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Newly elected GOP governor does shitty things. FREE BINGO SQUARE!

Kentucky governor and terrifying sentient forehead Matt Bevin was elected less than a month ago after fewer people showed up at the polls than saw Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip on opening weekend. He hasn’t let his new kid status stop him, though, as he’s already proving he can shit on his most vulnerable constituents just as well as any long-serving GOP governor. How is he accomplishing it? Oh, just by doing a thing he specifically promised he wouldn’t do:

Matt Bevin reversed a move by his Democratic predecessor that had restored the voting rights of about 140,000 former felons.

Those impacted, who are overwhelmingly African American and lower income, had already completed their felony sentences but remained permanently disenfranchised. The order excluded those convicted of violent crimes, sex crimes, bribery or treason.

Bevin’s move Tuesday night goes against promises he made during the campaign to keep the restoration of voting rights in place. He even told reporters in November that he would stand up to his own party on the issue and convince them it was the right thing to do.

Now, you may think it’s unethical to specifically pledge not to do a thing and then do that thing so quickly the Bible you were sworn in on hasn’t yet a chance to hit the ground, but that just shows how little you know about the pressures of being a Republican governor. You guys know how it is: Scott Walker kicks 15,000 Wisconsinites off of food stamps and permanently rigs state elections, then Bobby Jindal screws 31,000 Louisianans out of unemployment benefits, then peer pressure just snowballs. “Come on, Matt; all the cool kids are letting their citizens starve to death,” Maine’s Paul Le Page probably said to him. “What are you, some kind of fucking square?” At that point, what else is the newbie going to do to make sure the popular kids respect him and invite him to their sockhops?

But wait, there’s more! Kentucky’s former governor, Democrat Steve Beshear (who you may remember from the time he essentially called Kim Davis a dumbass), had raised the state’s minimum wage for government workers from $7.25/hour to $10.10. We bet you can guess where this is headed!

In another executive order this week, Bevin reversed former Gov. Beshear’s move to raise the state’s minimum wage for government workers and contractors to $10.10 an hour, bringing it back down to $7.25 an hour. About 800 state workers who have already gotten raises will be able to keep them, but new hires will now have to start at the lower pay rate. In the order, Bevin hinted that he would prefer the state have no minimum wage at all: “Wage rates ideally would be established by the demands of the labor market instead of being set by the government,” he said.

We can totally see why he feels that way. After all, a lack of minimum wage and labor regulation/collective bargaining has historically worked out so well for workers!

Until such time as that distant, time-fogged utopia can be reclaimed, fuck those lazy poors. What do they need money for, anyway, to eat? Why, when Matt Bevin was your age, he survived on a diet of self-made grit washed down with bootstrap oil. GET A JOB! A second one, we mean, because Matt Bevin knows you don’t need the first one to pay well enough to actually survive.

[ThinkProgress]

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  • lucidamente

    Next up: cancel Medicaid expansion and Kynect?

    • nothingisamiss

      Maybe that will be on Christmas.

    • Beaumarchais?

      That would just be fulfilling his campaign promises!

  • Callyson

    The only explanation Bevin offered for the reversal is that he believes “it is an issue that must be addressed through the legislature and by the will of the people.”

    And when you are elected by a majority after promising not to do something, and then promptly do it, just how is the majority supposed to express its will?

    Oh wait–I know!

    • darnyoudarnyoutoheck

      If only.

    • Pinkham’s Law

      And, to DoktorZoom: THEY ALREADY TRIED VOTES!

  • crunchyknee

    The will of the people don’t mean shit when they shit in their double-wides and watch The Price is Right instead of voting.

  • Callyson

    Bevin also used his new executive power to grant the wish of Kentucky clerk Kim Davis to remove all clerk names from marriage licenses to accommodate religious objections to same-sex marriage.

    Well, of course he did.

    Bevin, who has previously said he believes legalizing same-sex marriage could lead to parents marrying their children

  • DahBoner
    • Beaumarchais?

      This is why they oppose contraception and education, to ensure a desperate, stupid labor force.

    • mailman27

      The rules of the market are set by the government. FFS. They are inseparable, not opposing forces.

      • DahBoner

        The Republican model is a sterile, racist country with no governance, I.e. Somalia without the Blahs.

  • Callyson

    Bevin…was swept into office in November in an election marked by dismally low voter turnout. Less than a third of the state’s eligible voters cast a ballot.

    OK, America, can we please learn the fucking lesson this time?

    • Vecciojohn

      I’ll do it later. Jeez, Mom!

    • lucidamente

      Congress could do its part by making Election Day a national holiday.

      hahahahhahahahahahahaha

      • Zyxomma

        Our hero, Bernie Sanders, put forth the bill to make it so.

    • Angry_Cop

      Nope.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      Ben Franklin: I love America, but it is chock full of lazy idiots. Maybe we should require all elections to be held in the same year so the poor, drunken sods know when to show up.

      James Madison: Oh, it’ll be fine, they’ll figure it out. Hey, have a zinger, Dolly baked a batch just this morning.

    • mailman27

      So a bit more than half of less than a third of eligible voters provided the “mandate” that swept him into office. Just like the “landslide” of 2014. My public school education suggests that 1/2 x 1/3= 1/6. One out of six voters are deciding our (lack of) governance. What the fuck???

    • Riley Whodat Venable

      And one of his first acts was to decrease the number of people who can vote.

  • Spotts1701

    Imma buy up mint julep futures. Have a feeling lots of Kentuckians are gonna need ’em.

  • deanbooth

    We need a minimum empathy law.

    • Vecciojohn

      Minimum empathy laws just cause more poors to get none because the supply of empathy is limited by the invisible hand.

