The Forward Five – Friday, 9/11/20

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We talk with Rep. Booker about the campaign, about "From the Hood to the Holler," the organization he has formed, and if he's going to run for office again.

Five Things to Know Today

— Publisher’s Note —

Good morning! Do you remember where you were 19 years ago this morning?

I certainly do. I was teaching a class at Continental Airlines headquarters in Houston. Think about that as a place to be on 9/11.

There are many stories and incidents I could share from that week, and if I ever write my memoirs, perhaps I’ll include them there. But for today, I want to pull out one remembrance: the sudden sense of community.

Once the initial panic concluded, and we began to deal with the “new normal” we were in, there was a sense of “we’re all in this together, and we have to take care of each other.” People were nicer, even calmer, as they dealt with each other.

The contrast, of course, is obvious. For whatever reason or reasons, we have no sense of national community. No sense of state community, or even local community in many places.

Once we get past this election (won’t have a chance until then), we have to figure out how to restore that, at least to some extent. It will take leadership, at many levels. But we have to try. Without it, we are not a nation – we are just a collection of competing and clashing groups.

Common unity. Community. Let’s get there, together.

Bruce Maples, publisher
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Today’s Five Things to Know

Pandemic stories from Thursday

9/10 update — Deadliest COVID-19 day yet, with 22 fatalities
On Kentucky’s deadliest day yet, Gov. Andy Beshear reminded his constituents that their actions matter when it comes to protecting each other and the state as a whole. (Forward Kentucky)

Wreath-laying ceremony memorializes Kentuckians who have died from COVID-19
A solemn wreath-laying ceremony took place in the Capitol Rotunda on Thursday morning to mark the death of more than 1,000 Kentuckians due to the coronavirus. (Story and pictures) (Forward Kentucky)

Beshear makes ‘painful address’ to Kentuckians on day when 22 die
Governor Beshear has delivered three previous addresses: his inaugural, his State of the Commonwealth, and his Budget Address. Today, he added a fourth: an address on the pandemic. (Includes video of the address.) (Forward Kentucky)

McGrath in Louisville — a press conference, then a voter registration event

Forward Kentucky contributor Cathy Hill attended the presser and wrote up the report on it, while photographer Del Ramey attended the Shawnee Park event and got some good pictures to share. (Forward Kentucky)

McConnell “skinny” COVID relief bill fails in Senate

The so-called “skinny” coronavirus relief bill promoted by Senator Mitch McConnell failed to pass in the U.S. Senate, as it did not garner the 60 votes needed to move forward. All Democrats voted against it, deriding it as dramatically insufficient to meet the needs of the country, and noting that the House passed the HEROES Act months ago. They were joined in their No vote by Sen. Rand Paul, who voted against it on “deficit grounds.” With the Senate only in session for a few more weeks before their October “go home and campaign” recess, the prospects for any sort of relief bill coming out of Washington are bleak.

U of L professor calls Cameron’s inclusion on Trump’s Supreme Court list ‘preposterous’

Samuel Marcosson, a professor at U of L’s Brandeis School of law, described as “preposterous” President Donald Trump’s inclusion of Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron on his list of potential nominees for the U.S. Supreme Court. Cameron, who is 34 and was admitted to practice nine years ago, was one of 20 attorneys and judges Trump named Wednesday on a list of additional potential candidatesfor the high court if he is reelected to a second term. 

“A nominee for the Supreme Court should have a wealth of legal experience,” Marcosson wrote in an email. “The attorney general lacks any meaningful experience practicing federal law, which is the entirety of the Supreme Court’s docket.” (Courier-Journal)

Racial slur used 300 times in email to Ky. student, sisters say in lawsuit against district.

Two Madison County sisters have filed a federal lawsuit against school district officials, the Madison Southern High School principal and four students claiming the sisters were systemically menaced and threatened due to their race. The lawsuit was filed by a recent Madison Southern High School graduate and her younger sister, who is still a junior at the school.

The sisters suffered continued racist bullying and harassment from other students at the school, and school officials did not act to put an end to the attacks, the lawsuit alleges. The lawsuit was filed in state court in August before being moved into federal court this week. (Herald-Leader)

TODAY on “The State of Kentucky”

State Rep. Charles Booker ran a strong campaign against Amy McGrath for the Democratic Senate nomination, and almost won, closing strong in the final weeks. Now that the campaign is over, what’s next for this rising star? We talk with Rep. Booker about the campaign, about “From the Hood to the Holler,” the organization he has formed, and if he’s going to run for office again. Join us today at noon on Facebook or YouTube to watch the live broadcast, or check out the recording later on our website.

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