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EDITOR'S NOTE: Overwhelmed by the flood of news stories and commentary about the coronavirus pandemic? Who isn't?

Thanks to Liles Taylor for sending us this.

By MANDY McCLAREN

Sarah Jordan wants you to know her father’s name.

The American Bar Association had rated the new nominee, Judge Justin Walker, as unqualified, but he has strong conservative support

By KARL HULSE

By JOAN McCARTER

Senators and congressional staff are meeting Friday to work on the next phase of coronavirus stimulus in a process that puts a whole bunch of staffers, administration personnel, and congressional leadership in rooms together to negotiate, against all Centers for Disease Control recommendations, and makes Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's goal of having a bill ready for a vote on Monday questionable.

 

UPDATE: “Beshear says he's working to open up unemployment for independent contractors (people like hairdressers).
He says if you started your application for unemployment this week, you need to finish it tomorrow by 11:59 p.m.

Thanks to Bill Finn for sending us this.

By RYLAND BARTON

The Kentucky legislature will not meet for a week due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The news comes after lawmakers continued to meet despite warnings about the seriousness of the disease and the need for people to not gather in large groups to prevent its spread.

Senate President Robert Stivers and House Speaker David Osborne announced Thursday afternoon that after the day’s business, the legislature would adjourn until March 26.

JEFFERSON COUNTY TEACHERS ASSOCIATION
Contact your legislators now at (800) 372-7181: Tell them to fully fund TRS, including pre-65 health insurance!

Click here to read the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy's analysis of the budget and here to read more about Gov. Beshear and the coronavirus from Forward Kentucky.

By JOHN CHEEVES and JACK BRAMMER

The labor movement is working nonstop to protect the health and safety of all working people, including workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. And we are doing everything we can to reduce the heavy toll this public health emergency is inflicting on the economy and the livelihoods of working people.

FROM JEFFERSON COUNTY TEACHERS ASSOCIATION

As school districts across the state are working to continue learning opportunities and instruction for Kentucky's students, it is important for them to be able to support and maintain their staff. Please call the Legislative Hotline at 1-800-372-7181 and leave this message for all legislators:  

By LAWRENCE WITTNER

It is often said that government budgets are “an expression of values.”  Those values are clear in the Trump administration’s $4.8 trillion budget proposal for 2021, unveiled early this February.

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