  • Vecciojohn

    How many Kentuckians are convicted of treason per year on average these days? Asking out of idle curiousity.

  • Msmlg1979

    Feeling pretty stupid for not voting, Kentucky?

    Also, what a fucking asshole.

  • natoslug

    We’ll have to wage water wars, but once again an independent country of California is looking better an better. Or, ideally, Cascadia.

    • Painter of Goats

      The 2 saner Rocky Mountain states should start thinking about forming New Colorexico. We’re surrounded idiots.

      • TheOtherHeadlessThompsonGunner

        Pizza party to lay out those plans!

        • Painter of Goats

          Pssst! Don’t tell the governor!

          • TheOtherHeadlessThompsonGunner

            I won’t but if I did it was six minutes ago.

    • Vecciojohn

      Us poor Oregonians have been defending ourselves from you California bastards trying to steal our water since my great grandpappy rode his horse here from Missouri. You can all die of dehydration.

      • natoslug

        I’m actually in coastal Humboldt County, so I have water pouring out of the ground all over the property. You want to talk to those SoCal bastards.

        • Vecciojohn

          We should really just take California above Big Sur and form a separate country with BC.

          • natoslug

            I think Callyson will have a patented reply to that, what with being stuck in the dingleberry portion of the state.

          • Vecciojohn

            She will be given special priority as a refugee. We will call it wet-foot dry-foot. All she has to do is flash the Wonkette sign at the border and swear to protect and defend the old growth forests.

            Nevadans need not apply.

          • Notreelyhelping

            I believe that’s been put forth as Ecotopia.

          • Vecciojohn

            This guy has a theory about how there are really leventy dozen countries in North America. Fun read.

            http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0052RDIZA/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?ie=UTF8&btkr=1

          • Notreelyhelping

            Thanks. It looks intriguing.

  • Nounverb911

    Is it too late to give Kentucky back to whoever we stole it from? Mexico? Canada? Russia?

    • Latverian Diplomat

      They’d rather just have Manhattan back, thanks though.

    • I think we paid pennies on the dollar for it from France. We can give it back to Napoleon.

  • Latverian Diplomat

    “That’s it then. Cancel the kitchen scraps for lepers and orphans, no more merciful beheadings, and call off Christmas.”

    Sheriff of Nottingham Governor of Kentucky

    • cmd

      Not Christmas, War On and all.

    • PubOption

      Not much has changed since the 1870’s.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kR9jQeXm46c

    • eddi

      Only reason to watch that movie. Alan Rickman chewing scenery in the grand old style.

  • Angry_Cop

    Kentucky governor and terrifying sentient forehead Matt Bevin was elected less than a month ago after fewer people showed up at the polls than saw Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip on opening weekend.

    I see the Democratic GOTV machine is working as well as it has for the last 40 years. Why do I keep sending them money? This is a serious question, BTW.

    • Vecciojohn

      I just spend the few bucks i used to give the Dems on lottery tickets, booze and Wonkette merchandise.

  • Lefty Frizzell

    I have just about had it with poor people. It’s not that hard – VOTE – just don’t be a small-minded bigot and vote for a fucker because you assume he’s going to fuck someone else. You reap what you sow (or don’t sow)

    • TheBidenator

      The thing is instead of finding ways to make voting compulsory and also create a national holiday (we’ll give up friggin’ Easter, FFS) for election day the current strategy is discussing how to make voting appeal more to lazy assed people who can’t be bothered to get off the couch for a bit of walking around by trying to ape the reality game shows….something is seriously wrong with this picture.

      • Incoming Ham

        The only way you *might* get people to vote is to fine them if they don’t.

        Not suggesting this.

        • willi0000000

          why not? . . . Australia did it in 1924.

          [ but then, they also severely restricted gun rights just recently . . . why did we have to get the fundies while they got the criminals? ]

          • eddi

            Because the religious fanatics were more dangerous and got thrown out first.

      • Ants In My Eyes Johnson

        1. require that everyone vote. Set aside a week for it, if need be. Make it super easy, keep the polls open until 10 at night if need be. Have buses going to and from the polls, at reduced or free rates. Make absentee voting easier than ever. Whatever it takes.
        2. Voters need to show ID – ANY photo ID – When they vote. If nothing else, make a local library card a valid ID for people who don’t have a permanent address.
        3. Voters get a check in the mail for going in to vote – they show ID, confirm their info and address, and sign out after they exit the booth = they get a check. It doesn’t matter if they actually voted in the booth, just that they went in there.
        4. People who don’t vote get a fine.

        • onedollarjuana

          The problem with fining poor people is self-evident.

      • eddi

        Vote by mail. Seems to be working just fine in Oregon. Turnout isn’t spectacular off-season but higher than before.

  • TheBidenator

    You can guarantee Bevin didn’t find time to lower the Governor’s pay down utilizing the same logic which given how wingnuts say they feel about government would be $1 a year. Hey that hypocrisy isn’t going to take itself to the bank, am I right?

    • Vecciojohn

      All GOP office holders could all earn much more in the free market. They are all overqualified and serve out of a sense of duty to their brothers and sisters in Christ, and certain Jews. The least we can do is let them set their own compensation packages. If the voters squawk we can just sweeten their pensions instead.

      • TheBidenator

        I’m surprised the doucheknobs don’t make that argument when demanding a salary increase…usually they just whine about how hard it is to live on 165k with great benefits for a job they only spend less than half the year performing….

  • arglebargle

    It’s almost as if swearing on a cobbled together mess of bronze age attempts at health care, law, astronomy and politics doesn’t mean anything.

