MCCRORY FALLOUT: Kentucky Governor Now Says He Won’t Push For Anti-Transgender “Bathroom Law”

The Associated Press reports:

Kentucky’s Republican governor says he will not use the state’s new GOP majority to push through a bill restricting transgender bathroom use. Matt Bevin held a news conference Friday to discuss his first year in office and look ahead to the 2017 legislative session, where Republicans will hold super majorities in both chambers for the first time.

Bevin earlier this year joined a lawsuit challenging the federal government’s directive that public schools allow students to use the bathroom of their gender identity. But Friday, Bevin said Kentucky has no need to pass a law restricting transgender bathroom use because it is not an issue here.

A North Carolina law has prompted condemnation from business leaders and was one of many factors contributing to Republican Gov. Pat McCrory’s narrow re-election loss.

One of many factors? Main cause would be more like it.

  • Gustav2

    They will stay away from a Restroom Law, but look out for the Religious Freedom Bills.

    • they’ll be gunning for a national one, i think. sweeping up all the pro-xtian privs into one bill that it’ll be much harder to overturn.

      • fuow

        And they’ll get it, too – thanks again to all the gay men who either didn’t vote or ‘voted their conscience’ for the Greens.
        Fuck you all, each and every one of you. You caused us to lose.

        • well, i might say it differently if you and i were sharing a drink at a nice holiday party, but i don’t disagree.

        • FreeCandyVanDriver

          Fuck you back for blaming everybody but the Clinton campaign for their loss. Telling Bernie voters that you don’t need their vote, telling people that they’re “deplorables” (if you have nothing polite to say, don’t say it, because it never gets you anywhere. Mom was right), and basically telling the /base/ of the Democratic Party to “fuck off” with Kaine as VP (because Republicanism in Drag is Republicanism none the less) doesn’t get you votes.

          She just /assumed/ that Trump was too dumb to be elected. Regardless of the conspiracy theories, saying that you’re “Not Trump” doesn’t say a hell of a lot. A ham sandwich is “Not Trump.” Not voting is also “Not Trump.” A vote for Johnson or Stein is also “Not Trump.”

          And “Sam Handwich” is also not Trump. /oblig

          Meanwhile Trump played to the disaffected and dispossessed of Middle America. Because even though Trump was “too dumb to win,” Clinton wasn’t offering anything better in their eyes except more of the same abandonment of the Middle, Working, and Poor classes (you know, their actual base other than the “big donor” class) that the Democrats have been doing since the election of Reagan.

          Bernie, on the other hand, had something to offer the voters, but the DNC and Clinton machine made damn sure that he wouldn’t win come hell or high water. You know, “Not Trump” but also “True Universal Healthcare” and other stuff actually derided by Clinton.

          So yeah, it’s all the fault of the Greens and (especially) Libertarians who weren’t going to vote for Clinton anyway.

          And lastly, I’m a straight ally. The “gay men who voted their conscience” directly caused the Clinton loss? What percentage of voters was /that/? Even generously guesstimating that gay men make up 1/4 of the general population, 1/4 of <5% combined "conscience votes" is not a fuckload of votes and would have made no difference in the results whatsoever had they voted for Clinton, except for people for you to scapegoat.

          Clinton's (and the DNC's) campaign /lost/ the election through completely avoidable decisions and dumb fuckups. Blaming anyone else is nonsense.

          Whatever, man.

        • karen in kalifornia

          Nah, nah, nah. It was all the white women who are just as sexist as white working class men. Not to mention white women in the evangelical households who have to do what the hubby man says. Happy now?

    • Todd20036

      It won’t really be an RFA bill.

      It will be a CFA bill.

      Christian only

  • bkmn

    I didn’t think Bevin was that smart.

    • Todd20036

      Smart enough to know that money supersedes any belief.

      Which actually does make him smarter than McCory

    • David Walker

      As one of the cute, allegedly PA Dutch sayings reads on one of the tourists trap restaurants’ place mats, “We grow too soon old and too late smart.”

  • james1200

    NC has a booming economy and lots of businesses, including high-tech businesses, that don’t like all this anti-gay, anti-trans nonsense. But Kentucky is a toilet with negative job growth and a stone age economy so he’s just afraid he’ll get blamed if the recession they’re in gets worse. If their economy turns around, he’ll start up with the anti-gay nonsense because like his state, he’s an asshole.

    http://www.bestplaces.net/economy/state/kentucky

    ECONOMY

    Recent Job Growth | Kentucky | -1.49%
    Recent Job Growth | United States | +1.59%

    • Lazycrockett

      I doubt he would get much blame, this is a state that voted for a guy who campaign on removing their healthcare if elected. He kept his promise. The stupid is strong in KY.

      • james1200

        It really amazes me how their self-loathing is so powerful, this belief ingrained in them that they don’t deserve anything, including healthcare and that the rich are better than them so they should have it all at their expense. Very odd.

