EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first in a series of stories on the Fancy Farm picnic weekend festivities.


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Stumping for union votes at Paducah’s 2007 Labor Day picnic, Steve Beshear promised the crowd that if he got elected governor, he’d name a union person as labor secretary.

His son, Attorney Gen. Andy Beshear, made the same pledge before he spoke at last night’s 13th annual Alben Barkley Dinner, also in Paducah.


Dr. Lawrence Wittner ( is Professor of History emeritus at SUNY/Albany and the author ofConfronting the Bomb (Stanford University Press).


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Real Clear Politics has the Democrats leading in nine generic congressional polls.

They're up by a 7.3 percent average. Even so, I'm worried that the long-running Republican social issues scam is still playing from Paducah to Pikeville and elsewhere in Bible-Belt, Red State America.

EDITOR'S NOTE: After pushing and getting a Robin-Hood-in-Reverse tax bill from his Republican-majority House and Senate earlier this year, Trump is mulling more tax breaks for himself and for his rich friends. The Washington Post's Philip Bump says Trump is running a two-track strategy (con is more like it): "The rich get richer, and the poor get distracted." We hate to say we told you so, but we did.

EDITOR'S NOTE: GOP Gov. Matt Bevin, Republican leaders of the state House and Senate and pro-business and anti-union groups like the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers promised a flood of jobs into the state after GOP majorities in both chambers passed a "right to work" law last year. Martha Emmons, the state AFL-CIO endorsed candidate in the Third House District race, suggests that non-RTW Delaware's historic corporate-friendly tax laws might have prompted Ashland's departure.


Opinion Contributor

High GDP growth has the president crowing. But, what do those numbers mean for you? Not a damn thing.

Elite conversation tends to fixate on three economic indicators as barometers for the strength of the economy: unemployment, GDP and the stock market.

Unfortunately however, the-day-to-day experience for working and middle class Americans has become completely divorced from these macro metrics. An overall growth rate doesn't tell you a thing about how the spoils of that growth are shared.


President, Calloway County Retired Teachers Association

Gov. Matt Bevin issued a challenge to the crowd at a Friday economic development forum in Murray: if anyone could find evidence that he had called teachers "thugs," he would give the discoverer $1,000.