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Matt Bevin
Matt Bevin.jpg
Candidate for
Governor of Kentucky
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Next primaryMay 19, 2015
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sWashington and Lee University (1989)
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Army
Years of service1989-1993
CitationsCaptain
Websites
Campaign website
Matt Bevin campaign logo
Matt Bevin is a Republican candidate for Governor of Kentucky in the 2015 elections. He filed his candidacy on January 27, 2015, only hours before the end of the filing period. Bevin is running with lieutenant gubernatorial candidate Jenean M. Hampton.[1]

He was a Republican candidate for the United States Senate in the 2014 elections in Kentucky.[2] Bevin was defeated by incumbent Mitch McConnell in the Republican primary on May 20, 2014.[3]

Bevin officially announced his Senate candidacy on July 24, 2013, at the state capitol in Frankfort, Kentucky. From there, he began a three-day tour with eight campaign stops.[2] Bevin was a political newcomer, but had significant wealth to use against incumbent McConnell in the primary.[2]

Biography

Bevin grew up in Shelburne, NH.[4]

After high school, he attended Washington and Lee University in Virginia with a four-year ROTC scholarship.[4] After graduating in 1989, Bevin was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army, and rose to the rank of Captain. He spent four years on active duty with primary responsibilities as the 5th Mechanized Infantry Division Artillery’s counterfire officer.[4]

Career

After his military service, Bevin worked in the financial industry. He founded several local firms and invested in a number of other companies in Kentucky, and around the United States, ranging from manufacturing to software.[4]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Matt Bevin's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Bevin is a Libertarian-Leaning Conservative. Bevin received a score of 38 percent on social issues and 80 percent on economic issues.[5]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[6]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Unknown Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Favors Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Strongly Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Unknown
Support & expand free trade Unknown Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Unknown Maintain US sovereignty from UN Neutral
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Strongly Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Opposes Stay out of Iran Favors
Privatize Social Security Unknown Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated: April 19, 2015.[5] If you notice the rating has changed, email us.

Elections

2015

See also: Kentucky gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2015

Seven state executive offices in Kentucky are up for election in 2015. The general election will be held on November 3, 2015, following a primary election on May 19, 2015. The following sections summarize filed candidates running for each state executive office on the ballot:

Governor/Lieutenant Governor
Incumbents Steve Beshear (D) and Crit Luallen (D) are not running for re-election.

Attorney General
Incumbent Jack Conway (D) is seeking election as governor

Secretary of State

Auditor

Commissioner of Agriculture
Incumbent James Comer, Jr. (R) is seeking election as governor

Treasurer
Incumbent Todd Hollenbach (D) is term-limited


Campaign themes

Bevin's campaign website listed the following themes for the 2015 race:

SHRINK THE SIZE OF GOVERNMENT

Our nation was founded on a bedrock 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 in every department.

As Governor, Matt will dedicate one senior member of his staff whose sole job will be to find and eliminate waste and improve efficiencies in state government.

The Bevin-Hampton plan will cut the Governor’s administrative staff at least 20%, by comparison to the current administration, by improving efficiency and accountability - just as Matt and Jenean have done in the private sector. This will be the model for every other department of state government to emulate.

PENSION REFORM

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.

The Bevin-Hampton plan will revamp our public retirement system while ensuring that we meet the existing obligations we have made to retired state workers. This starts with instituting an immediate freeze on the expansion of participants in our current pension plans and implementation of a 401(k) type of defined contribution plan for new employees.

EDUCATION REFORM

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. Instead, let's empower local school boards, local principals and local teachers to make the decisions that are the best for their students, and most importantly, empower parents over bureaucrats.

HEALTH CARE REFORM

Health care reform in Kentucky begins with freezing and beginning to disband KYNECT immediately and assisting as needed in transitioning our citizens quickly from a state run exchange to the federally run healthcare exchange because Kentucky cannot financially afford to do otherwise.

LABOR LAW REFORM

The Bevin-Hampton plan will update our current labor laws’ outdated policies that are resulting in self-inflicted economic wounds. This begins with passing comprehensive Right to Work legislation and eliminating prevailing wage requirements for state contracts

PRESERVE KY'S ENERGY SECTOR

The Bevin-Hampton administration will aggressively fight against the EPA’s ongoing war on the energy sector in Kentucky, particularly the relentless attacks on the coal industry. As Governor, Matt will exercise, to the fullest extent of the law, our state's constitutional rights and sovereignty. For example, he will refuse to enforce federal regulations that are in opposition to our own state interests.

TAX REFORM

Updating and simplifying our antiquated tax code will allow us to better compete with surrounding states. We will focus on raising only the revenue truly necessary to run the state government. We must also take additional steps such as eliminating the state death tax and lowering individual and corporate tax rates.

