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10 Ways Mitch McConnell’s Obstructionism Has (and Will) Hurt Kentuckians

This week, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) suggested that if Republicans took control of the Senate in the November elections and he became majority leader, he would increase the use of tactics that could lead to future government shutdowns. He said he would favor spending bills with extensive riders on them that would likely be opposed by the president.  McConnell indicated that he would be perfectly okay with a government shutdown in those circumstances.

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‘Hit the Road, Mitch’: Union Members Rally with Grimes in Senate Race in Kentucky

photo by Berry Craig

Alison Lundergan Grimes says Bluegrass State union members are her “secret weapon.” Grimes, Kentucky’s secretary of state, is seeking to unseat Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). This weekend, she told several hundred union members:

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This Is Radio Labor. This Sound Does Not Subscribe to the Corporate Plan*

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Charles Showalter paraphrases Mark Twain when he hears somebody preach the funeral of unions and union radio. “The reports of our death are greatly exaggerated,” says Showalter, host of "The Union Edge: Labor’s Talk Radio," based in Pittsburgh.

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Unions Work for All, Kentucky March Shows That

Unions Work for All, Kentucky March Shows That

How many times have you heard some labor hater claim that unions only care about their own members? The claims are baloney, of course. Unions advocate for more than just men and women who pack union cards.

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McConnell’s Nuke Claims Glow in the Dark

McConnell’s Nuke Claims Glow in the Dark

Jeff Wiggins says he is on to Sen. Mitch McConnell’s (R) “con game” about the soon-to-be-closed nuclear enrichment facility near Paducah, Ky.

He still wants us to think he alone is responsible for the life-saving cancer screenings and the compensation program for workers at the plant and at other nuclear facilities across the country.

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Political Action Starts at Home

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The Paducah-based Western Kentucky AFL-CIO Area Council is practicing what former House Speaker Tip O’Neill famously preached about politics.

“Tip O’Neill was right when he said, ‘All politics is local,’” says Jeff Wiggins, council president.

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Rand Paul’s 'Right to Work' Fantasy Busted by the Facts

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It looks like Sen. Rand Paul, a serial plagiarizer, is at it again or maybe now he’s just making stuff up.

“Did you know that 'right to work' states have created jobs at a rate three times greater than Kentucky over the past decade?” the Kentucky Republican recently wrote in a letter touting a "right to work" for less law for the Bluegrass State.

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These Guns Pull to the Right

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Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) just got a “Defender of Freedom” award from the National Rifle Association.

No doubt the Senate minority leader figures the “attaboy” from the gun group, plus an all but certain NRA endorsement, might help him con some gun-owning union members into voting for him next November. Naturally, he hopes union men and women who enjoy hunting and shooting sports won’t find out how tight NRA bigwigs are with the union-haters who run the National Right to Work Committee, a group that has been waging unholy war against us for years.

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Ky. Unions Rally to Grimes in Drive to 'Ditch Mitch'

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Alison Lundergan Grimes started her stump speech to union members, local Democratic Party officials and others in Paducah, Ky., with a quote from Sen. Mitch McConnell: “Public sector unions are a 50-year mistake. Unions are to blame for distrust of our government. Unions are power hungry and no longer serve the public interest.”

Then the 34-year-old Democrat who wants McConnell’s job lowered the boom:

He didn’t realize what he was describing was how Kentuckians feel about his service in Washington.

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Kentucky Labor Movement Embraces Social Media

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This old reporter remembers when “social media” meant a bunch of newshounds bending elbows in a bar after work.

Bo Johnson defines it differently. Social media, specifically text messaging, "is the single best way for us to get the word out to our members," says the vice president of the Paducah-based Western Kentucky AFL-CIO Area Council.

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