The Forward Five – Tuesday, 9/1/20

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— Publisher’s Note —

Good morning! Sometimes, I just don’t understand people.

There’s a story on the KY Health News site, which we will probably cross-post later, about a meeting in Somerset involving Republican legislators and candidates. They were there to talk about all the ways they are going to “rein in” Governor Beshear when they meet in January.

That’s fairly standard political talk; we’ve heard it before. But what caused me to be frustrated when I read the story was not the political stuff; instead, what bothered me were these other details:

  • Almost no one wearing masks.
  • No social distancing.
  • And a comment by one person that “people around here just don’t take this virus thing too seriously.”

Really, truly, I just don’t understand that. How can you see pictures of a line of refrigerated trucks lined up in Italy to deal with all the dead bodies, and not take COVID-19 seriously? How can you look at the death toll in the United States, currently at three times the number of service people who died in the Vietnam War, and not take this seriously?

This is what we are dealing with in this country – two entirely separate realities. It’s no wonder we can’t agree on things; we don’t even agree about the facts.

I don’t have an answer, really. I’m going to try to keep our work true to the tagline of “objective news,” but I’m under no illusion that it will make a difference in this society-wide problem.

Maybe, if we can get Trump out of office, we can begin to rebuild a shared reality. Let us hope so.

Bruce Maples, publisher
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Today’s Five Things to Know

8/31 update – Almost half of Kentucky’s counties are in federal report’s danger zones

Fifty-nine of Kentucky’s 120 counties are in danger zones for the reporting week of Aug. 22-28, an increase of seven from last week. Also, new child care rules, and comments about “herd immunity.” (Forward Kentucky)

McConnell rips McGrath, other Democrats at campaign forum

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made an enthusiastic pitch Monday for Republican candidates on the ballot nationally, pointing to the pre-coronavirus economy and the appointment of conservative judges while saying Joe Biden would not be able to resist Democrats’ leftward shift.

Appearing at a forum hosted by Kentucky Farm Bureau, McConnell said he looks out for middle America as the only one of the top four congressional leaders not from California or New York. (Herald-Leader)

Panel orders Kentucky judge to be removed from bench

A Kentucky judicial panel ordered that a judge accused of favoritism, dishonesty and other misconduct be removed from the bench, according to court documents released Monday. The Kentucky Judicial Conduct Commission said it found Kenton County Family Court Judge Dawn Gentry, who was suspended from the bench in January, guilty on 10 of 12 charges against her. The ruling follows a weeklong misconduct hearing in August. (Herald-Leader)

GE Appliances workers back strike authorization vote with 99% in favor

Heading into bargaining on key parts of a new master contract, union leaders at GE Appliance Park asked hourly workers to vote to authorize a strike Monday and received overwhelming support — better than 99%. 

Hundreds of workers wheeled through the IUE-CWA Local 83761 union hall’s parking lot at 5153 Poplar Level Road Monday afternoon after the first shift let out, calling out “yes” or “no” votes from passenger cars, trucks and SUV’s. One woman in a red Mitsubishi yelled, “Hell, yes!” as she drove by workers checking employee badges.

A strike authorization doesn’t mean a walkout is imminent, but it often provides leverage to a union looking to press for improved wage and benefits packages. (Courier-Journal)

New ads from McGrath and Hicks

Here are the two latest ads from Amy McGrath and Josh Hicks. Enjoy, and share! (Forward Kentucky)

Recent Content on Forward Kentucky

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[new] Mitch McConnell as a … talk show host?!? – If Kentucky voters are successful in finally voting our senior senator our of office, what could Mitch McConnell do for his next act? How about (poorly) hosting his own talk show? (Feature)

8/30 update — Largest one-week case total; Stack urges safe behavior next weekend – The state reported 462 new cases of infection by the novel coronavirus Sunday, making its Monday-to-Sunday weekly total the largest ever: 4,503. The previous high was 4,333, two weeks ago. (News)

Here’s what Republicans and communists have in common. – If we can turn back Trumpism in this election, perhaps we can begin the discussion about what sort of nation we really want to be. And that discussion should include democratic socialism. (Commentary)

Once again, Dems will have to fix the federal budget – For decades, Republicans have bragged that they are the party of “fiscal responsibility.” Anyone with the ability to understand basic math, and read charts, knows that is not true. (Commentary, Policy)

Some post-TNC humor for your weekend – From the good folks at DemList, here is a collection of humorous commentary following the conclusion of the Trump National Convention, w/ a prelude about Steve Bannon. Enjoy! (Humor)

SOS Adams testifies before Congress – Secretary of State Adams testified before the House Committee on Homeland Security, offering an assessment of what has made Kentucky a national leader this year in election administration. (News)

McGrath responds to The Cynic’s speech at the RNC – Amy McGrath has conceded that Mitch McConnell is at least consistent. She called his video speech at the Trump National Convention “the same old tired stuff he’s been saying for 36 years.” (Commentary)

Maddow corrects litany of falsehoods in Trump’s marathon RNC speech – After Donald Trump’s exceptionally lengthy acceptance speech to conclude the RNC, Rachel Maddow runs through a list of some of the falsehoods and inaccuracies the speech contained. (News)

Can we flip these seats? – TSOK for 8/28 – On this week’s The State of Kentucky – Josh Hicks and Hank Lindermann, who are taking on incumbent Repubs for Congress. We’ll discuss why they are running, how their campaigns are going, and what their strategy is for winning. (Video, Podcast)

COVID and sports, voting in 2020, Cameron v. McGrath, BreonnaCon, and Yvette DeLaGuardia – This week on My Old Kentucky Podcast, attorney Yvette DeLaGuardia joins Jazmin as Robert is away on paternity leave! They spoke about appellate courts, jury trials in pandemic times, and police brutality. PLUS, all the topics in the headline! (Podcast)

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