McGrath Endorsed; Ballots In Dumpster

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Five Things to Know Today

— Publisher’s Note —

Couple of reminders as we head into the weekend:

  • You only have today, tomorrow, and Sunday to enter the drawing for the Ditch Mitch Quilt. Some lucky person is going to be the proud owner of a very nice quilt to snuggle under, while reading all the signatures of people wanting to get rid of Mitch McConnell. And, assuming we can catch up with her as she flies herself (literally) around the state, it will have Amy McGrath’s signature as well. Go here to enter!
  • I’m working on a story about “dirty tricks” in this election season. Have you gotten a mailer attacking a candidate, and it doesn’t say who paid for it? Have you seen ads on Facebook or elsewhere attacking a candidate, and they look really false? Have you gotten robo-calls talking negatively about a candidate, or “push-polling” a candidate? Send the info to, and if you still have the mailer, take good pictures of front and back and send that as well.

We are only a few weeks from Election Day, and the election is actually going on right now. Talk to your friends and neighbors and family, and make sure they all vote. We have to take back our democracy.

Bruce Maples, publisher
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Five Things To Know

10/15 update — With cases over 1,250 second day in a row, Beshear sees ‘most serious’ surge and ‘time when we either succeed or begin to fail’

For the second straight day, Gov. Beshear announced more than 1,250 cases of the coronavirus, calling it “the most serious” of three escalations and using some of his strongest language yet. (Forward Kentucky)

McGrath breaks fundraising record in Kentucky, collects $36.8 million in one quarter

Democratic nominee Amy McGrath raised twice as much as U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell from July to September — and spent more than double the incumbent, too.

McGrath’s campaign reported raising $36.8 million from July 1 to September 30, around 96 percent of which came from individual contributions. The record-breaking amount flooded in even as some Democrats spread messages on social media urging people not to donate to McGrath, who is considered an underdog.

The McConnell campaign raised $15.6 million in the same time period, which McConnell campaign manager Kevin Golden called a “record haul” for Kentucky Republicans in a single quarter of a campaign.

The McConnell campaign reported having $13.8 million on hand to finish out the final stretch of the election. McGrath has spent $64.2 million on the campaign and has $19.9 million on hand. (Herald-Leader)

Herald-Leader endorses McGrath

In an editorial entitled After 36 years, Kentucky can do better than Mitch McConnell. We endorse Amy McGrath, the Herald-Leader editorial board said,

“The eyes of America are on Kentucky’s race for the U.S. Senate because many rightly feel that next to the presidential election, it’s the most important contest in the country, with the future health of our democracy riding on the right choice.

That choice is Amy McGrath, a Democrat challenging longtime incumbent and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. During his 36 years in office, McConnell has made it perfectly clear that his only passion is the pursuit of power, his own and that of the Republican Party. For that reason alone, we would endorse his opponent. Luckily for voters, McGrath, a former fighter pilot and public servant, would make an excellent senator who would actually put the needs and interests of Kentuckians above her own.”

Rural KY counties are becoming COVID hot spots

When you look at Daily Yonder’s map of rural coronavirus infection rates, it’s obvious that the rural counties of Kentucky are becoming the hot spots in our state. (Forward Kentucky)

More than 100 absentee ballots intended for Louisville voters found discarded in dumpster

More than 100 absentee ballots intended for voters in Louisville were found discarded in a dumpster Thursday morning, a representative of the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General confirmed to The Courier Journal. Special agents of the Postal Service OIG discovered 112 absentee ballots intended for the 40299 zip code of the Jeffersontown area after responding to a report of undelivered mail being found by a citizen in Louisville on Thursday morning, special agent Scott Balfour said in a statement. 

The agents also found two political flyers. The ballots and flyers were returned to the Postal Service on Thursday and were set to be properly delivered, Balfour said.

“USPS OIG Special Agents are working to identify who is responsible for discarding the mail,” Balfour said. “When the investigation is concluded, the case will be presented for federal prosecution to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.” (Courier-Journal)

Ditch Mitch Quilt Drawing Update

Money raised so far: $1,120
Number of donors: 65
Days left to enter: 3 (ends Sunday)

Enter here!

Remember, YOU can be the lucky winner of the Ditch Mitch Quilt! Read more about the quilt here, and donate here.

Upcoming Events from the Forward KY 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.

Saturday (10/17) – Cardboard Mitch Call-A-Thon(info)
Saturday (10/17) – Louisville Rally for Public Education w/ Amy McGrath(info)
Sunday (10/18) – Maria Sorolis Socially-Distanced Lit Drop(info)
Tuesday (10/20) – Planned Parenthood Texting Tuesdays(info)

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[new] Fact check: Sen. Rand Paul misleadingly suggested that many have immunity to the coronavirus due to previous exposure to similar viruses – Sen. Rand Paul misleadingly suggested that much of the population has immunity due to previous exposure to similar viruses. But scientists say any possible protection is theoretical and can’t be relied upon. (Fact Check)

[new] KY06 — Hicks raises over $1 million in third quarter – Josh Hicks, Democrat for Congress in KY-6, raised over $1 million in the quarter ending September 30, while not accepting any donations from corporate PACs. (Press Release)

[new] In 2018, Trump was rated the third-worst president. Where would he rank now? – Just one year after he was elected, numerous polls of presidential qualities put Donald Trump in the bottom five of all time. Here’s the qualities used in those polls, and who he is keeping company with. (News Analysis)


WaPo: “Mitch McConnell is laughing at all of us” – An editorial at the Washington Post slams Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for laughing at our nation’s suffering. (Commentary)

Several KY counties violating ethics laws, auditor says – State Auditor Mike Harmon issued a data bulletin on Wednesday in which he says several Kentucky counties are in violation of ethics laws passed by the General Assembly more than 25 years ago. (News)

10/14 update — Kentucky records 1,346 new cases, the most found in one day – Gov. Beshear’s hope for a stabilization in cases was crushed Wednesday as he announced 1,346 cases, which brought the unadjusted seven-day rolling average of daily new cases to 937, the state’s highest yet. (News)

Plot to kidnap Michigan’s governor grew from the militia movement’s toxic mix of constitutional falsehoods and half-truths – The militia movement has long been steeped in a peculiar – and unquestionably mistaken – interpretation of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and civil liberties. They are devoted to a toxic mix of constitutional falsehoods and half-truths. (Backgrounder)


Mitch’s voicemail – COVID relief – If you call Senator Mitch McConnell’s office and ask him to do something about COVID relief, what message do you get? Aaron Smith has the answer. (Cartoon)

Court packing, McConnell style – Everyone’s asking Joe Biden and Kamala Harris whether they are going to “pack the courts.” Apparently, everyone has forgotten — or is ignoring — the court packing that’s been going on for years under McConnell and the Repubs. (Cartoon)


Dark money forces have spent $250 million to control our courts. Watch this to learn how and why. – Instead of spending his time today asking Barrett questions, Senator Whitehouse instead shone a light on the power in the shadows – the right-wing dark money behind the Republican takeover of the courts. (News)


Whatever happened to the RECLAIM Act?  (Hint: Mitch McConnell killed it.) – Cong. Rogers introduced this bill to convert $1 billion of the Abandoned Mine Lands fund into economic development grants for Appalachia. It passed the House in July. And McConnell killed it. (Commentary)


McGrath can serve us on the world stage – Senator McConnell has forfeited his right to serve Kentucky, and our country. By contrast, retired Lieutenant Colonel Amy McGrath clearly understands the world and the issues facing our country in the 21st century. (Commentary)

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