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Daniel Cameron defends Donald Trump after classified documents indictment

Kentucky Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial nominee Daniel Cameron is standing by former President Donald Trump after his indictment on federal charges related to the handling of classified documents, suggesting he is only being targeted for partisan political purposes. Asked for his reaction to the indictment, Cameron issued a statement questioning why Democratic officials haven't been prosecuted over their handling of classified documents, saying “Kentuckians continue to be concerned about the political weaponization of government power.” (Courier-Journal)

Top 1 percent would get $24B in tax cuts under new Republican plan

After spending months threatening to tank the economy over the federal deficit, Republicans have unveiled a set of new tax proposals that would cost the government billions of dollars — by handing tens of billions of dollars of tax cuts to the richest 1 percent of Americans, as a new report reveals. The average member of the 1 percent would save $16,550 under the plan. A person in the bottom 20 percent would save $40. (Truthout)

Two Kentucky LGBTQ+ advocates invited to White House for Pride celebration

Two Kentucky advocates for the LGBTQ+ community were invited to the White House Pride celebration this weekend. Fairness campaign executive director Chris Hartman and Kentucky Sen. Karen Berg, an outspoken LGBTQ+ advocate, traveled to Washington D.C. on Thursday for the event. This is the first year the Fairness Campaign was invited to the celebration, and Hartman says this is a historical moment in light of recent legislation in the Commonwealth. (WLKY)

White supremacist group drops recruitment fliers in two Kentucky communities

In communities about two hours east of Louisville, reports have been confirmed that a white supremacist group dropped fliers in multiple neighborhoods. One flyer dropped in Mt. Sterling depicts a hooded figure pointing forward with the phrase “You can sleep sound tonight. The Klan is awake!” as well as contact information for the group. Another report from Paris shows the same figure with the phrase “The KKK wants you!” along with a list of “beliefs of a hate group from another city,” according to a Facebook post from the Mt. Sterling Police Department. (Courier-Journal)

Elizabethtown Starbucks workers unionize at two stores amid national organizing effort

Employees at both Elizabethtown Starbucks locations are the chain’s first union members in Kentucky outside of Louisville. Workers at the Starbucks on The Loop location voted 20-1 in favor of a union on Monday, according to initial results from the National Labor Relations Board, which oversees private-sector union elections. Last month, Starbucks employees at the Elizabethtown store on Dixie Highway unionized in a narrow 13-11 vote. (Louisville Public Media)

Herald-Leader opinion writer honored for columns on Eastern Kentucky flooding

Herald-Leader Opinion writer Linda Blackford won a McClatchy President’s Award this week for her columns on the flooding that left a path of destruction through Eastern Kentucky in the summer of 2022. The President’s Awards honor exceptional journalism in McClatchy, the Herald-Leader’s parent company. Blackford’s work was recognized in the Opinion category and included both commentary and reported columns about the flooding, the devastation it left behind and the region’s recovery. (Herald-Leader)

Lexington council gave thousands to nonprofits but never asked how money was spent, audit finds

A city audit has found Lexington council members need to up oversight of more than $150,000 in grants the council typically doles out annually to neighborhood associations and nonprofits. The audit, released June 8, showed the council members gave grants to nonprofits and neighborhood associations but never followed up to determine how that money was spent. (Herald-Leader)


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