The Forward Five – Wednesday, 1/8/20

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Five Things to Know Today

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Critics: ‘Draconian’ bill could turn thousands of Kentucky workers into immigration police
Public employees throughout Kentucky would be required to use “their best efforts” to support enforcement of federal immigration law, under a bill (SB1) proposed by Sen. Danny Carroll, a Paducah Republican. The scope of Carroll’s measure, which also includes a ban on “any sanctuary policy” by police or a public agency, has alarmed immigration advocates, with one saying it has the potential to turn thousands of public workers into immigration police. (Forward Kentucky)

McConnell is ready to move ahead on impeachment trial rules, report says
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is preparing to move forward on a set of impeachment trial rules for President Donald Trump without Democratic support, according to a Politico report. (Forward Kentucky)

Frankfort gun rally: Interview and photos
Forward Kentucky covered the gun rally in Frankfort on Tuesday, and got an interview with one of the organizers, as well as some pictures. (Forward Kentucky)

Related: My thoughts on the gun rally in Frankfort – Commentary from publisher Bruce Maples on the various concerns expressed by the rally goers. (Forward Kentucky)

Former Andy Beshear staffer forms Super PAC to raise money for Amy McGrath
The former campaign manager for Gov. Andy Beshear is forming a political action committee to raise money for former Marine Corps pilot Amy McGrath, signaling support for McGrath from the Kentucky Democratic establishment as she attempts to unseat U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. (Herald-Leader)

Kentucky lawmaker wants to limit governor’s pardoning power
A Kentucky Republican lawmaker is seeking to limit the pardon powers of the governor, following a series of controversial pardons and commutations issued by former Gov. Matt Bevin during his final days in office. (WUKY)

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 to pay for the GED test for thousands of Kentuckians – Kentucky will pay for thousands of GED tests to help Kentuckians’ further their education, state officials announced Tuesday morning. (read)

[new] 🔥 A “Second Amendment sanctuary” movement is sweeping through Kentucky. Here’s why. – What is this “Second Amendment Sanctuary” idea, and why is it coming up all over Kentucky? Here’s what you need to know about it. (read)

[new] KY judge dismisses ex-House staffer’s whistleblower complaint in Hoover scandal – Judge Philip Shepherd dismissed the complaint by Daisy Olivo that alleged she was fired after shedding light on a secret sexual harassment settlement. (read)

[new] 🔥 A report from the “Mitch, Do Your Job!” rally in Frankfort – A coalition of activist groups and individuals gathered in the Capitol Rotunda today in Frankfort to demand that Senator Mitch McConnell hold a fair and impartial hearing on the impeachment charges against President Trump. Here are some of the comments by the speakers, as well as a small gallery of photos taken at the rally. (read)

🔥 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)

🔥 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)


“If we lose the rule of law, we might as well tear this capitol down.” – Marc Murphy spoke eloquently about America being a nation of laws, and the threat that Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell pose. Here is that speech. (read)

Is Trump wagging the dog? – President Trump says he ordered the killing of Soleimani because of an imminent attack. Maybe. Or maybe he thinks he can distract from his impeachment. (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)

Posts with Most Social Media Shares in Past Fourteen Days

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