Under Matt's leadership, tax reform will not be based simply on revenue neutrality, but rather, to the extent possible, on reducing tax revenue itself and leaving as much of Kentucky’s wealth in the hands of those who produce it. [7]

—Bevin's campaign website, (2015)[8]

Campaign media


Matt Bevin ad: One Thing (April 2, 2015)

Matt Bevin ad: Real Deal (April 14, 2015)

Polls

Democratic primary

Governor of Kentucky, Democratic primary
Poll Jack Conway Geoff YoungUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Harper Polling
January 28-31, 2015
59%13%28%+/-6.14255
Bluegrass Poll
March 3-8, 2015
61%12%27%+/-3.9640
AVERAGES 60% 12.5% 27.5% +/-5.02 447.5
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Republican primary

Governor of Kentucky, Republican primary
Poll James Comer, Jr. Matt BevinHal HeinerWill T. ScottUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Remington Research Group
January 27-28, 2015
22%19%18%5%35%+/-31,066
Harper Polling
January 28-31, 2015
25%18%19%9%30%+/-6.07261
Bluegrass Poll
March 3-8, 2015
20%20%28%8%25%+/-4.4520
Bluegrass Poll
March 26, 2015
19%12%33%3%29%+/-4601
AVERAGES 21.5% 17.25% 24.5% 6.25% 29.75% +/-4.37 612
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Hypothetical match-ups

Governor of Kentucky, Conway v. Bevin
Poll Jack Conway (D) Matt Bevin (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Harper Polling
January 28-29, 2015
45%41%14%+/-3.87640
Bluegrass Poll
March 3-8, 2015
42%36%22%+/-2.31,917
AVERAGES 43.5% 38.5% 18% +/-3.09 1,278.5
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.


Governor of Kentucky, Conway v. Comer
Poll Jack Conway (D) James Comer, Jr. (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Gravis Marketing
January 5-6, 2015
40%37%23%+/-4608
Harper Polling
January 28-29, 2015
41%45%14%+/-3.87640
Bluegrass Poll
March 3-8, 2015
40%38%22%+/-2.31,917
AVERAGES 40.33% 40% 19.67% +/-3.39 1,055
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.


Governor of Kentucky, Conway v. Heiner
Poll Jack Conway (D) Hal Heiner (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Gravis Marketing
January 5-6, 2015
43%34%22%+/-4608
Harper Polling
January 28-29, 2015
42%44%14%+/-3.87640
Bluegrass Poll
March 3-8, 2015
41%38%21%+/-2.31,917
AVERAGES 42% 38.67% 19% +/-3.39 1,055
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.


Governor of Kentucky, Conway v. Scott
Poll Jack Conway (D) Will T. Scott (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Harper Polling
January 28-29, 2015
44%40%16%+/-3.87640
Bluegrass Poll
March 3-8, 2015
43%33%24%+/-2.31,917
AVERAGES 43.5% 36.5% 20% +/-3.09 1,278.5
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Debates

Debate media


Matt Bevin statement, February 3 forum

James Comer, Jr. statement, February 3 forum

Hal Heiner statement, February 3 forum

Will T. Scott statement, February 3 forum

April 15 Republican gubernatorial forum
Differences over the state's health insurance exchange drew the clearest contrasts at an April 15 forum in Versailles. Matt Bevin, James Comer, Jr., Hal Heiner and Will T. Scott shared their opposition to the Affordable Care Act. When asked about the future of state-run insurance exchange Kynect, Bevin, Comer and Scott favored abolishing the program and allowing state residents to enroll in the federal exchange. Heiner argued that the program already insures many families in Kentucky, throwing a roadblock in any effort to abolish Kynect.[9]

Bevin, Comer and Heiner argued that the state's unfunded pension costs need to be dealt with through a long-term switch to 401(k) retirement plans rather than defined-benefit plans. Comer suggested that privatization of the Kentucky Teachers' Retirement System could solve the issue of inadequate funding. Scott advocated for casino gambling at racetracks, arguing that $350 million per year in revenues could be devoted to pension liabilities.[9]

April 8 Republican gubernatorial forum
The emergence of ads criticizing James Comer, Jr. and Matt Bevin turned up the temperature on the April 8 debate in Louisville. Comer and Bevin were targeted in TV ads aired the previous day by Citizens for a Sound Government, a group funded by political operative Alan Philp. Philp has prior connections to billionaires Charles and David Koch and also serves as the chairman of the pro-Heiner Bluegrass Action Fund. In one ad, one of Bevin's companies was criticized for failure to pay taxes. Comer was accused of accepting $87,000 in farm subsidies for his land during his legislative career and voting to expand pensions for legislators in 2005.[10]

