Matt Bevin: The Anger Comes from Fear

by Daniel Lowry  When CareerCast.com came out with its “Jobs Rated Report” for 2017, the job-finding website ranked 200 careers from best to worst. Their key criteria were income, growth outlook, work environment and stress. Their research found that the worst job right now for all of those categories was something that surprised me, yet…

Shayla Johnson: Making a Difference

by Daniel Lowry Shayla Johnson listened to the young lady’s story. The woman and her husband had just been evicted from their apartment because she was pregnant. The property manager had noticed that the young woman was showing, and the eviction noticed followed shortly thereafter. “Your family is getting too big for your apartment, so…

Call Mitch today: Demand a special prosecutor on Trump’s ties to Russia

Here’s the story from the New York Daily News: WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) shrugged off President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey on Wednesday, dismissing Democratic calls for a special prosecutor to investigate Trump’s ties to Russia. “Today we’ll no doubt hear calls for a new investigation which could only…

Republican lawmaker accused of illegally transporting alcohol

  LEX 18 broke the story of how State Representative Wesley Morgan has been cited with illegal transportation or delivery of alcohol. The police report says officers received a tip about a man loading large amounts of liquor in Knox County. The report says after officers stopped Morgan, they found assorted alcohol hidden in his truck bed….

Kentucky’s revenue falling fast under Bevin due to weak job growth

There’s no doubt that Republican control is hurting Kentucky. Republicans have fought to lower wages and safety with right-to-work and the repeal of prevailing wage, drain funding from public education with charter schools, dismantle Kynect and kick Kentuckians off healthcare. But they’re not finished yet. Under Republican control, Kentucky’s revenue growth has been in a free fall….

Ariana Velasquez: Standing Against Hate

by Daniel Lowry When Ariana Velasquez learned a pro-Nazi group planned to hold a rally in her hometown of Pikeville, Kentucky, she decided to take action. The white nationalist group cited Pike County’s mostly white population and overwhelming support for Donald Trump as perfect reasons for the location, but the hate group was in for…

Miles Hoskins: Why Americans are angry at the wrong thing

by Daniel Lowry Miles Hoskins sorted through the dusty boxes of old papers and photographs. There were stacks of cancelled checks, some going all the way back to the 1880s. The people who had owned the old, run-down house had been hoarders, it seemed. A friend had bought the estate at auction, and thought Miles…

The roar of resistance

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 20, 2017) – When Air Force One swooped over the crowd of thousands of protesters outside Freedom Hall in Louisville, there was a roar of disapproval that surpassed the noise of the sound of the jet. Kentuckians had gathered to resist Trump’s health care plan, which will strip away coverage from millions…

How Andy Barr turned his back on an ACA success story

by Daniel Lowry The room was packed. Stephanie Oghia had gotten there early, and had a seat on the front row. She had never attended a town hall with a lawmaker, but she had a question she wanted to ask the man who represented her in Washington. Congressman Andy Barr stood in front of the…

Construction company owner files bill to hurt workers

Read from Kentucky Center for Economic Policy’s Anna Baumann: Worker Protections Undermined by SB 237 A number of harmful bills affecting wages and working conditions have passed this session, making it a year of setbacks for workers already. But SB 237 would make things worse. It shrinks state workplace protections and the number of workers…