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From BILL LONDRIGAN

Kentucky State AFL-CIO

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

By R.G. DUNLOP and RYLAND BARTON

Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting

When a Kentucky legislative staffer first threatened to file suit over alleged sexual harassment, she sent a letter that laid out the specifics of her claim: that then-House Speaker Jeff Hoover made sexual comments and repeatedly groped her without her consent.

Frankfort, KY— The following is a statement from Marisa McNee, Spokesperson for the Kentucky Democratic Party regarding the KyCIR investigation “Demand Letter Shows Rep. Hoover’s Accuser Alleged Groping, Coercion From Start Of Scandal”

“The report detailing GOP House Leadership’s knowledge of the alleged assaults from day one is shocking. This was a cover-up plain and simple. The question is how deep it goes within Republican leadership and how long they’re willing to continue the facade. 

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.