With Matt Bevin or Jamie Comer, it’s lose-lose for unions

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By BERRY CRAIG

Right now — will all precincts reporting in the Republican primary election–Louisville business owner Matt Bevin leads Agriculture Commissioner Jamie Comer of Tompkinsville by 83 votes out of 214,187 cast.

Comer wants a re-canvass. That means election officials will double check their math.

History is not on Comer’s side. Re-canvasses seldom change the outcomes in elections.

A full recount is a possibility. But if the re-canvass goes against Comer, a recount probably would, too.

Meanwhile, Matt Bevin is talking like he’s the winner, hands down.

The tea party-tilting Bevin insisted he was the most conservative Republican in the primary.

He made the same claim in last year’s GOP senatorial primary against Mitch McConnell.

On his Facebook page, Bevin bragged about having a good time with a Kentucky chapter of the John Birch Society, the far-right wing group that claimed President Dwight D. Eisenhower, a Republican, was a communist dupe if not a traitor, that fluoridated drinking water was a communist scheme and that the civil rights movement was a secret communist plot to establish “a Negro Soviet Republic in the United States.”

The Birch Society is an ancestor of the tea party.

In any event, unions would lose big-time with a Gov. Bevin or a Gov. Comer.

Both of them are gloves-off union-busters.

Both of them support “right to work.”

Both of them oppose the prevailing wage.

Both of them oppose raising the minimum wage.

Their idea of “free enterprise” is union free.

Check out their websites.

Bevin’s: Our plan will update our current labor laws that currently result in self-inflicted economic wounds. This begins with passing comprehensive Right to Work legislation and eliminating prevailing wage requirements for state contracts.

Comer’s: A top priority of the Comer-McDaniel Administration will be to pass “Right to Work” legislation. “Right to Work” is a litmus test for many businesses looking to locate in Kentucky. Kentucky continues to be passed over by companies that could offer good paying jobs to Kentuckians. Passing “Right to Work” would be the single most effective piece of legislation to improve the business climate in Kentucky. I have a proven record of passing tough legislation through the General Assembly, and we pledge to pass “Right to Work” in the first legislative session as Governor.

Attorney General Jack Conway of Louisville, the Kentucky State AFL-CIO endorsed candidate, opposes right to work and favors the prevailing wage. He’s for boosting the state minimum wage.

Lobbyist Prepare For Jesus’ Return

A leaked document from the CIA indicates that Jesus will be returning soon to check on us and see how things are going.

The document goes on to say: “We have no idea where Jesus is going to appear. We can only hope that it’s here in the USA so we can deal with him.”

Church leaders, the healthcare industry, the fast food industry and the wine industry are really concerned and have hired lobbyist to bribe Jesus to keep him healing the sick for free, making wine out of water, making churches obsolete, feeding thousands with only five loaves of bread and two fish, etc.

Concerned that Jesus will not accept a bribe the lobbyist have bribed enough politicians to pass a law, punishable by death, making it illegal for Jesus to heal the sick, feed the poor, turn water into wine and preach to the masses making churches obsolete.

As one church leader put it: “Jesus will empty our pews and decimate our cash flow and we can’t let that happen.”

A fast food industry spokesperson was furious and said: “We simply won’t allow anyone and that includes Jesus to turn two of our hamburgers into 5000 hamburgers.”

A billionaire healthcare insurance executive was quoted as saying: “Who in the Hell does Jesus think he is healing the sick for free.”

A spokesperson for the beer industry had this to say: “If Jesus can turn water into wine he’ll probably do the same thing with beer. That means free beer and there goes our business.”

A millionaire Wall Street broker threw up his hands and said: “There goes the economy.”

Reckon the politicians will be praying that the leaked CIA document has no merit at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C.?

Beware of Matt Bevin and the ‘Three Gs’ con job

By BERRY CRAIG

When newspapers report political poll results, a lot of readers focus on the percentages.

This old reporter likes to read the comments from some of the people who were polled. They can flesh out the numbers.

A Lexington Herald-Leader story about the last Bluegrass Poll before today’s primary quoted a guy who said he believes Republicans would bring jobs to Kentucky, “but they’ll be low-paying jobs.”

He added, “Republicans, generally speaking, are anti-union, and they’re anti-minimum wage, and I just feel like they’re not on my team, so to speak.”

I don’t know if the guy packs a union card.

But for years, unions have been trying to convince more working people to vote on their livelihoods and not the so-called social issues. Larry Sanderson, one of my longtime union buddies calls these issues “The Three Gs – God, guns and gays.”

You can bet reactionary, anti-union, tea party-tilting Matt Bevin, the apparent winner of the Republican gubernatorial food fight, will run hard on the social issues, the tried-and-true GOP con job, especially in socially-conservative states like Kentucky.

