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June 2024

PSA – Pay attention to heat index this weekend to save your life and the lives of others

Don’t understand the heat index and why it’s important? Read on – your life could depend on it.

Published in Explainer on Jun 13, 2024

June 2024

U.S. Supreme Court rejects attempt to limit access to abortion pill

The court did not make a final ruling, though; they remanded the case because the plaintiffs did not have standing.

Published in News on Jun 13, 2024

June 2024

How’s Democracy doing in Kentucky?

Kimberly, Doug and Martina cover the breaking political news from Kentucky, and then interview Hadley Duvall, the heroic sexual abuse survivor who reclaimed her story and helped swing last year’s elections. Finally, we close out with a critical call to action to protect public education.

Published in Media on Jun 13, 2024

June 2024

Thoughts on Sam Alito’s DGAF Justicehood

An excellent column by Josh Marshall on the absolute necessity for resilience in these times.

Published in Commentary on Jun 13, 2024

June 2024

An FAQ about Trump’s felony convictions

If you’ve got questions about Trump’s latest trial and his 34 felony convictions, we’ve got answers! All courtesy of Indivisible San Francisco and their excellent Explainer.

Published in Explainer on Jun 13, 2024

June 2024

Let’s talk about those Southern Baptists

This week is the annual SBC conference. Let’s talk about what happened there.

Published in Media, Bruce’s Take on Jun 12, 2024

June 2024

The Daily Wrap for Wednesday, 6/12

The news summary for paying members of Forward Kentucky, plus other stuph.

Published in News on Jun 12, 2024

June 2024

Louisville mayor places LMPD chief on administrative leave for her handling of sexual harassment allegation

Some are saying that another TV station had a story ready for 6 PM news with more allegations.

Published in News on Jun 12, 2024

June 2024

Countdown to General Election ’24: Key updates from Campbell and Boone counties

Here’s a breakdown of the latest election news from these two counties.

Published in News, Election 2024 on Jun 12, 2024

June 2024

Kiana Fields and Aaron Currin interviews

This week Jazmin and Robert interviewed two candidates: Kiana Fields, who is running in Senate District 17, and Aaron Currin, who is running in House District 65.

Published in Media, Election 2024 on Jun 12, 2024

June 2024

A bizarre KREF report

Campaign finance reporting is a pain. We know it’s necessary, but it’s still a pain in the middle of a busy campaign. But doing it poorly – or REALLY poorly – can wind up being much more of a pain.

Published in Analysis, Election 2024 on Jun 12, 2024

June 2024

I got help. Now I give back. That’s how a healthy society should work.

If lawmakers slash the social safety net any further, millions of stories like mine won't be possible.

Published in Commentary on Jun 12, 2024

June 2024

Are you watching a right-wing TV station?

Check our list to find out.

Published in Analysis on Jun 12, 2024

June 2024

The Daily Wrap for Tuesday, 6/11

Lots of snippets, plus a statement from President Biden.

Published in News on Jun 11, 2024

June 2024

Just had to share this statement from President Biden

Issued after Hunter Biden convicted of three felonies related to purchase of a gun.

Published in Feature on Jun 11, 2024

June 2024

House Democrats step up to try to stop Project 2025 plans for a Trump White House

The more people learn about Project 2025, the more determined they are to stop it.

Published in News on Jun 11, 2024

June 2024

Grayson County teachers rally for wages in protest for higher pay

Other counties approved much bigger raises for their teachers.

Published in News on Jun 11, 2024

June 2024

Federal judge hears arguments in Title IX lawsuit in Lexington

Kentucky and other states are fighting the rule, since it protects trans students.

Published in News on Jun 11, 2024

June 2024

Kentucky congressmen react to Hunter Biden conviction

Comer, Massie, and Barr all weighed in.

Published in News on Jun 11, 2024

June 2024

KY to use $12M to boost internet access in underserved communities

The Beshear administration put together a “digital equity plan” that was approved by the federal government.

Published in News on Jun 11, 2024

June 2024

The Daily Wrap for Monday, 6/10

Some news, some tweets, some commentary – and a different Bruce’s Take video.

Published in News on Jun 10, 2024

June 2024

The Inexorable Crisis

There is a crisis coming to Kentucky. It is inexorable, and certain. You can ignore it, you can pretend it doesn't exist – or you can demand that our elected officials pay attention and prepare.

Published in Media, Bruce’s Take on Jun 10, 2024

June 2024

The Republican hubris in courting Black voters

After decades of doing all they can to suppress the Black vote, Repubs now claim Blacks should vote for them.

Published in Commentary on Jun 10, 2024

June 2024

Swim coach scandal reveals value of open records

UK wasn’t forthcoming about their swim coach and the allegations against him – so John Cheves of the Herald-Leader used our open records laws to get at the truth. Without those laws, it would all still be a secret.

Published in Commentary on Jun 10, 2024

June 2024

Heat waves are making restaurant kitchens unsafe. Workers are fighting back.

The combination of hot kitchens and heat outdoors are making it dangerous to work in a restaurant kitchen.

Published in Analysis on Jun 10, 2024

June 2024

Election workers worry that ‘threats’ task force isn’t enough to keep them safe

The task force has been in place since 2021, but some election workers and supervisors say it’s not doing enough.

Published in News, Election 2024 on Jun 10, 2024

June 2024

Supreme Court ruling may override part of Safer Kentucky Act

Laws to fine or jail the homeless may become moot, depending SCOTUS ruling.

Published in News on Jun 10, 2024

June 2024

Newest Biden campaign ad

Apparently, it really upset Donald Trump. Good.

Published in Media, Election 2024 on Jun 10, 2024

June 2024

January 6 and February 6

So here’s Yale historian Timothy Snyder’s warning to the Trump true believers: “You think this is going to be your strongman. But he’s not going to be your strongman. He’s going to be his own strongman.”

Published in Commentary on Jun 8, 2024

June 2024

The Daily Wrap for Friday, 6/7

TGIF! But even on a Friday, the news keeps coming.

Published in News on Jun 7, 2024

June 2024

Report exposes Christian Nationalist threats to democracy in the U.S.

Per the report, 2023 saw the “highest number of active anti-LGBTQ+ and white nationalist groups” ever recorded.

Published in Analysis on Jun 7, 2024

June 2024

Doing the right thing isn’t on Barr’s agenda – but he’s not alone

Andy Barr is saying and doing all he can to win Trump’s approval and possible endorsement. (And a VP slot?) And, he’s not alone.

Published in Commentary on Jun 7, 2024

June 2024

SCOKY: Kulkarni disqualified

Attorneys disagree on what’s next for the race for the seat.

Published in News on Jun 7, 2024

June 2024

Kentucky Republicans help Trump tear down the system

Trump has long been running on lies, and now Kentucky Republicans are facilitating those lies.

Published in Commentary on Jun 7, 2024

June 2024

Ohio gives $2 billion away to private schools. Do we want that for Kentucky?

That giant sucking sound you hear? That is charter schools and voucher programs across the country, draining money from your public schools.

Published in Commentary on Jun 7, 2024

June 2024

In honor of my father on this day

A remembrance of a 20-year-old on D-Day

Published in Feature on Jun 6, 2024

June 2024

The Two-Daily Wrap for Thursday, 6/6

Eighty years ago ...

Published in News on Jun 6, 2024

June 2024

New Federal rule tightens black lung regs, but KY laws make diagnosis harder

Kentucky’s rules limiting number of healthcare professionals able to diagnose black lung makes applying for compensation by miners increasingly difficult. Currently, the entire state has one pulmonologist legally qualified to assess for the disease.

Published in News on Jun 6, 2024

June 2024

U.S. Senate GOP prevents contraception access bill from moving ahead

Democrats in D.C. try to pass bill to protect access to birth control, but Repubs vote against it.

Published in News on Jun 6, 2024

June 2024

NKY governments wrestle with allowing medical MJ in their cities

With medical cannabis coming soon, cities have to decide how to deal with zoning and licensing issues. Here are four NKY cities that are doing just that.

Published in News on Jun 6, 2024

June 2024

Brandon Long interview, Scottie Scheffler’s case dismissed, and KY Repubs react to Trump

This week, Kentucky House candidate Brandon Long talked to us about his candidacy in Northern Kentucky, then Robert and Jazmin discuss Scottie Scheffler's case and talk about Kentucky Republicans' reaction to Donald Trump's conviction.

Published in Media on Jun 6, 2024

June 2024

3rd District constituents to deliver open letter to McGarvey

Letter urges immediate restoration of funding for UNRWA and to stop aid to Israel until it opens the Gaza borders to humanitarian aid.

Published in Press Release, Event on Jun 6, 2024

June 2024

What does KY’s GOP think about their CONVICTED FELON?

Aaron, Kimberly and Dr. Clardy review the Kentucky political establishment's responses to the historic jury decision last week, then talk with Blair Haydon, the executive director of Emerge Kentucky, an important group changing the electoral landscape of our commonwealth.⁠

Published in Media on Jun 6, 2024

June 2024

My old Sunday School teacher, and 80 years ago

Eighty years ago, thousands of young soldiers stepped onto the beaches of France. Berry Craig remembers one of them.

Published in Feature on Jun 5, 2024

June 2024

The whiny 77-year-old toddler

All his life, Trump has claimed that anything not going his way was “rigged.” Remind you of anything?

Published in Commentary on Jun 5, 2024

June 2024

Emerge Kentucky announces graduates of the class of 2024

Twenty-four graduates in 2024!

Published in Press Release, News on Jun 5, 2024

June 2024

Are you mad at Biden?

Here’s a memo to progressives who still say they won’t vote for the guy they slam as “Genocide Joe.”

Published in Commentary on Jun 5, 2024

June 2024

Same basic crime. Why such different reactions?

Well-known Dem Jerry Lundergan was found guilty of basically the same campaign finance crime as Donald Trump. So why is the reaction of the two parties so different?

Published in Commentary on Jun 5, 2024

June 2024

The Daily Wrap for Tuesday, 6/4

Reactions to Trump’s verdict, and to the responses by Repubs. Plus, a new Bruce’s Take.

Published in News on Jun 4, 2024

June 2024

Majority of voters approve of Trump’s guilty verdict

Contrary to what some pundits are saying, the majority of voters say the trial was fair and the verdict was deserved.

Published in Analysis on Jun 4, 2024

June 2024

Don’t panic!

Worried about the fall election? Ivonne Rovira says not to panic. Remember – Felonius Trump is in charge of his campaign. What couldn’t go wrong?

Published in Commentary on Jun 4, 2024

June 2024

Kentucky Republican officials denounce Trump conviction, with one big exception

Outgoing state Sen. Whitney Westerfield was one of the only GOP officials in Kentucky to not denounce Trump’s conviction, and instead criticize his colleagues for undermining faith in the justice system.

Published in News on Jun 4, 2024

June 2024

Swingers, loyalists, cowards, and cultists

Let’s talk about swingers, and loyalists, and cowards, and cultists, and what they’re all going to do this fall.

Published in Media, Bruce’s Take on Jun 3, 2024

June 2024

The Daily Wrap for Monday, 6/3

Pretty slow news day for Kentucky politics – so there’s time to read some good analysis work.

Published in News on Jun 3, 2024

June 2024

Multiplying trauma: Kentucky set to add more kids to its troubled juvenile jails

Against the advice of experts, Republicans increased penalties for juveniles. Sarah Ladd looks at the trauma that awaits our children in our troubled juvenile justice system.

Published in Analysis on Jun 3, 2024

June 2024

Multiple Trump witnesses have received significant financial benefits from his businesses and campaign

Witnesses in the various criminal cases against the former president have gotten pay raises, new jobs and more. If any benefits were intended to influence testimony, that could be a crime.

Published in Investigation on Jun 3, 2024

June 2024

Project 2025: Creating an American Dictatorship

Think “it can’t happen here”? Guess what – it’s already being planned.

Published in Commentary on Jun 2, 2024

June 2024

Guilty: Is Trumpism a movement or a cult?

It’s an important distinction, because you confront each differently.

Published in Commentary, Analysis on Jun 1, 2024

June 2024

No vaccinations? When vaccines annually prevent six million deaths?

So why is Typhoid Thomas Massie so opposed to them?

Published in Commentary, Analysis on Jun 1, 2024

May 2024

The Daily Wrap for Friday, 5/31

Lots of reaction to Trump’s 34 guilty verdicts – plus a few other topics of interest.

Published in News on May 31, 2024

May 2024

Republican insurgents gain (a little) traction

Al Cross takes a look at the gains by the “Liberty” candidates, and what those could mean for both the GOP and KY Dems.

Published in Analysis on May 31, 2024

May 2024

Guilty! The 34-count conviction

A summary of the verdict and the responses from both Trump and President Biden.

Published in News, Analysis on May 31, 2024

May 2024

Views on Trump’s verdict, from across the pond and at home

Two different locations, two different opinions.

Published in Commentary on May 31, 2024

May 2024

Pledging allegiance to their corrupt commander, KY Republicans quickly kneel to convicted felon

The Kentucky GOP falls in line, genuflecting as they go.

Published in Commentary on May 31, 2024

May 2024

A new name for Trump

A very shareable image from Nick Anderson

Published in Cartoon on May 31, 2024

May 2024

The Daily Wrap for Thursday, 5/30

Lots of news stories, analysis, commentary, and pod/video-casts today. Plus, a dead-on cartoon about the Supreme Court.

Published in News on May 30, 2024

May 2024

Kentucky joins Biden push to modernize electric grid

As part of the program, Kentucky will get technical and financial assistance to modernize its power grid.

Published in News on May 30, 2024

May 2024

Andy acts solo on racially-charged issues

Plus, an interview with Lexington’s own, Rep. Chad Aull.

Published in Media on May 30, 2024

May 2024

With recanvasses behind them, two primary winners look to November

Aaron Reed won Senate 7, and William Zorn won House 36. No changes were found in either election

Published in News, Election 2024 on May 30, 2024

May 2024

The Extreme Court

Steve Greenberg nails it ...

Published in Cartoon on May 30, 2024

May 2024

Sour on spoilers

There are currently three third-party candidates for president: Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Jill Stein, and Cornell West. All three candidates claim they are running to give voters a choice and a chance to voice their views. All three insist they are not “spoilers.” Let’s examine this.

Published in Commentary on May 30, 2024

May 2024

KDP chair blasts Repubs’ ‘appreciation’ of teachers

Republican ‘appreciation’ of Kentucky teachers is hollow praise

Published in Commentary on May 30, 2024

May 2024

“Roevember” Is Coming

Roe Rage slow-burns inside each of us. It’s a torch of anger that can only be snuffed by kicking abortion-banning Republicans out of office and replacing them with Democrats who believe American women have more to offer society than serving as baby incubators.

Published in Commentary on May 30, 2024

May 2024

Marshall receives two endorsements

Erin Marshall, running against Jamie Comer, has received two new endorsements.

Published in Press Release, News on May 29, 2024

May 2024

Who REALLY has power in Frankfort?

It's time to tell the truth about who REALLY has power in Frankfort -- and the three ways YOU can make a difference there.

Published in Media, Bruce’s Take on May 29, 2024

May 2024

Attorney general sides with GOP lawmakers on voiding some of Beshear’s line-item vetoes

AG’s office said bill wasn’t an appropriation bill, so line-item vetoes don’t apply – even though the bill title said “an appropriation therefor.”

Published in News on May 29, 2024

May 2024

Lexington candidate makes history with primary election result

Emma Curtis could be a history-maker in the fall, as well.

Published in News on May 29, 2024

May 2024

Across the US, Republicans and Democrats clash over right to contraception

Access to contraception is broadly popular, but Donald Trump and the GOP are fighting attempts to protect it.

Published in Analysis on May 29, 2024

May 2024

LMPD arrests Scottie Scheffler, Nima Kulkarni's ballot access saga, and more

This week Robert and Jazmin catch everybody up on a few news stories from the past two weeks, including LMPD arresting the #1 golfer in the world and the court case about Nima Kulkarni's ballot access.

Published in Media on May 29, 2024

May 2024

What’s next for Kentucky’s Liberty Republicans after strong showing in last week’s primary election?

Movement leaders want to grow support across the state

Published in Analysis on May 29, 2024

May 2024

Hiding the public’s business isn’t just a Kentucky problem

Apparently, officials at all levels try to keep what they are doing a secret.

Published in Commentary on May 28, 2024

May 2024

May 26, 2024 – Letters from an American

Heather Cox Richardson on remembering one certain man on Memorial Day.

Published in Commentary on May 26, 2024

May 2024

The Daily Wrap for Friday, 5/24

Lots of news today – and no Wrap on Monday as we reflect on Memorial Day.

Published in News on May 24, 2024

May 2024

On the mayor and LMPD losing their most valuable asset

It's time to talk about Mayor Greenberg, the Louisville police department, and the loss of their most valuable asset.

Published in Media, Bruce’s Take on May 24, 2024

May 2024

Colorado takes a new – and likely more effective – approach to the housing crisis

The housing crisis is real, everywhere in the country. One state has passed legislation to address it. Can Kentucky follow suit?

Published in Policy on May 24, 2024

May 2024

Plans advance for corporate-funded expansion of Kentucky Republican Party headquarters

Pfizer biggest donor to project that will more than double size of Mitch McConnell Building

Published in News on May 24, 2024

May 2024

Kentucky Secretary of State says primary turnout bolstered by early voting, despite calls by some for repeal

The number of early voters has increased every year since being introduced in 2020.

Published in News, Election 2024 on May 24, 2024

May 2024

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear declares Juneteenth a state holiday

Kentucky has joined more than half the country in declaring June 19 as Juneteenth National Freedom Day.

Published in News on May 24, 2024

May 2024

Endorsements show Trump influence continues to push Kentucky over the edge

As the Trump Party replaces the Republican Party, our state moves further and further to the right – and right over the edge. As noted in the article, Rosalyn Carter’s quote seems to apply more and more.

Published in Commentary on May 24, 2024

May 2024

New non-profit launches campaign against the ‘voucher amendment’

Multiple organizations are banding together to stop Amendment 2.

Published in News on May 24, 2024

May 2024

The Daily Wrap for Thursday, 5/23

Still some wrap-up from Tuesday’s primary, including late calls of winners and possible recounts. Plus, some breaking news in the tweets below, and a cool story about a possible billboard (or billboards!) in west Kentucky.

Published in News on May 23, 2024

May 2024

How a bill becomes law (the real story)

This is how it works, folks. If our system, such as it is, sounds absurd, it is because it is.

Published in Commentary, KYGA 2024 on May 23, 2024

May 2024

'Overly petty': Voters indifferent to Nima Kulkarni candidacy lawsuit

Kulkarni won her primary race easily. It remains to be seen what SCOKY rules in June.

Published in News, Election 2024 on May 23, 2024

May 2024

Trump signals he’s open to state limits on contraceptive access, then insists he’s not

“Things really do have a lot to do with the states. And some states are going to have different policies than others.”

Published in News on May 23, 2024

May 2024

Moser victory in House District 64 race not close enough to trigger a recount

Moser won by 2%. An automatic recount isn’t triggered until the margin is less than half a percent.

Published in News on May 23, 2024

May 2024

Primary election reactions & Matt Lehman interview

The primary election was Tuesday and Robert and Jazmin have all the takes you can handle. Plus, an interview with Democratic candidate for State House in Northern Kentucky, Matt Lehman.

Published in Media on May 23, 2024

May 2024

Unions busting out all over w/Dustin Reinstedler, KY AFL-CIO

This week’s episode brings you a breakdown of the just-wrapped primary. From Thomas Jefferson to Randy Cravens, we’ll let you know the big winners and the big losers. Then we get a labor update from new Kentucky AFL-CIO president, Dustin Reinstedler.

Published in Media on May 23, 2024

May 2024

Is Metro Govt hiding something?

Why is Louisville Metro government withholding some videos, and refusing to answer questions?

Published in Commentary on May 23, 2024

May 2024

The Mercedes-Benz UAW vote: ‘A slip and not a fall’

Even though the vote failed, union folks are not discouraged.

Published in Analysis on May 23, 2024

May 2024

Louisiana lawmakers vote to make abortion pills controlled substances

The legislation would make possession of the drugs without a prescription a crime in Louisiana, punishable with jail time.

Published in News on May 23, 2024

May 2024

Four Rivers Indivisible endorses Marshall – AND plans a billboard for her

Want to see Erin Marshall defeat Jamie Comer? Jump to the bottom of the story and hit the Donate button!

Published in Action, Election 2024 on May 23, 2024

May 2024

Fayette Alliance asks to be full intervenor in EKPC solar project

The request was filed due to concerns Fayette Alliance has with the project.

Published in Press Release on May 23, 2024

May 2024

Stories and notes from Tuesday’s primary

Less than 12 hours after the polls closed, here are some notable results and some first impressions.

Published in Analysis, Election 2024 on May 22, 2024

May 2024

All results from Tuesday’s primary

Here’s a list of all the results from Kentucky’s 2024 primary election that were reported on the Board of Elections site. These include federal, state legislative, and some judges and county attorneys.

Published in News, Election 2024 on May 22, 2024

May 2024

The Daily Wrap for Tuesday, 5/21 (Election Day!)

It’s the calm before the storm.

Published in News on May 21, 2024

May 2024

Power plant debate helps push lobby spending to new high for Kentucky legislature

Over $12 million was spent lobbying our legislators in the four months of the session.

Published in Analysis, KYGA 2024 on May 21, 2024

May 2024

Hotline logs one report of Election Day vote buying or selling.

And, more Kentuckians voted early.

Published in News, Election 2024 on May 21, 2024

May 2024

Massie introduces bill to abolish the Federal Reserve

A bill first introduced in 1999 is resurfacing in 2024.

Published in News on May 21, 2024

May 2024

Your Primary Scorecard for tonight!

“Can’t tell the players without a scorecard” was the line at the ballparks. As we come down to the final inning of this year’s primaries, Forward Kentucky is here with our own Primary Scorecard!

Published in Feature, Election 2024 on May 21, 2024

May 2024

The Daily Wrap for Monday, 5/20

A very light news day, with most of the focus on the arrest of the golfer at the PGA last week. Of note, though, is Heather Cox Richardson’s summary of President Biden’s commencement speech at Morehouse.

Published in News on May 20, 2024

May 2024

Crossing your Ts when running for office

A note to candidates: Running for office requires a detailed, professional approach. Be sure you're ready to do it that way.

Published in Media on May 20, 2024

May 2024

Voting basics for tomorrow’s primary election

Here’s the basics for tomorrow. Exercise your right to vote!l

Published in Feature, Election 2024 on May 20, 2024

May 2024

Transparency should be the rule in Kentucky pensioners’ long-running challenge to hedge funds

Davids v. Goliath in Franklin Circuit Court

Published in on May 20, 2024

May 2024

What has Kentucky done to deserve Thomas Massie?

Thomas Massie has long been seen as his “own man.” But now he seems to be paired up with the MAGA group, especially MTG. Why? And what have we done to deserve this?

Published in Commentary on May 20, 2024

May 2024

Union-busting, ‘Bama Benz-style

The UAW lost the organizing vote at the Mercedes plant in Alabama. Berry Craig digs into the union-busting by Mercedes management, and what’s next.

Published in Commentary on May 20, 2024

May 2024

President Biden’s commencement speech – to the graduates and to us

Excerpts from President Joe Biden’s commencement address at Morehouse College, where he addressed both the graduates and the nation.

Published in News on May 20, 2024

May 2024

Kulkarni eligible to receive votes – but challenge still to be heard

Louisville Dem Nima Kulkarni will continue to be on the ballot and can receive votes – but the challenge to her candidacy is not over.

Published in News, Election 2024 on May 20, 2024

May 2024

From our AG: It was the best of rulings, it was the worst of rulings

Attorney General Russell Coleman and his office made one ruling that was right down the fairway – and another that was a shank into the rough.

Published in Commentary on May 18, 2024

May 2024

The Daily Wrap for Friday, 5/17

Last Wrap for the week!

Published in News on May 17, 2024

May 2024

On political parties putting their thumbs on the scales

Should voters choose the person they want to represent their party in the general election? Or should the party?

Published in Media, Bruce’s Take on May 17, 2024

May 2024

Abortion ballot measures could lift Dems in U.S. House races, campaign chief says

Reproductive rights is definitely going to be an important issue in the fall.

Published in Analysis on May 17, 2024

May 2024

Even though disqualified, Kulkarni remains on ballot during appeal

The incumbent’s name will be on ballots in her district while her disqualification is being appealed.

Published in News on May 17, 2024

May 2024

Former U.S. Senator Doug Jones and former Governor Steve Beshear to address ‘Forward Together’ dinner as keynote speakers

KDP has announced the keynotes for their “Forward Together” statewide dinner on June 14.

Published in News, Press Release on May 17, 2024

May 2024

KY Youth Advocates weighs in on investigation of Dept of Juvenile Justice

“Kentucky’s juvenile justice system is failing kids and community safety every day.”

Published in Press Release on May 17, 2024

May 2024

Comer, losing his ‘impeach Biden’ spotlight, weighs in on Trump trial — really?

Our own Jamie Comer is weighing in on the Trump trial, in hopes of grabbing some of Trump’s media attention.

Published in Commentary on May 17, 2024

May 2024

How Republicans and Democrats see various government agencies

One party believes government can actually work; the other doesn’t. That belief shows up in these numbers.

Published in Analysis on May 17, 2024

May 2024

The last time oligarchs tried to take over America it led to civil war

Is America in the final stage of the 40-year transition from a forward-looking & still-evolving democratic republic into a white supremacist ethnostate ruled by a small group of fascist oligarchs?

Published in Commentary on May 17, 2024

May 2024

Anti-Trump vote in Kentucky primary could be an indicator of his re-election chances

Next Tuesday’s Republican primary in Kentucky could be a harbinger of November, for Trump and for the country. Al Cross explains.

Published in Commentary, Analysis on May 17, 2024

May 2024

The Daily Wrap for Thursday, 5/16

“Get your scorecard! Get your scorecard richere!”

Published in News on May 16, 2024

May 2024

Broad public support for legal abortion persists 2 years after Dobbs

By more than 2 to 1, Americans say medication abortion should be legal.

Published in Analysis, Policy on May 16, 2024

May 2024

Biden’s labor report card: Historian gives ‘Union Joe’ a higher grade than any president since FDR

Biden said he would be a union president, and he has (mostly) lived up to that pledge.

