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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

Here’s this week’s News Quiz!

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

Published in Feature 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 about the state of Kentucky’s democracy. And, we wrap up with an important call to action.

Published in Media on Dec 8, 2022

December 2022

Jonathan Shell is running for Ag Commissioner, and a difficult weekend in Bowling Green

Robert gives us the background on Repub candidate Jonathan Shell, running for Ag Commissioner. Then, Jazmin covers about last weekend in Bowling Green, where folks showed up asking that Emmitt Till's accuser be arrested, leading to threats against them.

Published in Media, Election 2023, Voting & Elections on Dec 8, 2022

December 2022

‘Respect for Marriage’ Act passes, protects gay and interracial marriages

The “Respect for Marriage” Act passed the U.S. House today, sending the bill on to President Biden for his signature.

Published in News on Dec 8, 2022

December 2022

Move over Mitch – here comes Jamie

Rep. James Comer is set to become the chair of the House Oversight Committee. Is he going to become as well-known at Mitch because of his work there?

Published in Analysis, Commentary on Dec 8, 2022

December 2022

Wednesday News & Notes

Things you might have missed in the post-“Warnock-Won!!” excitement.

Published in News on Dec 7, 2022

December 2022

RSV, Flu, Covid: KY faces ‘triple threat’ this winter

The flu, COVID, and RSV are rapidly spreading in Kentucky, and health experts say that’s a problem for hospitals, schools and the state’s vulnerable residents.

Published in News on Dec 7, 2022

December 2022

Pearl Harbor and The Beast

“All the people not expecting it. Not knowing what to do. Not knowing where to go.”

Published in Feature on Dec 7, 2022

December 2022

A good day for America

Just a quick and celebratory note about two things that need a happy dance.

Published in Commentary on Dec 6, 2022

December 2022

Buddy Wheatley on what happened in his election

One of the most popular and respected representatives in the KY House nevertheless lost his reelection bid a few weeks ago. Why did this happen? We talk with Buddy Wheatley to get his take on his loss, what caused it, and what comes next for him.

Published in Media, Election 2022, Voting & Elections on Dec 6, 2022

December 2022

Beshear signs paperwork to run for second term

Gov. Andy Beshear officially filed his paperwork to seek the Democratic nomination for a second term in office on Monday at the Secretary of State’s office in the Capitol.

Published in News, Election 2023, Voting & Elections on Dec 6, 2022

December 2022

Kentucky Senate Republicans don't plan on major tax reform in upcoming session

Kentucky Senate Republican leaders say they don’t expect to make significant tax policy changes during the 2023 session that’s just weeks away from starting.

Published in News on Dec 6, 2022

December 2022

Bill named for Andy Barr's wife on way to president

Legislation sponsored by Rep. Andy Barr to support research on valvular heart disease, a condition that claimed the life of his wife, is now headed to President Joe Biden after winning final Congressional approval.

Published in News on Dec 6, 2022

December 2022

Guess who canceled out the over-65 vote? The youth vote.

This election wasn’t a red wave or a blue wave. It was a youth wave.

Published in Analysis, Election 2022, Voting & Elections on Dec 5, 2022

December 2022

HEY THERE – we’re having a sale!

We’re having a sale! Learn more here!

Published in Meta on Dec 5, 2022

December 2022

Republicans poised to cut Kentucky income tax again based on revenue boom that could be fleeting

Kentucky Repubs are using current budget surpluses to pay for tax cuts. Is it a pro-growth strategy, or a budget time bomb for schools and services?

Published in News on Dec 2, 2022

December 2022

Mental health, gun prevalence are top concerns for Kentucky children

Kids across Kentucky are telling us what they need. Are we listening?

Published in News on Dec 1, 2022

December 2022

Jewish women’s abortion case – plus introducing Pam Stevenson for AG and Alan Keck for Governor

This week Robert and Jazmin interviewed Lisa Sobel, one of three Jewish women suing the state over abortion laws using a case based on Kentucky's Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Published in Media, Reproductive Rights on Dec 1, 2022

December 2022

See ya later, Dr. Senator – plus, ally work, and writer Teri Carter

The Colonels weigh in on Sen. Alvarado leaving the Senate, what it means to be an LGBTQ ally – and then talk with writer Teri Carter.

Published in Media on Dec 1, 2022

December 2022

Kentucky Democratic Party appeals redistricting opinion

The KDP is appealing the decision of a lower court that allowed the Republican gerrymandering.

Published in News, Press Release on Dec 1, 2022

November 2022

Wednesday News & Notes

Don’t have time to keep up with politics? Read our News & Notes! Excerpts from stories, with links to the originals if you want to learn more.

Published in News on Nov 30, 2022

November 2022

Senate passes bill protecting interracial and gay marriages. McConnell and Paul vote against it.

The United States Senate today passed the Respect for Marriage Act, a bill designed to put into Federal law certain protections for gay and interracial marriages.

Published in News on Nov 29, 2022

November 2022

State Representative Colonel Pam Stevenson files intent to run for AG

State Rep. Pam Stevenson, a former colonel in the U.S. Air Force, has filed to run for Kentucky Attorney General.

Published in Press Release, News, Election 2023, Voting & Elections on Nov 29, 2022

November 2022

Shell files for Ag Commissioner

Jonathan Shell announces for Ag Commissioner, issues press release.

Published in Press Release, Election 2023, Voting & Elections on Nov 29, 2022

November 2022

Who’s running in 2023, and how much have they raised?

Guess what – just 5 weeks till the deadline to file for the 2023 election for statewide offices! Who’s in, and how much have they raised? Here’s the list as of today.

