demonstrated that he is more willing to uproot federal programs. Further, he has managed to stake out a sharp contrast by highlighting his successful experience in the investment and pension business, his ability to turn around floundering companies, his humble roots and deep Christian faith, his military background, and his specific plan to build the economy.

Please vote for the candidate of your choice on Tuesday, May 19.


Matt Bevin needs NKY, NKY needs Matt Bevin

Fellow Northern Kentuckians:

My name is Adam Meier and I’m an attorney, member of the Fort Thomas City Council, member of the Northern Kentucky Young Republicans, and active in promoting conservative ideals and candidates. On Tuesday, May 19, you have the opportunity to nominate the Republican ticket for Governor.  Please take a moment to read this letter and understand why it is so critical that you vote this Tuesday, May 19.

Republicans in Kentucky continue to have increasing success in Federal (even-year) elections. However, Republicans historically struggle to win state office (odd-year) elections, in particular, the Office of Governor. This dichotomy, to some extent, can be attributed to low voter turnout in Northern Kentucky.  So while we might see 63 percent statewide turnout in a presidential election, only 13 percent of Republicans turned out in the 2011 primary for statewide offices—and it was even worse in Northern Kentucky where turnout in Boone, Kenton, and Campbell ranged from 8.7 percent to 9.9 percent.[i] We can do better. We must do better.

Northern Kentucky is a donor region—revenues generated in Northern Kentucky are disproportionately utilized for programs elsewhere in the state. While new highways are built in Eastern Kentucky, we fail to receive the funding needed to properly maintain the Brent Spence Bridge, let alone replace it. If you, as a taxpayer, are tired of Northern Kentucky being ignored by Frankfort, we must send the message that Northern Kentucky is an engaged electorate by showing up to vote on Tuesday, May 19.

I would also like to ask that you please consider my friend, Matt Bevin, as the Republican nominee for Governor. Bevin is the type of conservative leadership we need in Frankfort. He is a successful businessman, a political outsider, a proven job creator, and he knows what it will take to make Kentucky more competitive in attracting businesses to our Commonwealth.

He is best qualified to fix what is arguably Kentucky’s biggest financial issue—the unfunded pension liability. Matt Bevin started an investment management business that today manages over $5 billion in pension assets—so pension issues are not hypothetical for him. He has the experience, the ideas, and the willingness to get the pension crisis back on track.

Bevin also has the best plan to upgrade the Brent Spence Bridge. Unlike the other candidates, Bevin has not voted for or supported tolls in the past.[ii]  Further, Matt is the only one with a viable plan on how to fund the bridge upgrade—he will do so by utilizing Federal funding that the state already receives.

The Cincinnati Enquirer recently endorsed Matt Bevin in the GOP primary[iii] and the most recent Bluegrass Poll [iv] shows Matt Bevin with a slim lead. All of this means nothing if Northern Kentuckians stay home on Tuesday, May 19. I urge you to show up and vote, and to please consider Matt Bevin for Governor. You can find out more about Matt by visiting MattBevin.com.

Give Northern Kentucky the voice it deserves.  Please Vote Matt Bevin for Governor.

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Adam Meier

[i] All voter turnout statistics were retrieved at: http://elect.ky.gov/statistics/Pages/turnoutstatistics.aspx
[ii] “Styles contrast at GOP governor forum,” The Cincinnati Enquirer, 3/29/2015
[iii] “Bevin Best GOP Candidate for Ky. Governor”, The Cincinnati Enquirer, May 10, 2015
[iv] “Bevin by a nose in WHAS11/Courier-Journal Bluegrass Poll”, www.whas11.com, May 12, 2015


Kentuckians are voting for Matt Bevin

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Matt & Glenna Bevin with their nine children

Dear Editor:

All we want out of Kentucky’s next Governor is a better business climate with less taxes and regulations. Everything we read about Matt Bevin makes us believe he will greatly help our Commonwealth. It is also good to hear that Matt Bevin will fight against the EPA’s war on the energy sector in Kentucky, in particular the relentless attacks on Kentucky’s coal industry. We need to keep energy costs reasonable in Kentucky to enhance industry and bring in new businesses.

Our votes are reserved for the Honorable Matt Bevin on May 19th.  Please join us to make a more prosperous Kentucky and a better way of life for all our citizens.

Sincerely,

Ben & Theresa Goldade
Dry Ridge, Kentucky


Gubernatorial Candidate Matt Bevin is who Kentucky voters are standing with

Dear Editor:

Parents should be especially concerned with the federal government’s role in pushing Common Core on our teachers and students. Federal law prohibits the Department of Education from setting specific content standards, but using the Race to the Top program, the federal government has enticed many states to adopt the Common Core and develop curriculum and assessments aligned to the Common Core. Parents should also be disturbed by the efforts of the Department of Education and the Department of Labor—in connection with Common Core —to begin collecting large amounts of personal information on students from their pre-school years through their entry into the workforce. This is extremely dangerous for the privacy of American schoolchildren.

Also, we thank God that Kentucky has Matt Bevin running for Governor of Kentucky. He will work to remove Common Core in Kentucky and restore local control and the rights of parents and children.

Please, I encourage you to vote for Matt Bevin on May 19th.

Marianne Byrne
Florence, Kentucky


Matt Bevin earns the votes of Kentuckians

Dear Editor:

Having watched and listened to the Republican candidates for Governor of Kentucky, one cannot help but be impressed with the integrity, genuineness, and consistency of Matt Bevin. While other candidates devolve into petty squabbles and character assassination, Matt Bevin takes the high road and concentrates on Kentuckians and our needs.  I encourage all Republican voters to go to mattbevin.com and study the issues and Mr. Bevin’s realistic plan for Kentucky. Matt Bevin has earned our votes for the May 19th Primary. He deserves to be the next Governor of our Commonwealth.

Joe Dehner
Union, Kentucky


Kentucky Gubernatorial Candidate Matt Bevin meets with students

PADUCAH, Ky. — Conservative Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Matt Bevin along with his running mate for Lt. Governor, Jenean Hampton attended and spoke at the annual McCracken County Reagan Day Dinner at the Carson Center last Friday evening.

His opening remarks praising the freedoms experienced in America were well received with applause: “I hope we do not take for granted for one moment what a privilege it is to live in the United States of America”, Bevin said.

Bevin went on to share his humble upbringing well below the poverty level. Mapping his journey from paying his own way through college to his military service as an army officer, to working in the private sector as a successful business owner. During the event, he spoke on a wide range of topics concerning voters in Kentucky.

Matt Bevin has made youth involvement a huge part of his campaign. He has spoken to groups of students all across Kentucky, including home-school groups. As a supporter of school choice and against Common Core, his message resounds with parents and students alike.

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Matt Bevin in Somerset, Ky. with a local home school group. Photo: Elizabeth Fraser

The Bevin-Hampton campaign has a large number of Millennials involved as part of “Youth for Bevin“. Students are using their energy to support the campaign in various ways, such as info graphics, precinct walking, phone banking, sign waving, writing letters to the editors and promotion through social media.

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Emma Creason from Carlisle county with Matt Bevin.

 

” I am so excited after getting to meet Matt! I’ve always loved Matt Bevin, but after meeting him in person I LOVE him! He did such a great job speaking. It is such a privilege to support a candidate I can trust. I am so excited to be on his team.” – Emma Creason from Carlisle county.

