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All the content from Forward Kentucky for the week ending 3/6


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  • A gilded Trump statue — idol, spoof, symbol, or metaphor? – A golden statue of Donald Trump showed up at CPAC this week, and one had to wonder about what it meant. Was it an idol to worship, a spoof, an appropriate symbol, or a metaphor? One thing was clear – it got absolutely slammed on social media. (Commentary)
  • KY leads region in increase in women in legislature – There are more women serving in state legislatures than ever before. And which state has had the greatest increase over the past decade? Kentucky, that’s who. (Analysis)
  • Credit where due — Repubs in Frankfort pass some GOOD bills – With Repubs controlling pretty much everything in this year’s General Assembly, we give them much grief for some of the horrible bills they sponsor and pass. So, it’s only fair that when they actually pass some GOOD bills, we call those out as well. (Commentary)
  • Important bills are moving – here’s a list – As we head into the home stretch of this year’s General Assembly, the pace of legislation has picked up dramatically. Of all the bills getting hearings and votes, here are some of the more important ones and where they stand. (News)

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Not one Republican voted to help Americans in the midst of the COVID Pandemic. Not one.

Commentary  ●  Daily Kos  ●  March 7, 2021

Let’s scream from the rooftops — Not one Republican voted to help families in dire need. Not one Republican voted to help bring an end to this pandemic. Not one Republican voted to help open schools safely. Not one.

Insulting a police officer could become a crime in Kentucky

Briefs  ●  Courier Journal  ●  March 7, 2021

A Senate committee advanced a bill Thursday enhancing punishments for crimes related to rioting, including a provision making it a crime to insult or taunt a police officer to the point it could provoke a violent response.

Kentucky bill would ban execution for severely mentally ill

Briefs  ●  Herald-Leader  ●  March 5, 2021

Efforts to ban the application of the death penalty to some people with severe mental illnesses ran into resistance Thursday, but the bill mustered just enough votes to be sent to the Kentucky Senate.

★ Important bills are moving – here’s a list

News  ●  Bruce Maples  ●  March 5, 2021

As we head into the home stretch of this year’s General Assembly, the pace of legislation has picked up dramatically. Of all the bills getting hearings and votes, here are some of the more important ones and where they stand.

3/4 update — 157 new vaccination sites to open, bringing total to 567; one-year memorial set Saturday

News  ●  Kentucky Health News  ●  March 5, 2021

Also, a detailed update from Rocky Adkins about how the state is dealing with the weather impacts in eastern Kentucky, and what residents should do to help.

KYGA21 Update for Friday, 3/5

News  ●  Parker McGuffey  ●  March 5, 2021

Our daily KYGA21 update includes three sections: a list of actions on key legislation from yesterday, a list of actions on key legislation planned for today, and the published calendar for today.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi gaveling a motion

House Democrats just passed the most important democracy reforms since the 1965 Voting Rights Act

Commentary  ●  Daily Kos  ●  March 4, 2021

These reforms face a challenging path in the Senate, given Democrats’ narrow majority and the GOP filibuster. But, their adoption is critical for preserving American democracy amid unprecedented attack by Republican extremists both in and  outside Congress.

You can help Eastern Kentucky with your wallet

Action  ●  Forward Kentucky  ●  March 4, 2021

You can help the people in Eastern Kentucky by donating to one of these three relief funds, or by buying something on an Amazon wish list.

Inspector general said Elaine Chao misused position, referred case for prosecution

Briefs  ●  Courier Journal  ●  March 4, 2021

The U.S. Transportation Department’s inspector general’s office investigated Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao for potential violations of ethics rules — and ultimately referred the case for criminal prosecution in late 2020.

Keeping guns from those in crisis is as important as protecting the right to ownership

Commentary  ●  Guest Author  ●  March 4, 2021

Not everyone gets the chance to look death in the face and come out on the other side with an opportunity to make an impact and save lives. But on September 6, 2018, the opportunity found me when twelve bullets ripped through my body.

Capitol Police officials say intel on possible March 4 plot being taken ‘seriously’

Briefs  ●  Guest Author  ●  March 4, 2021

U.S. Capitol Police officials said they have “obtained intelligence that shows a possible plot to breach the Capitol by an identified militia group on Thursday, March 4” – the date that far-right conspiracy theorists believe former President Trump will return to power.

