The Forward Five – Monday, 1/6/20

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Rep. Charles Booker enters Senate race
State Rep. Charles Booker announced he is running for the Dem nomination for U.S. Senate, joining a crowded field looking to challenge Mitch McConnell. (Forward Kentucky)

Rally in Frankfort today to demand fair trial in the Senate
Multiple elected officials and activist groups are holding a rally on Monday, January 6, to demand that Senator Mitch McConnell hold a fair trial in the Senate in the Trump impeachment. Speakers include John Yarmuth, Joni Jenkins, Reginald Meeks, and others. Details in the story. (Forward Kentucky)

Amy McGrath reports raising another $6 million, even as some progressives grumble
Former Marine Corps pilot Amy McGrath raised $6.2 million for her U.S. Senate campaign in the fourth quarter of 2019, according to her campaign, marking another impressive fundraising quarter even as she faces grumbling from some progressive Democrats in Kentucky.

The money McGrath raised in the final three months of 2019 brings her total to $16.9 million, just $2 million shy of what former Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes raised in her bid against U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in 2014. McGrath’s campaign said it has $9.1 million on hand. (Herald-Leader)

AG Cameron joins coalition to support requiring abortion doctors to have hospital admitting privileges
Attorney General Daniel Cameron joined 20 states in filing an amicus brief before the U.S. Supreme Court in a case involving a Louisiana law that requires abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a local hospital in the event of an emergency or complication resulting from the procedure.

The challenge to the law is brought by the Center for Reproductive Rights on behalf of a Louisiana abortion clinic and two abortion doctors. In the amicus brief, Attorney General Cameron joins other states in arguing that it is imperative for states to make and enforce the laws and regulations regarding health and safety that govern abortion procedures. (KY Forward)

Gun group plans Tuesday rally in Frankfort
A group known as Kentucky United is planning a “Second Amendment Rally” in Frankfort this Tuesday, before the 2020 General Assembly begins. This is the same group that is pushing counties to become “Second Amendment Sanctuaries.” (Forward Kentucky)

Election 2020 Coverage Starts
As we mentioned in the newsletter that just came out (you DID read it, right?), we are adding two special areas of coverage: the 2020 General Assembly that starts tomorrow (KYGA20), and this year’s elections (Election 2020).

Our first addition is up on the site: a list of all the people who have filed to run for state and federal office. We will update the list every night until the filing window closes this Friday. You can view the list under the new “Election 2020” menu, or go right to the page itself.

Did you miss any of these?
Featured Content on Forward Kentucky

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[new] 🔥 Kentucky leaders have mixed reactions to Iraq airstrike killing Qasem Soleimani – Reactions from Kentucky’s congressional delegation are mixed following the U.S. airstrike in Baghdad that killed a powerful Iranian military leader Thursday evening. (read)

[new] AG Cameron, in response to two legislators, asks FBI to investigate Bevin pardons – Responding to a request by Sen. Morgan McGarvey and Rep. Chris Harris, attorney general Daniel Cameron asked the FBI to investigate certain Bevin pardons. (read)

[new] 🔥 5 big messes that await Beshear at Kentucky’s Justice and Public Safety Cabinet – Gov. Andy Beshear chose Mary Noble, a former deputy chief justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court, to run the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet in his new administration. Noble, 70, who retired from the high court in 2016, has her work cut out for her. (read)

[new] 🔥 KY General Assembly kicks off its 2020 session Tuesday. Here’s what to expect. – The 2020 legislative session of the Kentucky General Assembly kicks off Tuesday, the fourth consecutive session with Republicans holding over 60% of the seats in each chamber. What’s new this year is the occupant in the Governor’s Mansion: Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear. (read)

[new] 🔥 A second Trump term would be “far worse,” say three historians – A second Trump term portends a far worse outcome than the first one, according to historians Bill Mulligan, Brian Clardy, and Ken Wolf. (read)

[new] 🔥 The difference between the parties in 3 simple charts. – Charles Gaba made charts of the racial/ethnic/gender makeup of the two parties in the U.S. House, and added a chart of overall U.S. population. Nothing in here that is new – but it’s still striking to SEE the difference. (read)

[new] Bevin’s pardon recipients could face federal prosecution, US attorney says – Former Gov. Matt Bevin’s controversial pardons are raising concerns with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Kentucky’s Western District, which said Tuesday it could seek to bring federal charges — if warranted — against any pardon recipients. (read)


🔥 These bad bills show how state lawmakers waste their time and your tax dollars – Linda Blackford is starting a “Bad Bill Watch,” and she has two bills already filed for KYGA20 that are excellent examples of legislative waste. (read)

🔥 With Ever-Trumpers, it’s not ‘the economy, stupid’ – Heading into next year’s presidential election, some of my progressive Democratic friends still think it’s worthwhile to try to convert Ever-Trumpers. This old union and NAACP-card packing Hubert Humphrey Democrat never shared their evangelical zeal. (read)

Posts with Most Social Media Shares in Past Fourteen Days

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