The Forward Five – Monday, 10/19/20

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— Publisher’s Note —

Good morning! How’s the mask-wearing in your part of Kentucky? I’m in Louisville, and it’s pretty good in the stores here. Most of them require masks (as they are supposed to do), and people wear them.

I hear, though, that in some parts of the state mask-wearing is low, or even non-existent. People aren’t taking the virus seriously, and so aren’t taking mask-wearing seriously either.

I’m sorry, but I just don’t understand that. There’s a virus out there that is highly infectious, that infects some people without symptoms so you don’t know if they have it or not, and that randomly causes severe illness or even death. Why wouldn’t you take a simple precaution to protect yourself and your loved ones? Especially one that is inexpensive, easy to do, and really doesn’t interfere with your activities?

Obviously, some people see it as a political statement. That’s silly, of course, but politics can often make fools of all of us. In this case, though, it could wind up becoming the last political statement someone makes.

Wear your masks. Ask others to wear theirs. If you go into a store and they are not enforcing the mask mandate, tell them you are going to find another place to spend your money, then do.

Oh and by the way – vote for the candidates that are wearing masks. It’s time we get elected officials who actually act on science and not just politics.

Bruce Maples, publisher
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Today’s Five Things to Know


10/17-18 updates — Case numbers continue to climb

Cases of the coronavirus continue to increase, along with hospitalizations. “Things are not moving in the right direction; they continue to escalate,” Beshear said. “This virus is our enemy, not each other.” (Forward Kentucky)

Sixth Circuit reinstates abortion law that could close clinics in Kentucky

The ruling overturns a 2018 injunction that had blocked the law. Now clinics will either have to arrange transfer agreements, or get a waiver every 90 days. If the waiver isn’t granted, they would have to close. (Forward Kentucky)


Will Dems flip any KY House or Senate seats? Robert Kahne analyzes the chances.

Robert Kahne, the co-host of My Old Kentucky Podcast, takes a look at a number of races for the state Senate and House, and gives his predictions on possible pickups and losses for both parties. (Forward Kentucky)


A lawyer looks at the constitutional amendments on the ballot

Have you been wondering how to vote on the two constitutional amendments on the ballot? Jazmin Smith, a lawyer and co-host of “My Old Kentucky Podcast,” digs into both and offers her take on them. (Forward Kentucky)


COVID-19 vaccine will take a year or more to distribute to all Kentuckians, official says

Kentucky is expecting to receive its first federal shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine in in late 2020 or early 2021 — but it will likely take a year or more to get that vaccine to the Bluegrass State’s 4.4 million residents, the commissioner of the state’s Department for Public Health said Friday.

Dr. Steven Stack announced that Kentucky submitted an initial comprehensive draft to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Friday on how the state plans to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine to local health departments and health care organizations.

“The first phase of the plan will help ensure those most at risk — certain health care workers and first responders — have access to the vaccination,” Stack said. “The plan will accommodate vaccinating these essential workers in every county across the commonwealth.” (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 (10/20) – Planned Parenthood Texting Tuesdays(info)
Thursday (10/22) – Indivisible KY Phonebank (info)
Thursday (10/22) – Planned Parenthood Phonebank (info)
Saturday (10/25) – Maria Sorolis Socially Distanced Lit Drop(info)


Recent Content on Forward Kentucky

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[new] *Cloth masks do protect the wearer – breathing in less coronavirus means you get less sick – No mask is perfect, and wearing one might not prevent you from getting infected. But it might be the difference between a case of COVID-19 that sends you to the hospital and a case so mild you don’t even realize you’re infected. (News Backgrounder)

McConnell’s nihilism is destroying our country – Ni • hi • list  – A person who believes in nothing, has no loyalties, and has no purpose other than to destroy (Commentary)

*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. (News Analysis)

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)

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)

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)

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)

*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)

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