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Kaitlyn Creason, from Carlisle county with Matt Bevin.

 

“Matt Bevin is uniquely a strong Constitutionally Conservative candidate. He passionately stands for our Founding Principles that makes America great. As an outsider, and not a politician, he has the experience Kentucky needs. I am happy to support him in every way I can to see that he is my next Governor.” – Kaitlyn Creason, from Carlisle county.

 

 

 

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Alyssa Hodge, McCracken County with Matt Bevin.

 

“Matt Bevin is one-of-a-kind. He is honest, sincere, but most importantly he is genuine. He deeply believes in his message and speaks about his Blueprint with passion. I am willing to do anything it takes to see to it that a man, with his values, is Kentucky’s next Governor.” – Alyssa Hodge, McCracken County.

Matt is a Christian, husband, father of nine, business owner, and problem-solver. He knows how to create jobs because it’s what he does. It’s about the jobs.

His “Blueprint for a Better Kentucky” is the plan Kentucky so desperately needs.

The Republican Primary for Governor is Tuesday, May 19, 2015.

You can learn more about Matt by visiting MattBevin.com.
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Kentucky Gubernatorial Candidate James Comer speechless in response to bad vote

Kentucky Gubernatorial Candidate James Comer speaking to WAVE 3 News in Louisville, Ky.

Kentucky Gubernatorial Candidate James Comer speaking to WAVE 3 News in Louisville, Ky.

LOUISVILLE, KY — Last week, political action group super PAC “Citizens for a Sound Government” began running television ads attacking Kentucky gubernatorial front-runners James Comer and Matt Bevin.

While the attacks on Bevin were copycats to the overwhelmingly debunked ads used by the McConnell campaign in last years’ Kentucky senate primary, the attacks on Comer have brought information into the spotlight that many voters may not previously have seen.

The attacks allege that Comer, in his prior capacity as a legislator, voted to approve an increase to state pension payouts, benefiting him by nearly tripling his pension with his new role as the Agricultural Commissioner, and further benefiting him should he be elected governor.

Kentucky legislators fund their own pension plan, exclusively for the legislation.  State officers, like the AG Commissioner, receive pension from the state retirement system (KERS).  The bill Comer voted to pass in the House, enacted a reciprocity provision, that allowed anyone serving as a legislator to calculate their legislative pensions based upon their best years in ANY state capacity.  The legislative positions are a part time position, and the pensions are funded by part-time employees, but the bill allowed anyone climbing the ladder within the state, to be reimbursed from this pension plan as a full-time employee, at potentially much higher rates of return from increased salaries.

By support of HB 299 in 2005, known as “The Greed Bill”, Comer’s legislator pension increased from $13,100 a year, to $34,369 per year, after moving to his new office.  Legislator pensions  are calculated based upon years of service, a service credit rate, and the average of the three highest years of salary.   Additionally, Comer has started a new KERS pension in his new role, meaning he will draw a second pension in addition to his legislator pension, once retired.

At the Gubernatorial debate in Louisville, Commissioner Comer was left searching for words, in response to his vote for “The Greed Bill”.

Comer has since gone on record stating he would opt out of his state pension, if elected Governor , but made no mention of reforming this practice to protect the pool of state employee pensions.

The second attack from the ads allege that Comer was paid $87,429 in subsidies (from 1995 – 2012), and further explains that Comer’s father has received $128,000 in the same subsidies since 1995.

Comer, while campaigning, has been vocal of his opposition to the subsidies and about the need for their reduction.

In quick response, Comer stated “He’s (Heiner) gotten more farm subsidies per acre than I have, significantly more.”

Heiner has repeatedly denied that his campaign has any involvement with the negative attacks on Bevin and Comer.


Kentucky voters decide between Bevin and Scott for Governor

Dear Editor:

As registered Republicans, we have been watching the candidates for governor of Kentucky this year very closely.  At first it was interesting that there seemed to be so many viable choices this election cycle.  The gloves are now off, so to speak.

Until recently this has been a very friendly campaign that seemed to be run amongst political friends.  In debates all men have been complementary of one another.  Much to the chagrin of the others, candidate Heiner decided to show his true colors last week with very aggressive ads against the two candidates he believes are his biggest competition, James Comer and Matt Bevin.  Both Comer and Bevin are running their own television campaigns, with ads to promote themselves instead of attacking others.

The false attacks against candidate Bevin do not bear repeating.  These were essentially copycats of the same ads that the McConnell campaign ran last year in the senate race.  All items were promptly disproved back then.  To run such ads at this point is to knowingly spread false information.

Sadly, the attacks against candidate Comer appear to hold some weight.

We can learn much about these men in how they respond to adversity.

Candidate Comer’s attempt to defend his acceptance of farm subsidies was to deflect.  Comer believes he is justified in accepting subsidies, claiming Heiner had received a larger amount.  Candidate Heiner has not disputed this claim.

Candidate Comer, this type of defense does not work as an argument from grade-school children, and certainly does not reflect well in a governor’s race centered around fiscal responsibility.

Speaking on accusations of tripling his own pension as a Kentucky legislator also left candidate Comer unprepared and speechless.  This also does not reflect well on candidate Comer being able to stand behind his actions.

Candidate Bevin did not retaliate or take to the defensive.  His only acknowledgement was to share these attacks are false, and confront candidate Heiner at the Louisville debate.

Given an opportunity to save face, by both candidate Comer and candidate Bevin, to distance himself from the television attacks, candidate Heiner only offered silence.

The actions and responses of these exchanges have removed Candidate Heiner and Candidate Comer from consideration in our home.  This leaves us to decide between candidate Bevin, who has handled this exchange in stride, and candidate Scott who has been fortunate to avoid altercation in this exchange.

Sincerely,

Marianne & Jordan Byrne
Florence, Kentucky


Matt Bevin’s message continues to resonate with Kentucky voters

Dear Editor:

Our nation was founded on principles of individual liberty, limited government, and constitutional principles. Bloated government is not unique to the federal level – we need to shrink the size of government at the state level in Kentucky through efforts that remove redundancy and waste throughout every department. And this is exactly what Matt Bevin pledges he will do.

It’s time for a Governor who will deal with Kentucky’s unfunded pension liabilities that are in excess of $20 billion and, based on more realistic actuarial assumptions, likely more than double that amount. Continuing to ignore the problem is a threat to public safety, education and other viable government services.

Also, as federal overreach in our education system has grown, positive outcomes have diminished. We need to end the monopoly that exists in Kentucky’s school system by supporting school choice and school vouchers. It’s time to stop Common Core and its “one size fits all” approach.

For these and many other reasons, our votes are reserved for Matt Bevin to be the next Governor of our Commonwealth. Vote for Matt on May 19th!

Nick & Christy Bell
Dry Ridge, Kentucky


Matt Bevin will work to repeal Obamacare

Dear Editor:

The liberals in both major political parties make the tired argument that every other developed nation has a single-payer universal healthcare system.  To save money is one reason offered. Yet the main tenet of economics is that monopolies yield higher, not lower, prices.  And a single-payer universal healthcare system is the very definition of a monopoly in healthcare.

The only way to save money and reduce costs under Obamacare is to either  significantly reduce compensation for the medical professionals, which will guarantee a rapidly growing shortage of them, or ration care, which will defeat the stated purpose of universal healthcare.