  • Look, at this point, there really is no excuse. You know if you elect a Republican to run your state, you’re going to get screwed, your kids’ education is going to get screwed, your health care will probably get screwed, and they will loot your state of everything that isn’t nailed to the floor and rig the electoral process so they can come back later with a pry bar and a claw hammer to steal that shit too.

    Motherfuckers are going to fuck your mother. That’s what they do.

    So enjoy your new Objectivist shithead, Kentucky. You’ve earned it.

  • TheBidenator

    Once again we need to pass a law punishing eligible voters for not showing up to the polls and to make election day a national holiday. This is pretty much what they do in most every other democratic country and the civic engagement in those countries is very high….

    • lucidamente

      American exceptionalism, baby!

    • natoslug

      The former is done by having to live with whomever gets elected. In this case, the punishment seems somewhat severe.

      As for the latter, I would also add that we need to not let fucknuggets like Bevin take away voting rights, and make sure prospective voters have a way to get to the polls, and that they all get a chance to vote. No blocking early voting, no closing down polling stations until everyone has had a chance to vote.

  • This dude makes Scott Walker look like a social worker.

    • chicken thief

      Mebbe that’s why Scott’s Preznitial campaign lasted almost as long as White Bobby Jindal’s.

  • deanbooth

    There’s a saying in Kentucky: Fool me once, shame on me. If you don’t fool me again, shame on you.

  • Jenny

    Also too he allowed sincerely held beliefs of the bigoted kind to be a ok in his book. Jumpsuit Kim won’t have to sign any ghey licenses.

  • Wow, what a total creep.

    • Rick Hill

      You were expecting different?

      • Vecciojohn

        Well, I was gobsmacked, I know that much.

        • eddi

          A little Christmas present to his fans.

  • Rick Hill

    Wonke-mode activate! Go now, find ONE story where an elected republican is doing something good this holiday season(which also includes the holiest of all holy days, the celebration of the Lawd and Savior, Jeebus Herbert Christ(no cracker)) One. Fucking. Republican. That’s all. Surely, it can be done….

    • Latverian Diplomat

      Any of them die in office recently?

      • Rick Hill

        Doesn’t count as an act of goodness unless they suicided.

    • chicken thief

      Can we count ‘he/she didn’t do a bad today’ as a good?

      • Rick Hill

        No. If they do nothing it means they are plotting more evil.

        • eddi

          That leaves out my Congress on vacation snark.

  • DerrickWildcat

    The State Wild Animal of Kentucky is the Gray Squirrel.
    Here’s a picture of one.

  • Beowoof14

    Mr. Bevin just wants Kentucky workers to get a job, since all their jobs have moved to China, that’s where he expects them to go.

  • PsycWench

    “he survived on a diet of self-made grit…”
    Not gonna lie, I first read that as “self-made guilt”. MAKE IT SO.

    • Vecciojohn

      Self-made grits are edible if you add enough Velveeta. Self-made guilt not so much, I’m told.

  • Steverino247

    Dear Mr Corrections,

    THIS is unethical behavior.

    You’re welcome.

    Steverino247

    • sw19womble

      • Steverino247

        Ha! He’s gone for now. The headline didn’t involve a certain Senator from Vermont.

  • Ryan Denniston

    Oh well. I’m sure Jesus forgives him, so hey, welcome to right wing governance Kentucky!

  • Michael Smith

    Well for those who absolutely live to see that look of combined horror, disbelief, humiliation and despair in the face of a poor person who you just screwed solely because you could, Christmastime is by far the best time to do it.

    That’s why conservatives are so sensitive about liberals’ plot to “destroy Christmas.”

  • BadKitty904

    See what happens when you don’t vote, people?

    • DoILookAmused2u ?

      Use it or lose it?

      • BadKitty904

        If the GOP has anything to say about it, the latter…

    • Beaumarchais?

      LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Carolyn Bouchard, a diabetic with a slowly healing shoulder fracture, hurried to see her doctor after Matt Bevin was elected governor here this month.

      Ms. Bouchard, 60, said she was sick of politics and had not bothered
      voting. But she knew enough about Mr. Bevin, a conservative Republican
      who rails against the Affordable Care Act, to be nervous about the Medicaid coverage she gained under the law last year.

      “I thought, ‘Before my insurance changes, I’d better go in,’ ” she said as
      she waited at Family Health Centers, a community clinic here.

      From this NYTimes article so full of cognitive dissonance you’ll need a neck brace if you read the rest of it:
      http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/28/us/kentucky-beacon-for-health-law-now-a-lab-for-its-retreat.html

      • Jenny

        Kentucky non voter: Argh! I am so mad someone got something for free and I didn’t!

        The left: Would you like everyone to have universal healthcare?

        Kentucky non voter: No! It should only be free for me!

      • Biel_ze_Bubba

        “Many patients at Family Health Centers said they had heard little about
        any of his health care plans. But with Mr. Bevin preparing to take
        office, they were starting to ask questions.”

        Bit late for that, you dumbshits.

      • Angry_Cop

        Ms. Bouchard, 60, said she was sick of politics and had not bothered voting.

        Done caring. When you throw yourself off the bridge I’m damn sure not going in after you.

        • mailman27

          Oh, yes you (we) will. Blue-staters keep diving into those chilly waters to save the red-state takers. (They didn’t set out to be takers, they’ve just been lied to, repeatedly.)

    • sw19womble

      You find a stranger in the Alps?

      • TheOtherHeadlessThompsonGunner

        WALTER SOBCHAK LIBELZ

        • sw19womble

          “I can get a tax cut to you by 3 o’clock this afternoon. No questions asked.”

          • TheOtherHeadlessThompsonGunner

            And that’s why your buddies died face down in the mud in Nam.

  • BloviateMe

    Well, I was starting to worry I might be able to enjoy the holidays this year. Thank you, Bevin, et al, for dissuading me of that quaint notion.

