The Forward Five – Wednesday, 8/26/20

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Today’s Five Things to Know


8/25 update – Beshear says fewer counties on COVID-19 danger list because mask mandate works

Governor Beshear noted that the federal government’s report on Kentucky showed improvement. Lt. Gov. Coleman unveiled a plan to get low-cost internet to poor families without it. (Forward Kentucky)
  

McGrath agrees to two debates, will skip Farm Bureau forum

The Amy McGrath campaign confirmed that she will take part in two debates before the November election, but the Farm Bureau forum will not be one of them. (Forward Kentucky)


‘Deliver for us.’ Postal workers rally in USPS leader’s Kentucky hometown


In Mike Duncan’s hometown of Inez, postal workers and protesters had a message to deliver to the chairman of the U.S. Postal Service’s board of governors on behalf of the American people.

Organized by the Kentucky Postal Workers Union and Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, protesters demanded that Duncan and U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, provide $25 billion to support the postal service, stop the mail-slowdown policies introduced by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and provide resources to assist in the delivery of absentee ballots. (Herald-Leader)


Lawmakers resume push to curb ‘conversion therapy’

Opponents of “conversion therapy” are getting a head start on next year’s legislative session in Kentucky. On Tuesday, they presented their case for a bill to shield Kentucky youngsters from the practice. Conversion therapy attempts to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Republican Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr and Democratic Rep. Lisa Willner referred to conversion therapy as a discredited practice with potentially dangerous consequences. Their proposal would prohibit mental health professionals from engaging in conversion therapy with people under age 18. The Family Foundation says it would impede free speech and religious rights protected under the Constitution. (West Kentucky Star)  

QAnon — a dangerous conspiracy movement

QAnon is a “far-right conspiracy theory alleging a secret plot against President Trump, which he is fighting. No part of the theory is based on fact.” Why should you care? Because it is now part of the Republican Party. (Forward Kentucky)


This Friday on The State of Kentucky
Can we flip these seats?
Join us at noon as we interview Josh Hicks and Hank Lindermann, Democratic candidates for U.S. Congress. Hicks is trying to unseat Andy Barr in the 6th district, while Lindermann is taking on Brett Guthrie in the 2nd. We’ll ask them why they decided to run, how their campaign is going, and what their strategy is for winning their races. And, we’ll see if they have any funny / interesting / bizarre stories to share from the campaign trail. Mark your calendar to tune in on Facebook or YouTube this Friday!


Recent Content on Forward Kentucky


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[new] Dear Conservatives – rejecting Trumpism is actually the conservative choice – The traditional pillars of the Republican coalition are evangelical Christians, fiscal conservatives, and national security conservatives. If you are a member of one of those groups, here is why rejecting Trumpism is actually your most conservative choice. (Commentary)

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. (News)

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. (News)

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. (News)

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. (News)

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.

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)


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