The Forward Five – Thursday, 6/11/20

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COVID & UBI on TSOK w/Scott Santens & Hale Stewart.

Five Things to Know Today

Order your absentee ballot NOW! This coming weekend is the deadline to order it. Go to and click the first link “Absentee Ballot Request.” Takes about a minute. Do it now while you are thinking about it. And share that address with everyone so we have a BIG turnout. Again, that’s

— Publisher’s Note —

Good morning! I have had muiltiple people reach out to me, asking whom to vote for in the Democratic Senate primary: McGrath, Booker, or Broihier. And the interesting thing is that their primary question was not who had the best positions on the issues, or who would make a good senator. No, their overriding concern was simple: who can beat Mitch?

As I said to one person, it depends on what you think will be the winning edge. Is it money? Then you go with McGrath. Is it passion and a great life story? Then you go with Booker. Is it being a veteran / farmer / educator from rural Kentucky? Then you go with Broihier.

And one other point – For the most part, McConnell has a base that is going to vote for him no matter what. You don’t beat him by persuading them to change their votes. You beat him by increasing the turnout on your side, both from your base and from people who are undecided. So, which candidate can do that?

I’m not going to tell you whom to vote for. All three candidates are infinitely better than McConnell. All three will get Forward Kentucky’s support if they win. You just have to decide for yourself what you think will be the deciding factor to beat Mitch this fall.

And, no matter who wins the primary, we have to get behind them and work our a___ off to help them win. No pouting, no dropping back, no dropping out. To riff on the Gov’s saying: We’re going to beat Mitch, together.

Bruce Maples, publisher
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Beshear says spread of virus is controlled, but easy absentee voting and more polling places will be needed for Nov. election
Governor says case rates are “within a range that is controlled.” Talks about health care coverage for all, not just POCs. And, absentee voting for the fall. (Forward Kentucky)

Booker endorsed by the Courier-Journal
In an editorial entitled “‘Change Agent’ Charles Booker is best Democratic candidate in Kentucky Senate race,” the Louisville Courier-Journal today endorsed Rep. Charles Booker for the Democratic nomination to take on Senator Mitch McConnell. (Forward Kentucky)

Louisville police release the Breonna Taylor incident report. It’s virtually blank
The “narrative” of events in the March 13 shooting says only “PIU investigation.” And the rest of the report has no information filled in at all. (Courier-Journal)

Rep. Thomas Massie called out by opponent for displaying Confederate battle flag at home
U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie’s primary opponent is calling attention to the congressman’s display of a Confederate battle flag at his Kentucky home when it was under construction 14 years ago. Massie previously criticized his opponent, attorney Todd McMurtry, for reportedly posting racist tweets in the past. In an interview with local radio station WVXU on Monday, McMurtry responded to a question about the tweets by mentioning Massie’s flag.

Massie, a Republican representing the commonwealth’s Fourth District, started documenting the construction of his home in Garrison, Kentucky, in 2003 through a blog titled “Building a timberframe home from scratch.” In posts from July, August, September and October of 2006, Massie posted photos of the house without an exterior covering in its early stages. Each photo, taken from outside of the house, features a Confederate battle flag hanging downward from a wooden frame next to a modern-day American flag, also hanging downward.

Massie’s staff did not respond to several phone calls and emails seeking comment on whether the flag is still displayed in the home and why the congressman put up the flag. (Courier-Journal)

Nemes files suit over lack of polling places in largest counties
State Rep. Jason Nemes and five other voters filed a lawsuit challenging the decision to have only one polling location for in-person voting in five of Kentucky’s largest counties. (Forward Kentucky)

Tomorrow’s The State of Kentucky show

There’s been a lot of talk about UBI, or “universal basic income.” What is it? Can it work? And how is it related to our COVID-19 economy? Join us on Facebook or YouTube at noon for a live-stream discussion with two experts. Bring your questions and post them in the chat, and we’ll share them on the air.

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Featured Content on Forward Kentucky

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— News —

[new] Braidy’s settlement with Bouchard leaves founder on outside – Braidy Industries settled a lawsuit with founder Craig Bouchard in a Delaware Chancery Courtroom on Monday. As part of the “amicable” settlement, Bouchard has stepped down from the board of directors of the company. (read)

Cases up, but Beshear says State Fair is on, businesses can increase capacity to 50%; ACLU wants all inmates tested – The number of COVID-19 cases in Kentucky jumped again Tuesday, but Gov. Beshear announced another relaxation of restrictions and gave the state fair a mostly green light. (read)

🔥 Booker receives endorsements from Sanders, AOC, and the Herald-Leader – It was a significant day for the Booker for Senate campaign. In one day, they got endorsements from Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and the Herald-Leader editorial board. (read)

🔥 Broihier endorsed by leaders across Kentucky, goes up on multiple television markets with new ad – In a press conference on Tuesday, June 9, the Mike Broihier for Senate campaign announced endorsements from over 30 leaders across Kentucky, and released a new ad that will be hitting all major television markets in Kentucky. (read)

🔥 Small towns host Black Lives Matter marches as movement spreads beyond cities – Protests are continuing, but they’re not just happening in the big cities. Small towns across Kentucky and the Ohio Valley are seeing their own rallies saying Black Lives Matter. (read)

— Commentary —

🔥 It took Kentucky 111 years to abolish slavery … and we still haven’t dealt with the statues – Matt Bevin was right: we SHOULD learn from our history. So let’s do just that: LEARN the REAL history behind the Jefferson Davis statue, and other statues like it. Pam Gersh lays it out clearly … and comes to a clear conclusion. (read)

🔥 Why aren’t teachers at the table when it comes to COVID-19 planning? – Dear school and union leadership: NOW is the time to start talking with TEACHERS about how the fall is going to work, in the classroom and elsewhere. (read)

— Policy —

Making sense of hydroxychloroqine: a case study – Misconceptions about the scientific process often lead to significant misunderstandings. This disconnect is illustrated in the controversy concerning the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 patients. (read)

— Cartoon —

🔥 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)

— Media —

[new videos] Latest ads from McGrath, Booker, and Broihier – As we turn into the final stretch of the Democratic primary to take on Mitch McConnell, here are the latest ads from Amy McGrath, Charles Booker, and Mike Broihier. (watch)

[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)

🔥  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)

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