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By MATT VISER AND ASTEAD W. HERNDON

WASHINGTON — President Trump ran a campaign on lifting up the little guy. He was, in the words of his oldest son, “a blue-collar billionaire,” and it was his plain-spoken promise to be their warrior in Washington that helped win over voters in hollowed-out Midwestern towns.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is a letter to the editor sent to the McConnell-friendly Paducah Sun by a retired Paducah hospital chaplain. We thank our union brother J.W. Cleary for passing it along to us.

Editor,

The president loves the Senate tax bill, but a coal baron and Trump ally doesn't.

Trump promised to bring back a slew of coal jobs. Coal CEO Robert Murray vows the measure would be job killer in the coal fields. Click here to read what he said.  

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

Before he took the podium as featured speaker for the Alben Barkley Democratic Dinner in Paducah last August, Third District Congressman John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, hinted that Lexington Mayor Jim Gray might toss his hat in the ring for Congress in the Sixth District.

The next night--the eve of the Fancy Farm picnic--Yarmuth repeated his prediction before he gave the keynote speech for the Mike Miller Democratic Bean Dinner at Kentucky Dam Village State Park. 

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From our Friends at the Public Pension Coalition:  

The National Labor Relations Board’s new general counsel plans to take a much narrower view of worker rights than his predecessor, a new memo shows.

By DAVE JAMIESON

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

Mitch McConnell might be the most consistent politician in the history of Kentucky, where I've lived all my 67 years. 

He never swerves from his two top priorities: fattening his wallet and political gain. 

The Senate tax bill is a McConnell trifecta: It would boost his bank account, ingratiate him with President Trump and overjoy the Koch sibs and the rest of the GOP's deep-pocket donors.