Published in News, Analysis, Election 2023, Voting & Elections on Nov 29, 2022

November 2022

Trump 2024, Part 2

I’m predicting that Donald J. Trump — unless he’s dead or in the slammer — will be the 2024 Republican nominee for president.

Published in Commentary on Nov 29, 2022

November 2022

Pompeo the pathetic pander bear

Who’s the most dangerous person in the world? According to Mike Pompeo, it’s not Xi or Kim or Putin; it is the leader of a teacher’s union.

Published in Commentary on Nov 28, 2022

November 2022

Robert Kahne Redux! – on mayoral and judicial races

It’s a Robert Kahne Redux Show! We’ve got Robert on for a second episode to talk about the mayor’s races in Louisville and Lexington, as well as the various judicial elections across the state. Dig in for more insights from Robert!

Published in Media, Election 2022, Voting & Elections on Nov 28, 2022

November 2022

What comes after Walmart?

Woolworth’s. K-Mart. TG&Y. All companies that once were household names; all now gone. Will Walmart go the same way?

Published in Commentary on Nov 28, 2022

November 2022

The Griffin-Cawthorn effect on Trump’s run for president

The Griffin-Cawthorn Effect should disqualify Trump from running for president again. What is the Griffin-Cawthorn Effect? Read on to learn more.

Published in Commentary on Nov 28, 2022

November 2022

Christian Nationalism is neither

The oxymoron that is “Christian Nationalism” is neither Christian nor patriotic. Ivonne Rovira explains why not.

Published in Commentary on Nov 28, 2022

November 2022

Democratic election success: A conservative cautionary tale

What lessons do Democrats need to take from their successes in the midterms?

Published in Commentary, Election 2022, Voting & Elections on Nov 28, 2022

November 2022

Alvarado to leave KY Senate to be TN Health Commissioner

Senator Ralph Alvarado announced last Wednesday that he would be resigning his seat in the Kentucky Senate to take on a new role as the Health Commissioner for the state of Tennessee.

Published in News on Nov 27, 2022

November 2022

There are now twelve (12!) Repubs running for governor 😳

Alan Keck, mayor of Somerset, has entered the race for governor of Kentucky, making him the 12th Republican in the race.

Published in News, Election 2023, Voting & Elections on Nov 27, 2022

November 2022

SNAP is vital tool for fighting hunger that should be strengthened, not attacked

SNAP is one of the most important and successful programs we have for fighting hunger. Yet, our legislature cut it earlier this year. It’s time to strengthen SNAP, not cut it.

Published in Policy on Nov 27, 2022

November 2022

Why is the Right using ‘natural marriage’ as their new slogan?

Have you heard the term “natural marriage”? Guess what – it’s a new term for an old prejudice.

Published in Commentary on Nov 25, 2022

November 2022

A historian describes the REAL first Thanksgiving

On this Thanksgiving Day 2022, Berry Craig lays out for us what that first Thanksgiving was REALLY like.

Published in Feature on Nov 24, 2022

November 2022

Wieder was ‘quietly confident’ Amendment 2 would fail

Kentucky is among the reddest of Republican red states. But Tammara Wieder was quietly confident that Kentuckians would vote down GOP-backed constitutional amendments to ban abortion and to empower the legislature to call itself into special session.

Published in News, Election 2022, Reproductive Rights, Voting & Elections on Nov 22, 2022

November 2022

A poli-sci professor weighs in on the midterms and Trump running again

Dr. James Clinger of Murray State University gives his analysis of the midterm results, and looks at Trump running again.

Published in Analysis, Election 2022, Voting & Elections on Nov 22, 2022

November 2022

Elon Musk can’t do math

Elon Musk is apparently bad with numbers. How do we know? Ivonne Rovira explains.

Published in Commentary on Nov 22, 2022

November 2022

Union voted in at C-J, welcomed by state AFL-CIO

Journalists at the Courier-Journal in Louisville voted on Friday to affiliate with the NewsGuild union, a member union of the Communications Workers of America.

Published in News on Nov 21, 2022

November 2022

An election potpourri – including a serving of crow

I couldn’t be happier that I was wrong about the midterm elections. But we’re not out of the woods yet.

Published in Commentary, Election 2022, Voting & Elections on Nov 21, 2022

November 2022

Did the KY House continue to trend red – or only appear to?

Is Kentucky really trending red, or did redistricting make it look worse than it really is? Dr. Trent Garrison does a deep analysis.

Published in Analysis, Election 2022, Voting & Elections on Nov 21, 2022

November 2022

KY Takes BIG STEP on medical weed! w/KY Moms for Medical Cannabis

In what APPEARS to be fantastic breaking news coverage, Aaron, Nema and Kimberly cover Governor Beshear taking a BIG step in Kentucky’s efforts for medical marijuana legalization with our special guests, Kristin Wilcox and Julie Cantwell, the dynamic duo behind Kentucky Moms for Medical Cannabis

Published in Media on Nov 19, 2022

November 2022

Cherlynn Stevenson on how she won, and what’s next

A great interview with Rep. Cherlynn Stevenson! I wanted to know how she won in the face of the redistricting, and what she sees coming in January. Also, I asked her the “what if you had a magic wand” question, and we talked about her priorities as a representative. Watch or listen, and then share!

Published in Media, Election 2022, Voting & Elections on Nov 19, 2022

November 2022

How Democrats can win more elections

Meet people, even those who will not vote for you, where they live. Show respect for who they are and what they believe. Listen more and talk less.

