In case you haven't noticed, we've moved Forward Kentucky to a new site. We did this in order to lower our costs by integrating newsletters and the web site, thus making it possible to keep the work going.
If you haven't already, take a moment to read the START HERE article linked in the menu. It explains some things about subscribing to newsletters, becoming a paying member, and how to get more value out of the site.
So, why did I decide it was important to keep the work going? Basically, for the same reasons I started Forward Kentucky six years ago: in the midst of a state going more and more red, we need a consistent progressive voice – a voice that both lifts up progressive and liberal values, and calls out harmful policy and actions within Kentucky politics.
To keep this voice going and growing, there is a second goal: to make the work self-sustaining financially. That's why we are offering both a free newsletter subscription and a paid membership. We want to continue to grow our audience (thus the free subscription), but also get the financial foundation of a base of paid memberships. (You can read more about the membership levels here.)
And, to be honest, when I considered shutting down the site this spring, it was reaction of all of you who reached out to me about how important Forward Kentucky was to you that made me reconsider. In response to your support, my goal is to continue to deliver the value that you have come to expect from us, with the same standards: objective news, effective policy, and progressive commentary.
Over the next few weeks, I will be moving a number of our more popular or consequential posts from the old site to this one. Plus, we will be posting new content, and starting up the newsletters and other perks.
Getting on a more solid and sustainable footing is going to be a journey. I hope you will join me on that journey, either by subscribing to the free newsletters, or by becoming a paying member. (Now is a good time to join, as we will keep the membership price at its current level through Fancy Farm, so if you join now, your membership will never go up, even if we raise the rate in the future.)
I'm excited about the possibilities of this new site, and of more solid finances. Most of all, though, I'm excited about continuing to be the progressive voice for Kentucky politics. Join with me in growing the reach and the influence of progressives in Kentucky.
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