The Forward Five – Thursday, 8/27/20

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Today’s Five Things to Know

8/26 update – Beshear slams CDC’s change in testing guidance, notes kids’ cases in counties that have started in-person classes

Gov. Beshear called the new testing guidance “wrong and reckless” in his daily briefing. “I haven’t criticized Washington much, but this one, this one hurts us all,” Beshear said. (Forward Kentucky)

While the US is reeling from COVID-19, the Trump administration is trying to take away health care

Guess what? While you’re worried about staying healthy, the Trump administration is trying to take away your health coverage. Read more about the two prongs of this attack. (Forward Kentucky)

McConnell, McGrath jockey over debates

Jockeying over a debate schedule continues in the Kentucky Senate campaign. The race pits Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell against Democrat Amy McGrath. Voters have yet to compare the rivals in a give-and-take at the same event. McConnell accepted an offer to participate in a forum hosted by Kentucky Farm Bureau, but McGrath turned down the invitation. Both candidates have offered debate proposals in a year when the coronavirus has disrupted many campaign events. McGrath says she wants three debates with McConnell that also would include Libertarian candidate Brad Barron. McConnell has accepted one televised debate with McGrath only. (West Kentucky Star)

Alexandra Owensby – an in-depth interview

Who is Alexandra Owensby? Why is she taking on Thomas Massie in Kentucky’s Fourth District? Read this in-depth profile to learn more about Dr. Owensby, including why you should vote for her. (Forward Kentucky)

Ky. Board of Education weighs future of high school sports Friday

The Kentucky Board of Education will have a special virtual teleconference meeting at noon Friday to talk about the future of high school fall sports in the state. Among the agenda items is “discussion of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s Board of Control’s August 20, 2020 decision to begin high school interscholastic sports.” (Kentucky Today)

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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!
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Recent Content on Forward Kentucky

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[new] Long-term and child-care facility leaders express frustration – Representatives for long-term and child-care facilities expressed their concern and financial frustration over the effects of the coronavirus to a legislative committee meeting on Wednesday. (News)

[new] Yes, Virginia, there is institutional racism. – Saying that you are “not a racist,” is insufficient. We must be antiracist, that is, we must oppose any idea or practice that promotes inequality among people of different races or groups. (Commentary)

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. (News)

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. (News)

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)

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. (Commentary)

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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