Published in Commentary on Nov 16, 2022

November 2022

Sitting on both sides of the aisle

What might happen if Dems and Repubs actually sat together in Congress? Mark Heinz explores.

Published in Commentary on Nov 16, 2022

November 2022

Tuesday News & Notes

Political and governance news from across the Commonwealth

Published in News on Nov 15, 2022

November 2022

SCOKY hears abortion arguments: a thread

The Supreme Court of Kentucky heard oral arguments this morning in the case to determine whether Kentucky’s abortion ban is constitutional. Alex Acquisto of the Herald-Leader, was in the courtroom and posted this Twitter thread as the hearing was going on.

Published in News, Reproductive Rights on Nov 15, 2022

November 2022

Another university abuses the open records law

A new “horrible” has joined the “parade of horribles” associated with public university abuse of the open records law: invocation of the First Amendment to deny a public records request.

Published in Commentary, Government Transparency on Nov 14, 2022

November 2022

The big terrible thing

Thoughts on Matthew Perry, addiction, and the industry of rehab.

Published in Feature on Nov 14, 2022

November 2022

Cameron comes out against working on the climate crisis, because $$

Attorney General Daniel Cameron today announced investigations of two financial institutions, The Vanguard Group and State Street Bank, for daring to do something about the climate crisis.

Published in Commentary on Nov 14, 2022

November 2022

Don’t be fooled – the tears aren’t real

In the debris that Republicans face from the historic 2022 midterms, a bit of truth is slipping out. But don’t be fooled. It won’t last.

Published in Commentary on Nov 14, 2022

November 2022

Robert Kahne analyzes the election results

Elections analysis guru Robert Kahne lays out what he saw in Tuesday’s election in Kentucky.

Published in Media, Election 2022, Voting & Elections on Nov 13, 2022

November 2022

Election 2022

It was a mixed bag in 2022! Two (bad) constitutional amendments went down, several good judges won, and local elections in Louisville and Lexington went pretty well! But the State House is going to become even more Republican. We talked about it all!

Published in Media, Election 2022, Voting & Elections on Nov 13, 2022

November 2022

Election Results - One big sigh of relief w/Bruce Maples

Aaron, Doug and special guest Bruce Maples from Forward Kentucky dig in on Kentucky’s mid-term results - the failed constitutional amendments, the failed effort to take down Rand Paul, and the successes of the GOP to draw maps that help them build on their electoral domination in Frankfort.

Published in Media, Election 2022, Voting & Elections on Nov 13, 2022

November 2022

The Booker campaign: a reflection from an historian

Berry Craig reflects on the Booker campaign, and compares it to political movements and moments from the past

Published in Commentary, Election 2022, Voting & Elections on Nov 12, 2022

November 2022

Repubs’ gerrymandering did exactly what they wanted

The Repubs drew our state House districts to rig them for Republicans and to get rid of as many Dems as possible. And it worked.

Published in Commentary, Election 2022, Voting & Elections on Nov 11, 2022

November 2022

After-the-election News and Notes

It’s the day after the election, and we’ve got your summary right here. (Plus a few other stories to know about.)

Published in News on Nov 9, 2022

November 2022

Despite polarization, what can this election teach us?

Are there lessons for both parties from the surprising results of this election? Ken Wolf thinks there are.

Published in Commentary, Election 2022, Voting & Elections on Nov 9, 2022

November 2022

A victory for open government

Judge Phillip Shepherd’s victory secures the future of open government in Franklin Circuit Court for the next eight years.

Published in Commentary, Government Transparency on Nov 9, 2022

November 2022

The Red Wave that wasn’t

The Red Wave that was supposed to sweep the nation into Republican control didn’t happen. In fact, Dems outperformed normal midterm results significantly.

Published in Analysis, Election 2022, Voting & Elections on Nov 9, 2022

November 2022

2022 Election Results: Kentucky

The wilderness years continue for KY Dems.

Published in News, Analysis, Election 2022, Voting & Elections on Nov 9, 2022

November 2022

Roe, Roe, Roe your vote – abortion amendment defeated

The Repubs went for the grand prize – but instead of winning, they went too far, and Kentucky voters told them “NO.”

Published in Analysis, Election 2022, Reproductive Rights, Voting & Elections on Nov 9, 2022

November 2022

Too much trivial horse-race coverage of the midterms

This is NOT just another election – even though the media, including MSNBC, want to cover it that way.

Published in Commentary, Election 2022, Voting & Elections on Nov 8, 2022

November 2022

Three election stories you should read

Berry Craig is one of our most prolific, and most popular, contributors here at Forward Kentucky. And for this year’s midterms, he has put together a threesome of election stories that are definitely worth your time.

Published in Feature, Election 2022, Voting & Elections on Nov 7, 2022

November 2022

Vote as if it’s your last chance to have your voice heard. Because it may well be.

We can’t pretend we don’t know what’s happening and where it will lead if it’s not stopped.

Published in Feature, Election 2022, Voting & Elections on Nov 7, 2022

November 2022

A true tale of two ties and more

Think your vote doesn’t matter? Gather ’round, dear readers, and hear a true tale of three elections: Two ties and a single vote win – out of 12,637 ballots cast.

Published in Feature, Voting & Elections on Nov 7, 2022

November 2022

The spitting and biting Lyons

It’s a pretty safe bet that between now and Tuesday, First District U.S. Rep. James Comer won’t bite one constituent’s thumb off, or duke it out with another. That’s ditto for Comer’s challenger, Jimmy Ausbrooks. Even so, there would be precedent.