        • Lumpy Gaga

          Necessary, probably not sufficient:

          Their eternal souls are more important.

          • boatboy_srq

            How very 1316 of them.

          • Lumpy Gaga

            Speaking of which, I sure hope there are free market solutions to outbreaks of plague.

          • PickyPecker

            MAKE SMALLPOX GREAT AGAIN!

          • boatboy_srq

            D-Con. Kill the rats and the fleas have nowhere to go.

          • thatotherjean

            Bubonic plague kills rats. When the rats are dead, fleas migrate to domestic animals, like cats and dogs, and people.

          • i’m reading a really good, scary book about yurp in 1349. chilling only begins to describe it. and yet, it doesn’t seem so impossible, right now, that we’re headed in that direction for real.

            all i know is that i’m glad drumpf seems lukewarm on the religious crusade idea. the ark was a flop, yanno? and anyways, there’s real money to be stolen from the treasury with military projects him and all his generals can get behind without offending moderate thuglicans.

        • John30013

          I don’t think it’s self loathing. I think it’s hatred of minorities (whom they equate with welfare recipients) combined with willful ignorance of their own identical situation.

          • Lazycrockett

            More than half of my white kin folk totally deny that they are on the guvment welfare. The eye rolling by some of us at family reunions could cause a tornado.

      • teeveedub

        They’ve also kept McConnell in office for all these years, who is now vying for the Obstructionist General position in tRump’s cabinet.

        • Lazycrockett

          Who said after getting re elected in November that coal wasn’t a big issue for him.

    • boatboy_srq

      To be fair, coal is an iron age commodity.

      • james1200

        Don’t you worry, they’re gonna bring it back, whether we like it or not. The purge has begun.

        https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-12-09/trump-team-s-memo-hints-at-broad-shake-up-of-u-s-energy-policy

        “Trump Team’s Memo Hints at Broad Shake-Up of U.S. Energy Policy”
        Advisers seeking to identify staff involved in climate policy

        The transition team has asked the agency to list employees and contractors who attended United Nations climate meetings, along with those who helped develop the Obama administration’s social cost of carbon metrics, used to estimate and justify the climate benefits of new rules. The advisers are also seeking information on agency loan programs, research activities and the basis for its statistics, according to a five-page internal document circulated by the Energy Department on Wednesday. The document lays out 65 questions from the Trump transition team, sources within the agency said.”

        • boatboy_srq

          So much for all those tRumpets in KY, PA, OH and WV who thought he’d save their pits and jobs…

          • james1200

            No, they’re planning on purging anyone who worked on climate change under Obama. Like you said though, nothing will bring back those jobs.

        • thatotherjean

          Governmental overreach, much? I hope the Energy Department tells them to pound sand.

  • JWC

    Took Mcory’s lead Money Talks

  • we’re still here

    They elected a man who boasts about going into teenage girls locker rooms to leer at their bodies. Physician heal thyself.

    • Stogiebear

      Can physician-assisted suicide be considered a form of self healing?

      • David Walker

        Where’s Dr. Kevorkian when you need him?

  • Chucktech

    Bevin said Kentucky has no need to pass a law restricting transgender bathroom use because it is not an issue here.

    It wasn’t an issue in North Carolina, either.

    • Gene

      I KNOW trans people using the bathrooms, the appropriate ones for their identity, in Lexington, and Louisville, and I HIGHLY doubt those are the only places in KY where such is the case. he just knows a political loser, even in the south, when he sees it.

      alabama? Miss? I worry….

      there was one really GOOD result of the bitch in Morehead and her refusal to process marriage licenses. It made the small but real GLBT community in that part of Appalachia stand up. they got a LOT of coverage in the news, most of it quite positive, and a lot of people came out to family and friends, and, from what I hear from friends from Ashland to Pikeville to Hazard to Morehead to Stanton, its had a real effect on lots of people. Hard as it may be to believe, before her shitshow, a lot of people really did not think there WERE many (or even any) GLBT people in their communities. Now they know that the nice lady down the road is gay, and…knowing people makes a difference, as Milk taught us so well.

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  • lymis

    It’s not an issue anywhere you assholes didn’t try to make it into one, Sparky.

  • boatboy_srq

    Shorter Bevin: I enjoy living in the governor’s mansion better than I enjoy hating on those manwomanpersoncreatures.

  • Gerry Fisher

    With elected politicians, the only thing that trumps moneyed interests is a serious threat to their re-election. The people still have that power, if they can organize it and use it.

    • Cackalaquiano

      “if they can organize it and use it” is key. Unfortunately our side was terrible at it this last election.

      • fuow

        No shit. We have nobody to blame but ourselves. It’s why I keep pointing that out here. There’s no way in hell that all of our kind and gracious host’s commentators and readers voted for Hillary. Lots stayed home or went ‘Green’ to teach us Democrats a lesson.

