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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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Here’s What We’re Reading: Thursday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Thursday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working families’ news we're reading today (after the jump).

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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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AFL-CIO Salutes Champions of Working Families: Mitch McConnell, Ted Cruz, John Boehner

Image via Gage Skidmore, Flickr

The AFL-CIO released its legislative scorecard today to grade how well senators and representatives served working families in 2013. The electronic voting record, which tracks where lawmakers stood on important issues for working families, was full of surprises. Guess who topped our list? Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas), Ron Johnson (Wis.), Mike Lee (Utah), Rand Paul (Ky.) and Tim Scott (S.C.) tied as the top champions for working families in the Senate.

For information on the scorecard and to see how senators and representatives really voted, please click here.

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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

Photo by Berry Craig

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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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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Punishing Working Families More Important to Mitch McConnell Than Workplace Equality

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You'll probably find this hard to believe, but Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and his BFF, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), are trying to weaken or kill the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) by attaching to it a provision that would have created a national "right to work" for less law. Kentucky's non-dynamic duo are attempting to add the unrelated and dishonest "right to work" rules to an unrelated bill.

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How Did We Get Here? The Government Shutdown GOP Leaders Said They Didn't Want

Photo courtesy Gage Skidmore

As day one of the government shutdown continues, many people are left wondering what happened? If the leaders of both parties said they didn't want the government to shut down and President Barack Obama, along with congressional Democrats, were poised to negotiate in good faith and make reasonable compromises, how did we get where we are?

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

Phto by Berry Craig

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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