Magazine June 24, 2019, Issue

Will Kentucky Reelect Governor Matt Bevin?

Kentucky governor Matt Bevin (Bill Clark/Contributor/Getty Images)
Not if the public unions can help it

Frankfort, Ky. — The president just put out a tweet for me,” says Governor Matt Bevin as he climbs aboard the Super King Air 200 that serves as Kentucky’s twin-turboprop version of Air Force One. It’s May 21 — primary day in the Bluegrass State — and President Trump has taken to Twitter: “To the great people of Kentucky, please go out and vote for Matt Bevin today. Very important. He has done a fantastic job for you and America!” Bevin appreciates the words: “That was very nice of him. He’s such a good guy.”

Moments later, we’re lifting off from the

This article appears as “Matt Bevin, Tea-Party Governor” in the June 24, 2019, print edition of National Review.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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