Five Things to Know Today
Editor’s Note: Obviously, the biggest news today is the impeachment of President Trump. And, as you probably expected, Rep. Yarmuth voted for impeachment, while our five Republican representatives voted No. There is much coverage of this across the media, so we are not going to include it in today’s Forward Five, except for the story about McConnell.
‘It’s discriminatory … it’s dangerous.’ Bathroom bill back in Kentucky
A lawmaker who is a Menifee County pastor has pre-filed for the 2020 Kentucky General Assembly a bill that would put limitations on which public school bathroom transgender students could use. The legislation would also allow lawsuits against school officials who did not carry out the prohibition. (Forward Kentucky)
‘There’s no decision I would say I regret.’ Wayne Lewis’ departing message for Kentucky
Expressing no regrets regarding his time leading Kentucky’s schools, outgoing Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis doubled-down on a parting message to both his supporters and his critics: Put kids first. “Even,” he said, “when that means making decisions that inconvenience adults or cause us to have to do things in ways that we haven’t traditionally done them.” (Forward Kentucky)
Still more on Bevin pardons
Patrick Baker maintains innocence, calls Bevin’s decision to pardon him ‘courageous’ – In a press conference in Lexington, Patrick Baker maintained his innocence and called Bevin’s decision to pardon him “courageous.” (Courier-Journal)
Republican mega-donor urged Matt Bevin to pardon Patrick Baker – Public records reviewed Tuesday by The Courier Journal show the prominent Kentucky banker lobbied Bevin on behalf of Baker twice. (Courier-Journal)
Kentucky attorney general Daniel Cameron vague on investigating Matt Bevin’s pardons – Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron says the governor’s pardon powers need to be used carefully, and that he will look at Matt Bevin’s choices. (Courier-Journal)
Sen. Mitch McConnell on possible impeachment trial: ‘I’m not an impartial juror’
U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell frankly dismissed the notion that he’ll be impartial during an anticipated impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. (Courier-Journal)
Prefiled bill would legalize recreational pot
A bill that would allow for the legal sale of recreational marijuana, with wholesale tax receipts going to fund the state’s public employee and teacher pension systems, has been prefiled for consideration in the upcoming General Assembly session. (Forward Kentucky)
Did you miss any of these?
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[new] Beshear pulls Medicaid waiver, protects expansion – The Beshear administration notified CMS that Kentucky is dropping its request to add work requirements to the Medicaid program. (read)
[new] KY Republican legislative leaders criticize Beshear’s Board of Education reorganization – Senate prez Stivers and House ed chair Regina Huff criticized Gov. Beshear’s decision to reorganize the Kentucky Board of Education through executive order. (read)
Beshear restores voting rights to more than 140,000 Kentuckians with felony records – Gov. Andy Beshear signed an executive order Thursday that will restore voting rights to more than 140,000 non-violent felons who have served their sentence. (read)
‘You are not KY.’ Matt Bevin ripped by Twitter users angry over pardons – Bevin posted a picture of a sunset, but Twitter users, including well-known ESPN college basketball commentator Dick Vitale, weren’t having it, and proceeded to attack the former governor for his hundreds of pardons. (read)
🔥 Gov. Beshear dumps the charter school clown car. And Bevin showed him the way. – Beshear promised a different tone and backed it up with strong action. On Inauguration Day, he put public education at the front of his administration as he said he would, exactly where it belongs. (read)
🔥 Ignore the spin – he’s guilty. – Republicans and so-called conservatives are spending millions of dollars on spin ads trying to say Trump is innocent. Ignore the spin – he’s guilty. (read)
Posts with Most Social Media Shares in Past Fourteen Days
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- Beshear says he will sign order Thursday restoring voting rights of 100,000+ felons (625 shares)
- Matt Bevin accuses Andy Beshear of ‘selling’ appointment to campaign contributor (574 shares)
- Bevin employs scorched-earth policy in classless exit from role as governor (423 shares)
- What did Kentucky get for Bevin’s $600,000+ contract to investigate Steve Beshear? (376 shares)
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