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By NICOLE ERWIN

Kentucky Democratic Party

If it weren’t already clear that Republican U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s priorities aren’t about his constituents in Kentucky, today was another sign.


On Wednesday, Senator Mitch McConnell addressed the Senate floor on several divisive issues but failed to mention those who lost their lives one year ago today in Marshall County, Ky.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would bring President Donald Trump's immigration proposal for a vote this week. 

On Saturday, Trump announced a plan that offered protections for some undocumented immigrants in exchange for border wall funding.

EDITOR'S NOTE: From the Washington Post: Trump offers 3-year extension of protection for ‘dreamers’ in exchange for $5.7 billion for wall; Democrats call it a ‘non-starter’

A “Demand Mitch McConnell #CallTheVote and #StopTheShutdown” rally is set for Wednesday outside the Senate majority leader's Lexington office, 771 Corporate Dr.

The rally starts at 11:30 and will last an hour.

Co-sponsors are the Kentucky State AFL-CIO, Greater Louisville Central Labor Council and American Federation of Government Employees. 

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

"The labor-hater and labor-baiter is virtually always a twin-headed creature spewing anti-Negro epithets from one mouth and anti-labor propaganda from the other mouth," Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. told the 1961 AFL-CIO convention.

As we approach Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I'm thinking of a different King.

Rep. Steve King.

EDITOR'S NOTE: See  also, "Trump has entered the lying stratosphere, says Pulitzer Prize-Winning Columnist," by Huffington Post's Mary Papenfuss.

By BERRY CRAIG

President Donald Trump reminds veteran Bluegrass State journalist Bill Straub of an old Kentucky expression.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

The annual West Kentucky Building and Construction Trades' pre-Fancy Farm labor luncheon has a new name.

"From now on, it will be the Danny Ross Labor Luncheon," said Larry Sanderson, who helped start the Paducah feed. "He was one helluva labor man and we're going to miss him."

A veteran Bluegrass State labor leader from Louisville, Ross died last month in a Falls City hospital. A retired member of IUE/CWA Local 83761, he was 71.