The Forward Five – Thursday, 8/6/20

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— Publisher’s Note —

Good morning! There’s a word that most of us rarely, if ever, use – but that is more and more important in these times of crisis.

That word is “governance.” The act of governing something.

Lots of adjectives can be used with it: effective governance, transparent governance. But when it comes to our federal government, other words come to mind: slipshod governance, inconsistent governance, bad governance. And, deadly governance.

As a nation and as voters, we are getting an object lesson in the importance of good governance: of government that actually works, that solves problems and gets things done for the good of the governed.

As of today, there is no agreement on the next relief bill. The unemployment boost has ended, the eviction moratorium has ended, and local and state governments have to aid coming and will have to drastically cut budgets, just at a time when their services are needed the most.

We can argue about the role and size of government. But one thing we can all agree on is that we want our government to work. And right now, it’s not. And that is turning out to be deadly in many ways.

There are many things Joe Biden must do if/when he is elected. One of the first is simply putting back in place the basic expectation that our government will actually be run professionally.

As always – 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

8/5 update – Positive-test rate goes above 5.5%, making Beshear consider recommending another delay of in-person schooling

More Kentuckians are testing positive for the novel coronavirus, and that could prompt Gov. Andy Beshear to recommend another delay in the start of in-person schooling this month. (Forward Kentucky)

Poll shows Mitch McConnell with large lead over Amy McGrath in U.S. Senate race

A new survey by independent polling firm Morning Consult shows Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell with a commanding lead in his bid for a seventh term in Kentucky, leading 53% to 36% over his Democratic challenger Amy McGrath. (Courier-Journal)

Capitol negotiators still stuck, still trying on virus aid

After more than a week’s worth of meetings, at least some clarity is emerging in the bipartisan Washington talks on a huge COVID-19 response bill. Negotiators are still stuck, but still trying.

A combative meeting Wednesday involving top Capitol Hill Democrats and the postmaster general and a souring tone from both sides indicate that a long slog remains, and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows threatened afterward that President Donald Trump is exploring options to use executive authority to extend a partial eviction ban and address unemployment benefits. (Kentucky Today)

Josh Hicks endorsed by Vote Vets in KY-06

Josh Hicks, Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress in the 6th District, has been endorsed by VoteVets, one of the largest veterans advocacy organizations in the country. (Forward Kentucky)

Kentucky First Lady Beshear, Lt. Gov. Coleman start mask donation initiative for schools

First Lady Britainy Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman announced Tuesday a new “Coverings for Kids” initiative to collect face mask donations for Kentucky’s schools as they prepare to start the new school year during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Courier-Journal)

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