The Forward Five – Tuesday, 11/26/2019

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Note: No Forward Five on Thursday or Friday, as we will be taking time off
to be with family and to give thanks. Happy Thanksgiving!

‘Tug of war’ over KY education. How the battle between Beshear, commissioner is shaping up

It’s a tug of war: Beshear wants a new board of ed and a new commissioner. Current commish Wayne Lewis says he likely couldn’t work with an all-new board. Can Beshear replace the board and the commissioner, legally? (Forward Kentucky)

Climate strikes this week in Frankfort, next week in Bowling Green

Climate strikes are continuing around the world, demanding action on the climate crisis. Two such strikes are coming to Kentucky in the next two weeks. Details and how to RSVP are in the article. (Forward Kentucky)

‘I can’t stand this!’ — KentuckyWired leader points finger at Steve Beshear budget chief

As lawmakers continue their investigation into KentuckyWired, the state’s troubled plan to expand broadband internet to rural residents, the man overseeing the project is pointing the finger of blame at the state’s former budget director, Mary Lassiter. (Forward Kentucky)

Beshear, Cameron vow bipartisan fight against drug epidemic

Kentucky’s incoming governor and attorney general promised a united front Monday to combat the state’s drug epidemic as they celebrated new recovery efforts in a region hard hit by addiction woes.

Democratic Gov.-elect Andy Beshear and Republican Attorney General-elect Daniel Cameron attended a ribbon cutting for Volunteers of America initiatives in the hometown of state Senate President Robert Stivers. The lineup of state and federal leaders at the event included U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and U.S. drug czar Jim Carroll.

Beshear called the drug epidemic the “challenge of our times,” saying it requires a collaborative approach crossing party lines to overcome. (Herald-Leader)

Sen. Mitch McConnell will play Santa for you … on $25 wrapping paper

Want the perfect gift for one of your conservative-minded friends? Perhaps you want to play a prank on one of your liberal family members this Christmas? Mitch McConnell’s re-election campaign has the perfect wrapping paper for you.

For a $25 donation to McConnell’s Senate Committee, you can get a roll of wrapping paper featuring the Kentucky senator in a Santa hat and festive bow. The wrapping paper will be available in limited quantities. (Herald-Leader)

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Featured Content on Forward Kentucky

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🔥[new] Kentucky advocates pitch ‘red flag’ law to remove guns from those deemed a threat – Leges learned about “red flag laws” that allow emergency orders to temporarily remove guns from a person deemed an immediate threat to themselves or others. (read)

[new] 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. (read)

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. (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)


🔥[new] Gov. Matt Bevin’s ‘poor and childish’ legacy gives bipartisanship a window in Kentucky – As Governor-elect Beshear’s transition team measures the drapes, fellow Dems and even Repubs are wondering: could we actually work together? (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)


[new] Thankful for SNAP’s role in the Commonwealth – As we give thanks this season, let’s ensure all Kentuckians can put food on the table with the help of one of the best hunger-fighting, poverty-reducing, health-improving tools we have. (read)


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)


[new podcast] An interview with Sam Newton, Beshear comms director – This week’s show features Sam Newton, comms director for the Beshear campaign. Lots of insights and stories from the campaign trail! Meredith Scalos sat in for Jazmin, who was away. Robert and Meredith spoke about Matt Jones opting out of a run for U.S. Senate as well as the Beshear administration’s transition team. Also, discussions include Louisville Metro’s surplus and a report from a committee looking at public assistance in Louisville. (listen)

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