        • The_Wretched

          “to teach us Democrats a lesson”
          What’s your evidence on that motivation? I mean that sincerely. Stein got a tiny fraction of the vote and those weren’t Dem votes anyway.

          So far as you’re right, isn’t the better solution for the Dems to reach out to the left with inclusive messages?

        • Cackalaquiano

          Well the Democratic Party too. They need to figure out how to get voters out and how to appeal more broadly.

          • David Walker

            And it needs to be done in one year…maybe 18 months. It takes time to change hearts and minds and even longer for some to be convinced. And hell, the Democrats didn’t even bother to run anyone for my district’s legislator. I found that unacceptable, but the party bosses probably thought other districts needed their attention and bucks.

        • ladyvader

          Some flat out left the Dems because they’re really no better than the GOP. Both put party before country.

          All the crappy bills everyone hates? Both parties are responsible for them, not just the GOP.

  • AJ Drew

    “it’s not an issue here” says KY Guv’ner. Ahem… so, um, where HAS it been an issue, ever?

  • TexasBoy

    I really wish Republicans would go back to their pre-Reagan roots of being fiscally conservative but taking no real stands on social issues.

    • SoDisqusted

      Eisenhower banned gays from working in the federal government.

  • Lazycrockett
    • Treant

      Good. Wise Republicans will run like the wind away from his residency.

      And there are very few wise Republicans, so 2018 should be a House blood bath for them.

      • The_Wretched

        Dems need to start lining up quality candidates now and get them campaigning.

        • FreeCandyVanDriver

          Judging by the last 35 years, unlikely. Dems will have to offer something other than”not that awful guy over there” like they just did.

      • David Walker

        And we need to do more than cross our fingers.

    • Gianni

      But, but, but didn’t he win in a landslide? He said so, didn’t he? I think Kellyanne did, too.

  • SunsetGay

    Given what we know about Trump, Dennis Hastert, Mark Foley and Jared Fogle, I think it’s safe to say that Republicans are a greater threat to your children’s safety in the restroom than transgender people.

  • mikeinrkfd

    Wise move asshat. Do they have indoor plumbing in KY?

    • lymis

      Doesn’t matter. Transgender people should be free to use the clump of bushes that aligns with their gender as well.

  • GayOldLady

    “One of many factors? Main cause would be more like it.”

    Ditto that.

  • TrollopeReader

    R Super-majorities. And these are the miners and other folk who will be losing their health care … (that in polls was much more “favorable” than Obamacare).

  • David Walker

    So much for THAT legacy.

  • Mike__in_Houston

    Gee. A Republican showing some semblance of intelligence. Who’d-a thunk it?

  • Ian

    Well looks like a politician is more concerned with reelection than with fulfilling the whims of the people who got him there. SHOCKED! But, just goes to show how powerful we can be when we stick together and leverage corporate interests and consequences. We can bend even the most vicious of opponents to the good side.

  • Mike C

    So you all lose your health insurance you STILL don’t get to bully the gays. Good job, Kentucky.

  • SelectFromWhere

    “One of many factors? Main cause would be more like it.”

    As a North Carolinian, as much as I’d like to think this, there were other pretty big factors without which I’m afraid he might have squeaked back in. He instituted a toll road near Charlotte that apparently turned a great many business folks in that area (his city of residence) against him, and his ties to fracking and coal ash ponds via his sly business deals with Big Energy had already turned a lot of environmentalists against him.

    Yes, his stubbornness and the fact that he had obviously signed it without even understanding all of the ramifications of it made for big headlines, and got the “liberal” voters out against him, but it required a lot of moderate and business Republicans to vote against him, too, and they were generally not hepped up about HB2.

    Whatever it took, he is OUT!!

  • agcons

    You actually needed McCrory’s election loss to help you decide? The masses of lost business for NC didn’t give you a huge fucking clue that bathroom law shenanigans might not be a good idea?

  • Richard B

    Maybe his brush with LGBT trouble and Kim Davis was enough for him.

  • aconir .

    Mark Twain: “I want to be in Kentucky when the end of the world comes, because they are always 20 years behind.”

  • KnownDonorDad

    You need to persuade them in terms they can easily understand, like loss of power.

  • Piona O.

    But….but….Didn’t this Bevin ass sign a law into effect that excused Kim Davis from any repercussions from her refusal to give marriage licenses to same sex couples? So now he’s backing down on “bathroom” laws? I am so totally confused.

    • Marti386

      It’s called “protecting his own ass”. 😛

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  • Smith_90125

    He certainly didn’t do it because of facts (vis-a-vis US cops reporting ZERO sexual assaults by trans people in bathrooms).

  • pebouky

    this teabag asshat will be the destruction of my state, along with his new found majority dominating our house! our dem house was the last bastion of progressive thought in southern legislatures, since 1921. dark days ahead