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By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

Old joke from when my native Kentucky was a Democratic state:

Republican: “You’d vote for the devil if he ran as a Democrat.”

Democrat: “Not if he ran in the primary.”

Not a joke from 2017 Alabama:

Democrat: “You’d vote for an alleged pedophile if he ran as a Republican.”

Thanks to Daniel Hurt for sending us this.

By NICHOLAS KRISTOF

NAs we watch Roy Moore thumping his Bible to defend himself from accusations of child molestation, let me toss out a verbal hand grenade: To some degree, liberals practice the values that conservatives preach.

Daniel Hurt of Grand Rivers, the 2017 Youth Labor Award winner, plugged unions in a recent guest appearance on "Berry Craig's Notebook," a cable TV talk show in Paducah. 

Hurt, the 24-year-old chair of the Livingston County Democratic party and one of the youngest members of the state party's central executive committee, talked about the future of his party and welcomed union support.

President of the West Kentucky Young Democrats, Hurt also was on the special committee that nominated the new party chair, Ben Self, whom the central committee confirmed. 

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

Louisville labor leader Richard Becker is the first Democrat to file in the May primary for retiring State Rep. Jim Wayne’s seat.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

Kentucky farmers who hire migrant workers aren’t always happy to see Stephen Bartlett.

So the Farm Labor Organizing Committee’s Bluegrass State organizer enjoys telling a story about a Green County tobacco grower.

“After organizing a successful mediation with this farmer and his H-2A guest workers, he told me he needed a union, too,” said the Louisville-based Bartlett, who spoke at the recent Kentucky State AFL-CIO convention in Lexington.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

The Kentucky Democratic Party is looking for a few good union men and women.

Okay, more than a few.

"I want you to run for office," wrote Ben Self, the brand-new KDP chair, in an email he sent today. "If we don’t compete, we can’t win. Virginia showed us just last week that every seat can be competitive."

I spoke with him on the phone after I got the email. Self extended a special invitation to union members to toss hats in the ring. 

By DANIEL DESROCHERS and BETH MUSGRAVE

For months, the “will he, won’t he” whispers have built around Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and whether he will run for U.S. Rep. Andy Barr’s seat in Central Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District.

Gray remained noncommittal about his political future Thursday, but his silence shouldn’t be mistaken as disinterest in the congressional race, said Dale Emmons, a longtime campaign manager in Kentucky and the father of Gray’s chief of staff, Jamie Emmons.

By RONNIE ELLIS

CNHI News Service

FRANKFORT — Both state and national polls released last week show more Kentucky voters approve of Gov. Matt Bevin than disapprove, but his approval rate is below 50 percent in both polls.