The Forward Five – Wednesday, 9/2/20

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— Publisher’s Note —

Good morning! A couple of quick notes:I continue to get notices from people that they signed up to be a poll worker. Remember, we are trying to get 100 of our readers to sign up. You can do that at, along with everything else you can do at that site (including requesting your absentee ballot, if you qualify). So, go sign up; it’s a good way to do some public service. Watch for an addition to the web site in the next week or so: some secure ways to get in touch if you have tips we should know, or are a whistleblower. I don’t expect us to be breaking any big stories or winning any Pulitzers – but still, it’s good to make it possible for people to share things securely. That’s all for this morning. Wear your masks (especially this weekend!), stay socially distanced (especially this weekend!), and wash those hands (especially this weekend!). 


  We’re going to get through this, together. #StillTeamKentucky

Bruce Maples, publisher
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This Friday on “The State of Kentucky”

Cara Stewart on a career in activism and government

Cara Stewart is one of those many people who have taken their passion for public service and making a difference, and turned it into a career. Join us Friday at noon to learn more about her varied experiences, including working at Legal Aid of the Bluegrass, Kentucky Equal Justice Center, KY Voices for Health – and even in the Legislature! Mark your calendar now; we’ll have the YouTube and Facebook links tomorrow.

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Today (9/2) – McGrath in Morehead for two events

  • 1:00 pm – Morehead Airport – 1800 Rodney Hitch Blvd, Morehead 40351
  • 2:00pm – Fuzzy Duck – 159 E Main Street, Morehead 40351

Tomorrow night (9/3) – “Just Vote: The Sequel”

  • Online event with Sec. of State Michael Adams & Franklin Co. clerk Jeff Hancock
  • 6:30 PM (EDT), Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020
  • Online meeting; Zoom Meeting ID: 897 7093 3977, passcode: 8mJ7vx (no pre-registration required)
  • Sponsored by Together Frankfort. Learn more about absentee voting and procedures for voting in person in the November 3  General Election.

Today’s Five Things to Know

9/1 update — Beshear voices worry about increased coronavirus cases in kids

Cases in children and teens are rising across the country. Beshear also urged people to wear masks and take precautions during the upcoming Labor Day weekend. Lots of other news in this update. (Forward Kentucky)

Fish and wildlife board sues Beshear to keep its commissioner. Cameron is helping.

With help from Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, the governing board of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources filed suit Monday against the Beshear Administration to keep Rich Storm as the department’s commissioner.

The 20-page lawsuit asks Franklin Circuit Court to declare that the commission has sole authority to appoint its commissioner and set the salary. It also asks the court to rule that Storm is the lawfully appointed commissioner and order temporary and permanent injunctive relief prohibiting the Beshear Administration from interfering with the commission’s authority. (Herald-Leader)

Senate Repubs send letter to Beshear about Louisville; Fischer responds

Senator Julie Raque Adams wrote a letter to Governor Beshear, asking him to intervene in Louisville’s response to protests in the city. Later, Mayor Fischer issued a statement in response. Here are both documents. (Forward Kentucky)

RPK, FOP post attacks via tweet – then take them down. (But we’ve got them anyway.)

Tuesday, both the Republican Party of Kentucky AND the Fraternal Order of Police posted tweets attacking teachers and the UK basketball team – and then took them down. But, thanks to some enterprising folks who took screen shots of the tweets, we can share them with you now – along with some of the responses. (Forward Kentucky)

Secretary of state, breweries work together on recruiting poll workers

Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams has come up with a creative way to recruit poll workers for the general election in November: advertise on beer cans. (Forward Kentucky)

Recent Content on Forward Kentucky

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[new] US Postal Service board chair named as a director of Senate Leadership Fund, the McConnell super PAC – Headline says it all. The swamp-draining continues. Good luck getting anything done about the slowing of the postal service. (News)

[new] McGrath & Chapman in Paducah – “Workers are the creators of wealth.” – Amy McGrath on Mitch McConnell, speaking in Paducah: “We’ve got to have leaders in Washington who support workers, and not just the one percent and the special interests.” (News, Photos)

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.” (News)

New ads from McGrath and Hicks – Here are the two latest ads from Amy McGrath and Josh Hicks. Enjoy, and share! (Videos)

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)

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)

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