The Forward Five – Monday, 11/25/2019

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Kentucky advocates pitch ‘red flag’ law to remove guns from those deemed a threat

A committee of state legislators heard testimony Friday from advocates and sponsors of a bipartisan gun bill they argue will save lives. The bill would allow for emergency orders that temporarily remove guns from Kentuckians deemed an immediate threat to themselves and others. (Courier-Journal)

Report: Matt Bevin’s stay at Trump hotel could be used against president

Gov. Bevin’s stay at one of President Donald Trump’s luxury hotels could cause the White House further legal headaches, according to The Washington Post. (Forward Kentucky)

Under Trump, LGBTQ progress is being reversed in plain sight

Donald Trump promised he would fight for LGBTQ people. Instead, his administration has systematically undone recent gains in their rights and protections. Here are 31 examples. (Forward Kentucky)

Louisville mayor backs former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Democratic presidential bid

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is throwing his support behind former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a late entrant to the 2020 Democratic presidential primary.

Fischer said in a statement on Sunday, quickly after Bloomberg’s campaign announcement, that the former three-term mayor’s “unique combination of world-leading political, business, and philanthropic experience makes him ready to be President from Day One.”

Michael Bloomberg, 77, announced his candidacy on Sunday, a late entrance that comes 10 weeks before primary voting starts. (Courier-Journal)

Gov. Matt Bevin appoints staffers to university boards

Gov. Matt Bevin has appointed several of his staff members to the boards of Kentucky universities. Bryan Sunderland, Bevin’s deputy chief of staff for policy and legislation, was appointed to the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees.

Scott Brinkman, who serves as secretary of the governor’s executive cabinet, and State Budget Director John Chilton, both of Louisville, were named to the University of Louisville Board of Trustees.

Bevin also appointed Randall Bufford, who lives in Louisville and is founder and president of Trilogy Health Services, to the UofL board. He is a University of Louisville graduate. And he appointed Sheldon McKinney, who lives in Fleming County and is executive director of the Kentucky FFA Foundation, to the Western Kentucky University Board of Regents. (Herald-Leader)

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[new] Inaugural committee for Beshear-Coleman hopes to raise at least $600,000 – A committee to finance the Beshear-Coleman inauguration celebration has been created, but contributions to it do not have to be made public until Jan. 8. It hopes to raise $600,000. The Bevin inaugural committee raised over $1 million, and gave what wasn’t spent to charity. (read)

[new] Chemicals that raise health worries found at KY water plants, but below federal guide – Chemicals that raise concerns about a range of health problems were present in 15 percent of Kentucky drinking-water samples tested in a study, but only at levels well below the federal health-advisory limit. (read)

🔥Pro-impeachment group goes after Mitch McConnell with new TV ad in Kentucky – Need to Impeach, a group seeking to remove President Donald Trump from office, published a new TV ad Wednesday that targets Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky. This story includes the details and the ad. (read)

Booker calls for Trump’s impeachment and removal from office – Rep. Charles Booker, who just announced his exploratory committee for Senate, today called for the impeachment and removal from office of President Trump. (read)

🔥Massie is lone No vote on ‘Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act’ – On Wednesday, Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky was the only NO vote on a bill supporting human rights and democracy in Hong Kong. (read)


[new] Republicans ignore the facts to defend Trump – The facts are in, and the facts are clear. And yet Republicans continue to defend the indefensible. Six commentators weigh in on impeachment. (read)

Krusty the Clown Syndrome – Billionaires are whining about Warren’s wealth tax, as they try to be Sideshow Bob. Don’t be like Krusty the Clown and fall for their Sideshow Bob antics. (read)

🔥‘Grim Reaper’ asking for civility is akin to pot calling kettle black – Irony lives: McConnell, the self-proclaimed “Grim Reaper,” is calling for the country to “learn how to behave better and be able to disagree without anger.” (read)


[new] Aaron Smith says, Bevin’s gone! – To wrap up his “Bevin’s Misdeeds” series, editorial cartoonist Aaron Smith draws one last Matt Bevin cartoon, with an important truth embedded in the cartoon. (view)

Facebook 1984 – Jen Sorensen lays out the history and possible future of Facebook. (view)


 Barr challenger Josh Hicks releases campaign launch video – Veteran, former police officer, and lawyer Josh Hicks is challenging Andy Barr for Congress in Kentucky’s Sixth District. Today, Hicks released his campaign launch video, entitled “Be Somebody.” (view)

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