Published in Feature, Voting & Elections on Nov 7, 2022

November 2022

GOTV-TV on Colonels of Truth

Kimberly, Doug and special co-host Willie join forces to give you the information and inspiration we all need to put in the final efforts between now and Tuesday, Nov. 8th.

Published in Media, Election 2022, Voting & Elections on Nov 6, 2022

November 2022

Interview with Mayor Linda Gorton and 2022 Election Preview

Lexington-Fayette County Mayor Linda Gorton joined us this week to talk about her run for re-election and the things she's most proud of during her previous term as mayor. And, Jazmin and Robert did a long election preview this week.

Published in Media, Election 2022, Voting & Elections on Nov 6, 2022

November 2022

Election scorecard for Tuesday night

You can’t tell the players without a scorecard! And, you can’t keep track of the KY House and Senate races without a scorecard, either. So we made you one!

Published in Resource, Election 2022, Voting & Elections on Nov 6, 2022

November 2022

It’s critical to see what a Fascist America looks like, before it's too late

This election may well seal or determine the fate and future of democracy in the United States and, by extension, most of the rest of the world.

Published in Analysis, Commentary on Nov 5, 2022

November 2022

WATCH THIS – “We need to stop pretending that we're not looking at what we're looking at."

A critically important message. Watch, then share broadly.

Published in Commentary on Nov 4, 2022

November 2022

A GOTV report from the field

I received this email yesterday from a member of Forward Kentucky who is volunteering for a local campaign. I thought it was worth sharing with all of you, and asked if I could. The writer said “Sure.” So, here it is, just as it was sent. I canvassed again for

Published in Election 2022, Voting & Elections on Nov 4, 2022

November 2022

‘What has happened to our country?’

Five years before the Civil War, politics had become so heated that violence entered the political arena. Are we there again?

Published in Commentary on Nov 4, 2022

November 2022

Thomas Massie – intelligent, but not wise

Is Thomas Massie intelligent? Definitely. Is he wise? Definitely not.

Published in Commentary on Nov 4, 2022

November 2022

I voted for Charles Booker ... and WITH him too!

Early voting started this morning, and I decided to go vote at the same place Charles Booker was voting. It was neat, and I’ve got pics to prove it!

Published in News on Nov 3, 2022

November 2022

Biden: ‘Democracy is on the ballot’

President Biden is doing his best to call out the dangers facing our democracy, and the threat of a minority who want to do away with it. A strong and timely speech.

Published in Media on Nov 2, 2022

November 2022

Ending the rule of law

The MAGA Republicans and their enablers aren’t talking too much about the rule of law – except when they talk about ending it.

Published in Commentary on Nov 2, 2022

November 2022

An interview with Kate Turner, running against Jason Nemes

We're baaaaack!! Yes, “Moving Kentucky Forward” is back after a too-long hiatus. And for our first show back, we interview Kate Turner, who is running against Jason Nemes for KY House district 33. This was a great interview, and Kate is a great candidate!

Published in Media on Nov 2, 2022

November 2022

Sending public money to private schools breaks Kentucky’s commitment to students

The best use of public resources to support improved outcomes for all students is to reinvest in our public schools. HB 563 instead unconstitutionally siphons more resources away from our already underfunded public schools to the detriment of all of Kentucky’s kids.

Published in Policy, Analysis on Nov 1, 2022

November 2022

Together Frankfort releases video on constitutional amendments

Together Frankfort has released a video outlining the two constitutional amendments on the ballot next week, and encourages voters to watch it before voting.

Published in Press Release on Nov 1, 2022

November 2022

Question: How many Kentucky churches are breaking the law?

Some churches across the Commonwealth are breaking the law, and doing so intentionally. What is this law, and why are they breaking it?

Published in Analysis on Nov 1, 2022

November 2022

Churches are breaking the law by endorsing in elections, experts Say. The IRS looks the other way.

There is a law on the books that says churches cannot endorse candidates. A church that does so is in danger of losing its tax-exempt status. But the law is not being enforced.

Published in Investigation on Nov 1, 2022

November 2022

Democracy is in trouble – but voters don’t care, and Repubs are red-baiting

Berry Craig interviewed two KY professors, Josh Douglass and John Hennen, about the state of democracy. What they said is not encouraging.

Published in Commentary on Nov 1, 2022

November 2022

Madison Leach makes history in western Kentucky

No matter who wins the race for Calloway County attorney, Democrat Madison Leach has made history. She’s apparently the first openly trans candidate to seek elected office in western Kentucky, one of the state’s most conservative corners.

Published in Feature on Nov 1, 2022

October 2022

Booker in Paducah: ‘We’re going to win.’

Charles Booker brought his campaign bus to Paducah, speaking to an enthusiastic crowd and declaring the upset is coming.

Published in News on Oct 31, 2022

October 2022

Clardy to Walker and Cameron: ‘Brothers, you’re being used.’

Historian Brian Clardy has one message for Herschel Walker and Daniel Cameron.

Published in Commentary on Oct 30, 2022

October 2022

Maria Sorolis interview, Emerge KY, and partisanship in judicial races

This week: Maria Sorolis, the once and (hopefully!) future rep from House District 48; Blair Haydon on Emerge Kentucky; partisanship in judicial races; and standardized testing.

Published in Media on Oct 27, 2022

October 2022

GOTV Week & the Sad Saga of SD 12 w/ Bill O'Brien, Paula Setser-Kissick

First, the two constitutional amendments voters will be deciding on Nov 8. Then we hear from the former and current Dem candidates for SD 12, and look at the partisan gerrymandering that created chaos.

