The Forward Five – Tuesday, 8/18/20

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Five Things to Know Today

— Publisher’s Note —

Good morning! The Democratic convention started yesterday, with speeches by various luminaries such as Michelle Obama (who gave an amazing speech), Bernie Sanders (who also did a great job), and others. You can watch the live stream using pretty much any device at

Much about this convention will be unique, including the fact that it’s all-virtual. But I want to point out one distinction that is definitely one-of-a-kind: How many times in the past has an elected official from the Republican party spoken at a convention to endorse the Democratic nominee?

Up until this year, the answer would have been “None.” But this year, we have Governor John Kasich, former governor of Ohio, speaking at the DNC to urge voters to elect Joe Biden. He joins a large and growing number of Republicans calling for the rejection of Donald Trump and the election of Biden.

I have no illusions about policy agreement with these Never-Trumpers. They are still conservatives, and in any normal year, we would still be disagreeing about many things. But when it is time to save the democracy, we can come together to do that.

It’s another facet of “we’re going to get through this, together.”

Bruce Maples, publisher
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Today’s Five Things to Know

8/17 update – Beshear says Ky. faces character test in suppressing virus so schools can open safely on his Sept. 28 date

Gov. Andy Beshear continued to implore Kentuckians to wear masks and keep their distance so all schools can safely resume in-person instruction Sept. 28, the date he has recommended. (Forward Kentucky)

Despite ‘substantial risk of serious harm,’ judge tosses KY inmates’ COVID-19 lawsuit

A federal judge on Monday ruled against a small group of medically vulnerable state inmates who were suing for emergency release from the Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Herald-Leader)

Beshear: If $300 unemployment offer workable, ‘We’re going to take it’

Gov. Andy Beshear is considering applying for a revamped federal unemployment program signed into existence by the Trump administration, but the state is still reviewing the details. Republican state House and Senate leaders are urging Beshear to take advantage of a new offer from the White House – $300 in weekly enhanced federal unemployment benefits for out-of-work Kentuckians. Revised language in the executive order would allow states to use dollars they are already paying out in benefits as the $100 required match.

“We do have to get clarity on a lot of points because (if) you agree and jump in on something and you don’t know all of the rules, then shame on you if you’re not doing it right,” the governor said. “I will say if the federal government is going to provide $300 and it doesn’t create an unworkable situation for the state, yeah we’re going to take it.” (WUKY)

Louisville mayor could face vote of no-confidence

The seven Republican members of Louisville Metro Council are co-sponsoring a resolution seeking a vote of no-confidence in the leadership of Mayor Greg Fischer, a Democrat, and requesting his resignation from office. (Forward Kentucky)

Kentucky police union denounces bill to ban no-knock search warrants statewide

Saying it could cause a “mass exodus of great cops,” the Kentucky State Fraternal Order of Police has spoken out against a Louisville lawmaker’s plan to ban no-knock search warrants statewide.

Called “Breonna’s Law,” State Rep. Attica Scott, D-Louisville, announced Sunday that her bill would end no-knock search warrants in Kentucky, require drug and alcohol testing for officers involved in shootings and deadly incidents, and mandate that body cameras be activated for all warrant executions.

The FOP quickly took to social media to denounce Scott’s bill as “an attack and slap in the face to the great cops all across this Commonwealth.” (Courier-Journal)

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Recent Content on Forward Kentucky

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[new] The “Masked Up and Mad As Hell!” Rally – The Mitch McConnell Retirement Committee held a rally they called the “Masked Up and Mad as Hell Rally!” It was held in Lexington, both beside a busy thoroughfare and in front of McConnell’s headquarters. Nick Lacy attended the event and snapped these photos. Some great posters and at least one great line that Amy McGrath should steal. Enjoy! (Media)

[new] The USPS letter to Secretary of State Michael Adams – The Postal Service sent letters to almost all the states, warning them that mailed ballots might not be delivered in time. Here is the letter sent to Kentucky SOS Michael Adams. (News)

[new] Having General Assembly meet at State Fair is ‘un-fair’ to citizens – News that KYGA will conduct meetings at the State Fair, as it has in the past, raises concern. Unlike past state fairs, this one is closed to the public. How, then, will lawmakers be able to meet open meetings laws? (Commentary)

Scott pre-files “Breonna’s Law” to end no-knock warrants, increase accountability – State Rep. Attica Scott announced today 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. (News)

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. (News)

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. (News)

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. (News)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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