The Forward Five – Monday, 8/24/20

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Five Things to Know Today

— Publisher’s Note —

Good morning! I’ve got two — no, THREE — quick requests this morning:

  1. If you are able, go to Inez tomorrow at 11 AM to join the car caravan protesting the knee-capping of the Post Office. Why Inez? Because that’s where Kentucky’s own Mike Duncan lives – and he’s the chair of the Post Office Board of Governors. We’ve got more info here on the rally.
  2. If you DO go, please take some pictures and send them to me. We’d like to do a follow-up story on how the rally went.
  3. And finally – if you are able, please volunteer to be a poll worker. We are trying to get 100 of our readers to be new poll workers for this election. I have already volunteered, as have a number of our readers. Go to to volunteer, then let me know you did.

Thanks for being a Forward Five reader, and an activist. That’s how we make change happen.

Bruce Maples, publisher
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Today’s Five Things to Know

Weekend coronavirus updates

8/21 update — Derby with no fans, intensive-care cases jump
The novel coronavirus continued to cause novel developments in Kentucky on Friday: the Kentucky Derby will be run without spectators, and school districts that had started in-person classes switched to online due to infections. (Forward Kentucky)

8/22 update — Fourth-highest new cases, but positivity rate falls below 5 percent for first time in 30 days
Kentucky recorded its fourth highest daily total of new coronavirus cases Saturday, but the positivity rate for the virus in the last seven days fell below the key 5 percent threshold for the first time in 30 days. (Forward Kentucky)

8/23 update – Cases still on plateau, but state hits new high for weekly total
The new seven-day rolling average of 636 is the eighth highest of the pandemic, and more than triple what it was two months ago. (Forward Kentucky)

New poll shows Repubs live in alternate universe

There are two realities in the United States: the right-wing bubble of Fox News, inhabited by most Republicans – and, everyone else. Now a new poll demonstrates this with numbers; and boy howdy, are the numbers revealing. (Forward Kentucky)

Amy McGrath to AG Daniel Cameron: Release the Breonna Taylor investigation or turn it over

U.S. Senate candidate Amy McGrath called on Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron to either release the findings of his office’s investigation into the fatal police shooting of Breonna Taylor or give the case to an independent counsel that can complete it. 

“The AG (Cameron) has failed to convey to the public that his office is making this investigation a priority,” McGrath, a Democrat running against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, said Friday. “In fact, he has failed to communicate much at all with the public about this case.” (Courier-Journal)

Feds accept state’s application for unemployment supplement

The program will give an additional $400 to unemployment insurance claimants, initially for a three week period. The state is using CARES Act money to supplement the federal government’s $300 payment. (Forward Kentucky)

Biden may not be woke, but he’s certainly not sleepy

He touched all the bases: the economic fairness guy; the Black Lives Matter backer; one who will take on the pandemic, climate change, and jobs. And by the evidence of his acceptance speech, he’s not sleepy at all when everything’s on the line. (Forward Kentucky)

Will you be one of the 100?

Forward Kentucky is asking its readers to volunteer to become poll workers for the first time. Our goal is 100 new poll workers from our readership. You can volunteer at If you volunteer to be a new poll worker, let us know so we can add you to our list. Let’s show our civic values by helping the election run smoothly!

Update: Added three more over the weekend. How about you?

10Need 90 more

Recent Content on Forward Kentucky

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[new] The McGrath platform – a document worth reading – Amy McGrath has released her policy platform, and it is detailed, aspirational, and Kentucky-specific. Here are my thoughts on it. (PubBlog)

[new] ‘God & Country: Trump 2020’ — Really? – Trump yard signs are beginning to sprout up in deep red western Kentucky. But “God & Country”? For the man who has broken every commandment? We’ve got a better slogan. (Commentary)

[new] The Broihier campaign: Looking back, looking ahead – This week we’re joined by Mike Broihier and his campaign manager, Liam deClive-Lowe, to talk about the campaign AND what is next for each of them. Lots of good questions and open discussion! (Media)

[new] Louisville’s murder rate, an election deal, and interview with Maria Sorolis – This week: Attica Scott’s efforts to pass Breonna’s Law; Louisville’s record-setting murders; the COVID-19 impact on school openings; and the election deal. Then, an interview with Maria Sorolis, state rep from NE Louisville. (Media)

[new] For election administrators, death threats have become part of the job – Across the country, election officials are facing angry calls, low morale, and even death threats – even as their work becomes more and more important to our democracy. (News)

[new] McGrath releases “Mission: Rebuilding Kentucky” platform, will tour state to talk with voters – The platform contains five major goals, with action steps under each. We’ve got a summary, as well as the money quotes from the introduction. (News)

Debate letters between McConnell and McGrath – The campaigns of Mitch McConnell and Amy McGrath exchanged letters (publicly) about debates between the two of them. Here are the two letters. (News)

Postmaster General appears to cave – but we must remain vigilant – We must stand firm until the United States Postal Service is restored to its rightful place: Serving the American people and ensuring ballots are delivered in time to be counted. (Commentary)

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