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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

June 2023

Campbell County GOP meetings to vote out chair, treasurer ruled invalid

The Republican Party of Kentucky’s 4th District ruled that the March and April meetings held by members of the Campbell County Republican Party to vote out their chair and treasurer were invalid.

Published in News on Jun 23, 2023

June 2023

Bernie Sanders opens probe into Amazon’s “abysmal” safety record

“At every turn,” Sanders said, “Amazon makes decisions that actively harm workers in the name of its bottom line.”

Published in News on Jun 22, 2023

June 2023

Cameron demands TV stations pull Beshear ad

But so far, the stations in question have refused.

Published in News on Jun 22, 2023

June 2023

Cameron refers Beshear/KDP donation incident to FBI

Cameron cannot investigate the donations himself, as he is barred by ethics opinions from doing so – but he can ask the FBI to do so.

Published in News on Jun 22, 2023

June 2023

“She’s such a Bee-yotch!”

MTG and LB are squaring off to be MAGA Homecoming Queen, and we’re just here for the drama.

Published in Commentary on Jun 22, 2023

June 2023

News and Notes for Wednesday

Headlines and excerpts from across the political landscape

Published in News on Jun 21, 2023

June 2023

Bruce’s Take: Share the “No Labels” info w/ friends and family

Learn from the past, learn from the present – and Just Say No.

Published in Commentary on Jun 21, 2023

June 2023

Adams: Renew ERIC membership for one year, while building alternatives

Caught between two bad alternatives, the Secretary of State decides to stay the course for now.

Published in Press Release, News on Jun 21, 2023

June 2023

Dem candidate Emma Curtis releases platform

Emma Curtis, who is running for Lamin Swann’s open seat, released her platform today.

Published in Press Release on Jun 21, 2023

June 2023

Cameron’s loss in court should be a cautionary tale for future AGs

The Oldham County Circuit Court’s June 13 open meetings opinion should serve as a cautionary tale for the next Attorney General.

Published in Analysis on Jun 20, 2023

June 2023

Beshear campaign, Kentucky Democratic Party return $202,000 linked to London mayor

Contributions were made on Randall Weddle’s credit card

Published in News, Election 2023 on Jun 20, 2023

June 2023

‘Gaslighting insanity’ – Journalist says Beshear supporters relentlessly harassed her after she fact-checked governor

Journalist Olivia Krauth has spoken out against supporters of Governor Andy Beshear, saying that she faced relentless harassment following her fact-check article about Beshear’s claim of a record number of employed Kentuckians. Krauth, a politics reporter at the Louisville Courier Journal, teamed up with Olivia Evans to publish a

Published in News, Election 2023 on Jun 20, 2023

June 2023

KVH says ’be vigilant’ about your Medicaid and CHIPs coverage

Look for your renewal notices, so you don’t lose your coverage.

Published in Feature on Jun 20, 2023

June 2023

Rick Wilson lays out the truth about the “No Labels” group

You consider yourself a moderate? You like the idea of “no labels”? Well then, you need to read this.

Published in Analysis on Jun 20, 2023

June 2023

Books aren’t killing our kids – guns are

Teri Carter names the #1 killer of our children – with examples

Published in Commentary on Jun 19, 2023

June 2023

They’re eventually coming for you

Look around – the “first they came for” lines are being played out again in our country.

Published in Commentary on Jun 19, 2023

June 2023

Bruce’s Take: Democracy will survive if ...

If Trump is convicted, does that mean democracy is safe?

Published in Commentary on Jun 19, 2023

June 2023

New data shows well-being of Kentucky kids worsens

When it comes to the well-being of our children, Kentucky is falling behind even its own poor record.

Published in Analysis on Jun 19, 2023

June 2023

Anti-trans bills spark mass migration as 130-260K trans people flee home states

A new survey shows that hundreds of thousands have left their home states, and over a million more may soon follow.

Published in Analysis on Jun 19, 2023

June 2023

Speaker David Osborne, Minority Leader Derrick Graham issue joint statement honoring Juneteenth

The two legislative leaders issued the statement on Monday.

Published in Press Release, News on Jun 19, 2023

June 2023

How a grad student uncovered the largest known slave auction in the U.S.

Lauren Davila made a stunning discovery as a graduate student at the College of Charleston: an ad for a slave auction larger than any historian had yet identified. The find yields a new understanding of the enormous harm of such a transaction.

Published in Feature on Jun 19, 2023

June 2023

Juneteenth in Kentucky

Ben Fishel nails it.

Published in Cartoon on Jun 19, 2023

June 2023

Your weekly update – plus a sorta-new newsletter you can get

The list of stories from this week, plus a word from our sponsor about a sorta-new newsletter

Published in on Jun 18, 2023

June 2023

You know a lot about a guy by the company he keeps

Bill Straub notes that apparently Republicans like the ‘whataboutism’ kind.

Published in Commentary on Jun 17, 2023

June 2023

Greenberg on who is above the law

Steve Greenberg sees what the Republicans are doing and saying about the Trump indictment.

Published in Cartoon on Jun 16, 2023

June 2023

News & Notes for Friday

Headlines and excerpts from political and governance news across the state. Plus, some selected tweets for your viewing pleasure.

Published in News on Jun 16, 2023

June 2023

An interview with Emma Curtis

We talk with Emma Curtis, who is running for the House seat left vacant by the death of Lamin Swann. Emma is a well-known activist who is passionate about representing the people in her district. You can also learn about her “day job” as well as her lifelong interest in music.

Published in Media on Jun 16, 2023

June 2023

Former NKY attorney Eric Deters ‘99%’ sure he’s going to run against Thomas Massie

Deters recently lost to Daniel Cameron in the GOP gubernatorial primary, but says he is seriously considering taking on Massie.

Published in News on Jun 16, 2023

June 2023

Cameron, other pols should shut up about Trump’s case

Misleading, self-serving statements have come from multiple Republican lawmakers. Just recognize them for what they are: opinions and arguments, largely unsupported by facts.

Published in Commentary on Jun 16, 2023

June 2023

They messed up SB 150

This week Jazmin explains to us new guidance around SB 150, where the Kentucky Department of Education uncovered that legislators used the word "or" when they probably meant to use "and." In addition, Robert brings a lot of quick hits.

Published in Media on Jun 16, 2023

June 2023

Kentucky Tribes

But not the political kind

Published in Media on Jun 16, 2023

June 2023

News & Notes for Wednesday

Headlines and excerpts from political and governance news across the state. Plus, some selected tweets for your viewing pleasure.

Published in News on Jun 14, 2023

June 2023

As Kentucky’s largest coal producer mines Bitcoin, its power discounts draw scrutiny

State utility regulator launches investigations into crypto industry’s impacts

Published in Analysis on Jun 13, 2023

June 2023

Poor, pitiful Trump

Poor, pitiful Donald J. Trump. He’s the most persecuted president in the history of the Republic. Nay, the most persecuted person in American history, which would further include the colonial era. Just ask him.

Published in Commentary on Jun 13, 2023

June 2023

Your weekly update (a day late!)

Good afternoon! This newsletter is a day late, because yesterday was the final day of the garden tour our house was on, and last night was just time for relaxing. (The tour turned out well, BTW!) So, I’m finally getting around to the weekly newsletter a day late.     There

Published in on Jun 12, 2023

June 2023

Trump indictment unsealed – a criminal law scholar explains what the charges mean, and what prosecutors will now need to prove

The Conversation spoke to criminal law scholar Gabriel J. Chin at the University of California, Davis School of Law about the most important takeaways from the unsealed indictment – and the new, open questions it presents about Trump’s alleged criminal activity.

Published in Explainer on Jun 12, 2023

June 2023

Trump’s AG: “If Even Half of It Is True, He’s Toast”

Former attorney general Bill Barr says the Trump indictment is “damning.”

Published in News on Jun 12, 2023

June 2023

Read the full Trump indictment here

There’s a lot of evidence here.

Published in News on Jun 12, 2023

June 2023

Bruce’s Take: ‘Keyboard Warriors’ ... or actually dangerous?

Are we moving closer to political violence? Or is it all just talk?

Published in Commentary on Jun 12, 2023

June 2023

We need better – no, MUCH better candidates

Are these the best we can do?

Published in Commentary on Jun 11, 2023

June 2023

Guess what – it’s those ‘woke’ policies that have improved your life

Since the founding of the country, it’s the ‘woke’ people who have taken the country forward and made it better.

Published in Commentary on Jun 9, 2023

June 2023

For second straight year, U.S. firearm fatalities reached record highs

CDC data for 2021 firearm fatalities show Black people at greatest risk for gun homicide; guns remain leading cause of death for children and teens ages 1–19 and young adults under 25

Published in Analysis, News on Jun 9, 2023

June 2023

Here’s this week’s News Quiz!

Think you know this week’s news? Take the quiz and find out!

Published in Feature on Jun 9, 2023

June 2023

Today’s giant Supreme Court surprise ruling is a rare win for democracy

In Allen v. Milligan, the court upheld one of the last remaining pieces of the Voting Rights Act.

Published in Analysis on Jun 8, 2023

June 2023

LGBTQ+ Pride in Kentucky

This week Jazmin took us on a journey to learn the often joyful history of LGBTQ+ folks here in Kentucky. LGBTQ+ people have always been with us and have had a significant impact on our state through the years, and Jazmin showed us when and how.

Published in Media on Jun 8, 2023

June 2023

Two new ads from the Beshear campaign

Two contrasting ads, hitting two of the campaign’s themes

Published in Media on Jun 8, 2023

June 2023

‘Or’ ignites latest conflict over what Kentucky schools may teach about sex, gender

Republican senator blasts Kentucky Department of Education’s guidance

Published in News on Jun 8, 2023

June 2023

Cameron, Beshear, and who actually has the backing of law enforcement

Cameron is supposed to be the “top cop” – but it looks like Beshear actually has the support.

Published in Commentary on Jun 8, 2023

June 2023

“Put up or shut up”: A federal judge tore into Florida’s ban on gender-affirming care for minors

In a preliminary injunction, the judge allowed three of the plaintiff’s children to receive care and pushed a constitutional challenge to the law.

Published in News on Jun 7, 2023

June 2023

Politics headlines for Wednesday, June 7

Excerpts, snippets, and blurbs from across the political landscape

Published in News on Jun 7, 2023

June 2023

Breonna Taylor supporters announce campaign to defeat Cameron

The group hopes to increase turnout for Beshear in the state’s two largest cities.

Published in News on Jun 7, 2023

June 2023

Bruce’s Take: The PGA practices sportswashing

It’s all about the Benjamins – also known, in this case, as the blood money.

Published in Commentary on Jun 7, 2023

June 2023

How AI could take over elections – and undermine democracy

Could organizations use artificial intelligence language models such as ChatGPT to induce voters to behave in specific ways?

Published in Analysis on Jun 5, 2023

June 2023

AP Stylebook has a new section on gender terminology

This isn’t just for journalists, either – it’s a great reference for all of us.

Published in Feature on Jun 5, 2023

June 2023

Legislators nix Beshear’s second attempt at expanding Medicaid services

The Beshear reg expanded dental, vision and hearing services for Medicaid patients. it'll remain in place for now.

Published in News on Jun 5, 2023

June 2023

KY leaving ERIC: sneaky plot, or legit?

The Repubs forced us into using ERIC, and now SOS Adams wants out. Are his reasons legit, or hiding a deeper plan?

Published in Analysis on Jun 5, 2023

June 2023

Hospitals in Two States Denied an Abortion to a Miscarrying Patient. Investigators Say They Broke Federal Law.

Doctors told her she might die but she couldn’t have an abortion under state law until she got sicker, documents show. The Biden administration says failing to act violates a federal law requiring hospitals to provide emergency care.

