All the content from Forward Kentucky for the week ending 12/12
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- Call it what is it – an attempted coup – The U.S. president is trying to steal the election, and, crucially, his party either tacitly approves or is pretending not to see it. This is a particularly dangerous combination, and makes it much more than just typical Trumpian bluster or norm shattering. (Analysis)
- An open letter to Governor Beshear and the legislative leaders – Each side says the other is wrong. Perhaps there are actions all can take that would show leadership and not politics. (Commentary)
- The virus infecting the Body Politic, and how to deal with it – Our American Body Politic has spent the past four years infected by a Trump virus — authoritarian populism — at least as powerful as COVID-19. Yet Trump’s infection of our Republic has an unintended benefit. He shone a light on the chronic pre-existing condition in our American Body Politic. How do we heal ourselves? (Commentary)
- Let’s talk about McConnell and fixing democracy … – Another solid video from Beau of the Fifth Column, on two ideas that would dramatically alter our democracy for the better. (Video)
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★ Most-read 🔥 Most-shared
12/11 update — Positivity rate drops below 9%; hospital cases decline, but a record number are ventilated
News ● Kentucky Health News ● December 12, 2020
The percentage of Kentuckians testing positive for the novel coronavirus dropped for the eighth consecutive day, to 8.86%, a decline of 1.21 percentage points since the record of 10.07% set on Dec. 3.
Media ● Guest Author ● December 12, 2020
From the Twitter account of Jimmy Fallon and the Tonight Show, here’s the concession speech we all deserve! Enjoy!
Commentary ● Bruce Maples ● December 12, 2020
Texas filed a lawsuit designed to install Trump as president. The attorneys general and representatives from other Republican states joined in. But our KY Repubs? They passed.
News ● Bruce Maples ● December 12, 2020
The Supreme Court shut down the Texas lawsuit that asked them to throw out election results, refusing to even hear the case, and saying Texas did not have standing to sue.
Media ● The State of Kentucky ● December 11, 2020
Do you feel like we are swimming in conspiracy theories, on both sides of the aisle? Why are they happening? Join Dr. Jan Hillard as we discuss his insights on conspiracy theories, the election, and our society.
★ 🔥 McConnell torpedoes emerging bipartisan deal for pandemic relief, leaving Congress where it’s been for months: stuck
News ● Kentucky Health News ● December 11, 2020
A bipartisan $900 billion COVID-19 aid package all but collapsed Thursday after McConnell said Republican senators won’t support aid to state and local governments.
Media ● My Old Kentucky Podcast ● December 11, 2020
This week Jazmin and Robert interviewed Colmon Elridge, the new chair of the Kentucky Democratic Party. Before the interview, they discussed issues around the Breonna Taylor case and COVID-19, as well as the very messed-up error in the Bar Exam scoring this year.
12/10 update — Despite most new cases yet, and fuller hospitals, Beshear says pandemic trend remains better as he completes a year in office
News ● Kentucky Health News ● December 11, 2020
On the first anniversary of his governorship, which has largely been consumed by the pandemic, Gov. Andy Beshear was reflective, combative, and informative.
Commentary ● Daily Kos ● December 10, 2020
The U.S. president is trying to steal the election, and, crucially, his party either tacitly approves or is pretending not to see it. This is a particularly dangerous combination, and makes it much more than just typical Trumpian bluster or norm shattering.
Commentary ● Berry Craig ● December 10, 2020
Bosses vote for anti-union politicians based on their economic self-interest. If more union members don’t vote on their livelihoods, the time will come when the union will be gone, and it will be low wages for everybody.
News ● The Conversation ● December 10, 2020
Congress may be close to a deal on another coronavirus bailout, but Republican demands for liability protections for businesses remain a major obstacle. My research suggests that fears of excessive litigation are unwarranted.
News ● Kentucky News Connection ● December 10, 2020
Kentuckians without health insurance have until Dec. 15 to select a plan during open enrollment. Advocates urge consumers to be wary of short-term limited duration plans, which tend to be cheaper and typically last for three- to six-month intervals.
News ● Forward Kentucky ● December 10, 2020
The Republican leaders in the state Senate laid out their priorities for KYGA21, and chief among them is limiting Governor Beshear’s executive powers. Senate Dems and the governor’s spokesperson responded.
News ● Bruce Maples ● December 10, 2020
Gov. Andy Beshear took heart Wednesday that the positivity rate had dropped for the sixth straight day – even though it was 9.23%. And there was other good news.
News ● Kentucky Today ● December 10, 2020
Despite the numerous issues caused by COVID-19 this year, which brought many plans to a screeching halt, Gov. Andy Beshear says his priorities remain the same as when he first took office on Dec. 10, 2019.
