Six Things to Know Today
McConnell still ‘can’t imagine’ Senate will oust Trump in impeachment process
In an interview, Senator Mitch McConnell continued to hold the line on impeachment, and also discussed Gov. Bevin’s loss and the need for “civility.” (Note: he thinks lack of civility is the United States’s biggest problem.) (Forward Kentucky)
Why McConnell should be scared
Chris Hughes thinks Beshear’s election shows many reasons why McConnell should be scared. Here are his five reasons McConnell should be worried for 2020. (Forward Kentucky)
Charles Booker’s launch video got rave reviews. Here it is.
The launch video for Charles Booker has drawn numerous rave reviews, both within Kentucky and on a national stage. Here it is for you see for yourselves. (Forward Kentucky)
Kentucky advocates breathe easier as benefits task force makes only minor recommendations
A legislative task force that had sparked fears of drastic cuts to public aid in Kentucky such as Medicaid and food stamps ended its work Monday with only a few minor recommendations and no proposed changes to state law.
The outcome was a relief to the many advocates and individuals who testified, expressing alarm that sweeping changes proposed by Republican lawmakers earlier this year could devastate poor families.
Legislative leaders established the Public Assistance Reform Task Force in May to consider changes in state law to add work requirements for Medicaid, drug testing for some people receiving public assistance and photo ID requirements for benefits such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, formerly known as food stamps.
But on Monday, the task force of six lawmakers and three outside representatives proposed no such controversial changes, instead approving only four recommendations to legislative leaders. (Courier-Journal)
‘Some blogger from Louisville’
When someone referred to ForwardKY as “just some blogger from Louisville,” I laughed. But then I thought, perhaps we should clear that up. (Forward Kentucky)
What’s up with the Ditch Mitch Fund?
Has the Ditch Mitch Fund already chosen a winner in next year’s primary? We reached out to them to find out. Here’s what they said. (Forward Kentucky)
And two news briefs
Bevin sets special election for Kentucky state Senate seat – Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has set a special election to fill a state Senate seat left vacant by the resignation of Dan Seum of Louisville. The special election will be Jan. 14 for the 38th District seat, which covers Bullitt County and part of Louisville. (Herald-Leader)
Linda Belcher sworn into school board seat – Retired educator and former state representative Linda Belcher was sworn into office as the District 1 member of the Bullitt County Public School Board.
She was sworn into the office by Bullitt Circuit Judge Rodney Burress. Belcher joins board members Darrell Coleman, Steve Hornback, Diane Thompson, and board chair Debby Atherton. (Pioneer News)
Did you miss any of these?
Featured Content on Forward Kentucky
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[new] Troubled KentuckyWired project sees skeptical lawmakers throw up another roadblock – Skeptical lawmakers have thrown up another roadblock in the path of KentuckyWired, the state’s plan to boost internet connectivity across the commonwealth. (read)
[new] Hampton hints she may run for office – Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton said she doesn’t know what’s next for her once she leaves office, but she wouldn’t rule out running for something else. (read)
[new] Poli-sci professor Voss weighs in on issues facing Beshear – Dr. Voss of UK talked with Berry Craig and outlined significant issues facing Andy Beshear: pensions, the drug crisis, health care, and redistricting. (read)
[new] Beshear announces transition teams – Governor-elect Andy Beshear announced his transition team, made up of sub-teams for each major area of state government. The total team includes more than 150 people from across the state. It was introduced at a press conference by Beshear and Lt. Governor-elect Jacqueline Coleman. (read)
[new] Matt Jones is not running. – Ending months of speculation and discussion, Matt Jones of KY Sports Radio announced today that he is not going to run for the U.S. Senate in 2020. (read)
🔥U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden calls Braidy’s dealings with then-sanctioned Russian firm ‘troubling’ – An exchange of letters between Sen. Ron Wyden and CEO Craig Bouchard sheds new light on the interactions between Bouchard and Russian company Rusal. (read)
🔥State Republican Party files requests with state clerks for data on governor’s race – The Republican Party of Kentucky is requesting all county clerk’s offices across the state provide a large amount of data on the Nov. 5 election. (read)
🔥Matt Bevin lost the Kentucky governor’s race because he’s a jerk. Good riddance! – Let’s make one thing crystal clear: Matt Bevin didn’t lose because of his policies, the way he governed, or scandal. He lost for one simple reason. (read)
[new photo gallery] Recanvass – ‘Our numbers are the same. Our calculators are different.’ – Want to see how a recanvass works? Nick Lacy went to the Boyle County recanvass, and captured the process in a series of photos. (vew)
[podcast] Election fallout and U.S. Senate updates – Robert and Jazmin explain all the fallout from the 2019 election, including the Repubs in the legislature, as well as updates to the Senate 2020 race. (listen)
Posts with Most Social Media Shares in Past Fourteen Days
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- ‘Absurd’ and ‘ridiculous’: What officials, experts say about Bevin’s voter fraud claims (2,000 shares)
- Presser: Beshear announces transition team, names “day-one priorities” (1,000 shares)
- Alison Lundergan Grimes: Bevin should ‘honor’ election result and help Beshear transition (952 shares)
- Thousands of Twitter ‘bots’ targeted Kentucky with fake news on election night (897 shares)
- Matt Bevin lost the Kentucky governor’s race because he’s a jerk. Good riddance! (808 shares)
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