Published in Investigation, Policy on Jun 4, 2023

June 2023

Race tied? Uhm, not so fast.

Cameron and the Repubs are trying to run against Biden – but he’s not in the race. Who is? The most popular Democratic governor in the country.

Published in Commentary on Jun 4, 2023

June 2023

Massie’s ‘yes’ vote key to passing of debt limit bill

Massie provided the necessary final vote to get the bill out of committee and onto the House floor.

Published in News, Analysis on Jun 4, 2023

June 2023

Republican poll shows Beshear and Cameron tied in race for governor

A new poll from Republican firm Cygnal shows Democratic incumbent Gov. Andy Beshear and Republican challenger Daniel Cameron in a dead heat in the race for governor, five months out from the General Election.

Published in News, Election 2023 on Jun 4, 2023

June 2023

News & Notes for Friday

Snippets and links to news stories and headlines from across Kentucky and national politics.

Published in News on Jun 2, 2023

June 2023

Debate over prayer in public schools has resurfaced

Some are worried protections for the non-religious will be eroded.

Published in Analysis on Jun 2, 2023

June 2023

Emma Curtis announces historic bid for 93rd district House seat

Curtis is running to fill the seat of Lamin Swann, who died recently. If elected, she would be the first openly transgender state legislator in Kentucky history.

Published in News, Press Release on Jun 2, 2023

June 2023

Rand Paul plans to make colleagues hate him more

Our own Senator is planning on proposing an amendment that he knows won’t pass, thus delaying everyone from going home.

Published in Analysis on Jun 1, 2023

June 2023

Running against Woke

When these politicians rant about fighting “woke,” what exactly do they mean?

Published in Commentary on Jun 1, 2023

May 2023

House passes debt/budget bill, sends it to Senate

All six Kentucky members of the House voted for the bill.

Published in News on May 31, 2023

May 2023

Are we taking freedom of speech and press for granted?

We need freedom of the press everywhere – including right here in Kentucky.

Published in Commentary on May 31, 2023

May 2023

This week: Kentuckians to ‘Wear Orange’ in hopes of saving lives

Events this week: June 1 in Frankfort; June 2 in Etown; June 3 in Lexington and Louisville.

Published in Commentary, Event on May 31, 2023

May 2023

Dozens of GoFundMe users seek funds to flee states passing transphobic laws

Many trans individuals and their families see little recourse but to leave their states in response to anti-trans laws.

Published in News on May 31, 2023

May 2023

The three Ds of Daniel Cameron

The governor’s race has barely started, but Beshear is everywhere, while Cameron is MIA. All Cameron has going for him at this point is his three Ds.

Published in Commentary on May 31, 2023

May 2023

A legislative fix?

Repub lawmakers say there is no fix for gun violence. What about other issues?

Published in Cartoon on May 30, 2023

May 2023

Top 20 lobbying orgs for first four months of 2023

Over $11 million spent on lobbying 138 legislators in just a few months.

Published in News on May 30, 2023

May 2023

Kentucky’s largest utility tests new law creating barrier to retire fossil fuel plants

GOP lawmakers passed SB 4 earlier this year

Published in News on May 30, 2023

May 2023

Bruce’s Take: Massie in the catbird seat

Kentucky’s own Thomas Massie could cast a very significant vote today.

Published in Analysis on May 30, 2023

May 2023

On Memorial Day

A special Memorial Day essay, written in 2020 by retired Marine Lt. Colonel Mike Broihier when he was a candidate for U.S. Senate in Kentucky.

Published in Commentary on May 29, 2023

May 2023

Event: Reggie Thomas to speak in Breathitt County

Senator Thomas will talk about how Democrats can reach rural Kentuckians.

Published in Event on May 28, 2023

May 2023

Nazi Germany banned books, too

This is not an echo of the past: It’s a replay.

Published in Commentary on May 27, 2023

May 2023

Progressives try to persuade Biden to use the 14th Amendment to resolve debt crisis

Kentucky’s U.S. Rep. Morgan McGarvey, D-Louisville, is among members of Congress urging President Biden to invoke the 14th Amendment in order to keep paying the country’s bills.

Published in News on May 26, 2023

May 2023

Here are bipartisan, common-sense solutions to reduce gun violence

Three writers, three columns, one conclusion: it’s time to come together and address gun violence.

Published in Commentary on May 26, 2023

May 2023

In dedicating memorial, Beshear says he intended it partly as a response to those who discounted the pandemic for political ends

None of the state’s Republican leaders attended the event.

Published in Feature on May 26, 2023

May 2023

SCOTUS just shriveled federal protection for wetlands

The ruling by the Supreme Court will leave many of these valuable ecosystems at risk.

Published in Analysis on May 26, 2023

May 2023

Kentucky officially unveils COVID-19 memorial in Frankfort

‘This grief sometimes feels like a cold wind moving through our chest, shivering a fragile broken heart.’ — Amanda Matthews, sculptor

Published in Feature on May 26, 2023

May 2023

What does the KY Auditor do, anyway?

Plus – what is the GOP supermajority doing about guns?

Published in Media on May 26, 2023

May 2023

We need some context around Tim Scott

He may be “the first Black Republican senator from the South since Reconstruction” – but he sure doesn’t line up with those 19th-century senators.

Published in Commentary on May 25, 2023

May 2023

Cameron’s dream of secrecy would be Kentucky’s nightmare

Daniel Cameron’s track record on open records isn’t just bad – it’s scary bad.

Published in Commentary on May 24, 2023

May 2023

SNAP is our best tool for fighting hunger. Don’t hold it hostage.

Why is Congress attacking our fellow citizens who are falling into hunger?

Published in Analysis, Policy on May 23, 2023

May 2023

Bruce’s Take: KREF Korruption

Anywhere there is money sloshing around, you can usually find corruption. And political campaigns often have LOTS of money sloshing around.

Published in on May 23, 2023

May 2023

Ceilings, cliffs, walls, falls

All four can be painful if you hit them. We’re about to.

Published in Commentary on May 22, 2023

May 2023

London receives nearly $1.4M state grant. Mayor’s family are donors to Beshear, Democratic Party

Transportation Cabinet says recipients of the federally funded grants are chosen by the Transportation Cabinet staff

Published in Analysis on May 22, 2023

May 2023

Guns or our kids: That’s the choice.

“I am no longer interested in how we got here. I am only interested in how we get out.”

Published in Commentary on May 22, 2023

May 2023

Headlines and snippets for Tuesday

The run-down for May 22, 2023 – with a focus on the start of the fall election.

Published in News on May 22, 2023

May 2023

Bruce’s Take: 11th-dimensional chess

Spock isn’t the only one who can play multi-dimensional chess.

Published in Commentary on May 22, 2023

May 2023

DeSantis and Repubs attack academic freedom

It’s the same attack used by authoritarians throughout history.

Published in Commentary on May 21, 2023

May 2023

The deep state is deep doodoo

The Priory of Sion, the Illuminati, the Deep State – we’ve seen this movie before.

Published in Commentary on May 19, 2023

May 2023

Let’s talk about polling on why people are leaving religion

It has to do with the relationship between some religious establishments and a certain group of people.

Published in Media, Commentary on May 19, 2023

May 2023

Thanks to McConnell, Trump, and himself, Cameron looks strong

With support from both, plus his own disciplined campaign, Daniel Cameron will be a formidable opponent in the fall.

Published in Commentary, Analysis on May 19, 2023

May 2023

Bruce’s Take: To everything there is a season

A time to negotiate, and a time to say “hell no!”

Published in Commentary on May 19, 2023

May 2023

More than 17,000 Kentuckians could lose food aid

The new SNAP reporting process, complicated by design, could cause thousands of Kentuckians to go hungry.

Published in Policy, Analysis on May 19, 2023

May 2023

Election predictions AND reactions

This week Jazmin and Robert talked about the end of the primary campaign, and predicted what would happen when results started coming in – then later, once the results were clear, they recorded their reaction to the results.

Published in Media on May 18, 2023

May 2023

Election re-cap and kick-off w/ Rep. Col Pam Stevenson

Aaron, Kimberly, and Martina cover the results from Tuesday’s elections and then welcome Rep. Col. Pam Stevenson to the show. We’ll check in on how her state-wide campaign is shaping up, what her constitutional role means for our commonwealth, and how folks can help her effort.

Published in Media on May 18, 2023

May 2023

Beshear Campaign launches first ad of the general election

Ad highlights Beshear’s track record of delivering jobs, rebuilding communities and making Kentucky better for our kids

Published in Press Release, Election 2023 on May 18, 2023

May 2023

Texas: Churches donated to candidates with conservative agendas

The town rejected their picks, and now the donations are under investigation.

Published in News on May 18, 2023

May 2023

‘Woke’ – the new dogwhistle

It’s time to call it out for what it truly is.

Published in Commentary on May 18, 2023

May 2023

Yes, there were other races on the ballot – here’s the results

These people campaigned as well, so let’s talk about their races.

Published in News on May 17, 2023

May 2023

It’s Cameron vs Beshear

Cameron wins, Quarles pulls into second, and Craft winds up in third.

Published in News on May 17, 2023

May 2023

Some “Republicans” may have a shock on Tuesday

When they ask for a Republican ballot, and are told they are still registered as Dems and thus can’t vote in the Repub primary.

Published in Analysis on May 15, 2023

May 2023

James Comer’s latest screw-up: He can’t find his informant

Looks like the dog ate the nothing-burger.

Published in Commentary on May 15, 2023

May 2023

‘Down ticket’ races include election denier’s challenge of Republican secretary of state

It’s not just a race for governor on Tuesday; these other offices are on the ballot as well.

Published in Analysis on May 15, 2023

May 2023

Polls disagree about state of governor’s race

Cameron appears to be pulling away – but Craft says the opposite is true.

Published in Analysis on May 15, 2023

May 2023

Lexington State Representative Lamin Swann passes away at 45 following medical emergency

Swann became a state rep in 2022 via a special election.

Published in News on May 15, 2023

May 2023

The Forum is open!

A major new part of Forward Kentucky is now up and running.

Published in on May 14, 2023

May 2023

Craft doesn’t hear the echoes

Kelly Craft goes there, and doesn’t even realize what she has tapped into.

Published in Commentary on May 12, 2023

May 2023

Will we hit an all-time low turnout on Tuesday?

A bad record is still a record.

Published in Analysis on May 12, 2023

May 2023

Group restarts Democratic exec committee in Carlisle County

The group got kudos from across the state and beyond.

Published in News on May 12, 2023

May 2023

Tuesday’s GOP primary may re-define Kentucky Republicans

Will the KY GOP elect full-blown MAGAs and election deniers? Will the cash and the ads be more important than competence? Has McConnell’s leadership of KY Repubs finally ended?

Published in Commentary on May 12, 2023

May 2023

The ACLU is trying to stop SB 150

Did you know the ACLU is suing to block SB 150, the draconian anti-trans bill? Jazmin Smith lays it all out for us.

Published in on May 11, 2023

May 2023

Will a big bag of coal cash buy the gov’s race?

The Colonels take a look at the Craft bucket o’ cash, then talk with Michael Bowman, the Dem candidate for state treasurer.

Published in Media on May 11, 2023

May 2023

New Dem org forms to do local party training

KDA’s tagline: “Building the party from the ground up”

Published in Press Release on May 11, 2023

May 2023

And the winner is ... Quarles?!?

“Bruce’s Take” for Wednesday, May 10

Published in Commentary on May 10, 2023

May 2023

The Verdict

Nick Anderson nails Trump’s reaction to the E. Jean Carroll verdict.

