The Forward Five – Monday, 8/17/20

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Five Things to Know Today

— Publisher’s Note —

Good morning! A couple of notes as we start the week:

  • Poll workers: There is a real need for poll workers for the upcoming election. Almost all our poll workers are older, and therefore are at risk for more severe outcomes if they get infected with the coronavirus. There is a place on the portal where you can volunteer to be a poll worker, and your local county clerk will contact you about training. I have already volunteered, and I want many of you to do the same. We’re going to run a promotion to get 100 ForwardKY readers to volunteer. SO, if you have not been a poll worker in the past and you volunteer (or have already volunteered), let me know so I can add you to the count.
  • Events: As we head into the home stretch of the campaign season, organizations and campaigns are scheduling numerous events, both virtual and in-person. If we learn about them in time, we will list them on the site, and in the Forward Five. So, if you are part of planning some events, send us the info so we can share it.

That’s all for this morning. Hope your week goes well. Stay safe: Wear your masks, social distance, do what it takes to keep yourself and those around you safe. Let’s try to get through this together. #TeamKentucky

Bruce Maples, publisher
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Today’s Five Things to Know

Beshear, Adams agree on multi-faceted plan for fall general election

In a heartening display of bipartisanship, Governor Andy Beshear (D) and Secretary of State Michael Adams (R) released their plans for the upcoming general election in November. (Forward Kentucky)

McGrath changes campaign leadership

The McGrath campaign announced that it is bringing on Dan Kanninen as campaign manager to oversee the day-to-day operations of the campaign. Mark Nickolas will stay on as a senior adviser. (Forward Kentucky)

Weekend coronavirus updates

8/14 update — New high in average cases, Beshear prepares mask citations
Kentucky reached a new peak in the pandemic, the state health department took steps toward enforcing the mask mandate, and the gov and SOS announced an agreement for voting procedures for the Nov. 3 election. (Forward Kentucky)

8/15 update – Positive-test rate for the past week falls to the lowest level in 10 days
Kentucky is certain to have its largest number of new weekly cases of the coronavirus in the reporting week that ends Sunday, even as the positivity rate drops. (Forward Kentucky)

8/16 update – Weekly total of cases highest yet, but rolling average falls
Gov. Beshear reported 390 new coronavirus cases Sunday, bringing the total for the reporting week to 4,492, the most yet. But, Dr. Stack noted that the state’s death rate from the disease is much lower than the nation’s. (Forward Kentucky)

McConnell, McGrath Senate campaign ads play into racial stereotypes, critics say

One campaign ad shows protesters throwing fireworks in crowded streets and damaging buildings, even as monthslong demonstrations against racism persist in Louisville and across the country. The other suggests their political opponent is soft on China, as the coronavirus that first emerged in that country, and which President Donald Trump controversially calls “the Chinese virus,” ravages the U.S.

Both ads were released on TV — the first by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the second by his Democratic opponent, Amy McGrath — to tilt public opinion in Kentucky’s closely watched U.S. Senate race. And both, experts say, exploit racial stereotypes and undertones that are derogative toward people of color in an attempt to lure red-state voters. (Courier-Journal)

Scott pre-files “Breonna’s Law” to end no-knock warrants, increase accountability

State Rep. Attica Scott announced on Sunday that she has pre-filed legislation, “Breonna’s Law,” to end the use of no-knock search warrants in Kentucky and to increase police accountability. (Forward Kentucky)

Today’s Events

If campaigns or organizations send us event announcements, we will list them in the Forward Five. Send them to

Amy McGrath in Williamsburg & London

9:30am-10:45am – Tour Downtown Williamsburg with Stephanie Kingsly
11:00am-12:00pm – Meet & Greet at Airport Hangar
1:30pm-2:30pm – Meet & Greet at Heritage Commercial Kitchen

Mitch McConnell Retirement Committee Protest in Lexington

5:00-6:15pm – Roadside protest alongside Harrodsburg Road at Corporate Drive
6:15pm – March over to Mitch’s office and go live from the MMRC Facebook page. There will be opportunity for groups to speak.

More info on both of these events at Forward Kentucky.

Recent Content on Forward Kentucky

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[new] Meet KY Educators United – because there’s more than one way to advocate – I’m union all the way. But in these turbulent times, educators need more. So let me tell you about Kentucky Educators United, which I helped start. (Commentary)

[new] Meet Ryan Olexia, candidate for KY Senate from Kenton County – Ryan Olexia is taking on Chris McDaniel for the Kentucky Senate seat from District 23 (Kenton County). Christina Conover caught up with Ryan for an interview, and we’re sharing his answers below. (News)

[new] McGrath visits the picket lines – a photo gallery – On Thursday, Senate candidate Amy McGrath visited two different picket lines in Louisville. Forward Kentucky photographer Del Ramey was at both events and captured the following photo galleries. (Media)

[new] Political trolls adapt, create material to deceive and confuse the public – Russian-sponsored Twitter trolls, who so aggressively exploited social media to influence the 2016 election, didn’t stop when Trump was elected president. This study looks at what they have done since. (News)

[new] Trump’s Team of Toadies – Trump compares himself to Lincoln, who famously had a “team of rivals” around him. Trump? He’s got a Team of Toadies. (Commentary)

Giant petri dishes that you can’t opt out of – It appears that we are about to use parts of the state as giant petri dishes, in an experiment to see if doing in-person instruction is dangerous or not. (Publisher’s Blog)

Birtherism 2.0 – the attack on Kamala Harris – It was just a matter of time before someone questioned whether Kamala Harris is eligible because her parents are immigrants. Teri Kanefield explains why it is just as bogus as Birtherism 1.0. (Commentary)

Emilie Blanton talks back to school – On this week’s show, Emilie Blanton joined Robert to talk about starting school and her concerns about equity in the current situation. Also, they touched on other stories, including the plan for the election. (Podcast)

Armed poll watchers: New Jersey’s cautionary tale ahead of the 2020 presidential election – In the history of voter suppression in the United States, Republican tactics in the 1981 New Jersey gubernatorial race are worth highlighting. Will they happen again in 2020? (News)

KFTC runs ad in eastern KY calling on McConnell to take action – Kentuckians for the Commonwealth is running an ad in eleven eastern Kentucky newspapers, calling out Senator McConnell for his inaction on a number of critical issues facing east Kentuckians. (News)

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