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By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

The Rev. Jim Gearhart of Paducah wrote Sen. Mitch McConnell expressing his opposition to the GOP’s Robin-Hood-in-Reverse tax bill.

McConnell, who likes to portray himself as a “family values” guy, replied with a letter defending his vote for the legislation, which the senate majority leader claimed “will bring lasting relief to middle-class families, small businesses, and Kentucky workers.”

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

Union members helped swell the ranks in last year’s Murray March for Equality and Social Justice, one of an estimated 570 worldwide sister marches to the historic Women’s March on Washington.

Veterans of the Murray march are welcome to join a Women’s March anniversary celebration Sunday afternoon at the Cherry Civic Center in Paducah.

EDITOR'S NOTE: We thank Jeff Taylor of Hopkinsville, the Democratic candidate in the 8th House District, for sending us Dr. David W. Kabithe's Facebook post. Dr. Kabithe graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in 1997. A surgeon, he is affiliated with Jennie Stuart Medical Center.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

Donald Trump tweeted that he's "a very stable genius" and is not nuts. 

A sanity certificate trumps a tweet. There's precedent for the president seeking one.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

Charlotte Goddard has signed her candidate papers for the May 22 Democratic primary in the Second House District.

“You can count on me to be a strong voice for working people,” said Goddard, who lives near Pottsville in north Graves County and teaches at Caldwell County Elementary School in Princeton.

She mailed her papers to the secretary of state’s office in Frankfort today.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

"Sometimes you've got to laugh to keep from crying," my union-card carrying grandmother, God rest her soul, was fond of saying.

Jack London famously wrote that a scab "made angels weep in heaven."  The same is true of the bigot, serial fibster and union-buster in the White House. 

By BILL FINN

State Director, Kentucky State Building and Construction Trades Council

2017 turned out to be the worst year on record for union construction workers in Kentucky.

After total Republican control  for the first time in 95 years, the Legislature rammed through the "Right-To-Work" law, a total repeal of Kentucky’s Prevailing Wage law and "Paycheck Protection." For all the rhetoric about lifting Kentucky workers up, cutting the pay, benefits and job security of our workforce was their first and real goal.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

For what seems like an eternity, a slew of Kentucky Democrats who pack union cards have been urging Democratic candidates to stop trying to out-Republican the Republicans on the so-called social issues and start sticking to kitchen-table economic issues that made the party the Bluegrass State's political powerhouse for decades. 

The times, they are a changin'--or they seem to be.