Published in Media on Oct 27, 2022

October 2022

GOP holds press conference to lie about Amendment 2

Today in Frankfort, the anti-choice caucus held a press conference to accuse the pro-choice supporters of lying about Amendment 2 – then proceeded to lie about the pro-choice supporters.

Published in Commentary on Oct 27, 2022

October 2022

Despite ample evidence that mail-in voting is secure, rhetoric against it increases as Election Day nears

Despite the rhetoric, developing evidence shows mail-in voting is not harmful to either party.

Published in Analysis on Oct 27, 2022

October 2022

Gov. Beshear to lead GOTV Canvass Kickoff with Louisville candidates

Gov. Andy Beshear will join Louisville candidates for a Get Out the Vote canvass kickoff on Saturday.

Published in Action, Press Release on Oct 27, 2022

October 2022

How mainstream Christians should respond to Christian Nationalism

Ken Wolf asks the question, then answers it with five steps for Christians to respond to Christian Nationalism.

Published in Commentary on Oct 27, 2022

October 2022

Climate change comes to the Mississippi

The Mighty Mississippi isn’t looking so mighty these days. Why? Climate change.

Published in Analysis, Media on Oct 27, 2022

October 2022

News & Notes for Wednesday, 10/26

The election, abortion, protesters, people calling themselves Governor – it’s all here.

Published in News on Oct 26, 2022

October 2022

Can people watch you vote? Yes and no.

Are you worried about people showing up to watch you vote? Here is a list of who can, and who can’t, watch you do the voting thing.

Published in Explainer on Oct 26, 2022

October 2022

Less than two weeks before election, Kentucky prepares to support reproductive health

With just under two weeks to go until election day, the Protect Kentucky Access coalition says they see overwhelming support on the ground for the Vote No on 2 campaign designed to stop a state constitutional amendment that would result in a total ban on abortion.

Published in Press Release on Oct 26, 2022

October 2022

Which party should you trust with the economy? The answer might surprise you.

Under which party’s leadership has the American economy done the best? We’ve got the numbers, the answer, and the reasons why.

Published in Analysis, Commentary on Oct 26, 2022

October 2022

Louisville mayor candidates talk about dealing with climate change

The “REAL Good News” group held a forum on Louisville’s renewable energy resolution with the candidates for mayor. Here’s what they had to say.

Published in News on Oct 25, 2022

October 2022

News & Notes for Monday, 10/24

Lots of lawsuits flying around, and we’ve got some multi-tweet stories from the Twitterverse.

Published in News on Oct 24, 2022

October 2022

Don’t miss the REAL stakes in this election.

You think the most important issue in this election is inflation, or gas prices, or even abortion rights? You’re wrong. One issue out-weighs them all.

Published in Commentary on Oct 24, 2022

October 2022

Whose side are these right-wing pundits on, anyway?

Beau of the Fifth Column nails it: they say they are “America First” -- but the push Putin talking points.

Published in Commentary, Analysis on Oct 24, 2022

October 2022

News & Notes for Friday, 10/21

Political and governing news from all over, with excerpts and links back to the complete story. Now also available on TikTok!

Published in News on Oct 21, 2022

October 2022

Breaking: Herald-Leader endorses Booker for Senate

Charles Booker, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate running against Rand Paul, has been endorsed by the Lexington Herald-Leader in an editorial that also slams Paul.

Published in News on Oct 21, 2022

October 2022

The University of Kentucky – a slow learner when it comes to open records

Having lost one open records case already, UK now has lost another one. Perhaps they need a remedial course in open records law?

Published in Commentary on Oct 21, 2022

October 2022

Daniel Grossberg interview, Racing Louisville scandals, UK football open records Requests, and more!

Jazmin covers the Racing Louisville scandal; Robert talks about UK football getting ORRed about comms w/ Kelly Craft; and an interview w/ Daniel Grossberg, the first Jewish person elected to Frankfort in half a century.

Published in Media on Oct 20, 2022

October 2022

Weed, debt, and Democrats – w/ Colmon Elridge, Buddy Wheatley, and Kelly Jones

The Governor dangling weed pardons, the AG warning you about consumer scams, and Doug Price is Right on judge races. Plus, interviews with Colmon Elridge, Buddy Wheatley, and Kelly Jones.

Published in Media on Oct 20, 2022

October 2022

East KY power co-op receives failing grade for climate pledges

Energy companies make public pledges to increase renewables, but then fail to follow through. So the Sierra Club is calling them out.

Published in News on Oct 20, 2022

October 2022

Facts to know about the Nov. 8 election

Did you know there are multiple ways to vote in Kentucky? Here’s a rundown, including some important deadlines.

Published in Explainer on Oct 20, 2022

October 2022

Claims made in ‘Yes for Life’ ad around KY abortion vote are misleading. Here’s the reality.

The latest ad from the “Yes for Life” group contains false and misleading claims. Read the details here, then share with others.

Published in Analysis on Oct 19, 2022

October 2022

News & Notes for Wednesday, 10/19

Excerpts and links to political and governing news from across the state and beyond. Read the blurb, click the link to learn more.

Published in News on Oct 19, 2022

October 2022

The biggest loser in the Paul-Booker race

Come November 8, it is likely that Rand Paul will defeat Charles Booker for Kentucky’s seat in the U.S. Senate. But will Booker be the biggest loser in that race? Not according to Berry Craig.

Published in Commentary, Analysis on Oct 19, 2022

October 2022

“I’m not extremist!” Yes, you are.