Published in Cartoon on May 10, 2023

May 2023

Would her family’s financial stake in the coal industry affect Craft’s actions as governor?

Ethics expert says GOP hopeful would ‘absolutely’ have a conflict of interest. It’s ‘for the people to decide’ if there’s a problem, says a former Kentucky governor.

Published in Analysis, Election 2023 on May 9, 2023

May 2023

Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin seems to have picked the lock on split-ticket voters

Jennifer Rubin of The Washington Post looks at how U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin is winning over some of the state’s swing voters and setting an example for fellow party members.

Published in Analysis on May 9, 2023

May 2023

Ryan Quarles seeks to shoot the gap in GOP gubernatorial primary

With a week left in the Republican primary for governor, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles is on the air with an ad seeking to split the frontrunners.

Published in Analysis on May 9, 2023

May 2023

Virginia Moore, Beshear’s sign language interpreter, dies

Virginia Moore, the sign language interpreter that grew popular during Gov. Andy Beshear’s COVID-19 pandemic updates, has died.

Published in News on May 9, 2023

May 2023

The Cameron Pandering Machine

If you lie about something simply to get more votes out of your base, what’s that called? Oh, yeah ...

Published in Commentary, Election 2023 on May 9, 2023

May 2023

“It’s crazy out there.”

“Bruce’s Take” for Monday, May 8

Published in Commentary on May 8, 2023

May 2023

This week’s updates and story lists

All the stories from the past week, PLUS updates about newsletters and the new discussion forum.

Published in on May 7, 2023

May 2023

Olivia Krauth talks about the GOP debate

This week Robert invited Olivia Krauth of the Courier-Journal to the show to talk about the GOP Gubernatorial debate that happened on May 1. Robert and Olivia talked about winners and losers, as well as why we hold debates like these in the first place. It was a good discussion!

Published in Media on May 7, 2023

May 2023

Will Mitch, Massie and Comer crash the economy? w/former GOP Rep. Bob Heleringer

This week, Aaron, Kimberly and Willie are doing what people said couldn’t be done - asking a Kentucky Republican to answer for their party’s horrendous anti-LGBTQ horror show. Log in for our conversation with former state representative Bob Heleringer.

Published in Media on May 7, 2023

May 2023

Teachers union asks judge to block new Kentucky law barring payroll deductions to pay union dues

KEA points to new law’s exception for police, firefighters, corrections unions

Published in News on May 5, 2023

May 2023

When it comes to the economy, we’ve seen this movie before

As the debt ceiling crisis comes nearer and nearer, the Republican Playbook is being run. It’s time to insist on a new ending to this old, tired story.

Published in Commentary on May 5, 2023

May 2023

Dear Derby visitors: Here’s your guide to that OTHER horse race in Kentucky

For all our out-of-towners (and Kentuckians just now tuning in), Al Cross has a guide to the race to move into the gov’s office in Frankfort.

Published in Analysis, Election 2023 on May 5, 2023

May 2023

When it comes to guns, we need some Profiles in Courage

It’s time for common-sense gun laws – but to get them, we’re going to need some legislators with a spine.

Published in Commentary on May 3, 2023

May 2023

On Texas, and training, and teaching 3rd-graders to apply chest seals

I just watched this, and I’m almost at a loss for words. Every parent, every school person, and especially every politician needs to watch it – all the way to the end.

Published in Commentary, Media on May 3, 2023

May 2023

Is God a Republican or a Democrat?

If you’re near Jackson, you might want to attend this event.

Published in Event on May 3, 2023

May 2023

Beshear campaign has raised almost $7 million for reelection

Some significant numbers from the Beshear folks.

Published in Press Release on May 3, 2023

May 2023

Bruce’s Take: Last-minute lawsuits and complaints

A lawsuit against Craft, an ethics complaint against Cameron: some sideshows to add extra spice to the last few weeks of primary season.

Published in Analysis on May 3, 2023

May 2023

NKY attorney, Craft supporter files ethics complaint against Attorney General Daniel Cameron

Cameron’s campaign received donations from a company suing the state.

Published in News on May 2, 2023

May 2023

Craft and Cameron bring out the boxing gloves for KET debate

Monday marked first time the two Republican frontrunners shared a debate stage.

Published in News on May 2, 2023

May 2023

“We don’t negotiate with economic terrorists”

It’s time for President Biden to make it clear to Kevin McCarthy and the House Repubs: Sorry. We don’t negotiate with terrorists.

Published in Commentary on May 2, 2023

May 2023

What sort of governor would the Repub candidates be?

We’re with Beshear, all the way. But what if (heaven forbid) one of the Repubs actually won? What sort of governor would they be? Let’s talk about it.

Published in Analysis, Commentary, Election 2023 on May 2, 2023

May 2023

Straub on Tuckums

Tucker Carlson is unemployed – but he won’t be for long, Bill Straub says. In fact, the job offers have already started.

Published in Commentary on May 2, 2023

May 2023

KDP approves 2024 delegate selection plan

Here’s how KY Dems will choose delegates to the national convention in 2024.

Published in News, Press Release on May 1, 2023

May 2023

Deters files lawsuit challenging Craft residency

The Eric Deters campaign claims Kelly Craft’s legal residency is Oklahoma with her husband, not Kentucky.

Published in News on May 1, 2023

May 2023

How to improve open records work in Louisville

Louisville Mayor Craig Greenberg is making good on his campaign promise to improve open records compliance. But there’s one more thing that is needed.

Published in Commentary on May 1, 2023

May 2023

Happy Labor Day!

Oh wait – you didn’t know it was Labor Day? That’s because the “powers that be” don’t want you to know. Read on to learn more.

Published in Commentary on May 1, 2023

May 2023

Bruce’s Take – ‘Reverse verification’

Here’s a concept that explains a lot about Fox News and the power it wields on right-wing true believers.

Published in Commentary on May 1, 2023

April 2023

The school year will soon end – but a new strategy to dismantle public education is just beginning

Yes, there are powerful interests in our country to want to get rid of our public schools. Jason Bailey lays out who – and why.

Published in Analysis on Apr 29, 2023

April 2023

Recapping the KSR debate, and a fundraising update

This week Robert and Jazmin talked about the Kentucky Sports Radio debate from last week and Robert did an analysis of all the fundraising data for 2023 candidates for Q1 2023.

Published in Media on Apr 29, 2023

April 2023

Will somnolence sell? w/Sierra Enlow

Aaron, Doug and Nema discuss the war on woke and its chief warrior, Kelly Craft. It’s still Earth Month, so Aaron tells us about a few federal programs Kentucky is and isn’t pursuing. And, we talk with Ag Commissioner candidate, Sierra Enlow to find out what in the heck even is ag tech?

Published in Media on Apr 29, 2023

April 2023

Headlines for 4/26

Eight ForwardKY stories, seven stories from elsewhere, and three interesting/fun tweets.

Published in News on Apr 26, 2023

April 2023

NKY gubernatorial candidate Eric Deters says he’ll challenge Kelly Craft’s residency status

Craft’s campaign says she has been a “lifelong” resident of Kentucky.

Published in News on Apr 26, 2023

April 2023

Conservative group works to relax child-labor laws, citing ‘parental rights’

Biggest victory has been in Arkansas

Published in Analysis on Apr 26, 2023

April 2023

Christian Nationalism ... or Christo-Fascism?

Christian Nationalism is in the news, but what is it, exactly? What is “Christo-fascism”? And why are they both a serious threat to our democracy?

Published in Explainer on Apr 26, 2023

April 2023

KY House Dems to hold ‘Roller-Skating Fundraiser’ for LGBTQ rights

A cool idea for a serious cause

Published in Event on Apr 26, 2023

April 2023

The ‘most dangerous ideology’? Really?!?

Matt Walsh needs to get out more. And instead of attacking libraries, maybe he should use one.

Published in Commentary on Apr 24, 2023

April 2023

Bruce’s Take: Craft is blowing it

And she didn’t have to.

Published in on Apr 24, 2023

April 2023

Holthouser: 'The greatest honor I have received in my professional career'

Holthouser received the 2023 Labor Award from the A. Phillip Randolph Institute.

Published in News on Apr 24, 2023

April 2023

Campbell is interim head of KDP Labor Council

The Labor Council joins other KDP councils: Black, LGBTQ, military veterans, and rural.

Published in News on Apr 24, 2023

April 2023

Multiple organizations host interfaith gathering in Louisville on Friday

From the invitation: “As we seek to care for ourselves and our loved ones, we must support each other.”

Published in Event on Apr 24, 2023

April 2023

‘Investigate Comer’ billboard links to C-J story

There’s a web address on the billboard – but it doesn’t go where you think it will.

Published in News on Apr 23, 2023

April 2023

Some surprising new players in Kentucky politics are filling Beshear’s campaign war chest

Family, associates of London Mayor Randall Weddle and reverse logistics industry top governor’s donor list

Published in Analysis on Apr 23, 2023

April 2023

The Supreme Court rules mifepristone can remain available

Here’s how 2 conflicting federal court decisions led to this point.

Published in Analysis on Apr 23, 2023

April 2023

Straub: Given all Beshear has faced as governor, he has done admirable job – except on climate change

The Beshear administration declined to apply for a federal grant of up to $3 million to devise a climate action plan. Why?

Published in Commentary on Apr 23, 2023

April 2023

Can money and misinformation buy a nomination for governor?

Craft’s campaign is a shameless one, using Christian imagery in mailers that make it seem like she’s running for Sunday-school superintendent, not governor.

Published in Commentary on Apr 22, 2023

April 2023

Annual overdose deaths in Kentucky fell for first time in four years

Provisional data gathered by the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center shows that 2,127 Kentuckians died of overdose in 2022, 5 percent less than the 2021 figure of 2,257.

Published in News on Apr 22, 2023

April 2023

Interview with Robert Sainte

This week, Robert interviewed Robert Sainte, the Dem candidate in the 28th Senate District special election. Also – the GOP Gubernatorial primary, and another mass shooting event in Louisville and the city’s reaction.

Published in Media on Apr 22, 2023

April 2023

NEVERy Day is Earth Day for the KY GOP

Aaron, Kimberly, and Chris check in on the KY political news of the weak, with an eye on the races happening in one month (and how much money the Krafts seem to be flushing down the toilet), what’s happening with gun safety, and how we could do better for our planet.

Published in Media on Apr 22, 2023

April 2023

Willing to kill to ‘restore’ America

Some whites see themselves as losing to people of other demographics in what to these whites is a zero-sum game. So they’re arming to the teeth.

Published in Commentary on Apr 22, 2023

April 2023

Bullets and children. And what to do about it.

Guns are now the #1 killer of children in the U.S., having passed auto accidents. The author provides not only the data, but also solutions that are proven to work to protect our children.

Published in Analysis on Apr 18, 2023

April 2023

What’s behind the GOP’s war against democracy?

The signs are becoming more and more stark.

Published in Commentary on Apr 17, 2023

April 2023

Yes, we have testimonials!

Our members appreciate our work ... and some write in to tell us! 😀

Published in Meta on Apr 17, 2023

April 2023

Is fascism ‘cool’? Some now think so.

Some young people, especially young men, are turning to fascism. But others are standing against it.

Published in Commentary on Apr 16, 2023

April 2023

Bruce’s Take: Watch this space.

Consider this possible connection.

Published in Analysis on Apr 15, 2023

April 2023

Headlines for 4/14

Six stories from ForwardKY, including a featured editorial; plus links to eight other stories.

Published in News on Apr 14, 2023

April 2023

Republican candidates for governor talk education as May 16 primary nears

Craft vows to fire education commissioner. Cameron wants state school board that reflects Kentucky ‘values.’ Quarles pledges support for teachers.

