Five Things to Know Today
— Publisher’s Note —
Good morning! Some notes as we head toward a holiday weekend:
- The analysis has begun. Political pundits and junkies like yours truly are out with their various hot takes on the primary results. Lots of maps, too. (We’ve got one up on the site, and will be adding more.) As for Forward Kentucky, I’m excited that we’ve got two excellent analysts lined up for this week’s The State of Kentucky show: Al Cross and Robert Kahne. I hope you will join us Friday at noon, or watch/listen to the show later.
- Don’t miss these guest posts. We have two new posts up from guest authors that you need to check out. One is an in-depth news analysis piece by a high school journalism student, examining the problem of GenX in Louisville’s water. It’s in the “Five Things to Know” section. The other is a commentary by a Black law student about needing more Black prosecutors. It’s in the story list at the bottom. Click through and give them a read.
- COVID-19 is still bad, and getting worse. We are fortunate to have the governor we have, who has taken thoughtful, measured actions to protect us all (yelping by some Repubs in the legislature notwithstanding). But in other states and across the nation, it is getting really bad. We don’t cover it much on ForwardKY, but you need to keep up with it nationally. The numbers are horrifying.
- And, of course, Trump is still president. Again, we don’t cover him much on the site, because if we did, it would drown out everything else. But, occasionally he does something so egregious that we have to pay attention. Check out my new editorial asking if our President has committed treason.
With all the news, much of it bad, it’s good to unplug occasionally and just enjoy being alive. I hope you get a chance to do that this weekend. And, to help that along, there won’t be a Forward Five tomorrow. So, save the links below so you can watch the show tomorrow, and check the site for new stories (because news and policy and commentary don’t take holidays). Be back on Monday!
#WearYourMask #TeamKentucky … and … #DitchMitch
Join us at noon as we analyze the primary with Al Cross, long-time political observer of Kentucky politics, and Robert Kahne, data scientist and one of the hosts of “My Old Kentucky Podcast.” What do the results mean for Mike Broihier, Charles Booker, and Amy McGrath?
Cases remain stable; Cameron joins suit against Beshear’s business restrictions – 7/1 update
As many more places open up across Kentucky, Beshear urges everyone to follow guidelines to protect each other and the reopening. Plus, AG Daniel Cameron joined a suit against Governor Beshear over executive orders. (Forward Kentucky)
Tuesday election results you may have missed
While we were all waiting with bated breath for the Booker-McGrath results, there were actually a number of other races across the state that you might have missed. So, here’s a breakout of some of them. (Forward Kentucky)
Forever chemicals in Louisville drinking water – Is it time for action?
There’s a reason they’re called “forever chemicals.” And they are in Louisville’s water. Is that a problem, or no? (Forward Kentucky)
Kentucky fights challenge to ‘Casey’s Law’
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced on Wednesday that he filed a brief in the Kentucky Court of Appeals to defend “Casey’s Law.” Legislators passed the measure in the 2004 session. The statute permits family members and friends to file a petition seeking court-ordered drug treatment for a loved one. Cameron stated that the measure allows people struggling with addiction to receive much needed care, but a sealed court case alleges the law is unconstitutional.
The law is named after Matthew Casey Wethington, a 23-year-old Kentuckian who died of a heroin overdose after his parents tried to secure involuntary treatment for him. His mother, Charlotte, talked about how the law would have helped her son. “There was no way to intervene, other than to have him charged criminally,” she remarked. “Due to the nature of his disease, he was incapable of making the decision that could have saved his life.” Charlotte Wethington called the substance abuse problem in Kentucky an “unspoken pandemic.” (KLC City Limit)
Beshear issues executive order preventing discrimination
Gov. Beshear issued an executive order to ensure that all Kentuckians are treated fairly by the state when it comes to matters of employment, services, and contracting in the commonwealth. (Forward Kentucky)
Did you miss any of these?
Featured Content on Forward Kentucky
([new] indicates new since last Forward Five; 🔥 indicates lots of reads)
— News —
[new] Map of Senate primary margins by county – Here is a map we made of the margins of victory in each county for the 2020 Democratic Senate primary. (view)
[new] Primary election draws raves from top state officials – Top Kentucky officials of both parties are saying the recent primary election, with many changes due to the coronavirus, was a success. (read)
Booker surge falls just short, McGrath wins Senate nomination – The late surge by state representative Charles Booker came up just a little short, as the originally presumptive nominee Amy McGrath narrowly won the Democratic nomination to take on Senator Mitch McConnell in the fall. (read)
🔥 Senate primary: Statement by Amy McGrath – This is the statement released by Amy McGrath after she won the Senate Democratic primary. (read)
🔥 Senate primary: Statement by Charles Booker – This is the statement released by Charles Booker after he lost the Senate Democratic primary. (read)
🔥 Senate primary: Statement by Mike Broihier – This is the statement released by Mike Broihier, entitled “Our Mission Continues.” (read)
More election statements: House Dems, KY-04 candidates – Post-election statements from the House Dem leadership, and both candidates in the KY-04 Democratic primary. (read)
— Commentary —
[new] Question: Is this treason? – A number of crimes are mentioned in our Constitution, but treason is the only crime specifically defined there. Given this definition of treason, has President Trump committed treason against the United States? (read)
[new] Now is the time for Black prosecutors – We need more Black prosecutors to help mend the disproportionate amount of Black Americans incarcerated. We need more Black prosecutors to put criminals like Derek Chauvin & Co. behind bars to help prove that there is no place for bias, murder, and incompetent policing in these United States of America. (read)
— Editorial Cartoon —
Faces of the Maskless – Have you seen any of these around Kentucky? Met any of them? Are YOU one of them? (view)
— Media —
🔥 [photo gallery] Candlelight vigil for Tyler Gerth – Tyler Gerth, a young photojournalist who had become a strong supporter of the protests and rallies, was shot and killed Saturday night. On Sunday, a candlelight vigil was held in Tyler’s memory. Photographer Del Ramey was there and captured these photos. (view)
[videocast] What is AgriTech, and why should you care? Plus, some scary stats. – We talk with Jonathan Webb, CEO of AppHarvest, about their vision and about working with both Kentucky and the Dutch. (The Dutch?!?) Plus, we share some scary stats that you’ll want to see. (watch or listen)
[podcast] The primary election got weird – This week, Robert and Jazmin discuss the primary election (which went viral for weird reasons), the ongoing protests (a police officer was fired this week in conjunction will the killing of Breonna Taylor), and COVID-19 (it’s still happening, folks). (listen)
Posts with Most Social Media Shares in Past Fourteen Days
(🔥 indicates post with surge of recent shares)
- Would everyone please get the Louisville voting story straight? (26,000+ shares )
- ‘I rise because I was Breonna Taylor’s congressman …’ (2,000+ shares)
- The Louisville voting story – an update (2,000+ shares)
- The Breonna Taylor rally in Frankfort – a photo gallery (568 shares)
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