Published in Analysis on May 16, 2024

May 2024

Politics as performance: When debate is a formality and voters go for the man with the biggest hat

The GOP goal, at the state and national level, is not governing. The goal is getting the most time on stage.

Published in Commentary on May 16, 2024

May 2024

15% fewer med-school grads applied for residencies in Kentucky this year; med-school association attributes that to abortion ban

The decline was even greater in programs for obstetricians and gynecologists.

Published in News on May 16, 2024

May 2024

The Daily Wrap for Wednesday, 5/15

More election news today, plus some analysis on bipartisanship, and a new Bruce’s Take.

Published in News on May 15, 2024

May 2024

Primary 2024: NKY has 10 state legislative races this month; at least one going down to the wire

The nastiest race in the state; incumbents facing challengers; open seats where the winner of the primary wins the genera. All happening in northern Kentucky.

Published in Analysis, Election 2024 on May 15, 2024

May 2024

U.S. Department of Justice investigating Kentucky juvenile detention conditions

The U.S. Department of Justice has launched a civil rights investigation into the conditions at eight of the youth detention centers and one development center in the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice.

Published in News on May 15, 2024

May 2024

Attica Scott interview, bad vibes at JCPS, and a congressional preview

This week we welcomed back Attica Scott to the show. She’s running for KY Senate, and we talked to her about that and about her legacy. Before the interview, Robert gave an update about the bad vibes invading JCPS’s leadership and Jazmin previewed the Congressional primaries across the state.

Published in Media on May 15, 2024

May 2024

On Trump, Trump voters, and hating America

There is a difference between “The United States” and “America.” And that difference is critical for this fall’s election. If you vote for Trump, what are you voting for?

Published in Media, Election 2024 on May 15, 2024

May 2024

Former far-right hard-liner says pro-voucher billionaires are using school board races to sow distrust in public education

One goal was to drive a wedge between rural residents and their school district in an effort to build support for vouchers.

Published in Analysis on May 15, 2024

May 2024

Which KY rep in DC is the most bipartisan, and which the least?

There’s a national index of how bipartisan each elected is in Congress. Where do our Kentucky reps fall on that scale?

Published in Analysis on May 15, 2024

May 2024

Breaking: Appeals court rules Kulkarni ineligible

The court said Nima Kulkarni’s filing paperwork was invalid due to one of her nominators was not registered as a Democrat at the time of the filing.

Published in News, Election 2024 on May 15, 2024

May 2024

Together Frankfort to hold session on the assault on open government

This Thursday at 7 PM, Together Frankfort continues their Civics 101 series with a program on “What are they hiding?” The session is in the FPB Community Room, and is open to all.

Published in Event on May 14, 2024

May 2024

Morgan Eaves, the new KDP executive director

We talk with Morgan Eaves, the sorta-new executive director of the Kentucky Democratic Party. She talks about the shape of the party, about her goals and plans to hit those goals, and about the upcoming special KDP dinner. At the end, we give her three wishes, and ask how she would use them.

Published in Media on May 14, 2024

May 2024

The Daily Wrap for Tuesday, 5/14

A light Wrap for today (diet Wrap?)

Published in News on May 14, 2024

May 2024

Corporate tax breaks: Another reason to vote for Dems

Major U.S. corporations are getting so many tax breaks that they actually get tax refunds, even as their profits soar. It’s time to vote Dem, as only Dems will fix this.

Published in Commentary on May 14, 2024

May 2024

C-Fair releases endorsements for primary election

C-Fair, the political action committee of the Fairness Campaign, has issued their endorsements for the upcoming primary.

Published in News, Election 2024 on May 14, 2024

May 2024

The Great Regression

We’re moving backwards. Think not? Check out Jen Sorenson’s editorial cartoon.

Published in Cartoon on May 14, 2024

May 2024

ThriveKY Roadshow aims to boost regional advocacy in KY communities

Multiple organizations have come together to help Kentuckians thrive.

Published in Event on May 14, 2024

May 2024

AG Coleman sets lawsuit record. Who’s he trying to impress?

And I thought Daniel Cameron was bad.

Published in Commentary, Bruce’s Take on May 13, 2024

May 2024

The Daily Wrap for Monday, 5/13

A news gift for our paying members!

Published in News on May 13, 2024

May 2024

Coal-powered Kentucky joins 25-state coalition suing the EPA over emissions rules

Kentucky Republican Attorney General Russell Coleman has joined another coalition of red states challenging a new Biden administration anti-pollution rule for power plants.

Published in News on May 13, 2024

May 2024

Most Kentucky Supreme Court justices did not file 2023 financial disclosure reports

A majority of Kentucky justices did not file financial disclosures last year and did not file their reports on time in 2024, adding to existing criticisms that the state’s judicial transparency rules are among the worst in the country.

Published in News on May 13, 2024

May 2024

National group takes aim at Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie over record on Israel

Massie’s votes are “anti-Israel” according to AIPAC.

Published in News on May 13, 2024

May 2024

Kentucky voters have some choices to make in legislative contests

Early voting begins Thursday for May 21 primary election. In-person absentee balloting is already under way.

Published in Analysis, Election 2024 on May 13, 2024

May 2024

Unopposed, Stivers dips into stuffed war chest to boost Republicans, entertain supporters

Kentucky Senate president amended campaign finance disclosure after Lantern asked about missing details

Published in Analysis on May 13, 2024

May 2024

How to vote in this month’s primary

“The best way to defend early voting is to use it.” – SOS Michael Adams

Published in Explainer, Election 2024 on May 13, 2024

May 2024

Israel is testing the bounds of friendship; don’t good friends say ‘you’re wrong’?

If the United States is supposed to be a “friend” of Israel, aren’t we also supposed to tell them when they are wrong?

Published in Commentary on May 13, 2024

May 2024

Let’s ensure KY mothers like me have a second chance – to regain voting rights and have a voice in their children’s future

On this Mother’s Day, let’s consider those mothers who need a second chance – and can’t get one.

Published in Commentary on May 12, 2024

May 2024

The Daily Wrap for Thursday, 5/9

Hey, some actual Kentucky political news! Plus, one of the best voter guides I’ve ever seen.

Published in News on May 9, 2024

May 2024

The Big Bag of Meanness

Forget sex. Sex no longer sells. Meanness does. And meanness is the Republican Party’s brand.

Published in Commentary on May 9, 2024

May 2024

KFTC’s PAC issues primary endorsements

New Power PAC, the political action committee associated with Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, has issued their endorsements in the upcoming primary.

Published in News, Election 2024 on May 9, 2024

May 2024

Kentucky Secretary of State predicts more early voting, 15 percent total turnout

Early voting opens May 16, with Election Day on May 21.

Published in News, Election 2024 on May 9, 2024

May 2024

The money primary w/Tom Loftus

This week, we do an update on political spending for the primary, have a conversation about education spending, then take a look at the big donors with reporter and Journalism Hall of Fame member, Tom Loftus. We finish by urging EVERYONE to vote on Frankfort's worst law of the 2024 session.

Published in Media on May 9, 2024

May 2024

Massie & Greene fail to oust Speaker Mike Johnson

With support for Johnson from House Dems, the Greene-Massie effort was doomed from the start.

Published in News on May 9, 2024

May 2024

An excellent primary voter guide

Use this guide to get ready to vote in the primary.

Published in Feature, Election 2024 on May 9, 2024

May 2024

The problem with vouchers and charter schools

We talk with Dr. Josh Cowen, author of the upcoming book "The Privateers," about what he has learned in his extensive research into school voucher programs and charter schools.

Published in Media on May 8, 2024

May 2024

Republicans double down on school vouchers by taking fight to rural members of their own party

For years, rural Republican state legislators have bucked the party’s support for funneling public funds into private schools through education vouchers. Now Republican leaders are ramping up pressure on these holdouts.

Published in Analysis on May 8, 2024

May 2024

Teri Carter on Damon Thayer: ‘Some legacy’

Like Gingrich (and Frankenstein), Thayer fanned the blaze he now would douse

Published in Commentary on May 8, 2024

May 2024

Anne Gay Donworth interview and Dem primary preview

We welcome Anne Gay Donworth to talk about her run in the Dem primary for House District 76 – how she decided to run, what issues animate her, and why she's qualified for the seat. Also, Jazmin does a preview of all the Dem and LFUCG council races, and Robert joins in with some quick hits.

Published in Media on May 8, 2024

May 2024

The Daily Wrap for Tuesday, 5/7

Some good stuff in the “everything else” section today.

Published in News on May 7, 2024

May 2024

How to tell if a conspiracy theory is probably false

Heard a good conspiracy theory lately? Was it true, or false? Did you know how to tell? If not, then read on.

Published in Explainer on May 7, 2024

May 2024

Kenton County cities mull medical cannabis business zoning

Zoning rules in each city will affect whether and where medical MJ businesses can operate.

Published in News on May 7, 2024

May 2024

Though noncitizens can vote in few local elections, GOP goes big to make it illegal

Kentucky one of four states voting in November on constitutional amendment that even some conservatives say is a voter turnout ploy

Published in Analysis on May 7, 2024

May 2024

Most of Kentucky's congressional delegation ask President Biden for disaster declaration

A federal disaster declaration for the severe weather in April would free up extra federal dollars for recovery.

Published in News on May 7, 2024

May 2024

Geoff Duncan: Why I’m voting for Biden and other Republicans should, too

In an editorial in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a Republican politician explains why he’s voting for Biden, and challenges other Repubs to do the same.

Published in Commentary, Election 2024 on May 7, 2024

May 2024

The Daily Wrap for Monday, 5/6

A slow news day, but a little more election coverage.

Published in News on May 6, 2024

May 2024

With political protests, don’t trust your lying eyes

Have you seen all the coverage of peaceful protests on college campuses? No? Perhaps Stephen Voss can help explain.

Published in Commentary on May 6, 2024

May 2024

More than ever, ‘Union Wages Buy More’

Union members really have only one choice for president this fall – and it isn’t Donald Trump.

Published in Analysis on May 6, 2024

May 2024

Election 2024 races with ONLY a primary

In some races, this month’s primary will determine the overall winner. Here’s the list.

Published in Analysis, Election 2024 on May 6, 2024

May 2024

All Lege candidates running unopposed

All of these candidates will win automatically, and take their seat in next year’s General Assembly.

Published in Analysis, Election 2024 on May 6, 2024

May 2024

Adams to receive JFK Profile in Courage award

Award presentation will be June 9 at the JFK Library in Boston.

Published in Press Release, News on May 6, 2024

May 2024

The Daily Wrap for Friday, 5/3

Even on Oaks Day, there’s still some news and stories to share!

Published in News on May 3, 2024

May 2024

Judge bars Matt Bevin from wife’s home amid divorce case and harassment allegation

Glenna Bevin alleged in an affidavit that the former governor regularly enters and remains in her home against her wishes, following her around and asking her questions about their divorce case.

Published in News on May 3, 2024

May 2024

Fact Check: Contrary to social-media posts, there is still no evidence that Covid-19 vaccines increase your risk of cancer

An analysis from FactCheck.org, shared by KY Health News

Published in Analysis on May 3, 2024

May 2024

Kentucky judge declines, for now, to lift ban on executions

Shepherd said he saw no reason to immediately lift his ban.

Published in News on May 3, 2024

May 2024

Massie’s war on bipartisanship advances to new front as he vows to fight ‘uniparty’

He is working with Marjorie Taylor Green (!) to oust House Speaker Mike Johnson, because Johnson dared to actually work across the aisle to get things done.

Published in Commentary on May 3, 2024

May 2024

Who should take on Banker Barr?

Aaron, Kimberly & Chris moderate a conversation with four of the Democratic candidates campaigning to take on Andy Barr in November. Watch and VOTE MAY 21!

Published in Media on May 3, 2024

May 2024

Study shows KY teacher pay still low

Even with some increases, salaries are far less than they were a decade ago due to inflation

Published in Press Release on May 3, 2024

May 2024

A political race card for Derby visitors, real and virtual

Whether it’s a political horse race or a horsey horse race, you’ve got to have a race card to know who’s who. For all our Derby guests, Al Cross provides one.

Published in Feature on May 2, 2024

May 2024

The Daily Wrap for Wednesday, 5/1

News, analysis, commentary, a podcast – it’s The Daily Wrap for May Day!

Published in News on May 1, 2024

May 2024

What kind of May Day could we have in 2025?

On this Workers’ Day, Berry Craig thinks back to another May Day, and muses what kind of “celebration of workers” we might have if Donald Trump is reelected.

Published in Commentary on May 1, 2024

May 2024

From the KDP: ‘Tell the GOP to stop supporting bills that hurt working families’

The Kentucky Democratic Party has released a good summary of all the ways the Republicans in Frankfort worked to hurt Kentuckians, especially working families. It’s worth reading, and definitely worth sharing.

Published in Commentary on May 1, 2024

May 2024

Voters think it’s time to raise the minimum wage

Could you live on $7 an hour, or $14,000 a year? Is that a “livable wage,” which the minimum wage is supposed to guarantee? Voters know better, and the data shows it.

Published in Analysis on May 1, 2024

May 2024

Is IVF protected in Kentucky? Depends on whom you ask.

The picture of IVF in Kentucky is muddled. Some lawmakers wanted to make it clearer, but didn’t get it done before the session ended. So is it protected in our state, or not?

Published in Analysis on May 1, 2024

May 2024

Kentucky attorney general leading GOP effort against new Title IX rules over gender

Republican Attorney General Russell Coleman is leading a new multi-state lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Education over recent rules aimed at protecting LGBTQ+ students from discrimination in K-12 schools.

Published in News on May 1, 2024

May 2024

Rick Adams interview, KREF filings, and Republican primaries

This week Robert and Jazmin interviewed Rick Adams, a Democratic candidate for District 41 in the Highlands. He spoke about why he wants to serve in Frankfort, what he believes he can get done, and what it’s been like campaigning this year.

Published in Media on May 1, 2024

May 2024

How Congress could save our democratic republic

There are concrete steps that Congress could take that would expand and protect our nation and our democracy.

Published in Commentary on May 1, 2024

May 2024

Heat – or light?

Winslow Myers asks if there is a way to turn down the heat and increase the light when it comes to Gaza.

Published in Commentary on May 1, 2024

May 2024

Comeback communities in eastern Kentucky

Is your image of eastern Kentucky that of dying towns and fleeing populations? Perhaps you need to take a second look.

Published in Feature on May 1, 2024

April 2024

The Daily Wrap for Tuesday, 4/30

News about Grimes, and pot, and Fogle, and trans, and even more things. Plus, some campaign finance, and a new billboard!

Published in News on Apr 30, 2024

April 2024

DEA seeks to reclassify marijuana, allow prescriptions for first time: Reports

A large percentage of the U.S. population support fully legalizing marijuans.

Published in News on Apr 30, 2024

April 2024

‘We knew she was innocent.’ Charges against Lexington Councilwoman Fogle dismissed

Police said she was failing to obey orders, a charge that Fogle disputes.

Published in News on Apr 30, 2024

April 2024
April 2024

Beshear anticipates economic gains after visit to Germany

The governor reported that his economic development trip went well, and more than one company is looking at Kentucky.

Published in News on Apr 30, 2024

April 2024

Kentucky General Assembly fumbles opportunities to help kids

When you’re given the ball, and have a clear path to the goal line ... and then you fumble the ball ... that’s dumbfounding.

Published in Analysis, KYGA 2024 on Apr 30, 2024

April 2024

Come hear the Lexington candidates!

A free event in the Lexington area. Learn more below!

Published in Event, Election 2024 on Apr 30, 2024

April 2024

Democrat Erin Marshall (KY-01) launches billboard campaign

Hits James Comer for opposing abortion access for rape victims

Published in Press Release, Election 2024 on Apr 30, 2024

April 2024

Judge dismisses ethics violations against former Secretary of State Grimes

After years of investigation, the judge rules there was no “there” there.

Published in News on Apr 30, 2024

April 2024

Here’s the finances for 12 competitive primaries for General Assembly

Can a campaign’s finance reports tell you if they are going to win? Sometimes. And sometimes those reports reveal details that can tell you even more.

Published in Analysis, Election 2024 on Apr 29, 2024

April 2024

The Daily Wrap for Monday 4/29

Remember -- the Daily Wrap has both stories and tweets! So if you’re not on the Twitter machine, you can still keep up with what’s happening there.

Published in News on Apr 29, 2024

April 2024
April 2024

The ongoing KSU open-records saga

The open-records tug-of-war at Kentucky State University serves as an important reminder of the importance of our state’s laws on government transparency.

Published in Analysis on Apr 29, 2024

April 2024

Kentucky AG gets funding to fight Biden administration on climate, air, and water pollution rules

Environmental group pans AG’s efforts as ‘waste of taxpayer dollars’

Published in News on Apr 29, 2024

April 2024

State Races – Finances

Here you go – the first fund-raising report of this year’s state races!

Published in Analysis, Election 2024 on Apr 28, 2024

April 2024

The UAW is breaking GOP brains in Dixie

“They’re truly astonished that workers might not trust their corporate overlords with their working conditions, pay, health, and retirement.”

Published in Commentary on Apr 28, 2024

April 2024

A critical look at the charter schools amendment on the ballot this November

It’s even worse when you dig into it.

Published in Analysis on Apr 28, 2024

April 2024

The Daily Wrap for Friday

Slight name change – but the same summary of today’s political news

Published in News on Apr 26, 2024

April 2024

Expensive battle brewing in Kentucky primary to shape GOP caucus in Frankfort

Well-funded political action committees are preparing to spend on competitive Republican primary races for the Kentucky General Assembly, with one side supporting candidates from the “liberty” wing of the GOP and the other supporting more establishment candidates.

Published in Analysis, Election 2024 on Apr 26, 2024

April 2024

Lawsuit against KY120-AFT dismissed

The plaintiff, Miranda Stovall, is vice-president of the Kentucky chapter of No Left Turn in Education.

Published in News on Apr 26, 2024

April 2024

Poll shows majority of Americans would back federal abortion rights protections

The issue of abortion rights could help determine who wins in local, state and federal elections this fall.

Published in Analysis on Apr 26, 2024

April 2024

The great Republican contradiction

When the “new” Repub voters see what the “old” leadership wants, there could be - uhm - issues.

Published in Commentary on Apr 26, 2024

April 2024

New federal rules aim to clean up toxic coal ash, including nearly a dozen sites in Kentucky

Former Kentucky lobbyist says number of unregulated coal ash sites unknown

Published in News on Apr 26, 2024

April 2024

Owensboro lawmakers say ‘school choice’ plan will come if amendment passes

Repub lawmakers from the Owensboro area are split on Amendment 2.

Published in News, Election 2024 on Apr 26, 2024

April 2024

Purported Comer book deal promises generous payday, sale of more cheap lies

Comer’s “investigation” seems to be coming to an inglorious end. And now he’s going to write a book about it?

Published in Commentary on Apr 26, 2024

April 2024

Candidacy challenge against Louisville Dem lawmaker dismissed

Judge says challenger ‘fails to establish’ requirements to disqualify a candidate

Published in News, Election 2024 on Apr 26, 2024

April 2024

The Wrap for Thursday, 4/25/24

Most political news today is focused on Trump’s multiple trials, and the various cases before SCOTUS. But, there’s still some Kentucky political news to report.

Published in News on Apr 25, 2024

April 2024

Most new laws effective July 15; Governor has until end of week to decide fate of those on his desk

The clock is ticking on the remaining veto days.

Published in Analysis, KYGA 2024 on Apr 25, 2024

April 2024

The 10 WORST BILLS of the KY General Assembly

We’ve got the deep dive into our list of the very worst bills of the legislature, which we’re going to let YOU VOTE to pick the actual worst legislation of the session, then we close with our Earth Week call to action.

Published in Media, KYGA 2024 on Apr 25, 2024

April 2024

Kenton County’s Republican primary candidates are aligned — even indistinguishable — on the issues

Republican candidate forum, with a number of speakers trying to out-Repub each other.

Published in Feature, Election 2024 on Apr 25, 2024

April 2024

Poll: Beshear most popular Democrat governor again

Beshear’s streak continues.

Published in News on Apr 25, 2024

April 2024

Teamsters Local 89 wins big at Somerset IMI plant

Even while the UAW was celebrating their big win at VW in Chattanooga, they had another win in Kentucky.

Published in News on Apr 25, 2024

April 2024

‘You’d have thought he knew me for years’

“The best union president of my lifetime.”

Published in Feature on Apr 25, 2024

April 2024

The Wrap for Wednesday, 4/24/24

Our Hump-Day issue of the Wrap has about 13 stories in it, as well as some fun tweets about Jamie Comer.

Published in News on Apr 24, 2024

April 2024

Amazon accused of delay tactics in KCVG Air Hub workers’ unfair labor practices case

Amazon must answer to allegations of union bustling and workplace retaliation in front of the National Labor Relations Board in Cincinnati.

Published in News on Apr 24, 2024

April 2024

Former Rowan county clerk who denied gay couple marriage license loses appeal

The saga of Kim Davis and marriage licenses for gay couples continues.

Published in News on Apr 24, 2024

April 2024

Medical cannabis during the session – and Louisville policing update

This week Jazmin explains several developments having to do with Louisville's policing, and Robert talks about changes to the medical cannabis system that passed during the legislative session.

Published in Media on Apr 24, 2024

April 2024

The Biden impeachment is a huge failure. Comer and the GOP are looking for a way out

The GOP knows it’s over. Comer knows it’s over. And just guess what he is thinking about doing next.

Published in Analysis on Apr 24, 2024

April 2024

Will you care about climate change if it cuts your paycheck by 11%?

Guess what – climate change is going to have economic impacts. On you. Directly.

Published in Analysis, Media on Apr 24, 2024

April 2024

Biden administration unveils new rule on nursing home staffing levels

Requires nurse on site 24/7, and at least 3.5 hours of care a day. The nursing home industry is vehemently opposed to the rule.

Published in News on Apr 24, 2024

April 2024

When can doctors defy bans to do emergency abortions? SCOTUS to hear case

The “Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act” can overrule state law in some cases. Does that include emergency abortions?

Published in News on Apr 24, 2024

April 2024

The Wrap for Tuesday, 4/23/24

More analysis than news today, including a good piece by Al Cross on possible candidates to replace McConnell when he retires.

Published in News on Apr 23, 2024

April 2024

KY Attorney General upholds Juvenile Justice Department’s denial of records request

John Cheeves, a journalist with the Herald-Leader, says that what the DJJ gave him was incomplete.

Published in News on Apr 23, 2024

April 2024

Where will the fight over bathrooms for transgender students go next after federal rule change

Lawsuits against the federal government are all but inevitable, as conservative states push back against inclusion for trans students.

Published in Analysis on Apr 23, 2024

April 2024

‘Forever chemicals:’ Now that feds have acted, some say Kentucky should do more

Republican Kevin Bratcher and Democrat Nima Kulkarni found common ground in their fight against PFAs

Published in Analysis on Apr 23, 2024

April 2024

Ukraine vote draws lines for Senate race between Massie and Barr

Plus, Al Cross digs into other upcoming races, including other candidates for Senate and the 2027 governor’s race.

Published in Analysis, Election 2024 on Apr 23, 2024

April 2024

Publisher of ForwardKY to speak in Owensboro

If you’re in the area, come on by!

Published in Event, KYGA 2024 on Apr 23, 2024

April 2024

An interview with Erin Marshall, Comer’s opponent

A wonderful interview with Erin Marshall, who is challenging Jamie Comer in Kentucky's 1st District. We talk about why she got into the race, how people have responded, and whether she is ready to really go after Comer.

Published in Media, Election 2024 on Apr 23, 2024

April 2024

An interview with Josh Buckman

We talk with Josh Buckman, one of three Dems running for the seat currently held by Ruth Ann Palumbo. Josh shares about being a medical social worker, about being on the front lines and seeing people's needs up close, and about why he is running.

Published in Media, Election 2024 on Apr 23, 2024

April 2024

College in PA helping to bring KY solar facility online

The Sebree Solar II project will be near Robards, Kentucky, and will generate enough energy to power 24,000 homes.

Published in Press Release on Apr 23, 2024

April 2024

‘Timing and momentum are everything’

Will the UAW victory at the Chattanooga VW plant have ripple effects? One Kentucky UAW member thinks so.

Published in Analysis on Apr 23, 2024

April 2024

The Wrap for Monday, 4/22/24

Looked like a slow news day. Maybe not so much.

Published in News on Apr 22, 2024

April 2024

Kentucky’s GOP legislature has a racism problem

Look at the bills that passed, and the ones that didn’t. Then listen to the comments on the floor. It’s clear what is driving some of this year’s GOP legislation.

Published in Commentary on Apr 22, 2024

April 2024

Gov. Beshear to make economic development trip to Germany, Switzerland, promoting state with investors

Thousands of Kentuckians work for foreign-owned companies. Beshear wants to get even more overseas companies to invest in Kentucky.

Published in Press Release on Apr 22, 2024

April 2024

Kentucky man says police violated Fourth Amendment by searching his backpack during arrest

If the police arrest you and search your backpack or purse, is that legal?

Published in News on Apr 22, 2024

April 2024

Strong fundraisers vie to succeed McConnell as U.S. Senate Republican leader

As McConnell steps down from leading the GOP in the Senate, who is going to replace him? Two possible candidates are showing their ability to raise money for the party.

Published in Analysis on Apr 22, 2024

April 2024

Workers Memorial Day is this Sunday

On April 28, 1971, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration began making workplaces safer. But some are still dangerous. This April 28th, let us “remember the dead, and fight like hell for the living.”

Published in Feature on Apr 22, 2024

April 2024

Court divided over constitutionality of criminal penalties for homelessness

The U.S. Supreme Court is considering whether homeless persons can be charged or fined – an issue very real in Kentucky after the passage of HB 5.

Published in Analysis on Apr 22, 2024

April 2024

Governor Andy Beshear vetoes three additional bills following end of legislature’s 2024 regular session

These vetoes can’t be overridden by the legislature.

Published in News on Apr 22, 2024

April 2024

Kentucky is No. 4 in smoking, down from No. 2

But at 17.4% of adults, experts say the state's smoking rate is still way too high

Published in News on Apr 22, 2024

April 2024

A historic aid package was passed on Saturday. How did our reps vote?

