Apparently last night’s visit by Donald Trump, Rand Paul, and Mitch McConnell did not help Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin. As David Axelrod just said on CNN, Trump would not have gone to Kentucky is he did think Bevin was going to win. Well, he lost.
From what I understand, many of Kentucky’s suburban voters are turning away from the Republican Party and toward the new Democratic governor Andy Beshear, who campaigned entirely on local issues and tried to avoid getting entangled in national politics.
Readers of The Way of Improvement Leads Home may remember Bevin:
- He tried to close down the University of Kentucky Press
- He has attacked liberal learning and the humanities at Kentucky colleges and universities
- He signed a bill allowing the teaching of the Bible in public schools
- He defended Kim Davis‘s right to not issue marriage certificates to same-sex couples.
While the above issues might be of interest to readers of this blog, Bevin is unpopular because of his battles with teacher’s unions and his attempt to overhaul Medicaid by requiring recipients to prove that they are either working or volunteering.