Published in News on Apr 14, 2023

April 2023

Campbell County Repubs vote to oust chair – or do they?

“Republicans in disarray!”

Published in News on Apr 14, 2023

April 2023

New poll shows Craft gaining ground on Cameron in GOP gubernatorial primary

But over 20 percent were still undecided, with the primary election just weeks away.

Published in News on Apr 14, 2023

April 2023

Bruce’s Take: Someone needs to tell Kelly Craft about Aqua Buddha

The latest Craft ad got me thinking about that classic ad and the effect it had.

Published in Commentary on Apr 14, 2023

April 2023

Could our country come to this?

A series of small changes can still add up to a massive shift. Is America sliding into authoritarianism, or even full-blown fascism?

Published in Commentary on Apr 14, 2023

April 2023

The slope isn’t slippery; it’s not even a slope

Any time we bring up gun-safety laws, someone warns about the “slippery slope.” Ivonne Rovira knocks down that argument.

Published in Commentary on Apr 13, 2023

April 2023

A mass shooting in Louisville

Most of the show this week is an update about the mass shooting in Louisville. There’s also an update on the Repub gubernatorial race.

Published in Media on Apr 13, 2023

April 2023

Maybe policy & action this time?

The Colonels talk w/ Cathy Hobart Spicer of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense actions we can take on gun violence.

Published in Media on Apr 13, 2023

April 2023

At least it’s not a school ...

We are living in the Age of Mass Shootings. What is it doing to us ... and who’s going to stop it?

Published in Commentary on Apr 12, 2023

April 2023

Headlines for 4/12

Stories, news, headlines, tweets – all in today’s Headlines article

Published in News on Apr 12, 2023

April 2023

Kelly Craft campaigns with former UK swimmer Riley Gaines on ‘anti-trans’ message

Craft continues to push “anti-woke” talking points in her campaign.

Published in News on Apr 12, 2023

April 2023

To the Tennessee Three: the Kentucky Fifteen has your back

Kentucky lawmakers are standing with their fellow lawmakers in Tennessee.

Published in Feature on Apr 12, 2023

April 2023

Louisville’s mayor, congressman, and the physician treating victims call for action on gun violence

Louisville is prevented from enacting its own laws regarding guns. Mayor says this need to change.

Published in News on Apr 12, 2023

April 2023

Thoughts and Prayers

Funny how thoughts and prayers work for Republicans.

Published in Commentary on Apr 12, 2023

April 2023

Create your own wildlife habitat

Are you seeing and hearing the same wildlife that you were twenty years ago?

Published in Feature on Apr 11, 2023

April 2023

Statement from House Democratic leadership on today’s shooting incidents

The three House leaders on what happened today in Louisville.

Published in Press Release on Apr 10, 2023

April 2023

New rules aim to stop deceptive Medicare Advantage marketing

If you are old enough, you have no doubt been inundated with calls and mail about Medicare Advantage. Some of these are deceptive, and CMS wants to end the deception.

Published in News on Apr 10, 2023

April 2023

We’ve been here before

Persons already there protesting those who are coming. Sound familiar?

Published in Commentary on Apr 9, 2023

April 2023

A political lynching

As Elie Mystal, writer for The Nation, aptly put it – “the House’s action was a clinic in critical race theory.”

Published in Commentary on Apr 8, 2023

April 2023

Planned Parenthood statement on ruling by Texas judge

In response to the ruling by the federal judge in Texas that banned all use of mifepristone.

Published in Press Release on Apr 8, 2023

April 2023

Would-be GOP governors, seeking votes, fall in line for Trump

Will the GOP candidates for KY governor continue to pledge their loyalty to Trump?

Published in Commentary on Apr 7, 2023

April 2023

Why Tennessee can’t win

The Tennessee legislators think they’re enjoying the last laugh. History holds that it’s Tennessee progressives who’ll get their way in the end.

Published in Commentary on Apr 7, 2023

April 2023

Alan Keck interview and Sine Die notes

This week MOKP welcomes a Republican candidate, Alan Keck, to the show! And, Robert and Jazmin discuss medical MJ and sports betting.

Published in Media on Apr 6, 2023

April 2023

EPA’s new PFAS standards could overhaul Kentucky’s drinking water

New PFAS limits have been proposed by the EPA, and many KY water systems will have to work to meet them.

Published in News on Apr 6, 2023

April 2023

So, how WAS that first rodeo?

Aaron, Doug, and Kimberly are joined by first-time Reps. Lindsey Burke and Lamin Swann to talk about their experiences in this year’s KYGA.

Published in Media on Apr 6, 2023

April 2023

Bruce’s Take: Let’s look at two recent KDP actions

The Kentucky Democratic Party’s executive committee took a couple of actions recently that I’d like to weigh in on.

Published in Commentary on Apr 6, 2023

April 2023

Headlines for Wednesday, 4/5

News from across the Commonwealth and the nation, plus new content on ForwardKY

Published in News on Apr 5, 2023

April 2023

They ran, they voted, and they won — make way for millennial and Gen Z candidates

Younger voters are a source of electoral strength. And they’re no shrinking violets.

Published in Analysis on Apr 5, 2023

April 2023

A ForwardKY contributor writes to ‘60 Minutes’ in re MTG

The interview of Marjorie Taylor Greene by Lesley Stahl was an “epic fail.”

Published in Commentary on Apr 5, 2023

April 2023

Clardy: God would say “to hell with your thoughts and prayers”

“Who is benefitting from this gun violence in America? It’s not the children killed in school shootings. It’s the gun manufacturers, the lobbyists from gun groups like the NRA and the politicians. It’s not the rest of us. The rest of us are dying.”

Published in Commentary on Apr 4, 2023

April 2023

You call that love?

Republican supermajority worked like pack mules to haul one of the most hateful, anti-transgender bills into Kentucky law

Published in on Apr 4, 2023

April 2023

Headlines for Tuesday, 4/4

News from across the Bluegrass state and beyond

Published in News on Apr 4, 2023

April 2023

Repub leaders kick several GOP members off committees; Massie objects

The House leadership refused to give reasons for the actions, but others have an idea.

Published in News on Apr 4, 2023

April 2023

Open government legislative wrap-up: disenfranchisement

The goal is disenfranchisement – and the majority leadership is succeeding in that goal.

Published in Commentary, Analysis on Apr 4, 2023

April 2023

Will millennials and Gen Z eventually turn Kentucky blue again?

A look at Kentucky registration trends using five age ranges

Published in Analysis on Apr 4, 2023

April 2023

Cameron PAC runs ad with indicted former president

Not the best timing.

Published in News, Election 2023 on Apr 3, 2023

March 2023

Trump II would mean another dose of snake oil for American workers

He says he’s for the “working man” – but don’t pay attention to what he says; look at what he does.

Published in Commentary, Analysis on Mar 31, 2023

March 2023

Trump’s “Unholy” Week

“The only thing that worries me more than Trump’s messianic pretensions would be if he got indicted and arrested during Holy Week.”

Published in Commentary, Analysis on Mar 31, 2023

March 2023

What Andy Beshear vetoed, & James Comer in the New York Times

This week Jazmin took us through all the legislation Andy Beshear vetoed, what he signed into law, and what became law without his signature. Then, Robert talked about a feature on James Comer in the New York Times and the fallout that has ensued here in Kentucky.

Published in Media on Mar 31, 2023

March 2023

Why does the KY GOP lead with homo/transphobia, misinformation, and hate?

The Colonels discuss the next-to-last day of the 2023 General Assembly.

Published in Media on Mar 31, 2023

March 2023

The authoritarian Republican regime in Frankfort

“Because we can ... and there’s nothing you can do about it.”

Published in Commentary on Mar 30, 2023

March 2023

Reactions to final passage of draconian anti-trans bill

Leaders and organizations spoke out about the bill and its effects.

Published in News on Mar 30, 2023

March 2023

Leges override all Beshear vetoes, incl anti-trans bill

SB 150 was the worst, but not the only veto that was overridden

Published in News on Mar 30, 2023

March 2023

Self-care during a challenging legislative session

Exhausted from the turmoil and drama coming out of Frankfort? Us too. Here’s an excellent article with tips on dealing with it.

Published in Explainer on Mar 29, 2023

March 2023

Daily Headlines for 3/28/23

Publisher’s Note: I am sending this issue of the Daily Headlines to ALL paying members so you can see what it is like. If you WANT to get this going forward, just go turn it on in your profile on the site. (Click Account to log in, then Manage

Published in on Mar 28, 2023

March 2023

Two new radio ads from Republicans opposing SB 150

Bob Heleringer and Trey Grayson speak out against the anti-trans bill.

Published in Media, Action on Mar 28, 2023

March 2023

KEA on the veto of SB 7

Governor Beshear standing up for teachers and for unions

Published in Press Release, KYGA 2023 on Mar 28, 2023

March 2023

When did we wake up to ‘woke’?

Spoiler alert – It wasn’t this year. Or even this decade.

Published in Commentary on Mar 28, 2023

March 2023

Gov. Beshear vetoes anti-union legislation

Governor stands up for rights of Kentucky’s hard-working public sector employees

Published in News, Press Release on Mar 28, 2023

March 2023

Hey Chambers of Commerce – why the silence?

Their silence on the anti-trans bill is deafening.

Published in Commentary on Mar 27, 2023

March 2023

Calls to Action and Bill Updates for Monday, 3/27

A good working list from Joanie Prentice, who has been tracking the important bills this session. Act and share!

Published in Action, Explainer, KYGA 2023 on Mar 27, 2023

March 2023

KDP leaders unanimously elect Colleen Younger as new vice chair

Younger is the PVA for Jefferson County.

Published in News, Press Release on Mar 26, 2023

March 2023

Legislative update from Rep. Rachel Roberts

Some of the important bills that are moving in this year’s legislature.

Published in Explainer on Mar 26, 2023

March 2023

Anti-union, anti-LGBTQ, and pro-Jim Crow

Today’s MAGA Republicans are all three.

Published in Commentary on Mar 26, 2023

March 2023

Beshear vetoes bill subjecting Kentucky’s top education official to Senate confirmation

Governor says legislation ‘politicizes’ the hiring of education commissioner

Published in on Mar 24, 2023

March 2023

Kentucky legislature scraps new Medicaid benefits for dental, vision, hearing care

Governor Beshear says he will find another way to provide the care.

Published in on Mar 24, 2023

March 2023

Heine Brothers contract proves workers ‘can raise standards when they come together’

A first for Kentucky: tipped service workers forming a union and getting a contract.

Published in News on Mar 24, 2023

March 2023

Y'all means ALL w/Rep. Keturah Herron & Mason Chernosky

A legislative rundown, an interview with trans activist Mason Chernosky, and an interview with Rep. Keturah Herron – all in this one show!

Published in Media on Mar 24, 2023

March 2023

Allison Wiseman of KY Young Democrats, and the leadup to the veto period

Listen in to learn all the good things the Young Dems are doing across the state! Plus, a few bright spots among the dark clouds of KYGA23.

Published in Media on Mar 24, 2023

March 2023

Legislature overdoes it in trying to trip up Beshear

From actual legislating to partisan showboating, all in 24 hours.

Published in Commentary, Analysis on Mar 24, 2023

March 2023

Beshear vetoes omnibus anti-trans bill

The veto is one of the first of Beshear’s time as governor.

Published in News, KYGA 2023 on Mar 24, 2023

March 2023

What Repubs think is “woke nonsense”

Nick Anderson nails it in his latest cartoon.

Published in Cartoon on Mar 23, 2023

March 2023

Everyone else is to blame

Sometimes, when you’re scared, you start looking for someone to blame. One group in America is desperately doing just that.