If our elected officials were really interested in decentralization and local control, they would work to repeal the unconstitutional Obamacare law.  The only true American position is complete repeal of this horrendous law.

As our next Governor, Matt Bevin will work hard to repeal Obamacare and turn Kentucky back into a free market economy.

Remember to vote MATT BEVIN FOR KENTUCKY GOVERNOR on May 19.

Ben & Theresa Goldade
Warsaw, Kentucky


Bevin is best for Kentucky Governor

Dear editor,

Most folks don’t realize that there is a primary election coming up on May 19th. This is the perfect time for Kentuckians to take action. Rather than wait for the general election, you can really be a difference maker by getting out to the primary and voting for the best candidates for Kentucky. There is always low voter turnout in the primary and we really need to be responsible and do our part.

The best candidate for Governor in Kentucky is Matt Bevin. I have had the opportunity to meet Matt and speak with him about his position on issues. The issue that is near and dear to my heart is Common Core State Standards. Matt feels, like most Kentucky parents, that we need to provide the best education for our children. CCSS does not do that. These standards were written by trade organizations, not educators! There were only two educators on the review board and both were vehemently against them. Kentucky was the first state to adopt them and it was before the standards were even complete. Matt Bevin wants to repeal CCSS and return control to local schools and parents! We must have leadership in office willing to listen to the will of the parents and the people in order to get this done.

I’ll highlight where Matt stands on a few other issues that are pressing our state and our nation. Matt is pro 2nd Amendment, 100 percent pro-life, he wants to deal with pension reform, rein in spending, he will bring jobs to Kentucky, enact a pro-business “right to work” legislation and improve Kentucky’s healthcare.

Matt, along with his running mate, Jenean Hampton, is not indebted to anyone in D.C. or Frankfort for that matter. With this team you will get nothing but dedication for Kentucky and the will of its people.

Please go to www.mattbevin.com to research him for yourself. Then get out there and vote! It is a privilege that we have in this nation and one that should not be taken lightly. In my opinion the only thing worse than an unregistered voter is an uneducated voter so please do your homework.

Sincerely,

Laura Arrasmith
Maysville, Kentucky


Fourth District Dinner unites Kentucky Republicans

HEBRON, Ky. — A crowd of more than 250 rose to their feet in Northern Kentucky on Saturday night, to applaud and give thanks to Congressman Thomas Massie – not once, but twice.

Offering insight into his most recent transgressions at the capitol, Massie cautioned not to get caught “Looking the other way” with congressional business as Benjamin Netanyahu will be in town to address the session.  Massie offered that these media marquee events were often used as distractions, where covertly, unpopular legislation could be snuck through the system without much attention.

Massie said that he found sitting on the aisle in congress, was the best way to bridge the gap and learn what opinions were being discussed that might be contrary to your own.  Working with Jared Polis (D – CO) as a co-sponsor of pro-hemp legislation, Massie cited as an example of those who were often polar opposites, coming together for the greater good.

Massie’s always pleasant candor, was well received.  It served as a reminder of the unity and common ideals of Northern Kentucky, and capped off an evening where each of the four Republican gubernatorial candidates, where the party is very much divided on support,  were given an opportunity to speak.

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Hal Heiner drew the first slot, and used his time to champion the recent success of the party, the leadership of Senator Paul, and leadership of Congressman Massie.  Heiner encouraged us to look around, and see that Indiana, Tennessee, and Illinois have all installed conservative businessmen, not politicians, as Governors, and to look at the success that is following.  “Companies love Kentucky,” quipped Heiner “but they can’t stand Frankfort.”  Heiner joked that his daughter had to go to Texas to find opportunity after college, and had married a Texan and started a family; in Texas, while referencing the impact on Northern Kentucky of Toyota’s recent decision to relocate there.  Heiner did not speak of running mate, K.C. Crosbie.

Mat Bevin spoke second.  After introducing two of his daughters, Olivia and Sophia, Bevin was quick to get into detail about the many problems plaguing Frankfort.  Bevin and running mate Jenean Hampton had unveiled their ‘Blueprint for a Better Kentucky‘ earlier in the week.  Bevin referenced the blueprint frequently, and cited his hands on experience as pension manager of more than $5 Billion in assets with a company “I started in my basement” as invaluable to addressing the state employee’s pension crisis.

“There are ten reasons I’m in this race,” Bevin offered, “two of them are here with me tonight.  We cannot continue to kick the can down the road.”  Matt and his wife have 9 children, which he joked isn’t a lot by Northern Kentucky standards.  Addressing a commonly voiced opinion that he was very late to enter the race, Bevin argued, “What could be more American than challenging at the last minute?” Bevin shared that he and Hampton are both active duty military veterans.

Current Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner and former longtime state representative Jamie Comer, spoke third.  Referencing his background as a large farm owner, and experience in banking, Comer also spoke of the growth of business in our surrounding states; attributing it to Republican leadership. Comer focused on his tenure as Commissioner and the downsizing of the department on his watch, vowing to bring that mindset forward. “State government can be more efficient.”  Comer spoke that in his opinion, we need to treat our high Medicaid enrollment as a poverty problem, to best be solved by creating jobs.  Running mate Senator Chris McDaniel, would be charged with financial oversight in the Comer administration.

Judge Will T. Scott was the final candidate to address the room.  Scott and running mate Rodney Coffey are leaving their recently elected posts to seek the governor’s office.  Scott spoke of Kentucky’s most pressing issues as pension funding, and addressing issues with the penal system and department of corrections.  Scott believes that a restructuring of the penal code, as well as a new minimum security prison would go far to correct the drug related crimes in the state.  Citing first hand experience in his family with drug abuse, relapse and successful recovery, Scott stated that he would not “have another death on his hands” from the state’s growing drug problem.

The Kentucky Republican gubernatorial primary election  will be held on May 19, 2015.

More can be learned about the candidates via their campaign websites:

Hal Heiner – HalHeiner.com

Matt Bevin – MattBevin.com

Jamie Comer – JamesComer.com

Will T. Scott – WillTScott.com


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Is shutdown of the Kentucky state health exchange feasible?

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Introducing his Blueprint for a Better Kentucky on Monday, gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin identified healthcare as one of his focus areas for improvement.

As Governor, I would close the KYNECT state exchange and facilitate the transition of enrollees into the federal healthcare exchange. Closing KYNECT would begin to free Kentucky from this financially ill-advised program and leave Obamacare management in the hands of the federal government.

While the plan as stated sounds simple enough, some may wonder whether a state can legally close their healthcare exchange, and return enrollment to federal responsibility? What impact would it have on those who have enrolled? What would such a transition cost? Would any federal money used to develop the exchange need to be returned?

Can a governor close the exchange?

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear (D) issued Executive Order 587, which established the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange on July 17, 2012. This was renamed KYNECT in May 2013. The state legislature did not pass a bill concerning the creation of the exchange. The constitutionality of the executive order was challenged in Kentucky Court, in David Adams, et al. v. Commonwealth of Kentucky and opinions rendered upheld the authority of the governor to create the exchange. The decision cited that the General Assembly deferred this power to the Governor in absence of affirmative legislation, and that the governor was not violating the state constitution’s separation of powers provisions, as he was taking action upon a federal mandate.