Are those Republicans who want a total abortion ban “extremists”? Bruce Maples weighs in.

Published in Commentary on Oct 18, 2022

October 2022

Stereotyped – again

Have you ever been stereotyped? Berry Craig has, by both liberals and conservatives. They both assume he is a loyal Trumper. Boy, are they wrong.

Published in Feature on Oct 18, 2022

October 2022

Charles Booker bends the arc in Murray

The Calloway County Democratic Party had a fish fry on Friday that featured Charles Booker. And Booker did not disappoint.

Published in News, Feature on Oct 17, 2022

October 2022

Sign this petition for the Courier-Journal union, and let’s go six-for-six

Sign the petition to get Gannett management to recognize the new union at the C-J, and let’s go six-for-six in new unions getting organized.

Published in Action on Oct 17, 2022

October 2022

Attn political junkies – we’ve got your campaign finance facts right here

I’ve spent the last two days getting all the latest number entered into our Election Finance page. I then did some work to come up with these interesting facts from the latest reports, both federal and state.

Published in Analysis on Oct 16, 2022

October 2022

News & Notes for Friday, 10/14

Here’s today’s roundup of snippets and links from across the political and government landscape.

Published in News on Oct 14, 2022

October 2022

False prophets? Here are 20 of them.

Faithful America has released a top-20 list of false prophets: “far-right leaders who abuse Jesus’s name in a corrupt effort to seize power at all costs.”

Published in Commentary, News on Oct 14, 2022

October 2022

Who’s spending $$ to fight or support Amendment 2?

The latest fund-raising numbers are in, and the group opposing the abortion amendment is dramatically out-raising the supporters. How much is the difference, and where is the money coming from?

Published in Analysis on Oct 13, 2022

October 2022

News & Notes for Wednesday

News & Notes is back! After a too-long hiatus, we are back to our M-W-F schedule. Let us know in the comments if you appreciate this summary format!

Published in News on Oct 12, 2022

October 2022

A letter from a repulsed Kentuckian

After seeing Senator Rand Paul’s advertisement that he released instead of attending a moderated discussion with his political opponent, I could not stay silent.

Published in Commentary on Oct 12, 2022

October 2022

Dictatorship? Raise your hands

Show of hands: Who wants the US to be a dictatorship?

Published in Commentary on Oct 12, 2022

October 2022

New Booker ad has a veteran take on Rand Paul

The Booker campaign just released a new ad featuring a veteran, John Kasey, who now has leukemia from the water at Camp Lejeune. Take a look.

Published in Media on Oct 12, 2022

October 2022

Are we going to re-elect our Kentucky election deniers?

More than half of all Republicans running for federal or state offices deny the validity of the 2020 presidential election. And two of those are from the Bluegrass State.

Published in Commentary on Oct 11, 2022

October 2022

The far right and fascism – a long-time love story

The far-right’s infatuation with authoritarians and fascism isn’t new. Yesterday it was Hitler; today it’s Orban and the new Italian prime minister. And it’s still just as dangerous.

Published in Commentary on Oct 11, 2022

October 2022

How Republicans conspire with churches for political & social control

For Republicans, the purpose of religion is political and social control. It’s not about spirituality: it’s all about raw, naked, taxpayer-subsidized power and the wealth associated with it.

Published in Commentary on Oct 11, 2022

October 2022

Dear folks in Guthrie’s district: Is he working for you, or for himself?

Hey, all you folks in the 2nd Congressional District – who is your rep, Brett Guthrie, working for? For you, or for himself?

Published in Commentary on Oct 11, 2022

October 2022

KY House Dems release abortion-rights ads against 10 Republicans

The House Democratic Caucus, led by Rep. Joni Jenkins, has released two ads targeting ten Republicans across the state. The ads feature pictures and names of all ten, calling them “extremists” and pointing out the dangers they pose to women.

Published in News, Media on Oct 10, 2022

October 2022

Rep. Kulkarni, various organizations call on Beshear to pardon marijuana convictions

State Rep. Nima Kulkarni and a number of organizations have called on Governor Beshear to follow President Biden’s lead and pardon those convicted of cannabis possession.

Published in Press Release on Oct 10, 2022

October 2022

Repro Rights PAC issues endorsements

The Reproductive Rights for Kentucky PAC today issued endorsements of 21 candidates for the upcoming election.

Published in News, Press Release on Oct 10, 2022

October 2022

If you destroy the records, you don’t have to worry about those pesky open records laws

The Louisville Metro Police Department is back in the news. They’re being sued for illegally destroying records of complaints against police officers. Amye Bensenhaver explains.

Published in Analysis on Oct 10, 2022

October 2022

More disasters are coming. Kentucky must be prepared.

We are going to see more natural and man-made disasters in Kentucky. Instead of sticking our heads in the sand, we need to be getting ready. Jason Bailey lays out how.

Published in Policy on Oct 10, 2022

October 2022

Interviews with Kate Turner and Rachel Roarx

This week Robert interviewed two candidates for State House from Louisville: Kate Turner in East Louisville and Rachel Roarx, from South Louisville. They talked about why they are running, the issues they are passionate about, and how they plan to advocate for their communities.

Published in Media on Oct 7, 2022

October 2022

ONE MONTH TO GO!

Willie, Kimberly and Aaron cover Trump's death threat to Mitch & Booker's solo debate on KET. Plus, interviews w/ Pam Dossett, Bianca Crockram, and Barbara Hadley Smith of Together Frankfort.