Published in Commentary on Mar 23, 2023

March 2023

Sign on to letter urging Gov. Beshear to veto SB 150

Takes just a few minutes, and could make a big difference.

Published in Action on Mar 23, 2023

March 2023

A Nation Bamboozled

A look back at March 22, 2003 — and the lies that accompanied it.

Published in Feature on Mar 22, 2023

March 2023

Two letters to Senator Jimmy Higdon

A Kentuckian tries writing to her elected rep in Frankfort. Here’s the letters, and the result.

Published in Commentary, KYGA 2023 on Mar 22, 2023

March 2023

Headlines for 3/22/23

Published in News on Mar 22, 2023

March 2023

Kelly Craft, her coal exec spouse give maximum $10,000 each to Republican Party of Kentucky

FEC filings show Republicans with $1.6 million, Democrats with $1.1 million on hand as of Feb. 28.

Published in News, Analysis on Mar 22, 2023

March 2023

Comer demands Bragg turn over all documents pertaining to possible Trump indictment

Comer, good ol’ Jim Jordan, and Bryan Steil are trying to interfere in a state-level investigation of Trump.

Published in News, Commentary on Mar 22, 2023

March 2023

Hey Kentucky, write to your representatives!

It’s time to put fingers to keyboard and let our representatives hear from us.

Published in Commentary, Action on Mar 22, 2023

March 2023

Harmon sending KSU findings to prosecutors

Many of the findings mirror ones found in a 2000 audit by then-state auditor Ed Hatchett.

Published in News on Mar 22, 2023

March 2023

Hateful anti-trans bill goes against science, medicine, and human decency

It will do harm to the state as a whole, as businesses and medical professionals leave the state.

Published in Commentary on Mar 22, 2023

March 2023

Leges, read this: The actual science of being trans

We’re leaving critical information out of the conversation – namely, the growing evidence that gender dysphoria has a basis in biology.

Published in Explainer on Mar 22, 2023

March 2023

Which KY reps in DC support retired folks the most?

The numbers aren’t a surprise.

Published in News on Mar 22, 2023

March 2023

Headlines for 3/20/23

Published in News on Mar 20, 2023

March 2023

Kentucky poised to become 38th state to legalize medical cannabis; SB47 goes to House then governor

The final vote in the Senate was 26-11, with many former opponents voting for this year’s bill.

Published in News on Mar 20, 2023

March 2023

Kentucky education commissioner says legislature put youth at risk with anti-LGBTQ bill

Dr. Jason Glass spoke out forcefully on the Lege’s attacks on our young people.

Published in News on Mar 20, 2023

March 2023

World is on the brink of a climate calamity, U.N. panel says

If we don’t act, the effects will be irreversible and devastating.

Published in News on Mar 20, 2023

March 2023

Comer coordinated with Trump lawyer to end Trump tax probe, Raskin says

The House Oversight Committee appears to no longer be interested in Trump.

Published in News on Mar 20, 2023

March 2023

The SB 150 Wall of Shame

The faces and names of the purveyors of hate in the Kentucky Senate

Published in Commentary on Mar 17, 2023

March 2023

A wrap-up of yesterday’s KYGA session

Many, many bills sped through the General Assembly on Thursday. Here are some of the more noteworthy ones.

Published in News, KYGA 2023 on Mar 17, 2023

March 2023

Statement by Ed Commissioner on SB 150

Kentucky’s education commissioner, Jason Glass, has something to say about the anti-trans bill.

Published in Press Release on Mar 17, 2023

March 2023

Fear, loathing, and bigotry rule 2023 Kentucky legislature

This bill will harm children. And not one of us in this Commonwealth sends our lawmakers to the Capitol to harm children.

Published in Commentary on Mar 17, 2023

March 2023

The LMPD is under a consent decree and the Kentucky Legislature is almost over

Jazmin walks through the findings from the DOJ about LMPD. Then Robert goes over the bills remaining in The Lege.

Published in Media on Mar 17, 2023

March 2023

A blitzkrieg of bad bills w/Chris Hartman

The bad bills keep coming, but Chris is there like always, doing his best to stop the madness and the badness.

Published in Media on Mar 16, 2023

March 2023

The fear behind the MAGA movement

When you’re scared, you try to hide it by attacking someone weaker.

Published in Commentary on Mar 16, 2023

March 2023

Breaking: House Repubs ram thru new anti-trans bill by bringing back SB 150 (w/ update)

After HB 470 stalled, they took all the horrific aspects of that bill and crammed them into HB 150, then rushed it through committee.

Published in on Mar 16, 2023

March 2023

Quick Hit: Constitutional amendment proposed to fund charter schools

Could be voted on in 2024.

Published in News, KYGA 2023 on Mar 15, 2023

March 2023

Quick Hit: SB 156 drama

Whoa – a last-minute committee sub that then fails? Doesn’t happen too often!

Published in News, KYGA 2023 on Mar 15, 2023

March 2023

House passes bourbon industry tax break as local governments warn of fiscal ‘devastation’

The bill gradually eliminates the property tax on bourbon barrels, which generated $40 million in local and state revenue in 2021.

Published in News on Mar 15, 2023

March 2023

Emma Curtis: State legislature’s cruel war on gender-affirming care only serves to hurt more Kyians

Hear the real-life experience of a trans Kentuckian.

Published in Commentary on Mar 15, 2023

March 2023

Gambling in Kentucky: Yes, No, and Who Knows

The one thing we do know: horses and horsey people matter.

Published in News, KYGA 2023 on Mar 15, 2023

March 2023

GOP pulls back (some) on anti-trans bill

They put all their anti-trans eggs in one basket. Now, they’re thinking that may just be too much.

Published in News, KYGA 2023 on Mar 15, 2023

March 2023

The Chickenhawk from the 1st District

Sending missiles into Mexico? Really?

Published in Commentary on Mar 14, 2023

March 2023

Changes are coming to ForwardKY

Three important things that you need to know about, including a new newsletter

Published in Meta on Mar 14, 2023

March 2023

Jamie Comer: A talking point in human form

The Jamie Comer Rule: Close your eyes and shout your talking points as loud as you can.

Published in Commentary on Mar 14, 2023

March 2023

Dear Rep. Maddox: If you really want to reduce gun violence, here’s what you should do

An intelligent response to Savannah Maddox’s gun bills.

Published in Commentary on Mar 12, 2023

March 2023

Bensenhaver: I will not celebrate Sunshine Week this year.

“Sunshine Week has become a Hallmark holiday — a Valentines Day for those who lament the fact that they have none — a Bosses Day for those who lament the fact that they do.”

Published in Commentary on Mar 11, 2023

March 2023

The most anti-trans legislative session ever

This week, Jazmin updated even more anti-trans legislation making its way through Frankfort. Robert updated us about the wind storms that swept through Kentucky at the end of last week (including his own experience) and there were several other political updates.

Published in Media on Mar 11, 2023

March 2023

How is Frankfort Treating the Earth? w/Lane Boldman

Kimberly, Nate and Doug discuss the state of play on day 22 of the 30 day KYGA23 session, then they interview Lane Boldman with the KY Conservation Committee to learn what “woke investing” is, and why the GOP super majority is so against it.

Published in Media on Mar 11, 2023

March 2023

Rep. Kim Banta: ‘Parental rights’ bills miss the mark

Two former teachers explain why these five bills will do harm across our state.

Published in Commentary on Mar 11, 2023

March 2023

Note to legislators: How to codify bigotry in 8 easy steps

Since GOP leges are working hard at writing bigotry into our laws, Kimberly Kennedy has a plan for them.

Published in Commentary on Mar 9, 2023

March 2023

Trying to save coal, no matter the cost

A bill to keep Kentucky coal plants open defies logic, reality, and expert advice

Published in Analysis on Mar 9, 2023

March 2023

Beau talks about the DOJ and Louisville

Congrats, Louisville – you became a topic for Beau and his 800,000 followers.

Published in Media on Mar 9, 2023

March 2023

What’s so dangerous about books?

When was the last time a child died from reading a book?

Published in Commentary on Mar 9, 2023

March 2023

The DOJ’s list of issues at Louisville Metro Police

A long list of findings, and 36 recommendations.

Published in News on Mar 9, 2023

March 2023

McConnell slams Tucker Carlson’s 1/6 show

Says the Fox show was “completely at variance with what we witnessed firsthand on January 6th.”

Published in News on Mar 8, 2023

March 2023

Jamie Comer thinks we should have bombed Mexico

Uhm ... isn’t Mexico an ally of ours?

Published in News on Mar 8, 2023

March 2023

Eight important bills in KYGA23 that you haven’t heard about

These have gotten very little press, but they are still worth knowing about.

Published in Analysis, Explainer, KYGA 2023 on Mar 7, 2023

March 2023

Republican lawmakers are taking Kentucky back to education’s bad old days

It’s perplexing until you remember that demagoguery has always thrived on parched, narrow minds

Published in Commentary on Mar 7, 2023

March 2023

Jamie Comer is following in the footsteps of another 1st District representative

The parallels are interesting – and disturbing.

Published in Commentary on Mar 7, 2023

March 2023

House health chair says anti-trans bill will worsen state’s health-workforce shortage, chill doctors’ dealings with young patients

The Republican chair of the House health committee testified against HB 470, and then voted against it.

Published in News on Mar 6, 2023

March 2023

Bill Straub: Jamie Comer is on a misguided, multifaceted roll indeed — and he’s in over his head

The response to our own Jamie Comer across DC: “Where in the hell does Kentucky come up with these guys?”

Published in Commentary on Mar 6, 2023

March 2023

Judges getting ‘judged’ across the state

Two Kentucky judges, in separate incidents, have received punishments for misconduct in recent days.

Published in News on Mar 5, 2023

March 2023

Got ?? about ‘gray machines’ and what happened Friday? Answers here.

A bill appears ready to pass, then the GOP splits, and suddenly the bill gets tabled. What happened?

Published in Explainer on Mar 5, 2023

March 2023

Housing issues with George Eklund and a session update

This week George Eklund of the Louisville Coalition of the Homeless joined us to talk about housing issues facing Louisville and Kentucky. And, we discuss several bills in the legislature.

Published in Media on Mar 5, 2023

March 2023

Is it over yet? Or, what fresh hell?

Aaron, Martina and Willie weigh in on the horror show that is the Kentucky General Assembly, and then interview Keith Elston, Founder and Legal Director of the Kentucky Youth Law Project.

Published in Media on Mar 5, 2023

March 2023

Aid to Ukraine: a Marshall Plan 2.0

It’s time to remind the Republicans of what they used to stand for.

Published in Commentary on Mar 3, 2023

March 2023

Chad Aull on fighting, losing, and getting up to fight again

Aull is one of a small number of Dems who continue to stand for what’s right in the House.

Published in Feature on Mar 3, 2023

March 2023

Bernie Sanders reintroduces PRO Act as labor activity is on the rise

The PRO Act is a sweeping piece of labor legislation that would massively increase workers’ ability to unionize.

Published in News on Mar 2, 2023

March 2023

Ky House passes “let’s cause more teen suicides” bill

Three-fourths of the persons in the Kentucky House voted for this bill. Think about that.

Published in News, KYGA 2023 on Mar 2, 2023

March 2023

Kentucky lawmakers advance worst anti-trans bill in the country

The KY GOP is determined to be #1 in the country – in attacks on trans kids.

Published in News, KYGA 2023 on Mar 2, 2023

March 2023

Bill to ensure proper reporting of child abuse in Kentucky advances

SB 229 is another bill focused on children’s welfare sponsored by Sen. Julie Raque Adams.