The ruling upholding the executive power to create the exchange can still be overruled in Kentucky Supreme Court. If the Kentucky Supreme Court finds that Beshear’s actions were an unconstitutional exercise of his executive authority, then the state exchange could only be saved with legislative action. If the court finds the powers were appropriately wielded, it also opens the door to utilization of an executive order to remove the exchange. By precedent, the governor would still be adhering to the federal mandate in utilizing the federal exchange, as 37 states presently operate.

Has a state exchange ever been closed?

With healthcare exchanges being relatively new, a state that has developed an exchange diverting control to the federal exchange has only happened once; with Oregon. Thirty-six of our 50 states opted not to set up exchanges at all, and have been completely dependent on the federal exchange from the program’s onset.

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, signed SB 99 into law on June 17, 2011. Unlike Kentucky’s exchange, the Oregon exchange WAS created within the state legislature.

The decision to move Oregon from a state exchange to the federal exchange, was rendered by the appointed board that managed Cover Oregon. The state has acted upon this decision sending Oregon healthcare through the federal healthcare.gov website. Legislation soon followed in the form of SB1, which recently passed the senate, and  and is now being considered in the house.

What impact does it have on those who used the state exchange to enroll?

The Cover Oregon exchange website now defers new enrollment with a link to the federal healthcare.gov exchange. Those who obtained their insurance through Cover Oregon for FY2014, were required to re-enroll for FY2015 via the federal exchange.

What will transitioning from a state exchange to a federal exchange cost?

Oregon believes the switch to use of the federal exchange will cost $5 Million.

The portion of the exchange used to enroll people in the Medicaid-funded Oregon Health Plan will be sent to the Oregon Health Authority. The cost is estimated at $35 million to complete. Officials estimate that 90 percent of that cost will come from federal sources, with the remaining 10 percent ($3.5M) from the state’s general fund.

State health exchanges are developed in strict adherence to federal meaningful use guidelines. This means the data gathered and formatted by the exchanges is designed to be universal and portable.

The exchanges were built with federal grants… does the state have to return such grant money?

A total of $253.6 Million dollars in grants was received for development of KYNECT; Oregon’s failed “Cover Oregon” exchange received $303 Million.

In an interview with KATU news correspondent Chelsea Kopta, Oregon CIO Alex Pettit stated that Oregon would not be returning any of the grant money used to establish the Cover Oregon exchange.

Where does the money come from to cover the expense of the switch?

The reported cost to develop KYNECT was $60 Million, leaving $193.6 Million in grants received for the development, unaccounted for in the process.

Kentucky received more than $11 Million in 2014 grants just to promote KYNECT with 622 employees.  It is unclear what amount of these funds have been spent.

Oregon CIO Alex Pettit confirmed that of their developmental grant funds, $57 Million remains unspent. (and would not be returned)

Why opt out of the state exchange program?

The estimated annual operation costs for KYNECT is a $39 Million burden on the Kentucky taxpayer. With no loss of service or functionality, utilizing the federal exchange will not only cost the state nothing, but will save them the annual administrative costs that are associated with the duplicitous service already being offered by the Federal Government.

Heading into the 2016 election cycle, the Obamacare model faces an uncertain future nationally, and likely will mean major changes to the exchanges. Utilizing the Federal exchange shifts any associated burden from the State to the Federal government.

Healthcare matters are sure to be a prominent discussion point in the Kentucky Republican primary gubernatorial election. In addition to the removal of Kentucky’s healthcare exchange, Bevin has also announced plans to modify the existing Certificate of Need Program, and Scope of Practice laws, while vowing to do everything within his power to roll back Beshear’s unsustainable expansion of Medicaid in Kentucky.


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KY Gubernatorial Candidate Matt Bevin responds to attacks from Democrat Governors

GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Matt Bevin presenting his "Blueprint for a Better Kentucky" campaign plan in Bowling Green, KY on Monday, February 23rd, 2015.

GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Matt Bevin presenting his “Blueprint for a Better Kentucky” campaign plan in Bowling Green, KY on Monday, February 23rd, 2015.

On Tuesday, Matt Bevin responded to attacks from Democrat Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and the Democratic Governor’s Association (DGA), the political arm of the remaining 18 Democrat governors in America.

Shortly after unveiling his “Blueprint for a Better Kentucky”, a detailed plan to bring jobs and economic opportunity to Kentucky, Matt Bevin drew fire from Beshear and the DGA for his call to stop the implementation of Obamacare in Kentucky.

“The Medicaid expansion is simply unaffordable for the taxpayers of Kentucky,” said Matt Bevin. “We need a Governor who has the leadership ability to solve the problems we face as Kentuckians and to bring jobs and economic opportunity to our Commonwealth.

“Yesterday I offered a detailed ‘Blueprint for a Better Kentucky‘ and I challenged the other candidates in the race, on both sides of the aisle, to do the same. It is clear that my solutions have ruffled the feathers of the Democrat Governors. I am happy to lead the fight for a more fiscally responsible plan in the general election and, if elected Governor, I will begin enacting these much needed reforms on day one.”

Last week, Matt Bevin was the only Republican candidate for Governor who criticized Attorney General Jack Conway’s failure to participate in the coalition of 26 states that took on President Obama’s unconstitutional executive action on Amnesty.


Gubernatorial Candidate Matt Bevin unveils plan for Kentucky

Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Matt Bevin speaking at a press conference in Shelbyville, KY on Monday, February, 23, 2015.

Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Matt Bevin speaking at a press conference in Shelbyville, KY on Monday, February, 23, 2015.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — With the unveiling of their seven point “Blueprint for a Better Kentucky“, Gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin, and running mate Jenean Hampton formally kicked off their campaign for Frankfort’s top offices.

Speaking in Shelbyville, Florence, and Bowling Green today, Bevin aims to personally share the Blueprint across the commonwealth.

In the plan introduction, Bevin and Hampton, both from humble backgrounds jointly state:

We believe in the American Dream because we have both been blessed to live the American Dream. A dream built on a foundation of Christian principles, love of liberty, self-reliance and a strong work ethic. We want a Kentucky where our young people stay to raise their families because jobs are plentiful and quality of life is high. We want to ensure that the very same opportunity exists for the generations of Kentuckians yet to come.

Bevin describes the plan as a non-partisan pursuit of molding Kentucky to grow the economy, attract jobs, and reap the social and economic benefits of a renewed focus on making the state competitive.

The plan’s slogan states simply, “It’s all about the jobs.”

Here in Kentucky, we have an abundance of geographic, topographic, demographic and seasonal advantages that no other state can offer. Jenean and I are living proof of the powerful attraction of our beautiful state. It is time that we pick ourselves up, cast aside the economic chains that we have entangled ourselves with and become a magnet for businesses and families across this nation. It is time for Kentucky to shine like a beacon from sea to shining sea.

The Blueprint for a Better Kentucky, focuses on 7 key pillars for the state.  It calls for enacting “Right To Work” legislation, a modernization and simplification of the state tax code, an outside audit and private 401k approach to pension reform, education reform with a focus on parental empowerment, a repeal of Medicaid expansion, and challenging federal overreach into state matters.

In addition to releasing their plan, the Bevin-Hampton campaign challenged all candidates on either side of the aisle in the Governor’s race to release their plans to address the serious problems facing Kentucky.

The plan can be viewed here in its entirety.

