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  • 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)
  • Voucher bill would take millions in resources from our public schools – Once again, there’s a voucher bill up for consideration in the legislature … and once again, over time it will blow a gigantic hole in our public school budgets. (Policy)
  • 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 It’s been replaced by a bust of labor leader César Chávez.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)

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Waiting for the New Normal … or for Godot?

Commentary  ●  Guest Author  ●  January 30, 2021

Do we really want to get back to normal? The actual normal we had? Or, are we waiting for some “new” normal, without taking action to make it happen?

Damage is visible in the early morning hours of Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, after protesters stormed the Capitol in Washington, on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Desecration in Washington and Frankfort

Commentary  ●  Guest Author  ●  January 29, 2021

Our Kentucky politics, just like our national, has now distilled itself down to just two kinds of people and two political parties that attract them. One is selfish, the other is compassionate. Which side are you on?

1/28 update — 69 more COVID deaths, a record; other metrics down; four regional vaccine sites to open

News  ●  Kentucky Health News  ●  January 29, 2021

Thursday saw the most deaths reported in one day, but also saw other metrics trending downward. The bulk of the press conference, though, was taken up with news about vaccines, including new sites.

Jim Higdon on marijuana legalization, plus Cameron’s task force and Kentucky’s UI system

Media  ●  My Old Kentucky Podcast  ●  January 29, 2021

An interview with Jim Higdon to talk about marijuana legalization in Kentucky, and all the different branching paths it might take. Also, Daniel Cameron’s search warrant task force, censuring McConnell, and an update on KY’s UI system.

★  🔥 Voucher bill would take millions in resources from our public schools

Policy  ●  KY Policy  ●  January 28, 2021

Once again, there’s a voucher bill up for consideration in the legislature … and once again, over time it will blow a gigantic hole in our public school budgets.

★  🔥 Honoring Hazel Demery

News  ●  Berry Craig  ●  January 28, 2021

“If Wendell Ford is the patriarch of the Democratic Party in Kentucky, Hazel Demery is the matriarch.”

Felon voting rights — better, but not enough. Constitutional amendment needed.

Press Release  ●  Forward Kentucky  ●  January 28, 2021

The League of Women Voters of KY has released their annual report on the loss of voting rights for felons in Kentucky, and while it shows improvement from previous years, Kentucky is still an outlier state on this issue.

We can’t move on until we face this

Publisher’s Blog  ●  Bruce Maples  ●  January 28, 2021

I get it – we all want to move on, we all want a return to normal, we all want to breathe in the air of hope. But, even while we do those things, we must take on three tasks left over from the Trump era, and even before.

1/27 update — Numbers trending down, but Beshear says risk remains high, especially with new variant in Ky.

News  ●  Kentucky Health News  ●  January 28, 2021

New case numbers – down. Positivity rate – down. BUT, still a dangerous time requiring vigilance, because the more-contagious COVID variant is now in Kentucky.

News  ●  Kentucky News Connection  ●  January 28, 2021

A bill in KYGA21 would give money to parents to send their children to private schools. Critics argue it would drain $25 million from the state budget in its first year alone, and more each year after.

Impeachment committee meets in private, reaches no final decision

News  ●  Forward Kentucky  ●  January 27, 2021

The House impeachment committee met today to consider the impeachment petition against Governor Andy Beshear, and adjourned without a final disposition of the petition.

Death threats and intimidation of public officials signal Trump’s autocratic legacy

Backgrounders  ●  The Conversation  ●  January 27, 2021

Trump is out of office, but his legacy remains: a deteriorating democracy and a rise in political violence, led by right-wing groups and especially affecting the Republican party. Why did this happen, and what is next?

★🔥 Accountability and unity

Commentary  ●  Marshall Ward  ●  January 27, 2021

The country deserves healing and unity following the Trump presidency, but that won’t come from ignoring the destruction of norms and laws. Accountability — a public reckoning for Trump and for those who enabled his abuses — is the way forward.

Dear commenters – Sign your stuff. I do.

Commentary  ●  Berry Craig  ●  January 27, 2021

I’m glad to have comments on my work, both pro and con. Comes with the territory. But, if you’re going to comment, sign your name. Don’t hide behind your keyboard.

KY House impeachment committee meets this afternoon

News  ●  Forward Kentucky  ●  January 27, 2021

The KY House impeachment committee meets this afternoon. Here’s a rundown on where things stand.

Dropping the ball

Cartoon  ●  Aaron Smith  ●  January 27, 2021

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has had a rough twelve months, with some accusing him of dropping a number of balls along the way. Aaron Smith wonders, is Fischer’s latest action another dropped ball?

1/26 update — More vaccine coming; U.K. variant found in Ky

News  ●  Kentucky Health News  ●  January 27, 2021

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.

KYGA21 Calendar for Wednesday, 1/21

News  ●  Forward Kentucky  ●  January 26, 2021

The consolidated calendar for KYGA21 for Wednesday, January 27.

Incitement to violence is rarely explicit – here are some techniques people use to breed hate

News  ●  The Conversation  ●  January 26, 2021

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.

★  McConnell caves, Dems now actually running the Senate

News  ●  Bruce Maples  ●  January 26, 2021

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.

Roberts will not preside over impeachment trial

News  ●  Guest Author  ●  January 26, 2021

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.

1/25 update — Beshear says Ky. will be fastest state at vaccinating teachers and staff – but many are refusing shots

News  ●  Kentucky Health News  ●  January 25, 2021

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.

Biden boots Jackson bust for Chavez likeness

Commentary  ●  Berry Craig  ●  January 25, 2021

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.

The great storm is over!

Commentary  ●  Del Ramey  ●  January 25, 2021

From an old song: “Alleluia, the great storm is over!” We’ve lived through many great storms as a nation. Is this storm over?

★  🔥 Recusal motion filed against Rep. Jason Nemes

News  ●  Forward Kentucky  ●  January 25, 2021

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.

1/24 update — 35 more COVID deaths make January deadliest month of the pandemic in Ky; positivity rate keeps falling

News  ●  Kentucky Health News  ●  January 25, 2021

The pandemic in Kentucky remained on a slight downward trend Sunday, with declines in numerous metrics. However, the trend in deaths from COVID-19 continued to rise, making January the deadliest month of the pandemic in the state.

Caricature of Joe Biden by DonkeyHotey 🔥 Give Joe a chance

Commentary  ●  Berry Craig  ●  January 25, 2021

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.

General Assembly should strengthen recovery by approving much-needed relief

Policy  ●  KY Policy  ●  January 25, 2021

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.

Mitch McConnell is forcing Democrats’ hand on filibuster

News  ●  Daily Kos  ●  January 24, 2021

Mitch McConnell sees the handwriting on the wall regarding the filibuster and so he is using the filibuster leverage he has now to prevent its repeal.

1/23 update — Death rates in Ky accelerating, and new cases average goes up, too, after 10 days of decline

News  ●  Kentucky Health News  ●  January 24, 2021

For several days, pandemic trends have generally declined, except deaths, which are the longest-lagging indicator. But Saturday, the state reported 3,795 new cases of the coronavirus, raising the seven-day rolling average for the first time in 10 days.

Photo by Joshua Michaels on Unsplash


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