Published in News, KYGA 2023, Analysis on Mar 2, 2023

March 2023

Sports betting revived in the legislature

HB 551 sets up a framework for sports betting in the Commonwealth.

Published in News, Analysis, KYGA 2023 on Mar 2, 2023

March 2023

An overwhelming majority of voters support protecting access to abortion

This poll by Data for Progress shows widespread, bipartisan support for access to abortion.

Published in Analysis on Mar 2, 2023

March 2023

Quarles and Cameron steal parts of Beshear’s platform.

Apparently, even the GOP realizes that both Governor Beshear AND his policies are popular across Kentucky. So popular, in fact, the two Republican candidates for governor have stolen part of Beshear’s platform.

Published in News on Mar 1, 2023

March 2023

HB 3, juvenile justice bill, passes the House, heads to Senate

Bill provides funding to reopen Louisville detention center, but also increases incarceration of young people and makes their records public

Published in News on Mar 1, 2023

March 2023

Repubs grabbing control of boards

Republicans in the legislature are quietly consolidating power behind the scenes.

Published in News, Analysis on Mar 1, 2023

March 2023

Do we want Repubs in charge of government IT?

Will six leges actually be able to even understand everything in the state’s IT division, much less oversee it?

Published in News, KYGA 2023 on Mar 1, 2023

March 2023

Republican shenanigans in Frankfort

They’ve been bending and flaunting the rules and good governance for years – but now it’s gotten worse.

Published in Commentary on Mar 1, 2023

March 2023

Anti-trans Action Alert

HB 470, the worst anti-trans bill in this year’s legislative session, is going to be heard in committee soon. A number of organizations have signed a letter to members of the House asking them to vote the bill down and kill it. This Action Alert is to ask you

Published in Action on Mar 1, 2023

February 2023

Who in Frankfort is taking care of our children?

Hint: It’s not the Republican majority.

Published in Analysis, KYGA 2023 on Feb 27, 2023

February 2023

General Assembly overrun with mule bills

Over 10% of the bills this session are mule bills, which is an astounding percentage.

Published in Explainer, Analysis, KYGA 2023 on Feb 27, 2023

February 2023

DeSantis Jugend

Once again, the history of the 1930’s is paralleled in the GOP of 2023.

Published in Commentary on Feb 27, 2023

February 2023

Two education bills: Froth versus Substance

Would we could just blow the froth away, and focus on the substance.

Published in Commentary on Feb 24, 2023

February 2023

Let’s talk about a national divorce

The current face of the national Republican party, Marjorie Taylor Green, stated recently that the United States should just have a “national divorce.” Let the red states and the blue states go their own separate ways. Beau of the Fifth Column has some thoughts about that idea.

Published in Media on Feb 24, 2023

February 2023

Interview with Rebecca Blankenship, plus legislative and Supreme Court updates

We interview Rebecca Blankenship, the first openly trans elected official in the state. Also, some discussion on SCOKY’s recent decision, and action in KYGA.

Published in Media on Feb 23, 2023

February 2023

KYGOP = LGBTQ+ Bullies, w/ Rep. Lisa Willner & Dr. Jennifer Price

Doug & Nema bring you up to speed on the current state of play in KYGA; Nema spits fire about the lack of support for EKY flood victims; and then we bring on Rep. Lisa Willner & Dr. Jennifer Price to discuss efforts to protect KY’s LGBTQ+ community from the horrors of conversion “therapy.”

Published in Media on Feb 23, 2023

February 2023

HB 470: Performative hatred in Frankfort

HB 470, the "let's cause more teen suicides" bill, is an example of performative hatred by the 36 Republican sponsors. It must be called out.

Published in Media on Feb 23, 2023

February 2023

Repubs push bill to cause more teen suicides

A new level of performative hatred by the right wing

Published in Commentary on Feb 23, 2023

February 2023

The REAL ‘anti-trans’ bill

(Via Marc Murphy) The @KyGOP is fast-tracking another sweeping “anti-trans” bill through the legislature. @ChrisHartmanKY @FairnessCamp confirms that it would surely result in the deaths of innocent young men and women. Here’s another way of looking at such a “bill”:

Published in Cartoon on Feb 23, 2023

February 2023

We’re not the ‘Democrat’ Party

You may think the difference doesn’t matter. You might change your mind if you knew the backstory.

Published in Commentary on Feb 22, 2023

February 2023

Repubs in Frankfort fast-track multiple bad bills

And one of the bills is the infamous HB 470, otherwise known as the “let’s cause more teen suicides” bill.

Published in News, KYGA 2023 on Feb 22, 2023

February 2023

The Daily Take – on an excellent question posed by a student

The Daily Take for 2/22/23 – wherein I consider a question I heard this morning.

Published in KYGA 2023 on Feb 22, 2023

February 2023

Students walk out to protest Wise’s anti-trans bill

Pretty much the entire student body at The Brown School left the building to stand with their trans classmates.

Published in News, KYGA 2023 on Feb 22, 2023

February 2023

Here’s what financial statements reveal about Kentucky’s gubernatorial candidates

Data from the latest Ethics Commission reports

Published in Analysis, Election 2023 on Feb 21, 2023

February 2023

2023 wave of bills is fueling a political ‘war against LGBTQ+ people,’ new report shows

From bills in legislatures to restrictions in schools and health care, growing rhetoric throughout the US is part of a “full-out attack” against LGBTQ+ people, advocates say.

Published in Analysis on Feb 21, 2023

February 2023

Cassie Chambers Armstrong wins special election

She will fill the KY Senate seat once filled by Congressman Morgan McGarvey.

Published in News on Feb 21, 2023

February 2023

LWV: It’s time for felons to get to vote again

Kentucky’s disenfranchisement rate is over twice the national average.

Published in News on Feb 21, 2023

February 2023

Young people may move the C.R.O.W.N. act over the finish line

This may be the year Kentucky finally passes this bill – and some young people are leading the way.

Published in News, KYGA 2023 on Feb 20, 2023

February 2023

Kelly Craft’s disingenuous ploy to gain a foothold in the governor’s race

Instead of talking about rebuilding homes and dealing with the teacher shortage, Kelly Craft is focused on empty seats and border walls.

Published in Commentary, Election 2023 on Feb 20, 2023

February 2023

Long-time senator speaks out on anti-trans bill, HB 150

“ ... one of the meanest, most destructive pieces of legislation aimed at kids that I have ever witnessed.”

Published in Commentary, KYGA 2023, Press Release on Feb 18, 2023

February 2023

Hey, Max and fellow MAGAs – What’s it to you?

An essential question to ask when dealing with persons putting their noses, and their laws, where they don’t belong.

Published in Commentary on Feb 17, 2023

February 2023

What does ‘woke’ mean when the Right says it?

My latest “State of Kentucky” video and podcast, on the word “woke.”

Published in Media on Feb 17, 2023

February 2023

Policing costs in Kentucky’s cities

Interesting variations across the state, with Covington and Paducah leading the way.

Published in Analysis on Feb 17, 2023

February 2023

KFTC seeks investigation of surface mining’s role in deadly Kentucky floods

‘Gravely concerned,’ group wants to know if inadequate reclamation contributed to disaster

Published in News on Feb 16, 2023

February 2023

Kentucky lawmakers ponder firearm legislation in 2023 session

KY lawmakers have filed a number of gun-related bills this session, with more on the way.

Published in News, Analysis, KYGA 2023 on Feb 16, 2023

February 2023

GOP lawmakers seeking oversight of disaster donations, while Beshear defends funds’ transparency

Sen. Whitney Westerfield, R-Fruit Hill, said he wants to ‘get to the bottom’ of how the donated disaster funds have been used so far.

Published in News on Feb 16, 2023

February 2023

Abortion remains banned in Kentucky

Kentucky’s Supreme Court allows ban to remain in effect.

Published in News, Press Release on Feb 16, 2023

February 2023

An interview with CivicLex

Robert and Jazmin interview CivicLex, a very unique civic education group in Lexington. Also - the anti-trans bills in KYGA23, and Jamie Comer’s very interesting 2023.

Published in Media on Feb 16, 2023

February 2023

Descending upon the Dome, or a row under the Rotunda

With the legislative session going full-tilt, Kimberly, Aaron and Chris discuss the state of the legislature and check in on key bills before launching another installment of Doug Price Is Right to hear from the front lines of the General Assembly.

Published in Media on Feb 16, 2023

February 2023

Trouble in town? Send in the Maroon People!

In Dayton, mediators are making a difference, and lowering the use of police to de-escalate conflict.

Published in Policy on Feb 16, 2023

February 2023

HERE’S the school content that should make you upset.

Forget the three Rs. Now we’re having to teach our children the Three Words.

Published in Commentary on Feb 16, 2023

February 2023

The Lost Cause 2.0, brought to you by Ron DeSantis and MAGAs everywhere

School books were used to push the lies about the Civil War known as the “Lost Cause.” Now school books are being removed because they contain truth.

Published in Commentary on Feb 14, 2023

February 2023

Will these 56 GOOD bills actually move forward this session? (Part 3 of 3)

Believe it or not, some good bills have been filed in The Lege this year. Joanie Prentice lists them out for us.

Published in Analysis, KYGA 2023 on Feb 14, 2023

February 2023

Will these 56 GOOD bills actually move forward this session? (Part 2 of 3)

Believe it or not, some good bills have been filed in The Lege this year. Joanie Prentice lists them out for us.

Published in Analysis, KYGA 2023 on Feb 14, 2023

February 2023

Will these 56 GOOD bills actually move forward this session? (Part 1 of 3)

Believe it or not, some good bills have been filed in The Lege this year. Joanie Prentice lists them out for us.

Published in Analysis, KYGA 2023 on Feb 14, 2023

February 2023

Repubs attacking LGBTQ via four bills in KYGA23

Chris Hartman says these are “don’t-say-gay, don’t-say-trans bills on steroids.”

Published in Analysis, Commentary on Feb 13, 2023

February 2023

Fool me twice ...

Fear-mongering about gas stoves is coming from the same people who brought you these all-star predictions.

Published in Commentary on Feb 13, 2023

February 2023

Tornado relief in the news

Robert and Jazmin dig into funds for tornado relief and what happened to them.

Published in Media on Feb 11, 2023

February 2023

They’re Baaaack! – with Rep. Lamin Swann

Aaron, Kimberly and Martina cover the return of the supermajority and hear what kind of policies we can anticipate being discussed and voted on in this session with Representative Lamin Swann (D-93).

Published in Media, KYGA 2023 on Feb 11, 2023

February 2023

Two similar counties, with one meaningful difference

Kentucky’s Grayson County and Indiana’s Posey County are strikingly similar. Mark Heinz points out one important difference.

Published in Feature on Feb 11, 2023

February 2023

Partisan school boards: A really bad idea

Working together for the sake of our students is much harder when we stick D and R by our names.

Published in Commentary on Feb 10, 2023

February 2023

A prescription from Dr. GOP

Steve Greenberg on Republicans in Congress

Published in Cartoon on Feb 10, 2023

February 2023

State House impeaches Commonwealth’s Attorney

Senate expected to try case

Published in News, Press Release, KYGA 2023 on Feb 10, 2023

February 2023

Max Wise’s bill to curb ‘woke agenda’ sparks plea for compassion from Senate colleague

Republican Kelly Craft’s running mate files bill aimed at undoing state Education Department’s guidance on support for LGBTQ students

Published in News on Feb 9, 2023

February 2023

Out, out, d___ Shakespeare

Too bad, Will – it was a good run.

Published in Commentary on Feb 9, 2023

February 2023

The secrecy in Frankfort continues to get worse

“We are morphing into a parliamentary system, where members vote the way the party tells them to vote.”

