The Forward Five – Thursday, 10/8/20

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Five Things to Know Today


— Publisher’s Note —

Good morning! My wife and I sat up last night to watch the vice-presidential debate. You can read coverage of it all over the place, but I thought I’d share a few of my impressions of it.

  • Kamala Harris is the real deal. She was in control, informed, firm, and yet appeared to have an “inner joy” that came through.
  • Mike Pence sounds the same when he is lying and when he is not. A good skill to have, I suppose. And he lied a lot, such as “President Trump has always put the health of the American people first.”
  • The moderator was really bad. She let Pence run over his time repeatedly, and she didn’t force either candidate to answer the questions.
  • On the other hand, the questions — which were written by her — were excellent. It’s a shame they weren’t answered.
  • Pence talked over both women constantly, and did quite a bit of “mansplaining” as well. Also interrupted both women a lot. Probably lost even more votes from women as a result.
  • In response, Harris said “I’m speaking,” which is probably the take-away line from the evening.
  • Finally, you will hear much discussion today of “the fly.” They’re referring to the fly that landed on Pence’s hair and stayed there for about two minutes. Bill Kristol said that Harris won the debate, and the fly came in second.

So, there you have it. I had a hard time watching it, primarily because of Pence’s answers, which indicated he’s been living in an alternate universe for the last four years.

It won’t move the needle in the overall race, I don’t think. But it certainly made me feel even better about Kamala Harris. I was glad Biden picked her, and I’m more glad now.

Bruce Maples, publisher
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Today’s Five Things to Know


10/7 update — Fayette case backlog makes a record

Fayette County’s case numbers finally came in, making the one-day case numbers much larger than normal. Beshear talked about his conversations with local elected officials on enforcing the mask mandate. And, Dr. Stack reminded Kentuckians that as cases go up, so do hospitalizations, noting that in late September the state had about 380 hospitalizations a day, but now it’s above 600 a day. (Forward Kentucky)


AG Daniel Cameron opposes Breonna Taylor grand juror’s motion to speak freely about case

Attorney General Daniel Cameron said Wednesday his office is moving to dismiss an anonymous grand juror’s motion to talk freely about proceedings in the Breonna Taylor case. In a sharply worded 22-page response, Cameron said “while the duty of a grand jury to meet in secret is firmly established, the right of the alleged grand juror to proceed anonymously is anything but.”

The office said Cameron doesn’t object to anyone stating their opinion about his handling of the Taylor investigation. But he said there is a “remarkable difference” between that and revealing secret grand jury proceedings, which he said are “well-founded and are based on centuries of history, practice, and custom in the country and the commonwealth.” (Courier-Journal)


Facebook says it will ban groups that openly support QAnon

Facebook said it will ban groups that openly support QAnon, the baseless conspiracy theory that paints President Donald Trump as a secret warrior against a supposed child-trafficking ring run by celebrities and “deep state” government officials.

The company said Tuesday that it will remove Facebook pages, groups and Instagram accounts for “representing QAnon” — even if they don’t promote violence. The social network said it will consider a variety of factors to decide if a group meets its criteria for a ban, including its name, the biography or “about” section of the page, and discussions within the page, group or Instagram account. (Richmond Register)


If you mess up your absentee ballot, here’s the “cure process”

If you vote absentee, what happens if you make a mistake? We contacted the Board of Elections, and they laid it out for us. And, as the old saying goes, there’s good news and there’s bad news. (Forward Kentucky)


End to stimulus talks is a full-spectrum — and foreseeable — disaster

The important thing to understand is that this was McConnell’s plug to pull. He’s in charge now. And he’s not thinking about 2020; he’s working on 2022 and beyond. (Forward Kentucky)


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

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  • Today (10/8) – Planned Parenthood Phone Banking(info)
  • Today (10/8) – “Know Your Rights” Training (info)
  • Friday (10/9) – GLI Virtual Meeting w/ SOS Adams (info)
  • Friday (10/9) – Take Back America Rally (info)
  • Saturday (10/10) – KFTC Fall Celebration Closing Session(info)
  • Sunday (10/11) – Dump Trump Rally (info)

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[new] McGrath in Mayfield: COVID test before debate, healthcare, and McConnell – Amy McGrath made a stop in Mayfield today, and Berry Craig was there and filed this story, including the fact that McGrath is challenging McConnell to take a COVID test before their debate. (News)

[new] What sickness did to Trump … and to FDR – “Some people thought maybe becoming one of 7 million [COVID-19] positives would do it. It doesn’t appear to have had that impact on him.” (Commentary)

[new] This is great — “Evita” remake in new Lincoln Project ad – One of the most famous songs from the musical Evita is “Don’t cry for me, Argentina.” Now the Lincoln Project has used it to make a new ad. Check it out. (Video)

[new] The New Biden Rule (according to Mitch) – Senator McConnell keeps saying he is honoring “the Biden rule” when he rams through another SCOTUS justice right before the election. Turns out, he’s right – except it’s a NEW Biden rule that ol’ Mitch made up himself. (Cartoon)

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. (News)

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.” (News)

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. (Press Release)


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