The Forward Five – Thursday, 4/16/20

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Five Things to Know Today

Good morning! Don’t know if you saw the Gov’s update yesterday, but he had to talk over protesters who were outside the briefing room. They want to “open back up” right now, and forget about the pandemic. It was a fascinating contrast between the shouting and noise of the protesters, and the calm, rational delivery of Governor Beshear as he kept going. I have to say, I am gratified at his leadership during this time, and dismayed at the protesters and others who want to risk the lives of the rest of us (and their own) by “re-opening” the state before we go way past the peak of infections and before we have enough testing to make it safe.

We’ve had a major change in our news coverage, which you will see reflected on the site. I wrote a new PubBlog piece about it, so you’ll want to read that.

The legislature finally adjourned sine die last night at about 11:30. They overrode most of the governor’s line-item vetoes, confirmed all but one of his state board of education nominees, and passed a number of final bills, including anti-abortion and COVID-19 bills. We’ll have a summary story up later today.

And finally, I’m going to close the feedback survey tomorrow. Some of you have completed it (thanks!), but some of you have not. So, here is the link to go complete it. There’s more explanation of it in the newsletter (you read that, right?), but in any event, please go complete it.

Take care of yourself. We’re going to get through this, together. #TeamKentucky

Bruce Maples, publisher
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Tomorrow on The State of Kentucky

Senator Morgan McGarvey and candidate Shannon Fabert on TSOK
We’re joined this week by Senator Morgan McGarvey to share his thoughts on the concluding days of the General Assembly. Then, Shannon Fabert comes on to talk with us about her campaign to win the nomination to face Thomas Massie in the fall. You can watch the live stream on Facebook and YouTube at noon, or watch it later on the web site or listen to the podcast. Join us!

Protesters make themselves heard at Beshear’s daily briefing – 4/15 update
Speaking over the protesters, Beshear announced a partnership with Indiana and Ohio to coordinate actions on re-opening, and a project at UofL to develop an antibody test. (Forward Kentucky)

Related editorial by Joe Gerth: Dumb protesters in Frankfort don’t care if you die, you’re messing with their money (Courier-Journal)

Beshear sued over banning in-person worship
Three Kentuckians who attended an Easter church service in Hillview, Ky.,  against state orders on mass gatherings have filed a federal lawsuit alleging Gov. Andy Beshear’s coronavirus measures violate their constitutional rights. (Forward Kentucky)

Lawmakers confirm Beshear BOE appointees – except the chair
Lawmakers on Wednesday confirmed all but one of Gov. Andy Beshear’s appointments to the Kentucky Board of Education. The Kentucky Senate approved resolutions confirming 10 members but failed to approve the appointment of the board’s current chairman, David Karem. Karem, a former state lawmaker, has previously served on the state education board. As a lawmaker, he helped craft the 1990 Kentucky Education Reform Act. (Courier-Journal)

COVID-19 and other bills pass through Kentucky legislature on final day of 2020 session
The bills passed in the final hours of the 2020 session create a COVID-19 task force, ease the governor’s ability to buy PPE, and restrict abortion. (Courier-Journal)

Millions of Americans might not get stimulus checks. Some might be tricked into paying Turbo Tax to get theirs.
Congress has approved billions of dollars of checks for Americans hard hit by the biggest round of layoffs in U.S. history. But millions of Americans will have to wait months for that money — and millions more may never get the money at all. (Forward Kentucky)

Keeping this short – Support these media outlets.
During this pandemic, we need good journalism more than ever. That includes a number of outlets across the state, and that includes Forward Kentucky. So, go to the “Support Your Media” page on the site and follow the links to support the media outlet(s) of your choice, including us. Keep us viable by becoming a member.
Yes, I want to support good journalism!

Did you miss any of these?

Featured Content on Forward Kentucky

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— News —

[newer] 🔥 ACLU and KDP release statements on final passage of voter ID bill – After the General Assembly overrode Gov. Beshear’s veto of the voter photo ID bill (SB 2), both the ACLU of Kentucky and the Kentucky Democratic Party released statements condemning the move. (read)

[newer] Union boosts mask-maker-donors with free nose-strips – No matter how lovingly stitched, cloth face masks need metal nose clips to fit right. This union is making millions of them … for free. (read)

[new] Josh Douglas lays out actual details of voter photo ID bill – With all the reaction to the final passage of the voter ID bill, we thought it wise to share some actual details of the bill. Dr. Josh Douglas does that in this post. (read)

[new] First death of a long-term-care worker, pleads for PPE – 4/14 update – Updates from Beshear 4/14 presser, but also many updates from around the world, including models of reopening, possible new tests, and more. (read)

[new] 🔥 Opposition grows to Confederate flag in western Kentucky – The newly-raised Confederate flag in Marshall County is drawing various forms of opposition from individuals and groups, including the NAACP and a former commissioner. (read)

🔥 C’mon Kentucky – our census rates stink, especially in rural areas. Let’s do better! – Less than half of Kentuckians have completed their census – and it’s even worse in many rural areas. Surely we can get over 50%! (read)


🔥 CNN chyron editor goes for broke – Apparently, someone at CNN has had about enough of President Trump’s rambling, wandering pressers on the coronavirus crisis. Check out these chyrons. (read)

— Policy —

🔥 Churches, COVID-19, and the First Amendment: An analysis – How do we balance First Amendment rights with the public good in a pandemic? Dr. Neal Turpin looks at the issues involved and lays out some principles. (read)

— Media —

[new video] 🔥 Watch viral Obama video endorsing Biden and talking about what we need in the White House – President Obama released a video yesterday endorsing Joe Biden for president – but he did so much more. He reminded us of what sort of nation we can be, and he talked about what type of leadership we need in these times. It’s not just an endorsement speech; it’s a call to live out the vision of compassion, strength, intelligence, and empathy that America is supposed to be. Watch and see if you are inspired as I was. (watch)

[show] 🔥 TSOK: Robert Kahne, Jazmin Smith, Dr. Alexandra Owensby, and Republicans in Wisconsin and Kentucky – Join us this week with guests Robert Kahne and Jazmin Smith to talk about their show My Old Kentucky Podcast. Then, we interview Dr. Alexandra Owensby, who is a health care professional in the midst of a pandemic AND a candidate running to face Thomas Massie in KY-04. Finally, our publisher Bruce Maples shares his thoughts about the the Wisconsin primary and the insistence by Republicans to vote in the face of a pandemic, and compares that to Kentucky Republicans and what they may do this coming week. (watch)

— PubBlog —

[new] Update on news stories – We’ve experienced some sudden changes in our news sources. Here’s the scoop on them. (read)

Posts with Most Social Media Shares in Past Fourteen Days

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