Published in Commentary on Feb 9, 2023

February 2023

KEA statement on HB174 giving public funds to private schools

Another attemptfor to move money to charter schools

Published in Press Release, Commentary, KYGA 2023 on Feb 9, 2023

February 2023

Large numbers of Americans want a strong, rough, anti-democratic leader

Many Americans, many of them Republicans, seek leaders who would violate basic principles of democracy.

Published in Analysis on Feb 8, 2023

February 2023

KYGA quick hit: HB3, a juvenile justice bill

Quick analysis of a Republican priority bill by Rep. Kevin Bratcher

Published in Analysis, KYGA 2023 on Feb 8, 2023

February 2023

Gun violence: A conversation

Believe it or not, there is actually a gun law that is both sensible AND widely supported.

Published in Commentary, Guns on Feb 8, 2023

February 2023

KY120 AFT statement on HB 173, an omnibus anti-trans bill

HB 173 was filed on Tuesday, 2/7, with Josh Calloway of Irvington as prime sponsor. This is KY120’s statement in response.

Published in Press Release, KYGA 2023 on Feb 8, 2023

February 2023

SB 18: Our state government needs more transparency, not less

Senate Bill 18 is just their latest grasp at trying to keep you, the public, in the dark.

Published in Commentary, KYGA 2023 on Feb 8, 2023

February 2023

The Patriotic Millionaires cheer Biden plan to tax billionaires and stock buybacks

“A tax code that takes less of the money I make from my wealth than the money that Americans work hard to earn is a tax code that is fundamentally broken.”

Published in Press Release on Feb 7, 2023

February 2023

Kelly Craft vows to ‘dismantle’ Kentucky Department of Education and ‘start over’

Republican candidate issues statements after audio from recent campaign event drew attention

Published in News, Election 2023 on Feb 7, 2023

February 2023

The Lege is back in town

Here we go: 26 days of hearing bills, passing bills, doing the work of the people – and possibly damaging things along the way.

Published in News, KYGA 2023 on Feb 7, 2023

February 2023

On ‘taxing productivity’

It’s a phrase often used by conservatives. And it’s wrong.

Published in Policy on Feb 5, 2023

February 2023

If these focus groups of independents are representative, House Republicans are digging a GOP grave

The number of Independents is growing across the country. And the Repubs in the U.S. House are losing them.

Published in Analysis, Commentary on Feb 4, 2023

February 2023

Is Ryan Quarles running the wrong race?

It’s early days, but Quarles may be running a 1990 race in 2023.

Published in Analysis, Commentary on Feb 4, 2023

February 2023

One activist’s journey from cynicism to appreciation

And it happened while watching a KYGA committee meeting!

Published in Commentary on Feb 4, 2023

January 2023

The Problem that will not go away

Mass shootings continue to happen all across the United States. When are we going to stand up and demand a change?

Published in Commentary, Guns on Jan 31, 2023

January 2023

News and Notes for Tuesday

A larger-than-normal N&N today.

Published in News on Jan 31, 2023

January 2023

Black police officers aren’t colorblind – they’re infected by the same anti-Black bias as American society and police in general

A scholar of African American studies looks at Black police violence against other Blacks.

Published in Analysis on Jan 31, 2023

January 2023

Eight KY cities rated on equality; three get failing grades

Report shows progress across the state, but still work to be done.

Published in News on Jan 31, 2023

January 2023

Comer’s House Oversight agenda: Hunter Biden, COVID origins, classified documents

Kentucky congressman speaks at National Press Club

Published in News on Jan 31, 2023

January 2023

Daniel Cameron’s office claims they are perfect in their open records work.

According to a number of decision, others have violated the law – but his office is perfect.

Published in Analysis, Commentary on Jan 31, 2023

January 2023

Racist fliers posted in Paducah

Racist poem in flier supports ex-councilman David Guess

Published in News on Jan 30, 2023

January 2023

The Holocaust was then – but anti-Semitism is now

It’s not enough just to remember the events of 78 years ago; we also must be aware of what’s happening right now.

Published in Commentary, News on Jan 29, 2023

January 2023

The fall of Rudy Giuliani

From prosecuting the Mafia and being the popular mayor of New York, to being Donald Trump’s “lawyer.”

Published in Commentary on Jan 29, 2023

January 2023

How a local columnist nailed what ails our public discussions

Can we find hope when our partisanship seems hopeless?

Published in Commentary on Jan 27, 2023

January 2023

A list of bad bills to watch in Frankfort

There are more good bills than bad – BUT, the bad bills can really do some damage to Kentucky and Kentuckians.

Published in Analysis on Jan 27, 2023

January 2023

Distorting King’s words on MLK Day

The shameless appropriation of one line of a speech for political cover

Published in Commentary on Jan 26, 2023

January 2023

Two contradictory gubernatorial polls released

And one of the candidates called the other poll “mush” – not a term you hear often in political circles.

Published in News, Analysis, Election 2023 on Jan 25, 2023

January 2023

Republicans practicing ‘economic blackmail’

Biden and the Democrats should make it clear: no negotiating with economic terrorists

Published in Analysis, Explainer, Commentary on Jan 24, 2023

January 2023

Union membership continues to grow in Louisville

More coffee shops join the union movement in Derby City.

Published in News on Jan 24, 2023

January 2023

Charles Booker needs money. Here’s why.

Booker emails tell the tale.

Published in Feature on Jan 24, 2023

January 2023

More voting locations secured for special election

Jefferson County Clerk agrees to 12 voting locations rather than 4

Published in News, Press Release on Jan 23, 2023

January 2023

On the emptiness of Kelly Craft

No, Ms. Craft. Just no. No matter how you spin it, this is not what it means to have an empty chair at your table, and you know it.

Published in Commentary, Election 2023 on Jan 23, 2023

January 2023

Paducah commission ousts member over racist texts

Four-term Paducah City Commissioner David Guess wasn’t just disciplined after he was caught sending a racist text message to a city employee. He got fired, effective immediately.

Published in News on Jan 23, 2023

January 2023

Beau on the debt ceiling and the Republicans

Some more straight talk from the guy in his garage.

Published in Commentary on Jan 20, 2023

January 2023

Beshear and Booker! w/Jamie Lucke of the Kentucky Lantern

Aaron, Kimberly, and new co-host Chris Preece dig in on the KY political news of the week, and then are joined by the editor of the Kentucky Lantern, Jamie Lucke, to discuss this new news initiative.

Published in Media on Jan 19, 2023

January 2023

Nueva Fuerza interview – plus, what’s going on in the juvenile justice system

An interview with David Lopez and Diana Duran of Nueva Fuerza. Plus, a deep dive into the problems of our state’s juvenile justice system.

Published in Media on Jan 19, 2023

January 2023

Quarles to reschedule political event after being billed alongside officer in Breonna Taylor raid

Multiple organizations called out Quarles for speaking at the event.

Published in News, Election 2023 on Jan 18, 2023

January 2023

Director of human rights commission compares today to the ‘60s

“We are in dark but different times. Racism is on the rise. Bigotry is on the rise.”

Published in Commentary on Jan 18, 2023

January 2023

The Republican Party has left Mitch McConnell. He just doesn’t know it yet.

The only people still on his side is his caucus; how long will that last?

Published in Commentary on Jan 18, 2023

January 2023

State BOE rejects voting plan for special election

Too few polling locations is the reason.

Published in News, Election 2023, Voting & Elections on Jan 17, 2023

January 2023

Which candidates grabbed their domain names?

And did they get ALL of them?

Published in Investigation on Jan 17, 2023

January 2023

How are our gubernatorial candidates commemorating MLK Day?

What do our candidates for governor have to say about Dr. King on this day that honors him?

Published in Feature on Jan 16, 2023

January 2023

News & Notes for Monday

Excerpts with links from news stories of today.

Published in News on Jan 16, 2023

January 2023

Are you in Louisville? Here’s info on the upcoming special election.

Help choose the state senator to replace Morgan McGarvey.

Published in News, Election 2023 on Jan 16, 2023

January 2023

Cannabis legislation in KYGA23 – where it stands

Will this be the year that medical marijuana is finally legalized in Kentucky?

Published in Analysis, KYGA 2023 on Jan 16, 2023

January 2023

Remembering Sally Hemings on Martin Luther King Day

A part of the Thomas Jefferson story that most people don’t know or have forgotten

Published in Commentary on Jan 16, 2023

January 2023

KYGA bill would give you new charges for medical records

HB 51 would end the practice of hospitals having to give you one set of your records at no cost.

Published in Analysis, Commentary, KYGA 2023 on Jan 16, 2023

January 2023

Once again, the dog that didn’t bark

When politicians get revved up about an issue, but leave out the most glaring examples of it, that tells you something.

Published in Commentary on Jan 15, 2023

January 2023

Booker joins Beshear administration

Will lead the Office of Faith-Based Initiatives and Community Involvement

Published in News on Jan 15, 2023

January 2023

Emerge KY announces newest class

This is the 14th class of Dem women to go through the Emerge program.

Published in Press Release, News on Jan 13, 2023

January 2023

News & Notes for Thursday, 1/12

News and politics snippets from across the Commonwealth

Published in News on Jan 12, 2023

January 2023

Beshear has 7th-highest approval rating in country

60% of all voters approve of his performance as governor – including 46% of Republicans

Published in News on Jan 12, 2023

January 2023

Money and violence, in football and politics

We’ve now entered the era of “free-agent politicians,” more interested in power and money than in actually governing.

Published in Commentary on Jan 12, 2023

January 2023

Kentuckians worry about impact of new income-tax cuts

Could the surpluses be used for something else, rather than tax cuts?

Published in Analysis, News on Jan 12, 2023

January 2023

Filing Day 2023

Robert and Jazmin cover who’s in, who’s NOT in, and what the matchups look like.

Published in Media on Jan 12, 2023

January 2023

The inside scoop on KYGA23 w/ Rep. Cherlynn Stevenson

Plus, the State of the Commonwealth speech, and an ironic contribution the RPK building fund.

Published in Media on Jan 12, 2023

January 2023

KY AFL-CIO makes history in endorsement of Beshear

Earliest endorsement ever of a candidate by the union

Published in News on Jan 12, 2023

January 2023

Poor Kevin McCarthy: He can’t win for losing

McCarthy won a title. The far-far-right Freedom Caucus won everything else. And the rest of us lost.

Published in Commentary on Jan 12, 2023

January 2023

Want to be an effective advocate? Attend this free event!

This three-hour webinar will teach you the best way to get your voice heard in Frankfort.

Published in Event on Jan 11, 2023

January 2023

School districts sue to stop charter school law

The districts were told by the General Assembly they had to authorize charter schools in their local district.

Published in News on Jan 11, 2023

January 2023

Rural editor dreads writing her column

'The world has become an ugly place for us to exchange ideas and thoughts,' with 'baseless cynicism and unwillingness to think'

Published in Commentary on Jan 10, 2023

January 2023

‘What did McCarthy promise?’

Concerns raised over backroom deals with GOP extremists (via Common Dreams)

Published in Analysis on Jan 9, 2023

January 2023

News & Notes for Monday

Items about politics, politicians, policy, and government in genera.

Published in News on Jan 9, 2023

January 2023

The puppet now running the House

In the end, Matt Gaetz and his buds told McCarthy to jump, and he asked “How high?”

Published in Commentary on Jan 9, 2023

January 2023

Bill Straub: Jamie Comer, the fascinating Rubber Man, is turning into a MAGA hero before our very eyes

Comer: “When you talk about what the Biden family was doing, I’m not sure it was illegal.”

Published in Commentary on Jan 9, 2023

January 2023

The State of the Race as of 1/8/23

Money doesn’t determine the winner, but it certainly affects a candidate’s chances. Here’s the latest on Election 2023.

