Tea Party favorite Matt Bevin is throwing his hat in for governor of Kentucky

Kentucky really dropped the ball a few months ago by choosing establishment GOP leader Mitch McConnell over small government conservative Matt Bevin for their U.S. Senator. Well listen up Kentucky — you have a chance to redeem yourself! Matt Bevin is running for governor and talked about the campaign on radio this morning.

Below is a rush transcript of the interview:

GLENN: Kentucky, even though you're dead to me --

PAT: Could be somewhat slightly redeemed here.

GLENN: Could be. You could be mostly dead to me.

PAT: Right.

GLENN: If you would elect Matt Bevin for governor of the state of Kentucky. The primary is happening now and Matt Bevin happens to be on the phone with us. A friend of the program. A successful businessman. And a man that should have replaced Mitch McConnell. But Kentuckians decided to have, I don't know, too much bourbon.

PAT: Look at the fruits of that labor already.

GLENN: Working out well, Kentucky, isn't it? I'm sorry. Matt Bevin, welcome to the program.

MATT: It is good to be with you guys. It really is. You're bringing me down a little. Bringing me down.

GLENN: No, no. I don't want to bring you down.

MATT: We need you here in Kentucky. Don't give up on us yet. Don't give up on us yet.

GLENN: So what's happening with the primary? And why are you running for the -- I mean, I think you should have moved out of Kentucky. Just saying.

MATT: You know, I love this state. I say that not for gratuitous reasons. I just do. It's a beautiful part of the world. We're better than we sometimes appear to be, politically and otherwise. We have a lot of people here who care, not only about the direction of this state, but of this country. And it's a function of, we've got energize that base. You know this. You fight this battle every day. We have to get the people to care about these issues to actually come out to the polls.

GLENN: I know. Well, I will tell you this, there's a guy who used to live on the court, St. James Court in Louisville. I too love Kentucky. It's a great state. And if you want to, if you really want to change things, look at what -- look at what Scott Walker has done for Wisconsin. I mean, he has fundamentally transformed that state. You just start putting the correct principles in, and jobs come rolling in and your debt goes away. And things just turn around.

MATT: Absolutely. The missing ingredient is courage. We don't have enough people with political courage who are willing to step forward and take on the odds that seem insurmountable. He is a man who has time and again done things that people said could never and would never happen in that state. And he has not accepted that as an answer. And it's no different in Kentucky. If we do things that people say can't be done, but we do them anyway because we know they must be done, I know we can prevail. I know we can.

PAT: Matt, you've been officially in the campaign for how long now?

MATT: About six weeks. So I am just in the mix. I have not yet run any media of any sort whatsoever. And even so, we are statistically within the ranks of the frontrunner. I mean, we've been first or second in every single poll that has been done, even before I got into this race. So I'm delighted at where we are.

PAT: Yeah. The latest poll we saw shows you right behind the leader, whose name I don't even know. But that's amazing if you haven't even started really running ads or doing any media yet. That's --

GLENN: What's the difference between you and the other guy?

MATT: I mean, there's three other guys in the mix. The one you're referring to is a businessman. He's a good man. He really is. He has spent millions of dollars already on this race and has been officially in the race for over a year and he's barely ahead of me.

GLENN: Wow.

PAT: So this is good.

MATT: This is not because there's anything wrong with him. I don't think he evokes a sense of strong leadership. He doesn't give people a great sense of confidence. He's a good man. But I don't think he's the right solution. He's always a man who is sometimes a little squishy as it relates to taxes and things. He's sometimes there and sometimes not there. I'm far and away the most conservative and the most liberty-minded and have consistently been so throughout my entire life of anyone in this race.

GLENN: Where is Kentucky on Common Core?

MATT: This is another issue. I mean, we have most people saying they're opposed to it. I personally am very strongly opposed to it. Just last night, I spent a fair bit of time with a mutual friend of ours. Heidi Huber, who is just a very strong friend. What they're doing in Iowa right now is encouraging. They're on the cusp of encouraging their state to remove themselves from this in ways that are powerful and could be a great example for Kentucky. I have called in my Blueprint for a Better Kentucky to repeal Common Core in its entirety. And I've made that unequivocal from the first time I first ran for Senate to now and even before that time.

GLENN: And you also are trying to -- you want to move Kentucky into a right-to-work state.

