The Forward Five – Monday, 7/20/20

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— Publisher’s Note —

Good morning! A couple of notes as we begin a new week:

Coronavirus timing – This weekend we saw a significant spike in reported coronavirus cases in Kentucky. Hospitalizations are also up, as well as the number of people in intensive care.

We know that symptoms of COVID-19 appear from 2 to 14 days after being infected. And what happened 14 days ago? The 4th of July weekend.

Because so much happens every day and the news cycle is non-stop, we tend to focus on today and forget what came before. But when it comes to this disease, keeping track of events in the past can help you understand what is going now.

The governor’s mandatory mask order went into effect on July 9. So, we should begin to see some stabilization in the numbers by the end of this week. Unless, that is, the virus spread even more than we’ve seen so far, in which case it will take longer.

Wear your mask.

Weekend content – Even though we don’t do a Forward Five over the weekend, we continue to create new content. So, our Monday newsletters are often full of new things that haven’t been in the top five list before.

We changed the use of [new] in the lower section of the newsletter to mean items that had never been in a Forward Five before. So, be sure you scan the lower section to see if there is something you’ve missed that you want to read. As you can see, there’s a bunch of them today.

Hope you have a good Monday, and a good week. It’s still true – we’re going to get through this, together. #TeamKentucky

Bruce Maples, publisher
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Coronavirus cases spike; new actions coming?
Over the weekend, Kentucky’s reported cases of the novel coronavirus hit a new high on Saturday – then jumped higher on Sunday. The reports below from Kentucky Health News tell the story. Note that Gov. Beshear said on Sunday he would have to take additional actions to address this, and scheduled press conferences every afternoon this week at 4 PM Eastern.

(Saturday) With record number of new cases, high positive test rates and hospitalizations, this could be Kentucky’s worst covid-19 day yet
Gov. Andy Beshear reported 583 new cases, the highest number found in a single day. That pushed the state’s seven-day rolling average to 447 cases, a new high for the fifth day in a row. (Forward Kentucky)

(Sunday) ‘Wake-up call’ – state reports 979 new cases
Gov. Beshear reported nearly 1,000 new cases of the coronavirus on Sunday, “by far” the largest single-day total yet, and said he would take unspecified action as a result. (Forward Kentucky)


Judicial system gets two things right today: Dropping felony charges, and keeping executive orders
The Kentucky judicial system delivered two correct and welcome decisions today: dropping the felony charges against the 87 protesters, and staying the rulings of lower courts, thus leaving Governor Andy Beshear’s executive orders in place. (Forward Kentucky)


McConnell, Yarmuth, Beshear, Cameron and more Kentucky officials honor Rep. John Lewis
Tributes have poured in from Kentucky’s political leaders following the death of civil rights icon and U.S. Rep. John Lewis. Lewis, who represented Georgia in Congress for more than three decades, died Friday after battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer since December. He was 80. The Democrat and son of Alabama sharecroppers is remembered for his activism and role in historic moments during the civil rights movement. (Courier-Journal)


Kentucky state senator released from quarantine after testing positive for the coronavirus
Kentucky State Sen. Max Wise has been released from quarantine by his local health department after testing positive for COVID-19 last week. Wise (R-Campbellsville) said in a statement Sunday that he was notified by the Lake Cumberland Health District and its medical director that he has met the criteria to be released from quarantine. “I do not take this for granted, as I know there are so many others who have not been as fortunate,” Wise said in a statement on Sunday. (Courier-Journal)


Sadiqa Reynolds calls out Louisville mayor: ‘Show us that Black lives matter in Louisville’
Sadiqa Reynolds, once one of Mayor Greg Fischer’s top aides, wrote a scathing Facebook post Thursday declaring that her former boss is not the man she once knew and calling on him to “show us that Black lives matter in Louisville.”

“Shut the noise down and do what you know should’ve been done a long time ago. Due process will take care of itself,” the president and CEO of the Louisville Urban League said, appearing to call for the firing of the three officers who shot Breonna Taylor.

“Please be you. People are dying. (Protesters) are in danger. Police are in danger.” (Courier-Journal)


Did you miss any of these?