Did they follow the example of Churchill in standing up to tyranny? Or, did they go the Chamberlain route?

Published in Analysis on Apr 21, 2024

April 2024

If someone says women were given the vote, just slap ‘em

The language of our founding documents seems to include everyone in the word “citizens.” And yet it took long 133 years for women to gain their deserved rights as citizens.

Published in Commentary on Apr 21, 2024

April 2024

UAW wins historic Volkswagen union election in a landslide

And it wasn’t even close.

Published in News on Apr 20, 2024

April 2024

The crime rate

Nick Anderson nails it ... except our Kentucky GOP is doing the “go crazy” part even while the crime rate continues to drop.

Published in Cartoon on Apr 20, 2024

April 2024

The political life and lessons of George Atkins

Former auditor and multiple-time candidate George Atkins died April 14th. His name is largely forgotten today, but the lessons of his life still resonate.

Published in Feature on Apr 20, 2024

April 2024

The Wrap for Friday, 4/19/24

“Wrapping” up the week in political news and views.

Published in News on Apr 19, 2024

April 2024

Massie cites three reasons for urging Speaker Johnson’s resignation; then what?

First it was Marjorie Taylor Green calling for Johnson’s head. Now our own Thomas Massie has joined her. What is he thinking?

Published in Commentary on Apr 19, 2024

April 2024

Kentuckians will be able to apply for medical marijuana sales licenses sooner than expected

Business can start applying for licenses July 1 of this year.

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Apr 19, 2024

April 2024

Murray State University, WPSD-TV reach settlement agreement in open records lawsuit

The lawsuit stemmed from an investigation into the relationship between Murray State administrators and WKMS, an NPR member station.

Published in News on Apr 19, 2024

April 2024

Say, whatever happened to that bill?

Your 2024 Kentucky General Assembly scorecard

Published in Analysis, KYGA 2024 on Apr 19, 2024

April 2024

Are Comer’s campaign donations coming from Kentucky?

Shouldn’t a Congress person get most of their campaign money from the district they represent?

Published in Analysis, Election 2024 on Apr 19, 2024

April 2024

The biggest loser in the HB 509 saga

As noted by Linda Blackford, “we the people” were the biggest winners in the HB 509 open-records saga. But who was the biggest loser?

Published in Commentary on Apr 19, 2024

April 2024

KYGA 2024 Recap

A summary of the just-completed session from one of the lobbying firms.

Published in Analysis, KYGA 2024 on Apr 19, 2024

April 2024

After ten-year battle, a younger generation leads the way at Volkswagen

Another union vote is happening at the VW plant in Chattanooga. And this time, it may pass.

Published in Feature on Apr 19, 2024

April 2024

Al Cross asks: Is the Lege serving our common-wealth?

Did the General Assembly use its resources to make a difference in the lives of everyday Kentuckians?

Published in Commentary on Apr 19, 2024

April 2024

Biden campaign video from Scranton, PA

Worth watching and sharing.

Published in Media, Election 2024 on Apr 18, 2024

April 2024

The Wrap for Wednesday, 4/17/24

Mmmm – tasty political news, with no calories!

Published in News on Apr 17, 2024

April 2024

Kentucky lawmaker says he wants to renew efforts targeting DEI initiatives on college campuses

Beshear responds: “DEI is not a four-letter word. DEI is a three-letter acronym for very important values that are found in our Bible. Diversity, equity and inclusion is about loving each other. Diversity will always make us stronger. It is an asset and never a liability.”

Published in News on Apr 17, 2024

April 2024

Kentucky Republicans and Democrats prepare to face off on ‘school choice’ amendment

Amendment 2 would allow General Assembly to fund nonpublic schools

Published in Analysis, Election 2024 on Apr 17, 2024

April 2024

Decision in eligibility challenge against Democratic lawmaker could come next week

Kulkarni says voters ‘have the right to decide’ in May primary

Published in News, Election 2024 on Apr 17, 2024

April 2024
April 2024

Molly Gene Crain interview

Plus: the end of the Session, and the JCPS busing resolution

Published in Media on Apr 17, 2024

April 2024

Notice anything in common about the books the Right wants to ban?

Beau of the Fifth Column certainly has. And he lays it out.

Published in Commentary, Media on Apr 17, 2024

April 2024

Here’s the Q1 fund-raising numbers for Congressional races

They’re about like you would think.

Published in Analysis, Election 2024 on Apr 17, 2024

April 2024

The Wrap for Tuesday, 4/16/24

Get your political news all Wrapped up in one tidy package!

Published in News on Apr 16, 2024

April 2024

Kentucky lawmakers expedite medical marijuana licensing, but pass on adding extra conditions

The new law would allow Kentucky to issue medical cannabis licenses to businesses as early as this summer, increasing the odds that cannabis will be available for patients at dispensaries beginning 2025.

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Apr 16, 2024

April 2024

Kentucky’s new anti-vaping law ignites constitutional challenge

Vape retailers, hemp association file suit in Franklin Circuit Court

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Apr 16, 2024

April 2024

Believe it or not, THREE good things happened in Frankfort yesterday

A Sine Die for which to be thankful.

Published in Analysis, KYGA 2024 on Apr 16, 2024

April 2024

Let us savor the victory for open records – then prepare for the next fight

All who fought to protect our open records laws should celebrate our shared victory. But then, we should work together to get ready for the next attack.

Published in Commentary, KYGA 2024 on Apr 16, 2024

April 2024

Q: How much would Trump’s mass deportation order cost?

The Know-Nothings have returned with their goal of Make America White Again – except this time, the cost is going to be in the billions.

Published in Commentary on Apr 16, 2024

April 2024

All KY anti-LGBTQ bills defeated

Ten anti-LGBTQ bills, and none got over the finish line.

Published in Press Release on Apr 15, 2024

April 2024

The Wrap for Monday, 4/15

We’re back! Your daily wrap-up of news, notes, and political stuff from across Kentucky and beyond. Enjoy!

Published in News on Apr 15, 2024

April 2024

Legislature rejects pleas, cuts tobacco-prevention spending

Winds up passing a vaping bill some say could spur youth smoking

Published in Analysis, KYGA 2024 on Apr 15, 2024

April 2024

Our readers are smarter than our legislators

It seems our readers can see through the grandstanding and posturing, and know what the REAL results of HB 5 will be.

Published in Polls, KYGA 2024 on Apr 15, 2024

April 2024

Westerfield to Senate: Poll shows GOP voters in Kentucky support gun removal measure

Westerfield cited polling that found 76% of Republican primary voters “think Kentucky lawmakers should work to prevent gun violence, including working to keep Kentuckians going through a mental health crisis from harming themselves or others.”

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Apr 15, 2024

April 2024

Democrats hope to force vote on abortion exceptions as session winds down

Beshear supports discharge petition for bill allowing abortions in rape, incest cases

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Apr 12, 2024

April 2024

Veto of mass incarceration bill gives Kentucky supermajority a shot at redemption

White grievance, white supremacy animated this session of the General Assembly

Published in Commentary, KYGA 2024 on Apr 11, 2024

April 2024

The Abortion Ban Path of Totality

After the eclipse earlier this week, we all know what the term “path of totality” means. Ben Fishel applies that term to another path, that of total bans on abortion.

Published in Cartoon on Apr 11, 2024

April 2024

Vetos, bills left behind, and abortion exemptions w/ Erin Marshall

Aaron and Chris share legislative updates as #KYGA24 gears up for its final two days of law makin’ and veto overridin’. Then, they check in with Erin Marshall, the single mom who has launched an exciting campaign taking on Jamie Comer in Kentucky’s first congressional district.

Published in Media, Election 2024, KYGA 2024 on Apr 11, 2024

April 2024

Beshear lets school ‘guardians’ bill become law without his signature

Legislature budgets money to fund school resource officers

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Apr 11, 2024

April 2024

Beshear lets ‘teens tried as adults’ bill become law

As his 10-day veto period came to a close, Kentucky’s Democratic governor allowed a bill to become law that automatically tries 15-year-olds charged with gun felonies as adults.

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Apr 11, 2024

April 2024

‘The Best Political Video of 2024 (So Far)’

Democrats in Kentucky’s 1st District are excited about their candidate – and with good reason.

Published in Analysis, Election 2024 on Apr 11, 2024

April 2024

17 bad and good bills that are dead – for now

A bunch of zombie bills are out there, just waiting for the KYGA to reconvene. Which ones do we want to stay dead, and which ones need new life?

Published in Analysis on Apr 11, 2024

April 2024

All the Governor’s vetoes, and why he issued them

Here’s your scorecard for the final two days of the session: Which vetoes get overridden, and which ones are upheld?

Published in Analysis, KYGA 2024 on Apr 11, 2024

April 2024

Here’s the list of budget line-item vetoes

Governor Beshear has issued over twenty line-item vetoes in this year’s appropriations bills. Here’s the list.

Published in Analysis, KYGA 2024 on Apr 11, 2024

April 2024

The vetoes so far

This week, both Jazmin and Robert are sick, but still managed to do a show about Andy Beshear's vetoes this session so far.

Published in Media, KYGA 2024 on Apr 10, 2024

April 2024

Governor signs into law a ‘landmark’ bill eliminating out-of-pocket costs for prostate, other screenings

Similar bills have been passed in other states, making such screenings more accessible to more people.

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Apr 10, 2024

April 2024

EPA finalizes the nation’s first PFAS limits in drinking water

Although there are thousands of forever chemicals, the new regulation targets six of the most pervasive ones.

Published in News on Apr 10, 2024

April 2024

Teamsters laud Gov. Behears’ veto of legislation to allow driverless trucks, cars on KY roads

Call HB 7 a “threat to middle-class jobs and public safety.”

Published in Press Release, KYGA 2024 on Apr 10, 2024

April 2024

Taking stock one year after a bank staff meeting was turned into a bloodbath

The Safer Kentucky Act was just an act. The goal was never to make you safer. The goal was simply to keep themselves in power so they can come back and do nothing again next year.

Published in Commentary on Apr 10, 2024

April 2024

Beshear vetoes sweeping anti-crime bill along with parts of state budget

Beshear vetoes the so-called “Safer Kentucky Act,” noting the tremendous fiscal and societal impact it would have.

Published in News on Apr 10, 2024

April 2024

White rural rage

Rural Whites are angry – so they vote Republican. What do they get in return? Almost nothing. And to top it all off, they are angry at the wrong people.

Published in Feature on Apr 9, 2024

April 2024

On casting a ‘protest vote’ for RFK Jr.

So you’re thinking of voting for Robert F. Kennedy Jr as a way to say “I don’t like either one”? Read on.

Published in Commentary, Election 2024 on Apr 8, 2024

April 2024

This week’s VOK poll: the ‘Safer Kentucky Act’

It’s time to make your voice heard!

Published in Polls on Apr 7, 2024

April 2024

Governor Beshear – Please read this

HB 509 is STILL a threat to transparency. Gov. Beshear, don’t defend it – VETO it.

Published in Commentary, KYGA 2024 on Apr 7, 2024

April 2024

First ‘Voice of Kentucky’ poll closes – see the results

The first poll was on charter school funding – and the results are pretty clear.

Published in Polls on Apr 6, 2024

April 2024

KY House candidate TJ Roberts denies antisemitic chat reported by Hatewatch

Accusations are based on a screenshot of an online chat from 2017.

Published in News, Election 2024 on Apr 5, 2024

April 2024

Yes, efforts to eliminate DEI programs are rooted in racism

We are survey researchers who study how racial attitudes affect Americans’ attitudes toward public policies. In a recent poll, we investigated what, if any, influence racism may have on public opinion toward DEI programs.

Published in Analysis on Apr 5, 2024

April 2024

Deters appeals Massie candidacy challenge; Massie fires back

Eric Deters and Thomas Massie continue their back and forth.

Published in News on Apr 5, 2024

April 2024

The session is basically over

The last legislative day before the veto period has happened, so Robert and Jazmin recapped everything that passed which can survive Andy Beshear’s veto, and everything that didn’t pass. Plus, a deep dive into this biennium’s budget.

Published in Media on Apr 5, 2024

April 2024

‘Who else needs a break from the GA?’

Dr. Brian Clardy, Doug Price, and Nate Orshan discuss the breaking political news of our commonwealth. Special guest: Adam Moore, candidate for State House in District 45!

Published in Media on Apr 5, 2024

April 2024

Here are the five vetoed bills (so far)

The vetoes have begun! Here are the first five, including Governor Beshear’s veto message.

Published in Analysis, KYGA 2024 on Apr 5, 2024

April 2024

A trial balance on the legislature: Political agendas prevail

Al Cross does the “bookkeeping” on this year’s session

Published in Analysis on Apr 5, 2024

April 2024

Rule 303, school guardians, and SROs

Have you heard of Rule 303? Do you know what it is, and how it applies to SROs? Beau gives us an explainer, and then applies it to the SRO in the Parkland shooting.

Published in Explainer on Apr 4, 2024

April 2024

A note to all members and readers

Published in Meta on Apr 3, 2024

April 2024

Christian pastor: In a Christian nationalist America women should lose the right to vote

“One believes things because one has been conditioned to believe them” ― Aldous Huxley

Published in Commentary on Apr 2, 2024

April 2024

Hey Repubs – you okay with this?

Hey Comer, Guthrie, Massie, Barr, Rogers. Hey Repubs in the KY House and Senate. Hey RPK. Simple question: You okay with this?

Published in Commentary on Apr 2, 2024

April 2024

Make your voice heard in our first “Voice of Kentucky” poll!

Make your voice heard! Vote in our first “Voice of Kentucky” poll on this question: Should we fund charter schools?

Published in Polls on Apr 1, 2024

April 2024

An interview with Jamie Palumbo

We talk with Jamie Palumbo, who is running for District 76 in the KY House, the seat currently held by his mother (who is retiring). We dig into why he's running, and what issues are top of mind for him.

Published in Election 2024, Media on Apr 1, 2024

April 2024

A rant about HB 509, open records, and legislators’ ignorance

Lawmakers who know so little about the requirements of the open records law, much less it’s necessity and value — or who are willing to justify needless and destructive revision of the law with false claims and misrepresentations — cannot be entrusted with the future of the law.

Published in Commentary, Analysis on Apr 1, 2024

April 2024

Outside billionaires are pushing charter schools for KY – will we let them win?

They got their constitutional amendment on the ballot, so they won the first round. Will we let them win in November?

Published in Commentary on Apr 1, 2024

April 2024

Reentry program for people incarcerated offers a model for others

General recidivism rates are over 50%; this program’s rate is 24%. In other words, it works.

Published in Feature on Apr 1, 2024

April 2024

Oh looky – Comer’s using his “investigation” to get a book deal

I’ve already placed my pre-publication order.

Published in Commentary on Apr 1, 2024

March 2024

Republicans on the Bridge: Who are these people?

A cargo ship without power to stop hits a bridge and knocks it down. And who do Republicans blame? I mean, really – are you kidding?

Published in Commentary on Mar 31, 2024

March 2024

Mitch McConnell’s legacy: promoting himself, not Kentucky

Some have labeled McConnell a “leader.” A true leader has qualities that obviously don’t reside with the Senator. In fact, he could be more accurately described as “a wind sock,” someone who moves with whichever way the wind is blowing when those gusts work to his own advantage.

Published in Commentary on Mar 31, 2024

March 2024

Did we dodge the HB 509 bullet?

Has the latest attack on open records died? Or will it rise from its grave in the last two days of the session?

Published in Commentary, KYGA 2024 on Mar 29, 2024

March 2024

KY General Assembly continues to chip away at public’s right to know. What are they hiding?

This year’s multiple attacks on government transparency continues a disturbing trend.

Published in Commentary on Mar 29, 2024

March 2024

The Wrap for Thursday, 3/28/24

Lots of KYGA news, of course – but a few other tasty treats as well.

Published in News on Mar 28, 2024

March 2024

Kentucky state budget bill clears legislature, heads to Beshear

The final budget bill outlines $30 billion of state government spending over the next two years, with Republicans lauding it as a historic investment in Kentucky education and Democrats criticizing it as falling too short.

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Mar 28, 2024

March 2024

The Kentucky General Assembly passes the ‘Safer Kentucky’ Act

Democrats made their final impassioned pleas against the tough-on-crime legislation as it made final passage through the Kentucky General Assembly, until Republicans moved to limit debate.

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Mar 28, 2024

March 2024

JCPS busing changes and legislative update

Robert goes solo this week to discuss potential changes to the JCPS busing scheme and gives a few legislative updates in the waning days before the veto period.

Published in Media on Mar 28, 2024

March 2024

Andy makes it rain as KYGA24 brings more pain

With our special guest, Chris Hartman of the Fairness Campaign

Published in Media on Mar 28, 2024

March 2024

KY plastics plant ranks in nation’s top ten emitters of chlorine

The plant was also the subject of an in-depth story by Pro Publica, as noted below this article.

Published in Analysis on Mar 27, 2024

March 2024

KY Press Association denounces bill attacking open records

KPA’s attorney, Michael Abate, has also testified against the bill.

Published in Press Release, KYGA 2024 on Mar 26, 2024

March 2024

Kid-focused bills advance in Frankfort

Child care, vaccines, and autism education are among the bills on the move.

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Mar 26, 2024

March 2024

Urgent action needed – Attack on open records just got worse

Our rulers in Frankfort are determined to increase the secrecy and thwart any sunlight.

Published in Analysis, KYGA 2024 on Mar 26, 2024

March 2024

Bill that would allow armed guards in public schools advances

An amendment to the bill also allows schools to hire pastoral counselors as part of their trauma-informed care team.

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Mar 26, 2024

March 2024

KY Senate passes measure to take Horse Racing Commission out of governor's office, create independent body

Another mule bill turns into a real bill – about horses and horse racing.

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Mar 26, 2024

March 2024

Black student's statement on anti-DEI legislation misrepresented to Kentucky lawmakers, she says

A Black University of Louisville student says a Frankfort lobbyist acting in a personal capacity misrepresented a statement from her under oath to support anti-DEI legislation.

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Mar 26, 2024

March 2024

The GOP has handed Dems the keys to the majority ... if the Dems take them

Beau of the Fifth Column lays it all out.

Published in Election 2024 on Mar 25, 2024

March 2024

Republican lawmaker says Kentucky’s newly passed shield bill protects IVF services

The bill’s language is broad enough to do that, according to Westerfield.

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Mar 25, 2024

March 2024

‘Momnibus’ bill nears passage

The bill now requires hospitals, birthing centers, and midwives to offer perinatal palliative care.

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Mar 25, 2024

March 2024

State Senate weakens bill to curb underage vaping

It now goes to the House with just days left in the legislative session.

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Mar 25, 2024

March 2024

Delinquent campaign finance filing – a bipartisan problem

How late is late? How about over 1,000 days late?

Published in Analysis, Election 2024 on Mar 25, 2024

March 2024

Watch Meredith excoriate the anti-vaxxers

It was good to see some righteous anger at the damage anti-vaxxers can do.

Published in Media, KYGA 2024 on Mar 25, 2024

March 2024

Investigation: Murray State University

The conclusion of a three-part series covering the conflict and lawsuit between WPSD and Murray State.

Published in Investigation on Mar 25, 2024

March 2024

Civics Education Bill — something good from the KY Legislature?

Despite the plethora of outlandish, unnecessary, and generally stupid bills that emanate from the current Kentucky Legislature, it can, apparently, get something right.

Published in Commentary, KYGA 2024 on Mar 25, 2024

March 2024

Beshear PAC announces first endorsements

List includes candidates running for federal, statewide and Kentucky offices

Published in Press Release, Election 2024 on Mar 25, 2024

March 2024

The buzz continues to grow around Comer’s opponent, Erin Marshall

From Paducah to Frankfort, Dems are excited, and pundits are noticing.

Published in Feature, Election 2024 on Mar 25, 2024

March 2024

Jamie Comer, alias Comer Pyle, has proved to be abject failure; no facts on his side

“The only information ever pushed on the Bidens and Ukraine has come from one source and one source only: Russia and Russian agents.”

Published in Commentary on Mar 23, 2024

March 2024

Some political humor from DemDaily

A collection of one-liners, bon mots, and comebacks on politics and politicians, from our favorite late-night hosts.

Published in Feature on Mar 22, 2024

March 2024

Schools districts say cuts to SNAP benefits could worsen Commonwealth’s student hunger problem

Kentucky school districts say a proposed bill to tighten restrictions on SNAP participation will lead to an uptick in student hunger.

Published in Analysis, KYGA 2024 on Mar 21, 2024

March 2024

Climate-denying House committee chair wants Kentucky to be a fossil fuel ‘sanctuary state’

“I'm not comfortable with going down the road of nullifying federal laws that we don't like. It sets a dangerous precedent. It didn't work out well 170 years ago.”

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Mar 21, 2024

March 2024

Overbroad bill risks turning food plant workers, government inspectors, neighbors into criminals

See animal cruelty on the farm next door? If this bill passes, you will be a criminal if you video the cruelty. Tom Fitzgerald lays out the issues in SB 16.

Published in Analysis, Commentary on Mar 21, 2024

March 2024

Kentucky is about to pass the cruelest criminal-justice bill in America

The state is making it easier to kill homeless people on private property—and that’s just one part of one of the most draconian crime bills in recent history.

Published in Commentary, Analysis, KYGA 2024 on Mar 21, 2024

March 2024

Uncivil Unrest at the Ethics Commission

We cover The Lege, with a dramatic reenactment of some uncivil treatment of a civil servant by the “my way or the highway” GOP supermajority. Also, a new effort to ban drag shows; a baseless effort to force a Dem off the ballot – then we close with a double-duty call to action!

Published in Media, KYGA 2024 on Mar 21, 2024

March 2024

Action Alert: Call about these two bills

Please take five minutes to call the Legislative Comment Line at 800-372-7181 and leave these two messages: * The Anti-DEI bill, SB 6, is back in front of the Senate. Since it has already passed the Senate and House, but was changed in the House, if the Senate approves it as

Published in Action, KYGA 2024 on Mar 21, 2024

March 2024

Billionaires Yass, DeVos team up to dismantle public schools across the US – including KY

Former Education Secretary Betsy Devos has teamed up with billionaire trader and TikTok investor Jeff Yass to dismantle public education by spending tens of millions on state elections to pass charter and private school voucher bills, and to defeat Andy Beshear.

Published in Analysis on Mar 21, 2024

March 2024

An interview with Anne Donworth

We talk with Anne Donworth, one of the Democratic candidates for House District 76. She shares why she is running, the extensive experience she brings to the table, and her passion for the lives of the people in her district.

Published in Media, Election 2024 on Mar 20, 2024

March 2024

Erin Marshall launches campaign to unseat Comer with striking launch video

A first-time candidate and a single mom, Marshall hits it out of the park with her launch video.

Published in Election 2024, Press Release on Mar 20, 2024

March 2024

New bureaucracy would burden Kentuckians with higher power bills if Senate Bill 349 becomes law

Even an ‘ideological’ friend of coal opposes propping up the industry at ratepayers’ expense. Will the House listen?

Published in Commentary, KYGA 2024 on Mar 20, 2024

March 2024

Here’s the constitutional amendments you could see this fall

There can only be four proposed constitutional amendments on any election ballot, but this year’s General Assembly has seen over 20 filed. Which ones are likely to make the cut?

Published in Analysis, KYGA 2024, Election 2024 on Mar 20, 2024

March 2024

Dictatorship: the framework is already in place

“The first Trump term was both deeply alarming and a comedy of errors. A second Trump administration will be far more alarming, with far fewer errors.”

Published in Commentary, Election 2024 on Mar 20, 2024

March 2024

Three big bills

This week Robert talks through the progress HB 5 (“Safer Kentucky”), HB 2 (vouchers and charter schools), and SB 6 (anti-DEI) have made towards passage in the legislature, plus a few quick hits.

Published in Media, KYGA 2024 on Mar 19, 2024

March 2024

Medical cannabis funding hinges on conclusive ‘evidence,’ Senate proposal says

The amount of evidence required by the budget bill is not clear, though.

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Mar 19, 2024

March 2024

Governor Beshear addresses legislative actions, calling one bill a ‘power grab’

He also discussed various bills that have reached his desk – and continued to call out the ‘partisan politics’ in Frankfort.

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Mar 19, 2024

March 2024

Lawsuit seeks to kick Louisville Democratic state Rep. Nima Kulkarni off ballot

The petition to remove Kulkarni from the ballot was filed by the former state legislator she defeated in a Democratic primary in 2018, alleging she should be disqualified for a filing error involving her nomination signatories.

Published in News, Election 2024 on Mar 19, 2024

March 2024

March Madness in the Lege

Marc Murphy nails it.

Published in Cartoon on Mar 19, 2024

March 2024

The Lege is stuffing bills into each other to get them passed

Why not just write one multi-thousand-page bill and pass it?

Published in News, Analysis, KYGA 2024 on Mar 18, 2024

March 2024

Council for Better Education opposes constitutional amendment on private schools funding

This Kentucky-based advocacy organization is opposed to using public money for private schools, and is planning various actions to defeat the bill.

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Mar 18, 2024

March 2024

Divided KY Senate advances bill attaching Fish and Wildlife to agriculture department

They moved the Racing Commission to Ag as well.

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Mar 18, 2024

March 2024

Medical-cannabis ‘cleanup’ bill passes House

Critics disappointed more qualifying conditions not added and say it increases hurdles

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Mar 18, 2024

March 2024

Ky. House speeds through bills to ease future tax cuts, shift $450M GRANT program to Agriculture

The revenue bill would alter Kentucky’s trigger law to lower the bar for future tax cuts while another bill shifts a $450 million grant program out of the Beshear administration’s control.

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Mar 18, 2024

March 2024

The Strongman Fantasy

And dictatorship in real life

Published in Commentary, Analysis on Mar 17, 2024

March 2024

By any other word these actions would still be the same — just call it racism

This is not your regular racism. There’s no nightriders, no dogs and hoses, no bombs going off in a church basement. This is the soft-core variety – influential White people lecturing Black folks on how it’s going down. Racism just the same.

Published in Commentary on Mar 15, 2024

March 2024

Kentucky House moves to cut DEI programs, impacting protected groups

The House decided to rip out the Senate’s bill, and replace it with one that was much worse.

