The Weekly Wrap

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Publisher’s Note

Hello! I’ve decided not to include three types of content in the Weekly Wrap: the daily COVID updates, the daily KYGA calendar and update, and the News Briefs. I felt that they just cluttered up the story list, making it hard to find the content you might actually want to go back and read.With this change, I’ve also taken out the Callouts section, as I feel the list will be short enough that featuring certain stories isn’t needed. What I AM going to keep is this Note, so I can communicate with you if needed.

Hope you get value from this weekly update. AND, I hope you click through the links to read something you might have missed. Enjoy!

Bruce Maples

— Posts in Order —

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Quick legislative update from MOKP

News  ●  My Old Kentucky Podcast  ●  March 11, 2021

Robert Kahne and Jazmin Smith, hosts of My Old Kentucky Podcast, do a quick run-down of important bills in #KYGA21 and what is in them. Worth a read!

 🔥 Give ’em hell, Tim!

Commentary  ●  Berry Craig  ●  March 11, 2021

I’d been hoping some Democrat would cut loose on Republican union-busters for claiming the GOP is the “working class” party. Rep. Tim Ryan just came through.

American Rescue Plan Is a lifeline for Kentuckians

Commentary  ●  KY Policy  ●  March 11, 2021

One of the best things about this plan? it recognizes that the biggest risk is doing too little to get families and communities back on their feet, rather than too much.

No-knock warrant measure passes House committee

News  ●  Kentucky Today  ●  March 11, 2021

Senate legislation that would restrict the use of no-knock search and arrest warrants passed a House committee on Wednesday.

Various states’ COVID responses are all over the map

News  ●  Guest Author  ●  March 10, 2021

According to year-long measurements, Kentucky was more successful than its seven surrounding states in keeping its rate of COVID deaths lower while also holding down its unemployment rate increase.

★  🔥 One dramatic chart shows the difference between Biden’s rescue plan and Trump’s tax scam

Commentary  ●  Bruce Maples  ●  March 10, 2021

The chart shows the difference between Donald Trump’s “rescue plan,” which was really a giant tax scam for the wealthy, and the Biden American Rescue Plan, which actually helps everyday people.

Kentucky to receive $2.6 billion in latest stimulus program

News  ●  Kentucky Today  ●  March 10, 2021

“This is a transformational moment for our state,” Beshear said, “and how we use those funds can, I believe, end this recession sooner rather than later, and stimulate our economy in incredible ways.”

★ ‘Sounds an awful lot like Jim Crow’

Cartoon  ●  Jen Sorensen  ●  March 9, 2021

Voter suppression laws in Georgia evoke another time in the state’s (and the nation’s) history.

Gov. George Wallace stands in the door of the University of Alabama

Republicans are standing in a metaphorical schoolhouse door

Commentary  ●  Marshall Ward  ●  March 9, 2021

Today, the cry of the Republican party is “voter suppression now, voter suppression tomorrow, and voter suppression forever.” And across the country, they are standing in a metaphorical door to stop people from voting.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump puts on a miners hard hat during a rally in Charleston, W.Va., Thursday, May 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

🔥 GOP as the “working class party”?!? BWAH-HA-HA-HA!!

Commentary  ●  Berry Craig  ●  March 9, 2021

The GOP’s attempt to rebrand itself as a blue collar party is the latest sucker play in a 40-year-old con on working people.

Open records shenanigans, abortion amendments, and JCPS reopens

Media  ●  My Old Kentucky Podcast  ●  March 8, 2021

Jazmin and Robert discuss several of the bills making their way through KYGA21, including a bill allowing the AG to prosecute protestors, major changes to the open records law, changes to voting rights, and a constitutional amendment to end abortion in Kentucky.

With just six days left in KYGA21, many health-related bills near final passage; here’s a roundup

News  ●  Kentucky Health News  ●  March 8, 2021

With just six days left in the General Assembly’s short, odd-year session, many health-related bills remain on the table, and only a few have become law. Here’s a roundup of health-related legislation.

Fighting for equal justice in the General Assembly

News  ●  Jada Csonka  ●  March 8, 2021

The Kentucky Equal Justice Center has worked diligently for justice through advocacy in Kentucky’s legislature since 1976. The executive director, Richard Seckel, spoke about the bills they’re watching closely this session, both good and bad.

Photo by Matt Botsford on Unsplash

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