The Forward Five – Thursday, 9/24/20

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The old fountain circle is now a memorial to Breonna Taylor. It is covered over every night, reassembled when weather permits during the day. A flower garden is to be planted behind here, next to where Tyler Gerth died, as a more permanent memorial than the table and flowers there now.

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— Publisher’s Note —

Good morning! As you can imagine, most of our stories since yesterday have to do with the Breonna Taylor grand jury finding, and the reactions to it. So, rather than do Five Things, we’ve just listed all the stories in one group, so you can either go to the home page of the coverage, or click through to each story individually.

I would encourage you to read all of them for a good understanding of the story – but if you have to choose, be sure to read the ones by the Forward Kentucky contributors, since you won’t find those in any other outlet.

And even as we deal with the Breonna Taylor story, I would point you to the last story in the “Things to Know” section. I will be writing something about this in the next few days, but you need to be paying attention to how the presidential election is setting up, and the dangers it poses.

Sorry for a morning newsletter filled with such stories, but it’s better to be informed and awake. Let’s encourage each other even as we pay attention, and try to do acts of kindness for others to re-emphasize our shared humanity. That’s how we get through all of this, together.

Bruce Maples, publisher
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Today’s Five Multiple Things to Know

Coverage of Breonna Taylor decision

All of the below stories can be found on our Breonna Taylor Coverage home page. You can go there and click through the stories, or click the individual links below. The ones with asterisks are by Forward Kentucky contributors.

Also, the Beshear press conference dealt mainly with the Taylor decision, and included remarks by J. Michael Brown and Rep. Charles Booker. The video is in the coronavirus update story below.

One Louisville police officer indicted in Breonna Taylor case

One of three Louisville Metro Police officers who fired shots that resulted in the death of Breonna Taylor has been indicted on criminal charges.

Cameron office issues statement

The office of Attorney General Daniel Cameron issued this statement after the announcement of the Breonna Taylor grand jury decision.

Breonna Taylor grand jury announcement, summarized **

A grand jury indicted Officer Brett Hankison on three counts of Wanton Endangerment. Moving forward, Daniel Cameron will take Hankinson’s case to trial. That is all.

Reactions to announcement in Breonna Taylor case

The following is a collection of reactions to the Breonna Taylor grand jury indictments from posts on Twitter and via statements issued by elected officials and organizational leaders.

Cong. Yarmuth’s reaction to Breonna Taylor decision

Congressman John Yarmuth (D-Louisville) released the following statement via Twitter soon after the Cameron press conference ended.

Beshear says AG should release probe information

Gov. Beshear called upon Attorney General Cameron to release information on the Breonna Taylor investigation that will not hurt the prosecution of the charges against LMPD Officer Brett Hankinson.

Reactions to grand jury results captured in photos **

Forward Kentucky photographers Del Ramey and Nick Lacy captured reactions to the release of the Breonna Taylor grand jury findings.

“Ongoing investigation” should not be a Get-Out-of-Jail-Free card when it comes to open records **

It is time for all law enforcement agencies, including LMPD, to be accountable to — and through — Kentucky’s public records laws.

9/23 update – Beshear implores protesters to wear masks; Dr. Anthony Fauci rebukes Sen. Rand Paul

Gov. Beshear gave a brief coronavirus update at the end of his press conference. The bulk of it was devoted to discussing the Breonna Taylor decision. Video is included. (Forward Kentucky)

Trump won’t commit to peaceful transfer of power if he loses

President Donald Trump on Wednesday again declined to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the Nov. 3 presidential election.

“We’re going to have to see what happens,” Trump said at a news conference, responding to a question about a peaceful transfer. “You know that I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots, and the ballots are a disaster.”

Trump has been pressing a monthslong campaign against mail-in voting this November by tweeting and speaking out critically about the practice. More states are encouraging mail-in voting to keep voters safe amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump has baselessly claimed widespread mail voting will lead to massive fraud. The five states that routinely send mail ballots to all voters have seen no significant fraud.