— Low-paying jobs? Bevin opposes raising the state minimum wage.

— The so-called right to work? Bevin is for it, full bore. “IT’S TIME FOR KENTUCKY TO BECOME THE NEXT RIGHT TO WORK STATE!” his Facebook page says.

— Prevailing wage? Bevin would love to deep six it.

Bevin will face Attorney Gen. Jack Conway, the Kentucky State AFL-CIO-endorsed Democrat. As expected, Conway won his primary in a romp.

— Low paying jobs? Conway’s for raising the minimum wage.

— RTW? Conway is against it.

— Prevailing wage? Conway favors it.

No matter, you can bet Bevin will troll for union votes with the “Three Gs” sucker bait.

“The trick never ages,” Thomas Frank wrote in What’s the Matter With Kansas, a book that could just as easily be titled What’s the Matter With Kentucky.

“The illusion never wears off. Vote to stop abortion; receive a rollback in capital gains taxes. Vote to make our country strong again; receive deindustrialization. Vote to screw those politically correct college professors; receive electricity deregulation. Vote to get government off our backs; receive conglomeration and monopoly everywhere from media to meatpacking.

“Vote to stand tall against terrorists; receive Social Security privatization. Vote to strike a blow against elitism; receive a social order in which wealth is more concentrated than ever before in our lifetimes, in which workers have been stripped of power and CEOs are rewarded in a manner beyond imagining.”

Vote Bevin on God, guns and gays, and you get a union-busting governor in the mold of Scott Walker, Rick Snyder, Mike Pence – and one-term Ernie Fletcher.

Somewhere along the campaign trail, Bevin will claim – if he hasn’t already — that Jack Conway is coming for your guns. That’s baloney.

But Bevin is coming after your union and your union job.

Back in 2012, my friend Larry, a retired UA international representative, warned against voting on social issues:

“Romney and the Republicans are trying to eliminate unions altogether. But there are union members who say they won’t vote for Obama because he supports gay marriage or because they believe the Republicans when they say Obama is not a Christian and will come to your house, kick down your door and take away your guns.

“The union puts food on our tables. Mitt Romney wants to take food off our tables. It’s as simple as that. And, by the way, Obama is a Christian, and I’ve got more guns now than I had when Obama got elected.”

This year, just replace “Obama” with “Conway,” and “Romney” with “Bevin.” Kentucky is in for the same old GOP social issues scam.

Geoff Young Refuses To Concede To Jack Conway.

Jack Conway won the May 19, 2015 Kentucky Gubernatorial Democratic primary handily. Jack Conway received 140,627 votes and Geoff Young received 37,887 votes, but Geoff Young isn’t conceding.

Geoff Young Press Release:

Media Release – For Immediate Release – Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Lexington, KY

Geoff Young, Jack Conway’s only opponent in the Democratic primary, has stated that he will not concede and will continue to try to disqualify Conway’s candidacy in court.

“Conway unlawfully used resources of the Kentucky Democratic Party to get where he is today,” Young claimed after the polls closed on May 19. “That is a crime under Kentucky law. This is almost certainly the biggest election fraud case in Kentucky history,” Young stated.

Conway’s next scheduled court date will be Tuesday, May 26, at 1:00 pm in the Jefferson County Circuit Courtroom of Judge McKay Chauvin, where Mr. Young has filed a motion to have Conway disqualified as a legitimate candidate. The legal battle could continue all summer and could possibly involve prison time for Governor Steve Beshear, Jack Conway, and three other powerful Democratic operatives.

For more details or an interview in any format, please contact:

Geoff Young
454 Kimberly Place
Lexington, KY 40503
Phone: (859) 278-4966
Email address: energetic@windstream.net
Campaign web site: Young4Ky.com

Geoff Young is also requesting that a Special Federal Prosecutor investigate election fraud by Gov. Steve Beshear, Jack Conway, Alison Grimes, Patrick Hughes, and Dan Logsdon.

Geoff Young’s letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

5/18/15
Attorney General Loretta Lynch
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001

Dear Attorney General Lynch,

Do we want to see the Kentucky Democratic Party acquire the reputation of violating its bylaws in order to make sure the candidates favored by its five most powerful leaders win the Democratic Primary?

Please intervene to establish the principle that shredding bylaws and rigging primary elections is illegal.

Yours in Peace,
Geoff Young
Strong Democrat for Governor
Young4Ky.com

Geoff Young is also asking for $16 million in punitive damages.

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Young has filed two separate civil suits seeking to disqualify Conway.   He is also seeking $16 million in punitive damages.  In addition, the retired state engineer says he’s contacted the FBI and has written U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch about his concerns.