Featured Content on Forward Kentucky

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


— News —

[new] ‘The total and absolute idea of unconditional love’ – Judy Tuggle put out her American flag Saturday in honor of Congressman John Lewis. “I feel the weight of great grief at the passing of a moral giant,” said Tuggle, a Mayfield resident who will be 77 this week. (read)

As SCOKY keeps emergency orders in effect, state reports second largest daily case number – 7/17 update – The news that Gov. Beshear’s emergency orders will remain in effect, until the Supreme Court of Kentucky decides their fate, overshadowed his report of another near-record number of coronavirus cases. (read)

Former Ky. Democratic party chairman sentenced to prison – Jerry Lundergan, a former state lawmaker who also served as Kentucky Democratic party chairman, was sentenced after being convicted of federal campaign violations. (read)

McGrath outraises McConnell in Q2; cash-on-hand about even – In the most recent campaign fundraising reports, the McGrath campaign once again out-raised the McConnell campaign. And, she has out-raised him for the past year, as well. (read)

Rep. Charles Booker forms ‘Hood to the Holler’ to build on Senate campaign – Rep. Charles Booker announces the formation of a new advocacy group, “Hood to the Holler,” to build on the legacy of his Senate campaign. (read)

In fight to keep Medicaid contract, Anthem alleges Molina Health had unfair edge in member of Beshear transition team – Insurance company Molina Health had an unfair advantage in winning a state Medicaid contract, claims rival insurer Anthem, which was a loser in the bidding. (read)

— Commentary —

[new] Cameron has begun chipping away at our open records laws – We no longer labor under the delusion that Kentucky’s open records laws are safe in the hands of Attorney General Daniel Cameron. The sound you hear is the chipping away of your rights by our Attorney General. (read)

[new] McGrath: Mitch is dead set on taking health coverage from Americans – I asked Bill Straub if he’d spied any chinks in Mitch McConnell’s armor as our senior senator saddles up to tilt with Amy McGrath. “Social Security and health care,” he replied. “A lot of Kentuckians depend on Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.” (read)

[new] Mitch McConnell is a failed leader – With great power comes great responsibility. Senator McConnell celebrates his power, but he has shirked his responsibilities. It is time for a change. Let’s Vote Him Away on November 3rd. (read)

[new] What Donald Trump is doing in Portland is just as big a threat to America as COVID-19 – Trump is digging deep into Nixonian demands for “law and order.” Only what Trump means by that isn’t really law, it’s force. And it’s not really order, it’s fear. What’s now happening in Portland, Oregon, is a deployment of that strategy. (read)

🔥 Is THIS why Devos wants schools to open? – Maybe it’s not about Trump’s re-election. Maybe it’s not about the kids. Maybe it’s actually a strategy to take down public education. (read)

Are you one of the Expendables? – Mr. McConnell is saying that the next round of relief has to include unlimited relief from liability for his wealthy donors. In other words, when it comes to his donors, all the rest of us are expendable. (read)

— Policy —

[new] Research on voting by mail says it’s safe – from fraud and disease – Voting by mail is rarely subject to fraud, does not give an advantage to one political party over another, and can in fact inspire public confidence in the voting process, if done properly. (read)

Contact tracing hampered by testing delays, unanswered phone calls — and lack of trust – Contact tracing may be our best hope to stop the spread of the coronavirus. But this time-tested method has been hobbled by testing delays, a lack of money and official support, and poor cooperation from the public. (read)

— Media —

[new photo gallery] Louisville Kids’ March – A Kids’ March was held on Friday, July 17, in Louisville as part of the ongoing racial justice and Breonna Taylor protests in that city. Del Ramey was there and captured these photos of the event. (view)

[new show] TSOK – Reports from the Front Lines – In this week’s The State of Kentucky, a CEO gives us updates from nurses and doctors, hospital managers, and his own high-tech firm, as they all deal with COVID-19 and its effects. (watch or listen)

[podcast] Protests in Daniel Cameron’s yard, new education commissioner, and interview with Cherlynn Stevenson – On the show: The two major stories of the year: COVID-19 (which is getting worse) and the ongoing protest movement. Also, the new education commissioner. Then, Cherlynn Stevenson joins us for the interview. (listen)

🔥 [photo gallery] “Heads Up, Phones Out!” – a rally for citizen journalists – We stand with citizen journalists! Here is a photo gallery from a rally supporting the live streamers who have been covering the protests in Louisville. (view)


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