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Mar 15, 2024

March 2024

Can public tax dollars go to private schools? Kentuckians will answer on November ballot

Voters will get to decide if the Lege is allowed to fund private schools out of the state’s education budget. It’s a constitutional amendment because the KY Constitution currently is clear: public money is only for public schools.

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Mar 15, 2024

March 2024

State Senate restores most Medicaid cuts made in the House

But the budget process isn’t over – the House has to agree with the Senate’s changes.

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Mar 15, 2024

March 2024

Sweeping GOP crime bill clears Kentucky Senate despite judiciary chairman’s opposition

Tired of ‘mollycoddling’ criminals, says Republican Floor Leader Thayer

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Mar 15, 2024

March 2024

So the Lege wants schools to teach civics – hahahaha!

Over 125 bills being rammed through by breaking the rules – and THIS Repub legislature wants to talk about CIVICS?!?

Published in Commentary, KYGA 2024 on Mar 15, 2024

March 2024

So you say you want a strongman?

Timothy Snyder points out the results if you succeed in electing a strongman. And they’re not pretty.

Published in Commentary on Mar 15, 2024

March 2024

Nine minutes. To reverse nearly a half-century of open records law.

The most significant of bills sometimes get the least attention. This was one of those times.

Published in Commentary, Analysis on Mar 14, 2024

March 2024

Senate committees reject two bad House bills

A bill to cut SNAP benefits, and a bill to loosen child labor laws, both failed in committee today in the Senate.

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Mar 14, 2024

March 2024

Kentucky House approves ‘school choice’ amendment despite bipartisan opposition

Bill overrides SEVEN different parts of the state constitution. Public money for private schools, now on its way to the Senate.

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Mar 14, 2024

March 2024

The Wrap for Wednesday, 3/13

Mostly news from the Lege, and not all of it as tasty as that wrap appears to be.

Published in News on Mar 13, 2024

March 2024

Louisville launching five-year plan for universal preschool

“Thrive by 5” is a five-year plan to lead to every child in Metro Louisville being able to attend preschool.

Published in News on Mar 13, 2024

March 2024

‘Public money for nonpublic schools’ amendment meets bipartisan resistance but clears House

Rural Republicans voice concerns about draining money from public schools

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Mar 13, 2024

March 2024

Kentucky House passes bill that adds loopholes to open records law

Public business on private devices is not subject to open records requests. Anyone got a truck to drive through that loophole?

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Mar 13, 2024

March 2024

KY Senate unveils massive one-time spending bill, but no raises for K-12 teachers

Millions to spend, but spending on teacher salaries essentially flat.

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Mar 13, 2024

March 2024

General Assembly announces calendar changes

Still sine die on April 15th, though.

Published in News on Mar 13, 2024

March 2024

Opponents from across the political spectrum testify against sweeping crime bill

Senate committee expected to vote Thursday on House Bill 5

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Mar 13, 2024

March 2024

The Wrap for Tuesday, 3/12/24

Published in on Mar 12, 2024

March 2024

A hard look at the new Republican Party and the threat it poses

Our nation faces an existential threat this fall – and that threat is coming from a political party that has been taken over by the former president.

Published in Commentary on Mar 12, 2024

March 2024

Bill aimed at curbing Kentucky's youth 'vaping epidemic' passes House

Kentucky Youth Advocates calls on Senate to make it stronger

Published in News on Mar 12, 2024

March 2024

Regressive, ‘lock them up’ House Bill 5 would be a costly mistake for Kentucky

Our state needs substantial criminal justice reform, not more regressive policies. Kentucky cannot afford this costly mistake.

Published in Commentary on Mar 12, 2024

March 2024

The Safer Kentucky Act source list is ‘cut and paste’ from a Georgia policy paper

A Kentucky Public Radio analysis found many of the sources provided in support of the so-called Safer Kentucky Act have little to do with the bill itself. Now, KPR has obtained a source list for a 2023 paper that appears to use the same citations.

Published in Analysis on Mar 12, 2024

March 2024

“I’m sick of people being mean for Jesus”

Too many Christians are intent on being religious and ignoring Christ – including some legislators.

Published in Commentary on Mar 12, 2024

March 2024

Gaming their own law: Will Senate Republicans follow House lead on trail of another income tax cut?

In other words – Will we be Kansas, just in slow motion?

Published in Analysis on Mar 12, 2024

March 2024

The Wrap for 3/11/24

From the Lege to Morgan McGarvey and Rand Paul co-sponsoring legislation (!), here’s today’s issue of The Wrap.

Published in News on Mar 11, 2024

March 2024

It’s Sunshine Week? Or ... is it?

Unhappily, this year’s Sunshine Week will once again be a period of grave concern about what we may lose, rather than a celebration of what we have won

Published in Commentary on Mar 11, 2024

March 2024

NKY reps in KY House send two bills to Senate: ‘Momnibus’ and easing teacher shortage

The “Momnibus” bill aims to improve maternal health, while the other bills addresses the teacher shortage.

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Mar 11, 2024

March 2024

Kentucky Senate’s pro-coal bill would burden ratepayers, make energy transition more chaotic

SB 349 is not what Kentucky’s ratepayers need. There are better ways if the goal is reliable, lowest-cost power.

Published in Analysis on Mar 11, 2024

March 2024

Our legislature is being invaded by out-of-state extremists

We need to reject this outside interference by right-wing extremist groups, and keep our focus on legislation designed by and for the people we in the General Assembly are elected to serve.

Published in Commentary on Mar 11, 2024

March 2024

Why is McConnell for Trump? It’s business

McConnell’s taking care of his business, but not the country’s business.

Published in Commentary on Mar 10, 2024

March 2024

Thanks to Katie Britt, I know things must be all right at the border

As always, watch what they do, not what they say.

Published in Commentary on Mar 9, 2024

March 2024

The open records bill is better, but still has significant problems

The bill still exempts private devices and accounts from public records requests. Want to hide something you’re doing from the public? Just do it on your personal cell phone.

Published in Analysis, Commentary on Mar 9, 2024

March 2024

McGarvey scores a perfect 100 in this retiree group’s scorecard

Retirees who vote Republican might want to rethink that choice.

Published in News on Mar 9, 2024

March 2024

Biden ‘hit it out of the ballpark again’

Biden made a point of calling out unions in his SOTU speech on Thursday.

Published in Commentary on Mar 9, 2024

March 2024

Trump voters – here’s your candidate

Just in case you’ve forgotten exactly who and what you’re voting for, Seth Myers has the bullet list.

Published in Media, Commentary on Mar 8, 2024

March 2024

I’m a Baptist pastor against white Christian nationalism. It violates Jesus’ lessons

Christian Nationalism is a growing threat to our democracy. This pastor calls it out as un-Christ-like.

Published in Commentary on Mar 8, 2024

March 2024

The Wrap for Thursday, 3/7/24

A little bit slower news day – perhaps everyone is resting up for the State of the Union tonight? Still, some important news from KYGA.

Published in News on Mar 7, 2024

March 2024

‘Adult-oriented’ businesses would be subject to new restrictions under bill approved by Senate

The word “drag” was removed, but some fear the bill still has 1st Amendment issues.

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Mar 7, 2024

March 2024

Kentucky lawmakers scale back proposal to shield more public records from disclosure

Open government proponents warned House Bill 509 would “eviscerate” state public records law. They say a new version is better but still has problems.

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Mar 7, 2024

March 2024

Democrats walk out to protest ‘alternatives to pregnancy termination’ bill

Some called it a “compassionate bill.” Three Democratic women called it “shaming” and “coercion” – and walked out of the committee hearing.

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Mar 7, 2024

March 2024

Andy says VETO, General Assembly says HELL NO

This week we start the episode with some (un)surprising news out of DC. Then, the Kentucky legislature, where they just wrapped up day 45 of the 60-day session. Finally, a great returning guest, Jamie Lucke, the editor of the Kentucky Lantern,

Published in Media on Mar 7, 2024

March 2024

Should I cast a protest vote this fall?

Voting "Uncommitted" as a protest in a primary is one thing. Protest voting in the general is very different, with important consequences. Berry Craig digs into why.

Published in Commentary on Mar 7, 2024

March 2024

Public records compromise still has giant loophole

A public record is a public record regardless of where it is stored. This bill still ignores that.

Published in Analysis, KYGA 2024 on Mar 7, 2024

March 2024

Kentucky House resolution would command state to defy EPA on air pollution from coal, gas

Defying the EPA could lead to lawsuits and even loss of federal funding.

Published in Analysis on Mar 7, 2024

March 2024

Louisville Jewish group hosts “A Jewish Call to End the War”

Panel discussion to feature prominent Jewish voices including former Congressman John Yarmuth

Published in Event, Press Release on Mar 7, 2024

March 2024

The Wrap for Wednesday, 3/6

A ton of KYGA news today, plus a new “Bruce’s Take” about Mitch McConnell.

Published in News on Mar 6, 2024

March 2024

Momnibus bill drives forward in Kentucky legislature

A bipartisan work group put together the legislation, and have already lined up a grant to start implementing it.

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Mar 6, 2024

March 2024

Senate advances GOP bill paving the way for school ‘guardians’

GOP senator says he wishes legislation would fund school resource officers

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Mar 6, 2024

March 2024

Republicans and Democrats futilely oppose partisan Kentucky school board elections bill

House can now consider Senate Bill 8

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Mar 6, 2024

March 2024

Mitch McConnell, Anthony Piagentini, and IVF with Allison Wiseman

Allison Wiseman joins Robert to talk about Mitch McConnell's exit from Senate Leadership, Anthony Piagentini's trial, and IVF bills moving in the Kentucky legislature.

Published in Media on Mar 6, 2024

March 2024

Mitch blew it

After all he has done to destroy the Senate and our democracy, Senator Mitch McConnell had one last chance to do the right thing. And today, he blew it.

Published in Media on Mar 6, 2024

March 2024

Hitler, Trump, and their friends in judicial robes

If the courts are on your side, the rule of law doesn’t mean very much.

Published in Commentary on Mar 6, 2024

March 2024

Kentucky House approves ‘Momnibus’ maternal health bill

HB 10 contains a number of provisions to deal with Kentucky’s maternal health crisis.

Published in News on Mar 5, 2024

March 2024

A Trump/Stormy Daniels legal brief reads like a disturbing work of literature

The request for a gag order offers evidence of how mean we are

Published in Commentary on Mar 5, 2024

March 2024

The Wrap for Tuesday, 3/5/24

Here it is – the SECOND issue of “The Wrap” as a newsletter AND an article! If YOU want to get it sent to you, turn it on in your email preferences. Got to be a paying member, though!

Published in News on Mar 5, 2024

March 2024

Welcome to Gilead

Are you worried about the U.S. turning into the fictional country of Gilead? Then you’d better start working to stop it – because Gilead is already here.

Published in Commentary on Mar 5, 2024

March 2024

Sign up for ‘The Wrap’ to get all the news in one place

The new one-stop shop for staying informed

Published in Meta on Mar 5, 2024

March 2024

Bill expanding access to ID, driver’s license services advances

Some Kentuckians may soon have a way to get a state-issued ID or driver’s license closer to home.

Published in News on Mar 5, 2024

March 2024

Why you should call about SB 239, the ‘my religion trumps your health care’ bill

A train wreck of a bill is coming up in committee on Wednesday. Read on to see why it is so bad, then call the number to register your voice with your senator!

Published in Action, KYGA 2024 on Mar 5, 2024

March 2024

Explainer: election bill HB 595

HB 595 is a long and multi-faceted bill dealing with elections. Here is a ForwardKY Explainer with a list of its major provisions.

Published in Explainer on Mar 5, 2024

March 2024

Candidate interview: Adam Moore

An interview with Democrat Adam Moore, running for the Kentucky House in District 45. Definitely a flippable seat, so why not put some money in the coffers?

Published in Media on Mar 5, 2024

March 2024

Use your lunch break to save your lunch break

Join a statewide day of action to oppose HB 500

Published in Action on Mar 5, 2024

March 2024

Beshear vetoes bill that would make it harder for families to access affordable housing

House Bill 8 would let landlords refuse to rent housing based on a person’s source of income

Published in News, Press Release on Mar 5, 2024

March 2024

Action Alert: LGBTQ Rights

Take five minutes to take action!

Published in Action, KYGA 2024 on Mar 4, 2024

March 2024

The Wrap for Monday, 4/4/24

Here it is – the first issue of “The Wrap” as a newsletter AND an article! If YOU want to get it sent to you, turn it on in your email preferences. Got to be a paying member, though!

Published in News on Mar 4, 2024

March 2024

Medical marijuana eligibility would expand in Kentucky under a new GOP bill

The Republican sponsor of a bill to legalize medical cannabis in Kentucky last year has filed a new bill to expand the number of eligible medical conditions for patients when the program goes into effect in 2025.

Published in Analysis, KYGA 2024 on Mar 4, 2024

March 2024

From U.S. senate vacancies to paid parental leave: Five bills to watch this week

Out of hundreds of bills, here are five important ones that could move this week.

Published in Analysis, KYGA 2024 on Mar 4, 2024

March 2024

Appeals court sides with GOP constitutional officers on ethics commission power

Governor Beshear has said he will appeal the ruling.

Published in News on Mar 4, 2024

March 2024

Who wants the U.S. Supreme Court to limit abortion pill access? Here’s the list.

Kentucky AG Russell Coleman among those urging reversal of FDA decisions

Published in Analysis on Mar 4, 2024

March 2024

More bills than ever before – and more mule bills than ever before!

Why do OUR elected officials, who supposedly work for US, believe it is their right to do their work in secret?

Published in Analysis on Mar 4, 2024

March 2024

McConnell gives way to Trump, but will he still endorse him?

If Trump wins in November, that could guarantee a Republican majority in the Senate, but now the party is the Republican Party in name only. It is the Trump Party, and that is not a party in which Mitch McConnell belongs.

Published in Commentary on Mar 4, 2024

March 2024

A Catholic priest’s list of legislation – from 1909

This priest saw the needs of today with clarity, over a century ago.

Published in Commentary, Policy on Mar 4, 2024

March 2024

Let’s bring the gospel back to Frankfort – the Social Gospel

Wonder if the Repubs in Frankfort who call themselves Christian have ever heard of actually doing good in the name of their religion?

Published in Commentary, KYGA 2024 on Mar 3, 2024

March 2024

Labor report card is out. How did our electeds do?

Republicans have been claiming THEY are the blue-collar, pro-worker party. Their votes say otherwise – including our Kentucky electeds.

Published in Analysis, News on Mar 3, 2024

March 2024

Team of Rivals versus Team of Toadies

The contrast between Lincoln and Trump could not be more clear.

Published in Commentary on Mar 2, 2024

March 2024

Kentucky’s sledgehammer to higher education:  An SB 6 deep-dive

A bill with roots in white supremacy would of course ban concepts that expose white power structures threatened by Diversity Initiatives.

Published in Analysis, KYGA 2024 on Mar 2, 2024

March 2024

IVF, authoritarians, and Christian Nationalism

What is the ideology driving the MAGA movement? One part of it is Christian Nationalism. Ken Wolf dives into this scary movement.

Published in Commentary, Analysis on Mar 1, 2024

February 2024

The Wrap for Thursday, 2/29

Lots of little news gifts, all wrapped up for you!

Published in News on Feb 29, 2024

February 2024

Kentucky kids deserve better than being exploited like it’s 1899

House-approved bill would take the state and its youngsters in the wrong direction

Published in Commentary, KYGA 2024 on Feb 29, 2024

February 2024

‘This year’s anti-drag bill’ on its way to full Senate

A similar bill was filed last year, but stalled and did not pass.

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Feb 29, 2024

February 2024

Beshear says he will not run for McConnell’s Senate seat

His response to a reporter seemed pretty firm.

Published in News on Feb 29, 2024

February 2024

Thayer seeks to end Kentucky’s limits on political giving, require more frequent reporting instead

Thayer says that Citizens United allows for unlimited donations, since money is speech.

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Feb 29, 2024

February 2024

49th in oral health, Kentucky considers bill to get to 50th

Doug and Nate offer up the hot takes on a few Frankfort political mistakes: pro-child labor, pro-hunger and anti-flouride. Then they are joined by civil rights organizer, Savvy Shabazz to hear about his campaign to remove the slavery clause from the KY constitution.

Published in Media, KYGA 2024 on Feb 29, 2024

February 2024

The Wrap for Wednesday, 2/28

No, it’s not about food. Nice picture, though.

Published in News on Feb 28, 2024

February 2024

Bruce’s Take: The MAGA Shutdown

We're two days away from a partial federal government shutdown. Who's causing this, and what are the consequences?

Published in Media on Feb 28, 2024

February 2024

Louisville Democrat files bill to protect assisted reproduction, IVF in Kentucky

Unfortunately, the GOP will not let the bill even be debated.

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Feb 28, 2024

February 2024

Bill to grant child support payments for pregnancy advances — but with a major change

Kentucky senators advanced an amended bill Tuesday that would let a parent pursue child support payments for the months they were pregnant, but only retroactively. Abortion rights advocates say the updated bill addresses their legal concerns about fetal personhood.

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Feb 28, 2024

February 2024

Committee-approved bill would remove requirement Kentucky employers give lunch breaks, rest periods

State labor official worried about ‘erosion’ of ‘critical’ workplace protections

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Feb 28, 2024

February 2024

Bad bills and James Comer

Jazmin and Robert break down 3 bad bill this week: child labor, “religious freedom,” and guns in school. Then Robert brings an update about James Comer and his embarrassing attempts to impeach Joe Biden.

Published in Media on Feb 28, 2024

February 2024

McConnell will step down as the Senate Republican leader in November

He intends to finish his term, which lasts to January 2027, but will relinquish his leadership role this fall.

Published in News on Feb 28, 2024

February 2024

Here’s what hurts the most

How many Kentucky lives might be saved but for one missing trait in too many of our lawmakers: the courage to speak the truth.

Published in Commentary, KYGA 2024 on Feb 27, 2024

February 2024

The Wrap for Tuesday, 2/27

The Wrap is free this week, so get it while the getting is good!

Published in News on Feb 27, 2024

February 2024

Bill adds exception for rape, incest to state abortion ban

On the last day for new bills in the House, Republican Ken Fleming of Louisville filed a bill to modify the state’s abortion ban.

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Feb 27, 2024

February 2024

House Bill 5 would cost Kentucky more than $1 billion over ten years

The bill passed the House even though there was no financial impact statement. Turns out HB 5 is hella expensive.

Published in Analysis, Press Release, KYGA 2024 on Feb 27, 2024

February 2024

Chicago is the latest city rethinking disputed technology that listens for gunshots

Louisville is one major city using ShotSpotter, and has come under criticism for the placement of the monitors in mostly poor and black neighborhoods.

Published in Analysis on Feb 27, 2024

February 2024

Let’s talk about those frozen babies

Bruce takes on the recent decision by the Alabama Supreme Court.

Published in Media on Feb 27, 2024

February 2024

The ongoing attacks on higher ed in Kentucky

Anti-DEI, anti-tenure – they’re all part of a coordinated attack on higher ed by Republicans.

Published in Commentary on Feb 27, 2024

February 2024

KY Senate Bill 2 — ‘guardians’ to protect our kids from school shooters — is a dangerous bill. Here’s why.

How do you feel about having retired military and law enforcement patrolling your child’s school with a gun on their hip?

Published in Commentary, KYGA 2024 on Feb 26, 2024

February 2024

The Wrap for Monday, 2/26

Wrapping it up on this Monday!

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Feb 26, 2024

February 2024

Vaping bill passes House after being stripped of licensing requirements and stiffer penalties

Sponsor says alternate bill on retailing is expected

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Feb 26, 2024

February 2024

Distrust of fluoride ‘mind-boggling’; mineral is ‘time-tested’ and a ‘good thing,’ dentists say

GOP lawmakers push bill to make adding fluoride to water optional against advice of Kentucky dentists

Published in Analysis, KYGA 2024 on Feb 26, 2024

February 2024

Racists and fascists march in Paducah

The Patriot Front did a flash demonstration in Paducah on Sunday, marching right by a Black church on the last Sunday of Black History Month.

Published in News on Feb 26, 2024

February 2024

Sisters of Loretto to hold prayer service at McConnell’s office

The Sisters of Loretto and the Loretto Community will hold a public Lenten prayer service at noon on Wednesday, February 28, in front of Senator Mitch McConnell’s office at 601 West Broadway in Louisville.

Published in Event, Press Release on Feb 26, 2024

February 2024

What anti-DEI politicos get wrong. Part 2 – the conspiracy & fall-out

Where is all this anti-DEI agita coming from, anyway? Kimberly Kennedy has the answer.

Published in Analysis, KYGA 2024 on Feb 26, 2024

February 2024

Ransacking the RNC

The Trump family is making the RNC their own, personal piggy bank. What does this mean for November?

Published in Commentary on Feb 26, 2024

February 2024

Denise Harper Angel on one bad bill and one good bill

Some thoughts from the Louisville senator on HB 18 and SB 131.

Published in Analysis on Feb 24, 2024

February 2024

The Wrap for Friday, 2/23

An experimental article!

Published in News on Feb 23, 2024

February 2024

House GOP approve bill loosening Kentucky child labor law

Some Republicans join Democrats in voting against the measure

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Feb 23, 2024

February 2024

Kentucky’s Republican-controlled Senate passes three Democratic bills

Even though Republicans control the Lege, Dems can sometimes get their bills through.

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Feb 23, 2024

February 2024

The KY GOP wants to give kids a job, and not child care

This weak, Aaron, Chris and Kimberly bring you a few key stories out of Frankfort (with special connections to Lexington and Louisville), and then catch up with the always-inspiring Sen. Reggie Thomas, before finishing up with a Moms Demand Call-to-Action!

Published in Media, KYGA 2024 on Feb 23, 2024

February 2024

Senate committee approves endowed research fund bill

The Senate Education Committee unanimously advanced a bill Thursday that would create an endowment fund for research consortiums in Kentucky.

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Feb 23, 2024

February 2024

James Comer’s empty talk about accountability; he has a lot of explaining to do

Jamie is, at best, a Russian stooge, a lackey for Vladimir Putin. The boy might just be a Russian asset.

Published in Commentary on Feb 23, 2024

February 2024

The feds sent letters to 44 states, including KY, to fix SNAP application errors and inefficiencies

The majority of states are not processing food assistance applications on time and making too many payment errors, according to the federal government.

Published in News on Feb 23, 2024

February 2024

Despite ‘mass fraud’ claims, data shows few Kentuckians use student IDs to vote

Student IDs are rarely used to vote and have no verifiable connection to election fraud, but a bill to exclude them as a primary voter ID has advanced through the Kentucky Senate.

Published in Analysis, KYGA 2024 on Feb 23, 2024

February 2024

What anti-DEI politicos get wrong. Part 1 – the myths

The attacks on DEI programs come from a base of half-truths, mis-truths, and outright lies. In this two-part series, Kimberly Kennedy lays out what our politicians get wrong about DEI.

Published in Analysis, KYGA 2024 on Feb 22, 2024

February 2024

Calloway County, here’s your challenger for KY House

“I want to serve my community, and give my community a choice by running for office.” – Lauren Hines

Published in Feature, Election 2024 on Feb 21, 2024

February 2024

GOP bill would give Kentucky teachers 20 days of maternity leave

Unlike most other professionals, Kentucky teachers do not get paid maternity leave. This bill would remedy that.

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Feb 21, 2024

February 2024

Sarah Cole McIntosh on JCPS

This week Robert and Jazmin welcomed Sarah Cole McIntosh to the show to discuss JCPS and several of the legislative session's bills regarding the school district. Before that, Jazmin and Robert updated a few bills making their way through the legislature.

Published in Media on Feb 21, 2024

February 2024

The Horizons Act – a big spend for a big goal.

Sen. Danny Carroll’s bill would put $300 million toward early childhood education over the next two years.

Published in News, Analysis, KYGA 2024 on Feb 21, 2024

February 2024

Here’s this session’s “War on Louisville” bills

Including a few you may have missed

Published in Analysis, Commentary on Feb 20, 2024

February 2024

Kratom: Used by millions, but banned in many states. A pharmacologist explains the controversy

HB 293 would regulate the sale of kratom in Kentucky. Here is an explainer about the substance and why the KYGA is considering this bill.

Published in Explainer, KYGA 2024 on Feb 20, 2024

February 2024

Homelessness isn’t a crime, and does not belong in House Bill 5

Blaming the homeless for their plight lets us off the hook, and allows us to sleep well at night, pray in our churches, and rationalize that the people experiencing homelessness aren’t the ones our faith or our compassion call us to care for.

Published in Commentary, KYGA 2024 on Feb 20, 2024

February 2024

Campbell County Republican Party chair resigns amidst internal divisions

A group within the party wanted her and treasurer Stephen Cunningham removed. Both have now resigned.

Published in News on Feb 20, 2024

February 2024

Adams announces continued increase in voter registrations

“It is critical that the General Assembly leave early voting days and our election integrity measures intact.”

Published in News, Press Release on Feb 20, 2024

February 2024

An interview with Jacqueline Coleman

We interview the just-reelected Lt. Governor of Kentucky, Jacqueline Coleman. We talked about her accomplishments in her first term, what she wants to get done in her second term, and what, if she had a magic wand, she would stop.

Published in Media on Feb 16, 2024

February 2024

Birchers, fluoride, and Frankfort Republicans

The crazy theories of the Birchers are now the policy positions of Frankfort Republicans.

Published in Commentary, KYGA 2024 on Feb 16, 2024

February 2024

Another murderous attack on our open records laws

Once again, the Lege is looking at gutting our open records laws. What are they trying to hide?

Published in Analysis, Commentary, KYGA 2024 on Feb 15, 2024

February 2024

More than 100 Kentucky groups urge lawmakers to reject House Bill 5

People all across the state see what a bad bill HB 5 is. Let us hope our legislators eventually do as well.

Published in Action, KYGA 2024 on Feb 14, 2024

February 2024

Introducing state Senator Wheeler, the one representing Texas and Donald Trump’s campaign

It seems Sen. Phillip Wheeler has forgotten both whom he represents, and what his job is in Frankfort.

Published in Commentary, Analysis on Feb 14, 2024

February 2024

‘Diversity isn’t always a good thing’

As one person succinctly put it, DEI is this year’s CRT. And just like last year, KY Repubs have constructed a straw man that they then can outlaw.

