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Thanks to Liles Taylor for sending us this story in which the author quotes Bill Londrigan, Kentucky State AFL-CIO president.

Janus decision stopped unions collecting ‘fair-share fees’ but fresh organizing efforts mean many shops are on the up

By MIKE ELK

EDITOR'S NOTE: We received this statement from Kentucky Education Association President Stephanie Winkler: “KEA agrees with Attorney General Beshear’s opinion. The Capitol building is the People’s House. It should not be used as political fodder for elected leaders who are disgruntled by citizens exercising their rights to assemble and use free speech. Governors and elected leaders will come and go, but issues that affect Kentuckians will be debated in the chambers of the Capitol building far into the future.

By GREG SARGENT

This is the week that the broad outlines of President Trump’s reelection strategy are coming into focus. Trump will continue pushing forward with his reactionary xenophobic nationalist agenda on immigration, while executing a massive but largely phony pivot back to the pro-worker economic populism he immediately abandoned upon taking office.

By TOM LOFTUS

FRANKFORT – Gov. Matt Bevin’s newly selected running mate, Dr. Ralph Alvarado, was among the doctors alleged to have accepted “illicit" gifts while referring Medicare patients to a Lexington home health care agency, according to a lawsuit settled in 2015.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

Republicans love to brag on themselves as the party of “traditional Kentucky values.”

Two "values" come to my mind: election-stealing and union-busting. The former used to be bipartisan; the latter is still vintage GOP. Anyway, they're linked.

By BRUCE MAPLES

If you saw a ballot where the straight-party box was partially colored in, but then a line was drawn through the party name and the rest of the box, and the voter proceeded to cast votes in individual races, what would you conclude?

Any reasonable person, looking at that ballot, would assume that the voter changed their mind about voting straight party, and instead decided to cast votes in the races they cared about. And to leave blank the races they weren’t sure about.

Thanks to Liles Taylor for sending us this.   

By ELEANOR KLIBANOFF

Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting

The Kentucky Labor Cabinet is asking the legislature to do something bold — put it out of business.

Kentucky House Speaker David Osborne on Monday dismissed chances for a quick agreement to change one of the country's worst-funded public pension systems as state lawmakers prepare to resume this year's legislative session.