The Forward Five – Tuesday, 9/8/20

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Five Things to Know Today

— Publisher’s Note —

Good morning! This is one of those mornings when there is not a lot of Kentucky political news, but a ton of commentary and other stories.

I hesitate to put too much commentary in the “Five things to know” section, because I like to limit that to important news items you may have missed. And, I try to keep it to Kentucky news, rather than national.

That means that sometimes there are one or more really good — or even important — commentary and policy stories that don’t make it into the Five Things section.

Today is one of those days. If you check out the “yellow box” content, you’ll find a large number of stories that are new since the last Forward Five. I encourage you to scan the list and read some of the ones you might have missed. There are some that are informative, some that are good commentary, and some that are actually funny (the “Dumbkirk” story and the “Exclusive” story, which includes Devin Nunes’s Cow).

We post stories as we get them, so it’s worth checking the site a couple of times a day. And if you’re not already a paying member, you could do that too (hint 😊).

Wear your masks, wash your hands, and read Forward Kentucky. Good advice, I think.

Bruce Maples, publisher
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Today’s Five Things to Know

Holiday weekend coronavirus updates

Nearly quarter million in Ky. have requested absentee ballots

With just 60 days to go until the general election in November, hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians have already requested an absentee ballot online. (Richmond Register)

Reminder: Go to to request yours.

COVID-19 hits legislators

Louisville Sen. Gerald Neal diagnosed with coronavirus, admitted to hospital
Sen. Gerald Neal was in the hospital after testing positive for COVID-19 Monday night. His prognosis is good and the hospital visit is precautionary. (Courier-Journal)

Kentucky State Rep. Attica Scott says she tested positive for the coronavirus
Kentucky State Rep. Attica Scott took a coronavirus test last week and got results back on Sunday, she said in a video on her social media accounts. (Courier-Journal)

Consulting firm sends “cease and desist” – but may need to do so itself

Commentary Amye Bensenhaver – September 5, 2020
A “cease and desist” demand has been made on WPSD following its publication of a report prepared by Anderson Economic Group, even though it obtained through a valid open records request. (Forward Kentucky)

Calloway Democrats open headquarters

The Calloway County Democratic Party celebrated the opening of its new headquarters Saturday at the Higgins House on Main Street in Murray. David Ramey of Murray, the Calloway party’s chairman, said the Higgins House, which is next door to the Calloway County Public Library, will be open three days a week leading into the Nov. 3 general election. This is where supporters of the party’s candidates can obtain materials such as yard signs and bumper stickers, he said. 

“Obviously, this is a unique campaign season and nobody has really been through this, but we’ve got a lot of excitement. We think it’s going to be a great year for the Democratic Party nationally, locally and in the state of Kentucky,” Ramey said. (Murray Ledger)

Recent Content on Forward Kentucky

[new] indicates item not in a Forward Five before

[new] The Gaslighter-in-Chief and the damage to our democracy – We have a president who continually uses gaslighting to manipulate us. This has made it impossible for us to agree on the facts, much less what to do. In short, Trump’s gaslighting could lead to the fall of our democracy. (Commentary)

[new] The labor-busting law firms and consultants that keep Google, Amazon, and other workplaces union-free – American companies have been very successful at preventing their workers from organizing. A handful of little-known law and consulting firms do much of the dirty work that keeps companies union-free. (News)

[new] “Dumbkirk” — Pro-Trump boat parade ignores safety rules, sinks four of their own boats – Pro-Trump boaters staged a mighty boat parade in the confines of Lake Travis, Texas. It became less triumphant when the wakes of several hundred boats combined to sink at least four of the pro-Trump vessels. (Commentary)

[new] Say no more, Mr. President. Say no more. – We never want to hear any more – not another word – from this president about our military members and their service. Say no more, Mr. President; you have said more than enough. (Commentary)

[new] ‘An injury to one is the concern of all’ – Every Labor Day I dust off my framed copy of The Toiler, an all-but-forgotten newspaper published by the Knights of Labor, who stressed that workers should unite as members of the working class. (Commentary)

[new] No worse enemy – An editorial by Mike Broihier, former Senate candidate and retired Marine, on President Trump’s recent comments. (Commentary)

[new] Cara Stewart on “The State of Kentucky” – What’s it like to work for a social justice organization? Is the advocacy world different from the corporate world? And what was it like to work in the lege? We interview Cara Stewart about all these questions, and more. (Media)

[new] Fact check — Trump ads claiming Biden wants to “Defund the Police” are misleading – A video advertisement on Facebook misrepresents Joe Biden’s platform for criminal justice reform, claiming that he wants to defund the police. (News)

[new] Exclusive — What really happened on the “plane full of anarchists” – You’ve heard about the “plane full of antifa thugs all in black” that President Trump said were on their way to DC? Here’s what REALLY happened. (Commentary)

Massie opponent Owensby releases statement on his praise of shooter – After Rep. Thomas Massie praised the 17-year-old who shot three protesters in Portland, killing two of them, Massie’s opponent Dr. Alexandra Owensby released the following statement. (News)

Report: COVID-19 widens resource gap between KY school districts – Kentucky’s wealthiest school districts had nearly $3,000 more to spend per student than the state’s lower-income districts, according to a new report with data from the 2018-2019 school year. (News)

Protecting the U.S. Postal Service also safeguards your access to information – The changes to USPS that DeJoy has in mind for after the election could permanently damage this quintessentially American institution — and citizens’ access to far more than ballots for November 3. (Commentary)

Bankruptcy law with Ally Holt, COVID-19, and lots of new info in the Breonna Taylor case – This week, local attorney Ally Holt joins Jazmin to talk bankruptcy law and courts; plus, new childcare regs, new information in the Breonna Taylor case, and a new lawsuit filed by Kenneth Walker. (Podcast)

Myths about Democrats: Debunked by a former Republican – I am a former Trump supporter. I am going to explain some of the lies that the Republican Party, Trump, and right-wing pundits tell their supporters about Democrats. (Commentary)

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