Published in News, Commentary on Feb 14, 2024

February 2024

Senate gives green light to homestead exemption measure

A bill to expand the homestead exemption passed, but not without concerns.

Published in News, Press Release, KYGA 2024 on Feb 13, 2024

February 2024

Committee unanimously approves anti-vaping bill

A bill to address vaping in our schools.

Published in News, Press Release, KYGA 2024 on Feb 13, 2024

February 2024

KY Youth Advocates on the Horizons Act

Senator Danny Carroll has introduced the Horizons Act, which would spend $150 million a year to support child care in Kentucky.

Published in Press Release, KYGA 2024 on Feb 13, 2024

February 2024

Tucker Carlson: today’s Walter Duranty

This time, the media is picking up on the obvious parallels.

Published in Analysis, Commentary on Feb 12, 2024

February 2024

Are Republicans collapsing in anger and chaos?

No matter how you phrase it, the Repubs in DC are in free-fall because of their fealty to Trump. Can the voters save us in November?

Published in Analysis on Feb 12, 2024

February 2024

The budget has passed the House and other stories

The budget bills (HB 1 and HB 6) have passed the house. Robert talked about last second changes to the house bills, and Jazmin went through several other bills making their way through the legislature this week.

Published in Media, KYGA 2024 on Feb 11, 2024

February 2024

Why is the KY GOP afraid of diversity, equity, & inclusion?

This week, Aaron and Doug mark the start of black history month by connecting with Murray State professor of history, Dr. Brian Clardy to discuss anti-DEI efforts in Frankfort and why the GOP is so opposed to diversity, equity, & inclusion.

Published in Media, KYGA 2024 on Feb 11, 2024

February 2024

Why the latest ‘But her emails’ won’t work this time

The media has latched on to a narrative, just like they did in 2016. But we can point out the REAL narrative. Ivonne Rovira tells us how.

Published in Commentary on Feb 11, 2024

February 2024

Sneak attacks on Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden

First it was James Comey. Now it is Robert Hur. Both men took it upon themselves to defame a presidential candidate, and put their thumbs on the scales.

Published in on Feb 11, 2024

February 2024

A Republican senator without a party

Reasonable bills, reasoned stances. And yet, it appears this senator is on the outside of his own party.

Published in Commentary, KYGA 2024 on Feb 10, 2024

February 2024

‘War is hell. Football is a game.’

If you watch the Super Bowl this weekend, you may hear words like “bomb” and “blitz” and even “war.” One writer says it’s time to re-think that metaphor.

Published in Feature on Feb 10, 2024

February 2024

Four stupid KYGA bills, including one on the move

Some bills are obviously good, some are a mix of good and bad, and some are just bad. But these four go beyond bad and into “stupid.”

Published in Analysis, Commentary on Feb 9, 2024

February 2024

God, athletes, and the Super Bowl

Does God have a favorite in the Super Bowl? You might think so, based on comments by athletes. Is it time for “separation of church and sport”?

Published in Commentary on Feb 9, 2024

February 2024

Are Black men leaving Biden?

Many pundits are saying Biden is losing the Black vote, especially among Black men. But is that accurate?

Published in Analysis on Feb 9, 2024

February 2024

Hal Rogers is getting challenged ... from the right

So who is this challenger, and how did he raise all that money?

Published in Analysis on Feb 8, 2024

February 2024

Why HB 5 is such a god-awful bill

It’s this year’s winner of the “How Bad a Bill Can We Write” award.

Published in Commentary, Analysis, KYGA 2024 on Feb 7, 2024

February 2024

Right-wing conspiracy theories about ... Taylor Swift?!?

Those talking heads must think their audience is pretty stupid. They could be right.

Published in Commentary on Feb 7, 2024

February 2024

Covington considers resolution against NKY Port Authority

The resolution, which asks the Port Authority to stop doing business in Covington, will be voted on next week.

Published in News on Feb 7, 2024

February 2024

Kentucky legislature could call itself into session under amendment proposed by House speaker

Osborne said previous attempt failed because it was too wordy and confusing

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Feb 7, 2024

February 2024

Trump ‘did not engage in insurrection’ on Jan. 6, new U.S. House resolution claims

The resolution has 68 co-sponsors – but none of Kentucky’s six representatives are on the list.

Published in News on Feb 7, 2024

February 2024

Bill advances to let pharmacists give vaccines to children 5 years and older

Kentucky is struggling to “catch up” on childhood vaccinations.

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Feb 7, 2024

February 2024

Kentucky panel OKs bill to ban most cell phone use in classrooms

“Put those phones away, people!”

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Feb 6, 2024

February 2024

NKY Rep. Rachel Roberts seeks to legalize weed, eyes $100M tax revenue

Roberts says that Kentucky voters want marijuana legalized, so the Lege had better come up with good rules and laws.

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Feb 6, 2024

February 2024

Here’s the electeds who voted to put homeless people in jail

“I know – let’s solve homelessness by making it a crime!” If that sounds stupid to you, read on.

Published in Commentary on Feb 6, 2024

February 2024

League of Women Voters calls out the Lege ... again

“We remind the legislature that they work for the people of the Commonwealth. And that the people have a right to participate in decisions that affect us.”

Published in Analysis, Press Release, KYGA 2024 on Feb 6, 2024

February 2024

What do anti-DEI Kentucky legislators fear?

Multiple bills have been introduced targeting DEI efforts across Kentucky. Why?

Published in Commentary, KYGA 2024 on Feb 5, 2024

February 2024

Interfaith group calls on Metro Council to issue resolution on Palestinian ceasefire

Over 100 organizations and individuals signed the request.

Published in Press Release on Feb 5, 2024

February 2024

Just remember – I told you so.

KY Repubs are all about ease of voting – until Dems start winning. Berry Craig puts a marker down that he told us so some years ago.

Published in Commentary on Feb 5, 2024

February 2024

The new monster, same as the old monster

The man who ran eight years ago is the same man running today, and there remains no evidence that Republican voters or the national Republican Party will ever abandon him.

Published in Commentary on Feb 5, 2024

February 2024

Forward Kentucky wins two awards at KPA Convention

We wrote, we entered, we won! 🏆🏆

Published in Meta on Feb 4, 2024

February 2024

McConnell meets another legacy moment

Mitch McConnell’s legacy looked fairly certain just a few years ago. But Trump has turned all of that upside down, and how McConnell handles 2024 may well be what people remember the most.

Published in Analysis on Feb 4, 2024

February 2024

Beshear underscores support for DEI during Black History Month celebration

In contrast to the Republican majority in the legislature, the governor spoke up for diversity.

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Feb 4, 2024

February 2024

GOP supermajority: Silly, unserious, unconcerned by Kentuckians’ real problems

While real Kentuckians face real problems, the Lege is focused on anything but the needs of the rest of us.

Published in Commentary, KYGA 2024 on Feb 4, 2024

February 2024

House Bill 420: NKY rep aims to legalize recreational marijuana

And yes, the bill’s number is 420. (Click the link if you don’t know why that is relevant.)

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Feb 3, 2024

February 2024

Audit of Kentucky’s juvenile jails dinged for isolation, use of force policies

There are some serious issues in our juvenile detention centers. This story points out some of them.

Published in News on Feb 3, 2024

February 2024

A spices company calmly lays it out about Republicans

When a company has not only an “About Us” page, but also an “About Republicans” page, it’s worth seeing what they have to say.

Published in Commentary on Feb 3, 2024

February 2024

School admins weigh in on House budget

The lack of funding for teacher salaries is a serious flaw in the House’s budget, according to KASA.

Published in Press Release, KYGA 2024 on Feb 2, 2024

February 2024

Scared of young voters, Repubs pass anti-college-ID bill

They were okay with using a student ID to vote – until Andy Beshear won re-election.

Published in Commentary, KYGA 2024 on Feb 2, 2024

February 2024

Kaylee Raymer on HB 5

This week we invited Kaylee Raymer of KY Policy to talk about HB 5 and how it is moving along in the legislature. She provided insights into changes the bill experienced this week and also efforts to make the bill less bad.

Published in Media, KYGA 2024 on Feb 1, 2024

February 2024

Will KYGA24 get some “gunsense”?

Kimberly, Doug, & Nate break down the news of the worthless and weak in Frankfort, then chat with Cathy Hobart Spicer to discuss the prospects for any sensible gun measures in this session.

Published in Media, KYGA 2024 on Feb 1, 2024

January 2024

How to talk about Trump with a MAGA cult member

Don’t make the mistake we all make by talking about Trump as a fascist wannabe dictator. Instead, do this.

Published in Commentary on Jan 31, 2024

January 2024

There is no ‘crime epidemic.’ Lawmakers should not saddle Kentucky with even more prisoners and costs.

HB 5, the so-called “Safer Kentucky Act,” is just what this writer calls it: an extremely unwise octopus of a bill.

Published in Analysis, KYGA 2024 on Jan 30, 2024

January 2024

Bill filed to allow judges to temporarily take guns from those at risk of harming themselves or others

Senator Whitney Westerfield filed the bill, which is often called a “red flag” law.

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Jan 29, 2024

January 2024

Two legislators file bill to undo last year’s anti-trans law

The Democratic reps from Louisville and Lexington filed HB 376.

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Jan 29, 2024

January 2024

Shawn Fain, myth buster

Once and for all, Shawn Fain of the UAW had laid waste to a long-time myth about Donald Trump.

Published in News on Jan 29, 2024

January 2024

Yes – the Open Records law applies to the Attorney General as well

After over three years, the bottom line is simple: the AG’s office has to follow the same rules it applies to others.

Published in Analysis on Jan 29, 2024

January 2024

Is this your church?

Ben Fishel has apparently visited some churches in the Commonwealth ...

Published in on Jan 29, 2024

January 2024

Repubs are coming after higher education, including here in Kentucky

From tenure to diversity, Republicans are determined to reshape colleges and universities into mirrors of their right-wing world view.

Published in Commentary, Analysis, KYGA 2024 on Jan 26, 2024

January 2024

“The energy was unbelievable” – UAW endorses Biden

Both Biden and UAW president Shawn Fain received multiple standing ovations at the event.

Published in News on Jan 25, 2024

January 2024

Brian Clardy issues strong call to action

“We have work to do. The struggle didn’t end on a bloody balcony in Memphis.”

Published in Feature, Commentary on Jan 24, 2024

January 2024

A tale of two trials

“The odds of the United States falling into dictatorship have grown considerably because so many of the obstacles to it have been cleared, and only a few are left.”

Published in Commentary, Analysis on Jan 22, 2024

January 2024

The trainwreck that is FERPA

And how a law with good intentions can wind up causing harm.

Published in Analysis, Commentary on Jan 21, 2024

January 2024

GOP-sponsored bill to axe tenure is 'fiscally unsound'

As part of their ongoing attacks on higher education, the Repubs in Frankfort are now going after tenure. Berry Craig explains why it’s a bad idea.

Published in Analysis, KYGA 2024 on Jan 21, 2024

January 2024

Why I’m a Democrat

Healthcare for all. A living wage. Food for the hungry. Adequate schools. Sound good? All these are things that DEMS want. That’s why I’m a Democrat.

Published in Commentary on Jan 20, 2024

January 2024

Susan Weston analyzes the House budget bill against Pritchard Committee’s Big Bold ask

Susan Weston of the Pritchard Committee digs into the House’s budget bill and compares it to what is in the Big Bold Ask.

Published in Analysis, KYGA 2024 on Jan 18, 2024

January 2024

Four good bills, four bad bills

Robert and Jazmin dive into 8 bills making their way through the Kentucky legislature -- four of them are good, four of them are bad.

Published in Media, KYGA 2024 on Jan 18, 2024

January 2024

The KY GOP’s Dr. MLK Hypocrisy

We break down two horrible bills being advanced by the GOP supermajority - criminalizing homelessness and rejecting anti-racism efforts - and then reality check some GOP hypocrisy on MLK day. Then, an interview with Rep. Cherlynn Stevenson, who shares her priorities and looming fights in Frankfort.

Published in Media on Jan 18, 2024

January 2024

Under Republican bill, voters would elect Kentucky Board of Education members in partisan races

Voters would choose Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) members in partisan elections under a bill filed last week by Republican Senate Majority Whip Mike Wilson of Bowling Green.

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Jan 18, 2024

January 2024

Does voting really matter anymore?

If the GOT (Grand Old Trumpers) won’t accept the results anyway, why vote?

Published in Commentary, Election 2024 on Jan 18, 2024

January 2024

Ulysses S. Grant’s 1875 speech nails it

As we consider the challenges facing our nation, a voice from the past presciently addresses the issues of today.

Published in Commentary on Jan 17, 2024

January 2024

Democrats need Real Republicans to help save the Republic

It’s going to take a broad coalition to stop our slide toward an autocratic takeover.

Published in Commentary on Jan 17, 2024

January 2024

Kentucky abortion ban: State abortion advocates say exceptions aren’t enough

Kentucky lawmakers are expected to consider adding exceptions for rape and incest to the state’s near-total abortion ban during the current 2024 legislative session in Frankfort. But abortion rights advocates say exemptions alone aren’t enough.

Published in Analysis, KYGA 2024 on Jan 16, 2024

January 2024

First Opioid Abatement Settlement Commission meeting under new leader draws big crowd, largely to support ibogaine study

The new director didn’t want to get into ibogaine at his first meeting – but the audience did.

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Jan 16, 2024

January 2024

Anti-DEI bill seeks to remove ‘trauma-informed approach’ for Kentucky schools from state law

Bill sponsor says bipartisan ‘trauma-informed’ language could be a backdoor for ‘DEI agenda’

Published in Analysis, KYGA 2024 on Jan 16, 2024

January 2024

Andy Beshear, the Mel Ott of Kentucky

Andy Beshear proved that nice guys can, indeed, finish first.

Published in Commentary on Jan 16, 2024

January 2024

Tax dollars are wasted in states with school vouchers

Does throwing away your tax dollars make you angry? Before we burn up millions of dollars in our state, let’s learn from the mistakes other states have made.

Published in Analysis, KYGA 2024 on Jan 16, 2024

January 2024

A Fever in the Heartland: the Ku Klux Klan’s plot to take over America, and the woman who stopped them

Does Trump remind you of Hitler? Ivonne Rovira says he is more like Steve Stephenson, the head of the KKK in the 1920s. Read her review of the new book about this largely-unknown history.

Published in Feature on Jan 16, 2024

January 2024

Housing: Who has the privilege?

Are we going to punish the unhoused, or help them?

Published in Analysis, KYGA 2024 on Jan 15, 2024

January 2024

This is a circus, dear readers, and Gomer Comer lies and flirts with pornography

Jamie Comer may be getting desperate for attention. Why else enter a picture of someone in the nude into the committee records?

Published in Commentary on Jan 14, 2024

January 2024

When it comes to MLK, they only know one line

Many Republicans will be quoting Dr. Martin Luther King this weekend. Unfortunately, they will quote the only line they know – and ignore the rest of Dr. King’s words, and life.

Published in Commentary on Jan 14, 2024

January 2024

SOS Adams opposes bill to eliminate early voting

A Republican from Northern Kentucky wants to get rid of early voting. The Secretary of State thinks it is a really bad idea.

Published in News, KYGA 2024, Election 2024 on Jan 14, 2024

January 2024

Democratic Senator’s bill ending tax on diapers earns bipartisan cheers

Sen. Cassie Chambers Armstrong is gathering bipartisan support for a bill to remove sales taxes on diapers.

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Jan 14, 2024

January 2024

Lexington lawmaker files three bills he says will improve Kentucky elections

Chad Aull, Dem from Lexington, wants to expand voting hours and do away with straight-ticket voting.

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Jan 14, 2024

January 2024

Jazmin’s return, the session is underway, and the filing deadline has passed

Jazmin's back in this one as she and Robert discuss the filing deadline and who is running for which office, the legislative session, which is now underway, and the state of the commonwealth. Plus more!

Published in Media, KYGA 2024, Election 2024 on Jan 12, 2024

January 2024

KY GOP: The Party of NO

oug, Kimberly and Chris share the news of the weak coming out of #KYGA24 as it moves to end diversity and inclusion education, while recasting Jan. 6th insurrectionists as innocent bystanders. Then we check in with Kesley Coots about the ACLU’s Reproductive Freedom Campaign.

Published in Media, KYGA 2024 on Jan 12, 2024

January 2024

Campaign staffers needed

Have you ever thought about working on a campaign? Here’s the details on what’s needed and how to get involved – with a place to sign up!

Published in Action on Jan 12, 2024

January 2024

This Week at the State Capitol

This week’s update from the LRC.

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Jan 12, 2024

January 2024

'Union members help people, whether on the shop floor or out in the community'

This MLK weekend, we need to remember that Dr. King saw the labor movement and civil rights movement as allies.

Published in Feature on Jan 12, 2024

January 2024

Weddle blames Beshear fundraiser for letting him make illegal political contributions

Governor’s campaign manager disputes London mayor’s account

Published in Analysis, News, Election 2023 on Jan 12, 2024

January 2024

Republicans, it’s time to stop sniveling

Kentucky Republicans have looked more traditional than Trumpian – at least, until the recent RPK resolution. Al Cross says it’s time for the Trumpers to stop.

Published in Commentary on Jan 12, 2024

January 2024

Cameron says he’s fighting ‘woke’ – but he’s really just helping rich people get richer

Gerth: “If Cameron hasn’t figured out that he’s fighting against the very principles that have allowed him to succeed in life by now, it’s doubtful if he ever will.”

Published in Commentary on Jan 11, 2024

January 2024

Paid Family Leave Insurance Act clears committee

Kentucky employers may soon have a new way to offer employees paid family leave.

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Jan 10, 2024

January 2024

SB 93 – a Really Bad Bill

A bill that not only goes after DEI in the schools (incorrectly defined), but also goes after "belonging." And, that gets rid of trauma-informed programs in the schools.

Published in Bruce’s Take, Commentary, KYGA 2024 on Jan 9, 2024

January 2024

Bill filed for exceptions to state’s abortion ban

The narrowly-crafted bill has support from some Republicans.

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Jan 9, 2024

January 2024

Proposed KY medical cannabis regs removed from legislative committee agenda

The regulations are needed to put in place the system for medical marijuana in the state. The next meeting of the committee is in February.

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Jan 9, 2024

January 2024

Some KY GOP party officials defend Jan. 6 rioters, echoing Trump rhetoric

GOP legislative, party leaders say little after central committee approves resolution

Published in News on Jan 9, 2024

January 2024

Three questions to ask James Comer this week

Time for Comer to answer these three questions.

Published in Commentary on Jan 9, 2024

January 2024

Louisville’s non-commitment to open records

Thousands of open-records requests are languishing in Louisville – and Mayor Greenberg hasn’t been effective in fixing the problem.

Published in Commentary on Jan 9, 2024

January 2024

Kentucky Senate leader files bill to curb ‘divisive concepts’ in public higher education

Senator Mike Wilson is opposed to diversity, equity, and inclusion policies and programs.

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Jan 8, 2024

January 2024

Congressman Morgan McGarvey appointed to key position in House Democratic Caucus

McGarvey named to part of the Whip Team after just one year in Congress.

Published in Press Release on Jan 8, 2024

January 2024

Legislative bills would improve access to women’s period products

Similar bills have been filed in the past, but did not get passed.

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Jan 8, 2024

January 2024

The 10 Dimmest Bulbs in Congress

And Number One is NOT who you think.

Published in Commentary on Jan 8, 2024

January 2024

The ABCs of Kentucky’s economy

Backgrounder on our state’s economy and jobs

Published in Analysis, Explainer on Jan 8, 2024

January 2024

Courier-Journal suing LMPD to get search warrant data

Metro Police has ignored the records request for over four months.

Published in News on Jan 8, 2024

January 2024

Governor Beshear launches federal PAC

“In This Together PAC” will support good candidates in red and purple states, including Kentucky

Published in Press Release on Jan 8, 2024

January 2024

Bills impacting open government filed in week one of the Kentucky General Assembly

Amye Bensenhaver updates us on bills filed in week one of the legislature that either support or harm government transparency.

Published in Analysis, KYGA 2024 on Jan 7, 2024

January 2024

Repub AGs, incl Kentucky’s, petition SCOTUS to overturn Colorado decision to block Trump from ballot

Kentucky AG was one of 26 Republican AGs filing the amicus brief.

Published in on Jan 7, 2024

January 2024

Overview of the candidate filings

The filings are in, and the analysis begins! Here are some stats and other things to know.

Published in Election 2024, Analysis on Jan 6, 2024

January 2024

Beshear wants lawmakers to expand number of conditions that qualify for medical marijuana

Starting in 2025, Kentucky doctors can legally prescribe medical cannabis to patients with one of seven qualifying conditions, including cancer. But Beshear wants to expand the list to 21 to include ailments.

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Jan 5, 2024

January 2024

Daniel Cameron to the rescue, tilting at ‘woke’ windmill to save the ‘American Way’

Move aside, Don Quizote – Daniel Cameron is on the move.

Published in Commentary on Jan 5, 2024

January 2024

Smirking in Frankfort

A look at some smirking going on in Frankfort, and what it means.

Published in on Jan 5, 2024

January 2024

This Week at the State Capitol

Lawmakers file scores of bills throughout the first days of the 2024 session

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Jan 5, 2024

January 2024

Previews for Filing Deadline and Legislative Session

The session kicks off today (1/2) and the filing deadline is a few days away. While there are still lots of news to be made on both fronts, Robert talked about both issues on this episode.

Published in Media, Election 2024 on Jan 4, 2024

January 2024

Aaaand They’re Off!

Aaron, Kimberly and Doug share a few new year's resolutions, and dive into a legislative advocacy preview, including the Kentucky Together effort for a compassionate state budget, a few state house races that still deserve candidates and a political news roundup from Ms. Kimberly.

Published in Media, KYGA 2024 on Jan 4, 2024

January 2024

Beshear puts human faces to his budget proposals in State of the Commonwealth address

Governor says Kentucky can be economic, moral leader. Republicans’ budget to come in next couple of weeks.

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Jan 4, 2024

January 2024

Top Ten open government stories of 2023 (part two)

Attacks on open government continued in 2023 – and the Open Government Coalition continued to fight back. Here is their list of the top ten stories in that fight from 2023.

Published in Analysis, Commentary on Jan 4, 2024

January 2024

The KY General Assembly: where transparency goes to die

“Secrecy is the freedom zealots dream of.” – Bill Moyers

Published in Commentary, KYGA 2024 on Jan 4, 2024

January 2024

Top Ten open government stories of 2023 (part one)

Attacks on open government continued in 2023 – and the Open Government Coalition continued to fight back. Here is their list of the top ten stories in that fight from 2023.

Published in Analysis, Commentary on Jan 3, 2024

January 2024

The Murray monument to white supremacy and slavery

The Lee statue is now the subject of a new film, “Ghosts of a Lost Cause.”

Published in Commentary on Jan 3, 2024

January 2024

Not the usual first day of the General Assembly

Even as the leadership pushed through the same legislative shorcuts that had been called out by the League of Women Voters, numerous leges (including some Repubs!) spoke against these attacks on representative government.

Published in News, KYGA 2024 on Jan 2, 2024

January 2024

Today’s swearing-in ceremony – a photo gallery

A collection of photos from today’s swearing-in ceremony of the remaining constitutional officers.

Published in News, Media on Jan 2, 2024

December 2023

My Anti-Predictions for 2024

Ivonne Rovira takes on predictions from Tucker Carlson, Donald Trump, Jeanine Pirro, Hank Kunneman, and many more.

Published in Commentary on Dec 29, 2023

December 2023

This year, the legislature has the money to pass a budget that DELIVERS for Kentuckians

It’s time for the General Assembly to stop stuffing more and more money in the proverbial mattress, and instead use that money to actually help people across our state.

Published in Commentary, Analysis, KYGA 2024 on Dec 28, 2023

December 2023

Time for Democrats to think about the future

Insanity: doing what you’ve always done and expecting different results.

Published in Commentary, Election 2024 on Dec 26, 2023

December 2023

Republican lawmakers mostly mum on Beshear’s budget. Can they find common ground?

Said one advocate: “Can they make it OK to agree?”

Published in Analysis, KYGA 2024 on Dec 26, 2023

December 2023

Latest polling on abortion reaffirms that voters favor access over restrictions

Even as SCOTUS considers yet another abortion case, the majority of voters continue to support reproductive rights.

Published in Analysis on Dec 23, 2023

December 2023

Al Cross’s annual Christmas gifts to Kentucky politicians

This is the season of gift-giving, and Al Cross has some special (and pointed) gifts for our elected officials.

Published in Commentary on Dec 22, 2023

December 2023

Agenda 47: Trump’s dystopian nightmare plan for America revealed

If you thought it can’t happen here, I have an old Sinclair Lewis book to share with you…

Published in Commentary, Analysis on Dec 22, 2023

December 2023

Numerous Dems not running in 2024

The small Dem minority in Frankfort getting even smaller.

Published in News, Election 2024 on Dec 21, 2023

December 2023

News and Notes for Thursday

Even during the holidays, the news keeps coming.

Published in News on Dec 21, 2023

December 2023

Two gifts you can give that will make an immediate difference

While you are thinking about gifts for friends and family, consider adding these to your gift list.

Published in Action on Dec 21, 2023

December 2023

Blame for the economy

Joe Heller calls out the perverse direction of blame and credit for the economy.

Published in Cartoon on Dec 20, 2023

December 2023

Five things to know about 2023 – Earth’s hottest year

We are about to wrap up the hottest year on Earth since records have been kept. Here are five things to know about this historic, and dangerous, record.

Published in Analysis on Dec 20, 2023

December 2023

It’s time to restore citizen participation in Kentucky’s lawmaking process

Our Kentucky legislature has been ignoring basic principles of democracy. It is time for that to change.

Published in Commentary, KYGA 2024 on Dec 20, 2023

December 2023

Statement on Governor Beshear’s 2024 State Budget Address

Executive director Dr. Terry Brooks weighs in with an initial analysis of the Governor’s budget proposal.

Published in Press Release, Analysis, KYGA 2024 on Dec 19, 2023

December 2023

Beshear proposes budget with largest pay increase for teachers in 40 years

The budget aims to address the concerns Kentucky families worry most about, such as the cost of child care.

