The Forward Five – Monday, 6/8/20

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Good afternoon! I have sometimes been accused of being either “too fair” or “too nice” in our work on Forward Kentucky. I think some folks would like for our content to be more confrontational, more “in your face” or even more mean in our criticism.

It’s probably a fair point. There are times when my determination to be objective in anything labeled News may override my ability to call out wrong-doing in the Commentary section.

One reason I am hesitant to jump on any particular name-calling bandwagon is because I’ve been burned in the past. See or hear something, write something scathing about it, only to learn later that it wasn’t quite how it was presented.

Even so, there are times when the facts on the ground are clear, and the actions and the results are so clearly wrong that they have to be called out. That’s what motivated me to write two recent pieces:

I hope you’ll read them both, and I’d be glad to get your feedback on them.

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Today’s Five Things to Know

Charles Booker endorsed by Matt Jones

Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio endorses Rep. Charles Booker via Twitter video. Matt Jones has a large following across the state, so this endorsement could have an impact. (Forward Kentucky)

Uptick accelerates as Beshear announces 319 new coronavirus cases, most in more than a month, with 65% in Jefferson County

Gov. Andy Beshear announced 319 new cases of the coronavirus on Saturday, one of the highest numbers the state has seen in weeks. (Forward Kentucky)

From Corbin to Morehead, Black Lives Matter protests gain support in rural Kentucky towns

Black Lives Matter protests moved outside the state’s urban centers to rural Kentucky this weekend. Gathering at town centers, demonstrators marched and chanted for racial justice in Corbin, Morehead, Barbourville, Richmond and many more Kentucky cities and towns. (Herald-Leader)

Patients sue UK president, state officials for collecting medical debt without courts

Five plaintiffs filed a federal lawsuit in Frankfort against UK President Eli Capilouto, UK treasurer Penny Cox, Department of Revenue Commissioner Thomas Miller and Tammy Watts, the executive director of the department’s office of processing and enforcement. The suit argues that UK HealthCare and the state Department of Revenue are violating the 14th Amendment and the due process rights of former patients struggling to pay off hospital debts by demanding payments and garnishing their wages without going to court first. The UK hospital is the only hospital in the state trying to collect medical debts through the state revenue department. (Herald-Leader)

U.S. police have attacked journalists at least 140 times since May 28

It’s becoming clear that attacks by police on journalists are becoming a widespread pattern, not one-off incidents. (Forward Kentucky)

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Featured Content on Forward Kentucky

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— News —

🔥 [new] Black Legislative Caucus issues statement on Paul’s blockage of lynching bill  – The Kentucky Black Legislative Caucus issued the following statement regarding U.S. Senator Rand Paul’s blocking of the Emmett Till Antilynching Act in the Senate. (read)

[new] DEMS – your voting starts NOW – Voting for delegates to the national convention, that is! Here’s how YOU can take part is choosing who represents you this year. (read)

[new] Ky. coronavirus cases still up, with 289 reported Friday – 6/5 update – On Friday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 289 new cases of the coronavirus in Kentucky, the third straight day the state has seen 265 or more new cases. (read)

🔥 [new] Witnesses to the destruction in our city – “It was chaos and mass destruction,” observed Gant Hill, an eye witness to activity that occurred alongside the protests in Louisville on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. (read)

[new] Endorsement news: Charles Booker, Alexandra Owensby – More endorsements hit the inbox as we get closer to the June primary. Today it is endorsements for Charles Booker in the U.S. Senate race, and Alexandra Owensby in the CD-4 race. (read)

— Commentary —

[new] LMPD, just admit it — you were wrong. – As much as I might normally try to support my local law enforcement, at this moment I need to say: LMPD, please just admit it — you were wrong. (read)

[new] General Mattis speaks out, denounces Trump – James Mattis, the esteemed Marine general who resigned as secretary of defense has, ever since, kept studiously silent about Trump’s performance as president. But he has now broken his silence. (read)

🔥 Hey evangelicals – you okay with Trump’s blasphemy? – President Trumpdid a photo op in front of a church, having his picture made with a Bible for use in his campaign. Evangelicals, you okay with this? (read)

— Policy —

Militarization has fostered a policing culture that sets up protesters as ‘the enemy’ – The militarization of police departments has been a feature of U.S. domestic law enforcement since the 9/11 attacks. What is clear from the latest round of protest and response is that despite efforts to promote de-escalation as a policy, police culture appears to be stuck in an “us vs. them” mentality. (read)

— Cartoon —

🔥 [new] DOJ Threat Assessment Guide – Aaron Smith obtained a copy of the classified 2020 Threat Assessment Guide from the DOJ. It’s pretty simple, and they’ve obviously been following it. (view)

She’s got a weapon! – Aaron Smith’s latest, on one of the disturbing events of the weekend. (view)

— Media —

[new photo galleries] Protest art, Bardstown Rd, Danville, Jesse Jackson – more photo galleries – Photographers Del Ramey and Nick Lacy have been busy, busy, busy, covering a number of the recent protests and events. From Protest Art in the Square, to another demonstration in Danville, to lining Bardstown Road, to listening to Rev. Jesse Jackson and friends, it’s been a full calendar. Here are some photos from all these events. (view)

🔥 [new video show] Black voices in Kentucky – On today’s The State of Kentucky, we interview Denise Gray and Corbin Snardon. We’ll talk about the black experience in Kentucky, both urban and rural, and the recent events across the state. We’ll also hear what actions are needed, and how allies can help. (watch)

[new podcast] Kentucky’s week of protest + Amy McGrath Interview – Jazmin and Robert break down in detail the civic unrest and police response in Louisville, and touch upon the protests in other cities across Kentucky. Then, the interview is with Amy McGrath. Listen in! (listen)

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