The Forward Five – Friday, 5/29/20

Five Things to Know Today

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Good morning! There’s an old protest chant that’s been around since at least the ’70s:

“No justice, no peace. Know justice, know peace.”

This morning, we are once again seeing the truth of that saying.

You can read on your national news about the protests in Minneapolis; I do not need to cover them here. And, the Courier-Journal has good coverage of the protests in Louisville last night; follow the link below to read it.

There is much to be said about all of this, but even more to be done. It will be hard work, in the midst of a crisis caused by the pandemic, made worse by the crisis in governing in Washington. But we have to try.

Violence is wrong. But not just individual violence is wrong; systemic violence is wrong, law enforcement violence is wrong, racist violence is wrong, violence against the powerless is wrong. And not all violence is physical.

And for those of you whose first thought is to condemn the protesters and condemn the violence, I will close with the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, who said what needs to be said:

But it is not enough for me to stand before you tonight and condemn riots. It would be morally irresponsible for me to do that without, at the same time, condemning the contingent, intolerable conditions that exist in our society. These conditions are the things that cause individuals to feel that they have no other alternative than to engage in violent rebellions to get attention.

And I must say tonight that a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it America has failed to hear? It has failed to hear that the plight of the negro poor has worsened over the last twelve or fifteen years. It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met. And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice and humanity.

As I said yesterday, note the last word of Beshear’s coronavirus mantra. We have to figure out how to work through this together, peacefully … but also for real, and with real results.

That’s the only way we’re going to get through this … together.

#TeamKentucky

Bruce Maples, publisher
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Today’s Five Things to Know

Beshear offers statistics to show that his ‘drastic and significant steps’ saved thousands of lives, says to ‘remember the lessons’

The governor shared graphs showing the decline, and noted KY was one of only three states that Vox says are ready to reopen. He also announced new openings, as well as a re-org of the unemployment division. (Forward Kentucky)

‘No justice, no peace’: 7 people shot amid downtown Louisville protests for Breonna Taylor

Louisville is waking up to jangled nerves this morning after a Thursday night protest over the police shooting of an unarmed black woman turned confrontational, putting seven people in the hospital with gunshot wounds and leaving a wake of destruction and anger through the city’s downtown streets.  

Gunfire erupted after hundreds of protesters took to the streets demanding justice for Breonna Taylor, who in March was shot and killed in her apartment by Louisville police — one of several deaths of unarmed African Americans drawing national attention in recent weeks. (Courier-Journal)

Breaking with Trump, Mitch McConnell stresses need to wear face masks in public

Wading into a politically charged issue, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday preached the importance of wearing masks in public as the nation’s economy reopens from the “cataclysmic” damage inflicted by the coronavirus pandemic.

During a tour of hospitals this week in his home state of Kentucky, the Republican leader has stressed wearing masks in public and following social distancing guidelines.

“There should be no stigma attached to wearing a mask,” McConnell said during an appearance in Owensboro. “And even among age groups that are least likely to either contract this disease or die from it, you could be a carrier. So I think what we all need to do is say, ‘OK, I’m going to take responsibility not only for myself but for others.’” (Herald-Leader)

Ditch Mitch Fund starts new anti-McConnell ad campaign

The Ditch Mitch Fund announced they have placed a multi-million dollar ad buy for the summer, with the first ad highlighting McConnell’s continual votes against health insurance protections. (Forward Kentucky)
 

Do we need to be concerned about these?

Here are two news items that came to our attention, and after looking at them, we’re wondering if all of us need to be concerned about them. One involves voting, and the other involves the governor’s emergency powers. Read the story, and let us know what you think. (Forward Kentucky)
 

Today’s show

Dr. Steven Stack on COVID in Kentucky,
and the backstory on competing Indivisible endorsements

Today on The State of Kentucky, we talk with Kentucky’s “top doc,” Dr. Steven Stack, about how the fight against COVID-19 is going in the state, and what has him worred the most. Then, we get the backstory on the competing Indivisible endorsements, with some groups endorsing Mike Broihier and others endorsing Charles Booker. Watch live at noon, or later on Forward Kentucky.
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Did you miss any of these?

