On Dec. 12, Governor Andy Beshear helped Kentucky take a historic step forward. With the twirl of a pen, 140,000 previously disenfranchised members of our commonwealth were re-empowered with the right to vote. Years of conversations, meetings, phone calls, and work by people with felonies in their past created the grassroots support needed to bring us to this moment.

By LAURA CLAWSON for Daily Kos 

RIf you want one big explanation of the decline of unions in the United States, look no further than the barrage of tactics—often illegal—that companies use to throw barriers in the way of any worker attempt to organize. A recent report from the Economic Policy Institute shows just how extreme—and expensive—the anti-union effort is.

By METEOR BLADES for Daily Kos

While impeachment understandably is getting most of the attention now, in our messaging to the nation Democrats should keep reminding the public that the attack on the Constitution did not begin when Divine Right Donald stepped into the Oval Office and plunked himself down in the big chair behind the big desk nearly three years ago. Nor did the effort to stomp most Democrat-introduced legislation begin on that dreadful day. 

EDITOR'S NOTE: Not long after he was elected, Reagan busted the PATCO union and went on to become the most anti-union president since Herbert Hoover.

“It takes a lifetime to build a good reputation,” Will Rogers once said, “but you can lose it in a minute.”

This certainly seems to be the case with former President Ronald Reagan, who served as California’s governor from 1967 to 1975. Just a few awful seconds of a 1971 conversation, secretly recorded by then-President Richard Nixon, is all it has taken to indisputably recast Reagan as an unabashed racist.

From BILL LONDRIGAN, Kentucky State AFL-CIO president:

It is my sad duty to inform you of the passing of retired UAW Local 862 President and former Deputy Secretary of Labor Brother Rocky Comito. 

Rocky was a friend and great trade unionist and he will be missed.  Please keep Rocky and his family in your thoughts and prayers. 

EDITOR'S NOTE: "Greenfield spent most of his childhood in Princeton, Kentucky, where his father worked as a Baptist minister and his mother as a school teacher," according to Wikipedia.