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By PHILIP M. BAILEY

Former House Speaker Jeff Hoover wants a law requiring Kentucky candidates seeking statewide office to show voters their tax returns.

The move is likely to be seen as a dig at Gov. Matt Bevin, who broke a long-held tradition by declining to show Kentuckians his tax returns.

By DANA MILBANK

It was a fine day for a national emergency.

There was no sign of alarm as administration officials and journalists assembled Friday in the Rose Garden under a perfect blue sky amid unseasonable warmth. Nor was there any sense of crisis conveyed by President Trump, scheduled to fly to his Mar-a-Lago resort later Friday. The much-anticipated emergency declaration was to have been at 10 a.m. At 10:18, an official said Trump would talk in two minutes. At 10:39, Trump emerged.

Some PG employees concerned for their safety are working from home.

By COLIN DEPPEN

The union representing Pittsburgh Post-Gazette newsroom staffers wants Publisher and Editor-in-Chief JR Block barred from the paper’s North Shore office after the guild said Block “went berserk in the newsroom” on Saturday night.

Democrats are eager to find a candidate to take on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in 2020, but no top tier challenger has jumped in yet.

Matt Jones, a well-known Kentucky sports radio personality, says he’s interested. But he’s waiting on Amy McGrath, a Democratic star who lost a Kentucky congressional race in 2018 and is being courted to run for the Senate.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

The Kentucky State AFL-CIO has endorsed Democrat Darrell Pugh in the March 5 state Senate special election to succeed Ray Jones.

“I’m honored and pleased,” said Pugh, who owns Castle's Jewelry and Gifts in Pikeville, the Pike County seat. “It means a lot of great supporters are behind me.”

Also a Pikeville Democrat, Jones stepped down to run for county judge-executive. He was elected last November.

We thank Jeff Wiggins for sending us this.

The clock is ticking: Unless Congress and President Donald Trump act, there are three days until the government shuts down for the second time in less than a month. Working people are ready to rise up again and tell Congress and the White House that we won’t stand for another shutdown.