The Forward Five – Thursday, 7/30/20

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Last day.We do a membership drive once a quarter, for about 10 days. Today is the last day of this one.

If you’ve been thinking of becoming a member, today would be a great day to join! Just click the link below to add your support for what you get from Forward Kentucky.
Not going to wait till the next membership drive – going to do it today. Sign me up!

— Publisher’s Note —

Good morning! Well, I am about halfway back to the land of the living.

Having a big infection is just no fun at all. The fever, the headaches, the fatigue – bleah. And then, the medicine that is supposed to heal you winds up really messing with your stomach.

So, I’m better, but still on the mend. That’s why this Forward Five is a little shorter than normal; I wanted to get it out before I ran out of gas. 


One announcement, though, before I take my leave: This week’s The State of Kentucky show features two candidates who got special campaign training, and the political director of the organization that did the training. It must have been pretty good – they both won! So, tomorrow at noon on Facebook and YouTube.

Thanks for all the nice notes and messages of concern I received. (And for those who asked, no, I don’t have “the covid.” 


) I tried to respond to each, but if I missed you, just know how much I appreciated them.

Wear your mask, wash your hands, and take care of yourself. We’re going to get through this, together. #TeamKentucky

Bruce Maples, publisher
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Today’s Five Things to Know

Beshear says case numbers likely stabilizing, but positive test rate keeps rising – 7/29 update

Even though new cases of the coronavirus crept up Wednesday, and the positivity rate was the highest it’s been in a while, Gov. Beshear continues to be optimistic that the state’s numbers are stabilizing. (Forward Kentucky)

More absentee voting likely for general election, Adams says

SOS Michael Adams told a legislative committee that Kentucky’s June primary was a success, and while there will likely be changes in November, which is now 99 days away, increased absentee voting will be part of it. (Forward Kentucky)

These western KY Dems are ‘signing up’ to Ditch Mitch and Dump Trump

Sometimes, an old-school advertising method can help you get your campaign message out without breaking the bank. These western KY Democrats are showing the way with their Burma Shave campaign signs. (Forward Kentucky)

US officials: Russia behind spread of virus disinformation

U.S. officials say Russian intelligence officers are spreading disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic through English-language websites, trying to exploit a crisis that America is struggling to contain before the presidential election in November. (Richmond Register)

Kentucky unemployment system breached again

Kentucky’s unemployment system has suffered another security breach, though state officials say it does not appear to have put Kentuckians’ sensitive information at risk. 

The Office of Unemployment Insurance was told Monday afternoon that a claimant saw another claimant’s employer and health information while navigating his own unemployment application, according to the Kentucky Labor Cabinet. The cabinet said that the other person’s name, Social Security number and other identifying information were not viewed. (Courier-Journal)

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