MATT: Absolutely. We must. We're the only state in the south that does not have right to work legislation. It's killing us. People are passing us by simply because they cannot check that box. We cannot afford fiscally financially to pass --

GLENN: I'll tell you, Kentucky is -- I really like Kentucky. Kentucky is a geographically, just in a perfect little spot. It's really beautiful. Really beautiful. The people are very friendly. It's still in the South. And yet it's -- you know, it's obviously on the Mason-Dixon Line. And it has everything going for it. I mean, it's a great place to locate a company. Honestly, I walked through Louisville and thought to myself, you know, when we were getting ready to move down to Texas, I saw Louisville and I thought, you know, some of these old buildings down here, I'd love to take an old warehouse and just build studios in Louisville. Because it's a great place to live.

MATT: If I have my ability to become governor and then ultimately effect the changes that I know we can make, I'd love to attract you back. I'll tell you, you'd rather be here in July and August than Texas. I can tell you that.

GLENN: No, Matt. Not a chance. If you were senator, there was a chance. But Kentucky is dead to me now.

MATT: No, no, no.

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STU: When is the primary, Matt?

MATT: The primary is May 19th. Again, we have four people running on the Republican side. So it's unusual in Kentucky. It's usually the Democrats that fight for the nomination, and then some poor chump gets put up on the Republican side. But this is a state that is shifting. It's changing. And that's good.

So conservatives are starting to have their voices heard. There are still far more Democrats than Republicans. But I need Republicans in Kentucky that are listening, if you care about the future of Kentucky, pay close attention to this race. I would certainly be grateful, of course, for people's support. But I'd rather they make an informed decision and that they go to the polls actively and intentionally, and I think that they will look at our campaign --

My running mate Jenean Hampton is extraordinary. She's a woman who grew up in inner city Detroit. Her mother and father got divorced when she was seven. She was the youngest of four girls. Her mother had an eighth grade education. No one in her family had ever gone to college. She paid her own way through school working full-time at General Motors. Got a degree in Industrial Engineering. Then joined the Air Force. Seven years active duty military, including a deployment to the Gulf War. Got out. Went into the private sector for 20 years, working her way up to being a plant manager at a Fortune 500 packaging company. Got an MBA along the way. Is conservative to the core. Knows why she's conservative.

The fact that she's a black female puts her in remarkably select company in the state of Kentucky's Republican Party. And she knows why she believes what she believes. She's liberty-minded and an extraordinary candidate as this state has ever seen. There's never been an African-American ever run for lieutenant governor or governor in the history of this state. So she brings to this equation a level of confidence and knowledge of her principles and what it means to not play the victim.

She has had 1,000 opportunities in her life to make excuses for why she could have been or would have been something else. And she has seized the very principles that this nation was built on for herself and for her life and is an example to others in ways that nobody else could begin to replicate. She's extraordinary.

STU: Are we voting for her, or?

GLENN: Yeah, I wonder why she's not running for governor.

MATT: I know. The ticket is probably backwards. But --

GLENN: Let me ask you this, Matt -- what are race relations like especially with the shooting that happened in Ferguson? What is happening in Kentucky? How are things in Kentucky?

MATT: You know, I was just with a bunch of police chiefs this morning. I spent my morning with about 40 different police chiefs. And they were talking about that and others. It's -- race relations -- specifically, we're a state that's 88.2 percent white. We're predominantly white.

Race relations tend to be more an issue in the urban areas as might be affected, but frankly ours is a state that could probably stand to pay a little more attention to the fact that we are one nation under God, indivisible. This is what made our nation great. It's what we must have to be great going forward.

Part of why I put this ticket forward is we recognize Kentucky. Jenean and I are Kentucky. We're black, we're white, we're male, we're female. We're from the city. We're from the country. We're two individuals who both grew up below the poverty level, but have been blessed to live the American dream.

And, to me, if there's anything that will enhance the level of dialogue between races in this nation, it's for people to recognize that we are indeed one nation under God. And you've met my family. My family alone happens -- I have black children, I have white children. But I don't see them that way. They're my children.

GLENN: I have to tell you something. You just keep having more children. You have like 34 children. Eventually, your kids can just go to the polls and elect you.

MATT: We're a few years away. Honestly, we only have one seat left in the 12-passenger van so I think we're done.

GLENN: Matt, give me the web address.

