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Notes from Bruce

Hello! This is our second article summary sent to all our email subscribers. It’s got a list of all the stories post in the last few weeks. It’s also got general news and notes.

I’ve been gratified at the number of people who have reached out in hopes that Forward Kentucky will continue publishing. At this point, I intend to do that. We still have some people sending in submissions, and I’m doing some writing too. One thing that will affect continuing, though, is how the finances go. Since we took down the paywall and cancelled the membership, we are completely reliant on donations to cover the ongoing costs.

So, if you are one of those persons who are glad we are still in business, consider making a donation when you are able. You don’t get a tax break, but you do get the satisfaction of continuing to have a progressive voice for Kentucky politics.

Here’s the stories from the past few weeks. Hope you find something good that you missed, and can go back and read it now. Take care!

Bruce Maples


All Stories Since the Last Newsletter

The Republican family feud threatens our democracy

May 21, 2021 by Marshall Ward

As much as we might like to let the Republican party implode, their family feud endangers future elections and our democracy.


Look out, Metro Council – your building might fall down.

May 20, 2021 by Bruce Maples

Metro Council needs to be situation-aware tonight, as they vote on a “buffer zone” in front of the EMW Women’s Center. And if they see cracks in the walls or ceilings, they need to run outside … quick.

When it comes to Booker vs Paul, can nice guys finish first?

May 19, 2021 by Berry Craig

Can Charles Booker get enough people out to vote in the mid-terms to beat our proto-Trump senator, Rand “Fauci is a dictator” Paul?

What’s up with “internal investigations” taking forever?

May 18, 2021 by Bruce Maples

Can you think of a reason for an internal investigation to take months, or years? Nope, me neither. And yet in Kentucky that’s the norm. And that’s unacceptable.


How to be an effective local party … and not a failed one

May 17, 2021 by Bruce Maples

If you want to win in 2022 and beyond, you have to do the work in 2021. Here’s a list to get you started, so you can be an effective local party … and not a failed one.


KDP must be transparent with where it spends the new money

May 14, 2021 by Bruce Maples

Kudos to the KDP for getting some much-needed extra funding. Here in a state that is almost wall-to-wall red, that is good news. It will be even better news if the money is spent wisely, effectively, and transparently.

Kentucky Democratic Party and DNC announce historic agreement

May 14, 2021 by Guest Author

Today, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and state parties including the Kentucky Democratic Party announced a historic four-year agreement that will guarantee more investment into Democratic state parties and grassroots infrastructure than ever before.


This one weird trick will help Kentucky employers find workers

May 12, 2021 by KY Policy

Employers saying “I can’t find the workers I need” should add the phrase “at the wages I want to pay.”


They’re not scared of Trump. This is who they are … and the threat in 2024 is real.

May 10, 2021 by Berry Craig

Whether out of cowardice or conviction, nearly the entire GOP is keeping the home fires burning in anticipation of Trump turning Mar-a-Lago into what Gerson called “his St. Helena, not his Elba.”

Kanefield on the Republican Party: “Drifting toward Totalitarianism”

May 10, 2021 by Guest Author

Totalitarianism is when the individual is completely subsumed and thinks and believes only what he or she is told to believe. Teri Kanefield says that is where the Republican Party is headed. Read this important analysis.


Benjamin Franklin said it. But who was the woman who asked it, who has been erased from the story?

May 10, 2021 by Marshall Ward

We all know the anecdote quoting Benjamin Franklin about “a republic, if you can keep it.” But who was the important woman who actually asked Dr. Franklin the question that sparked his witty response?

Chocolates and flowers are nice, but better policies are what’s needed this Mother’s Day

May 7, 2021 by KY Policy

It’s time for Kentucky to honor the women of the state by actually doing things to make their lives better.


Can a progressive win in Kentucky?

May 7, 2021 by Berry Craig

Two western Kentucky activists weigh in on the chances of a progressive beating Rand Paul in 2022.


Webinar on Black and Jewish relationships scheduled for Thursday night, May 6

May 5, 2021 by Forward Kentucky

Three Jewish groups are partnering to present a webinar on Black and Jewish relationships from the 1960s and beyond, examining the relationships of the Black and Jewish activists in the Civil Rights movement.


Justice for Dee Garrett

May 5, 2021 by Del Ramey

While being arrested, protester Dee Garrett was punched repeatedly in the face by an LMPD officer. Del Ramey was at a church service held in support of Garrett, and took these photos.

In Kentucky, government IS the problem — the lack of it, that is

May 5, 2021 by Marshall Ward

Reagan famously said “Government is the problem.” In Kentucky, it actually IS the problem – not because it does too much, but because for decades it has not done enough.


Sanders accuses McConnell of hypocrisy and corruption in scathing KY speech

May 3, 2021 by Truthout

In a Kentucky speech on Sunday, Senator Bernie Sanders called out Mitch McConnell’s hypocrisy in complaining about help for working people, while working hard for his donors.


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