Bevin and Comer both demanded a repudiation of these ads by Heiner, who noted that he has no control over their content as they were not produced by his campaign. Bevin argued that the content of the ads had already been proven false by media outlets during his 2014 Senate race. Comer countered the farm subsidies claim in the ad by suggesting that Heiner received more subsidies per acre for his land despite his wealth but acknowledged that the 2005 pension bill was a bad vote. Will T. Scott stayed out of the discussion of the ads.[10]

April 7 Republican gubernatorial forum
All four Republican candidates for governor gathered in La Grange to discuss state pensions, sales taxes and drug tests for public officials in front of 200 attendees. Will T. Scott was the only candidate to indicate that state pensions won't be changed or eliminated due to constitutional protections for contracts. Matt Bevin argued for a freeze on current contributions to meet pension obligations to retired employees while James Comer, Jr. advocated for a higher retirement age. Hal Heiner suggested a 30-year plan to switch from defined benefits to defined contributions to fulfill obligations for workers currently in the pension system.[11]

The debate turned toward the issue of a local option sales tax proposed by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer (D). Bevin, Comer and Heiner opposed a statewide version of the tax while Scott expressed support for the policy. All four candidates voiced their support for a drug testing policy for elected public servants. Bevin and Comer highlighted the duty of a public official to serve the people, Scott pointed out the need for accountability and Heiner noted the state's high rate of drug overdose deaths.[11]

February 3 Republican gubernatorial forum
The Kentucky Association of Realtors hosted a forum on February 3 featuring all four Republican candidates for governor. James Comer, Jr. and Will T. Scott compared Kentucky with Tennessee when discussing changes in state tax rates. Comer argued that land he owns in Tennessee has grown in value faster than Kentucky land due to favorable business policies including lower tax rates on corporations. Scott suggested that Kentucky already charges corporations less than Tennessee but an even lower rate would help the state stay an attractive business climate in the South. Matt Bevin criticized the estate tax as an incentive for older residents to leave the state for Tennessee or Florida. Hal Heiner argued that his experience in real estate and his status as a state political outsider would allow him to seek reforms necessary to improve the state's economy.[12]

January 23 Republican gubernatorial forum

An otherwise placid debate among three Republican candidates for governor turned tense over the issue of gaming. The event sponsored by the Kentucky Press Association featured James Comer, Jr., Hal Heiner and Will T. Scott. Comer and Heiner both argued that any growth in gaming facilities should be tied to a constitutional amendment. Heiner criticized Comer for his role as co-chair of Kentucky Wins, a group advocating for casino gambling in Kentucky. The group's website lists Comer as an honorary co-chair.[13] Comer countered that Heiner's running mate, K.C. Crosbie, is married to Scott Crosbie, who previously lobbied on behalf of firms interested in expanded gaming. Heiner's campaign responded that Crosbie severed lobbying ties according to state ethics records. Scott did not offer his opinion in the Comer-Heiner argument.[14]

Campaign finance

First quarter report (2015)
Comprehensive donor information for this election has been collected from the state's campaign finance authority. Based on available campaign finance records, the candidates raised a total of $3,712,481 and spent a total of $5,132,368.71 during this reporting period. This information was last updated on April 24, 2015.[15]

Campaign Contributions and Expenditures
Candidate Office Beginning balance Contributions Expenditures Ending balance
Jack Conway/Sannie Overly Democratic Party Kentucky Governor/Lieutenant Governor $951,795.60 $872,346.75 $410,248.42 $1,413,893.93
James Comer, Jr./Chris McDaniel Republican Party Kentucky Governor/Lieutenant Governor $873,474.86 $1,013,831.02 $848,860.07 $1,038,445.81
Hal Heiner/K.C. Crosbie Republican Party Kentucky Governor/Lieutenant Governor $3,467,422.17 $278,101.97 $2,727,925.03 $1,017,599.11
Matt Bevin/Jenean Hampton Republican Party Kentucky Governor/Lieutenant Governor $0 $1,322,717.02 $1,036,516.47 $286,200.55
Will T. Scott/Rodney Coffey Republican Party Kentucky Governor/Lieutenant Governor $0 $195,330.00 $83,153.78 $112,176.22
Drew Curtis/Heather Curtis Independent Kentucky Governor/Lieutenant Governor $0 $30,154.24 $25,664.94 $4,489.30
Geoff Young/Jonathan Masters Democratic Party Kentucky Governor/Lieutenant Governor $0 $0 $0 $0
Grand Total Raised $3,712,481
Grand Total Spent $5,132,368.71