MATT: It's MattBevin.com. It hasn't changed. Pat, I know you've been waiting to say that. M-A-T-T B-E-V-I-N dot-com. People can go and see my plan for a better Kentucky. It's a simple plan. It's a fiscally responsible plan. And I'll tell you, anything your listeners can do inside and outside of Kentucky, there's three races in the country in 2015, and only one has the ability to change the governorship in a statehouse, and that's Kentucky. And I'd be grateful -- if people think that having a 32nd Republican Kentucky governor in solving this nation's problems from the bottom up, is going to be the answer, as opposed to from Washington, I'd be --

GLENN: Well, I will tell you that we wish you would have replaced what's-his-face? McConnell. But, you know, another path to the White House, quite honestly, is through the governorship. And I'm not saying that's what you're doing it for or anything else, but I will tell you, look at what happened to Scott Walker. He's changed the dynamics of that state. And that is a very progressive state. He has changed the people's lives for better. And he could be a presidential candidate. So we're big supporters of yours, Matt. And we appreciate it. And best of luck to you. Thank you.

MATT: Thanks for having me on twice. I appreciate it.

Soros is trying to elect MORE TEXAS RINOs. Here's how YOU can stop him.

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Texas is under threat of a George Soros-backed takeover.

Soros-funded RINO judges have been elected in some of the highest courts in Texas. These judges implemented restrictions that have blocked nearly a thousand cases of voter fraud from being investigated or prosecuted from across the state. These new restrictions are similar to ones in place in states like George, Arizona, and Wisconsin, leaving Texas more susceptible to election corruption than ever. If Texas falls to corruption, America will lose its largest bastion of conservative electoral power in the nation. Without Texas, Republicans WILL NOT be able to win national elections and liberal corruption will go unchecked across the country.

Fortunately, there is a way to stop this: YOU.

If you live in Texas you have a chance to stand up against corruption and to fight back! Starting Tuesday, February 20th, early voting for the primaries begins, where three of these judges are up for election. Go out and vote. If the right people are voted in, there's a good chance the restrictions will be lifted and election fraud can once again be prosecuted.

But remember, you can't just go in and vote for anyone who has an "R" next to their name. Sorors knows that a registered Democrat would never stand a chance in Texas, so his lackeys register as Republicans and ride the little "R" right into office. So who do you vote for?

Fortunately, Glenn had Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on his show today and Ken gave us his list of judges that he vouches for. His list is as follows:

  • Gina Parker
  • Lee Finley
  • David Schenck
The Primary Election runs from February 20th to March 5th. This is your chance to get out there and make a difference. It might be the most important election you ever participate in. If you need to know where your nearest polling location is, or any other information regarding the election, you can go to votetexas.gov to find out more.
It's time to stand up.

Hypocrisy EXPOSED: The 'Amazon Files' and what WE are doing about it

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Who is really banning books?

For years now, Conservatives have been taking flak from the left for supposed "book bans." The left likes to compare these "bans" to Nazi book burnings, accusing the right of sweeping authoritarian decrees designed to suppress information. In reality, this is a movement largely motivated by parents, who want to remove inappropriate books from children's libraries.

But if you want to discuss authoritarian book bans, look no further than the White House. As Glenn recently covered, the Biden administration has been pressuring the world's largest bookseller, Amazon, into suppressing books they disagree with.

On February 5th, 2024, Ohio Representative Jim Jordan released a slew of subpoenaed documents that exposed pressure placed on Amazon by the Biden Administration. The documents, which Jordan dubbed "The Amazon Files" after Elon Musk's "The Twitter Files," revealed an email conversation between Andrew Slavitt, a former White House senior adviser, and Amazon employees. In these emails, Slavitt complained that the top search results for books on "vaccines" were "concerning" and then requested that Amazon intervene. Amazon initially refused, not out of some altruistic concern for the free exchange of information. They thought any action taken would be "too visible" and would further exasperate the “Harry/Sally narrative,” referring to the outrage that followed Amazon's removal of Ryan T. Anderson’s book When Harry Became Sally.

Despite this initial refusal, Amazon agreed to meet with the White House a few days later. The number one item on their agenda was removing books from the website. An Amazon employee even admitted that the reason they even took this meeting was due to the pressure being placed on them by the Biden Administration.

What was the result of this meeting? Amazon caved. They began to implement ways of limiting the outreach of books that challenged the mainstream vaccine narrative and other books the White House might not like.

