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Jessamine County Republicans censure Mitch McConnell for support of gun control bill

The Republican Party of Jessamine County censured Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for his support of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act ― the most significant piece of gun legislation in three decades.

The resolution called on McConnell to resign as Senate Republican leader and said the Jessamine County Republican Party “shall cease any and all support of him.” (Courier-Journal)

Beshear promises to endorse Booker day after Booker promises to remain a Democrat

Gov. Andy Beshear says he will be endorsing Charles Booker, the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate in Kentucky. Kentucky Fried Politics broke news on Wednesday that Booker had been contemplating switching his political affiliation to independent. An authority within the Booker campaign told Kentucky Fried Politics Booker will remain a Democrat.

At a press conference on Thursday, Gov. Beshear said he does “intend to endorse” Booker publicly, but declined to comment on what he called “palace intrigue behind the scenes.”

“He’s running his campaign as strongly as he can, and I look forward to the public event that he chooses for that endorsement,” Beshear said. (KY Fried Politics)

Beshear to skip Fancy Farm

For the second year in a row, Governor Andy Beshear has turned down the invitation to speak at the political mud-wrestling match known as the Fancy Farm Picnic. He and his wife Britainy will be in Israel during that time.

At this point, Senate candidate Charles Booker is the only Dem confirmed to attend. All the other speakers will be Republicans.

Ball announces run for state auditor

Allison Ball announced on Friday that she is running for state auditor. Ball is termed out of her current job, state treasurer. The current state auditor, Mike Harmon, is also termed out, so it will be an open seat in 2023.

Heine Brothers' workers union files charges over Highlands shop closure

On Thursday, Heine Brothers' Coffee Workers, a union organizing against the chain, filed Unfair Labor Practice charges against their employer over the closure of its store in Louisville's Highlands neighborhood. There are four charges being lobbed at Heine Brothers by the labor union after they were quickly shut down and told to leave on June 30, with workers and protesters quickly gathering a day after to retaliate against the coffee chain. (Courier-Journal)

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