Commentary ● Marshall Ward ● December 9, 2020
Our American Body Politic has spent the past four years infected by a Trump virus — authoritarian populism — at least as powerful as COVID-19. Yet Trump’s infection of our Republic has an unintended benefit. He shone a light on the chronic pre-existing condition in our American Body Politic. How do we heal ourselves?
News ● Bruce Maples ● December 9, 2020
We all know the standard red/blue electoral map. Unfortunately, it is based on land area in a state, rather than that state’s actual electoral votes. Here’s a better map from Le Monde.
Commentary ● Forward Kentucky ● December 9, 2020
Rep. Katie Porter, she of the marker board and the truth-finding questions, recently posted a Twitter thread calling out our own Mitch McConnell for his refusal to pass a relief package during the pandemic. We thought it was worth sharing.
Commentary ● Daily Kos ● December 9, 2020
Trump supporters contend that he has been vilified more than any other president, using a “We remember” meme to make their case. It’s time to answer their meme with some memories from us on the left.
Commentary ● Bruce Maples ● December 9, 2020
The level of crazy in the post-election world is becoming more and more worrisome. Election officials all over the country have received death threats. And through it all, our president continues to rile up his followers, and to cower elected Republicans into silence.
12/8 update — New cases keep slacking, but ICUs in three hospital regions are in ‘a very precarious situation,’ Beshear says
News ● Kentucky Health News ● December 9, 2020
As new cases of the novel coronavirus kept declining, Gov. Andy Beshear assured Kentucky hospitals not among the 11 slated for the first round of vaccines that they would get some in the second week of distribution.
News ● Kentucky Today ● December 8, 2020
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Louisville) announced on Tuesday that he has named Terry Carmack as the next chief of staff of his personal office in Washington, D.C., effective next month.
News ● Newswise ● December 8, 2020
Presidential election turnout among young people ages 18-29 reached 52-55%, significantly higher than the 45-48% turnout of 2016 – and in fact, may have helped make Biden competitive in a number of swing states.
News ● Forward Kentucky ● December 8, 2020
Every year, the Human Rights Campaign releases their Municipal Equality Index. It is a survey of municipalities that scores each one on various criteria. Eight cities in Kentucky were scored this year. How did they (we) do?
News ● Ohio Valley Resource ● December 8, 2020
The Sentencing Project data shows Kentucky still has nearly 200,000 disenfranchised people, even after Beshear’s executive order: almost 6% of adults are ineligible to vote.
Commentary ● Bruce Maples ● December 8, 2020
Publisher’s Blog ● Bruce Maples ● December 8, 2020
I’ve been worried lately about our readership numbers, which have fallen off a cliff since the election. The paywall? The holidays? Here’s how I figured out it wasn’t just us.
News ● Kentucky Today ● December 8, 2020
A wreath-laying ceremony outside the state Capitol on Monday honored the 200,000 Kentuckians who have tested positive for COVID-19, and especially the more than 2,000 who have died.
News ● Kentucky Health News ● December 8, 2020
After announcing that last week set a record for coronavirus cases and COVID-19 deaths in Kentucky, Gov. Andy Beshear offered a bit of cautious hope that the rate of growth could be leveling off.
News ● Forward Kentucky ● December 7, 2020
Multiple sources have told Forward Kentucky that when the staff of the Kentucky Democratic Party joined a union, the State Central Executive Committee was not involved at all during the process. The SCEC did not learn of the decision until after it had happened.
Media ● Guest Author ● December 7, 2020
Another solid video from Beau of the Fifth Column, on two ideas that would dramatically alter our democracy for the better.
News ● KY Forward ● December 7, 2020
The current wave of conspiracy theories about the presidential election reveal a deeper problem: the significant polarization in our country. How can we address this?
News ● WFPL ● December 7, 2020
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has filed a defense of his decision to close all K-12 schools in the state to slow the spread of the coronavirus with the nation’s highest court.
12/6 update — Data suggest latest surge is slowing; half of state’s 200,000 total cases came in last month and a half
News ● Kentucky Health News ● December 7, 2020
Nine months to the day after Kentucky found its first case of the novel coronavirus, its total number of cases surpassed 200,000. That was the thrust of Gov. Beshear’s daily press release. What it didn’t say is that the last 100,000 cases were found in the past month and a half.
Beshear needs a new approach to get Kentuckians to heed warnings and follow rules to prevent spread of the virus
Commentary ● Al Cross ● December 6, 2020
It’s rare for a high-ranking official to seek advice publicly, but that’s exactly what Gov. Andy Beshear did Wednesday at his daily coronavirus briefing. So, here is some advice for the governor.
News ● Kentucky Health News ● December 6, 2020
Kentucky has had more new cases of the novel coronavirus this week than any other, Gov. Andy Beshear announced Saturday.
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