The Forward Five – Thursday, 1/23/20

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Adams wants voter photo ID for 2020 election
Secretary of State Michael Adams wants the voter photo ID bill passed, and he wants it implemented for this year’s election. Why? Because of a “competitive Senate race.” (Forward Kentucky)

Motion filed to disqualify one Dem candidate in House 67
One Democratic candidate for state House is challenging another Dem candidate for the same seat, charging that she does not actually live in the district. (Forward Kentucky)

After ‘painful’ criticism, Kentucky senator withdraws bill to expand police powers
SB 89 would have allowed police to detain anyone who would not identify themselves, but it was pulled by its sponsor, Sen. Stephen Meredith. In his floor speech, he specifically called out Matt Jones and Marc Murphy for their criticism of him and of the bill. (Forward Kentucky)

AG Cameron joins rebuke of Trump impeachment
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron joined 20 other Republican attorneys general Wednesday in calling for the Senate to reject the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.

“This body should never permit impeachment proceedings to proceed where they are permeated with the clearly partisan objective of energizing a political party’s base to, ultimately, influence a presidential election,” the 14-page letter says. “Such a raw political and unconstitutional use of the impeachment power should not be countenanced by the Senate.” (Courier-Journal)

Beshear administration announces residents can get Kentucky Real IDs at any office
Gov. Andy Beshear said Wednesday that Kentuckians will be able to get their Real IDs at any office that has already rolled out the cards. For example, if you’re from Louisville and happen to be in Frankfort, you can now get your Real ID there, he said. 

“We are not going to restrict this office that has opened to any particular list of counties or regions,” Beshear said at the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet in Frankfort. “While other facilities that are opening around the state are geared toward specific communities, it is my commitment that no one will be turned away.” 

Sarah Jackson, a new leader on the Real ID project rollout, said people who choose to go that route should make sure they have all the documents they need before traveling to another office.

Jackson said people should go to and fill out an ID guide quiz to find out which documents they need to get a Real ID before making the trip to a Real ID office. People with different situations will need different documentation. (Courier-Journal)

KYGA20 Run-Down
The bills, they are a’movering. Rather than pull any of these stories into the “five things to know” section, we’re simply listing some of the stories in the media. Note that some of these may never even be heard in committee, while others may wind up on a fast track for passage.

Republicans just changed a bill that requires a photo ID to vote. Here’s what’s new. – A milder version of a bill requiring people to show photo identification before they are allowed to vote passed a Senate Committee Wednesday as Kentucky Republicans attempt to push through stricter voting standards before the 2020 elections. (Herald-Leader)

Democratic lawmakers want K-12 Kentucky students to receive comprehensive sex education – If passed, the bill would require all Kentucky students, kindergarten to high school, to receive age-appropriate and medically accurate sex education. (Courier-Journal)

Not all stories on Forward Kentucky make it to the top “Five Things” section of the Forward Five! Many stories only show up in the yellow section below, which is a running list of pretty much everything published. So, be sure to scan the lower section each day as well, so you don’t miss anything.

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[new] McConnell called #MidnightMitch for controversial proposed impeachment trial rules – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell just earned his first new nickname of 2020: #MidnightMitch. Responding to McConnell’s proposed rules for the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, Carl Bernstein, one of the reporters who uncovered the Watergate scandal, referred to the Kentucky Republican as “Midnight Mitch.” (read)

🔥 [new] Andy Beshear says Kentucky might buy private prisons, needs to reduce inmate squeeze – Gov. Andy Beshear said Friday that his administration is exploring the possible purchase of two private prisons as part of its ambitious plan to address the steadily rising inmate population that drains hundreds of millions of dollars from Kentucky’s state budget each year and dangerously overcrowds local jails that hold the spillover. (read)

KFTC calls on Congress to “Fix What’s Broke” – The campaign’s message is that Congress must “Fix What’s Broke” by passing bills to clean up abandoned coal mines and polluted waterways and by extending funding for the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund for an additional ten years. (read)

🔥 Robert Kahne on the 2020 candidate filings – With the early filing deadline, we already know who is running this year. Robert Kahne looks at the overall picture, and digs into certain races as well. (read)


[new] Is Trump our version of Buzz Windrip? – Is Donald Trump a real-life Sen. “Buzz” Windrip, the phony populist-turned dictator in It Can’t Happen Here, Sinclair Lewis’ cautionary novel for 1935 America? (read)

Martin Luther King Jr. had a much more radical message than a dream of brotherhood – Martin Luther King Jr. has come to be revered as a hero who led a nonviolent struggle to reform and redeem the United States. But from my perspective as a historian of religion and civil rights, the true radicalism of his thought remains under-appreciated. The “civil saint” portrayed nowadays was, by the end of his life, a social and economic radical, who argued forcefully for the necessity of economic justice in the pursuit of racial equality. (read)


70% of Americans say U.S. economic system unfairly favors the powerful – A majority of U.S. adults say the economic system unfairly favors powerful interests. Wide majorities also say politicians, large corporations, and people who are wealthy have too much power and influence in today’s economy. (read)

Heading into Iowa: Where do the Democratic candidates stand on health care coverage? – For many Americans, health care remains one of the most important topics in the 2020 election. Here is an excellent analysis of the positions of the Dem candidates. (read)


🔥 [photo gallery] MLK Day in western Kentucky – Berry Craig was at both the Paducah and Mayfield celebrations of Martin Luther King, and shares this story and photo galleries from the events. (view)

[podcast] Senate Bill 2, filing deadline, and interview with Martina Jackson – An interview w/ Martina Jackson, running for House 81. Also, Jazmin on Senate Bill 2, Robert on candidates who have filed, and “Good Bill/Bad Bill.” (listen)

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