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The first day of school is an exciting time for students, eager to get back into classrooms and happy to see friends they’ve missed over the summer.

The end of summer can be hectic. As you tick off the last few days of summer before students return to school, it’s hard not to think of the the things that are still left to accomplish.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Gov. Bevin's comments are more proof--as if it were needed--that he's Kentucky's proto-Trump. Bevin called teachers "thugs." But he skipped Fancy Farm because he knew plenty of "thugs" would be in the crowd. The MIA governor was Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes’ first target of opportunity. “It’s a hot one, folks,” she deadpanned in her speech.

By ROBERT KUTTNER

Donald Trump keeps bragging about the economy — an unemployment rate of just 3.9 percent, 3.7 million jobs created since he took office, consumer confidence up. Will this help the Republicans in the 2018 midterms? Probably not.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This isn't our first rodeo. The Trump-McConnell-Ryan GOP tax plan is the same old Harding-Coolidge-Hoover-GOP "trickle-down" economics from the 1920s. "The business of America is business," Coolidge said. America got the business starting in 1929: the Great Depression. the worst economic catastrophe in American history.  

By ADAM BEAM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Labor leaders fighting laws to let workers skip paying union fees took their argument to the Kentucky Supreme Court on Friday, days after voters rejected a similar law in Missouri.

Federal law requires most labor unions to represent all workers in a bargaining unit, even those workers who don’t join the union. Most union contracts require all workers to pay a fee to the union to help cover its costs in enforcing the contract. But at least 28 states have passed laws exempting workers from these fees.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

Kentucky Republicans might be wise to ponder Missourian Dan Gould's analysis of  proposition A's demise. 

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Kentucky State AFL-CIO unanimously endorsed Democrat Amy McGrath in the Sixth District race.

A staff member from the Kentucky Democratic Party was roughed up at an Andy Barr campaign event in Lexington on Wednesday night.

The young staffer, who was serving as a “tracker,” was at the event to get video of Barr as he arrived at the event. He was standing on the sidewalk outside the home of Louis Hillenmeyer, a Lexington businessman, who was hosting the publicly-advertised fundraiser.