You can follow Matt Bevin at the following:

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Kentucky Gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin to supporters: “Tough decisions have to be made”

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Matt Bevin, 2015 Kentucky Gubernatorial Candidate

In an email to supporters on Tuesday, Matt Bevin, former candidate for U.S. Senate in 2014 who ran against the now Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell explained what’s to expect in the months ahead.

Bevin is running for Governor of Kentucky as a Republican candidate. The other candidates are current Agricultural Commissioner of Kentucky James Comer, Hal Heiner, former Louisville Metro Councilman, and Will T. Scott, former Associate Justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court.

By: Matt Bevin

How blessed we are to live in Kentucky today! Yes, we have many problems facing our state. And yes, this is increasingly common knowledge but, importantly, there are solutions to these problems if we have the right people in place with the right ideas.

There’s no more important place to start making our way out of the bureaucratic wilderness than this year’s Governor’s race.

Tough decisions have to be made…really tough decisions. This will not be an easy path ahead.

After many months in prayer and consultation with family and friends across Kentucky, I knew that I needed to step up to the plate.

That’s why earlier today, I filed to run for Governor of the great Commonwealth of Kentucky. 

The decision of a running mate is also one that weighed heavily on my heart. I have spoken to many folks about this role, and about what would be best for Kentucky. I am truly excited to announce candidate for Lt. Governor, Jenean Hampton.

A strong voice for working class taxpayers and for our country’s founding principles, Jenean is also a close friend.  She is a strong advocate for liberty and for restoring a government of the people, by the people and for the people.

hamptonJenean grew up in a financially humble home and put herself through college while working full time at General Motors. She holds an MBA from a top tier business school and has two decades of experience in the private sector working for several Fortune 500 companies. Jenean is a former active duty Air Force officer, a thought-leader on economic growth, an unwavering supporter of the 2nd Amendment, and a strong defender of life for all Kentuckians.

We know that talk is cheap and voters are looking for bold leaders with the courage to actually do what needs to be done in Frankfort. Jenean and I represent our Commonwealth both figuratively and literally. Our experiences in the private sector along with our years of military service, make us uniquely qualified to tackle the issues facing Kentucky today. We are excited by the challenges and opportunities before us!

mattJenean and I have both been blessed to live the American dream. We are grateful that our ability to pursue our dreams in life were made possible by the sacrifice and bloodshed of those who came before us.

The American dream is one every Kentuckian should have a chance to achieve. That seems to have been lost through the years, and we are going to strive to make that a defining characteristic for all Kentuckians, ensuring better opportunities for the future.

Over the coming weeks and months, Jenean and I will set forth our innovative, clear-cut and achievable goals for putting Kentucky back on the path to prosperity.

Thank you for all your past support. I look forward to hearing from you on the campaign trail.

Matt Bevin is a conservative business man, military veteran, husband, and father. He was a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in 2014. He lives with his family in Louisville, Kentucky.

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BREAKING: Matt Bevin to run for Governor of Kentucky

Photo: Twitter @LASmithReports

Photo: Twitter @LASmithReports

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Former US Senate candidate Matt Bevin has officially filed on Tuesday to run for Governor of Kentucky. He has chosen Jenean Hampton of Bowling Green as his Lt. Governor running mate. The deadline to file for statewide office was Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Earlier today Matt Bevin announced on his Twitter and Facebook page:

With the addition of Matt Bevin throwing his hat into the race, Kentuckians now have four candidates vying for their votes during the Republican primary. Current candidates running in the Republican primary are Matt Bevin, former U.S. Senate race candidate, current Agricultural Commissioner of Kentucky James Comer, Hal Heiner, former Louisville Metro Councilman, and Will T. Scott, former Associate Justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court.

Primary elections will be held on May 19, 2015.

Matt Bevin is a former candidate for the U.S. Senate who ran because he believes that the chance for future generations to achieve their own American Dream is in danger of being destroyed by elite politicians out of touch with the hardworking, independent-minded taxpayers who make our country great. Matt is a conservative small business owner, military vet, husband and father.

Matt Bevin had strong support last year during his run for U.S. Senate and no doubt will benefit from the active part he has maintained in Kentucky politics since that time.


West Suburban Patriots are ‘Going the Extra Mile’ for Matt Bevin

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Growing National Support for Matt Bevin – Primary May 20th

In a show of support and solidarity in the cause of preserving liberty and restoring America as a Constitutional Republic, an independent Tea Party group from Du Page, Illinois will be traveling to Kentucky to support Matt Bevin.

The West Suburban Patriots will be leaving April 26th on a road trip to Ditch Mitch! Members Scott S. and Ed Novak are leading this effort.

The following is excerpted from the announcement by the West Suburban Patriots:

Now that I got your attention, our friends in Kentucky can use some help. The primary season in other states has implications that reach us in Illinois. One such race is the Senate race where incumbent and Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell is being challenged by Matt Bevin.

So, who is Matt Bevin?

Matt Bevin is a conservative Republican who, unlike Mitch McConnell, is not a career politician. He’s a military veteran, a small business owner, and a father of nine children. And you know what? He’s a good guy who really cares about the future we are leaving for our kids.
Matt Bevin believes in balanced budgets, term limits, and upholding the Constitution. Kentucky deserves another senator who will put this country above party politics.

The Matt Bevin for Senate campaign announced the release of a 60-second radio spot featuring Mandy Connell, conservative talk show radio host and former Louisville 84WHAS radio personality.

I am putting out the word that a road trip to the Louisville area is being planned for April 26 to help walk the precincts for Candidate Bevin. The fact that a group from Illinois would come to Kentucky will influence many voters. This will not be an overnight trip. The plan is to leave approximately Friday night 1 AM. With the time change we will arrive there at around 9AM Louisville time. We will go to the offices of the Madison Project in Hillview, KY. This is a nonprofit group with walking lists and directions. Check out the website and you will see it is top notch organization run by former congressman Jim Ryun who’s voting record was ranked one of the most conservative in 2006.

Sometime around 5 PM we will make our way back to Wheaton and with the time change should get around 11 PM Saturday night.

Yes, sleeping during the trip there and back will be allowed. Fellowship definitely will be encouraged. And making some new friends in Kentucky will be required. The Kentucky primary is scheduled to be around the third week of May. Anyone who has an interest in going let me know. Since this is 6-7 weeks from now. There is no rush to make a commitment until we get closer to that date, but your positive feedback will provide momentum to having a nice sized group make this trip.

The lack of leadership in DC is a direct result of having individuals like McConnell bought and paid for by lobbyists and corporatists and do not work for the people they represent. So please join us in dumping Mitch!

Bevin needs our help. There’s not much time left. Donate HERE.

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H/T Scott S. of West Suburban Patriots


J Craig Interviews Matt Bevin & Nancy Mace on The Michael Berryman Show

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Special Guest Host and Founder of Red Knuckle Politics J Craig filled in for Michael B on The Michael Berryman Show with Conservative Candidate for US Senate in Kentucky Matt Bevin. He is running against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Throughout the show they discussed the Kentucky Senate race and Mitch McConnell’s 30 years of failed leadership and why he is running in the race. Also included is an interview with Republican Candidate for US Senate in South Carolina Nancy Mace. She is challenging Lindsey Graham.

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Matt Bevin: No Substitute for Political Courage

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From the Courier-Journal:

“When we are through with you, the people who sit behind you in church will get up and move when you come in.”

