The Forward Five – Monday, 2/15/21

Five Things to Know Today

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— Publisher’s Note —

Good morning! As you can imagine, there were many responses to the Senate’s failure to convict Donald Trump of his obvious guilt. I’ve included mine below, and there are further commentaries in the Content section.

Honestly, I could have filled up the site with reactions and stories from the impeachment trial. But when it was over, it ended the way we all suspected it would, with most Republicans standing with Trump instead of their oath to the Constitution or to democracy itself.

It is hard to put into words how great is my disgust with those 43 Republicans, or my concern about what it means for the future of our country. (My editorial: “No words strong enough”) I would love to think that their voters would rise up and throw them out, but based on the reactions of many right-wing voters to the Republicans who actually chose country over party, I have no hope of that.

So, now is the time to work on getting the Biden appointees and the Biden agenda in place. President Biden has about 15 months to show the nation that Democratic policies can make a difference in the lives of everyday voters. Let’s hope he and the Dems in Congress focus on that … and throw out the filibuster if they have to, to get it done.

Meanwhile, we still have a General Assembly to pay attention to. We’ve got more stories planned on good bills and bad bills, and some updates on actions we can take. If you want to make a difference, be sure you are signed up for Action Alerts (use the “update your profile” link at the bottom).

Democracy lost in Washington over the weekend; let’s see if we can push for better things in Frankfort.

Bruce Maples, publisher
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Today’s Five Things to Know

ForwardKY contributors win six awards

Every year, the Kentucky Press Association holds a contest to grant various awards: best editorial writer, best breaking news photo, and so on. And in this year’s contest, contributors to Forward Kentucky won six of those awards. (Forward Kentucky)

2/14 update — New cases are down for the fifth week in a row; positivity rate falls to ninth in the nation

Cases of the novel coronavirus in Kentucky have declined for the fifth week in a row, Gov. Andy Beshear announced Sunday. And, the positivity rate dropped enough to move Kentucky from third in the nation to ninth. (Forward Kentucky)

Repubs block ALL Dem bills in KYGA House

A reader pulled all the bills currently filed in the House in this year’s General Assembly, then looked up all the primary sponsors and their parties. And guess what? NOT ONE Dem bill has even been assigned to a committee. (Forward Kentucky)

Large coalition of groups, including Chambers, urge need to prioritize infrastructure in legislature

Increasing funding to improve Kentucky’s infrastructure has been the top priority of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Kentucky League of Cities, Kentucky Association of Counties, and many other organizations in a huge coalition for years now. They are frustrated with their lack of progress. They are specifically suggesting a 10-cent increase in the gas tax. (NKY Tribune)

Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul (from official photos)

No words strong enough

No matter what else happens in the future, their names will forever be stained by their vote today. (Forward Kentucky)

Recent Content on Forward Kentucky

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[New] ‘That logic all pretzels out’: Saturday Night Live parodies McConnell over Trump impeachment – “Saturday Night Live” lampooned Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in its impeachment-themed cold open for his comments after voting to acquit former President Donald Trump. (Brief)

[New] Kentucky’s senate president seeks to change U.S. Senate vacancy rules – Current law says that if one of our DC senators leaves office, the governor can appoint anyone to that office. A new bill would require the governor to appoint someone from the same party as the departing senator. (Brief)

[New] Morgan McGarvey’s Legislative Update – If you don’t subscribe to the updates from your leges, you should. They’re informative and important. And in the case of Morgan McGarvey, they’re fun to read as well. Enjoy! (Feature)

[New] Mitch McConnell – sycophant or cynic? Both, and more. – McConnell is more than a grifter, more than a cynic, and more than a Tump sycophant. Worse — he’s a destroyer of the Senate and an enabler of a would-be dictator. That is the space McConnell will occupy in history books. (Commentary)

[New] The GOP and the Trump toilet – When 43 GOP senators decided to acquit Donald Trump, what had they actually decided? Steve Greenberg has the answer. (Cartoon)

[New] 🔥 If no conviction, use censure to invoke the 14th Amendment – If a conviction of a seditious president does not happen, House and Senate Democrats may push for a censure resolution to bar former President Donald Trump from holding future office(s) over his role in the U.S. Capitol riot. (Commentary)

[New] 🔥 Russian helmets, MAGA mobs, and Lincoln’s fears – Trump’s pal Putin may still dream of helmeted Russian soldiers seizing our Capitol. But the czar wannabe is probably content to let MAGA mobs do his bidding. (Commentary)

🔥 Sen. Rand Paul equates deadly US Capitol insurrection with Louisville’s civil unrest – Sen. Rand Paul told Kentucky legislators Thursday the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump was comparable to violence in Louisville last summer. (Brief)

Lawmakers resurrect ‘conscience’ bill that would let doctors refuse to treat patients – A controversial proposal that would let medical workers and insurance companies refuse to perform or pay for health care services that violate their conscience is back before the Kentucky legislature. (Brief)

House passes open-records attack without understanding what it does – The Kentucky House passed an open records bill 92-1 thinking they were doing something good. Instead, they have created a giant loophole in our open records laws. (Analysis)

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