Good morning! One of the aspects of Daily Kos that sometimes catches people off guard is that in addition to being the internet’s leading progressive site (millions of views each month), it is also, as those of us who have been there a while know, a community of many diverse, non-political interests. There are cooking groups, and gardening groups, and even a “Saturday Morning Home Repair” feature.
One of those groups is the Daily Kos Quilters. That’s right, a group that makes quilts, sometimes on their own, and sometimes as a group project. They often make quilts for well-known dKos members who are very sick, or are going through a tough time.
Here’s why I’m telling you this: Over a year ago, some of them came up with the idea of a “Ditch Mitch” quilt. The quilt squares would be signed by voters and elected officials, who would be free to include a message of their own as to why we need to Ditch Mitch McConnell. All the funds raised would go to whomever was McConnell’s opponent in this year’s election. I jumped in to help, and wound up taking the quilt squares to the Capitol in Frankfort to get more signatures.
Without going into all the details, let’s just say that things got delayed. As in, REALLY delayed. But, as of a week ago, the quilt is complete, and we are accepting entries into a drawing for some lucky person to claim it as their own.
I’ll not cover that here, but when you see the later email with “quilt” in the subject line, you’ll want to open it. The quilt is very cool, and the contest is easy to enter. You will definitely want to participate.
Thirty-three days to the election. Dumping Trump is certainly first on the list, but Ditching Mitch is high up there as well. One way we’re helping is the Ditch Mitch Quilt. You do your part too, and enter the contest.
Masks, hands, distance, win a quilt. Sounds like a good list.
Today’s Five Things to Know
9/30 update – “A wake-up call” – Over 1,000 cases for second day in a row; September has highest number of deaths
With more than 1,000 new cases two days in a row and the highest number of deaths of any month, Gov. Beshear said the numbers should be a “wake-up call” to every Kentuckian. (Forward Kentucky)
Judge grants Kentucky AG’s request to delay release of Breonna Taylor grand jury recording
A judge agreed Wednesday to give Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s office more time to redact personal information in the grand jury recording of the Breonna Taylor shooting case. But instead of the week delay sought by the attorney general, Jefferson Circuit Judge Ann Bailey Smith ordered the documents to be turned over to the court by noon Friday. They were originally due by noon Wednesday.
Cameron’s motion, entered in the criminal case against former Louisville police Det. Brett Hankison, seeks the delay “in the interest of protection of witnesses, and in particular private citizens named in the recordings.” (WDRB)
KY GOP praises Trump debate performance
Following the presidential debate, the KY Republican Party issued a statement praising President Trump’s performance. (Forward Kentucky)
Maddox attacks Beshear’s faith; KDP condemns Maddox’s statement
Rep. Savannah Maddox attacked Governor Beshear’s religious beliefs for referring to God as “he or she.” In turn, the KY Democratic Party condemned her statement. (Forward Kentucky)
Debate commission says it will make changes to format
The presidential debate commission says it will soon adopt changes to its format to avoid a repeat of the disjointed first meeting between President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden.
The commission said Wednesday that the debate “made clear that additional structure should be added to the format of the remaining debates to ensure a more orderly discussion of the issues.”
One possibility being discussed is to give the moderator the ability to cut off the microphone of one of the debate participants while his opponent is talking, according to a person familiar with the deliberations who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. (Richmond Register)
Upcoming Events from the ForwardKY Calendar
Today (10/1) – “Which Side Are You On?”: Voices for Kentucky and Beyond – Virtual Music Fest (info)
Saturday (10/3) – KFTC Fall Gathering, Session 3 (info)
Saturday (10/3) – 50,000 Dials for Voter Registration Phone Bank (info)
Recent Content on Forward Kentucky
[new] indicates item not in a Forward Five before
[new] UK expert: Trump tax returns highlight unequal tax code – President Trump paid a mere $750 in federal income taxes in 2016 and 2017. A UK professor notes this is a reminder of how the nation’s tax system benefits the wealthy at the expense of middle-class and lower-income households. (Policy)
[new] CNN commentator calls out the three most important outcomes of the debate – Van Jones, commentator on CNN, righteously shared his summary of the three most important outcomes of the debate. Watch. (News)
[new] Hang on, voters – your absentee ballots are coming! – We have had a number of emails from people concerned that they had requested an absentee ballot and hadn’t received it yet. So, we reached out to a local BOE to see how things were going. (News)
[new] Be a “vote reporter” and make some $$ on election night – Edison Research needs people to be “on duty” on election night to report local voting results. Note that they only need certain counties covered. Info is below. (Press Release)
My reaction to last night’s debate – I’m a writer, and when I think about last night’s debate, I’m at a loss for words. (PubBlog)
Trump steamrolls moderator Chris Wallace in horrifying mess of a debate – Trump came in planning to do nothing but try to drag Joe Biden down to his level and turn everyone off of voting at all, and he worked harder at it than he’s worked at anything in the last four years. (News)
Clardy: Barrett nomination is “cynical tokenism” – Thurgood Marshall replaced by Clarence Thomas. Ruth Bader Ginsburg replaced by Amy Coney Barrett. Dr. Brian Clardy has some words to describe both nominations: “cynical tokenism.” (Commentary)
Political pyromania — McConnell is playing with fire – McConnell has enabled Trump’s threats to democracy, and now they have launched an exercise in raw power as an election approaches. They’re playing with fire. (Commentary)
McGrath releases plan to “Clean up the DC Swamp” – The Amy McGrath campaign today released her five-point plan for “Cleaning up the Washington Swamp.” We’ve got a statement by McGrath, and an outline of her plan. (News)
Moody’s Analytics: A Democratic election sweep would be best for the economy – The myth persists that Republicans are the party of the economy. But now, a report shows that a Democratic sweep of the election would be the best for economic growth and jobs. (Policy)
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