The Forward Five – Monday, 11/2/20

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Five Things to Know Today


— Publisher’s Note —

Good morning! A few notes as we start the week and end the election season:

  • Check out the stories on the site that didn’t make the “Five Things” section. There’s a story about activists, a photo gallery about campaigning in Danville, and a really well done story and photo gallery about the McGrath GOTV concert in Louisville.
  • The student journalists at Manual HS deserve kudos for breaking a story about KSP training. Quite a story; it’s in the Five Things section below.
  • Remember, the election isn’t over until all the votes are counted, which will be some days from now. Don’t be fooled — and don’t let your friends and family be fooled — by any claims by Trump on Tuesday night.
  • If you are a member, I sent you an email last night with a members-only benefit: a cheat sheet for Tuesday night to track the state elections. Look for it.

And finally, if you haven’t voted, today is the last day of in-person early voting, and tomorrow is the official Election Day. Make a plan, and get there. Your vote matters – remember that in 2018 there were a number of state races decided by 10 votes or less, and one decided by 1 vote. Go vote!

Bruce Maples, publisher
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Today’s Five Things to Know


11/1 update — Last week of the coronavirus in Ky. breaks old record, by far

Kentucky added more new cases of the novel coronavirus in its official Monday-through-Sunday reporting week than any other since the beginning of the pandemic, Gov. Andy Beshear said. (Forward Kentucky)


‘Repugnant’ Kentucky State Police training included Hitler’s guidance on violence

Gov. Andy Beshear and others reacted with outrage Friday after learning Kentucky State Police training materials used quotes from Adolph Hitler and advised trainees to become “the ruthless killer.”

The story was initially reported by two student journalists at duPont Manual High School in Louisville and published online by the school’s newspaper, the Manual RedEye.

The slideshow titled “The Warrior Mindset” includes a quote from Hitler’s Mein Kampf: “The very first essential for success is a perpetually constant and regular employment of violence.” (Herald-Leader)


Ky. Secretary of State: Most votes will be counted by election night

Secretary of State Michael Adams says the vast majority of Kentucky election results will be counted and reported on election night, even though some absentee ballots will still be in the mail. (Forward Kentucky)


Reports: Trump plans to claim victory, unleash lawsuits

Multiple reports say that President Trump and his campaign team are planning on declaring victory on Tuesday night once the polls close, especially if he is initially ahead in Pennsylvania. That state has a large number of GOP voters voting in-person, with Democratic voters using mail-in ballots, which won’t be fully counted until days after the election.

Trump has also said he is prepared with lawyers and lawsuits across the country, planning to challenge the results in many states.

In response, the Biden campaign continues to insist that all votes must be counted, and that they have their own teams of lawyers to make sure that happens.


‘The statement the world needs from us is to get rid of Mitch McConnell.’

“Everybody wants to focus on the presidential race,” Amy McGrath told supporters in Paducah on Friday afternoon. “But I’ll tell you what, the statement the world needs from us is to get rid of Mitch McConnell.” (Forward Kentucky)


Trump can still win, but the polls would have to be off by way more than in 2016

To borrow from Cook Political Report’s Dave Wasserman, “I’ve seen enough.”

No, I don’t know who’s going to win the election. According to our forecast, President Trump still has a chance at a second term: a 10 percent chance, to be more specific.

But — even though we’ll still get a ton of polls on Sunday and Monday — I’ve seen enough based on the polls we got earlier this week to know that things aren’t likely to change all that much in our forecast between now and just after midnight on Tuesday, when we’ll freeze it.

There just hasn’t been any real sign that the race is tightening. If anything, Joe Biden’s margins are expanding slightly in the Upper Midwest. And there isn’t any particular reason to expect the race to tighten when more than 90 million people have already voted and the most important news story — that the United States just set a record for the number of COVID-19 cases in a day — is a negative one for Trump. (Five-Thirty-Eight)


Recent Content on Forward Kentucky

[new] indicates item not in a Forward Five before
🔥 indicates high # of reads, social media shares, or both


[new] THIS is what democracy looks like! – The groups that formed after the Trump election in 2016 have grown, organized, and worked, and are now making a difference across the state. Here are a few examples of their work this election cycle. (Feature)

[new] Will white supremacy carry Trump to a second term?
 – Jonathan Capehart says that Biden versus Trump is “a choice between American democracy and white supremacy.” Berry Craig digs deeper into that choice. (Commentary)

[new] Election preview: Upsets & predictions – The election wraps up in a few days, with some expected winners and some upsets. Which seats will flip? What will be the biggest surprise? Join us on The State of Kentucky as we break down the election with Trent Garrison, and see if you agree with our predictions! (Video of Show)

[new] 🔥 Danville Blue – a photo gallery – Close to 100 folks showed up Wednesday afternoon to hear from Amy McGrath (no more needs saying), Hank Linderman (running for Congress in the 2nd District), and Lydia Coffey (going for 54th District of the state house). We shall be optimistic. (Photo Gallery)

[new] 🔥 Music and McGrath — the GOTV concert in Louisville – Amy McGrath’s campaign held a GOTV concert in Louisville at Lynn Family Stadium, with both in-person attendees and a live stream on social media. Forward Kentucky photographer Del Ramey was there and captured both some great photos and excerpts of the speeches and comments. (Story and Photo Gallery)

[new] Trump’s damnable boast – Trump is a serial liar, pathological or purposeful. But of the thousands upon thousands of falsehoods and deliberately misleading statements he’s spewed, this statement is his most damnable lie yet. (Commentary)

[new] Grand jurors speak, COVID keeps getting worse, and Rep. Rob Wiederstein interview – Robert explained how much worse COVID-19 is getting across the state, and he eulogized his grandfather by remembering his time spent in Ashland with his grandparents when he was young. Plus, an interview with Rep. Rob Wiederstein. (Podcast)

[new] Bill proposed to help victims of domestic violence – Allowing victims of domestic violence and similar abuse to be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits is the goal of legislation being proposed for the 2021 General Assembly. (News)

🔥 Massie is wrong about COVID … and wrong for Kentucky – Northern Kentucky, we DO have a choice in this election: Alexandra Owensby, an intelligent, moderate woman for this culturally divided moment. (Commentary)

Dump Trump, Ditch Mitch — and don’t fall for the GOP social-issues sucker play – Trump, McConnell and the rest of GOP union-busting crowd are again trolling for union votes with the same old social-issues sucker bait. Their idea is to dupe working-class voters by hiding the GOP’s real agenda: making rich people like themselves richer and wiping out unions. (Commentary)

🔥 Vance’s “Hillbilly Elegy” ignores the role of Big Business in Appalachian poverty – His explanation oversimplifies a long history of struggle, labor exploitation, and environmental destruction. Cast aside Vance’s apologia on behalf of big industry, and the real work can begin. (Commentary)

🔥 What’s on the line if SCOTUS overturns Obamacare? Only the livelihoods and lives of Kentuckians – If the Supreme Court, likely including Amy Coney Barrett, rules in favor of dismantling the ACA, the imminent threats to millions of Kentuckians’ well-being and quality of life are clear. (Policy)


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