The Forward Five – Monday, 3/2/20

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Five Things to Know Today

KFTC endorses Booker for Senate
In an announcement emailed to members and the media, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth announced their endorsement of Charles Booker for U.S. Senate.

“Representative Booker is deeply aligned with KFTC’s values. He has clear and bold ideas for achieving our shared vision – with good jobs that don’t damage our climate, health care for all of us, racial justice and more. Those ideas are rooted in both personal experience and conversations with folks from Paducah to Pikeville. In the state House of Representatives, he is a champion of the issues that impact our lives, responsive to constituents and the needs of Kentuckians across the state, and an unwavering voice for justice. He’s a candidate worth getting excited for, voting for and talking to our friends and neighbors about. (KFTC)

Trump administration is pushing Kentucky lawmakers to pass school choice program
The Trump administration is encouraging Kentucky lawmakers to pass a controversial school choice bill — and is potentially dangling tens of millions of dollars in federal funding to sweeten the deal.

Officials from the U.S. Department of Education have been in touch with Republican state legislators about a proposal to create a private school scholarship tax credit program, Majority Whip Chad McCoy, R-Bardstown, told The Courier Journal on Friday.

Such a program would give tax breaks to people who donate to groups granting scholarships for students attending private schools. According to McCoy, federal officials said the Bluegrass State could land as much as $70 million in federal support should the state program pass. (Courier-Journal)

Legislators repeat myths about flu vaccines
Fortunately, state senator Dr. Ralph Alvarado corrected the misperceptions, and concluded with this advice that applies to us all: “Get your flu shot.” (Forward Kentucky)

Louisville mayor now backs $15 federal minimum wage, despite opposing $10.10 a few years ago
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said that there “absolutely” should be a federal minimum wage hike, calling $15 an hour a starting point.

The stance is an interesting one, given that Louisville had its own debate about the minimum wage during Fischer’s time in office — when he expressed concern that $10.10 an hour was too high a wage. That $10.10 hike, he said in late 2014, could hurt some businesses and lead to “quite a bit” of lost jobs. (Courier-Journal)

OpEd: We all agree, Marsy’s Law offers only empty promises
It’s not often that you see an ACLU attorney, a Republican Senator, a Commonwealth’s Attorney, and members of the Tea Party agreeing on something. This may be a first in Kentucky history, but we all agree that Marsy’s Law is bad for victims and wrong for Kentucky. (Forward Kentucky)

KYGA20 Run-Down

Kentucky lawmakers explore broadband funding plan that would freeze out KentuckyWired – As Kentuckians continue to wait for KentuckyWired, the state’s troubled plan to boost high-speed internet across the Bluegrass, lawmakers are considering an alternative. (Forward Kentucky)

KYGA Resources on Forward Kentucky
All of these are under the KYGA20 menu on the web site.

  • KYGA20 Story Page – All stories about the 2020 General Assembly on one page (go there)
  • Bill Trackers – Four bill trackers covering everything filed in Frankfort, including trackers for bills that have crossed over and bills that we consider “key bills” (go there)
  • Visual Key Bill Tracker –  Each bill has its own row, and shows the progress of the bill through the legislative process. Updated each morning. (go there)
  • Find My Legislators – Enter your address, and this tool finds all your state and federal elected officials, including contact information. (go there)
  • The Legislative Process – If you are confused by how a bill becomes law in Kentucky, this simple guide will make it all clear.
    (go there)
  • How to Be an Effective Activist – This PDF is chock-full of helpful information, including contact numbers, the basics of activism, and various tools you can use. (go there)

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.

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

([new] indicates new since last Forward Five; 🔥 indicates lots of reads)


🔥 [new] Over 300 faith leaders condemn anti-immigrant bills in letter to KYGA – Faith leaders from across the state have signed a letter calling on the legislature to stop progress on two bills seen as attacks against immigrants. (read)

[new] Torture and abuse.’ KY bill would allow veterinarians to report harm to animals – Kentucky is the only state where vets are barred from reporting suspected abuse of an animal to animal control officers or police. There are efforts underway in this year’s legislative session to change that. (read)

🔥 [new] Wheeler condemns drag queens; KDP condemns Wheeler – State Senator Phillip Wheeler called out Gov. Beshear for posing with drag queens at the Capitol. Now the KDP is calling for Wheeler to resign, and Republicans to condemn his remarks. (read)

🔥 “Bloody Sunday” reenactment scheduled for Sunday in Frankfort – This Sunday, there will be a reenactment of the “Bloody Sunday” bridge crossing in Selma, Alabama – and a corresponding reenactment in Frankfort, Kentucky. (read)


[new] ‘Amazon is focused on one thing – eliminating as many jobs as possible to enrich one multi-billionaire’ – “Amazon represents a clear and present danger to millions of good jobs,” UFCW International President Marc Perrone said in a statement. (read)

Christians, if you’re planning to go to heaven, you should learn to embrace a little Democratic Socialism – If we study the teachings of Jesus, we shouldn’t be afraid of the concept of Democratic Socialism at all. (read)

Medical marijuana is a no-brainer – If you’re looking for an unbiased discussion of the House’s decision to advance legislation to legalize medical marijuana, you’ve come to the wrong place. (read)

🔥 Every child deserves a loving home – Every child deserves a loving home. Sadly, some agencies ban people from adoption based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. And to make matters worse, these people who want to discriminate cite their Christian faith as a reason to discriminate. It’s disheartening to see people distort the Gospel to hurt children. (read)


[new podcast] Medical marijuana, SB 8, and Bob Gibson interview – This week: medical MJ passes the House, Beshear signing SB 8, and other KYGA20 stories. Plus, Bob Gibson, a Democratic candidate for State House in Versailles. (listen)

🔥  It’s an experiment! – Our first “State of Kentucky” show as a Facebook Live video! Take a look and let me know what you think. If enough people like it, we’ll do these 2-3 times a week. And, send your suggestions and ideas to Thanks! (view)


[new] What’s with the “via” add-on? – Here’s why you might see “via some-outlet-or-another” at the end of our posts on social media. (read)

A word about abbreviations – I recently had someone ask about certain words and abbreviations we use, so I thought I’d explain. (read)

Posts with Most Social Media Shares in Past Fourteen Days

(🔥 indicates post with surge of recent shares)

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