The Weekly Wrap for 3/27

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Publisher’s Note

Hello! Couple of quick notes:

  • Be sure to check out Aaron Smith’s cartoon on “Mitch’s Threats.” It’s one of his best ones yet, and worth sharing through your social media. Also, if you’re not familiar with HB 563, the school voucher bill, read Marshall Ward’s story on it.
  • Watch for a general newsletter later this week. It will have some important news about Forward Kentucky.

Hope your weekend is going well. Take care!Bruce Maples

— Posts in Order —

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HB 563 is the REAL steal we must stop.

Commentary  ●  Marshall Ward  ●  March 27, 2021

You’ve heard of the fake “Stop the Steal” campaign from a few months ago? Stopping HB 563 is the REAL Stop the Steal from our public schools.

★ Mitch’s threats

Cartoon  ●  Aaron Smith  ●  March 26, 2021

Our senior senator, Mitch McConnell, has been making dire, dire threats about what would happen if the Senate got rid of the filibuster. Unfortunately for Mitch, his threats are coming across differently than he probably assumes. Aaron Smith captures the difference.

Chuck Corra and Big John Isner of Appodlachia, plus Andy Beshear’s vetoes

Media  ●  My Old Kentucky Podcast  ●  March 26, 2021

This week – the hosts of Appodlachia on the role of Kentucky in the wider Appalachian context. And, Robert and Jazmin on Beshear’s vetoes, as well as the bills left unpassed by the legislature currently.

Making it easier to vote does not threaten election integrity

Policy  ●  The Conversation  ●  March 26, 2021

The success of last year’s election proves it: The often-claimed trade-off between election integrity and reasonable measures to make it easier for people to vote is, in fact, largely false.

★  🔥The real reasons for Kentucky’s GOP voter “reforms”

Commentary  ●  Berry Craig  ●  March 25, 2021

Some lberals are praising KY Repub lawmakers for making it easier to vote, instead of passing laws to suppress minority votes. The GOP will never admit it, of course – but they approved voting “reform” legislation because it helps THEM.

🔥Beshear vetoes 2 education bills; signs 5 others into law

News  ●  Kentucky Today  ●  March 25, 2021

Beshear vetoed HB 563, the so-called “school choice” bill, and HB 258, which makes new teachers work longer for less guaranteed benefits.

Stop Asian Hate

The anti-hate vigil on Sunday — a photo gallery

Media  ●  Del Ramey  ●  March 24, 2021

Hundreds of people attended a vigil on Sunday in Louisville, to stand AGAINST hate and to stand WITH the Asian-American community. Del Ramey attended the vigil, and shares this photo gallery.

★ Doc Rand Paul, meet Doc John Johnson of Paducah

Commentary  ●  Berry Craig  ●  March 24, 2021

Paul doesn’t “let facts get in the way of a good rant.” Neither did another right-wing Kentucky physician-turned-politician – state Sen. John Johnson, who helped lead the state’s Southern Rights party early in the Civil War.

Beshear signs ten bills in signing ceremony on Tuesday

Press Release  ●  Forward Kentucky  ●  March 24, 2021

On Tuesday, Gov. Andy Beshear signed 10 bills that prioritize the well-being and safety of all Kentuckians, with a special focus on protecting seniors and vulnerable children and families.

Beshear vetoes three more bills, including one attacking open records laws

News  ●  Forward Kentucky  ●  March 24, 2021

Governor Andy Beshear issued vetoes on three more bills on Tuesday, noting that each of the bills harmed Kentuckians instead of helping them.

Governor signs 13 health-related bills into law, including one that caps insulin co-payment at $30/month

News  ●  Kentucky Health News  ●  March 23, 2021

Gov. Andy Beshear signed 13 health bills into law Monday, highlighting one that caps insulin costs for about 30 percent of Kentuckians who need the life-preserving hormone.

3/23 update — Beshear blames high prison case numbers on testing, but death rate among state prisoners is third in U.S.

News  ●  Kentucky Health News  ●  March 23, 2021

Kentucky has the second-highest rate of cases in the U.S. among state prisoners … and the third-highest death rate from COVID-19, according to The Marshall Project.

Veto-proof budget includes health-departments pension reforms, but no money for health-related proposals made by governor

News  ●  Kentucky Health News  ●  March 22, 2021The budget does not include money for the many health-related items that were in Beshear’s proposal, but it does include money for one: pension reform for health departments and quasi-governmental agencies.

 Ky. Congressional delegation signs disaster declaration

News  ●  Kentucky Today  ●  March 22, 2021Gov. Andy Beshear has gotten the backing of Kentucky’s Congressional delegation in his effort to have President Joe Biden issue a major disaster declaration for the state, due to February’s snow and ice.

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