The Forward Five – Tuesday, 11/5/2019

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Election Reminders

Election Reminders

TODAY is Election Day!

  • Polls are open 6 AM to 6 PM local time.
  • If you are in line at 6 PM, you must be allowed to vote.

If you have any problems voting, or see something suspicious, talk to one of these:

  • The election officers at your polling location
  • Your county clerk
  • The state Board of Elections at (502) 573-7100
  • The Attorney General’s Election Fraud Hotline at 1-800-328-VOTE (800-328-8683)

Whatever else you do today, Go Vote!

Five Things to Know Today

DEMS DO IT!! Workers and volunteers knock more than 1,000,000 doors during campaign

OK, folks, this is a BIG DEAL! What seemed like an unachievable goal was hit Monday morning by the Democratic Coordinated Campaign: over 1 million doors knocked during this campaign cycle! Watch the video of Andy Beshear knocking the one-millionth door on Monday morning in Paducah. (Forward Kentucky)

Interesting election-eve tweets

We read a LOT of tweets, looking for stories and story ideas. But sometimes, the tweet itself is the story. Here are some tweets that caught our eye on Election Eve. And yes, some of them are news you would want to know. (Forward Kentucky)

‘You need to speak out.’ Hundreds in downtown Lexington protest Trump visit for Bevin.

Hundreds of people gathered along Lexington’s Main Street on Monday to protest President Donald Trump and Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin in the hours ahead of the former’s Rupp Arena rally for the election of the latter.

Although some in the crowds flowing into Rupp Arena for the rally occasionally shouted at the protesters or made jokes, there was no violence. Police officers kept a watchful eye outside the downtown courthouses, where throngs cheered a large Baby Trump balloon, and in Triangle Park, across the street from the Lexington Convention Center. (Herald-Leader)

‘Send Matt Bevin and his circle fly back to new Hampshire’

The Dem bus tour stopped in Murray on Monday morning, and Berry Craig got the pix and the story – including Matt Bevin and the circle fly. (Forward Kentucky)

More Bevin bombast: Governor says Kentucky must ‘scrub the stench’ of Beshear family

Gov. Matt Bevin escalated his attacks on Democratic challenger Andy Beshear and his father, saying ahead of Tuesday’s election that Kentucky “needs to scrub the stench of corruption from the Beshear family.” (Forward Kentucky)

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[new] ‘Pretty disappointed in my Republican Party’: Longtime legislator Dan Seum retiring – Republican state Sen. Dan Seum of Louisville sent a letter to Gov. Matt Bevin on Thursday announcing that he will retire from his seat effective Nov. 16, ending his 35-year career in the Kentucky General Assembly. Seum told The Courier Journal in an interview that he partly made the decision because he is 80 years old and thought it was time, but added, “I’m pretty disappointed in my Republican Party and I’m really disappointed in Bevin, obviously.” (read)

[new] Are restrictive voting laws one reason for Kentucky’s low voter turnout? – SOS Grimes predicted voter turnout of 31%. There are a number of factors at play to explain such a low voter turnout, but it’s worth noting that Kentucky has some of the most restrictive laws in the country when it comes to early voting, absentee voting and the time the polls close on Election Day. (read)

[new] Donors pledge enough money to get Baby Trump balloon to Lexington for president’s visit – President Donald Trump will not be the only larger-than-life figure appearing in Lexington on Monday. The “Baby Trump” balloon is also coming. (read)

[new] The faith-story background of Beshear and Bevin – Both the Republican governor and the Democratic AG have included aspects of their personal faith in their campaign. We visited their churches to learn more. (read)

[new] Eleven voting tips from Secretary of State Grimes – SOS Grimes reminds voters of the following guidelines to make Election Day go well for everyone. Some are laws, some are suggestions, but all are helpful. (read)

🔥‘Some random old guy’ – I did GOTV (“Get Out the Vote”) canvassing today in south Louisville. Here are my thoughts on the day, as well as a few of those experiences. (read)

🔥Dem bus tour rolls into E-town – The statewide bus tour of Democratic candidates made a stop in Elizabethtown on Thursday, and supporters turned out and were excited. (read)


[new] Teachers aren’t the only ones outraged by Matt Bevin’s elitist education policies – Teachers have gotten lots of attention this election. But parents, students, and everyday citizens are also outraged by Bevin’s policies. Here’s why. (read)

Blazing Britches – Remember “Blazing Saddles”? “Blazing Britches” would be the perfect title for a Matt Bevin biopic, based on the old saying “Liar, liar, pants on fire.” (read)

A must-watch video about civility (in response to Scott Jennings and others) – As pundits across the county cry out “Civility!” in response to Trump being booed, an internet vlogger named Beau has the right response. Watch this video. (view)


Bevin’s Misdeeds #8 – Turnout Matters! – Aaron Smith concludes his “Bevin’s (Mis)Deeds” series with a reminder that only 16% of eligible voters elected Matt Bevin last time. Turnout matters! (view)


[new photo gallery] Bevin and crew in Winchester – Matt Bevin and crew rolled into Winchester on Saturday night, and Nick Lacy was there to capture the event in words and pictures. (view)

[podcast] Robert Haley Conway, election preview, debate 3 & 4 recap, and Justin Walker confirmed – This week’s show features Robert Haley Conway, candidate for ag commissioner. And, Robert and Jazmin share their predictions for Tuesday’s election. (listen)

[photo gallery] The Dems come to Springfield – Andy Beshear and the rest of the Dems on next week’s ballot rolled into Springfield for a meet-and-greet, and Nick Lacy was there to capture it all. (view)

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