The Forward Five – Monday, 10/5/20

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Five Things to Know Today

— Publisher’s Note —

Good morning! Let’s get this out of the way right up top:

The deadline to register to vote in the November election is TODAY AT 4 PM. Go to to register, or to check your registration, or to request your absentee ballot.

I’m fairly sure that everyone reading this is already registered to vote, but you may have friends, relatives, or co-workers who are not. Let them know the deadline (4 PM, not midnight!) and give them the link. It only takes a minute or two.

Election Day is less than a month away. In the previous sentence, I originally wrote “the election is less than a month away,” but that’s not accurate; the election is happening right now. Millions of absentee and early votes have already been cast.

Our early voting starts a week from Tuesday. Do you have a plan for voting? Do you know where your polling place is? Remember, there are less than usual.

And, do you know how you are going to vote? Remember, in addition to all the races, we’ve got two constitutional amendments on the ballot this year. We will run one or more stories about them, but you need to do your own research as well.

Finally, are you doing anything to help get out the vote (GOTV)? There will be many GOTV efforts by many organizations and campaigns. Pick one or more and do your part.

One month. Make a plan, make a difference, save democracy.

Bruce Maples, publisher
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Today’s Five Things to Know

10/4 update – Second biggest Sunday drives state’s 7-day rolling average above 900 for the first time

State officials reported 616 new cases of the coronavirus Sunday, sending the seven-day rolling average over 900 for the first time and prompting Gov. Beshear to weigh in with another plea in a news release. (Forward Kentucky)

McConnell, McGrath to debate Oct. 12 on Gray Television’s Kentucky-based stations

Mitch McConnell and Amy McGrath have agreed to meet in a debate televised by Gray Television’s Kentucky-based stations. The debate will be Oct. 12, coming one day before early in-person voting starts. (Forward Kentucky)

Dr. Stack: “We are waging a foolish battle with ourselves.”

In a thread on Twitter, Kentucky public health chief Dr. Steven Stack laid out the realities of the pandemic in our state. “We are waging a foolish battle w/ ourselves, not the virus, and that’s killing Americans in droves.” (Forward Kentucky)

Massie: ‘No reason’ to wear mask since he tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies in August

When asked if Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie wears a mask in public, his spokesperson told The Courier Journal there’s “no need” for him to do so because he previously had the coronavirus and tested positive for antibodies in August.

The Republican congressman Saturday morning tweeted an article questioning what a COVID-19 case is, saying the “story keeps changing” as the country responds to the coronavirus pandemic. (Courier-Journal)

Breonna Taylor grand jury recordings reveal chilling scene of chaos and misinformation

We now know what the grand jury was told about the night Breonna Taylor died. Fifteen hours of audiotaped recordings, filed shortly before noon Friday by order of a judge, detail a chilling scene of false assumptions, chaos and massive gunfire that one neighbor likened to the “O.K. Corral.”

The recordings show Louisville Metro Police’s attempted drug raid in the early morning hours of March 13 quickly spun out of control when officers broke into Taylor’s apartment door and were met by a gunshot fired by her scared boyfriend, Kenneth Walker. (Courier-Journal)

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.

  • Tuesday (10/6) – McGrath Meet-and-Greet in Bardstown(info)
  • Tuesday (10/6) – Planned Parenthood Texting Tuesdays(info)
  • Wednesday (10/7) – House 32 Forum(info)
  • Thursday (10/8) – Planned Parenthood Phone Banking(info)
  • Saturday (10/10) – KFTC Fall Celebration Closing Session(info)

Recent Content on Forward Kentucky

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[new] Signs vandalized? Respond with a sign “sculpture” like this Indivisible member! – Vandals defacing and destroying your custom-made political signs? Get creative – make a “sculpture” out of them to get your message out anyway! (Feature)

[new] McGrath statement on Senate race debates – McGrath announced today that despite McConnell’s stance on female moderators, it’s important for voters to have the opportunity to hear directly from candidates and therefore has agreed to participate in the Gray Television debate. (Press Release)

[new] Kentucky NAACP issues statement on Taylor grand jury charges – The Kentucky conference of the NAACP issued the following statement following the announcement of the grand jury decision in the case of Breonna Taylor. (Press Release)

How close are we to autocracy? A new TSOK episode – For years, Sarah Kendzior and Andrea Chalupa have been sounding the alarm about Trump and the threat of autocracy. Join as we talk with them about the threat he poses to our democracy, how they know, and what we can do about it. (Video plus podcast)

Grand jury updates and fallout, plus interview with Alexandra Owensby – Jazmin and Robert reunite for their first show in 5 weeks and discuss everything that’s happened in the Breonna Taylor case since last week. Then, an interview with Alexandra Owensby, the Democrat running in Kentucky’s 4th U.S. Congressional District. (Podcast)

[new] Older people like President Trump are at more risk from COVID-19 because of how the immune system ages – President Trump’s announcement that he’s tested positive for COVID-19 is especially concerning because of his age. At 74 years old, he is within an age group that’s been hit hard during the pandemic. (Backgrounder)

Will you shut up, man? – Donald Trump shouts his lies loud and proud to the delight of his crowd. When his mouth moves, he lies! Will he ever shut up? (Commentary)

Fact Check: Trump’s claim that he has the support of Portland’s sheriff is false – Trump’s claim that the sheriff of Portland supports him is false. (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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