3/3 update — With supply of new J&J vaccine to be boosted by Merck deal, Beshear says state may need FEMA help to get doses in arms

News  ●  Kentucky Health News  ●  March 4, 2021

The concern before was not enough vaccine; the concern now is not enough vaccinators.

Franklin Circuit judge issues injunction blocking three new laws the legislature passed to limit the governor’s emergency powers

News  ●  Kentucky Health News  ●  March 4, 2021

“Tthe court believes those decisions should be made based on medical and scientific evidence, not on arbitrary deadlines imposed by statutes irrespective of the spread of the virus.”

KYGA21 Update for Thursday, 3/4

News  ●  Parker McGuffey  ●  March 4, 2021

Our daily KYGA21 update includes three sections: a list of actions on key legislation from yesterday, a list of actions on key legislation planned for today, and the published calendar for today.

★ Diverse coalition sends letter opposing gutting of open records law

News  ●  Forward Kentucky  ●  March 3, 2021

A diverse coalition of forty-nine groups and individuals have sent a letter to the KY Senate asking them to vote no on a bill that would make significant changes to Kentucky’s open records law, which the coalition believes would cause significant damage to the law.

‘Let the workers organize. Let all thoughtful citizens sustain them, for the future of Labor is the future of America.’

Commentary  ●  Berry Craig  ●  March 3, 2021

Richard Trumka’s words this week echo those of John L. Lewis, after both their presidents expressed support for labor unions and union membership.

Mitch McConnell throws shade after Donald Trump takes credit for his reelection

Briefs  ●  Courier Journal  ●  March 3, 2021

The Kentucky Republican had a sassy comeback to the former president’s remarks during his first speech since leaving office.

Ky. House votes to ban death penalty for severely mentally ill

Briefs  ●  WFPL  ●  March 3, 2021

The Kentucky House of Representatives passed a bill Monday banning the death penalty for people with some severe mental illnesses.

3/3 update — Beshear says low case and death numbers in nursing homes show vaccines work; calls Texas governor’s relaxations ‘reckless’

News  ●  Kentucky Health News  ●  March 3, 2021

As all the metrics used to measure the coronavirus continued to improve, Gov. Beshear took special note of one that hasn’t received much attention lately: single-digit case and death numbers in the state’s long-term care facilities, where vaccinations are almost complete.

KYGA21 Update for 3/3/21

News  ●  Parker McGuffey  ●  March 3, 2021

Our daily KYGA21 update includes three sections: a list of actions on key legislation from yesterday, a list of actions on key legislation planned for today, and the published calendar for today.

★  🔥 Credit where due — Repubs in Frankfort pass some GOOD bills

Commentary  ●  Bruce Maples  ●  March 2, 2021

With Repubs controlling pretty much everything in this year’s General Assembly, we give them much grief for some of the horrible bills they sponsor and pass. So, it’s only fair that when they actually pass some GOOD bills, we call those out as well.

Biden proves he’s got our backs

Commentary  ●  Berry Craig  ●  March 2, 2021

Going on 86 years ago, Franklin D. Roosevelt made the most pro-union statement ever uttered by an American president. Joe Biden just broke FDR’s record.

Senate committee advances bill to give Louisville civilian review board subpoena power

Briefs  ●  Courier Journal  ●  March 2, 2021

A Senate committee advanced a bill Monday to give subpoena power to Louisville’s new police civilian review board, a measure supporters say would give it the teeth needed to provide significant oversight of the city’s police department.

Republicans are trying to kill what’s left of the Voting Rights Act

Commentary  ●  Guest Author  ●  March 2, 2021

In two Supreme Court cases from Arizona that will be heard on March 2, Republicans are trying to kill what remains of the VRA. And Mitch McConnell approves.

3/1 update — Capacity limits increasing; Beshear says ‘the most optimistic report I’ve been able to give’

News  ●  Kentucky Health News  ●  March 2, 2021

Following seven weeks of declining cases and positivity rates, along with more vaccines, Gov. Beshear announced Monday that many businesses would be able to increase their capacity limits, starting Friday, from the current 50% to 60%.

