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Governor Beshear called for two special elections for the state House to be held on February 25.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Lee is fiercely anti-union and richly deserves his place on the USW District 8 "

By PHILLIP M. BAILEY

FRANKFORT — Gov. Andy Beshear's inauguration speech Tuesday appealed to Kentuckians' better sides and was a rebuke of the confrontational leadership style of former Gov. Matt Bevin, who sat feet away.

It was cold and cloudy on inauguration day in Frankfort Tuesday.

But the sun's shining warm and bright on Kentucky's House of Labor. Several union members were honored guests at the public swearing in of Gov. Andy Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman on the Capitol steps.

The Beshear-Coleman team invited a labor contingent, led by State AFL-CIO President Bill Londrigan and Secretary-Treasurer Jeff Wiggins, to join the inaugural parade. 

Congratulations to Brother Larry Roberts who, was appointed secretary of the Labor Cabinet by Governor-Elect Andy Beshear yesterday.

Governor Andy Beshear officially was sworn in at 12:01 today. Organized  labor was instrumental in Andy’s election on November 5. After 4 years of attacks on Kentucky’s Building Trades, our members  rallied to defeat the worst governor in the country.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Roberts was Gov. Steve Beshear's labor secretaty in 2013-2015. His appointment fulfilled an Andy Beshear campaign promise to name a union member his labor secretary. His father kept the same promise. Union members J.R. Gray and Mark Brown, both former veteran state legislators, and Roberts were his labor secretaries during his governorship in 2007-2015. 

FRANKFORT, Ky.

By CHUCK ROAST

Special Correspondent

Speculation swirled around a state Environmental Protection Agency truck parked at the Capitol this morning.

By JOE GERTH

If there's anything to make out of Gov. Matt Bevin's Wednesday round of interviews on conservative radio stations, it's that 12:01 a.m. Tuesday can't come fast enough. 

On this day in 1955, the AFL and CIO gathered at our first joint convention. Sixty-four years later, the AFL-CIO has so much to be proud of. Under the leadership of five presidents, the federation has championed critical fights for workplace safety, trade fairness, rising wages, secure retirements and equal pay.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

At least Gov. Bevin is consistent.