The Forward Five – Tuesday, 8/25/20

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Five Things to Know Today

— Publisher’s Note —

Good morning! There’s an article on the site that I want to promote in two ways:

  • Please read it.
  • Please share it, widely.

That’s the Voting Info article, listed first in the Five Things section. We need everyone to know how to vote, how to check their registration, and all the important dates for this election.

We need a massive turnout for this election, and information is one part of that. So, click the share buttons at the top of the story and put it on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and any other place you can think of, including emailing it to family and friends. Do it today, so people can start requesting absentee ballots and begin making their plans about how they are going to vote.

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

VOTING INFO – Absentee portal open, dates to know, how to vote

Are you going to vote in this year’s election? Of course you are! So to help you get ready, we’ve put together this packet of information: getting an absentee ballot, important dates, and all the ways you can vote. Read, then share! (Forward Kentucky)

Beshear OKs fall sports, says he can’t make all the calls; issues and funds executive order on evictions

Also – reporting by public schools and colleges/universities to increase, with new reports available. And, Beshear concerned about “letting our guard down” as schools and sports start back up. (Forward Kentucky)

House Democratic legislators continue using campaign consultant tied to Lundergan scandal

Months after Kentucky House Democratic leadership announced they would sever ties with a campaign consultant at the strong urging of Gov. Andy Beshear, four Louisville legislators in the caucus continued pay him for services this year, according to state campaign finance records.

The consultant, Jonathan Hurst, was a key witness last year at the center of the federal prosecution of Jerry Lundergan, convicted of a conspiracy to illegally contribute thousands of dollars to the 2014 U.S. Senate campaign of his daughter, Alison Lundergan Grimes. Hurst managed Grimes’ 2014 race and was contracted for services in her race for Kentucky secretary of state the following year.

Four House Democrats from Louisville — Reps. Lisa Willner, Nima Kulkarni, Tom Burch and Charles Miller — paid Hurst Consulting nearly $39,000 in campaign services from May through July, months after caucus leadership said it would sever ties. (Courier-Journal)

Indivisible KY launches #SickOfMitch billboard campaign

The group Indivisible KY has launched a billboard campaign, #SickOfMitch, targeting Senator Mitch McConnell. The group has paid for a number of billboards around the Louisville area, some of which are already up. (Forward Kentucky)

Protesters plan ‘massive demonstration’ as Louisville police prepare for ‘All-Work Day’

National social justice organization Until Freedom is planning a “massive demonstration throughout Louisville” on Tuesday, and the Louisville Metro Police Department has designated it as an “All Work-Day” in response, meaning all LMPD personnel will be available for duty. (Courier-Journal)

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

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