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With barely a vote to spare early Saturday morning, the Senate passed a tax bill confirming that the Republican leaders’ primary goal is to enrich the country’s elite at the expense of everybody else, including future generations who will end up bearing the cost. The approval of this looting of the public purse by corporations and the wealthy makes it a near certainty that President Trump will sign this or a similar bill into law in the coming days.

Congratulations to private schools!

By DANIEL MARANS

The nearly 500-page overhaul of the tax code that Republicans rammed through the Senate early Saturday morning gave lawmakers and experts little more than a moment’s notice to pore over the law’s myriad changes.

Thanks to J.W. Cleary for sending us this.

Kentucky's Republican Party leaders have rejected a request from the state's GOP governor that they call for the resignation of four lawmakers who signed a secret sexual harassment settlement. 

The Republican Party of Kentucky's Central Committee approved a resolution Saturday condemning sexual harassment.

Gov. Matt Bevin proposed an amendment to call for the resignation of any lawmaker who has settled a sexual harassment claim. The amendment failed.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

Ladies and gents of the Fourth Estate, please no more baloney about “moderate” and “maverick” Republican senators.

All 52 of them are set to please the narcissist-in-chief--and the GOP donor class--by passing the tax bill.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Augusta Thomas of Louisville is AFGE national vice president for women and fair practices

House bill would increase probationary period for federal employees to at least 2 years

 
Let's be clear - this bill is nothing more than a massive tax giveaway to the wealthy and corporate special interests and does nothing to help middle-class families and our communities. It eliminates the state and local tax deduction, which could cut education funding by $370 billion over the next 10 years, and put as many as 370,000 educator jobs at risk.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is Brent McKim's response to a Louisville Courier-Journal guest column by Andrew G. Biggs, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank in Washington. We thank Stephanie Winkler, president of the Kentucky Education Association for sending it to us.  

By BRENT McKIM

2017 is quickly coming to an end. Even though the next session of the Kentucky legislature begins on January 2nd, Gov. Bevin is still threatening to call a special legislative session this year to attack public pensions. A special session could be called as early as next week.

The State Government’s Joint Committee is meeting tomorrow. We need to raise our voices to let Gov. Bevin and our representatives know how vital pensions are. Can you join us?