The Forward Five – Wednesday, 10/7/20

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Today’s Five Things to Know

Trump kills COVID relief bill till after election

On Tuesday evening, President Trump indicated (via Twitter) that he had pulled the plug on negotiations to produce a COVID-19 relief bill for the country. Reaction was swift. (Forward Kentucky)

10/6 update — Beshear asks mayors, county judge-executives to help enforce mask mandate

In light of the coronavirus escalation across the state, Beshear wants local officials to help with the mask mandate. He said Tuesday that he had talked with them, and they can make a “huge difference.” (Forward Kentucky)

County attorney drops felony rioting charge against state Rep. Attica Scott and others

Citing a lack of evidence that she knowingly participated in a riot two weeks ago, Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell dropped the felony rioting charge against state Rep. Attica Scott in an arraignment hearing Tuesday.

O’Connell also said he would not pursue felony rioting charges against 17 other protesters who were arrested along with Scott on the night of Sept. 24, including her daughter, Ashanti Scott, and prominent racial justice activist Shameka Parrish-Wright.

While the felony charges are being dropped, prosecutors are proceeding with two misdemeanor counts of unlawful assembly and failure to disperse against Scott and the other defendants, with a hearing scheduled for Nov. 16. (Courier-Journal)

Fairness Campaign PAC issues endorsements

C-FAIR, the Political Action Committee of the Fairness Campaign, announces endorsements in more than 60 state and local races as well as the ballot initiative to support Jefferson County Public Schools. (Forward Kentucky)

Spalding president: University has grounds to sue U.S. government over executive order

While celebrating the 100th year of Spalding University’s presence in Downtown Louisville, University President Tori Murden McClure took aim at President Donald Trump. “I believe Spalding University has the grounds to sue the United States of America,” said McClure.

An executive order from the White House would ban what Trump called “divisive” and “un-American” anti-racism training for public institutions. McClure said especially during a time of social unrest, after 100 years of serving the downtown community, the university’s message is the same as it always has been. Even in the years before the university moved to downtown, it’s been a guiding principle for the university to teach students the importance of diversity.

Spalding leaders believe that executive order is an infringement on people’s rights. (WAVE 3)

This Friday on “The State of Kentucky”

Mitch McConnell has been our senator as long as some of us have been alive. Is this the year we can FINALLY help him retire? Join us for a conversation with Amy McGrath, as we talk about her campaign, her strategy, and what she is seeing as she flies (literally) around the state. Watch live or watch the recording later on Forward Kentucky!

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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 (10/7) – McGrath Meet-and-Greet in Mayfield (info)
Today (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] 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. (News)

[new] More than 5,000 poll workers sign up through – Secretary of State Michael Adams announced that his office has recruited over 5,000 poll workers through (Press Release)

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)

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)

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)

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