The Forward Five – Wednesday, 2/17/21

Five Things to Know Today

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— Publisher’s Note —


Good morning! I want to call out a few things in today’s newsletter, with some explanation.

Seeing “via” in a link – As you may remember, we have an agreement with certain news outlets to post part of a story from their site on our site, with a link back to the original. These are categorized as News Briefs, or just Briefs. I thought it might seem disingenuous to link to the story on our site, only for you to get there are realize that the full story was at yet another site.

So, to indicate that something is a Brief, I’m using “via” in the link. You can see it in the first story below. If all you want is the key point, you can read the Brief on our site and be done. If you want the whole story, you can click through to the source.

Note that some other sites (KY Health News, Kentucky Today) let us post the entire story with attribution, for which we are grateful.

Bill analysis – We’re far enough into this year’s General Assembly to see which bills are moving, and which bills are good, bad, or horrible. I’ve started the “bill list” stories to help you know which ones to pay attention to. Today’s list is 12 bad bills … or, as the title says, that need to be burned with fire and die. We’ll have some more stories on good bills that might actually pass, and good bills that are DOA but shouldn’t be.

KYGA21 is cancelled for the rest of the week due to the weather. So, our state news will slow down some, and you’ll see that on the site. But, we’ll still have plenty to cover and write about, so be sure to stop by every day. See you tomorrow!

Bruce Maples, publisher
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Today’s Five Things to Know


Donald Trump bashes Mitch McConnell after the Kentuckian blamed him for Capitol riot

Former President Donald Trump lambasted Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in a lengthy statement Tuesday afternoon. (Courier-Journal via Forward Kentucky)


2/16 update — State to get a 29% boost in vaccine supply next week; weekly shipments have increased 63% since vaccine rollouts began

Kentucky’s coronavirus vaccine supply will increase by 29 percent next week, and the amount being sent through the federal pharmacy program will double, Gov. Andy Beshear announced Tuesday. (Forward Kentucky)


Twelve crappy bills that need to be burned with fire and die

Here’s a short list of twelve bad bills in this year’s General Assembly. We could write an editorial about each one, but we’re just going to give you the list and a summary of what the bill does. (Forward Kentucky)


General Assembly cancels remainder of week

As Kentucky digs out from the latest winter storm and braces for yet another one on Wednesday and Thursday, leaders of the General Assembly have canceled all activities this week. (Forward Kentucky)


GOP voters are deeply dissatisfied — driving support for a third party in the US to all-time high

Americans’ support for the formation of a third political party has reached 62%, a 5-point uptick since last fall and an all-time high in Gallup’s polling. Likewise, just 33% of Americans think the nation’s two parties are adequately representing the interests of the public, according to the survey, which was conducted Jan. 21-Feb. 2 (before news surfaced that former GOP officials have been discussing just such an effort).

A big part of the uptick in support for another party is being driven by dissatisfaction within the Republican ranks, with 63% — the highest percentage of GOP voters since the issue has been polled — supporting a third party. (Alternet)


Recent Content on Forward Kentucky

[new] indicates item not in a Forward Five before
🔥indicates high # of reads, social media shares, or both


[New] What having no income tax gets a state during a pandemic – What happens to your state’s budget — and everything it pays for — when it depends on the ups and downs of sales? And how does that apply to Kentucky? (Commentary)

[New] The insurrectionist next door – What made these seemingly average American folks vulnerable to being sucked into the rabbit holes of radicalism and persuaded to assault our nation’s seat of government? (Commentary)

[New] The most important bill in Frankfort – There are hundreds of bills already filed in this year’s General Assembly. But Neal Turpin says that of all of these bills, THIS is the most important – and the one that would change our politics and state the most. (Policy)

2/15 update — Child-care workers can now get vaccinated for the coronavirus – After months of feeling frustrated that they were not placed on a par with school personnel, child-care workers have been placed in Phase 1B and can move to the front of the line for their vaccination. (News)

Pelosi announces 9/11-style commission to investigate 1/6 attack – As part of her President’s Day message to her House Democratic caucus, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the formation of a “9/11-style” independent commission to investigate the terrorist attack on the nation’s Capitol. (News)

This bill would slap back at SLAPPs – Rep. Kulkarni’s bill — which is co-sponsored by Rep. Nemes — would establish an Anti-SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation or SLAPP suit) law in Kentucky. (Commentary)

A response to Andy Barr’s recent comments – Rep. Andy Barr wrote an opinion piece at the end of January that ran in the Winchester Sun. This column is in response to Barr’s comments. (Commentary)

🔥 Trump’s acquittal is a sign of ‘constitutional rot’ – partisanship overriding principles – The Senate’s decision to acquit former President Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial may have been a victory for Trump, but it is a clear sign that democracy in the U.S. is in poor health. (Analysis)

🔥 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. (News)

🔥 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)


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