Building a $1.68 billion aluminum rolling mill touted as the economic savior of Eastern Kentucky requires a $1 billion federal loan, $500 million in credit from the German government and as much as $400 million from a crowdfund-style stock sale over the internet, Braidy Industries says in new financial filings. 

The AFL-CIO is hosting two big events this week. We hope you’ll RSVP to join the livestream. Both events will have Q&As from the in-person audience.

Today, 12 p.m. (EDT):

In response to growing support for Christine Blasey Ford telling her story about an alleged assault from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell criticized Democrats and downplayed the accusation.

EDITOR'S NOTE: "Many a truth is spoken in jest," is a tried-and-true adage. We can't think of a better example than when Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes needled Gov. Matt Bevin--who was elsewhere--at Fancy Farm: “There are a lot of people on Matt’s team who think he should run for president.

A "Rally to Remember in November" is set for Saturday at the Owensboro Convention Center, 501 W. 2nd St.

The rally starts at 3 p.m. with a social hour and music by Bluegrass artist Relic. The program begins at 4 p.m., and concludes at 5 p.m.

The emcee will be Larry Sanderson, a retired UA international representative from Paducah. The speakers' lineup includes pro-labor candidates for the state legislature. 

Refreshments will be available. 

EDITOR'S NOTE: The AFL-CIO opposes the Kavanaugh nomination. "Judge Kavanaugh has a dangerous track record of protecting the privileges of the wealthy and powerful at the expense of working people," said a statement from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. "Any Supreme Court nominee must be fair, independent and committed to protecting the rights, freedoms and legal safeguards of all Americans. Judge Kavanaugh does not meet this standard and must not be confirmed."


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My friend Marshall Ward writes a regular column for the Murray Ledger & Times, his hometown newspaper. He also chips in musings to our website.

In a recent column, he recalled that the Republican crowd at the Fancy Farm picnic yelled “socialist!” at Democratic speakers. I heard the taunts, too.

The GOP true believers still figure "socialist" is a big-time slam in Red State Kentucky, where a lot of Democrats burnish their conservative creds and eschew the liberal label.