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Walmart Stops Sale of Controversial Ts

Walmart has stopped selling a controversial T-shirt urging violence against journalists, which was available through its website, at the request of the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA).

The tee read: “Rope. Tree. Journalist. SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED.”

The T-shirts “simply inflame” the passions of people who don’t like or understand the media, explains RTDNA Executive Director Dan Shelley. “At worst, they openly encourage violence against journalists. We believe they are particularly inflammatory within the context of today’s vitriolic political and ideological environment.”

According to US Press Freedom Tracker, nearly three dozen journalists have been assaulted in 2017, while the Committee to Protect Journalists shows that at least 48 journalists have so far been killed in other countries this year.

Kentucky Votes Down Right to Work

The Kentucky GOP promised to put the Bluegrass State in the “right to work” column, if they flipped the Democratic-majority state House of Representatives. A slew of GOP radio, TV, and print ads touted the right to work law with claims that the measure would lead to thousands of good jobs in Kentucky.

Paducah Plumbers and Steamfitters (UA) Local 184 challenged the Republicans on their own turf, the anti-union newspaper Paducah Sun, by taking out a full-page ad in the paper debunking Republican claims about right to work.

In the end, the GOP came up short. Democrats in Kentucky held onto their seats and Kentucky will remain the only non-right to work state in the South. State Representative Gerald Watkins of Paducah was one of the victorious labor-endorsed Democrats. “The ad was great and strong union support really helped me,” says Watkins, who was among those targeted by the GOP for defeat.

A relieved Jeff Wiggins, president of the Paducah-based Western Kentucky AFL-CIO Area Council and United Steelworkers (USW) Local 9447, says he feared a Republican majority legislature wouldn’t have stopped with a right to work law. “They would have repealed our prevailing wage law, too,” he says. “We’d have ended up working for less money, and our workplaces would have become less safe. The Republicans would have turned back the clock to the time of no unions and the company store.”