Trump on Wednesday appeared to suggest that if states got “rid of” the unsolicited mailing of ballots there would be no concern about fraud or peaceful transfers of power.

“You’ll have a very peaceful — there won’t be a transfer frankly,” Trump said. “There’ll be a continuation. The ballots are out of control, you know it, and you know, who knows it better than anybody else? The Democrats know it better than anybody else.” (Richmond Register)

This Friday on “The State of Kentucky”

There’s a new online comedy show, with Mitch McConnell as the host! It’s “The Mitch Show,” and it’s written and produced right here in Kentucky. Join us as we talk with Mandee McKelvey, an acress on the show who plays both Kayleigh McEnany and Amy McGrath. McKelvey is not only an actress; she also does stand-up comedy, so this TSOK should be large fun. 


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Upcoming Events from the ForwardKY Calendar

We post about upcoming events by campaigns and organizations if we know about them in time. Post your events here. View the full calendar here.

Today (9/24) – Planned Parenthood Phone Banking(Info)
Saturday (9/26) – KFTC Fall Gathering, Session 2(Info)
Saturday (9/26) – Forum for House District 13 Candidates (Glenn/Johnson) (Info)
Tuesday (9/29) – Forum for House District 33 Candidates (Nemes/Plattner) (Info)
Tuesday (9/29) – Planned Parenthood Texting Tuesdays (info)
Tuesday (9/29) – Virtual Reception w/ Gov. Beshear, James Taylor, & Yo-Yo Ma (Info)
Wednesday (9/30) – Demand Safe Schools Rally and Caravan (Info)

Recent Content on Forward Kentucky

[new] indicates item not in a Forward Five before

[new] McGrath statement on upcoming Breonna Taylor announcement – Amy McGrath released a statement in anticipation of the announcement of the grand jury findings in the Breonna Taylor case. (Press Release)

[new] 9/22 update — Beshear asks coaches to put student health first, urges schools in ‘red zones’ to follow guidance – With some schools already having to cancel games due to positive cases, Gov. Beshear urged coaches and parents to put the health of their student-athletes as their top priority. (News)

The Paducah caravan of McConnell – an eyewitness account – Thirty cars and their occupants protested outside Senator Mitch McConnell’s office in Paducah as part of Moral Monday. Berry Craig was there and shares this eye-witness account. (News)

Bill to add sexual harassment as ethical misconduct proposed – A bill to have sexual harassment and discrimination added to what could be considered ethical misconduct was discussed by a legislative committee Tuesday. (News)

Fact Check: Claim linking Joe Biden to Social Security taxes is misleading – Claim: “Prior to 1983, social security was not taxable. Joe Biden voted successfully in favor of taxing 50% of social security.” Fact check: Half true. (Fact Check)

Beau of the Fifth Column on expectations, justice, and Breonna Taylor – Beau of the Fifth Column weighs in on the Breonna Taylor case, and notes that no matter what AG Cameron does, there has already been an indictment. (Commentary)

What died on Mitch’s desk? – We elect leaders and trust that we can relax while they do their job, fighting for our interests. When we weren’t looking, McConnell abused our trust. And for that, he must go. (Commentary)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg – Zen master – The “B”  in RBG could easily stand for “Bodhisattva” – a person who delays self-happiness out of compassion to save sufferings of others. (Commentary)

Protest and march at AG’s office in Louisville – Protesters gathered at the Louisville office of Attorney General Daniel Cameron on Friday, September 18, to demand justice for Breonna Taylor. Del Ramey was there and captured these images. (Photo Gallery)

‘One of the most nauseating acts of political hypocrisy in decades’ – “McConnell’s bottom line is simply to stay in office and enrich himself and the billionaires who support him. I don’t think he believes in anything.” (Commentary)

Mitch’s voicemail message – Healthcare – If you call Senator McConnell’s office about healthcare, what voicemail message do you get? Aaron Smith is pretty sure he knows how it would go. (Cartoon)

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