  • PubOption

    There are coalmines in Kentucky, he could just send the poor to work in them.
    http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/398071/Bravery-of-the-Bevin-Boys

    • Zyxomma

      Not really. Instead of union mines, they’ve got coal companies that clear cut all the forest, blast the top 500′ off the mountain, and use a few men and heavy equipment to (strip) mine the coal. Then they dump the waste into STREAMS and RIVERS, ruining ecosystems that are the most diverse to be found on land outside of rain forests. It’s a pet peeve of mine, not just because I love side hikes along the Appalachian Trail (no Sanford jokes, I’ve been hiking the AT since I was a seven-year-old Brownie Scout). Want to learn more? http://www.crmw.net and if you have any muneez left over from contributing to Wonkette, they’re a very worthy organiztion.

  • TheGrandWaz00
    • Anarchy Pony

      A-fucking-men.

  • Rick Hill

    He just grabbed the low lying fruit. Let him get warmed up and you’ll see some real budget cuts. I wouldn’t be surprised the nra sponsors these kind of actions because it helps to increase crime and push gun sales.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      Takes one to know one. (Lying fruit, I mean.)

  • Ruhe

    “Are there no prisons? Are there no work-houses?”
    “Yes…yes there are!” Governor Bevin answered brightly.

  • Painter of Goats

    You know who else suffered consequences for not showing up at the polls?

    • Zippy

      AOT,K?

    • The American poor in 2012,2010, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000……?

    • sw19womble

      Strippers?

  • kaw143

    Yes, but did he steal the baby Jesus from the nativity scene, too?

  • BadKitty904

    Kentuckians: At this festive time of year, Mr. Bevin, it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the poor and destitute.
    Bevin: Are there no prisons?
    Kentuckians: Plenty of prisons.
    Bevin: And the union workhouses – are they still in operation?
    Kentuckians: They are. I wish I could say they were not.
    Bevin: Oh, from what you said at first I was afraid that something had happened
    to stop them in their useful course. I’m very glad to hear it.
    Kentuckians: I don’t think you quite understand us, sir. A few of us are endeavoring
    to buy the poor some meat and drink, and means of warmth.
    Bevin: Why?
    Kentuckians: Because it is at Christmastime that want is most keenly felt, and abundance rejoices. Now what can I put you down for?
    Bevin: Huh! Nothing!

    • eddi

      Tie between Alistair Sim and George C. Scott for best Scrooge actor. Bevins gets the coal lump for best RL Scrooge this year.

      • LarkintheAM

        Patrick Stewart or GTFO.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62R8Du6Id1U

        Agree about the Bevins bit, though.

        • eddi

          I must confess I missed Sir Patrick’s turn as Scrooge. Awesome as one would expect. I guess I have a trio of Scrooges now.. Thanks.

          • LarkintheAM

            You are most welcome! Go watch the whole thing – he’ll knock your socks off. :-D

          • eddi

            Christmas Day. No reservations or tickets needed. A swell present from you.
            Best return I can give is this picture of a wild sea otter and her newborn (Dec 20). She went to Monterrey Bay Aquarium’s Great Tide Pool to have her kid.
            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/580f676e43ffb149cfe43c0d5b1f9be8c0c581b56d16fd6b2bb9331cd553a1fe.jpg

          • LarkintheAM

            SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEE! Otter bébés are a big weakness of mine; how can so much cute be packed into such a small critter?! And I doubt there could be a safer place – that’s one smart momma! I haven’t been to the Aquarium in many years, but it was an incredibly impressive place back then, and I’m sure it’s been upgraded since. Thank you, and enjoy the movie – Patrick is a darn near perfect Scrooge. :-)

          • TheOtherHeadlessThompsonGunner

            Ever seen videos of them during feeding time? The squeals, the squeals . . .

          • TheOtherHeadlessThompsonGunner

            I admire Stewart a great deal. But I’m a traditionalist: Alistair Sim, please.

      • mailman27

        When I was a kid every Christmas we listened to a recorded version featuring Lionel Barrymore. That’s the voice I hear speaking Bevin’s lines.

      • Pickwicknext

        Ummm..Micheal Caine anyone?

    • 2Girls1Cubs

      So on-point it’s downright frightening.

      • eddi

        Dickens was very familiar with the current GOP’s true ancestors. And he railed against them at every opportunity.

      • BadKitty904

        Grotesquely apt.

  • chicken thief

    WOO-HOO!!!! That and a nice package of tax cuts and the Kentucky economy will be off like a rocket!

    • BadKitty904

      Esp. once Bevin and his goons repeal the Emancipation Act!

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      Kentucky economy, off like a rocket:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjNNX2sLIro#t=32s

      • eddi

        The missle at least got further off the ground than Kentucky ever will now.

  • Vincent Ricola

    I’m not saying that Governor Bevin’s Craig’s List activities would consist of hundreds of requests to farmers willing to look the other way while he sodomizes their under-producing chickens, I’m just saying that it’s irresponsible not to go after the truth.

    • willi0000000

      questions must be asked! . . . answers must be forthcoming!

  • Rick Hill

    I thought that corporations were working overtime to bleed consumers dry. These guys aren’t letting up and are making corps. look benevolent.

    • eddi

      One iron fist washes the other.

  • chicken thief

    Blevins is a total RINO for grandfathering in the state employees who are at the $10 minimum wage. They had plenty of time to buy new heavy duty bootstraps.

    • willi0000000

      i’m surprised that he didn’t make them take a pay cut . . . and make it retroactive!

      • mailman27

        Fairness, Republican style.

