As the 2013 Kentucky legislative session begins, Tea Party activists are encouraging lawmakers to abandon the implementation of the Affordable Care Act — also known as Obamacare — in the state because of fiscal and health care concerns.
Progressives are preparing a counter-protest to an upcoming Tea Party rally in Frankfort. Many Kentucky Tea Party chapters will join together in Frankfort next Tuesday to protest the Affordable Care Act. U.S. Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul are headlining the event.But those who support the healthcare law are planning to show up as well. A Facebook group suggests up to 40 people could turn out in protest of the Tea Party event. No state progressive groups have joined in at this point, though several attendees are members of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth.
A rally in support of coal is scheduled for this weekend in southeast Kentucky. It stemmed from a Facebook post, but now Bell County resident and business owner Joe Harris says he expects more than 20,000 people to line a county road Saturday in support of coal. Harris says the event—dubbed “Hands of Coal Across Bell County” isn’t a protest, but just a show of support for the coal industry. Coal is still a major employer in Bell County, but as reduced demand leads to layoffs, Harris says other residents and businesses are suffering.
Hundreds of citizen activists, Appalachian residents and environmentalists rallied at the Kentucky Capitol to call for an end to mountaintop blasting and destructive surface mining practices. Organizers say more than 1,200 people lined the front steps of the Capitol building Tuesday and later marched to the nearby governor's mansion.