Published in Media on Oct 7, 2022

October 2022

Rand Paul, the strategic coward

Rand Paul blew off the KET debate with Charles Booker. Does that make him a coward? Yes ... but a special kind: a strategic coward.

Published in Commentary on Oct 6, 2022

October 2022

Rand Paul blows off debate with Charles Booker

Charles Booker called Rand Paul a coward for not showing up for the KET debate. ““They even had a cup of water ready for him.”

Published in News on Oct 5, 2022

October 2022

How to get banned at the C-J: mention the union drive

Apparently, write one sentence about the union drive at the C-J in Louisville, and you won’t be writing for them any more.

Published in Commentary on Oct 4, 2022

October 2022

KREF gives KDP grace – for now

The Kentucky Democratic Party was called before the state election finance board. Here’s what happened, and what’s next.

Published in News on Oct 4, 2022

October 2022

Fifteen questions to ask candidates before you vote

An expansion of the “ten questions” article of a few weeks ago. Print these out and take them with you to ask candidates yourselves!

Published in Commentary, Analysis on Oct 1, 2022

September 2022

Interview with Tommy Adams

This week Robert and Jazmin interviewed Tommy Adams, candidate for State House in District 73. Tommy is running in Winchester and southeast Lexington. He's an avid outdoorsman and educator. We were excited to bring him to our show!

Published in Media on Sep 30, 2022

September 2022

Who’s got Andy’s back?

Aaron, Doug and Kimberly discuss another big week for Kentucky thanks to Governor Andy Beshear & what that means for November 8. Then, the Colonels meet up with two more great candidates for the KY legislature, Martina Jackson and Brittney Hernandez-Stevenson.

Published in Media on Sep 30, 2022

September 2022

Protect Kentucky Access releases first television ad

The coalition opposing Amendment 2 began airing their first television ads of the campaign today.

Published in Press Release on Sep 30, 2022

September 2022

When abortion at a clinic is not available, 1 in 3 pregnant people say they will do something on their own to end the pregnancy

Results of a study show that outlawing clinic-based abortion doesn’t stop the practice – it just pushes some people to alternatives, including dangerous ones.

Published in Analysis on Sep 27, 2022

September 2022

KY one of only 19 states to recover jobs lost during Covid

Kentucky now has more jobs than it had at the start of the pandemic, which puts it in the top 20 states for job recovery.

Published in Analysis on Sep 27, 2022

September 2022

Mitch McConnell can help save democracy

A recent NYT editorial identifies two threats to our democracy. One of the threats is hard to stop – but Mitch McConnell can stop the other by himself. Will he?

Published in Commentary on Sep 27, 2022

September 2022

KY Open Govt Coalition continues to take on the Pension Authority

The KY Public Pensions Authority continues to refuse to release the rest of the Calcaterra report. And the Open Government Coalition continues to push.

Published in Commentary, Analysis on Sep 22, 2022

September 2022

Donald Trump’s terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad day

Ever have one of those days? TFG had one yesterday. And it was wonderful – for the rest of us.

Published in Commentary on Sep 22, 2022

September 2022

Berry, Melinda, and the Beefeater

While watching Queen Elizabeth’s funeral, Berry Craig reflects on the Beefeater he and Melinda got to know on a trip to London. A really cool story!

Published in Feature on Sep 21, 2022

September 2022

Chuck Eddy: “I was once a Republican. Now I’m running as a Democrat. Here’s why.”

State Senate candidate Chuck Eddy tells why he is running as a Dem this time, and what he thinks of his former party.

Published in Feature on Sep 18, 2022

September 2022

Images from Izyum show why Russia must be defeated as quickly as possible

In the case of Izyum, Russian forces reached the city in the third week of March. Now that Ukrainian forces have pushed Russia away from the town, what’s being revealed is a whole new set of horrors.

Published in News on Sep 17, 2022

September 2022

The days after Labor Day

On Labor Day we celebrate the American worker, even as we are being pressed to the breaking point by our “Survival of the Fittest” economy.

Published in Commentary on Sep 17, 2022

September 2022

What you need to know about Kelly Craft, an LMPD court case update, and Katherine Leonard interview

Kelly Craft is running for Governor, and Robert told us who she is, what she's done, how she's running, and who is supporting her. Jazmin gave an update about the federal case against former LMPD officers. The interview is with Katherine Leonard, the Dem candidate for KY House in E-town.

Published in Media on Sep 16, 2022

September 2022

Will KY protect abortion access? w/ Tamarra Weider

Doug and Aaron discuss KY’s big threats to democracy and reproductive freedom with Tamarra Weider, who talks about the danger of Amendment 2 and what Planned Parenthood is doing to stop it. And,we meet up with KY State Senate District 34 Candidate Susan Cintra in the Campaign Corner.

Published in Media on Sep 16, 2022

September 2022

Rail union presidents praise worker solidarity and Team Biden for historic tentative agreement

Let’s be clear: Without Joe Biden and his team, we’d be looking at empty shelves for weeks. Biden got it done.

Published in News on Sep 16, 2022

September 2022

Let’s be clear: Reaganism begat Trumpism

Some on the left are giving The Gipper a break, saying he wasn’t as bad as Trump. These two historians explain why Reagan laid the groundwork for Trump.

Published in Commentary on Sep 15, 2022

September 2022

Wednesday News & Notes

Wed N&N: Abortion access group raises $$; Greenberg on guns; the possible railroad strike; Trump family’s lies in KY; study of diversity in KY; the #1 political party in the state

Published in News on Sep 14, 2022

September 2022

Ausbrooks is a winner, no matter how the votes go

Jimmy Ausbrooks is running for Congress in CD 1, facing Jamie Comer. It’s a long-shot campaign, but Ausbrooks is already a winner.