  • Biel_ze_Bubba

    He only has four years to drag Kentucky down below Mississippi and Florida, to the very bottom in every quality-of-life category, but he’s off to a fast start.
    The voters who supported this gaping asshole richly deserve every shit sandwich he serves up to them … too bad that the misery will also be visited upon the other 84% of the electorate.

    • chicken thief

      I suspect all the hard work they put into Ken-nect will be for naught pretty soon.

      • Biel_ze_Bubba

        Yeah, the dickwad has made that a priority. Too many people are benefiting from it.

    • Anarchy Pony

      You’d think plummeting quality of life indicators would be a clue that maybe they might be doing something wrong. But nope, they just can’t seem to grasp it. Or else they’re just sadistic garbage that have no right holding office.

      • eddi

        Quality of life is liberal biased.

    • Beaumarchais?

      What’s the matter with Kansas?!!1!

      • Anarchy Pony

        So very many things…

        • herrointment

          No time to lose.

    • Rick Hill

      What’s amazing to me is that they will gut every social support they can ad then turn around and say “Life is so bad because the Democrats ruined everything.” and people believe them.

      • eddi

        Without the Equal Time provision, all thet see is what they want to see. Being first told, “you are special” then told, “everyone else is jealous of you and is trying to hold you down and punish your way of life”. Insert Moore’s Law comment here.

  • BadKitty904

    Apparently the Dark and Bloody Ground isn’t dark or bloody enough for Bevin and his thugs…

  • At least when the whole state becomes as impoverished as Coal Country it might qualify for Peace Corps assistance.

    • eddi

      Which will be turned away at the border as Socialism at it’s worst.

    • Beaumarchais?

      There are parts of Kentucky that have never reached third-world standards. When I was a kid, my mom collected used children’s shoes from the stores near us and shipped them to Hazard. This mystified me until she took our family down there to see for ourselves.

      • I’m far, far from an expert, but rural poverty in America is one of the things I try to be a bit of a wonk about, and I’ve read horror stories about how there are entire communities there where the only employment is through playing the welfare or social security system, making homebrew booze, or making or selling meth.

        It’s depressing. People are either unable to get to vote because they’re so disconnected from the system or can barely afford to eat much less get transportation to the polls. Or they’re the lucky few who at least has a halfway decent job, see the poverty around them and the number of able-bodied people relying on the system, and end up voting for monsters like Bevins, whose policies and cuts make things even worse, causing more people to lose not only their jobs but any opportunities or giving them even fewer benefits, which puts more people into the system while pushing others into start scamming it, which only makes the people who are employed and just getting by more resentful…

        • willi0000000

          it’s a particularly vicious cycle.

          [ . . . and the pugs are pedaling as hard as they can ]

      • pursang833

        When I was probably about 5 or 6 my sisters Girl Scout Troop (Mom was the Troop Leader) collected toys for kids in an Appalachian town that was exceedingly poor.

        I had no clue about poverty so Mom took us to the Library to show us photos of the area we were sending toys to etc.. Boy was that eye-opening for this middle class kid. Couldn’t believe people lived like that in the 60’s and I doubt we’ve made much progress now.

        • Zyxomma

          My dad was an artist, before he became a color chemist/color engineer to raise us. When he became disabled in the 60s, he took a drawing he’d made during the Depression, and painted it. The title of the painting was ‘Appalachia 1966.’ There are many rural places where it’s never gotten better.

  • eddi

    A taste of thing to come.

  • Ducksworthy

    Welcome to Kentucky where CornHole is the state sport. http://www.cornholeworldwide.com/‎

    • eddi

      About that… WTF? How old is that name? And was it ever innocent of other meaning?

      • cynmac

        Yep, the tailgate game is called “cornhole” and they sell “cornhole boards”.

        https://www.victorytailgate.com/cornhole-boards.html

        • H0mer0

          I keep forgetting the slang term is derived from the observation of the corn skins in material issuing out of one’s “cornhole.” So that means the game is a paradox sort of like with the slang term for fellatio….

          • cynmac

            IKR?

    • Left Coast Tom

      Does the winner get crowned the “Great Cornholio”?

  • Mavenmaven

    He’s just making sure his party wins the next election as well by disenfranchising potential Democratic voters. Didn’t the Supreme Court recently tell him that was now OK?

    • willi0000000

      why yes. yes they did.

      i’m totally pissed off at the DOJ for not prosecuting disenfranchisment cases against all the states restricting voting . . . SCROTUS didn’t remove the ability to add states/counties/cities to the list of those required to have pre-approval of new voting laws . . . they just tore up the list!

  • Notreelyhelping

    He may be a mean bigot who wakes each morning with a tall glass of Teabagger Koolaid, but he’s also the owner of a wee reptile brain, and I predict he goes Full Metal Scandal by the end of next year. Just a hunch.

    • cynmac

      I pick June 2016, if we are having a poll.

      • Notreelyhelping

        September?

  • xy

    the way these assholes keep acting it’s amazing that there hasn’t been an assassination of a US politician in a long time. not even an attempt.

    not advocating for it just surprised is all.

    • eddi

      Top priority is given to investigate potential threats. Over and above terrorism.

    • MrCanoehead

      In addition to being morally wrong AND against Wonkette commenting rules, assassination is counter-productive.
      Nothing makes a guy look sympathetic like being shot at. Reagan, e.g.

      • xy

        i’m aware, it’s just with all the crazies with guns and all the extreme assholeishness of so many politicians you’d think somebody would get close.

        • bozilingus

          All the crazies with guns appear to be conservatives, so if anyone needs to worry it would be liberal politicians.

          • xy

            it would appear no one needs to be too worried as wackos have been buying guns like crazy for about 8 years now and no one has shot the President. i thought for sure he would get killed. it’s nice to be wrong sometimes.