Featured Content on Forward Kentucky

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— News —


[new] KY legislative race part of national film festival –

Remember the Glenn election, and the talk of deciding it through a coin flip? Well, it turns out deciding elections through chance is not that unusual … and there’s a new documentary film to prove it. And we’re in it. (read)

[new] 5-27 update: 400 Kentuckians dead of COVID-19; politics of masks, resistance of some local officials to testing –

Beshear announces KY now at 400 dead; Stack talks about politics of wearing a mask; contrast of counties that pushed testing and those that refused it. (read)

[new] House Dems call for censure of Maddox –

The Kentucky House Democratic Leadership has called on the Republican leadership of the House to begin a formal censure of Rep. Savannah Maddox for her recent “incendiary” comments. (read)

[new] Groups file lawsuit over November voting rules; SOS Adams responds – 

Multiple groups, led by the League of Women Voters of Kentucky, have filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging some of the rules for the November general election in Kentucky. (read)

🔥 Beshear says ‘right-wing militia group’ that hung him in effigy was ’embraced and emboldened’ by GOP legislators at earlier rally –

Two days after being hung in effigy, Gov. Andy Beshear returned the fire Tuesday. “You can’t fan the flames and then condemn the fire.” (read)

A few weeks to stop a depression. Are you listening, Senator McConnell?

The Senate is out of session, having left without acting on more economic aid. Repubs say it’s time to see how previous efforts work before considering more. This is a dangerously wrong attitude. Decisions will be made in the next few weeks that will put the nation on a direct path to depression without Congressional intervention. (read)

—Commentary—

[new] Coleman on recent events and being a good teammate – Lieutenant Governor Jacqueline Coleman shares her thoughts on the recent events at the Capitol, and on what it takes to be a good teammate. (read)

🔥 Dying of whiteness – Some people are willing to harm themselves, even die, just to maintain their belief in white superiority. The coronavirus is making that even more real. (read)

Republicans, do you REALLY want to condemn political violence? Do this. – Republican leaders have “condemned” what went on. This is a first step, but there’s more to be done. Neal Turpin lays out the next step: leave the party. (read)

🔥 On Savannah Maddox, photos, and terrorism – Rep. Savannah Maddox has sown the wind, and is reaping the whirlwind. Let me come to her defense. Partially. (read)

— Policy —

🔥 [new] If the George Floyd video had been taken in Kentucky, this bill would have kept us from seeing it. – Many have seen the video of the brutal actions of police that killed George Floyd. But under a proposed bill, such video would have been inaccessible in Kentucky. (read)

— Media —

[new podcast] Effigy fallout, road budget special session, and interview with Roberto Henriquez – This was a dark week for Kentucky politics. We talk through the protest that led to the effigy hanging and the fallout stemming from it. Also, a special session to deal with the road budget. And finally, an interview with Roberto Henriquez, an organizer with Indivisible Kentucky District 4. (listen)

🔥 [show] Who or what is “The Steady State” – and why are they endorsing Joe Biden? – Join us as we talk with Dr. Erik Prentice, who formerly served in the office of the Director of National Intelligence, and is now a private citizen in the corporate world, living in Louisville. Recently he became a founding member of a group called “The Steady State,” made up of National Security and Homeland Security veterans who have endorsed Joe Biden for president. We’ll learn more about this group, why it formed, and why Dr. Prentice joined it. (view)

Posts with Most Social Media Shares in Past Fourteen Days

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  • 🔥 On Savannah Maddox, photos, and terrorism (3,000+ shares)
  • Paul makes coronavirus claims not backed by science, fact-checked by WFPL reporter (2,000+ shares)
  • IG investigating McConnell’s wife fired by Trump (2,000+ shares)
  • We have a debate! (1,000+ shares)
  • Kentucky garbage man hadn’t seen elderly woman’s trash can out, rightly felt something was amiss. (1,000+ shares)
  • Congrats, KY, you got your R nought below 1. So don’t blow it. (1,000+ shares)
  • We’re still getting an F on our census test. C’mon folks, do better! (1,000+ shares)

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