KYGA21 Update for Tuesday, 3/2/21

News  ●  Parker McGuffey  ●  March 2, 2021

Our daily KYGA21 update includes three sections: a list of actions on key legislation from yesterday, a list of actions on key legislation planned for today, and the published calendar for today.

Can Biden and the Dems end the power of Repubs and white supremacists?

Commentary  ●  Berry Craig  ●  March 2, 2021

Ken Wolf, a history prof at Murray State, challenged me to write a column on how Biden and other Dems might “end the power of Republicans or White Supremacists.” Here’s my answer.

Journalists association opposes bill that damages open records laws

Press Release  ●  Guest Author  ●  March 1, 2021

The Bluegrass Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has officially come out in opposition to House Bill 312, a bill that significantly weakens or eliminates Kentucky’s open records laws.

 Let’s just say it — there is no bottom

Commentary  ●  Ivonne Rovira  ●  March 1, 2021

I’ve stopped listening to most pundits when they get on a diatribe about reclaiming the Republican Party. Like Charlie Brown with Lucy Van Pelt and the football, how many times are you going to be fooled?

Photo showing House Dems Women's Caucus announcing bills to improve health outcomes of new mothers and infancts.

KY leads region in increase in women in legislature

News  ●  Bruce Maples  ●  March 1, 2021

There are more women serving in state legislatures than ever before. And which state has had the greatest increase over the past decade? Kentucky, that’s who.

★ Guess what the minimum wage would be if it kept pace with inflation or productivity?

Policy  ●  Marshall Ward  ●  March 1, 2021

Lots of politicians like to talk about working for minimum wage and how it wasn’t so bad. So, how much were they actually working for, in TODAY’s dollars?

In Kentucky, kids as young as six can be brought before a judge. A new bill would change that.

News  ●  Kentucky News Connection  ●  March 1, 2021

Kentucky kids as young as five or six can legally end up in juvenile court, but new legislation would ban kids 12 and younger from being tried before a judge and prioritize community-based, age-appropriate solutions.

Kentucky House votes to weaken open records law and shield lawmakers from inquiries

Briefs  ●  Herald-Leader  ●  March 1, 2021

The Kentucky House voted Friday to weaken the state’s Open Records Act in several ways, such as letting state lawmakers shield themselves from inquiries and blocking information requests from outside Kentucky.

Election measure makes it through House with ease

News  ●  Kentucky Today  ●  March 1, 2021

A measure to make permanent many of the changes made because of the COVID-19 pandemic during the 2020 elections passed the House on Friday.

Bills for local control of tobacco haven’t even been assigned to committees, though advocates say they would pass on the floor

News  ●  Kentucky Health News  ●  March 1, 2021

With less than two weeks left in the 2021 legislative session, bills to let local governments regulate tobacco products are among the many that legislative leaders haven’t even assigned to a committee.

2/28 update — Beshear says new vaccine is ‘game changer,’ end of pandemic is in sight – but masks and distancing still needed

News  ●  Kentucky Health News  ●  March 1, 2021

Also, Beshear appeared on “Face the Nation,” and his major premise was his high priority for vaccinating teachers and other school personnel.

Child poverty in the U.S. could be slashed by an idea proposed by a prominent Republican decades ago

Policy  ●  The Conversation  ●  March 1, 2021

Which former president pitched a Family Assistance Plan to the American people that would have provided many families with children a monthly stipend? And how would it work today?

KYGA21 Update for Monday, 3/1

News  ●  Parker McGuffey  ●  February 28, 2021

Our daily KYGA21 update includes three sections: a list of actions on key legislation from yesterday, a list of actions on key legislation planned for today, and the published calendar for today.

★ A gilded Trump statue — idol, spoof, symbol, or metaphor?

Commentary  ●  Berry Craig  ●  February 28, 2021

A golden statue of Donald Trump showed up at CPAC this week, and one had to wonder about what it meant. Was it an idol to worship, a spoof, an appropriate symbol, or a metaphor? One thing was clear – it got absolutely slammed on social media.


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