The White House was caught red-handed pressuring the world's largest bookseller to restrict the sale of books they consider in opposition to their narrative, and they have the gall to accuse conservatives of information suppression. This is just ONE of many actions committed by the Biden Administration that are more characteristic of a dictator than a president.

What can you do about it? Fortunately, you are not dependent on Amazon and its corrupted algorithm to help you find books. Every week right here on GlennBeck.com, we highlight books that Glenn is reading or talking about in our "Glenn's Bookshelf" series. Here you can find a wide selection of books free from Amazon's filters. Be sure to sign up for Glenn's newsletter to find out about new additions to "Glenn's Bookshelf" every week.

10 times Biden has acted like a DICTATOR

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The left-wing media's most recent tirade is accusing Trump of being a dictator. But, as Glenn said, "Everything they're accusing us of, they're doing."

Since day one, the Biden administration has overstepped the bounds placed on the executive branch set by the Constitution. In Glenn's most recent TV Special, he examined ten times Biden acted like a dictator, NOT a president. Here are 10 of Biden's Dictator Moves, and click HERE to get ALL of the research that went into this week's Glenn TV special:

5 ways to protect your First Amendment rights. Number 4 will surprise you.

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Every day it seems Glenn covers another story revealing how people across the world at all levels of power DESPISE the fact that YOU have rights, and they are actively trying to curtail them. Recently, there has been a string of attacks against the rights outlined in the First Amendment: the freedom of religion, the freedom of speech, the freedom of press, the freedom of assembly, and the freedom to petition.

As a refresher, the First Amendment reads as follows:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

This is powerful stuff, there is a good reason the Founding Fathers made it the FIRST Amendment. It's also the reason why power-hungry elites are attacking it. These attacks are designed to control the way you think, speak, and believe, vote, what you read, and who holds your representatives responsible. The First Amendment is our strongest weapon against tyrants, and they know it.

So what can you do about it? Hope that some wig in Washinton will eventually do something? We know how well that works. The best thing to do is to stay active, engage in the issues you care about, and exercise your rights.

So where to start? Here are a few things YOU can do to protect your First Amendment rights:

Religion

The best way to flex your Freedom of Religion is to—you guessed it—practice your faith. Become an active member in your place of worship, go to scripture studies, invite your friends to that late afternoon event, and walk the life. This can impact the way you spend money as well. Shop the businesses and brands that share your values, and don't shop at the ones that scorn them. Keeping the community alive and healthy is the best way to ensure that generations to come will be able to experience the freedom you enjoy.

Speech

Much like religion, the best way to protect your freedom of speech is... to speak. Engage your friends and family in polite, civil conversation. Stand up for what you believe in, and make your case to your peers. Just remember to keep it friendly. No one ever won an argument by shouting down their opponent. The civil exchange of ideas is the cornerstone of our republic, and a dialogue where the participants are well-informed, considerate, compassionate, and open-minded can have permanent impacts on all involved.

Press

Freedom of the Press seems a little tricky at first. Unless you work for the media, what are you supposed to do? Quit your job and go work for the local newspaper? The good news is that exercising this right is not nearly that difficult. In fact, you are currently doing it. The best thing you can do is to read from outlets that produce informative content. Want to know what Glenn consumes to stay informed every day? Sign up for Glenn's Morning Brief newsletter to get all the stories Glenn gets sent to his desk every day sent straight to your inbox.

Assembly

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Freedom of assembly is one of the more impactful yet underutilized freedoms in the First Amendment. Peaceably assembling and protesting with like-minded individuals can hugely influence politicians and policies while simultaneously creating community and fellowship between attendees. It's understandable why more people don't turn out. We're all busy people with busy schedules, and flying out to D.C. for the weekend seems like a daunting task to many. Thankfully, you don't have to go out all the way to D.C. to make a difference. Gather some like-minded people in your town and bring awareness to issues that impact your community. Big change starts locally, and exercising your freedom to assemble can be the catalyst to lasting impact.

Petition

If you've been a long-time listener of Glenn, then you will have heard a few of his calls to action where he asks his audience to contact their representatives about a particular piece of policy. There is a good reason Glenn keeps on doing those: they work. Whether it's your local mayor or your senator, a call and an email go a long way. If you really want to make a change, convince your friends and family to reach out as well.