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THIS SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24 at 11:00am at 3000 Fern Valley Rd, Louisville, KY, join hardworking Kentuckians and our allies as we Rally to stand up for our freedoms.

Given the central role that organized labor plays in defending workers’ rights, it’s hardly surprising that the Trump administration has sought to weaken American unions.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

Democrat Paul Walker, who just tossed his hat in the ring for Congress, says he supports “unions because unions respect workers.”

An associate professor of English at Murray State University, Walker aims to unseat incumbent First District Rep. James Comer, R-Tompkinsville.

Walker is already in labor’s corner. He steadfastly opposes "right to work." 

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

Jackson Purchase Democrats Martha Emmons, Charlotte Goddard, David Ramey and Julie Tennyson promise to be in labor’s corner if voters send them to the General Assembly in November.

Tennyson is taking on Second District Republican State Sen. Danny Carroll. Both are from Paducah.

By JACK BRAMMER and DANIEL DESROCHERS

FRANKFORT -- With three weeks of this year’s law-making session in the history books, no bill has yet emerged to overhaul Kentucky’s financially ailing public pension systems.

Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, sounded frustrated Friday with the slow start lawmakers have gotten on pension reform, which Gov. Matt Bevin and leading lawmakers had promised would be accomplished last year in a special legislative session.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

The Rev. Jim Gearhart of Paducah wrote Sen. Mitch McConnell expressing his opposition to the GOP’s Robin-Hood-in-Reverse tax bill.

McConnell, who likes to portray himself as a “family values” guy, replied with a letter defending his vote for the legislation, which the senate majority leader claimed “will bring lasting relief to middle-class families, small businesses, and Kentucky workers.”

By JOSEPH GERTH

Gov. Matt Bevin’s new health care program is a gawd-awful acronym that really doesn’t even begin to tell you what it does. He calls it “Helping to Engage and Achieve Long Term Health,” or “Kentucky HEALTH.”

It ought to be called “Kentucky Death.”

This is not hysteria. It’s not hyperbole.

It’s fact.

Thanks to Bill Londrigan and Jeff Wiggins for sending us this.

By JASON BAILEY

Kentucky Center for Economic Progress

EDITOR'S NOTE: Thanks to Holly Erwin for sending us this. I'd bet Silver State Dems wouldn't mind if Kentucky Dems adopted "Mitch McTurtle," too. 

By JOHN BOWDEN

Nevada Democrats on Tuesday unveiled their 2018 campaign mascot: a turtle holding a bag of money, meant to mock Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

Dems plan to use the turtle mascot at campaign events to tie local Republican candidates to the Senate Republican leader.

By BRAD BOWMAN

Kentucky Democratic Party

Gov. Matt Bevin revealed his anti-public education agenda in his budget proposal Tuesday night, which included proposing local school districts pick up the bill of an estimated $138 million for student transportation costs and shoulder $60 million, according to the Kentucky Education Association, in school employee health costs.