Published in Analysis, Election 2023 on Jan 8, 2023

January 2023

Comparing Kevin McCarthy to ‘Silent Cal’ Coolidge – really?

Maybe comparing McCarthy to Calvin Coolidge – whose policies led to the Great Depression – isn’t the best idea.

Published in Commentary on Jan 8, 2023

January 2023

Hakeem Jeffries explains Dem principles – using the alphabet

The leader of the Democrats in the U.S. House laid out what they stood for, in a speech the video of which went viral almost immediately.

Published in Feature on Jan 7, 2023

January 2023

The deadline has passed. Who’s in for 2023?

The moment you’ve all been waiting for: seeing who is ACTUALLY in for the 2023 election.

Published in News, Election 2023 on Jan 7, 2023

January 2023

Regressive Kentucky laws are bringing back the Bad Old Days

At one time, we passed bills that actually HELPED our people. Why are we going backwards?

Published in Commentary, Analysis on Jan 6, 2023

January 2023

Justice Lambert named deputy chief justice of Supreme Court

She succeeds Justice Lisabeth Hughes, who retired in December.

Published in News, Press Release on Jan 6, 2023

January 2023

Think blue counties are worse to live in than red counties? Think again.

Many of my Republican friends believe gun deaths and other forms of violence are worse in Blue states than in Red ones. The facts, as revealed in data from the recent census, as well as from the CDC and the IRS, tell a very different story.

Published in Analysis on Jan 6, 2023

January 2023

Repubs ignore pleas to invest in our people, give giant tax break to the rich

For most Kentuckians, additional sales taxes will wipe out the tax cut.

Published in News, KYGA 2023, Commentary on Jan 5, 2023

January 2023

KCEP responds to passage of yet another income tax cut

The following is a statement from the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy on the passage today of HB 1.

Published in Policy, KYGA 2023 on Jan 5, 2023

January 2023

Wednesday News & Notes

A few political blurbs from across the state

Published in News on Jan 4, 2023

January 2023

Biden, McConnell, governors trumpet bipartisan funding for Ohio River bridge

‘ . . . no matter who gets elected, once it’s all over, we ought to look for things we can agree on and try to do those,’ says McConnell

Published in News on Jan 4, 2023

January 2023

Be careful what you wish for

The wealthiest among us are about to get a tax cut of thousands of dollars. Guess who is going to pay for it?

Published in Commentary, KYGA 2023 on Jan 4, 2023

January 2023

Will Congress use the 14th Amendment on Trump?

And what happens if they don’t? Jesse Wegman of the NYT and historian Brian Clardy weigh in.

Published in Analysis on Jan 4, 2023

January 2023

Is the right to contraception about to end in America?

As of last week, Republican efforts to ban birth control in America have officially started, and teenagers in Texas are its first victims.

Published in Commentary on Jan 4, 2023

January 2023

Kentucky library board starts down the road to censorship

“It’s just one book,” they said. But once you’ve started banning books, when do you stop?

Published in News, Commentary on Jan 3, 2023

January 2023

The wealthy are the winners while the Commonwealth loses

A tax cut that mainly goes to the wealthy will cost the state more than we spend on preschool for the entire state.

Published in Analysis on Jan 2, 2023

January 2023

Together Frankfort to hold annual meeting on Thursday

The meeting features writer and commentator Teri Carter as the keynote speaker.

Published in Press Release, Event on Jan 2, 2023

January 2023

Ky. Supreme Court rejects Beshear’s claim that legislature wrongly curbed his emergency powers

The legislation in question was a response to Beshear’s COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

Published in News on Jan 2, 2023

January 2023

Biden to make a pit stop in Covington Wednesday to talk Brent Spence, jobs

The president will be joined by Senators Mitch McConnell and Sherrod Brown, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear, and Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine.

Published in News on Jan 2, 2023

January 2023

A new year – and a ‘new’ Forward Kentucky!

Welcome to 2023 – and a redesigned Forward Kentucky with many new features and a new look!

Published in Meta on Jan 1, 2023

December 2022

Cassie Chambers Armstrong earns Dem nomination for special election

The member of Louisville’s Metro Council will be trying for a seat in the KY Senate.

Published in News, KYGA 2023, Voting & Elections on Dec 31, 2022

December 2022

Dem caucus in KY Senate elects leadership team

Senator Gerald Neal, longest-serving state senator, assumes leadership.

Published in News, KYGA 2023 on Dec 31, 2022

December 2022

The best ever New Year’s resolution

Need a suggestion for your New Year’s resolution? Here’s a possible solution.

Published in Commentary on Dec 31, 2022

December 2022

Don’t forget the would-be military coup

The January 6th committee carried out a massive investigation – but it looks like they missed this.

Published in Commentary on Dec 30, 2022

December 2022

2022 – the ‘year of the union’ in Louisville

Unions are alive and well in Kentucky’s largest city – and not just at factories

Published in Feature, Labor on Dec 30, 2022

December 2022

Want to fix the teacher shortage? Listen to teachers.

The way education currently runs is unsustainable at best. We need to move quickly and decisively to correct course and save a public good that everyone, even people without children, benefit from.

Published in Commentary, Analysis, Education on Dec 27, 2022

December 2022

Historian says Trump is not “toast,” will be the nominee

Retired professor John Hennen isn’t ready to jump on the Trump-is-toast bandwagon. The historian doubts MAGA base voters, nearly all of them white, are ready to forsake their Great White Hope.

Published in Commentary on Dec 22, 2022

December 2022

Wheatley announces run for Secretary of State

Democratic state Rep. Buddy Wheatley announced on Tuesday that he is a candidate for Kentucky Secretary of State in the 2023 elections.

Published in News, Voting & Elections on Dec 21, 2022

December 2022

Why we need Ranked Choice Voting

In this video and podcast, we interview Mathew Ruberg of Rank the Vote KY. He explains what RCV is, how it works, and the problems it solves. Best of all, RCV makes our elections better for everyone, no matter their party. Watch or listen to learn more!

Published in Media on Dec 21, 2022

December 2022

KY Open Govt Coalition awards the 2022 Giblet Awards

It’s time once again for the Giblet Awards, given to those public agencies who brazenly ignore our open records laws. This year, it’s our universities leading the way.

Published in Commentary, Government Transparency on Dec 21, 2022

December 2022

And then there were ... 15?

Rep. Savannah Maddox has dropped out of the race for governor. I’m disappointed.

Published in Commentary, Election 2023, Voting & Elections on Dec 21, 2022

December 2022

On the passing of Henry Berg-Brousseau

Henry Berg-Brousseau, the son of state Senator Karen Berg, died last Friday by suicide. Here is a statement from Senator Berg, as well as a statement from the Human Rights Campaign, where Henry worked.

Published in News on Dec 21, 2022

December 2022

Even if Jan. 6 referrals turn into criminal charges – or convictions – Trump will still be able to run in 2024 and serve as president if elected

It’s true – Donald Trump can still run for president, and serve, even if he is charged and convicted of crimes. With ONE exception.

Published in Analysis, Explainer on Dec 21, 2022

December 2022

KYGA 2023 Calendar

Here’s the calendar for the 2023 session of the Kentucky General Assembly.

Published in Resource, KYGA 2023 on Dec 19, 2022

December 2022

With the filing deadline looming, few Democrats have filed to run

2023 is just around the corner and the filing deadline is coming up in a few weeks. But as of right now, only one Democrat has filed to run for state office.

Published in News, Analysis, Election 2023, Voting & Elections on Dec 19, 2022

December 2022

Partisan ‘pink slime’ publications have outsize impact in rural areas due to shortage of reliable local news

Partisan propaganda masquerading as legitimate news is growing rapidly in the United States – especially where there are “news desserts.”

Published in Analysis on Dec 19, 2022

December 2022

Twenty-eight orgs urge KYGA to use surpluses to invest in all of us, instead of just a few

Twenty-eight KY orgs have sent a letter to every member of the General Assembly, urging them to invest in human infrastructure, instead of giving more money to those who already are wealthy.

Published in Action, Policy, KYGA 2023 on Dec 19, 2022

December 2022

KY House Dems elect leadership team: Graham, Stevenson, and Roberts

The Kentucky House Democratic Caucus elected a new leadership team this past Friday, choosing Rep. Derrick Graham as Caucus Leader, Rep. Cherlynn Stevenson as Caucus Chair, and Rep. Rachel Roberts as Caucus Whip. All three were elected without opposition.

Published in News, Press Release, KYGA 2023 on Dec 19, 2022

December 2022

Listening to the pre-election preaching in one small Kentucky town

Hateful rhetoric like this gets people killed.

Published in Commentary on Dec 15, 2022

December 2022

Jamie Comer and House Repubs just defended a powerful man by retaliating against his victims

Republicans have offered a preview of what we can expect from the House Oversight and Reform Committee once they’re in charge, and attorneys for women affected by that preview are objecting strongly to the “objectification and sexual exploitation” involved.

Published in Commentary on Dec 14, 2022

December 2022

More analysis of the 2022 midterms with Dr. Trent Garrison

Trent Garrison has done extensive analysis of Kentucky voters and voting over the years, and this time his question was: How much did the redistricting affect the outcome of the midterms? Join us for geeking out on data and graphs, and even some points of good news for Dems!

Published in Media on Dec 14, 2022

December 2022

Yarmuth delivers final address on House floor

Congressman John Yarmuth of Louisville delivered his final floor speech in the United States House before retiring at the end of this year. Here is a transcript and video.

Published in Media, News on Dec 14, 2022

December 2022

The KY GOP, the state budget, and a road trip – an allegory

Bruce Maples compares what is about to happen to our state budget to a road trip ... with an unhappy ending to both the trip and the budget.

Published in Commentary, KYGA 2023 on Dec 14, 2022

December 2022

KY Smart on Crime announces policy agenda for 2023 session of KYGA

The group has its sights set on tackling the Commonwealth’s over-reliance on incarceration as well as addressing overdose crisis.

Published in Press Release, KYGA 2023 on Dec 13, 2022

December 2022

The handshake that wasn’t

The handshake is such a common occurrence that it rarely makes the news when it happens. But a recent handshake that didn’t happen made headlines around the world.

Published in Commentary on Dec 13, 2022

December 2022

The Democrats of the past and the Republicans of the present

Most insider-written institutional histories tend to be more hagiography than history. Kenny Fogle’s History of the Kentucky Democratic Party isn’t.

Published in Feature on Dec 13, 2022

December 2022

When it comes to open records, Kentucky is ahead of Mississippi in the race to the bottom

The KY legislature is the most public institution in the state. Why, then, are they so immune to open records requests?

Published in Commentary, Government Transparency on Dec 13, 2022

December 2022

‘Prosecute/Fauci’: Musk aligns himself with the far right, and Twitter is now dangerously unsafe

If there was ever any doubt, Musk has cleared it up: he is aligned with the far right, and is making Twitter a far more dangerous place.

Published in Commentary on Dec 12, 2022

December 2022

Al Cross: Beshear became popular from pandemic work, but it won’t sustain him in bid for reelection

Gov. Andy Beshear won high marks for his handling of the pandemic – but will that be enough to get him reelected? Al Cross isn’t so sure.

Published in Commentary on Dec 9, 2022

December 2022

Friday News & Notes

A somewhat slow day in the KY politics news space – but we’ve got you some snippets and blurbs.

Published in News on Dec 9, 2022

December 2022

More statewide elections w/ Prof. Joshua Douglas

News in the Trump v McConnell power struggle; developments around the 2023 statewide elections; and a big win by Andy Barr; Then, UK law professor and democracy expert, Joshua Douglas, for a discussion a