This was just one of the many pieces of “advice” I was given in order to discourage me from challenging Mitch McConnell in Kentucky’s Republican Senate primary. Some were less subtle.

Our nation was not founded, nor should it be led today, by men and women who could be either bought off or bullied.

There is a pervasive sense of hopelessness that has infected the opinion of Americans regarding our elected officials. A sense that it doesn’t really matter who we vote for or even if we vote at all. A sense that all politicians are the same and that they do not understand or care about how we live our everyday lives in the rural towns and urban cities of America.

I am often asked why I would even want to run for political office. The answer is simple. This is less the result of what I want to do and more a function of what I am willing to do. There is a significant difference.

History has always called upon everyday citizens to step up in times of crisis.

Winston Churchill noted: “Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.”

In America today, we have more than simply stumbled over the truth. We have slammed into it with a jarring reality. We know that our nation is on a financially unsustainable path. We know that our leaders are unwilling to do anything about the unconscionable levels of debt crippling our economy. We know that our children and grandchildren will be punished for the selfish cowardice of our supposed leaders. We know the truth.

Washington is broken. A recent, glaring case in point is Mitch McConnell’s arm twisting of fellow Republicans to help Harry Reid and Barack Obama raise the debt ceiling. In handing this administration a blank check, McConnell gave a one-fingered salute to future generations who will suffer the consequences of this reckless behavior.

While the Washington press corps and elites have been fixated on the gotcha politics of the past, the voters in Kentucky and across the country are longing for a real discussion of the issues.

Unfortunately, however, McConnell and his Washington cronies are desperate to preserve the politics of the past. It is their only hope to hold onto power. They will stop at nothing to maintain the status quo.

Yet, something significant happened last week that the American people are not willing to ignore. McConnell used all the procedural tricks in his career politician handbook to undermine the majority of the Senate Republicans.

So, what exactly did Republicans receive in exchange for handing Barack Obama an uncapped debt ceiling increase? For handing him the very thing that just McConnell, himself, had told the voters of Kentucky and conservatives across America would be, “irresponsible”?

Nothing. Not a single cent in cuts, or budget reform, or anything.

McConnell said that he reneged on his promise for the good of the American people, but then he shamelessly voted against the very bill that he had already forced down the American people’s throats. His hypocrisy stinks.

We will never get our country’s spending under control by simply getting a higher credit limit. We can’t spend our way out of debt.

The solution to our spending problem is to send politicians to Washington who are willing to actually stand up for their principles, instead of always caving under pressure.

There is no substitute for political courage. Not power. Not prestige. Not the mutual back scratching of the politically incestuous cronies in Washington. The root of the problem in our nation’s capital is just that, a lack of courage.

So why should Republicans replace McConnell with a father of nine, an Army veteran, a proven job creator and small business owner? A man who, like the average voter, has been paying taxes and paying attention for a long time?

Because I will never cave in to the Washington elite like McConnell has. I will fight every day to be a representative voice for the people of Kentucky and the people of America. A voice shaped by decades of experience in the private sector. A voice that speaks the truth, even when it is unpleasant. I will fight with a sense of urgency to put our country back on firm financial footing, because America is worth it.

That’s why I am running.

I look forward to seeing you in church next Sunday.

Written by: Matt Bevin

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Matt Bevin Heats Up NKY

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Covington, KY – Conservative candidate for U.S. Senate Matt Bevin once again traveled to Northern Kentucky on Thursday night to address voters in a “Meet and Greet” at Legend’s Bar & Grill in Latonia, KY. On a very cold night and in the midst of an intense battle with long time Senator Mitch McConnell, Bevin gained the attention of those in attendance immediately. He addressed many different topics and took quite a few questions throughout the night. He spoke about his personal life and where he came from to his wife and nine children. He covered Obamacare, the military, gun rights, his Pro-Life stance, and he also addressed the negative attack ads from the McConnell campaign.

“The attacks made by Mitch McConnell on me are simply not true. Period, said Matt Bevin.”

Matt Bevin was able to offer up what he would do and why he was in this very important race. He was unhappy as many Kentuckians have been with the direction of this country. He understands that change is needed and wanted in Kentucky. Mitch McConnell has been one of the key navigators on the ship that has taken us to a land of increased debt and bigger government. He has not represented the values of Kentuckians and after 30 years of failed leadership, we have to do something about it. We as voters get what we vote for. If you look up the definition of insanity in the dictionary, it states, “Voting for Mitch McConnell for 30 years.” This has to end. We can do something about this here in the Bluegrass. We have to want it bad enough. We the voters have a lot more power than most people realize. It’s time we use it and send Mitch McConnell home. He doesn’t have to go home to Kentucky, but he sure has to get the heck out of Washington.

Mitch McConnell does not speak to voters in the same manner in which Matt Bevin does. He does not attend similar meetings or take questions as Bevin does. He believes he already has their votes. He will not have a debate with Matt Bevin either because he knows he would be exposed. He is not and cannot run on his record and because he can’t, he is doing what he only knows how, which is to falsely attack a great man. It isn’t working. Matt Bevin is not the usual foe. He is not backing down. He is in this race for we the people. He wants to ensure that principled leadership is back in Washington and the constitution is once again followed. Matt Bevin is the real deal. I have said this before and I will continue to say it, we have problems in both Kentucky and Washington. Mitch McConnell is that problem. Matt Bevin is the solution.

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Matt Bevin speaking at Legend’s Bar & Grill in Latonia, KY.

During this particular stop in Northern Kentucky, Matt took questions from quite a few undecided voters. He addressed questions about how he would handle controversial bills or if he would simply bow down to the likes of Harry Reid or Nancy Pelosi as McConnell has done. Bevin responded by saying, “I will stand up and defend the constitution.” He continued to put at ease many of the people who had questions because he was not running away or deflecting. He was taking important questions and addressing them head-on. The people thoroughly enjoyed that and it was a breath of fresh air. Everyone who attended left supporting Matt Bevin. This continues to be a trend across the state as too many Kentuckians are suffering from McConnell fatigue.

I do not want nor do I need this job badly enough in order to mislead you to get it. – Matt Bevin

Mitch McConnell is starting to reach because they fear the inevitable is about to occur. Their “May-Day” call is being heard loud and clear and will be no more come May 20th, 2014 when Kentucky voters select Matt Bevin as their Republican candidate. The McConnell campaign has started to send out “Fraud Alert” mailers to Kentuckians to continue falsely attacking Matt. This will not work. Fortunately, many Kentuckians are waking up and realizing that 30 years of McConnell is far too much. Mitch McConnell is the most unpopular Senator in the entire country. President Obama is more popular in Kentucky than Mitch McConnell. That is very telling and should alarm everyone. He cannot beat the Democrat challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes. In a state carried by Mitt Romney in 2012 by 23 points and 116 of 120 counties no less. Mitch McConnell’s days are numbered and it’s time we Kentuckians send him packing. The biggest thing we can do to change the direction of this country is support Matt Bevin in Kentucky!


Matt Bevin Continues to Impress

Florence, KY – Conservative candidate for U.S. Senate in Kentucky, Matt Bevin had a town hall meeting on Monday night in Florence, Kentucky where more than just supporters attended. On the way into the parking lot you had to pass a couple of Mitch McConnell supporters waving signs along the main road as if they were protesting against Asian food or something. That certainly didn’t have any impact on the crowd once Matt Bevin arrived and began to speak. This is a man who continues to persuade undecided voters by simply being himself, a concerned family man. Bevin is married and has nine beautiful children, four of whom are adopted and he is in this race because he is concerned with the direction of this country. He is a successful businessman who has a track record of creating jobs and saving businesses. Something Kentucky and this country desperately needs.