Published in Press Release, News, KYGA 2024 on Dec 19, 2023

December 2023

Breaking: Lt. Gov. Coleman undergoes double mastectomy

In a statement, Kentucky’s Lieutenant Governor Jacqueline Coleman shared that she had had a successful double mastectomy today.

Published in News on Dec 18, 2023

December 2023

Trump will attack the unions – just as another authoritarian did

Don’t be misled – if Trump is reelected, he will work to destroy the labor movement.

Published in Commentary, Analysis, Labor on Dec 18, 2023

December 2023

House advances impeachment as Comer’s own questionable dealings come to light

It appears that Jamie Comer is actually engaged in what he falsely accuses President Biden of. Bill Straub weighs in.

Published in Commentary on Dec 15, 2023

December 2023

Beshear calls for an amendment on redistricting though passing it would be ‘challenging’

After the Kentucky Supreme Court affirmed redrawn congressional and legislative districts Thursday morning, Gov. Andy Beshear said a constitutional amendment should be pursued but noted it would be “challenging” to pass through the General Assembly.

Published in News on Dec 15, 2023

December 2023

Divided Kentucky Supreme Court rules redistricting plans can stay

A sharply divided Kentucky Supreme Court has upheld a lower court ruling that the 2022 legislative and Congressional redistricting plans were not partisan enough to justify throwing them out and requiring new plans to be enacted.

Published in News on Dec 15, 2023

December 2023

Friday News & Notes

Stories about Damon Thayer, a gun bill, black lung, and more.

Published in News on Dec 15, 2023

December 2023

Inauguration Day updates

Robert goes solo today to discuss stories about charter schools in the courts, JCPS busing, and an abortion lawsuit that might be getting underway.

Published in Media on Dec 15, 2023

December 2023

We’re rid of Damon Thayer!

Kimberly, Chris, and Nate cover BIG SHIFTS in the legislature, Andy’s second inauguration, and an important court ruling on a key issue. We then welcome the leaders of Trans Parent Lex to hear about their important advocacy for their kids - at the school district and the state house.

Published in Media, Election 2024 on Dec 15, 2023

December 2023

A smorgasbord of inauguration photos

If you couldn’t attend the inauguration ceremony on Tuesday, we’ve got you covered. Here is a collection of pix from the opening to the final helicopter flyover.

Published in Media on Dec 14, 2023

December 2023

Beshear and Coleman inauguration addresses

Here are the two speeches given by newly-sworn-in Governor Andy Beshear and Lt. Governor Jacqueline Coleman at the inauguration ceremony on Tuesday.

Published in News on Dec 14, 2023

December 2023

Photos from the Inauguration Parade

Berry Craig and I covered the Inauguration Parade and the Swearing-In Ceremony, and took many pictures throughout the day. Here are our pictures from the parade. We’ll have a separate post with pictures from the ceremony.

Published in Feature on Dec 12, 2023

December 2023

Voices from the Inauguration

As we were waiting for the parade to start, I made my way up Capitol Avenue and interviewed some people along the way. Here’s what people had to say about why they were there, and what they thought of our governor.

Published in Feature on Dec 12, 2023

December 2023

The New York Times has it all wrong on Trump’s VPs

Get ready for the unending lists of speculation – most of which will be wrong.

Published in Commentary on Dec 12, 2023

December 2023

Charter schools ruled unconstitutional in Kentucky

For the second time in three years, the effort to divert public funding to private schools has been blocked by the courts.

Published in News on Dec 12, 2023

December 2023

Local govt moves, a League of Women Voters study, and a change to the Crime Bill Framework

Matt Erwin joins Robert to talk about items that made news last week, including some moves in local government, a study into the legislature by the League of Women Voters, and a change to the crime bill framework that was proposed by Louisville House Republicans.

Published in Media on Dec 9, 2023

December 2023

It’s almost like they don’t WANT us to know

Doug, Kimberly, and Willie discuss political opportunities and obfuscation in Frankfort, and the need for increased transparency from the state legislature with guest, Janie Lindle with the League of Women Voters of Kentucky.

Published in Media on Dec 9, 2023

December 2023

Londrigan issues warning in his last speech as AFL-CIO president

As he closed out this year’s convention, outgoing president Bill Londrigan warned delegates about a grave threat facing our nation.

Published in Feature, Labor on Dec 7, 2023

December 2023

Jason Bailey on stuffing money in a mattress

Jason Bailey of the KY Center for Economic Policy explains why our legislators putting even MORE money in the rainy-day fund is a really bad idea – especially when you consider where the money COULD be used.

Published in Media on Dec 7, 2023

December 2023

It is time for a moral reckoning in Kentucky on guns

Prevent easy access to firearms for those who are a danger to themselves or others

Published in on Dec 6, 2023

December 2023

How wealthy donors legally gave even more to the Democratic Party during Beshear’s campaign

London Mayor Randall Weddle contributed $550,000 to the “Democratic Grassroots Victory Fund.”

Published in Analysis on Dec 6, 2023

December 2023

News and Notes for Wednesday

Incumbents not running, a Dem in a hard hat, a possible strike – LOTS of news (and tweets!) in this edition of News & Notes.

Published in News on Dec 6, 2023

December 2023

‘I will never leave the labor movement.’

At the close of this year’s AFL-CIO convention, Bill Londrigan stepped down as president. Berry Craig shares Londrigan’s departing comments.

Published in Feature, Labor on Dec 6, 2023

December 2023

KY advocates: It’s time to bury medical debt

Until we get universal health care, medical debt will continue to bankrupt individuals and families. KY Voices for Health and others are using new techniques to get rid of this burden.

Published in Analysis on Dec 5, 2023

December 2023

Americans must weigh in on how poorly the U.S. Postal Service is run before it’s too late

Louis DeJoy is intent on destroying the Postal Service. You’ve got to speak up now to save it.

Published in Commentary on Dec 5, 2023

December 2023

National union leaders light it up at state labor convention

This year’s AFL-CIO state convention featured a star-studded lineup of speakers, and Forward Kentucky was there to enjoy each of them.

Published in News on Dec 5, 2023

December 2023

Berry Craig honored at AFL-CIO convention

A well-deserved award for a long-time unionist and a key friend of Forward Kentucky.

Published in News, Labor on Dec 5, 2023

December 2023

A new name? Still the same-old

Repubs: “If we can just find the right phrase, we’ll get everyone’s support for banning abortion.” To Repubs: Uhm, no.

Published in Commentary on Dec 5, 2023

December 2023

Here we are again, after thinking it couldn’t get worse; Comer going for Dweeb of Year

Jamie Comer, the owner of the most ridiculously gerrymandered Congressional district in these United States, is intent on matching that ridiculousness with his own behavior.

Published in Commentary on Dec 2, 2023

December 2023

Google and Facebook owe news publishers $12 billion a year for their content, according to a new study

Newspaper don’t just exist through subscriptions; a big chunk of their income is from ads. But with Google and Facebook sucking up the ad market – often on content produced by the newspapers – the papers are shutting their doors.

Published in Analysis on Dec 1, 2023

December 2023

Want a clear example of gaslighting? Mike Johnson obliges.

And with a straight face, no less.

Published in Commentary on Dec 1, 2023

December 2023

Cameron joins 16 state attorneys general to oppose federal protections for LGBTQ foster youth

The proposed federal rule says that LGBTQ foster youth must be placed in a household where they will not be abused.

Published in News on Dec 1, 2023

December 2023

New Poll: Over half of young people extremely likely to vote; youth focused on the economy ahead of 2024 election

CIRCLE’s comprehensive survey of youth highlights differences in candidate preference and need for outreach from campaigns; includes data by race and education

Published in Analysis, Election 2024 on Dec 1, 2023

December 2023

The pay gap between rural and urban workers is getting worse, according to new financial data

It started getting worse in 1980, then accelerated after the pandemic.

Published in Analysis on Dec 1, 2023

December 2023

Breaking: George Santos expelled from Congress in bipartisan vote

The vote to expel ends one of the most bizarre Congressional careers in history.

Published in News on Dec 1, 2023

November 2023

NKY Medical Society sends open letter to Beshear urging action on gun safety laws

“Kentucky is considered a ‘national failure’ state for lacking basic gun-safety protection.

Published in Commentary on Nov 30, 2023

November 2023

Thursday News & Notes

Shorter list of stories today, but still some important ones.

Published in News on Nov 30, 2023

November 2023

MOKP w/ guest host Matt Erwin

This week Robert and Matt Erwin a train derailment in Rockcastle County, new insights into the Old National Bank mass shooter, Josie Raymond deciding to run for Metro Council, Hunter Biden offering to testify publicly beforemComer's committee, and Mac Brown leaving the RPK.

Published in Media on Nov 30, 2023

November 2023

What’s the lesson from Andy’s victory?

The Colonels are honored to be joined by election attorney Anna Whites, who will help think through some best practices for better electoral outcomes in our commonwealth.

Published in Media on Nov 30, 2023

November 2023

UAW President Shawn Fain: 'U Are Welcome'

Fain will be speaking at the KY AFL-CIO convention in Lexington, along with other well-known union leaders.

Published in Feature, Labor on Nov 30, 2023

November 2023

League of Women Voters calls out General Assembly for anti-democratic power plays

We’ve seen this practices in Frankfort for a long time – but as the LWV notes, the anti-democratic actions have gotten much worse in recent years.

Published in Policy, Analysis, News on Nov 29, 2023

November 2023

Bible to be replaced by journal on POW/MIA tables at Lexington VA facilities

Proselytizing in the military continues to be a problem. But at least in the VA facilities in Lexington, KY, the right outcome finally happened.

Published in News on Nov 29, 2023

November 2023

Hunter Biden asks to testify publicly. House Republicans (including Comer) scurry away in a panic

And a different Jamie lays into Kentucky’s Jamie

Published in News, Commentary on Nov 29, 2023

November 2023

Mullin says: ‘I represent Oklahoma values.’ Newspapers say: ‘Not a chance.’

Mullin also said “sometimes you need to get punched in the face.” These newspapers decided to oblige him.

Published in Commentary on Nov 29, 2023

November 2023

Thoughts on Israel and Palestine

The current conflict in the Middle East is not as simple as many want to make it. Ken Wolf explains.

Published in Commentary on Nov 28, 2023

November 2023

News and Notes for Tuesday

Ten stories and six tweets from across the political landscape.

Published in News on Nov 28, 2023

November 2023

Decision by Kentucky Public Service Commission signals progress in transition from coal to cleaner energy

KY Resources Council celebrates partial victory for clean energy.

Published in News, Press Release on Nov 28, 2023

November 2023

Poll finds Americans concerned about Biden’s leadership and age, Trump’s moral character

New survey highlights a deeply divided electorate going into the 2024 election cycle.

Published in Analysis on Nov 28, 2023

November 2023

Pollution from coal power plants contributes to far more deaths than scientists realized, study shows

Even as the use of coal drops, the pollution it causes is still leading to early deaths.

Published in Analysis on Nov 28, 2023

November 2023

What a difference an Election Day makes

Kentucky Republicans should look past abortion and consider legislative reform

Published in Analysis on Nov 28, 2023

November 2023

Bully Brooks reincarnated as Bully Mullin

Sen. Mullins’s offer to fight a union president right in the U.S. Senate echoes an earlier, even more violent episode.

Published in Commentary on Nov 28, 2023

November 2023

Landmark report shows dire need for minimum starting salary for teachers

The teacher shortage in our state is bad, and getting worse. But a new report shows a way forward.

Published in Policy on Nov 27, 2023

November 2023

Kentucky’s gubernatorial race breaks records, exceeds $44 million

And when you add in the money from outside groups, enough money was spent to cover the state budget for years.

Published in Analysis on Nov 27, 2023

November 2023

Jamie Comer’s doppelgänger

Apparently, Jamie Comer is the reincarnation of another First District congressman.

Published in Commentary on Nov 27, 2023

November 2023

The positive side of climate change

If you look at it the right way, there is a positive aspect to the coming climate crisis.

Published in Commentary on Nov 20, 2023

November 2023

Health issues on the table for upcoming KYGA

Legislators expect to address youth vaping, maternal mortality, insurance issues and maybe abortion in upcoming session

Published in Analysis on Nov 20, 2023

November 2023

Governor Beshear and Senate President Stivers talk about relationships in 2024

Some hope for more and better discussions.

Published in News on Nov 17, 2023

November 2023

Governor alleviates concerns over registration delays in clerk's offices

After years of work, Kentucky is moving to a new system for vehicle titling and registration.

Published in News on Nov 17, 2023

November 2023

Comer’s unrelenting quest to undo Biden curtailed by one pesky detail — the facts

Jamie Comer should become a novelist, since he is so good at fiction.

Published in Commentary on Nov 17, 2023

November 2023

News and Notes for Friday

Inaugurations, resignations, filings, fellowships – and Joe Manchin running for president (really?)

Published in News on Nov 17, 2023

November 2023

You pearl-clutchers weren’t paying attention

You say you’re shocked – Shocked! – to learn that Trump plans on wreaking vengeance if re-elected. Where were you for the past 8 years?

Published in Commentary on Nov 16, 2023

November 2023

News and Notes for Thursday

Eight stories and six tweets from Kentucky and U.S. politics.

Published in News on Nov 16, 2023

November 2023

‘Shame on Western Kentucky’

Some in Western KY are asking “What more could Andy Beshear done to win in our part of the state?” Others have some insights as to why.

Published in Commentary on Nov 16, 2023

November 2023

An interview with Rep. Rachel Roberts

We talk with Rachel Roberts of Northern Kentucky about issues and politics in that part of the state, about her relationships with other electeds from both parties, and about the upcoming legislative session, including both the budget and abortion.

Published in Media on Nov 13, 2023

November 2023

What will be the record of our new AG when it comes to open government?

Will Russell Coleman follow the law and precedent – or will he be like past AGs who often stood in the way of transparency?

Published in Commentary on Nov 13, 2023

November 2023

Abortion rights victories show this issue is unlikely to fade in 2024 elections

Here are three takeaways from last week’s election results.

Published in Analysis on Nov 13, 2023

November 2023

Rural voters shift toward Beshear in governor’s race

Incumbent Andy Beshear won reelection and gained ground with rural voters in a state that went for Donald Trump by 25 points in 2020.

Published in Analysis on Nov 13, 2023

November 2023

Weddle’s excess giving to Beshear, Kentucky Democratic Party under investigation

Notice sent by state election finance agency on Monday is first evidence of any official probe into $202,000 drawn on Weddle credit card

Published in News on Nov 13, 2023

November 2023

Andy Beshear’s success is not a fluke

But that doesn’t mean other Democrats will replicate it

Published in Analysis on Nov 13, 2023

November 2023

News and Notes for Monday, 11/13

Political news from all over.

Published in News on Nov 13, 2023

November 2023

The hate campaign was a failed campaign

The Mitch McConnell tactic of “make them dislike your opponent more than they like you” backfired this time.

Published in Commentary on Nov 9, 2023

November 2023

WHY Polling is Dead, Dead, Dead.

Excellent explanation why political polling (or any polling, for that matter) is no longer viable or reliable – if it ever was.

Published in Analysis on Nov 8, 2023

November 2023

Among the Repub D-List

Just in time for the next Republican debate

Published in Commentary on Nov 8, 2023

November 2023

Ticket-splitters propel Beshear to resounding victory

In a race that was decided early in the evening, Andy Beshear won a second term.

Published in Analysis, News on Nov 8, 2023

November 2023

Down-ballot Dems lose state-wide races

The Dem ceiling this election? 43%

Published in News on Nov 8, 2023

November 2023

Adrielle Camuel wins special election to KY House

She fills the seat formerly held by Lamin Swann, who died earlier this year.

Published in News on Nov 8, 2023

November 2023

Ohio enshrines abortion rights in state constitution

The amendment, which takes a somewhat middle-of-the-road approach to the question, passed overwhelmingly.

Published in News on Nov 8, 2023

November 2023

Democrats take control of Virginia legislature

For the Republicans: Close, but no cigar.

Published in News on Nov 8, 2023

November 2023

Beshear appeals to our better angels; Cameron panders to prejudice

The tone was set at Fancy Farm, and hasn’t changed: Beshear still calls for vision and unity, while Cameron preaches division and hate.

Published in Commentary on Nov 7, 2023

November 2023

‘If we don’t have Beshear back in there, we won’t have a firewall any more.’

How bad would a Cameron win be for labor? “The sky’s the limit.”

Published in Commentary on Nov 6, 2023

November 2023

Volunteers needed for last-minute GOTV efforts

Here are five volunteer opportunities to do GOTV work today and tomorrow – including two you can do from home!

Published in Action on Nov 6, 2023

November 2023

A note about that poll showing the race tied

Are you freaking out over the latest Emerson poll? Take a breath, and let’s dig into it.

Published in Analysis on Nov 5, 2023

November 2023

Beshear draws large crowd in western Kentucky

The crowd filled the hall in Paducah, and included some Republicans who are for Beshear.

Published in News on Nov 5, 2023

November 2023

‘There is only one candidate for workers in Kentucky and that’s Andy Beshear.’

Here’s a sampling of the union support for Beshear at the Paducah rally.

Published in Feature on Nov 5, 2023

November 2023

Clardy on the Cameron ads

Daniel Cameron is angry about the ads, calling them racist. Historian Brian Clardy says the ads are accurate.

Published in Commentary on Nov 4, 2023

November 2023

Among all the candidates, which will get the most votes?

Al Cross looks at where things stand in next week’s election, including which candidate might capture the “most votes of all the candidates” prize.

Published in Analysis on Nov 3, 2023

November 2023

The race America should be watching

According to one analyst, the KY governor’s race could be “a harbinger of America’s future.”

Published in Commentary, Analysis on Nov 3, 2023

November 2023

An interview with Cong. Morgan McGarvey

We got to talk with first-term Congressman Morgan McGarvey – about being in Washington instead of Frankfort, how he gets along with folks on both sides of the aisle, and what he thinks about some of the dysfunction.

Published in Media on Nov 1, 2023

November 2023

How much is an end to violence worth?

Violence interrupter programs work. So why is Congress considering cutting them?

Published in Commentary on Nov 1, 2023

November 2023

A major open-records decision: the Court got it right

The Kentucky Open Government Coalition won a major court case in the ongoing fight for government transparency. Amye Bensenhaver explains.

Published in Analysis, Commentary on Nov 1, 2023

November 2023

Answers in Genesis: an expensive violation of church and state separation

Why is the state sending millions of dollars to a clearly religious endeavor?

Published in Commentary on Nov 1, 2023

November 2023

Planned Parenthood endorses ‘Colonel Pam’ for AG

The organization calls Col. Pam Stevenson “an experienced defender of democracy and reproductive freedom”

Published in on Nov 1, 2023

November 2023

Fact check: Evidence supports Democrats’ case that Joe Biden made a personal loan to his brother

Once again, James Comer has been caught promoting a nothing-burger.

Published in Analysis on Nov 1, 2023

October 2023

New speaker has worn his evangelical beliefs on his sleeve, but tries to assure moderates that they are part of his team

The new speaker is definitely not moderate – but can moderates push him toward the center?

Published in Analysis on Oct 31, 2023

October 2023

Use this resource to get ready for the election

Are you ready to vote? Need some help finding out where to vote, or which candidates to support? The League of Women Voters is here for you!

Published in Press Release on Oct 31, 2023

October 2023

Maybe we should just agree

Instead of arguing with our MAGA relatives, let’s just agree with them. And then take that agreement to its logical conclusion.

Published in Commentary on Oct 31, 2023

October 2023

‘Speaker Mike Johnson does not stand with workers’

Johnson says he wants to get back to the business of legislating. But for whom is he legislating? It’s not for working people – that’s for sure.

Published in Analysis, Commentary on Oct 30, 2023

October 2023

Important Update #1, plus Weekly Newsletter

This is going to all our members AND being published on the site, because it’s that important. Read on!

Published in Meta on Oct 29, 2023

October 2023

On the MAGA madness in Congress and the country

The House Republicans have chosen a far-right Christian nationalist Trump supporter with a good smile and pleasant personality. What does this tell us?

Published in Commentary, Analysis on Oct 27, 2023

October 2023

New anti-Cameron ad

Defending Bluegrass Value, the PAC supporting Beshear, has released a new anti-Cameron ad featuring comments that are supposedly from various Kentucky voters. Watch it here.

Published in Media, Election 2023 on Oct 27, 2023

October 2023

News & Notes for Friday

Snippets and blurbs across the news-o-sphere.

Published in News on Oct 27, 2023

October 2023

Moderates and independents – there’s no place for you in today’s Republican Party

The election of MAGA Mike Johnson to the House Speakership means many things, but Beau of the Fifth Column points out one specific conclusion from that vote.

Published in Media, Commentary on Oct 27, 2023

October 2023

People, get ready for more fraud from Donald J. Trump

He’s going to commit voter fraud in 2024. How? Read on to find out.

Published in Commentary on Oct 27, 2023

October 2023

Does MAGA Mike Johnson’s election prove all the GOP has now is hate?

In Johnson, the GOP have found the perfect embodiment of their deplorable basket of hatreds - the only “loves” are rightwing billionaires, the fossil fuel industry & of course Trump’s buddy, Putin...

Published in on Oct 26, 2023

October 2023

Who is Mike Johnson? New U.S. House speaker belongs to GOP’s religious conservative wing

Get to know the newly-elected Speaker, Rep. Mike Johnson.

Published in Analysis on Oct 26, 2023

October 2023

Anthony Piagentini found guilty by Ethics Commission

This week is our last with guest host Allison Wiseman, who talked to us this week about an ethics committee’s conviction of Anthony Piagentini, and what might result from it. Robert talked about Louisville Mayor Craig Greenberg’s state budget request, and there are some quick hits.

Published in Media on Oct 26, 2023

October 2023

The Colonels of Truth w/ Adrielle Camuel

Kimberly, Doug, & Nate cover the breaking political news from Kentucky as the Governor’s race enters the home stretch.

Published in Media on Oct 26, 2023

October 2023

Kelly and Joe Craft give the max to Trump’s rivals in GOP field for president

Former president did not endorse his U.N. ambassador in her run for Kentucky governor

Published in Analysis on Oct 26, 2023

October 2023

UAW reaches tentative deal with Ford

“We won things nobody thought possible.”

Published in News on Oct 26, 2023

October 2023

Thursday morn News & Notes

Blurbs, snippets, and excerpts – plus a few Tweets.

Published in News on Oct 26, 2023

October 2023

Bruce’s Take: Ethics and Appearances

The first of a new video series by Bruce Maples, with this one talking about ethical issues in Louisville.

Published in Media on Oct 25, 2023

October 2023

John Schaaf: Beware a radical KY constitutional amendment in the works

Corporate school lobbyists want private operators to get a foot in the door and a hand in the pocket of Kentucky taxpayers

Published in Commentary on Oct 24, 2023

October 2023

News Snippets for Tuesday

Snippets from news stories about politics and governing.

Published in News on Oct 24, 2023

October 2023

Beshear defends pandemic work as Cameron cites learning loss, makes false claim about founder of Planned Parenthood

Lots of back and forth, with Cameron repeatedly saying Beshear was lying.

Published in Analysis on Oct 24, 2023

October 2023

Would Daniel Cameron really have rolled the dice with Kentuckians lives?

Republican candidate for governor should explain his ‘implausible’ claim

Published in Commentary on Oct 24, 2023

October 2023

An interview with Sierra Enlow, candidate for Ag Commissioner

One of the most impressive candidates we have ever interviewed, Sierra Enlow is perfect for the Ag Commissioner role. Watch and listen to find out why!

Published in Media on Oct 23, 2023

October 2023

Cameron blending bigotry and bonkers

According to Daniel Cameron, this race is between normal and crazy. Well, guess who’s really digging into the crazy?

Published in Commentary on Oct 23, 2023

October 2023

The latest media fail

The mistake here? Focusing on the initial, easy story, and missing the larger, more important point.

Published in Commentary on Oct 20, 2023

October 2023

Many rural counties are poorly equipped to deal with rising gun homicides – especially those in the South

Some rural counties have higher homicide rates per citizen than many urban areas.

Published in Analysis on Oct 20, 2023

October 2023

Bill Straub: A story of a different kind of clash between two state titans, Sen. McConnell and Sen. Paul

The facade of collegiality has been dropped, and the two senators from Kentucky are definitely not “getting along.”

Published in Commentary on Oct 20, 2023

October 2023

What will Americans do when birth control is illegal?

Are Republicans warming up the jail cells they want to put American women into who have the temerity to continue using birth control after the GOP’s bans take effect?

Published in Commentary, Analysis on Oct 20, 2023

October 2023

The “liberal elitist” lie of the GOP

“Never before have so few with so much promised to take away so much from so many and then laugh their asses off as the so many with so little vote for the so few with so much.”

Published in on Oct 20, 2023

October 2023

COVID-19 is still testing Kentucky’s political leaders

The Kentucky Lantern did a pandemic retrospective, since it is one of the key issues in the gubernatorial race. Jamie Lucke looks back at those days, and then at today’s campaigns.

Published in Commentary on Oct 19, 2023

October 2023

Thursday News & Notes

School system removes books; Louisville councilman guilty of ethics violation; Kim Davis may have to pay out even more money

Published in News on Oct 19, 2023

October 2023

Can Cameron get voters to pay attention? Will he play the Trump card?

Cameron is still not getting the traction he needs, even after spending millions on his campaign. Why? And what can he do about it?

Published in Commentary, Election 2023 on Oct 19, 2023

October 2023

Adrielle Camuel for State Representative

Adrielle Camuel joined Robert and Allison Wiseman talking about why she decided to run, the process of her selection and the fallout, and what she hopes to be able to accomplish in Frankfort. Also, Allison recapped last week’s debates, and Robert talked about the UAW strike coming to Kentucky.

Published in Media on Oct 19, 2023

October 2023

Cameron (& Ford) Get Unlucky in KenTrucky w/Col. Pam Stevenson

This week Doug brings us a debate recap, we discuss the UAW strike against Ford, THEN we’ve got an interview with Rep. Col. Pam Stevenson, the Democratic candidate for Attorney General.

Published in Media on Oct 19, 2023

October 2023

The social media mess (w/ poll)

Please take the poll at the end. Thanks!

Published in Meta on Oct 19, 2023

October 2023

Beshear pays surprise visit to UAW Local 862 picket line

Brings sandwiches and encouragement to the union members.

