Berry Craig: Thousands of Kentuckians, including teachers, other public employees and union members, converged on the Capitol in Frankfort to protest Republican pension, tax and budget bills.
Berry Craig: Buy Your Governor — The sale looks like the real deal. It is complete with a color photo of the Capitol, a seller handle–“carpetbaggerbevin”– an offer for free standard shipping and a returns policy: “Buyer pays to have seller returned to New Hampshire.” Bevin grew up in the Granite State.
Berry Craig: Thomas was staying at the Memphis motel where James Earl Ray, a racist white man, murdered King with a single rifle shot fired from a nearby building. Thomas heard the gunfire, but dismissed it as a firecracker going off.
Berry Craig: An apparently growing number of Democrats running for the state legislature are bucking the gun lobby. Some are tossing NRA candidate surveys in the trash. Others are responding with rebukes. A pair of House members lit into the NRA in headline-grabbing floor speeches.
Berry Craig: Pennington, 38, is a guitarist-singer-songwriter whose new gig is running for Congress on the Democratic ticket in his native western Kentucky.
Berry Craig: Evidently unafraid of the dreaded NRA “F,” two of the candidates tossed the survey in the trash, three replied with rebukes, and the other one can’t decide whether to deep six the survey or to pen a reproof.
Berry Craig: The ballot question would read: “Are you in favor of abolishing the Kentucky House of Representatives and the Kentucky Senate and vesting legislative power in ALEC, the Koch Brothers, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce?”
Berry Craig: In an “editor’s note,” McGrath, one of a half-dozen Democrats running in the May 22 Democratic primary, described Barr as a “man who never put on the uniform to defend our country.” Added McGrath, “Party over country is all Barr understands.”
Berry Craig: Nobody is happier to see Belcher return to the General Assembly’s lower chamber than Kentucky’s unions. Organized labor played a big role in her romp.
Berry Craig: A state senator, Thomas knows the political peril of crossing the gun lobby in the Red State Bluegrass State, where most Democrats sound like Republicans on the so-called social issues, including guns.
Berry Craig: The really big story of the tax bill is that it favors capital over labor. It’s heavily skewed to benefit people who get money without working, as opposed to those who labor for a living.”
Berry Craig: Trump is still the Great White Hope among many folks in rural, overwhelmingly white, conservative and Bible Belt parts of the country, including western Kentucky, where I’ve lived all 68 of my years.
Berry Craig: If Trump could lead the U.S. in the same manner Putin leads Russia, without the constraints of the constitution, law and common decency, he would.