Fourth quarter report (2014)
Comprehensive donor information for this election has been collected from the state's campaign finance authority. Based on available campaign finance records, the candidates raised a total of $880,190.47 and spent a total of $545,733.73 during this reporting period. This information was last updated on February 3, 2015.[16]

Campaign Contributions and Expenditures
Candidate Office Beginning balance Contributions Expenditures Ending balance
James Comer, Jr./Chris McDaniel Republican Party Kentucky Governor/Lieutenant Governor $477,656.47 $548,043.60 $152,225.21 $873,474.86
Jack Conway/Sannie Overly Democratic Party Kentucky Governor/Lieutenant Governor $978,044.51 $176,042 $202,290.91 $951,795.60
Hal Heiner/K.C. Crosbie Republican Party Kentucky Governor/Lieutenant Governor $3,502,534.91 $156,104.87 $191,217.61 $3,467,422.17
Matt Bevin/Jenean Hampton Republican Party Kentucky Governor/Lieutenant Governor $0 $0 $0 $0
Drew Curtis/Heather Curtis Independent Kentucky Governor/Lieutenant Governor $0 $0 $0 $0
Will T. Scott/Rodney Coffey Republican Party Kentucky Governor/Lieutenant Governor $0 $0 $0 $0
Geoff Young/Johnathan Masters Democratic Party Kentucky Governor/Lieutenant Governor $0 $0 $0 $0
Grand Total Raised $880,190.47
Grand Total Spent $545,733.73

2014

See also: United States Senate elections in Kentucky, 2014

Bevin ran as a Republican candidate for the United States Senate in the 2014 elections in Kentucky. Bevin was defeated by incumbent Mitch McConnell in the Republican primary on May 20, 2014.[3]

U.S. Senate, Kentucky Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMitch McConnell Incumbent 60.2% 213,753
Matt Bevin 35.4% 125,787
Shawna Sterling 2% 7,214
Chris Payne 1.5% 5,338
Brad Copas 0.9% 3,024
Total Votes 355,116
Source: Kentucky State Board of Elections

Campaign themes

Cockfighting

Bevin took part in a rally in April 2014 to support the legalization of cockfighting in Kentucky.[17]

Bevin's campaign described the event at the Corbin Arena in Corbin, Kentucky, as a "states' rights rally," and said that Bevin was unaware that it had any ties to cockfighting.[18]

"It was not a cockfighting rally, it was a states' rights rally," said Rachel Semmel, a Bevin spokeswoman.[17]

TARP funding

In February 2014, Bevin called the 2008 federal bailout of banks and Wall Street giants “irresponsible” and says he would have opposed it.[19] The comments came after prior backing by Bevin in 2008 when he supported the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) and the Federal Reserve’s decision to begin buying commercial paper issued by banks.[19]

Bevin campaign spokeswoman Rachel Semmel said in a statement, “Matt has always opposed the TARP bailout and similar misuses of taxpayer dollars."[19]

Involvement in Syria

According to a report by The Hill in September 2013, Bevin was among four Republican senate candidates who had come out against intervening in Syria while the incumbent challenger, in this case Mitch McConnell, remained undecided.[20]

GOP win

At an event sponsored by the FreedomWorks PAC on February 10, 2014, Bevin asserted that McConnell could not win a general election.[21] At the event, Bevin claimed that he would be only Republican who could beat Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes.

“We run a tremendous risk of losing this seat in Kentucky to someone who does not represent Kentucky values. We run the risk of losing this seat because of a sense of apathy and a sense of fatigue for the career politician that is my opponent in this primary, Mitch McConnell,” Bevin said.[21]

Media

Bevin's announcement

The same day that McConnell's primary challenger Matt Bevin was set to officially announce his candidacy, McConnell’s campaign announced a new ad buy labeling his primary opponent “Bailout Bevin” and noting that Bevin's business, which is based in Connecticut, accepted $200,000 in bailout funds.[22]


McConnell's July 24, 2013, ad, "Bailout Bevin"

Matt Bevin's first ad, released July 24, 2013, "Meet Matt Bevin"

In response to McConnell’s ad, the Senate Conservatives Fund went after McConnell and said, “It’s the height of hypocrisy for Mitch McConnell to attack anyone on bailouts when he was the one who voted with Barack Obama to bail out the Wall Street banks.”[22]

Bevin released his own ad on the day he announced his official candidacy. The ad, "Meet Matt Bevin," began by Bevin saying, “Mitch McConnell has had a long career in politics. But after 30 years in politics, is his leadership really the best that we can do? America deserves more than failed leadership. We can do better.”[23]