          • Anarchy Pony

            It’s pretty amazing considering the bile and vitriol the rightwing noise machine spews about his “tyranny”.

          • HenryKillinger

            And the way the Secret Service has been leaving the door unlocked, so to speak.

          • cynmac

            allegedly they did that for Kennedy in 1963 also too.

      • Jena-Auerstedt

        A little OT, but I can’t resist:

        NYT had an article today or yesterday about the way that a lot of the debt collectors have bought up out-of-date debt and then sued the folks who have no legal obligation to pay the debts. But then when the defendants counter-sue to try to stop the collections, they get hit with the “you signed an arbitration agreement, so you can’t go to court to challenge this, you have to use one of our handpicked arbitrators,” etc. etc.

        So, you cut off the legal recourse through the very same court system that the slimeball debt collectors are using to sue the folks — which many local judges refuse to treat as a waiver of the arbitration clause. Given that the court system exists to have a peaceful way to resolve disputes, yet these folks are using the court system while refusing to provide it as a venue to the folks they’re abusing with it . . . one wonders why this hasn’t resulted in some kind of violent reaction.

        And as a tie into politics — it’s the current bought-and-paid-for Supreme Court majority that’s favored using arbitration to foreclose most lawsuits this way — as long as the little guy is the one trying to go to court.

        • H0mer0

          Like the young female contractor that got raped and locked in a shipping container in [the] Iraq and couldn’t file criminal charges against her attackers because she signed a contract agreeing to arbitration?

    • Objectifer

      Came pretty close in Tucson a couple years ago. She really did not have it coming though.

      • xy

        i had forgot about that one. my bad.

        • Doug Langley

          Understandable. After all, it’s not as though the media and Congress thought it was important or anything.

    • JustDon’tSayDittos

      It cuts the other way, too, maybe more so – especially in light of the Tucson thing Objectifier referred to. The RWNJ folks have a lot of bang sticks, and many of them really don’t seem to have any boundaries. How have they not gone all Dirty Harry over, say, a minimum wage increase or issuing marriage licenses to Adam and Steve (hi guys!)?
      Maybe, just maybe, there is still some restraint over there in RWNJ-stan. I sure as fuck hope so. As they say in the Shire.

  • MrBlobfish

    The poor just got happier.

    • eddi

      If ignorance is bliss then it’s folly to be a wiseacre.

  • Bitter Scribe

    Every time I read about this guy, I flash back to that WaPo article quoting some 50-something dumbass who fretted that Bevin would take away the health insurance he had come to depend on, but voted for Bevin anyway “because he’s a businessman.” (Bevin worked in his family’s business.) Christ, it’s too bad the guy’s health insurance didn’t pay for a brain transplant.

    • MrCanoehead

      How can someone say we need businessmen running things, and later tell you how their boss (a businessman) is an idiot?

    • I’ve gotten to the point over the past few years when someone complains about their Tea Party legislature/governor of asking them if they voted. If they voted for the idiot, then I tell them “You got what you asked for, stop complaining.” If they didn’t vote, I tell them “Hey, you didn’t vote, so you have no cause to complain. Remember? It wasn’t important!”

    • Left Coast Tom

      Is that the same article, or a different one, from the unemployed nurse who loves her Obamacare and voted for Bevin because THOSE PEOPLE are all moochers?

  • Bloot

    Our previous R governor escaped indictment in a road dept. scandal by threatening to pardon himself. Recursive thinking is far beyond the capacity of most Kentuckians, so he got away with it.

  • ImpureScience

    Sometimes I get so bloody tired of reading horror stories about the God-forsaken states that have gone full Republican, as if no one could have known what those assholes were going to do once they had their hands on the machinery of government. There were elections and the good guys stayed home. Those Kentucky idiots voted for Bevin, and Democrats were too lazy to vote, as usual. Very sorry about what’s happening there but it’s no one’s fault but their own.

    • There were elections and the good guys stayed home.
      —————————

      There were elections, and the corporate Dems were too busy sucking corporate teat to waste time/money motivating their voters.

      Fact matter, ya know. And as long as politically motivated Dems keep making excuses for their cynical right-wing asshole Dem pols, it’s only going to get worse.
      ~

      • Truthiness2U

        Meh. Purity. Is the Dem better than the Repub avail? if yes (and these days it’s always yes), then vote for them. After that, get involved in the actual Party politics to get better people selected as the Dem nominee, then get them elected.

        Because a lot of people’s lives are getting fucked over in a lot of places to ‘teach Dems a lesson’ in the meantime, that they don’t seem to be learning.

    • blaid droog

      Here. Here.

  • Beaumarchais?

    Isn’t Kentucky one of the founding taker-states?

  • clubseal
    • DahBoner

      “The requirement that the county clerk’s name appear on marriage licenses is prescribed by Kentucky law and is not subject to unilateral change by the governor.”

      Law and Order Party, snort.

  • clubseal

    Anyone else remember when “executive order” was a four letter word, possibly communist, to right wingers? Yeah, me either.

  • KenFUCKy, the republican “rape-them-’til-they’re-red” state

  • LarkintheAM

    Ah, Kansas v2.0 – how unexpected! I guess Kentucky’s poors have the trashing of the state insurance exchange, an executive order declaring Kim Davis grad poo-bah of state registrars and a meth lab in every neighborhood to look forward to. Happy days are here again!

  • Pinkham’s Law

    Y’know, my brother has been talking about buying some land in some bumfucked state like W Va, where land is cheap as hell, to be a place where family can take a break from civilization and, in a worst case scenario, pull together to survive the collapse of civilization. NO, he is not a prepper! He – and I – view that as an unlikely scenario, but we’re both kinda autistic, so we think about edge cases, ok?

