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By ROY PULLAM

Charlie told me that he was a Republican because the Democrats are full of those "damn labor leaders."

He said organized labor is ruining this country. I told Charlie that there are only 11 million labor union members, and they could not be destroying this republic. I added that he should thank the Lord for organized labor.  

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

Quick. Which Democratic presidential candidate wants to make lobbyists wear body cameras?

Hint: He's also the one who's thinks every elected federal official and cabinet member should have to "sacrifice any net worth over a million dollars to charity of their choice (a real charity, not some family foundation run by their kids)."

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

Nema Brewer has a message for anybody who thinks the November election means teachers are political paper tigers heading into next year's governor's race.

“Keep on underestimating us,” challenged the Lexington activist and co-founder of #Kentucky 120 Strong, a grassroots group that supports teachers and other public employees.

By BILL FINN

State Director, Kentucky State Building and Construction Trades Council

The 2018 Kentucky General Assembly special session adjourned this evening without passing a pension bill.

Gov. Matt Bevin called for a special session on Monday at 4 p.m. to start only 4 hours later. Apparently only a handful of the 138 legislators were aware of this call to Frankfort to resolve one of the most complex issues facing the commonwealth.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

I don’t know if Gov. Matt Bevin took a history course on ancient Greece.

If he did, he'd know about hubris, what the Greeks of old called too much pride. Hubris was a big-time sin in the land of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle.

By BRUCE MAPLES

Once again, the Republican majority in Frankfort is railroading a bill through the legislature. And once again, their actions are the perfect example of back-room deals and strong-arm tactics, the public be damned.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

“Civil rights are workers’ rights,” Bill Londrigan told the crowd at the Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression's 21st annual Unity Dinner in Louisville.

“You can’t have one without the other. That has been a guiding principle for me and the Kentucky State AFL-CIO.”

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times" must be the most versatile line in world literature. You can apply it to almost any situation.  

Charles Dickens' immortal opener from A Tale of Two Cities is an apt description for the current state of national and Kentucky politics, if you pack a union card as I do.

But I can think of two other memorable quotations that fit the Bluegrass State: 

"These are the times that try men's [and women's] souls." -- Thomas Paine.