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By DEBORAH YETTER

The administration of Gov. Matt Bevin "willfully" withheld public records about sexual harassment and discrimination alleged by a former top social services official, Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd ruled Wednesday.

Students, parents and educators in Kentucky who have seen school budgets and programs gutted under the leadership of Matt Bevin could face no starker a reality than handing the future of public education over to he and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Today’s gathering of education “reformers” was nothing more than a collection of big donors who want to gut public school budgets in favor of for-profit voucher and charter school funding.

For the better part of a generation, our global trading system has been rigged to enrich corporations at the expense of working people—and no deal has done more damage than NAFTA. We are hungry for a North American trade deal that lifts wages and improves livelihoods. The new NAFTA, also known as the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA), as proposed falls short, and that’s why America’s working families will keep fighting to fix it.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

I look for the union label wherever I roam.

Check out the photo of the pickup truck I spotted on a recent trip to Honolulu for some research on my book about Kentuckians at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. (Yes, Melinda and I managed to squeeze in a little sightseeing and beach time.)

Right after I joined AFT 21 years ago, a veteran Kentucky union leader-- it might have been state Rep. J.R. Gray -- told me there are two kinds of trade unionists: "Union members and union people."

By MARSHALL WARD

President, Calloway County Retired Teachers Association

April 15 has come and gone.  We have either filed for an extension, pulled out our checkbook, or we're waiting for a refund.

We have developed separate federal, state, and local taxes on income, payroll, property, sales, capital gains, dividends, imports, estates, gifts, and various fees to fund our values.

Governments are required to create realistic budgets to reflect those values.

Thanks to Jeff Wiggins for sending us this.

From Celeste Drake, AFL-CIO

The good news: the North American Free Trade Agreement is finally being renegotiated because America’s working people demanded it. Our hard work made clear that the original, failed NAFTA cannot continue.

Thanks to Jeff Wiggins for sending us this.

Frankfort, KY — Co-hosting “Hey Kentucky!” on Monday, Republican Congressman James Comer unloaded on Governor Matt Bevin and a host of other issues. Among the topics discussed were Braidy Industries, Governor Bevin’s re-election, and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez visiting Kentucky.

Comer on Braidy: