The page you are looking for is temporarily unavailable.
Please try again later

Offbeat Teacher beats Kentucky House majority leader in GOP primary

04:35  23 may  2018
04:35  23 may  2018 Source:   msn.com

McConnell visits McCain in Arizona, describes chat on the back porch

  McConnell visits McCain in Arizona, describes chat on the back porch Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell praised ailing Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., as a "genuine American hero" Monday in describing a weekend visit the Kentucky Republican paid to McCain and his wife at their Arizona home over the weekend. In an address on the Senate floor, McConnell said he, McCain and McCain's wife, Cindy, "had a chance to sit on the back porch and reminisce about our friendship and all we had shared over the last 30 years.""I told him we miss him," McConnell added.

House Majority Leader Jonathan Shell faces opponent R. Travis Brenda in the Republican May 22 primary election for the 71st House District, which Nightlife. Television. On the Beat . Happiness is a Warm TV. Why this Republican teacher is trying to oust the Kentucky House GOP leader .

Why this Republican teacher is trying to oust the Kentucky House GOP leader . Garrard County is hoping to knock off incumbent House Majority Leader Jonathan Shell of Garrard County in the May 22 Republican primary election.

In this photo taken Thursday, May 3, 2018, in Mt. Vernon, Ky., Travis Brenda, a teacher at Rockcastle County High School, speaks during an interview. Brenda, a Republican running for the state House of Representatives, is challenging Jonathan Shell, a key member of the Republican leadership team that has orchestrated the teacher pension bill, the tax increases and the charter school bill. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)© The Associated Press In this photo taken Thursday, May 3, 2018, in Mt. Vernon, Ky., Travis Brenda, a teacher at Rockcastle County High School, speaks during an interview. Brenda, a Republican running for the state House of Representatives, is challenging Jonathan Shell, a key member of the Republican leadership team that has orchestrated the teacher pension bill, the tax increases and the charter school bill. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

LANCASTER, Ky. — A high school math teacher ousted the majority leader of the Kentucky House of Representatives on Tuesday, with a narrow win in the GOP primary race.

Travis Brenda credited a groundswell of teacher support for the win and said it sends a message that teachers and public workers won't be silent. His race follows a wave of education protests at the Kentucky Capitol and elsewhere around the country, with teachers and others calling for increased pay and other benefits.

Democratic House primary in Kentucky pits openly gay mayor against female fighter pilot

  Democratic House primary in Kentucky pits openly gay mayor against female fighter pilot Lexington Mayor Jim Gray was one of the first openly gay Kentuckians elected to public office. He spent the majority of his career turning a family construction business into a global firm. And he says Nancy Pelosi needs to go as the House Democratic leader. Yet in a closely watched House primary in Kentucky, he's being cast by his opponent as a figure of the Democratic establishment. Tuesday's contest, with Gray facing former Marine combat pilot Amy McGrath, defies the typical dynamics of Democratic primaries.

City Beat . House Majority Leader Jonathan Shell faces opponent R. Travis Brenda in the Republican May 22 primary election for the 71st House District, which includes Garrard, Rockcastle and part of Madison Why this Republican teacher is trying to oust the Kentucky House GOP leader .

Why this Republican teacher is trying to oust the Kentucky House GOP leader . Garrard County is hoping to knock off incumbent House Majority Leader Jonathan Shell of Garrard County in the May 22 Republican primary election.

Votes turned on Rep. Jonathan Shell — who two years ago was credited with helping orchestrate the first GOP takeover of the state House in nearly 100 years — over his role in writing a new state law changed the state's pension system.

"He lied to us," school bus driver Carol Plummer said. "I hope it sends a message."

Shell co-authored a bill that moved all future teachers into a hybrid pension system. Lawmakers passed it on one of the last days of the legislative session, hurrying it through. It was never available for the public to read before the vote.

The bill, signed into law by Republican Gov. Matt Bevin, prompted thousands of teachers to march on Kentucky's Capitol, closing schools in more than 30 districts.

"They picked on the wrong group," said Brenda, a fourth-generation farmer and 20-year teaching veteran who's never run for public office before. "Not just the educators, but all state employees are rising up and we're not going to be let things be done to us."

Shell did not answer a phone call from The Associated Press seeking comment after the race Tuesday.

The election result is a warning to other Republican lawmakers on the ballot in November, where dozens more teachers are mounting challenges, mostly as Democrats.

Jerry Ward is a retired firefighter who said he voted for Brenda. "Basically everything that the federal government gave me in the tax cut, the state pretty much took," Ward said.

Brenda will face Democrat Mary Renfro in November.

Here's what teachers accomplished with their protests this year .
This was the school year teachers reached their breaking point. From West Virginia to Arizona, they walked out en masse to protest at their state capitols. Many were tired of working multiple jobs and wanted higher salaries. Even more demanded better school funding for their students to replace crumbling textbooks and archaic supplies. Sometimes they got what they wanted. Other times, they didn't. Here's a look at which battles teachers won and lost -- and why this all went down now.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

This is interesting!