The Forward Five – Friday, 9/18/20

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An interview w/the new Exec Director of Emerge KY, Gretchen Hunt. Fri 9/18 @ Noon.

Five Things to Know Today

— Publisher’s Note —

Good morning! Did you miss me? 😊 Sorry about no Forward Five yesterday; let’s just say something came up right at the time I normally do it.

But, we’re back today, so I want to take a moment to get some dates on your calendar:

  • Right now – If you’re going to vote absentee, request your ballot at
  • October 5 – Last day to register to vote OR to update your registration. Same place –
  • October 13 – Early in-person voting begins. No appointment needed – just show up at the polling places in your county and vote.

For years, even decades, we have asked for expanded absentee voting and early voting. For this election, at least, we have them. So share the details with everyone you know, and get them to register and vote.

We will have a story next week about both the “voting centers” concept, and the “cure process” for absentee ballots.

And speaking of getting things on your calendar – After kicking the idea around for a while, we’ve added an event calendar back to the site, under “Calendar” on the menu. There’s the calendar itself, and a place where you can submit events yourself. Please add events for your organization, non-profit, or campaign. We want it to be a statewide resource for progressives, activists, and political junkies.

All for today. Stay safe, but stay engaged. That’s how we’ll make a difference, together.

Bruce Maples, publisher
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Today’s Five Things to Know

9/17 update – Lawyers and protesters argue; Beshear will wait on relaxing capacity rules

As lawyers and protesters argued about his emergency powers, Gov. Beshear said he is unlikely to relax any of his restrictions on business and venue capacity until most students and teachers are in schools for a while. And, SOS Adams gives update on voting. (Forward Kentucky)

Ky. Supreme Court considers Beshear’s COVID orders

The Kentucky Supreme Court heard oral arguments Thursday on whether Gov. Andy Beshear exceeded his Constitutional authority on executive orders related to the coronavirus pandemic. (Forward Kentucky)

Poll shows Mitch McConnell up double digits on Amy McGrath in Senate race

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell has increased his lead over former Marine Corps pilot Amy McGrath to 12 percentage points according to a public poll released Thursday. The poll, conducted by Quinnipiac University, surveyed 1,164 likely voters between Sept. 10 and 14 with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points. It found that 53 percent of voters supported McConnell while 41 percent of voters supported McGrath. Among the respondents, 41 percent said they were Republicans, 28 said they were Democrats and 27 percent said they were Independent. (Herald-Leader)

Louisville Metro Council actions last night

Louisville Metro Council votes to ban ‘conversion therapy’ in the city
Louisville Metro Council made “conversion therapy” against minors illegal in Louisville on Thursday night. The ordinance passed committee unanimously last week and passed Metro Council 24 to 1. Louisville is now the second Kentucky city to have banned “conversion therapy.” Covington passed a similar ordinance earlier in the year. 

In comments to the Council, State Rep. Lisa Willner said “It is impossible to imagine any other practice associated with such high rates of suicide and other dangers that would still be allowed.” (Courier-Journal)

Louisville Metro Council passes amended no-confidence legislation on Mayor Greg Fischer
The Louisville Metro Council has passed amended legislation to give Mayor Greg Fischer a list of ways to regain the city’s trust. 

The amended resolution passed 22 to 4 Thursday night after three hours of debate among Metro Council members. Instead of merely declaring no confidence in the mayor and asking him to resign, the amended version gives him a list of ways he can build back trust. (Courier-Journal)

Poor People’s Campaign plans to “caravan” Mitch McConnell

To call attention to what they are calling “McConnell’s Meanness,” the national Poor People’s Campaign is planning a modern-day Jericho action: driving caravans of cars around McConnell’s offices in DC and Kentucky. (Forward Kentucky)

Today on “The State of Kentucky”

Gretchen Hunt has had a varied and distinguished career in public service. Now she takes the reins of the premier political training program for women. What are her goals? What does she see for 2020 and beyond? We’ll ask her about this, and much more, on The State of Kentucky today at noon. Join us!

YouTube link   ●   Facebook link

Upcoming Events from the ForwardKY Calendar

We post about upcoming events by campaigns and organizations if we know about them in time. Send the info to, or post them yourself.

Today (9/18) – Picnic in the Park with Amy McGrath

Monday (9/21) – Moral Monday McConnell Caravan

  • Driving caravans of cars around McConnell offices across Kentucky and in DC
  • More info here, including how to sign up to participate

Recent Content on Forward Kentucky

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[new] House Democratic Caucus members unveil Kentucky Voters’ Bill of Rights – The legislation would expand early voting, extend voting registration, automatically restore voting rights for most felons, and make voters more involved in the redistricting process after each Census. (News)

[new] Defending the 2020 election against hacking: 5 questions answered – Douglas Jones, coauthor of the book “Broken Ballots: Will Your Vote Count?,” describes the vulnerabilities of the U.S. election system in light of the information in the Woodward book. (News)

[new] Fact Check: Trump tweets doctored video of Biden – President Trump tweeted an edited video, doctored to make it appear that Vice President Joe Biden played a different song at a campaign event than he actually played in the unedited video. (Fact Check)

[new] Momentum for basic income builds as pandemic drags on – Amid the pandemic and a global recession, both basic income and a basket of related policies have gained unprecedented momentum, surfacing everywhere from Capitol Hill to the city of Hudson, New York. (Policy)

[new] 9/16 update — ‘Don’t be a jerk,’ governor lectures, defending health departments – Gov. Beshear and two of his lieutenants unloaded in defense of the state’s public-health workers, and stressed the need for Kentuckians to wear masks if they want the economy and schools to stay open. (News)

What Congress should be doing right now – Let’s talk for a moment about deficits, relief, and what Congress should be doing right now. (PubBlog)

Congress can’t go home without passing a strong aid package – We’re at a fork in the road, but one direction is a dead end. There’s only one way forward, and that’s adequate federal aid. All we need is a willingness from our leaders to do what’s right. (Policy)

Mitch McConnell is defunding the police. – Mitch McConnell is clutching his pearls over the phrase “defund the police” – but he has eagerly pushed to defund the “police” charged with protecting us from the world’s most dangerous and powerful corporate criminals. (Commentary)

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