In Kentucky, a petition to remove or impeach Kentucky governor Matt Bevin has officially reached 5,000 signatures, and the updates concerning the petition further define the tricky procedures required to ensure Matt Bevin’s removal from office.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, although Matt Bevin is making headlines throughout America for suing Planned Parenthood for “illegal abortions,” according to Red State, the reason the petition is circulating is due to accusations on two accounts of corruption.
These corruption accusations are further detailed in the February 20 update to the petition for Matt Bevin’s removal from office at Change.org.
The first case of corruption against Matt Bevin included in the impeachment petition pertains to the possibility of election fraud in the 2015 vote that got him elected.
The second case of corruption that Matt Bevin is being accused of (in petitions that are asking for his removal from office as Kentucky’s state governor), pertain to his budget cuts that will leave a key government watchdog program underfunded and unable to operate as an office.
In addition, there is a second petition circulating with 6,100 signatures that asks for a recall election, but the possibility of a recall election for Matt Bevin is not possible in the state of Kentucky because the state does not allow for a recall vote.
In both petitions, there is an urgency to get Matt Bevin out of office as soon as possible, and many of the comments show Kentucky voters becoming emotional.
For instance, one commenter states “Undermining social welfare for political positioning. Playing with people’s lives to appease an ignorant base is immoral and disgusting. Shame on you, Matt.”
Another commenter writes their opinions about Matt Bevin with the following.
“He is a dangerous uneducated man. He is putting women’s rights and health back 100 years. He is a Bible thumping psycho, he continues to divide Kentucky as a state. Matt is the reason we appear nationally as hillbillies. This guys has got to be removed before women lose the right to vote.”
On Twitter, one user suggested that Kentuckians might have to file a lawsuit against Kentucky’s governor, similar to the way NBC News describes Chris Christie getting sued by New Jersey citizens in 2014 for his bridge debacle.
To some social media users, the idea of being able to impeach Matt Bevin seems debatable because there is no recall vote possibility, but there are updates to the petition that may contradict the idea that Matt Bevin cannot be removed from office.
For instance, in an update on February 19 for the Change.org petition to impeach Matt Bevin, the originator of the petition quotes the Declaration of Independence with the following.
“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
In the meantime, Kentuckians are working on Facebook to get the community to work directly to defend the agencies that Matt Bevin is underfunding.
For instance, a picture of a letter from Louisville’s Jefferson County Public Schools circulated on Facebook on February 19, and some of the reposts included the following statement.
“JCPS is urging parents (and really anyone who lives in Kentucky) to contact their state reps –House and Senate — to stop Matt Bevin’s education budget cuts. He has proposed a 4.5 [percent] cut for remainder of THIS year and a 9 [percent] cut for the 2016-2018 terms. It doesn’t matter whether you voted for Bevin or not, we cannot afford to take yet another backward turn in our educational system. Please call Frankfort @ (800) 372-7181 FREE … to stop this recklessness with our and our children’s futures.”
Thankfully, it appears some of Matt Bevin’s plans to cut every department will be curbed because not all Kentucky offices rely on state funding. For example, the Courier-Journal wrote on February 19 that the Fish and Wildlife Department in Kentucky will remain untouched because they generate their own funding from issuing hunting and fishing licenses.
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