A nice word from a Republican legislator


Like any media operation, we get both kudos and complaints. Most of the kudos come from people on “our” side of the partisan divide: liberals, progressives, and Democrats. (Not all the same thing, but that’s a story for another day.) Most of the complaints come from those folks as well, since they make up the bulk of our audience.

Occasionally, though, we hear from someone who doesn’t necessarily fall into the lefthand side of the audience. When it’s an elected official, it’s even more noteworthy. And this particular comment struck a chord with me, which is why I’m sharing it.

I posted recently about the Republicans who have blocked our site on Twitter. The list was smaller than I thought it would be: Damon Thayer, Phil Moffett, and Kevin Bratcher.

After publishing the post, we got these tweets from Rep. Bratcher:

You can see why these made me smile. The first is good to receive from anyone, of course. But the second, from a lege whose party you often call out, is noteworthy.

We try to be fair, especially in our news reporting. Most people tell us it’s not possible to be objective in the news space and an advocate in the policy and commentary space, but we think it is. So, to have that particular word used in a message to us was a little bit of validation of our approach.

We’ve started following Rep. Bratcher on Twitter, along with all the other leges who have Twitter accounts and haven’t blocked us. And we sent a reply tweet, thanking Rep. Bratcher for unblocking us.


Bruce Maples
Bruce Maples has been involved in politics and activism since 2004, when he became active in the Kerry Kentucky movement. He has been President, Vice-President, and Treasurer of the Metro Democratic Club, and has served on the Democratic Party Executive Committee in Louisville. He began blogging in 2004, and currently operates two personal blogs (BruceMaples.com and brucewriter.com). He founded Forward Kentucky in the wake of the state elections in 2015, and expanded it in the summer of 2016. He has lived in Louisville since 1992 with his wife and two sons.