Matt Bevin spoke about why voters in Kentucky should consider him over the highly unpopular Mitch McConnell. He covered several different topics such as the national debt, immigration, abortion, gun rights, Obamacare, running a business, job growth, and the false attacks from the McConnell campaign. Throughout his speech, he received numerous loud applauses because the people are wanting a change. They are enjoying what they hear. He is speaking to them rather than at them. His message is resonating with them. All of this was done while an Alison Lundergan Grimes ‘tracker’ arrived to videotape and write about him. This seems to be an on-going occurrence with both the Grimes and McConnell campaigns as they continue to search for that five second soundbite they can use for a new attack ad.

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With every speech and every new event held for Matt Bevin, he continues to impress voters and share with them his vision for a better Republican Party and a better America. Mitch McConnell is not traveling across the state in the same manner Matt Bevin is. He is too busy handing blank checks to President Obama. Mitch McConnell is not speaking to everyday Kentuckians to find out if they are appreciative of his record or what he has done in Washington for the last 30 years. Why? He already knows they aren’t happy as you can tell by his 31% approval rating in the state. President Obama is more popular in Kentucky than Mitch McConnell.

Once more and more people start to hear what Matt Bevin is really about and not who the McConnell campaign try to paint him as, they will come around. They just need to think about why we are in the mess we are in today. They need to stop thinking the same way I previously was when I supported McConnell. That mentality is the reason we continue to simply kick the can further down the road. We can’t simply wait for tomorrow to get here before we start making changes. We have to act today and make the changes based on what makes sense and what is logical. Voting for Mitch McConnell for 30 years is nowhere close to being logical. There is a reason McConnell is more focused on falsely attacking Matt Bevin than running on his record alone. He can’t.

  • Mitch McConnell recently just handed a blank check to Barack Obama.
  • Mitch McConnell called passing TARP one of the finest days in the Senate’s history.
  • Mitch McConnell not only voted for TARP, but he whipped up votes for it.
  • Mitch McConnell refused to support Ted Cruz and Mike Lee’s efforts to defund Obamacare. (2013, RCV 206)
  • Mitch McConnell has voted to raise the debt ceiling 11 times.
  • Mitch McConnell voted for the fiscal cliff tax hike. (2012, RCV 251)
  • Mitch McConnell voted to increase the federal minimum wage. (2007, RCV 42)
  • Mitch McConnell voted to give the government unprecedented surveillance powers. (2006, RCV 25)
  • Mitch McConnell continuously votes for larger federal government, including No Child Left Behind.(RC#371, 12/18/01)

Matt Bevin is out there speaking to Kentuckians about what is important and relevant in their lives. He is still a long shot in this race, but so was Ted Cruz in Texas and we see how that turned out. If the voters in Kentucky listened to who the establishment base wanted in office, the likes of Thomas Massie and Rand Paul would not have been elected. This is the most important race in the entire country and we can stand up and truly make a difference. Our voices can be heard and we can be the change we wish to seek, but we have to want it bad enough. We have to continue to educate and share with others the poor record of Mitch McConnell and explain why Matt Bevin is the best person for the job. We have to make sure to vote, but more importantly we each need to get 10, 20, or 30 people to go vote with us in order to win this. The voter turnout is usually very low for primaries, so every vote truly does matter.

It’s time we stand up for our principles and stop voting for the people who no longer represent our values. It’s time we change the direction of our party and the direction of our country by supporting Matt Bevin in Kentucky. Both Washington and Kentucky have their share of problems. Mitch McConnell is that problem. Matt Bevin is the solution. If we want to change Washington, then we must change the people we send to Washington. We can start right here in Kentucky.

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The Kentucky Republican Primary is May 20, 2014.


Matt Bevin Responds to Accusations of His Alleged Support of the TARP Bailout

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Matt Bevin, Conservative candidate for U.S. Senate in Kentucky is the primary challenger to five-term Senator Mitch McConnell. He is starting to gain national attention because of his campaign’s recent momentum swing. His campaign has been endorsed by several key conservative and Tea Party organizations as well as some very prominent liberty-minded individuals.

A story from Politico came out on Tuesday that alleged Matt Bevin once supported the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) and the government takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. He allegedly signed off on a memo back in 2008 supporting the government’s decision. Now his opponents and others are wanting to know where he stands on this. He has consistently targeted McConnell and criticized him for his support of government bailouts.

“I didn’t actually write that letter. My position has always been the same,” Bevin said during a radio interview with Glenn Beck.

Here is the report from Politico:

“Most of the positive developments have been government led, such as the effective nationalization of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the passage of the $700 billion TARP (don’t call it a bailout) and the Federal Reserve’s intention to invest in commercial paper. These moves should help to stabilize asset prices and help to ease liquidity constraints in the financial system.”

Matt Bevin appeared on the Glenn Beck radio show on Tuesday to respond to these accusations.

From TheBlaze:

Bevin, who worked as an investment fund president in 2008, admitted he signed off on the memo written by Daniel Bandi, chief investment officer and vice president of the fund, that offered praise for TARP.

“I was as president and chairman of the board required by law to verify the veracity of the financial figures, the assets under management, the number of outstanding shares, et cetera,” he said.

Bevin, who is hoping to oust Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky’s Senate Republican primary, said it would have been unlawful for him to adjust the wording of the memo, saying he had nothing to do with its drafting.

“I was not approving of anyone else’s opinions,” Bevin said.

“That letter? I did not write. I did not write any of the letters that were ever published as investment commentary,” he continued. “I was the president and chairman of the board and by SEC law, was required to sign prospectuses when they were sent out.”

Matt Bevin did not and does not support TARP or the government bailouts. This report is from Politico, who is an establishment publication protecting certain individuals such as Mitch McConnell. The McConnell campaign has consistently tried to falsely attack Matt Bevin because they have nothing on him. They have not been able to defend Mitch McConnell’s poor record as a U.S. Senator and this only proves to be yet again, another attempt to slow down the momentum of the Bevin campaign.

Matt Bevin is a true conservative and a great American who has thrown himself into the fire. He knew he would face a constant barrage of attacks from Mitch McConnell because that is what Mitch does and the McConnell campaign is sticking to that mud-slinging principle. They cannot defend the record of Mitch McConnell. Jesse Benton, McConnell’s campaign manager continues to hold his nose as he tries to turn this into another dig at Matt Bevin. You do not see or hear him touting out McConnell’s record or praising him for all the great things he has supposedly done to deserve re-election because he can’t. He is forced to make up rumor after rumor about Bevin in order to take the focus off of Mitch McConnell’s failed leadership.

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These old political tactics will simply not work anymore. Kentuckians are seeing through Mitch McConnell and they are fed up with him in Washington. The recently released Rasmussen poll confirms this as well. McConnell is dead even with the Democrat opponent Alison Lundergan Grimes, but Matt Bevin leads her by six points. Mitch McConnell is more unpopular in Kentucky than President Obama. Remember that Obama lost Kentucky by 23 points and 116 of 120 counties in 2012. Kentuckians no longer want Mitch McConnell representing them because he stopped doing so many years ago.

