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Good morning! I added the Publisher’s Note section to the Forward Five a while back, and I’ve been gratified by the feedback I’ve received about it. As I’ve noted elsewhere, it is the only place I currently am able to write original content, as the rest of my time is taken up with all the other work involved in running Forward Kentucky.
Something I did not expect was the personal connection it has provided me with many of you. I continue to get feedback and comments about what I write, as well as about this newsletter itself. That feedback has been meaningful to me, as much of this work consists of writing something and shooting it into the ether, never really knowing if it connects with anyone else.
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Today’s Five Things to Know
1/26 update — More vaccine coming; U.K. variant found in Ky
The federal government will be increasing Kentucky’s supply of COVID-19 vaccines by 17 percent, Gov. Beshear announced Tuesday. He had asked the new Biden administration to allocate more doses to the state. Beshear also announced that cases of the United Kingdom variant, which is more contagious, had been found in Kentucky. (Forward Kentucky)
KY House impeachment committee meets this afternoon
The House committee hearing the impeachment petition against Governor Beshear meets this afternoon at 3 PM. Both sides have filed briefs in the case, with the governor’s brief saying the petition is based on “no facts and little law.” The petitioners’ brief says the governor has put them in harm’s way by attacking them personally, and that he has overstepped his authority in dealing with the pandemic. (WHAS has obtained both filings.)
The committee could decide to throw out the impeachment petition, or to hold hearings, or to advance it to the floor of the House.
Also, the committee is expected to lay out a timeline for dealing with the separate impeachment petition filed against Rep. Robert Goforth. What the committee will not be doing is dealing with the impeachment petition against Attorney General Daniel Cameron. Even though that petition was filed some days ago, House rules say it must be sent to the impeachment committee by another House committee, which can’t happen until the House meets again next week.
And finally, the petition to have Nemes removed as chair has been filed, but hasn’t been dealt with by any committee, as far as we know. It is still waiting disposition.
Rand Paul forces vote on impeachment; McConnell votes with Paul and against impeachment
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell joined Sen. Rand Paul in a Tuesday vote challenging the constitutionality of former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. Paul forced the vote, but his motion was struck down.
However, McConnell and most other Republican senators sided with Paul on the vote, signaling they see the trial as unconstitutional and casting doubt on the likelihood there will be enough votes to convict Trump. Five Republicans voted with the Democrats to move ahead with the trial. (Courier-Journal)
Lawmakers push through bill to protect businesses from COVID-19 lawsuits
Some opponents fear a bill moving through the Kentucky legislature would provide immunity for businesses that fail to protect employees from COVID-19. The House recently passed House Bill 10, which would essentially ramp up protections for businesses against civil claims from someone saying they caught COVID-19 at said establishment, provided the business owner acts as an “ordinary, reasonable, and prudent person would act under similar circumstances.” (Lane Report)
Incitement to violence is rarely explicit – here are some techniques people use to breed hate
Scholars who study speeches and propaganda that precede acts of violence find direct commands to violence are rare. Other elements are more common. Here are some of the red flags. (Forward Kentucky)
Recent Content on Forward Kentucky
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🔥 McConnell caves, Dems now actually running the Senate – As Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer was talking about how to get Mitch McConnell to yield on organizing the Senate, McConnell suddenly gave in. Here’s more on what it means. (News)
Roberts will not preside over impeachment trial – When the Senate’s impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump begins next month, one familiar face from Trump’s first impeachment won’t be there. (News)
1/25 update — Beshear says Ky. will be fastest state at vaccinating teachers and staff – but many are refusing shots – In an effort to return children to in-person schooling, Kentucky will likely be the fastest state to widely vaccinate its school personnel for COVID-19, Gov. Andy Beshear said Monday. (News)
🔥 Recusal motion filed against Rep. Jason Nemes – A motion has been filed requesting the immediate recusal of Rep. Jason Nemes from chairing, or even being a member of, the House impeachment committee. (News)
Biden boots Jackson bust for Chavez likeness – The bust of Andrew Jackson is gone. It’s been replaced by a bust of labor leader César Chávez. The symbolism is being matched by actions, too, by a new friend of labor in the White House. (Commentary)
The great storm is over! – From an old song: “Alleluia, the great storm is over!” We’ve lived through many great storms as a nation. Is this storm over? (Commentary)
🔥 Impeachment petition filed against AG Cameron – A group of former Breonna Taylor grand jurors have filed an impeachment petition with the Kentucky House of Representatives targeting Attorney General Daniel Cameron. (News)
🔥 Give Joe a chance – The All-or-Nothing Caucus on the left has two mantras. Its first mantra is: Moderates will sell you out. Its second: Half a loaf is much worse than no loaf at all. We say, let’s give Joe a chance. (Commentary)
General Assembly should strengthen recovery by approving much-needed relief – The legislature faces a choice: deploy extra resources to build a bridge to the other side of this crisis, or pursue austerity and leave us facing a slower and more treacherous recovery. (Policy)
Fact Check: Debunking Senator Ted Cruz’s claims on rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement – Ted Cruz attacked President Biden for rejoining the Paris Climate Accord. Alice Hill, of the Council on Foreign Relations, helps Senator Cruz understand the facts. (Fact Check)
🔥 Don’t believe the pension poppycock … it’s a divide-and-conquer strategy. – Rep. Ed Massey has filed a bill to change the pension plan for teachers hired after 1/1/2022. While Massey has some soothing words — as do others — do not be deceived; this is definitely an inferior retirement, and the opening salvo in a game of divide and conquer. (Commentary)
COVID is real. I know. So stop playing politics with your — and my — health. – Get it straight – COVID is real. I know, because I’ve survived it. So stop playing politics with your own health – and with everyone else’s health too. (Commentary)
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