    However, the Rs behavior seems to be designed to engineer a revolution, and I think I may encourage him to look into this option more seriously. Not a bad thing to have a bolt hole ready, just in case.

    • Anarchy Pony

      Kinda why I’ve been itching to get some solar panels and maybe a mini windmill or two.

    • Er, the bumfucked states where land is cheap are that was BECAUSE they’re run by idiots and fascists who will CAUSE civilisation to collapse. Big cities are your friends. You’re less likely to be pogromed or force-married by religious bigots if you can stick together with similar people, who are not easy to find out in the boonies.

      • blaid droog

        I’m with you on that. I was born an urbanite and I will die as one.

      • sw19womble

        Suburbs are safer. Preferably with some high ground.
        Lots of sprawl. The high density of the city makes you vulnerable to being hemmed in or put under siege. Also, you can be picked off from above by any tribes who have taken control of a tower block and the surrounding area.
        HTH

    • HanBarbara

      Get a boat, instead. People who live on the water are mobile and not easy to corral or control.

  • Sir Ergot of Rye

    I’m having trouble deciding which character is Bevin. They all make a good case… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3boy_tLWeqA

  • beatbort

    Any state that “goes Republican” is so seriously fucked.
    Don’t say we didn’t warn you, Kentucky.

    • sw19womble

      It’s not so much Republican as Teahadist.
      But, if the cap fits…

  • Did I read that correctly? He’s arguing that the government shouldn’t set the wage for *government* employees?

    • Reddishrabbit

      Keep governments hand off my government!!1!!1!!!!1!!

    • Anarchy Pony

      Wtf?

    • DahBoner

      It should be a rigged lottery that would make a Casino Indian weep.
      https://media4.giphy.com/media/VSVyizDau5v3i/200w_d.gif

    • Jena-Auerstedt

      Right — because Scott Walker has already set the precedent that, God forbid, they can’t be allowed to negotiate for wages and benefits, either.
      Maybe they should all work for free. Or, like Kim Davis, draw a paycheck but refuse to do what they’re elected to do.

      • The Watcher

        I’m sorry to inform you but unions destroyed American manufacturing. It may not be what you want to hear but it is the truth.

        • H0mer0

          I’m sorry but too many workers have died from the “benevolence” of owners and management for me to blame the unions.

  • Cranky Man

    There is a compromise I’d go along with. In exchange for no minimum wage, provide single payer. Socialized health care. Free public education upto grade 16. Includes high tech vocational training.

    • Denmark also has a guaranteed minimum income for everyone.

      • Anarchy Pony

        Also their military lets soldiers grow big viking beards.

        • bozilingus

          Dö they alsö wear the hörns?

          • Anarchy Pony

            Vikings never wore horned helmets anyway. Wagnerian artistic liberties.

          • Party Thug #24

            Next you’ll be telling me spiked clubs and corpse paint aren’t proper attire for a Norwegian funeral.

          • H0mer0

            no speaw and magic heomet?

      • blaid droog

        Dumbo, you’re talking about an enlightened country. Sheesh. Love your avatar,by the way.

  • House0fTheBlueLights

    What’s the matter with Kansas Illinois Arkansas Wisconsin Michigan Kentucky

    • Jen_Baker_VA

      Short story? Bad water.
      Long story? All the worthwhile jobs have shipped elsewhere, relegating people to decreasing income, leading to less tax money in the coffers to fund stuff, like schools, leading to a less educated populice, leading to more fear and hate, and finalizing in Republican Govenor.

      • Major_Major_Major

        So, are they now: a) low information voters, or b) no information voters?

        • Wombat

          Once he gets around to restoring the property requirements, they won’t be voters at all.

          • Jena-Auerstedt

            Next step — repeal the Thirteenth Amendment! (After all, Kentucky refused to ratify it after the Civil War — and didn’t get around to doing so until 1976.)

        • Anarchy Pony

          Yes.

        • Jen_Baker_VA

          Scared information voters, more or less.

      • akita96th

        They say democrats tax and spend…The GOP just spend.

    • OrdinaryJoe

      Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, Texas, Arizona, Nevada libel !!!!

      • blaid droog

        Spigot off for all of these backass rethugs maybe starvation would motivate the electorate.

    • blaid droog

      If only we could turn the federal

    • chethardy

      But not Louisiana. Their Governor ran on a campaign of expanding Medicaid and won. He beat his opponent head-to-head on nearly every issue but guns and immigration.

      Shortly after being elected he demanded that the legislators repudiate their Grover Norquist pledges, describing the pledge as an act of disloyalty. He wants to build commuter rail.

      I suppose this would be a hopeful sign to many, but I am a “glass half empty” kind of guy; if Louisiana is the beacon of sanity by comparison, what hope do we have?

  • ieatbees

    /rage quits

  • I AM R U

    Would people just go and vote?

    I mean, I know it’s made harder to do in attempts to control the result, but seriously – go and bloody vote.

    • Jeffrey Pritz

      How can they when the SOB just took away the voting rights of 200,000 constituents! None of those people never even knew they got their voting rights restored in the first place! So this jagoff knew that ran for office and killed legislation so they would not get the chance to vote his scummy ass out of office all the while impaling every minority in the state with a red hot poker!!! I only have one thing to say. . . .

      #Feel The Bern – Bernie Sanders for President 2016

      • I AM R U

        Exactly – people from the US often criticise my country’s compulsory voting laws as if they undermine individual rights, but US politicians routinely remove, restrict or severely undermine citizens rights to engage in the democratic process. By having compulsory voting, politicians have less ability to disenfranchise voters – it makes it harder to take away voting rights, makes it harder to impose ID laws, makes it harder to hold elections on week days between the hours of 3pm and 3:15pm with one voting booth open (exaggeration for emphasis).

