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EDITOR'S NOTE: Overwhelmed by the flood of news stories and commentary about the coronavirus pandemic? Who isn't?

From BILL LONDRIGAN

Kentucky State AFL-CIO

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

The deadly coronavirus pandemic has forced our state, our country and our world into frightening and unsettling times. No one knows how this global health crisis will last. 

By BILL FINN

State Director, Kentucky State Building and Construction Trades Council

This is what democracy looks like when the Republicans hold the majorities in the House and Senate and the governor's office.

Thanks to Roy Pullam for sending us this.

By SEN. MORGAN McGARVEY

Last night was government at its worst. The Republican Majority bent itself into parliamentary pretzels, attaching a 291 page pension reform bill that no one had seen to a sewage bill and passing it into law in an astonishing eight hours. It was wrong.

UPDATE FROM WKYT: Lawmakers not in session Wednesday to hold meeting that didn't happen.

By HILLARY THORNTON 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Kentucky lawmakers were scheduled to have a 9 a.m. meeting Wednesday to continue budget discussions with days left in the legislative session, but the meeting didn't happen.

By STEPHEN BARTLETT

Kentucky Field Organizer for FLOC

From Bill Londrigan, Kentucky State AFL-CIO president: "It is my sad duty to inform you of the passing of Brother Ray Crider, former Political and Legislative Director of the Kentucky State AFL-CIO, long time member of the International Association of Machinists Lodge 681 and Administrator of Kentucky Laborers’ District Council LECET program.  Ray was a staunch union member and Democrat and friend of mine for over 30-years.  He will be missed.  Please keep Ray and his family in your thoughts and prayers." 

EDITOR'S NOTE: The People’s House Project has endorsed Alonzo Pennington for Congress in the First District. "Alonzo is a musician, a hunting guide, a dad and a true champion for the working class,” said Krystal Ball, founder and president of the organization that backs grassroots Democratic candidates like Pennington, 38, who lives in Princeton, the Caldwell County seat. 

It’s time to embrace unions.

By JOHN NICHOLS

Paul Ryan and Donald Trump are running scared. After the Republican candidate who ran with the ardent backing of the Republican Speaker of the House and the Republican president lost a special election for a Pennsylvania congressional seat in a district that was so Republican-friendly that Donald Trump won it by 20 points and the former GOP congressman regularly ran without opposition, the men who define the Republican Party as it now exists had to explain their loss.