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By JOAN McCARTER

While Kentucky's senior senator, Republican Mitch McConnell, is drawing red lines over more assistance to the states trying to stay afloat in the coronavirus crisis, the governor, Democrat Andy Beshear, is making sure the state's unemployed get all the assistance possible. That's led to a third of Kentucky's workforce filing for unemployment, the largest share of workers doing so in any state.

A few weeks back, a national survey was released that covered a number of questions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The approval rating for Governor Beshear (81%) got all the headlines, but I wondered if there were any other interesting statistics buried in the numbers. So, I downloaded the report and started looking. And I came up with some things.

Before I get to those, though, let’s nail down the who and when of the survey. From the opening of the report:

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Thanks to Carol Young, a Democratic activist and widow of national labor and civil rights leader W.C. Young of Paducah, for sending us this. The annual W.C. Young Award is the highest honor the Western Kentucky AFL-CIO Area Council bestows.  

By JAMELLE BOUIE

EDITOR'S NOTE: Overwhelmed by the flood of news stories and commentary about the coronavirus pandemic? Who isn't? For the duration of the crisis, we're going to add two features to the website, "COVID-19 News" and a regular roundup of breaking news stories. Most of our coverage will focus on how the pandemic is affecting Kentuckians, especially union members and their families. We will regularly update "COVID 19 News" at the top of the page.

Kentucky State AFL-CIO President Bill Londrigan will be on KET’s Kentucky Tonight with Renee Shaw Monday night to discuss restarting Kentucky’s economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program starts at 8:00 p.m. EDT.

The program will focus on "the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic in terms of jobless numbers, federal economic relief efforts, and other topics."