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Disastrous Disconnect: Coal, climate and catastrophe In Kentucky

Flash floods have troubled Kentucky for decades. Now, extreme rainstorms are worsening with climate change, increasing the odds of more disasters like the one Bentley’s community endured. For Kentucky’s poorest residents, the people living in flood-prone hollows with surface mines nearby, that means an ever-present threat to both life and hard-won possessions.

Governor's race could decide whether 100K+ Kentuckians regain the right to vote

AN ESTIMATED 312,000 KENTUCKIANS CAN'T VOTE BECAUSE OF A FELONY CONVICTION. THAT COULD CHANGE AFTER THE STATE'S GUBERNATORIAL ELECTION ON NOV. 5.

No Kentucky coal company has complied with a law designed to protect miner wages

Not a single coal company formed in Kentucky within the past five years has posted a bond required by state law to protect miner’s wages if their employer suddenly shuts down, according to records obtained by the Lexington Herald-Leader. In addition, officials in Gov. Mat Bevin’s administration urged lawmakers last year to pass a bill that would have eliminated the requirement.

Bevin's Pension Madness

This message is from John Wade, a retired Professor of Economics from Eastern Kentucky University and KFTC member from Madison County:

Dear Friend,
As a retired public educator, I have had a front-row seat to the madness surrounding Kentucky’s public pension crisis and the crippling budget cuts it's causing across our Commonwealth.

I'm writing today to tell you that Gov. Bevin and the Kentucky Retirement System Board of Trustees have the power to end this madness as early as next week, and they need to hear from you.

Despite grassroots power, utility money sways legislators in the solar fight

A home with solar panels on its roof

Anyone who has followed the progress of Senate Bill 100, which attacked ordinary Kentuckians’ access to rooftop solar during the 2019 General Assembly, knows that this legislative session, monopoly utilities were determined to have their way.

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