The Forward Five – Tuesday, 11/17/20

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— Publisher’s Note —

Good morning! Now that the election is (mostly) over, I’m taking a step back to think about the future of Forward Kentucky: what to add, what to drop, how to add more value, and so on.

A small group of readers and contributors has agreed to help me do that, and we will meet this week to discuss and to consider various ideas and plans.

BUT – even if you are not part of that group, you can still give your input to the process! Use the Feedback link below to weigh in on these questions:

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  • Among the people you know, how much awareness do they have of Forward Kentucky, if any?
  • Any thoughts on what to add, keep, or drop?
  • Any other thoughts or feedback?

I’ll include your feedback in the group’s discussion, and I will certainly include it in my thinking. Thanks!

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Today’s Five Things to Know


11/16 update — Beshear says Ky. has “exponential growth” of virus cases, so he may impose new statewide restrictions on Wednesday

Gov. Beshear warned that Kentucky is having “exponential growth” in coronavirus cases, and said if the trend doesn’t change by Wednesday, he may impose further restrictions to slow the spread. (Forward Kentucky)


Charges against Rep. Scott and others dropped; new KDP chair issues statement

State Rep. Attica Scott, her daughter Ashanti, Shameka Parrish-Wright, and 14 others went to court Monday on two misdemeanors each, only to learn that all charges had been dropped by County Attorney Mike O’Connell. (Forward Kentucky)


Kentucky is sending National Guard into nursing homes to help overwhelmed facilities

Kentucky is sending National Guard members to assist nursing homes as the state continues to see coronavirus outbreaks in senior care facilities, officials announced Monday.

The commonwealth’s recent surge in coronavirus cases has been reflected in long-term care facilities, which have seen a dramatic increase in positive cases, said Eric Friedlander, secretary of the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services. 

Friedlander announced the plans for the National Guard to assist nursing homes at Gov. Andy Beshear’s Monday briefing and said the goal is to have 10 support teams out across the commonwealth by the end of the week. The guard members will provide nonclinical support such as disinfecting facilities and helping with resident transportation. (Courier-Journal)


3rd Breonna Taylor grand juror: Cops ‘got slap on the wrist’

A woman who sat on the Breonna Taylor grand jury said she believes their investigation was incomplete and that prosecutors wanted to give police “a slap on the wrist and close it up.”

The woman is the third grand juror to speak anonymously about the September proceedings, joining two others who said the 12-member panel was not given the option to consider charges against the officers who fatally shot Taylor in March.

The woman, in her first published interview, told The Associated Press that when the proceedings concluded with three wanton endangerment charges for one officer, she felt herself saying “no, that’s not the end of it.” (Herald-Leader)


Report: Georgia Secretary Of State says Graham pressed him to toss legal ballots

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said that Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has been pressuring him to find ways to toss legally cast ballots in recent days, according to the Washington Post.

Raffensperger, a Republican, told the Post that Graham asked if political bias could have compelled election workers to accept ballots with mismatched signatures, and inquired whether entire batches of legal ballots could be tossed from counties with high levels of signature mismatch.

Raffensperger told the Post he was “stunned” by the inquiries. (Talking Points Memo)


Recent Content on Forward Kentucky


[new] indicates item not in a Forward Five before
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[new] Some thoughts on the move of an open-records veteran to KSP – An open-records veteran is going to KSP. Here are some thoughts on that, as well as the question: Is she going TO the KSP job, or getting away FROM the open records office under AG Cameron? (Commentary)

[new] A nurse talks about COVID denial – On Saturday, South Dakota nurse Jodi Doering had a night off and decided to tweet about what she was seeing in her state. The tweets were about COVID-19 patients who are literally dying from contracting the virus, but still do not believe that the virus is real, or that they have it. (Feature)

*Candidate Owensby sued, files counter-suit – Dr. Alexandra Owensby, Democratic candidate for KY-06, has been sued for defamation, and has filed a counter-suit over the same issue. (News)

Colmon Elridge selected as new chair of Kentucky Democratic Party – Colmon Elridge was elected chair of the Kentucky Democratic Party on Saturday by the party’s State Central Executive Committee after being nominated to the position by Governor Andy Beshear. (News)

QAnon — a recycled conspiracy theory spreading through the GOP – According to QAanon, a secret cabal of powerful “Deep State” Democrats are kidnapping kids and using their blood for satanic rituals. “It’s warmed-over anti-Semitism,” according to Murray State University historian David Pizzo. (News)

*KY Supreme Court affirms Beshear’s executive orders – In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court of Kentucky has affirmed the constitutionality of Governor Andy Beshear’s executive orders related to the pandemic. (News)

*‘The GOP can and must stop the delusion and return to reality.’ – Today, Congressman Yarmuth (KY-3) released this statement regarding President Trump, the Trump Administration, and Congressional Republicans’ continued attack on our democracy in refusing to accept the results of the election and begin the necessary transition process. (Press Release)

Dems, please remember — Big tents get messy. – The GOP challenge is that their party represents only a minority of Americans, and a minority of views. The Democratic challenge is the opposite: Dealing with a big, messy tent. (Commentary)


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