The Forward Five – Tuesday, 10/6/20

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Five Things to Know Today


— Publisher’s Note —

Good morning! I’m continually amazed (and thankful) at all the excellent contributors we have at Forward Kentucky. From writers to photographers to analysts to even our own editorial cartoonist, there are some solid talents doing solid work at our site.

Today, though, I want to especially call out two that I think many of you are missing, and encourage you to add them to your “things I watch or listen to” list.

My Old Kentucky Podcast – This podcast, hosted by Jazmin Smith and Robert Kahne, is consistently mentioned as one of the leading political podcasts in the state. Robert and Jazmin do a weekly recap and analysis of the news, then follow that with an interview of someone making that news. Their newsletter is a summary of their opening recap, plus other content, and contains some of the most informative analysis you will find.

You can find their podcast on the app of your choice – but, if you aren’t normally into podcasts, you can listen to it each weekend on our site. In addition, you can subscribe to their excellent newsletter by clicking the “update your profile” link at the very bottom of this and every newsletter.

The State of Kentucky – This is a live show that I host every Friday at noon. We stream on Facebook and YouTube, and every week we have one or more guests join us. Our guests have ranged from Congressman Yarmuth and candidates like Amy McGrath and Josh Hicks, to experts in fields from justice reform to autocracy to cutting-edge industry.

AND, if you can’t make it at noon on Friday to watch it live, you can watch the recorded show later on Facebook and YouTube, as well as watch it on our site. You can also subscribe to it as a podcast, or listen to the podcast on our site as well.

These are two “non-print” shows that you should at least check out – you might find that you really enjoy them! Both of them are in the “featured content” box below, by the way, in case you want to check them out now!. And, add the MOKP newsletter to your subscriptions; you’ll be glad you did.

Bruce Maples, publisher
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Today’s Five Things to Know


10/5 update – Beshear to step up enforcement of mask mandate, says more would obey it if Trump wore one

In response to an escalation in coronavirus case numbers, Gov. Andy Beshear and his health commissioner escalated their pleas for Kentuckians to stop it. (Forward Kentucky)


Barr, Hicks duke It out In testy debate

Candidates for Kentucky’s 6th District congressional seat sparred over the pandemic response, racial justice, and their backgrounds on the CW Lexington Monday night.

Incumbent Republican Andy Barr and challenger Josh Hicks traded jabs in a rapid-fire, contentious debate that often veered into shouting matches. The candidates rehashed a number of disputes that have, until now, been reserved for attack ads – including an ongoing feud over coverage for preexisting conditions. (WUKY)


Kentucky AG Daniel Cameron’s office given until Wednesday to respond to grand juror

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s office has been given until Wednesday to formally respond to the motion of an anonymous grand juror who wants to be able to speak freely about the Breonna Taylor case. Cameron said last week in a news release that he doesn’t object to the request.  

But Assistant Attorney General Victor Maddox told Jefferson Circuit Judge Annie O’Connell on Monday morning that the motion is “effectively unprecedented” in Kentucky and “we want a chance to respond so issues can be appropriately addressed.” O’Connell set a hearing for 1 p.m. Thursday on the merits of the motion. (Courier-Journal)


As cases rise, Beshear urges Trump to set a ‘better example’

Now that he’s become infected with the coronavirus, President Donald Trump needs to set a “better example” during the pandemic, and he should start by always wearing a mask in public, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said Monday.

The Democratic governor said he’s looking to the Republican president to belatedly lead by example after Trump’s positive test for the virus last week led to his hospitalization. (Herald-Leader)


More than 5,000 poll workers sign up through GoVoteKY.com

Secretary of State Michael Adams announced that his office has recruited over 5,000 poll workers through GoVoteky.com. The story includes a list of sign-ups by county. (Forward Kentucky)


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 (10/6) – McGrath Meet-and-Greet in Bardstown(info)
  • Today (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

[new] indicates item not in a Forward Five before


[new] Kynect’s reconnect will benefit state, governor says – Gov. Andy Beshear announced Monday the state has reconnected the Kynect web portal to provide easier access to more than just health coverage. (News)

[new] The right-wing brew: Money, outrage, and racism – The president “sits at the sweet spot between greed and selfishness and racism.” This is the right-wing brew – and why they must be defeated. (Commentary)

[new] County Attorney O’Connell – Drop those charges against Attica Scott – The charges against Rep. Scott, her daughter, and Shameka Parrish-Wright are bogus. It’s time for County Attorney Mike O’Connell to do the right thing and drop those charges. (Commentary)

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. (News)

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.” (Commentary)

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)

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)


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