A narrator chimes in, saying that “McConnell has voted for higher taxes, bailouts, debt ceiling increases, congressional pay raises, and liberal judges.” Bevin, on the other hand, is described as a “successful businessman, father of nine, veteran, conservative, Republican.”[23]

Polls
Republican primary
Poll Mitch McConnell Matt BevinBrad CopasChris PayneShawna SterlingUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
SurveyUSA
May 14-16, 2014
55%35%1%1%3%5%+/-4.0605
Gravis/Human Events
May 12, 2014
48%34%0%0%0%18%+/-4.0629
NBC News/Marist
April 30 - May 6, 2014
57%25%0%0%0%13%+/-4.9408
Gravis Marketing/Human Events
April 15-17, 2014
51%34%0%0%0%15%+/-3.01,359
Public Opinion Strategies
February 24-26, 2014
61%23%0%0%0%16%+/-4.9400
Wenzel Strategies
February 8-11, 2014
59%17%0%0%0%24%+/-3.061,002
Survey USA
January 30-February 4, 2014
55%29%0%0%0%15%+/-4.91,082
Gravis Marketing/Human Events
January 2, 2014
53%31%0%0%0%16%+/-4.0683
Public Policy Polling
December 12-15, 2013
53%26%0%0%0%21%+/-4.21,509
Lake Research
Ocotber 24-29, 2013
50%17%0%0%0%33%+/-4.0603
Voter/Consumer Research
August 18-20, 2013
68%21%0%0%0%8%+/-4.0600
Wenzel Strategies
July 23-24, 2013
59%20%0%0%0%21%+/-3.9624
AVERAGES 55.75% 26% 0.08% 0.08% 0.25% 17.08% +/-4.07 792
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Campaign donors

2014

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Bevin's reports.[24]

Personal wealth

Bevin filed his personal financial wealth report in November 2013.[26] The reported showed millions in cash and assets that were ready to be loaned or contributed to his campaign, and included $1 million to $5 million in a Bank of America checking account and $500,0001 to $1 million in a Commonwealth Bank & Trust money market account.[26] In total, the report found that Bevin had between roughly $10 million and $50 million.[26]

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References

  1. National Journal, "Matt Bevin to Make Shock Run for Kentucky Governor," January 27, 2015
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Washington Post, "Businessman set to enter primary against McConnell," accessed July 22, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 Associated Press, "Kentucky Election Results," accessed May 20, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Facebook: "Matt Bevin for Kentucky, Info," accessed January 25, 2014
  5. 5.0 5.1 On The Issues, "Matt Bevin Vote Match," accessed April 19, 2015
  6. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers.
  7. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  8. Matt Bevin for Kentucky, "Issues," accessed April 3, 2015
  9. 9.0 9.1 Lexington Herald-Leader, "At forum in Versailles, GOP candidates for governor share 'the right ideas'," April 15, 2015
  10. 10.0 10.1 The Courier-Journal, "Governor candidates clash over attack ads," April 8, 2015
  11. 11.0 11.1 WDRB, "Republican candidates for Kentucky Governor debate in La Grange," April 7, 2015
  12. CN2, "GOP gubernatorial candidates say tax reform is key to improving business climate in Kentucky," February 3, 2015
  13. Kentucky Wins, "Our Coalition," accessed January 29, 2015
  14. The Courier Journal, "Sparks fly at governor candidate forum," January 23, 2015
  15. Kentucky Registry of Election Finance, "Candidate Search Results," accessed April 24, 2015
  16. Kentucky Registry of Election Finance, "Candidate Search Results," accessed February 3, 2015
  17. 17.0 17.1 Courier Journal, "Matt Bevin attended cockfighting rally," accessed April 5, 2014
  18. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named dockfighting
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 Politico, "Kentucky Senate race 2014: Matt Bevin, Mitch McConnell and TARP," accessed February 12, 2014
  20. Politico, "Senate primary challengers target GOP incumbents on Syria strikes," September 8, 2013
  21. 21.0 21.1 Politico, "Matt Bevin: Mitch McConnell can’t win in November," accessed February 11, 2014
  22. 22.0 22.1 Washington Post, "McConnell launches ad against soon-to-be primary opponent," accessed July 24, 2013
  23. 23.0 23.1 Washington Post, "Matt Bevin launches campaign against McConnell," accessed July 24, 2013
  24. Federal Election Commission: "Matt Bevin 2014 Summary reports," accessed November 13, 2013
  25. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed November 13, 2013
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 Roll Call, "Matt Bevin Reports Millions in ash and Assets Ready for Campaign," accessed November 26, 2013