The Forward Five – Friday, 5/1/20

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Good morning! Yesterday, I encouraged you to check out our visual artists: photographers Nick Lacy, Del Ramey, and Berry Craig, and editorial cartoonist Aaron Smith. Today I want to tell you about another part of the Forward Kentucky family, and why you should add them to your reading and listening lists.

Robert Kahne and Jazmin Smith have been doing My Old Kentucky Podcast for about four years, and have gathered quite a following. Last year, they approached me about joining the Forward Kentucky “family.” (Putting the word in quotes because I had never thought about it, until they used it. <g>)

Frankly, I was thrilled. MOKP has been called “the essential political podcast for Kentucky,” and combines solid analysis by Robert and Jazmin with timely interviews of a wide range of guests. Robert is a data scientist and Jazmin is a lawyer, so between the two of them they bring insight to news and political stories.

But in addition to their podcast (which you should definitely subscribe to), they also do a weekly newsletter. And this is just as good as their podcast! It goes along with the analysis part of the show, and includes both the bullets of their analysis and a list of resources if you want to learn more. It comes out on Friday morning, and really puts a cap on the important stories of the week.

So, if you do not already subscribe to the MOKP newsletter, jump down to the “Update your profile” link at the bottom of this email and add it to your list of subscriptions. You will be glad you did.

Wash those hands. Wear those masks. Take care of yourself. We’re going to get through this, together. #TeamKentucky

Bruce Maples, publisher
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Reopenings may not fit guidelines, but Beshear says plateau and other states’ trends forecast a decline in May – 4/30 update
This update includes an explanation of trends that justify reopening; discussion of why child care cannot open yet; news about UI claims; and the giant budget shortfall. Plus, a new wine! (Forward Kentucky)


KY facing budget shortfall of nearly $500 million for current fiscal year
A report by the state budget director shows a potential general fund revenue shortfall of $318.7 to $495.7 million for the fiscal year that ends June 30, due to conditions caused by the coronavirus. (Forward Kentucky)


Confederate flag, meet Unity Water Tower
The big Confederate battle flag on Interstate 24 east of Paducah might be in for some message competition from a neighboring water tower. (Forward Kentucky)


McConnell open to state aid in next virus relief package
Shifting tone, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday he is “open” to considering additional funds for state and local governments in the next coronavirus relief bill as the chamber returns to session during the pandemic.

The Republican leader faced a storm of criticism from the nation’s governors after panning Democrats’ proposal for more than $500 billion to help cash-strapped local governments cover the sudden extra costs of police, fire and other front-line workers in the crisis. Last week, he suggested states should be allowed to go bankrupt.

While saying he’s willing to consider new funds, McConnell insisted the next package must also include federal liability protections from what he warned will be an “avalanche” of lawsuits against businesses that reopen during the pandemic. (Herald-Leader)


Civil rights leaders: Black Kentuckians ‘deserve better’ from Kentucky AG Daniel Cameron
African American pastors and civil rights leaders from across the state released a statement Thursday, saying that Black Kentuckians “deserve better” from Attorney General Daniel Cameron. 

Nearly 100 people — including state representative Charles Booker, Louisville NAACP president Raoul Cunningham, and dozens of pastors — signed the letter in a support of Governor Andy Beshear’s efforts to keep the Commonwealth safe and informed. 

But the group condemned Cameron’s “premature efforts and actions” to reopen the state. (Courier-Journal)


Today’s show
John Yarmuth on The State of Kentucky

On today’s TSOK, we talk with Cong. John Yarmuth about rescue packages, voting by proxy, and what he thinks of McConnell’s “bankruptcy” comments. Then, we’re joined by Nolan Higdon to talk about his book “The United States of Distraction.” Join us at noon today on Facebook or YouTube, or watch it later on the Forward Kentucky site as well as YT and FB. See you then!


Did you miss any of these?

Featured Content on Forward Kentucky

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


— News —

[new] Beshear announces schedule for first reopenings – 4/29 update – Gov. Beshear announced details of the first broad phase of his plan to re-open Kentucky’s economy in May, while also noting segments that will not open yet. (read)

[new] 🔥 As Trump orders meatpackers to stay open, health department complaints allege Louisville plant failed to protect workers – As President Trump ordered meatpacking plants on Tuesday to keep operating amid the coronavirus pandemic, more details are emerging about the concerns workers had about their safety at a facility in Louisville, where dozens of workers were infected and one died. (read)

[new] 🔥 ‘Healthy at Home’ has saved 2,000 lives, UK study shows – A UK study indicates Gov. Beshear’s “Healthy at Home” efforts have had a major effect on reducing the number of coronavirus cases and deaths in Kentucky. (read)

[new] Over sixty organizations ask electeds to push for help with health care – Sixty-four organizations across Kentucky have sent a letter to Kentucky’s representatives in Washington to push for significant help for Kentuckians’ health care needs. (read)

The 10 basic rules for “Healthy at Work” – In case you haven’t seen them yet, here are the ten foundational requirements for all businesses to reopen in Kentucky. Check out the checklist. (read)

🔥 Report: Bouchard misled everyone – Former Braidy Industries CEO Craig Bouchard misled the Ashland community, the company’s board of the directors and investors, and crushed any dissent within the company’s ranks, according to a report filed in Delaware Court. (read)

—Commentary—

Don’t let him fool you: #CoronaMitch is scared – McConnell the Deficit Hawk is back. But, worrying about the deficit seems to be a net loss for Repub chances in the fall. So, why is Mitch doing this now? (read)

🔥 When Trump shafts Fox News – It’s coming, you can count on it – Donald Trump is going to put the shaft to Fox News, just like he has so many other loyal allies. (read)

— Cartoons —

What modern-day heroes REALLY want – During this pandemic, we’ve taken to calling our front-line responders and essential workers the “heroes” of this crisis. Some people have even made capes for them. Aaron Smith, though, captures what many of these modern-day heroes are REALLY thinking. (view)

— Media —

[new podcast] Primary election update, more drama at Braidy Industries, and interview with Mike Broihier – On this week’s show, Robert and Jazmin get to talk about something other than the virus: changes in primary voting, Braidy drama, and an interview with Mike Broiher. Give it a listen! (listen)

[photo gallery]
🔥 Drive-thru testing in Louisville’s West End – a photo gallery – Del Ramey traveled to Louisville’s West End on Sunday to observe a drive-thru testing site and how the process worked. Here’s a gallery of what he saw there. (view)


Posts with Most Social Media Shares in Past Fourteen Days

(🔥 indicates post with surge of recent shares)


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