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Thanks to Bill Londrigan for sending us this.

By MIKAELA CURRY

Within walking distance from my house in Pike County, Kentucky, a large sign on a barn declares, “Got Electricity? Thank a Miner.” Trademarked as “America’s Energy Capital,” Pike County is the easternmost county in Kentucky, nestled into the ridged edges of West Virginia and Virginia. There is evidence of the legacy of mining almost everywhere you look.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Kentucky State AFL-CIO endorsed Darrell Pugh. 

On Tuesday, February 26th, all of the living Democratic governors of Kentucky will be hosting an evening in Lexington to support our State Senate special election candidate, Darrell Pugh. You can RSVP for the event here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/feb26

Here is what you need to know about the race:
 

Yesterday, HB 317, an attack on Unemployment Insurance benefits, passed out of the House Small Business & Information Technology Committee and is poised to receive a floor vote on Monday. This bill severely cuts benefits for out of work Kentuckians, who have paid their fair share into the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund!

Thanks to Jeff Wiggins for sending us this.

Vivian Obijekwu is a registered nurse who has worked at The Johns Hopkins Hospital her entire career. As a bedside RN, Vivian has always spoken up on behalf of co-workers and to improve patient care. On Jan. 31, she was blamed for a mistake that was not hers, and on Feb. 4, she was terminated. Rather than take responsibility for its practices, the hospital is scapegoating Vivian, and leaving a woman who is seven months pregnant with no insurance for herself or her unborn child.

By TOM EBLEN

If there is one thing Kentucky doesn’t need, it is more government secrecy. That is especially true when it comes to the ever-growing sums of taxpayer money spent on corporate welfare.

EDITOR'S NOTE: We are asking educators to comment on the bill. We received this from Marshall Ward, president of the Calloway County Retired Teachers Association: Underr the proposed bill, it will be a requirement to contribute to the supplemental fund. Now all educators have a choice to contribute to a 403b plan, a supplemental plan separate from the defined benefit plan which is required. The current bill also requires for the educator to work until 62 to be fully invested in the system. That might be ok if school districts gave pay raises on a regular basis.

From TRAVIS BROCK

The Senate today passed Stivers's SB 7 forced arbitration bill 26 - 10. Friday, they will hear SB 18, the pregnancy workplace accommodation bill with a committee sub and a floor amendment.