Last spring, teachers in Kentucky massed in the state Capitol to protest Governor Matt Bevin’s proposed changes to their pensions and future pensions. Despite their protests, pension reform was added to a sewer bill in the middle of the night and passed. That bill was declared unconstitutional by Kentucky courts.

Governor Bevin called s special session to try again, and once again teachers turned out against the bill, which looked a lot like the one that was overruled.

The special session just ended in failure, no bill.

“Several critics of the pension plans immediately hailed the decision to end the special session.

“The governor’s attempt in the week before Christmas to cut the promised retirement of every teacher, police officer, firefighter, social worker, EMS and countless more public servants was wrong and cruel,” Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear, a Democrat who is running for governor in 2019, said in a statement. “Tonight, our values prevailed and partisanship took a backseat to what is right.”

“Kentucky Education Association President Stephanie Winkler also weighed in.

“Real and effective solutions to our pension systems will not be solved by political games and chaos. … It’s our hope that a unanimous rebuke by the state Supreme Court last week and an admonishment by legislators tonight will finally make that clear to the governor,” she said in a statement.

“House Minority Leader Rocky Adkins, like Beshear a Democratic candidate for governor in 2019, described the actions of his Republican counterparts as unprecedented.”