    • John Frum

      I’d like to think this – and Rick Snyder, Rick Scott, Scott Walker and on and on – would be a wakey wakey to all the Bernie Or I Quit people. But it won’t. The kind of citizen who stays home sulking on Civic Participation Day is so old the ancient Greeks had a word for it: “Idiot”.

      • I AM R U

        I live in a country with compulsory voting and I do not get the American attitude of “well I can not vote if I don’t want to!” Well, maybe stop trying to act as if its such a shock when your politicians turn out of be awful, horrible people!!!

        If we don’t want to vote here, we can not vote – it’s actually minor form of social protest, you get a tiny (seriously, tiny) fine or you just give a valid excuse – you can vote in advance by post and voting is always on a weekend with plenty of locations open all day. Because voting is compulsory, politicians don’t have to waste time/money inspiring people to get to the damn polls. They also get no benefit from trying to disenfranchise people from being able to vote – they actively HAVE to try and ensure everyone can vote, because we bloody have to. I think it’s a good system, and any US citizen who tells me that compulsory voting somehow compromises their right to not vote (like a moronic idiot) annoys the heck out me – that’s not what’s happening!!!!

        • Dorothy

          If you dont want anyone who is running to win, who do you vote for?

          • I AM R U

            You can submit a blank ballot (no one is allowed to check what you write on your ballot, so you just fold it and submit it blank). You can also vote for whoever you want to lose least in order to try and avert the victory of someone worse. Of course, we have a wider range of candidates than the US does – our system doesn’t discourage multiple parties as much as the US’ does, so we more than two options and that does make it easier to find someone you want to vote for.

  • JohnR

    Fuck’s sake stop hitting yourself.

  • MilwaukeeKent

    He’s an elected-office version of a “Shkreli” (which should totally stand with Scrooge in the popular vernacular).

    • LadyLaz

      You are so right. To be enshrined next to quisling, hitler, Santorum and Benedict Arnold.

      Not to be confused with the good guys like braisiere.

      There has to be more names that have entered our lexicon for their pure shittiness.

  • blaid droog

    I had a burger and onion rings for breakfast.That was at five p.m. Never is it a good idea for me to consume vast quantities of grease. I have been queasy ever since and finally here round aboot two a.m. I was feeling much better. Then I read this blog. I was so disgusted I very nearly blew chunks all over my bed. Sometimes it’s nearly impossible to believe that such human obscenities actually exist and I live in fucking Florida.

  • blaid droog

    The illiterati of this boil on murkas anus have kept mcconnel in the senate since 1985. They have the gov they asked for. They have the gov they deserve. That said, I would pay to watch Miley ride her wrecking ball into mitchs fucking turtle face and see teeth flying every which way.

  • gene108

    The minimum wage keeps people dependent on big government and living a life style beyond their means.

    For example, Cousin Bobby the OxyContin addict has been collecting government benefits, because he says the injury that got him prescribed painkillers in the first place kept him from working. Now he’s feeling better and could work a bit, but because he’s hooked on “hillbilly heroine” no one wants to pay him the princely sum of $7.25/hr.

    Without the minimum wage Cousin Bobby could get off of government benefits as people, who want to employ him but pay him say $2.00/hr could legally hire him.

    Now you may ask how a person can live on $2.00/hr? Well part of the problem in the U.S.A. is housing costs get artificially inflated by “add-ons” that other people all over the world live without very comfortably, such as electricity, running water / indoor plumbing, and non-wood burning stove sources of heating.

    We’ve created a situation of perpetuating government dependence by the minimum wage and having housing sport non-essential “add-ons”.

    Too bad the MSM and other liberal outlets fail to report this obvious truth.

    NEXT WEEK: Chapter 2: Why child labor laws perpetuate government dependence. Or: What’s the point of poor people having kids, if they are not put to work to support the family? Am I right or what.

    Included in Chapter 2 will be a discussion on repealing mandatory education. You cannot have a permanent underclass without high illiteracy rates.

    • MyDogsAreSmarterThanYou

      Very, very nice. How many times have you trolled with that on a rightwing site and had the stooges swallow it hook, line, and sinker?

  • Dartemus

    Recall, recall.

  • AKGrrl

    Kentucky, the Wisconsin of the South.

    • Alex Black

      Aww, snap. And here I am in Madison wishing I could shout you down about that.

  • Giant Pink Duck

    I don’t know if anyone else has pointed this out. But kudos to C.A. Pinkham for an excellently Wonketed article that has very little (practically nothing) to do with food. Is this a first?

  • akita96th

    Kentucky must be full of rich folks…Because I dont understand how anyone working pay check to pay check would vote for this turd of a human being..

    • Trenter

      Full of retards….I’m surrounded by them.

  • Don Friedman

    I don’t think you reported the full story about Bevin’s actions with respect to the right to vote. I previously read that Bevin made the point that voting rights shouldn’t be subject to executive orders, but should instead be determined by the legislature.

    I don’t know whether he’s sincere about this; the test will be whether he pushes legislation to give ex-felons voting rights. We’ll see. However, I think he does have a point. This is probably not an issue that should be up to the Governor of a state. If the Governor can grant voting rights, does this mean that he/she can also take them away?

    I’m not a fan of Bevin, who strikes me as an extreme rightwinger, but you should do a more thorough job of reporting. Let’s reserve judgment on his action here and wait to see how this unfolds.

  • Zyxomma

    I know a very cool, very progressive family in that state. They vote Democratic, and they vote in every primary and every general, every year. They’re exceptional, unfortunately.

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