Five Things to Know Today
First gubernatorial debate is today in Paducah
The first of five debates in this year’s governor’s race will be held today at a sold-out forum sponsored by the Paducah Chamber of Commerce. We’ve got information on where you can listen or watch online at 11:30 Central / 12:30 Eastern. (Forward Kentucky)
Ahead of gubernatorial debate, AARP poll finds voters burdened by high drug costs
A new poll from AARP finds 83% of Kentucky voters age 50 and older think drug companies have influence over their governor and state legislators. (Forward Kentucky)
Rand Paul wants Trump whistleblower named, and to keep president’s calls private
Sen. Rand Paul, a frequent supporter of President Trump, wants the whistleblower at the heart of the presidential impeachment inquiry to come forward. (Forward Kentucky)
Beshear pledges to stop Bevin’s ‘war on education’ and appoint new KY school board
Saying “the war on public education will end with the defeat of Matt Bevin on Nov. 5,” Democratic rival Andy Beshear outlined Wednesday an ambitious program for education in the state but did not say how much the plan would cost or how he would pay for it.
Beshear said he would appoint a new state Board of Education “on day one that cares more about our kids than for-profit charter school companies and I would hope that that board of education has the sense to select a new commissioner on day two” to replace Wayne Lewis.
Beshear, Kentucky’s attorney general, said education will be the “highest priority” in his state budget if he is elected governor. He said he would not sign a budget bill into law unless it puts education first. (Herald-Leader)
Gov. Matt Bevin touts ‘Bring Your Bible to School Day’ on Thursday
Gov. Bevin wants kids to take part in “Bring Your Bible to School Day,” an annual event that encourages them to take the religious text into the classroom. (Forward Kentucky)
Here are two opportunities for YOU to make a difference!
KDP launches voter protection program, needs volunteers
The Kentucky Democratic Party is launching a number of measures to “ensure that all eligible voters in Kentucky are afforded a lawful opportunity to cast a ballot.” They need everyday citizens to volunteer to help at their local voting location. (learn more)
Want to help register voters? There’s an app for that.
Want to make a difference by helping people register to vote, but don’t know where to start? Just sign up with Map the Vote and get started! You can use this app to walk through your neighborhood, find people who need to register, and get them registered on the spot. The registration deadline is this Monday! (learn more)
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