Top health policy experts contacted by TPM the day after Bevin’s victory weren’t panicking or predicting a dramatic rollback of Obamacare in Kentucky.
The elimination of the kynect program is just one of an assortment of conservative policies Bevin will seek to impose as governor. But Republicans held control of both chambers. In Houston, voters repealed a law to protect gay, lesbian and transgender people from discrimination with the slogan – “No men in women’s bathrooms”. Fox News: “Ross Mirkarimi and his office received heavy criticism after Mexican illegal immigrant Francisco Sanchez allegedly shot and killed 32-year-old Kate Steinle on San Francisco’s waterfront July 1”. The city also rejected new regulations on Airbnb.
And in Kentucky, Republican Matt Bevin’s win for the governorship could be a sign that many voters are serious about electing outsider candidates. And it’s also possible that, in a political climate now so hospitable to outsider candidates, Bevin’s bizarreness actually helped him at the polls. I will be forever thankful that he came to visit me while I was in jail.
“I believe we can develop a system where they will have health insurance”, Stivers said. Knochelmann says leaders need to approach the new governor with a unified message. President Obama is toxic, even in non-federal elections. In Pennsylvania, the Republicans now have the hugest majority over the Democrats in their state Senate in the past 61 years. Nor is it easy to generate a long list of great young candidates who sat out 2016 because of Clinton’s name and fundraising advantage; there are a few, but not almost as many as the party needs to have in reserve, because like Scott Walker, promising hopefuls often flame out under the pressure of a presidential campaign. The incumbent state auditor, Adam Edelen, who national Democrats hoped would challenge Paul in next year’s Senate race lost in a stunning upset.
Democrats say they’ve had rough nights before and people shouldn’t read too much into the results of one election. “Not only has President Obama destroyed the party in Kentucky, he’s destroyed the bench. The bench that was supposed to rise up and run for office – that’s gone”.
“There is a lesson to be learned: Conservatives can win when they refuse to be bullied by elites into silence”, Heritage Foundation senior research fellow Ryan T. Anderson said in The Daily Signal.
A big part of Bevin’s statewide victory was a stronger-than-usual showing in the state’s metropolitan counties.
And on December 8, when Bevin becomes governor, he may well do so.
Kentucky was one of the most heated races in the country, especially for the Democrats, as the state was the last stronghold the party had amongst the southern United States. I promised an orderly transition as I hand off the reins of state government to him. As the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent wrote recently, the Democrat Party has dug a “deep, deep hole” for itself on the state level. In other words, the unpopularity of a national figure such as Obama in Kentucky isn’t as important as the regional, historical and individual factors that allowed a Democratic governor to succeed there. About half a million Kentuckians stand to lose their health insurance if Bevin follows through on his campaign promise to end Medicaid expansion and close Kynect; Conway managed to get less than half a million votes in total. Turnout is far lower and the voters who do show up tend to be older and less diverse, favoring Republicans. Mitch McConnell ran a reelection campaign in Kentucky, dominating Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes.
Of course markets work for most people, and of course there are exceptions to that. It gives Republicans the ability to push through legislation that obviously otherwise would not get through Congress on a whole host of hot button issues ranging from abortion rights to election law changes such as Voter Identification laws and other provisions that have been the subject of litigation for several years now, and is likely to do so for years to come. Steve Beshear, the current governor, is a twice-elected democrat. He won a bitter GOP campaign by a mere 83 votes in May over outgoing Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, a year after a sound defeat by Sen.
Republicans are calling the election a watershed moment in Kentucky politics, saying Democrats don’t appeal to an increasingly conservative electorate.