Published in News on Oct 18, 2023

October 2023

A pastoral prayer and prayer of confession for the Israel-Palestine war

A heartfelt prayer for peace and of confession.

Published in Commentary on Oct 16, 2023

October 2023

I’m living proof that others can leave MAGA.

There are likely more of us than we realize.

Published in Commentary on Oct 16, 2023

October 2023

Breaking: Judge imposes limited gag order on Trump

Trump can still claim the case is political. But he cannot attack those involved in the case.

Published in News on Oct 16, 2023

October 2023

Sen. Stephen Meredith calls for new health-care delivery system

He wants to use Medicaid block grants to local governments to fund the system.

Published in News on Oct 16, 2023

October 2023

AG race: Colonel Pam Stevenson releases new ad

The first ad from Colonel Pam Stevenson in the race for AG.

Published in Press Release on Oct 16, 2023

October 2023

League of Women Voters announces four candidate debates

Hear from the candidates in these four debates, plus check out Vote411.org

Published in Press Release on Oct 16, 2023

October 2023

Advocates: Proposed KY law criminalizing homeless camping ‘will make our work harder’

A Louisville Republican is proposing a law making homelessness a jail-able offense.

Published in Analysis on Oct 16, 2023

October 2023

Fat pitches from Cameron

In honor of the baseball playoffs, Berry Craig points out some of Daniel Cameron’s fattest pitches – including one just waiting to be smacked back at him.

Published in Commentary on Oct 16, 2023

October 2023

An interview with reporter Chris Otts about the UAW strike

We interview Chris Otts, a reporter with WDRB, who has been covering the UAW strike at Ford’s truck plant in Louisville. We talk with Chris not only about the strike itself, but also about what the UAW is looking for in their negotiations, and about the overall growth in union activism in the state.

Published in Media on Oct 15, 2023

October 2023

Why in the world does Daniel Cameron need women's medical records?

The KDP again raises an important question.

Published in Press Release on Oct 13, 2023

October 2023

Daily Beast follows the money: Daniel Cameron’s $42 million bet on psychedelic drug ibogaine

The Lexington Times looks at the Daily Beast investigation of Cameron allocating money for ibogaine treatment.

Published in Analysis, Commentary on Oct 13, 2023

October 2023

Friday News and Notes

MANY stories today, from across the political and governance world.

Published in News on Oct 13, 2023

October 2023

Cameron and Beshear each say the other will divide Kentuckians

Kentucky’s gubernatorial candidates highlight their differences for an audience of 600 in Paducah.

Published in News on Oct 13, 2023

October 2023

The UAW strikes are working, and now Kentuckians are joining in

Jason Bailey of KY Policy explains why the UAW strike goes beyond just the auto industry.

Published in Analysis on Oct 13, 2023

October 2023

At Ford’s most lucrative plant, strikers say they don’t see their share of the profits

United Auto Workers launch a surprise walkout at Louisville’s Kentucky Truck Plant

Published in News on Oct 13, 2023

October 2023

Study finds that state-mandated civics test policy does not improve youth voter turnout

Getting more youth to vote is an admirable goal. Testing them about civics, though, doesn’t seem to help.

Published in Analysis on Oct 12, 2023

October 2023

Kim Reeder for Auditor

Kim Reeder is the Democratic candidate for Auditor of Public Accounts and she spoke to us about why she is running, her incredible story, and her background (which may make her the most qualified person to ever run for the office).

Published in on Oct 12, 2023

October 2023

Keeping clenched on the poller coaster w/Sierra Enlow

The Colonels cover a surprising new poll, upcoming debates, and the GOP’s judicial setback. Then they check in with Sierra Enlow, their preferred candidate for Ag Commissioner.

Published in Media on Oct 12, 2023

October 2023

Voting straight D is the only sensible choice this election

Some elections are complex and multi-faceted. This one is not.

Published in Commentary on Oct 11, 2023

October 2023

Legislature’s curbs on Louisville school board unconstitutional, appeals court rules

Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s office will ask the state Supreme Court to uphold the 2022 law

Published in News on Oct 10, 2023

October 2023

Kentucky SOS candidates Wheatley, Adams trade heavy blows in KET forum

And in the Ag Commissioner race, Sierra Enlow was there, but Jonathan Shell didn’t show.

Published in News on Oct 10, 2023

October 2023

Prevention is conspicuously absent from Louisville Republicans’ ‘Safer Kentucky’ plan

Our lawmakers work hard at protecting guns – but ignore protecting us.

Published in Commentary on Oct 10, 2023

October 2023

Supreme Court is increasingly putting Christians’ First Amendment rights ahead of others’ dignity and rights to equal protection

The so-called “Christian Right” is using the courts to limit the freedoms of groups of Americans they disapprove of. Ultimately, this will actually limit our freedoms.

Published in Analysis on Oct 9, 2023

October 2023

Poll shows Beshear with 16-point lead over Cameron in Ky. governor’s race

The polls continue to show Beshear in the lead.

Published in News on Oct 9, 2023

October 2023

Why the UAW union’s tough bargaining strategy is working

The UAW is doing what unions are supposed to do: get companies to share the wealth with the people who actually produce it. And it’s working.

Published in Analysis on Oct 9, 2023

October 2023

Can you name all 5 protections in the 1st Amendment?

Only 3% of Americans can name all five. (22% can name all five Simpsons, though.)

Published in on Oct 9, 2023

October 2023

Putin’s war on Ukraine bears alarming historical parallels

“Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” – Santayana

Published in Commentary on Oct 8, 2023

October 2023

Candidates try to have it both ways on abortion

Cameron shows some sympathy for the exception in order to attract moderates, but not so much that he turns off voters like the woman at Wickliffe. Beshear stays vague on a big issue while rightly depicting Cameron as a would-be governor who won’t advance the position held by most voters.

Published in Commentary on Oct 6, 2023

October 2023

Planned Parenthood endorses Kim Reeder for Auditor

When the Kentucky Auditor’s Office is weaponized against abortion, Reeder will protect patients and providers

Published in Press Release on Oct 5, 2023

October 2023

Daniel Cameron, you're no Ed Morrow

Can someone run a strong campaign for governor without stooping to demagoguery? Republican “Howdy Ed” Morrow did. Daniel Cameron needs to learn from Morrow’s example.

Published in Commentary, Election 2023 on Oct 5, 2023

October 2023

MAGA Republicans and Neville Chamberlain

“Appeasement didn’t work then. It won’t work now.”

Published in Commentary on Oct 1, 2023

September 2023

Republican incompetence sets the stage for a Sunday government shutdown

We don’t know how long the shutdown will last or how badly it will damage the nation, but we do know who will be responsible.

Published in Analysis, Commentary on Sep 29, 2023

September 2023

McGarvey speaks on House floor about government shutdown

“Let me be clear: Kentuckians cannot afford a shutdown.”

Published in Press Release on Sep 29, 2023

September 2023

We’ve seen enough: The MAGA GOP’s bogus impeachment inquiry is an unmitigated disaster

If they wanted to distract from the MAGA government shutdown, this sure wasn’t what they had in mind.

Published in Press Release on Sep 29, 2023

September 2023

STATEMENT: Another impeachment talking point blows up in James Comer’s face

Former Ukrainian president Poroshenko says Comer is wrong about President Biden’s involvement in Ukraine.

Published in Commentary, Press Release on Sep 28, 2023

September 2023

‘A demonstration of support for organized labor apparently unparalleled in presidential history’

President Biden visited the UAW picket line, while Trump is going to visit a non-union shop. Working people should vote for the candidate that is clearly on their side.

Published in News on Sep 28, 2023

September 2023

How to start a Democratic county committee in a deep red county

If you’re a despondent Democrat in a crimson county, we feel your pain. But if we can do it, so can you.

Published in Feature on Sep 28, 2023

September 2023

Longtime Kentucky labor leader will not seek reelection as state AFL-CIO president

Bill Londrigan is stepping down after decades in the labor movement – but sees some encouraging signs for the future.

Published in News on Sep 25, 2023

September 2023

Republicans are embracing anti-vaccine disinformation. So what happens next?

Conservatism has become anti-science, which means they are anti-vax as well. How do we protect ourselves?

Published in Commentary on Sep 25, 2023

September 2023

New ad aimed at Daniel Cameron’s stance on abortion

The Beshear campaign has released an ad that never mentions Andy Beshear at all. Instead, it is a straightforward declaration by a young woman who was raped by her step-father when she was 12. Watch and share.

Published in Media on Sep 24, 2023

September 2023

Brereton Jones leaves lessons for reformist politicians

Kentucky never had a governor quite like Brereton Jones, who died Monday, and it may never again. His legacy is one of reform, with lessons for reformers.

Published in Commentary on Sep 22, 2023

September 2023

Negotiating with terrorists

A cartoon by Joe Heller about negotiating with terrorists.

Published in Cartoon on Sep 21, 2023

September 2023

The shutdown is the Two Santa Clauses SCAM rearing its ugly head again

Hopefully this time Democratic politicians and our media will, finally, call the GOP out on Wanniski’s and Reagan’s Two Santa Clauses scam and put an end to it once and for all…

Published in Analysis, Commentary on Sep 21, 2023

September 2023

Vile

The virus of hate, made worse by Donald Trump, is infecting our society and threatening our democracy. What will we do about it?

Published in Commentary on Sep 20, 2023

September 2023

We have some dysfunctional county parties. Is yours one of them?

We’ve got a problem. Dysfunction, and even disease, is causing some of our local Democratic parties to be struggling. Let’s name it, and fix it.

Published in Commentary on Sep 20, 2023

September 2023

The Arkansas fight for transparency – a model for Kentucky

The bi-partisan forces supporting transparency won a victory in Arkansas. Can we in Kentucky do the same in 2024?

Published in Commentary on Sep 20, 2023

September 2023

Father Shonis has retired but he’s sticking with the union

A Catholic priest and a strong union supporter: Berry Craig tells us about Father Anthony Shonis.

Published in Feature on Sep 19, 2023

September 2023

A break in the Crystal Rogers case

No guest this week, but Robert and Jazmin talked about an update in the 8-year saga of the disappearance of Crystal Rogers, which just saw it's first arrest. Then, the pair discussed some drama in the special election in House District 93.

Published in Media on Sep 15, 2023

September 2023

Big money for broadband w/ Mason Kalinsky of Hood to the Holler

We cover a couple of big money political stories: one about the election & one about roads, bridges, & broadband. Then, we bring you a conversation with Mason Kalinsky, organizing director for Hood to the Holler, to see what HttH has been up to.

Published in Media on Sep 15, 2023

September 2023

Mitch and Joe, tell us more

Two of the most important leaders in the country are over 80. Yet, we know very little about the state of their health, including their brains. Al Cross says we deserve more.

Published in Commentary on Sep 15, 2023

September 2023

Parts of the world have already grown too hot for human survival

Even more areas will face such conditions as the planet continues to warm from fossil fuel combustion.

Published in Analysis on Sep 14, 2023

September 2023

Offering treatment to drug users instead of arresting them reduces crime and addiction

New research into police diversion programs shows effectiveness at reducing drug use, homelessness, and crime.

Published in Analysis, Policy on Sep 14, 2023

September 2023

Summer 2023 was the hottest on record – yes, it’s climate change, but don’t call it ‘the new normal’

Summer 2023 has been the hottest on record by a huge margin. Heat waves cooked Europe, Japan, Texas, and the Southwestern U.S. Phoenix hit 110 degrees Fahrenheit for a record 54 days, including a 31-day streak in July. Large parts of Canada were on fire. Lahaina, Hawaii, burned to the ground.

Published in Analysis on Sep 14, 2023

September 2023

Arkansas sets the bar; will Kentuckians respond?

Arkansans set a high bar for Kentuckians in responding to their governor’s direct assault on the state’s public records law, and their message is clear: Stop putting the public’s interest last yet again.

Published in Commentary on Sep 13, 2023

September 2023

MAGA high priest gets his history exceptionally wrong

Rand Paul, a high priest in the MAGA cult of selfishness, used an outlandish statement to endorse Daniel Cameron. Berry Craig corrects his ignorance.

Published in Commentary on Sep 13, 2023

September 2023

Kentucky ban on collecting some union dues by payroll deduction struck down

Teachers union wins a round as judge rules new law created ‘favoritism’ toward some unions exempted by legislature from its provisions.

Published in on Sep 13, 2023

September 2023

Beshear far outraises Cameron. But that’s only part of the money story.

Spending by outside groups likely to keep Republican challenger competitive in Kentucky governor’s race.

Published in Analysis on Sep 13, 2023

September 2023

Ag Commissioner Ryan Quarles among three finalists for the presidency of KCTCS

Ryan Quarles may be leaving the political realm to put his Ph.D. to work leading the state’s community college system.

Published in News on Sep 13, 2023

September 2023

Politics News and Notes for Wednesday

News stories you may have missed from across the political landscape.

Published in News on Sep 13, 2023

September 2023

The 2024 US House is the Democrats’ for the taking

We’re still 13 months from the 2024 election. But just like you can see hurricanes coming before they strike land, Murfster says he can see the Dem storm coming for 2024. Read on to see why.

Published in Analysis on Sep 13, 2023

September 2023

The election denial movement could threaten rural voting

Experts are voicing concern over the election denial movement, which threatens to disrupt improvements in how votes are cast, counted, and reported in rural America.

Published in Analysis on Sep 13, 2023

September 2023

Adam Edelen is putting solar on mountains

We talk with Adam Edelen about his exciting project of building out solar arrays on the tops of mountains in Kentucky. He tells us about the jobs this is creating, who is buying the power, and the difference this can make for both the climate and the economy. Watch or listen to learn more!

Published in Media on Sep 13, 2023

September 2023

So many prayers. So little action.

Many of our legislators claim to be “pro-life” – but when it comes to saving lives from guns, they take no action. At what point do prayers need to get legs?

Published in Commentary on Sep 12, 2023

September 2023

What I’ve learned while knocking doors to save democracy

Guess what – doing political door-knocking can actually be fun! Joanie Prentice shares her experiences while out meeting with voters.

Published in Feature on Sep 11, 2023

September 2023

Six takeaways from new report highlighting Comer’s 8 months of failed investigations

The Congressional Integrity Project has been excoriating Jamie Comer for months over his efforts to smear the Bidens. Now the Dems on the Oversight Committee have released their own report on Comer’s actions.

Published in Press Release on Sep 11, 2023

September 2023

As Kentucky's near-total abortion ban largely eliminates the procedure in the state, Kentuckians go to other states for it

From January to July of this year, the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services received reports of 13 abortions in the state, compared to 2,591 in the same time frame in 2021, showing the impact of state laws that were invoked when the U.S. Supreme Court nullified

Published in on Sep 11, 2023

September 2023

A message from young voters in Kentucky

Young adults are paying attention to this election, with specific concerns on their mind. Who do they think will address those concerns? The people in the picture above.

Published in Commentary on Sep 11, 2023

September 2023

Bill Straub: House Republicans are moving along, without sufficient evidence, on Biden impeachment

Tail-Gunner Jamie Comer and House Squeaker Kevin McCarthy are trying to impeachment blood from a turnip, and Bill Straub calls them on it.

Published in Commentary on Sep 8, 2023

September 2023

Kim Reeder, an eastern Kentucky success story running for auditor

We interview Kim Reeder, a native Kentuckian running for state Auditor this fall. She has both an impressive resume and an impressive backstory, and is by far the best qualified candidate for the job. Watch or listen to learn more!

Published in Media on Sep 8, 2023

September 2023

Sebastian Kitchen talks about the campaign

This week we welcomed Sebastian Kitchen, the executive director of the KDP, to the show. He told us about the efforts the party is undertaking to reelect Beshear and elect other Democrats this year, about next year's election, and about the next party reorganization. It was a great conversation!

Published in Media on Sep 7, 2023

September 2023

Will we be televised? w/the Revolution KY

In this show, we cover Mitch’s doctor’s note, a Labor Day roundup, and crypto mining. Then we chat with Amber Hoffman and Destiny Kelley of the Revolution KY & hear what the Revolution is all about and why they’re prioritizing sending Andy Beshear back to the Governor’s mansion on Nov. 7th.

Published in Media on Sep 7, 2023

September 2023

Revealed: The shocking GOP plan to dismantle the American government

If the Repubs win in 2024, they will implement “Project 2025” – their plan to seize control of our nation and transform it into an authoritarian state.

Published in Analysis, Commentary on Sep 7, 2023

September 2023

Good News: Biden lowers drug prices for seniors

Joe Biden and the Dems in DC are taking action to lower drug costs, which pretty much everyone supports. Why did Republicans vote against this?

Published in Commentary on Sep 5, 2023

September 2023

Beshear: ‘I was grateful to shake the hands of so many hardworking Kentuckians’

Governor Beshear made his support of labor and working people very clear. And where was Cameron?

Published in News on Sep 5, 2023

September 2023

Let’s talk about Canada, the US, and red states

Beau of the Fifth Column talks about Canada warning its citizens to be careful if traveling to red states in the U.S. (Note: That includes Kentucky.)

Published in Commentary, Media on Sep 5, 2023

September 2023

Beshear vs Cameron? The choice is obvious.

Bruce’s Take: Beshear is by far the best choice for governor this year. But in case you’re not convinced, here are some clear-cut reasons.

Published in Commentary on Sep 5, 2023

September 2023

The stats of climate risk – An interview with Dr. Jeremy Porter

We interview Dr. Jeremy Porter, who specializes in climate risk by location. We used his data in our recent series on climate risk in Kentucky.

Published in Media on Sep 4, 2023

September 2023

A thread on worker power in Kentucky

The KY Center for Economic Policy posted a thread on X/Twitter calling out the growing power of unions in Kentucky. This Labor Day weekend, it’s time to celebrate Unions in Kentucky!

Published in Commentary on Sep 4, 2023

September 2023

Mitch McConnell, 81, has served long and truly, but shouldn’t he come clean about his health?

Our senior senator is not getting any younger – and lately, evidence of that fact has become more and more evident. Bill Straub says it’s time for McConnell to be transparent about his health.

Published in Commentary on Sep 2, 2023

September 2023

News & Notes for Friday, 9/1

Political and governing snippets and blurbs from across the state

Published in News on Sep 1, 2023

September 2023

Rep. Tina Bojanowski on JCPS

Dr. Tina Bojanowski is a JCPS teacher and member of the KY House, so we asked her to talk to us about JCPS’s recent busing issues. Before that, Robert and Jazmin discussed Louisville’s recent homeless encampment clearings and the ethics trial of Louisville Metro Councilmember Anthony Piagintini.

Published in Media on Sep 1, 2023

September 2023

Old Time Screamin’ and a Shoutin’ w/Alex Flood

First, we weigh in on a fairly frightening confrontation in Eastern Kentucky. Then we chat with Alex Flood with Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) to hear what SURJ is all about, and why they’re prioritizing sending Andy Beshear back to the Governor’s mansion on Nov. 7th.

Published in Media on Sep 1, 2023

September 2023

Cameron gets panned

Quoting Dr. King is one thing. Living like Dr. King is something else entirely.

Published in Commentary on Sep 1, 2023

September 2023

Do you know what your members of Congress are doing?

At one time, all the major news outlets in the state had reporters in D.C. to cover our Congress-folk. No more. So, how much do you really know about what they are up to?

Published in Commentary on Sep 1, 2023

August 2023

Real-life nightmares are the new normal under extreme abortion laws like Kentucky’s

The nightmare scenarios are no longer hypothetical; they are happening now, in states all across the U.S. – including Kentucky.

Published in Commentary on Aug 31, 2023

August 2023

McConnell falls silent again, but cleared by doctor

This was the second such incident in the past two months.

Published in News on Aug 31, 2023

August 2023

Budget triggers to further cut KY income tax are not met

Assuming they honor the triggers they put in place, the legislature will not be able to continue giving income tax cuts to the wealthy.

Published in Press Release, News on Aug 31, 2023

August 2023

Kansas reporter files federal lawsuit against police chief who confiscated her personal cell phone during raid

The police chief grabbed the phone out of her hands, even though it was not part of the search warrant.

Published in News on Aug 31, 2023

August 2023

History rhyming in Russia

In Russia, a brutal dictator has a possible rival murdered. Berry Craig takes us through the rhyme of history.

Published in Analysis on Aug 30, 2023

August 2023

All you need is a phone call

A life lesson from George W. Bush

Published in Commentary on Aug 30, 2023

August 2023

Louisville’s new body cam policy gets one thing wrong

Parts of the new body cam policy released by Mayor Greenberg are laudable. But, as Amye Bensenhaver points out, the policy has one significant flaw.

Published in Commentary on Aug 29, 2023

August 2023

Are You a CHINO (Christian in Name Only)?

Are you a CHINO? Taking off on Jeff Foxworthy: You might be a CHINO if ...

Published in Commentary on Aug 29, 2023

August 2023

How urgent is the climate crisis?

Is the climate crisis really that urgent? Or, is it in fact the most critical problem facing humankind?

Published in Commentary on Aug 27, 2023

August 2023

Pandemics, masks, and open meetings

Is requiring a mask to attend a public meeting a violation of the open meetings laws? Our courts are weighing in; Amye Bensenhaver explains.

Published in Analysis on Aug 27, 2023

August 2023

Is Trumpism a cult? You decide.

For years now, we’ve been using the word “cult” to describe Trumpism and Trumpists. It’s an interesting pejorative, but is it accurate? A recent poll from CBS News, plus other recent events, may shed some light on that question.

Published in Commentary on Aug 25, 2023

August 2023

Let’s talk about who won the debate.

Beau of the Fifth Column weighs in on the Repubs on stage last night, and names the winner of the debate, especially for voters under 30.

Published in Commentary on Aug 25, 2023

August 2023

The epidemic of WhatAboutism in the GOP

Our illustrious Congress-Critter from the 1st District is leading the field in whataboutism. Bill Straub explains what to do about it.

Published in Commentary on Aug 24, 2023

August 2023

The “Not Fancy Farm” Tri-County Picnic is this Sunday

You want some stump speaking without the ugliness? Want some good food and a good time with good people? Read on, friend!

Published in Event on Aug 24, 2023

August 2023

An interview with Michael Bowman

Michael Bowman is running for Kentucky Treasurer this fall, and in this interview, we learn why he is the obvious choice for the role.

Published in Media on Aug 24, 2023

August 2023

Kentucky climate risk: The series

This is the home page for our series on climate risk in Kentucky. Each article in the series will link from this page.

Published in Analysis on Aug 22, 2023

August 2023

KY Press Association statement on Kansas press raid

Police raided a small newspaper in Kansas last week in a clear violation of the First Amendment. KPA has issued a clear statement in support of the newspaper and of freedom of the press.

Published in Feature on Aug 21, 2023

August 2023

Our state’s climate change risk, by counties

Now that we have laid out the risk to each of our counties from climate change, it’s time to paint the overall picture. What is our overall risk level?

Published in Analysis on Aug 21, 2023

August 2023

What Daniel Cameron didn’t say when he rolled out his ed plan

Did you read Daniel Cameron’s “education plan”? Did you see anything in it about vouchers to take money from public schools and give it to private ones? Guess what – you didn’t.

Published in Commentary on Aug 20, 2023

August 2023

JCPS transportation catastrophe

This week, most of the show focused on the troubled start to the school year for JCPS. Robert dug into what happened, why it happened, and what might happen in the future. And, Jazmin shared her insights into the UPS contract situation.

Published in Media on Aug 19, 2023

August 2023

Happy Birthday, IRA! w/Adam Edelen

We cover the political news of the week, including whether teachers will buy what the liar Cameron is selling. Then, we are glad to reconnect with former state auditor, now solar energy entrepreneur, Adam Edelen, who talks about the Inflation Reduction Act and what the bill means for Kentucky.

Published in Media on Aug 19, 2023

August 2023

The risk of extreme heat in Kentucky due to climate change

The heat is coming – of that there is no doubt. Are we preparing? Are we even thinking about it?

Published in Analysis on Aug 19, 2023

August 2023

Happy IRAnniversary!

The Inflation Reduction Act is only 1 year old, but its climate provisions are getting more and more popular, even among Repubs. Here’s the numbers.

Published in Analysis on Aug 18, 2023

August 2023

The risk of wind damage in Kentucky due to climate change

When looking at the climate crisis, it is rare to get good news. But when it comes to the risk of wind damage in our state, we get some of that rare good news.

Published in Analysis on Aug 18, 2023

August 2023

An interview with Buddy Wheatley, candidate for SOS

Buddy Wheatley is the Democratic candidate for KY Secretary of State in this fall's election. In this interview, we talk about why he's running, what he hopes to accomplish, and what sets him apart from his opponent, the current SOS Michael Adams. Watch or listen and learn more about Buddy Wheatley!

Published in Media on Aug 18, 2023

August 2023

Do you know the other five Dems running this fall?

Everyone has heard of our governor, Andy Beshear, and our lieutenant governor, Jacqueline Coleman. But as we head toward the election in November, do you know the other five Democrats running for statewide office? If not, here’s a brief introduction to each one.

Published in Feature on Aug 17, 2023

August 2023

Al Cross on why we should care about a little newspaper in Kansas

Kentucky Journalism Hall-of-Famer Al Cross weighs in on the police raid on the weekly newspaper in Kansas, why all Kentuckians should pay attention to it, and the reason we need a free press.

Published in Media on Aug 17, 2023

August 2023

The risk of wildfires in Kentucky due to climate change

Most of Kentucky is not facing a serious risk of wildfires. But some parts of the state definitely are. So the question is: Are we ready?

Published in Analysis on Aug 17, 2023

August 2023

The risk of flooding in Kentucky due to climate change

The first in a series of five articles on climate change risk in Kentucky. The series will be available to only our paying members until Tuesday, August 22nd.

Published in Analysis on Aug 16, 2023

August 2023

Beshear releases ed plan calling for largest pay increase in 40 years

Plan calls for $1.1 billion investment to support an 11% pay increase for all school personnel.

Published in Press Release, Policy on Aug 16, 2023

August 2023

Volunteers needed to review cases of children in foster care

Citizen Foster Care Review Boards are volunteers who review cases and make recommendations, thus making a difference in the lives of these children.

Published in Press Release on Aug 16, 2023

August 2023

“I will fully fund public education, including transporting your kid to school.”

