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EDITOR'S NOTE: McGrath is the Kentucky State AFl-CIO endorsed candidate for the US Senate.

By AMY McGrath

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

The Murray, Ky., Woman’s Club meets in a building that’s a memorial to a president who won nearly 90 percent of the local vote when he was elected going on 85 years ago.

Workers from the National Youth Administration built the roomy limestone clubhouse in 1939-40. The NYA was a major jobs program under Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Depression-fighting New Deal.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

The almost-concluded session of the General Assembly has provided more proof—as if more proof were needed—that there’s a world of difference between most Republicans and most Democrats on labor issues.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

“Why is the media so anti-union?”

This retired reporter-turned-history-teacher could retire if he had a dime for every time he’s heard a union brother or sister ask that question.

By DANIEL HURT

Honorary delegate, Western Kentucky AFL-CIO Area Council

There has been a lot of turnout against Trump and the Republicans in Kentucky, most notably Mitch McConnell's town hall-type meeting in red Anderson County. Perhaps voters are beginning to realize that the majority party isn’t interested in them after all. Further proof that Republicans will say whatever it takes to get elected.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

When Republicans tout their “free market” based American Health Care Act, they sometimes claim that swarms of Canadians flee their single-payer government health care system for medical treatment stateside.

Kay Tillow of Louisville just chuckles.

“It’s a myth,” says the longtime champion of a U.S. single-payer system.

The Kentuckian is not a fan of the Affordable Care Act. But she says the newly unveiled GOP alternative “is horrible—more cruel and diabolical than the ACA.”

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

There's not much we can do to change the anti-union editorializing of newspapers.

But Tim Donoghue, president of the Northern Kentucky AFL-CIO Central Labor Council, emailed us a good example of how we can effectively get our message out in the media: via guest columns or op-ed articles.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

Imagine it’s March, 1977. The cold war has yet to thaw.

The CIA and FBI believe the Soviet KGB interfered in the November, 1976, presidential election to boost Democrat Jimmy Carter over incumbent Gerald Ford, a Republican.

Carter insists that a tough anti-Soviet plank be pried out of the Democrat platform.

Carter effusively praises Soviet leaders Alexei Kosygin and Leonid Brezhnev. Top Carter operatives mysteriously huddle with Soviet officials.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

“He lives in a bubble. He hears what he wants to hear,” reporter Curtis Tate quoted James Moore of Louisville after he quizzed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell about health care.

More than a few unhappy constituents burst McConnell’s bubble when he came home for the President’s Day recess.