Mitch McConnell is not a conservative. He isn’t who he and his campaign claims he is either. He is a man who went to Washington decades ago and lost touch with why he was sent there in the first place. Mitch McConnell has voted repeatedly to increase the debt limit. Over the past 16 years, Sen. McConnell has voted to increase the debt limit 9 times for a grand total of $6.7 trillion. Mitch continuously votes for larger federal government, including No Child Left Behind, Medicare Part D, and the 2007 energy bill that raised taxes and imposed new mandates on automakers. Mitch McConnell voted to bail out the big Wall Street banks and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac on the backs of Kentucky taxpayers. Mitch McConnell voted for amnesty in 1986 & 2006. Mitch’s lack of leadership allowed another amnesty bill to sail through the U.S. Senate in 2013.

The McConnell campaign has the support of the Republican establishment, but the Republican establishment should support Matt Bevin if they would like to keep this Senate seat. Mitch McConnell can not beat Alison Lundergan Grimes, but Matt Bevin certainly can. It’s time the GOP wakes up to this if they truly do care about winning. It’s not about keeping an incumbent happy because he has served for nearly 30 years, it’s about America. It’s time we stand up for our principles and stop voting for the people who no longer represent our values. It’s time we change the direction of our party and the direction of our country by supporting Matt Bevin in Kentucky.


J Craig: Interview w/ Wild Bill About Matt Bevin and the Kentucky Senate Race

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Here is my radio appearance on the Will Stauff show from Conservative Report as we talked about the Kentucky Senate race and Matt Bevin.


2014 U.S. Senate Race in Kentucky UPDATE: Matt Bevin Leads Grimes in New Poll

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Kentucky will be home to one of the most important races in the country this election cycle as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is up for re-election for his sixth term. In a new Rasmussen poll released on Monday, McConnell runs dead even with his Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes with each getting 42%. The big news is that his Republican primary challenger Matt Bevin actually leads Grimes by six points.

President Obama lost Kentucky in 2012 by 23 points and 116 of 120 counties. Mitch McConnell has consistently hovered around similar approval ratings as President Obama at 31% in the state. These recent polls are not looking good for the Senate Minority Leader. Kentuckians are not only fed up with Obama’s failures, but they seem to be waking up to McConnell’s old tricks as well. They simply do not believe in Mitch McConnell any longer.

McConnell’s primary challenger, Matt Bevin, is starting to get some national attention, which the McConnell campaign certainly didn’t expect. They did not take the conservative businessman from Louisville very serious early on and that may prove to be disastrous for the re-election efforts of the veteran Senator. McConnell once led Bevin by 52 points when he first announced his run, but that lead has dwindled to 20 points recently.That is major with an incumbent and Senate Minority Leader. There is still a road to climb, but Matt Bevin is surging fast and closing the gap.

The conservative grassroots powerhouse FreedomWorks PAC recently announced their endorsement of Matt Bevin and the Madison Project along with their endorsement has opened up five offices throughout the state to help get out the vote for Matt Bevin.  The tide seems to be turning in Kentucky and possibly toppling on Mitch McConnell.

“Now more than ever, we need strong fiscal conservatives who will fight to cut spending on the front lines, not the sidelines. Matt Bevin is a great upgrade for Kentuckians who are serious about transparency, fiscal responsibility and accountability in government.” – FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe

Matt Bevin is starting to resonate with many Kentuckians. It was only a matter of time because once you hear this man speak, you instantly think about Ted Cruz and Mike Lee. Yeah, he’s like those guys. Kentucky needs  a lot less Mitch McConnell and much more of Matt Bevin. 30 years is long enough of McConnell. If someone has been in congress since the Cincinnati Reds last won a World Series, then it is certainly time for them to go home. Mitch McConnell doesn’t have to necessarily go home, but he does need to get the heck out of Washington!

“These poll numbers are an accurate reflection of what I see and hear every day traveling across the Commonwealth. Kentuckians have had enough of career politicians like Mitch McConnell who compromise our conservative principles and instead vote for Obamacare, bailouts, amnesty and tax increases.

“It is increasingly clear that the voters of Kentucky are suffering from McConnell fatigue. My candidacy is offering conservative Republicans a chance to save this Senate seat on May 20.” – Matt Bevin.

The Kentucky Republican Primary is May 20, 2014.
If you’d like to support Matt Bevin and his campaign, be sure to donate here.
* This story has been updated.

FreedomWorks Endorses Matt Bevin

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In more Kentucky Senate race news, FreedomWorks PAC has endorsed conservative Matt Bevin on Wednesday over Senator Mitch McConnell. This is just another key endorsement that Bevin has received as he attempts to take down Goliath.

Here is what FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe had to say:

“Now more than ever, we need strong fiscal conservatives who will fight to cut spending on the front lines, not the sidelines. Matt Bevin is a great upgrade for Kentuckians who are serious about transparency, fiscal responsibility and accountability in government.”

Matt Bevin’s name recognition has been growing throughout the state of Kentucky as more and more Kentuckians are fed up with Mitch McConnell. His approval rating remains around 31% and he trails Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes in almost every poll. Bevin leads or runs even with Grimes in many of the polls. President Obama lost Kentucky by 23 points and 116 of 120 counties, yet McConnell does not fair well when compared with Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes. Kentucky no longer shares the same mindset with a Mitch McConnell. It is time to move on. 

Bevin has already received endorsements from the Senate Conservatives Fund, United Kentucky Tea Parties, Glenn Beck, Mark Levin, Gun Owners of America, Erick Erickson from RedState, Madison Project, Take Back Kentucky, Unbridled Liberty, and others.

“FreedomWorks is an incredible grassroots organization with tens of thousands of Kentucky members. I am humbled and honored to receive their support. Voters here are seeing and feeling first hand the damage that Mitch McConnell’s 30 years of big government polices have had on our great Commonwealth. As a result, they are flocking to join forces with our campaign. This is a big endorsement and will accelerate our growing grassroots momentum. I am truly grateful for this vote of confidence,” said Matt Bevin.

Mitch McConnell did not take Matt Bevin serious from the beginning, but he is now seeing what a bunch of frustrated and ticked off Americans can do when they come together. Matt Bevin can and will defeat Mitch McConnell and it will be because the grassroots would not bow down to the establishment gurus and accept the same old same. Kentuckians are not taking it anymore. Americans are not taking it anymore.

Bevin has said he has raised about $1.1 million in the race and has loaned his campaign another $600,000. McConnell, on the other hand, has reported raising about $17 million, not including what he raised in the fourth quarter of 2013.

The FreedomWorks endorsement is huge because they have a vast array of dedicated grassroots activists who believe in the same values and principles in which Matt Bevin does. They believe Mitch McConnell has been in Washington too long. We couldn’t agree more. As Glenn Beck stated, “What’s the mentality of Kentucky? It’s Rand Paul, not Mitch McConnell. McConnell was great when you had the understanding of, ‘Well, he’s better than the other guys.’ That’s not the mind-set of the people in Kentucky, thank God, now,” Glenn concluded. “If they had Bevin and Rand Paul, Kentucky would be better than Texas.”

The Kentucky Republican Primary is May 20, 2014.

If you’d like to support Matt Bevin and his campaign, be sure to donate here.