The Forward Five – Thursday, 10/16/19

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House passes bi-partisan condemnation of Trump withdrawal; Comer and Massie stay with Trump

The U.S. House passed a resolution condemning President Trump’s withdrawal from Syria. 129 Republicans joined all the Democrats in voting for it – but Comer and Massie voted against it. (Forward Kentucky)

Beshear and Bevin tied in latest poll

Matt Bevin and Andy Beshear are in a dead heat in the race for governor of Kentucky at 46% each, according to an independent poll released Wednesday. (Forward Kentucky)

Mitch McConnell reportedly says Trump impeachment trial could be over by year’s end

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell told his Republican colleagues a potential impeachment trial of President Donald Trump could be over by the end of the year, Politico reported Wednesday.

Citing five people familiar with a luncheon McConnell had with other Senate Republicans, Politico wrote that McConnell indicated he “expects (House) Speaker Nancy Pelosi to approve articles of impeachment as early as Thanksgiving” and “surmised that the Senate could deal with the trial by Christmas…” (Courier-Journal)

Over 100 Christian leaders sign letter supporting impeachment inquiry

At a gathering of the group “Red Letter Christians,” over 100 Christian leaders signed a #PrayForTruth letter supporting the Trump impeachment inquiry. (Forward Kentucky)

Kentucky attorney general candidates Daniel Cameron and Greg Stumbo clash during debate

Kentucky attorney general candidates Daniel Cameron and Greg Stumbo locked horns during an hourlong debate on statewide television. Here’s some highlights. (Forward Kentucky)

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[new] Listen to conference-goers at Trump resort chant for “War!” – Speakers at a pro-Trump conference urged attendees to “go to war” for the president and laughed about beating up classmates. It’s the same conference where a video of a fake Trump shooting members of the media played. (read & listen)

[new] Debate or knife fight? Bevin hurls attacks at Beshear in KY gubernatorial debate. – The relationship between Gov. Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear has dripped with animosity for three and a half years. On Tuesday night, it poured onto the debate stage. (read)

[new] Anderson County school board told ‘You have failed students of color’ – Both a board member and a local resident leveled racial accusations against the school district for allowing a Trump-themed banner at a football game. 🔥 (read)

[new] Debate fact check: Jobs, Medicaid reform, corruption – In Tuesday’s debate, Matt Bevin and Andy Beshear made several assertions that needed checking. Emily Latham of the State Journal did just that. (read)

[new] Nationally-known economist to outline Medicare for All — and how to pay for it – Dr. Gerald Friedman, professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts, will deliver two free lectures in Louisville on “The Economic Case for Medicare for All,” with a sub-title of “who and what will be covered and how will we pay for it?” (read)

[new] Here’s one Bevin flight where we know where he’s going – Most of the time, when the Gov uses a state plane for personal or political reasons, he won’t say why. But today, we figured out what this trip is for. 🔥 (read)

House Democrats push Bevin for more info on use of state plane, other ethics issues – Kentucky governors would have to report their use of the state plane for personal or political reasons, release their last three years of tax returns and limit when they could accept contributions to pay off campaign loans under legislation unveiled Monday by three House Democratic members. (read)

Federal appeals-court judges indicate they are unlikely to revive Gov. Matt Bevin’s plan for Medicaid work requirements – Federal judges were dubious Friday of Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s campaign to add work requirements to the Medicaid program, as they heard an appeal of rulings that have blocked it. (read)

Robert Blythe: Mayor of his hometown wasn’t on his “list of aspirations” when he was a youth – Growing up in the Jim Crow South, Blythe didn’t list “mayor” as one of his life goals. But after a lifetime spent in Richmond, he’s now Mayor Blythe.  (read)


[new] Have you seen this Pander Bear anywhere in the state? It appears that as we get closer to the election, a new creature has been observed in various location across our state. He gets around by hitching rides on state equipment, we think, and always seems to bring large amounts contracts with him, which he gives to local elected officials. Then he is whisked off to another part of the state to do it all again. (view)


[new photo gallery] #ImpeachNow rally in Danville  – Indivisible Danville joined the nationwide call urging Congress to follow the path laid out in the Constitution. Nick Lacy was there, and sent these pics. (view)

[podcast] Rev. Clark Williams of the People’s Campaign, debate recap, & K-PREP scores – On this week’s podcast, we interview Rev. Clark Williams of the People’s Campaign to learn more about the group and his work. Plus, a review of the first gubernatorial debate, and some explanation of school star ratings. (listen)

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