Perry Bacon of “Bluegrass Beat” interviews Emilie Blanton, a teacher in Louisville, about the bus situation, funding, and the real motives of some of the harshest critics.

Published in Analysis, Feature on Aug 16, 2023

August 2023

A look at the 19 people charged in Georgia indictment connected to Trump election scheme

You can’t tell the players without a scorecard.

Published in News on Aug 15, 2023

August 2023

Daniel Cameron’s Big Day

The Cameron campaign led the news today.

Published in News on Aug 15, 2023

August 2023

Coleman statement on Cameron education plan

Today, after the Cameron campaign re-released their latest effort to try and distract from Daniel Cameron and Robby Mills’ terrible record on public education, Lt. Governor Jacqueline Coleman offered this response.

Published in Press Release on Aug 15, 2023

August 2023

Watchdog ethics complaint says Comer lied about phoning into Hunter Biden associate interview

The complaint from the Democratic watchdog group also claims Comer made inaccurate statements about the testimony of a former Hunter Biden associate

Published in News on Aug 15, 2023

August 2023

Repubs ignore open-records laws, and it backfires on them

This is a story about public records, timely access denied, calculated deception, and breach of public trust.

Published in Analysis, Commentary on Aug 15, 2023

August 2023

News & Notes for Monday, 8/14

Eight news snippets and seven selected Tweets for today. Enjoy!

Published in News on Aug 14, 2023

August 2023

Jesus was a wimp?

Apparently, “love your neighbor” and “turn the other cheek” are liberal talking points.

Published in Commentary on Aug 14, 2023

August 2023

Police raid of Kansas weekly was prompted by a tip that didn’t result in a story until the target publicly complained

The raid is being universally condemned, by both journalists and by everyday citizens.

Published in News on Aug 14, 2023

August 2023

‘These are Hitler tactics and something has to be done.’

The stress of the police raiding her newspaper and her home caused the 98-year-old to collapse and die.

Published in News on Aug 14, 2023

August 2023

An inspiring interview with Colonel Pam Stevenson

Stevenson is a retired colonel, a state rep, an ordained minister, and one of the most inspiring and passionate persons we’ve ever interviewed. Enjoy the interview, then plan to vote for her!

Published in Media on Aug 14, 2023

August 2023

Bill Straub: Time marches on for everyone; has it finally passed Mitch McConnell by — after 38 years?

Could it be that, after 16 years as the Senate Repub leader, McConnell is losing his fast ball?

Published in Commentary on Aug 14, 2023

August 2023

Beshear and Cameron release debate schedules ahead of November election

Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear and Republican Attorney General Daniel Cameron are preparing to face off in a series of gubernatorial debates and forums this fall.

Published in News on Aug 13, 2023

August 2023

Democratic lawmakers unveil bill to expand free school meals in Kentucky

Their goal is to reduce childhood hunger in the state by 2025-26.

Published in News on Aug 13, 2023

August 2023

Court fight raises doubts about Cameron’s commitment to transparency

Needless battle to withhold documents about Ballot Integrity Task Force is part of a pattern, say advocates for open records

Published in Analysis on Aug 13, 2023

August 2023

Curbing our conspicuous consumption

How much do you have? How much do you need? And what effect are you having on the Earth?

Published in Analysis on Aug 12, 2023

August 2023

Analyzing Beshear vs Cameron

Bill Straub and Al Cross weigh in on this fall’s main event.

Published in Commentary on Aug 12, 2023

August 2023

New poll shows Beshear up 8 points

It appears that most Kentuckians are not buying what Cameron is selling.

Published in Press Release on Aug 11, 2023

August 2023

The race for governor: Will culture trump politics again?

According to Beshear, “This race is the difference between vision and DI-vision.”

Published in Commentary on Aug 11, 2023

August 2023

Michael Bowman interview, education issues, and a letter from UK

This week we interviewed Michael Bowman, the Dem candidate for Treasurer. Also, we talked about Jason Glass's departure from Kentucky, JCPS's final policy about SB 150, and a letter written in March to Rep. Tipton from UK healthcare about trans healthcare.

Published in Media on Aug 10, 2023

August 2023

I'd rather be Steve Beshear’s son than Mitch McConnell’s puppet

A recap of Fancy Farm, a Campaign Corner interview, and KY politics with a history professor. This episode has it all!

Published in Media on Aug 10, 2023

August 2023

States seek to let teens as young as 14 serve booze in restaurants

Kentucky one of seven states that recently lowered the age to serve alcohol

Published in Policy on Aug 10, 2023

August 2023

A tale of two speeches

The contrast could not have been more striking: Cameron with smear after smear, and Beshear with accomplishment after accomplishment.

Published in Commentary on Aug 9, 2023

August 2023

News & Notes for Wednesday, 8/9

News blurbs that aren’t already full stories on the site – plus a select set of tweets

Published in News on Aug 9, 2023

August 2023

Beshear releases budget plan for law enforcement and public safety

Beshear said he will be having similar press conferences on other budget topics over the next month.

Published in News on Aug 9, 2023

August 2023

Donald Trump’s right − he is getting special treatment, far better than most other criminal defendants

In comparison to everyday defendants, Donald Trump has gotten off very easy.

Published in Analysis on Aug 9, 2023

August 2023

Report: Central Appalachia could be safe haven for climate-change migrants

When the climate crisis causes people to move, one of the places they may wind up is Appalachia. Are we ready for that?

Published in Analysis, Policy on Aug 9, 2023

August 2023

Supreme Court proving it needs ethics rules, as other branches of government have

The Supreme Court is awash in alleged ethical misconduct, yet refuses to deal with its own dirty linen. It’s time for Congress to act.

Published in Commentary on Aug 9, 2023

August 2023

The success of Biden-Beshear-onomics

Bidenomics is transforming the economy of our nation, with good jobs and fair pay – and Andy Beshear is doing the same in the Bluegrass State.

Published in Analysis on Aug 9, 2023

August 2023

Fancy Farm Fotos!

Berry Craig and his trusty Nikon were everywhere this weekend, covering the Fancy Farm doin’s. Here are some of the many, many pix he took. Enjoy!

Published in Media on Aug 8, 2023

August 2023

Union members answer the question “Why vote for the Dem ticket?”

“If you want to live on minimum wage, vote the other way.”

Published in Feature on Aug 7, 2023

August 2023

Beshear wows revived Paducah labor luncheon

Hundreds of people gathered for the lunch, which hadn’t been held since 2019.

Published in News on Aug 6, 2023

August 2023

News & Notes for Friday, 8/4

LOTS of Twitterverse captures this time.

Published in News on Aug 4, 2023

August 2023

Omnibus electronic privacy protection bill in the works for 2024 legislative session

Bill Request 26 would aim to regulate the use of automated license plate readers, drones, artificial intelligence and microchip technology.

Published in News on Aug 4, 2023

August 2023

Can’t make Fancy Farm? Then go to the ‘NOT Fancy Farm Picnic’

Tagline: “It’s Fancy Farm, Only Better”

Published in Event on Aug 4, 2023

August 2023

Your Republican Bingo card for Fancy Farm

For those of you who watch the political speaking at this weekend’s Fancy Farm, we thought it might be fun to have your own Bingo card of Republican talking points and memes.

Published in Commentary on Aug 4, 2023

August 2023

Trump versus Lincoln

From Trump’s indictment to a reciting of Lincoln’s Gettysburg address – what a day of contrasts.

Published in Commentary on Aug 4, 2023

August 2023

The most chilling statement in the Trump indictment

It’s one sentence in a 45-page document. But it says so much. Pay attention to it.

Published in Commentary on Aug 3, 2023

August 2023

Medicaid renewal process a barrier for Kentuckians struggling with housing

Experts say the state’s Medicaid renewal process — triggered by the end of pandemic-era continuous-coverage protections — could negatively impact Kentuckians who need housing help.

Published in Analysis on Aug 3, 2023

August 2023

Cherlynn Stevenson interview, and Daniel Cameron picks Robby Mills

Robert brings us a show about Daniel Cameron’s selection of Robby Mills as running mate, and Craig Greenberg’s selection of Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villaroel as the LMPD chief. Then, he talks to Cherlynn Stevenson about her elevation to leadership, close elections, and the political situation in Lexington.

Published in Media on Aug 3, 2023

August 2023

SB 150, plus Buddy Wheatley

We cover a couple of political stories related to the hateful SB 150. Then, we’re joined by candidate for SOS, former state rep Buddy Wheatley. We hear about his vision for voting in our commonwealth and why current SOS Michael Adams doesn't deserve the bipartisan kudos he's been given.

Published in Media on Aug 3, 2023

August 2023

The lineup for this year’s Fancy Farm

Unlike previous years, all the candidates are going to be there.

Published in News on Aug 2, 2023

August 2023

Dear Jamie Comer – You’re diggin’ where there ain’t no taters.

Comer continues to be a “walking, talking embarrassment.”

Published in Commentary on Aug 2, 2023

August 2023

The Mussolini McDonald’s

The end of the fascist leader of Italy, but not of fascism in today’s Italy

Published in Feature on Aug 2, 2023

August 2023

Trans youth are significantly more likely to attempt suicide when gender dysphoria is met with conversion therapy than with hormone treatment

The evidence is clear: denying trans youth support and care increases the chance of suicide.

Published in Analysis on Aug 1, 2023

August 2023

McGarvey statement on anniversary of Kentucky abortion ban

Congressman Morgan McGarvey (KY-03) released the following statement to mark the one-year anniversary of Kentucky’s abortion ban.

Published in Press Release on Aug 1, 2023

August 2023

Why ‘No Labels’ is a wolf in moderates’ clothing

Don’t get suckered – and don’t let your friends be fooled, either.

Published in Commentary on Aug 1, 2023

August 2023

Andy Barr is here to save us from The Trans

According to Bill Straub, ol’ Andy Boy is just looking for the right ‘threats’ to give himself looney creds.

Published in on Aug 1, 2023

August 2023

Ed commissioner resigns

Kentucky Repubs finally get their way

Published in News on Aug 1, 2023

July 2023

News and Notes for Monday, 7/31

A few news excerpts for today, plus a Marc Murphy cartoon that’s absolutely dead on.

Published in News on Jul 31, 2023

July 2023

Intentional ignorance about slavery

Elected leaders and everyday citizens are choosing to be intentionally ignorant about the evils of slavery. Why?

Published in Commentary on Jul 31, 2023

July 2023

Greenhouse Gaslighting 2.0

Climate change deniers reboot their arguments, even as the world smokes and sizzles

Published in Analysis, Commentary on Jul 30, 2023

July 2023

News and Notes for Friday, 7/28

A couple of stories about McConnell, other news snippets, and some interesting Tweets.

Published in News on Jul 28, 2023

July 2023

Proposed East KY federal prison would have devastating environmental impacts

Hal Rogers wants his Letcher County prison, no matter what. But the Sierra Club says the prison will increase the likelihood of floods.

Published in Analysis on Jul 28, 2023

July 2023

The Mitch McConnell Building, brought to you by Pfizer

We cover the week’s breaking political news, including new revelations about the KY GOP’s HQ, brought to you by Mitch and Pfizer. Then, we’re glad to be joined by Bill Londrigan, the head of the KY AFL-CIO, to share what Labor’s thinking about the upcoming election.

Published in Media on Jul 28, 2023

July 2023

Cameron and Mills: union-busting buddies

Want more Matt-Bevin-style attacks on working people? Vote for these two.

Published in Commentary on Jul 28, 2023

July 2023

Has Joe Wright’s example been forgotten?

Joe Wright served long and well, then stepped down when it was time – an example too rarely followed today.

Published in Commentary on Jul 28, 2023

July 2023

Five reasons NOT to vote for Daniel Cameron

Any of these five could be disqualifying on its own. Together, they show clearly that Cameron should not be governor.

Published in Commentary, Bruce’s Take on Jul 27, 2023

July 2023

Voters largely oppose conservative amendments to defense spending bill

Most voters don’t like using the military budget as a vehicle for social issues.

Published in Analysis on Jul 27, 2023

July 2023

Corporate dollars keep pouring into Republican Party of Kentucky building fund

McConnell’s chief fundraiser is raising the money for the Mitch McConnell Building

Published in Analysis on Jul 27, 2023

July 2023

Robomitch

An insider shares what REALLY happened to Senator McConnell yesterday.

Published in on Jul 27, 2023

July 2023

News and Notes for Wednesday, 7/26

Slow news day, but a few really important (and terrifying) tweets.

Published in News on Jul 26, 2023

July 2023

Former candidate files defamation suit against KDP, Rachel Roberts, and Coleman Elridge

Jerry Gearding claims campaign material produced by the KDP for Roberts’s campaign was defamatory.

Published in News on Jul 26, 2023

July 2023

A tiresome Kentucky threesome

Three Kentucky politicians who just exhaust us. Tired yet?

Published in Commentary on Jul 26, 2023

July 2023

Cameron’s office continues to ignore court order

In 35 years of open records practice, I can recall no prior case in which a court has ordered the Attorney General’s office to submit to a deposition because of the failure of the AG to discharge his basic legal duties.

Published in Analysis on Jul 25, 2023

July 2023

Hal Rogers’s plan to get his prison no matter what

Kentucky congressman who wants a prison tries to do a Manchin: Use an appropriations bill to override the other branches

Published in News on Jul 24, 2023

July 2023

News and Notes for Monday, 7/24

Excerpts from stories across Kentucky and the nation, plus selected tweets. Look for News and Notes most Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Published in News on Jul 24, 2023

July 2023

The planet is becoming unlivable. How long will politicians be able to ignore this?

This truly is a climate emergency, and every day that goes by without significant action further endangers the future of almost all life on Earth, including us.

Published in Analysis, Commentary on Jul 24, 2023

July 2023

Beshear responds to Cameron’s false ad

The Cameron campaign lied about Beshear’s position on gender-reassignment surgery for minors. Today, Beshear set the record straight.

Published in Press Release, Media on Jul 24, 2023

July 2023

Hell yes I’m woke. Why aren’t you?

It’s time to be explicit about what “woke” means – and why we’re woke and proud of it.

Published in Commentary on Jul 21, 2023

July 2023

An interview with Cassie Chambers Armstrong

This week Jazmin and Robert interviewed Cassie Chambers Armstrong, the Kentucky Senator for District 19. She spoke about her decision to run for Senate, her experience in her first session, and her hopes for future sessions of the legislature. Before interviewing her, there were a few news items.

Published in Media on Jul 21, 2023

July 2023

Dan Cameron news roundup, and Rep. Daniel Grossberg

This week Aaron, Kimberly, and Martina bring you a Dan Cameron news roundup, including his just-announced, and completely uninspired running mate. We then interview Rep. Daniel Grossberg, from Louisville’s 30th House District. We then close out with a critical (if slightly familiar) call to action.

Published in Media on Jul 21, 2023

July 2023

News snippets for Friday, July 21

Excerpts with links for interesting stories from other sites.

Published in News on Jul 21, 2023

July 2023

Bill Straub: McConnell defends ethics-challenged Supreme Court as it denies time-honored precedent

Sen. Mitch McConnell has fathered an ugly baby. Now he’s trying to convince everyone that his homely little bundle of joy is actually the second-coming of Cleopatra.

Published in Commentary on Jul 21, 2023

July 2023

Cameron chooses running mate who believes gender-affirming care is ‘experimental’

State senator Robby Mills is also well known as the leader of the Bevin effort to slash pensions for teachers and state workers.

Published in News on Jul 21, 2023

July 2023

Beshear cries ‘politics’ as auditor launches examination of disaster relief funds

Republican lawmakers say 200 checks went to wrong people, request review

Published in News on Jul 21, 2023

July 2023

‘Climate change’ is becoming ‘climate crisis.’ And Kentucky isn’t ready.

It’s time for our state to move from responding to preparing.

Published in Analysis on Jul 20, 2023

July 2023

Stumbling stones

There are over 70,000 small brass plates placed in 1,200 cities across Europe. Berry Craig explains what they are.

Published in Feature on Jul 20, 2023

July 2023

Women: Daniel Cameron wants your medical records

And why, pray tell, would he want those records?

Published in News on Jul 19, 2023

July 2023

Believe it or not, Jamie Comer was once seen as ‘reasonable’

Some Kentucky Democratic Party bigwigs confess they can remember when Rep. James Comer was a “reasonable” Republican.

Published in Commentary on Jul 19, 2023

July 2023

Eighty-two years later, a Kentucky sailor is coming home

Another Kentucky sailor is coming home nearly 82 years after his life ended on the day President Franklin D. Roosevelt said would “live in infamy.”

Published in Feature on Jul 19, 2023

July 2023

Striking back

Jen Sorensen on the “disruption” caused by striking workers.

Published in Cartoon on Jul 18, 2023

July 2023

How to get your ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ card

Do you need a way to avoid jail time? Ivonne Rovira has you covered.

Published in Commentary on Jul 16, 2023

July 2023

Beshear, Cameron feckless with political money

“Feckless” – lacking initiative or strength of character; irresponsible

Published in Commentary on Jul 14, 2023

July 2023

Tail-Gunner Jamie

Just like Tail-Gunner Joe McCarthy, Comer is throwing out wild accusations without evidence. Will “Comerism” come to mean the same as “McCarthyism”?

Published in Commentary on Jul 14, 2023

July 2023

Workers at Kentucky’s largest employer could soon be on strike. Here’s what it means.

The strike deadline is July 31. Jason Bailey of KY Policy lays out the stakes, not only for UPS workers but for all of Kentucky.

Published in Analysis, Commentary on Jul 13, 2023

July 2023

Cameron steps in it twice, gives weak excuse for dropping out of “Freedom Fest”

Bruce’s Take: Cameron compounds one mistake by making another one. Stepping in it, indeed.

Published in Commentary on Jul 11, 2023

July 2023

Anti-LGBTQ laws in the US are getting struck down for limiting free speech of drag queens and doctors

Many of the rulings striking down these laws rely on the First Amendment’s protection of free speech.

Published in Analysis on Jul 11, 2023

July 2023

3 months after Louisville massacres, GOP silence echoes as gun violence keeps killing Kentuckians

They pass laws to protect guns (!), but protecting persons just isn’t on their agenda.

Published in Commentary on Jul 11, 2023

July 2023

Labor Luncheon is back at this year’s Fancy Farm

The luncheon takes place on Friday, the day before Fancy Farm itself.

Published in News on Jul 11, 2023

July 2023

The most pressing issue for our children

Beau of the Fifth Column got a question asking him what the most pressing issue is facing our children. He answered it. And he’s right.

Published in Commentary on Jul 9, 2023

July 2023

Choosing to fail at open government: the Louisville mayor

In the most recent test of his stated commitment to open government, Louisville Mayor Greenberg is failing.

Published in Analysis, Commentary on Jul 9, 2023

July 2023

The public’s right to know is under attack.

LBJ signed the Freedom of Information Act on July 4, 1966. He noted that it was a sign that the U.S. was an open society. Now that right is under attack.

Published in Commentary on Jul 8, 2023

July 2023

SB 150 blocked, Donald Trump coming to Kentucky, and more

This week Jazmin and Robert discussed four stories: a federal court's decision to block implementation of parts of SB 150, Donald Trump's (and Daniel Cameron's) appearance at Freedom Fest this fall, the dismissal of an abortion lawsuit, and the match up for the special election in HD 93.

Published in Media on Jul 7, 2023

July 2023

Happy Dependence Day! w/Jason Glass

Aaron, Kimberly, and Willie break down the Kentucky political news of the week, then interview Kentucky’s Education Commissioner Jason Glass, before closing with a call to action.

Published in Media on Jul 7, 2023

July 2023

Large majority of voters say business owners should not be able to deny services based on personal beliefs

A hypothetical case resulted in real-life impacts. And voters don’t like it.

Published in Analysis on Jul 7, 2023

July 2023

Waterbreaks

Jen Sorensen nails it again ...

Published in Cartoon on Jul 6, 2023

July 2023

Daniel Cameron: Corrupt, or incompetent?

Bruce’s Take: When it comes to the Cameron-Edgewater situation, there are only two possibilities. And one conclusion.

Published in Commentary, Election 2023 on Jul 6, 2023

July 2023

The hottest day in 125,000 years: Record heat around the world is scaring scientists.

On July 3rd, the Earth’s average temperature was the hottest in over 100,000 years. Then Tuesday was hotter.

Published in Analysis on Jul 6, 2023

July 2023

Col Owens: Supreme Court’s affirmative action decision negates efforts for diverse society

Our ability to live in a truly diverse society, to reflect the diversity of our population, has been dealt a deadly blow by the Supreme Court in the Harvard and University of North Carolina affirmative action cases.

Published in Commentary on Jul 6, 2023

July 2023

Using the 14th Amendment to enforce discrimination

“What the right wants is a complete reversal of civil rights legislation going back many years. This has been in the works for a long time.”

Published in Analysis on Jul 6, 2023

June 2023

KY, TN judges debunk anti-trans arguments and block bans: the stunning opinions

Two judges, within hours of one another, blocked gender affirming care bans in stunning opinions. They thoroughly debunk anti-trans talking points in doing so.

Published in News, Analysis on Jun 30, 2023

June 2023

Supreme Court axes affirmative action

“With let-them-eat-cake obliviousness, today, the majority pulls the ripcord and announces ‘colorblindness for all’ by legal fiat.”

Published in News, Analysis on Jun 29, 2023

June 2023

KKK flyers appearing across Kentucky

This hate group is still active in our state, and their activity has recently increased.

Published in Analysis, News on Jun 29, 2023

June 2023

Campaign finance drama, Louisville Metro budget, and an embarrassment from Kentucky Today

This week Emilie McKiernan joined Robert to talk through the campaign finance drama from both the Beshear and the Cameron campaigns. Then, we talk about Louisville Metro's budget, and finally we end the show by talking about an embarrassing article from Kentucky Today.

Published in Media on Jun 29, 2023

June 2023

Sweet Jesus, Christian Nationalism?!?

The Colonels discuss the growing threat of Xian Nationalism with Rev. Dr. Leah Schade, and what we can do to combat it.

Published in Media on Jun 29, 2023

June 2023

The Reading List for Wednesday

Everything published on ForwardKY since the last Weekly Update or Reading List newsletter

Published in News on Jun 28, 2023

June 2023

Americans in former Confederate states more likely to say violent protest against government is justified

Even though the overall percentage of citizens who say political violence is small, the support for it is slightly higher in the South.

Published in Analysis on Jun 28, 2023

June 2023

News & Notes for Wednesday

Headlines and snippets from across the world of politics

Published in News on Jun 28, 2023

June 2023

KY AFL-CIO asks Ethics Commission to investigate Cameron campaign

The latest in the back-and-forth between the two gubernatorial campaigns

Published in News on Jun 28, 2023

June 2023

Bruce’s Take: Our democracy dodged a giant bullet

An arcane legal theory had a chance to become the law of the land. Thankfully, it did not.

Published in Commentary on Jun 28, 2023

June 2023

Eastern Kentucky as climate-change refuge?

Researchers found that the region could see a wave of climate-related migration. Early findings point to the need for robust infrastructure investments to support potentially growing population.

Published in Analysis on Jun 28, 2023

June 2023

Daniel Cameron’s campaign is in full swing, but is he backing away from Trump?

Cameron couldn’t stop touting his Trump endorsement during the primary. Now, not so much.

Published in Commentary on Jun 27, 2023

June 2023

KY Resources Council asks court to strike down “change of venue” law

The KY Resources Council has filed an amicus brief asking the KY Supreme Court to strike down Senate Bill 126, otherwise known as the “change of venue” law.

Published in News on Jun 27, 2023

June 2023

Here are the new state laws taking effect this week

New laws related to child abuse, drugs, gambling, mental health, gender services, education and dozens of other topics are set to take effect on Thursday after receiving a nod from the Kentucky General Assembly earlier this year.

Published in News on Jun 27, 2023

June 2023

Beshear, McConnell, Biden hail $42 billion to connect all Americans to high-speed broadband

Kentucky’s share is almost $1.1 billion

Published in News on Jun 27, 2023

June 2023

Sun and wind power surpass coal

It's a first for the two renewables combined without adding hydropower

Published in Analysis on Jun 27, 2023

June 2023

Supreme Court rejects a Republican effort to hijack elections

In Moore v. Harper, the court ruled against the controversial “independent state legislature” theory.

Published in News on Jun 27, 2023

June 2023

Emerge graduates 14th class – a photo diary

Graduations are a time for pictures and hugs – and we’ve got both in this story!

Published in Feature on Jun 27, 2023

June 2023

Cameron accused of seeking donations from company his office is investigating

More political donations in the news.

Published in News on Jun 26, 2023

June 2023

On Donald Trump and 2024

Trump may be running faster than the bear – but is it enough?

Published in Commentary on Jun 24, 2023

June 2023

Taking stock: How climate change is affecting Kentucky

The lines in the infographic demonstrate how Kentucky has warmed over time. Here’s a look at how climate change is impacting Kentucky and what the future looks like if humans continue to rely on fossil fuels.

Published in Analysis on Jun 24, 2023

June 2023

News & Notes for Friday

Headlines and excerpts from across the political landscape – plus selected tweets.

Published in News on Jun 23, 2023

June 2023

We don’t know what to think about the Louisville Urban League

This week Jazmin digs into a lawsuit filed by Dr. Kish Kumi Price against her former employer, the Louisville Urban League. From what we know now, it's hard to say what to think! In addition, Robert talked about Lexington's budget, and there were plenty of quick hits to talk about.

Published in Media on Jun 23, 2023

June 2023

Juneteenth and the Feds

This week’s show features the new chair of the KY High School Dems, then a federal official to talk about expanding opportunity and equality.

Published in Media on Jun 23, 2023

June 2023

Dear KY Republican supermajority: Please stop talking and do something.

More guns is not the solution to gun violence.

Published in Commentary on Jun 23, 2023

June 2023

Dear Rep. Comer: It’s time to find a new wild goose chase

Bill Straub points out the ongoing Keystone-Cops-like antics of KY Rep. Comer, and says it’s time give it up, Jamie.

Published in Commentary on Jun 23, 2023

June 2023

State board votes to remove Kenton County elections board representative

The Kenton County Democrats succeeded in removing their representative to the county board of elections, but only after a Leslie County Republican helped them along the way.

Published in News on Jun 23, 2023