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EDITOR'S NOTE: We got this from Lt. Col. Gene Nettles, U.S. Army retired, who lives in Fulton County, as far west as Kentucky goes.

EDITOR'S NOTE FROM BILL LONDRIGAN, Kentucky State AFL-CIO president: "We need to keep the pressure on McConnell.   We need to keep calling 866-832-1560 to McConnell’s office and tell h

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By DANIEL LOWRY

When Ariana Velasquez learned a pro-Nazi group planned to hold a rally in her hometown of Pikeville, Kentucky, she decided to take action. The white nationalist group cited Pike County’s mostly white population and overwhelming support for Donald Trump as perfect reasons for the location, but the hate group was in for a surprise.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

Doug Lowry says if you pack a union card, overcoming Kentucky’s new “right to work” law boils down to the basics.

“Pay your dues and get involved in your union.”

Lowry carries a Communications Workers of America card in his wallet. He’s on Louisville Local 3310’s legislative committee.

The GOP-majority General Assembly passed RTW in January. “There will come a day very quickly in Kentucky when people will make a choice,” said Lowry, who lives in the Falls City.

Thanks to Daniel Hurt for sending us a YouTube video of Kyle Henderson, business manager of Paducah Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 184, delivering opening remarks at the Democratic “Come Together, Fight Back” rally at Louisville’s Palace Theater April 18.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

A bumper sticker was John Coomes’ “teacher’s certificate” at Henderson County High School in Henderson, Ky., his hometown.

“It said ‘China is a Right-to-Work state since 1949,’” explained the Henderson-based Tri-County Labor Council president, who just finished a second day-long labor history presentation at HCHS, one of the largest schools in western Kentucky.

Coomes’ cup runneth over.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

Tamera Sanford is worried about more than Donald Trump’s taxes.

“I do not like what’s going on with North Korea,” she said. “I’ve got a 21-year-old son at the University of Louisville,  and I’m afraid he might be drafted.”

Sanford, from Florence, was among an estimated 400 people who showed up for Saturday’s Tax Day March rally at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza in downtown Louisville.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360 

Derek Penwell looks like he might ride with Bikers for Trump.

He sports a gray-streaked beard and ponytail. His biceps are tattooed.

Penwell is a Disciples of Christ pastor in Louisville, Kentucky’s largest city. His theology hearkens to Walter Rauschenbusch who helped lead the old liberal and reformist Social Gospel movement.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

The Murray, Ky., Woman’s Club meets in a building that’s a memorial to a president who won nearly 90 percent of the local vote when he was elected going on 85 years ago.

Workers from the National Youth Administration built the roomy limestone clubhouse in 1939-40. The NYA was a major jobs program under Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Depression-fighting New Deal.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

The almost-concluded session of the General Assembly has provided more proof—as if more proof were needed—that there’s a world of difference between most Republicans and most Democrats on labor issues.