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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. 

EDITOR'S NOTE: We thank Forward Kentucky for letting us cross-post this story.

Excited about Yuengling beer coming to Kentucky? Well, if you support unions, care about the environment, and can’t believe anyone would vote for Donald Trump, you may want to re-think your excitement.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

Charles "Buddy" Wheatley is one of a half-dozen members of our union family that the Kentucky State AFL-CIO has unanimously endorsed in the May 22 Democratic primary.

Because Wheatley has no opposition in the primary, he will automatically advance to the November general election against the incumbent 65h District Rep. Jordan Huizenga, R-Covington. Huizinga has no primary foe.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Bruce Maples' Forward Kentucky is a progressive, union-friendly online newspaper based in Louisville. Click here to see the latest postings.

Cutting pension benefits. Cutting unemployment. Killing workers comp. Poverty-level minimum wage. Cutting education funding while increasing tuition. Wrecking Medicaid and Medicare, and destroying health care.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

Alonzo Pennington grabbed his guitar, grinned and started thumbpicking his version of “Eastbound and Down,” the movie song from Smokey and the Bandit:

Washington bound, all dressed up and stumpin’

We gonna do what they say can’t be done…

Pennington, 38, is a guitarist-singer-songwriter whose new gig is running for Congress on the Democratic ticket in his native western Kentucky.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

The Kentucky State AFL-CIO has endorsed quartet of union members and a labor attorney in the May 22 Democratic primary.

The executive board, meeting as the COPE Committee Wednesday in Frankfort, unanimously voted to back Richard Becker, Alton Cunningham, James DeWeese, Eldon Renaud and Dave Suetholz.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

Alonzo Pennington didn’t follow his grandfather into western Kentucky coal mines.

But the guitarist-hunting guide turned Democratic congressional candidate in the First District said the late Norman Pennington, “a proud card-carrying union coal miner, never let me forget why unions are the best thing that ever happened to all working people.”

Added Pennington: “Unions are lifesavers.”

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the third in a series of stories about the Working People's Day of Action Rally in Louisville. Click here to see photos of the rally.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second in a series of stories about the Working People's Day of Action Rally in Louisville. Click here to see photos of the rally.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

Augusta Thomas and two of her teenage friends had their hearts set on a game of Chinese checkers. But “Little Martin” balked.