Published in Feature on Sep 14, 2022

September 2022

Protect Kentucky Access releases financial support, grassroots donations

Yesterday, Protect Kentucky Access, the campaign to defeat Amendment 2, filed its financial disclosure statement for calendar year 2022, reporting over $1.4 million in contributions.

Published in Press Release on Sep 14, 2022

September 2022

Dem withdraws – shenanigans ensue

Matthew Pfaadt made an innocent but costly mistake, and has had to withdraw his candidacy. Should be a simple situation – but it has become anything but.

Published in News on Sep 14, 2022

September 2022

Here’s some background on Kelly Craft from the KDP

Kelly Craft has just announced her candidacy for governor, and already the KDP has released some of their oppo research on her. Let’s take a look.

Published in Analysis on Sep 14, 2022

September 2022

KDP and RPK audited, with audit findings for KDP

KREF recently released their audits of both the Republican and Democratic state central committees. What did they find?

Published in News on Sep 13, 2022

September 2022

When it comes to open records, is Allison Ball another Bevin?

Matt Bevin disliked our open records laws, and tried to ignore them whenever he could. Is candidate Allison Ball following the same path?

Published in Analysis, Commentary on Sep 13, 2022

September 2022

Alex Jones and the business of misinformation

Alex Jones ranks among the biggest liars and spreaders of misinformation, and has been called “America’s leading conspiracy theorist.” Guess how much he is worth?

Published in Commentary on Sep 11, 2022

September 2022

More reasons to vote No in November

A strong dose of reality from Teri Carter about the anti-abortion amendment on the ballot this fall.

Published in Commentary on Sep 10, 2022

September 2022

Louisville prosecutor refuses to drop charges against Breonna Taylor protesters

Jefferson County Attorney Mike O'Connell claims that the cases against the protesters have not met his “criteria for dismissal,” and his office will move forward with prosecutions.

Published in News on Sep 8, 2022

September 2022

Abortion access panel Friday in Louisville

State Rep. Nima Kulkarni will host a panel of medical and legal experts to discuss the ramifications of the constitutional amendment that could permanently ban abortion access in Kentucky.

Published in Action on Sep 8, 2022

September 2022

Kentuckians demand control over their bodies as doctors navigate abortion law gray areas

Now that Kentucky’s trigger law is in effect, what are women doing about it? Many are choosing to maintain control of their bodies by making serious healthcare decisions.

Published in Feature on Sep 8, 2022

September 2022

We finally got the KRS report. Did we get our money’s worth?

After over a year of stonewalling, the KY Public Pension Authority finally released the outside report into KRS. Was it worth the $1.2 million we paid for it?

Published in Analysis, Commentary on Sep 8, 2022

September 2022

Calling out the threat to our nation: MAGA Republicans and their helpers

Our state and our nation are threatened by a group outlined by President Biden: MAGA Republicans. Who are they, and how do they relate to the KY GOP?

Published in Commentary on Sep 8, 2022

September 2022

What will you do when the GOP comes for your wife, daughter, or sister?

What would you do if that was your daughter, wife, mother, or sister who was forced to bleed out for ten long days so a Republican politician could crow about being “pro-life”?

Published in Commentary on Sep 6, 2022

September 2022

Trump is “pro-union”? Do you also believe in unicorns?

Myths abound, from Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster to Unicorns and the Easter Bunny. But there’s one myth that’s in a class all by itself: the whopper that Donald Trump is pro-union.

Published in Commentary on Sep 5, 2022

September 2022

Paducah Labor Day parade co-grand marshals always carry their union and NAACP cards

This year’s Labor Day Parade in Paducah had 38 entries, and went off without a hitch. Berry Craig was there to cover it.

Published in News on Sep 5, 2022

September 2022

Turn off the TV

The division in our country continues to get worse. Teri Carter has a simple solution: turn off your TV.

Published in Commentary on Sep 4, 2022

September 2022

Susan Cintra & Teresa Barton

This week Robert spoke with two women running for Kentucky Senate in Central and Northern Kentucky Susan Cintra and Teresa Barton. They both spoke about their reasons for running, their experiences before running for office, and lots other items.

Published in Media on Sep 3, 2022

September 2022

Comer will impeach Biden, Guthrie's a debt hypocrite – w/guest Jimmy Ausbrooks

Aaron and Kimberly discuss the recent outrages from KY's Congressional Republicans, how Andy can show he's a true man of the people, and welcome Jimmy Ausbrooks, running against Jamie Comer for the expansive (and gerrymandered) 1st Congressional district.

Published in Media on Sep 3, 2022

September 2022

On this Labor Day, unions are surging – again

Labor Day 2022 is a lot like Labor Day 1932, with unions growing and businesses pushing back. And like then, unions are growing anyway.

Published in Commentary, Analysis on Sep 3, 2022

September 2022

‘Pain and hurt’ over LGBTQ issues pushed KY Teacher of the Year from small-town classroom

Less than a year after being named KY Teacher of the Year, Willie Carver walked away from the profession he loved.

Published in Feature on Sep 2, 2022

September 2022

Booker endorsed by Beshear

Gov. Andy Beshear today endorsed Charles Booker for Senate, joining four other former governors and lieutenant governors who have already endorsed.

Published in News on Sep 1, 2022

September 2022

Paul protested in deep-red Western Kentucky

Sen. Rand Paul probably didn’t expect protesters when he stopped in Republican Red Bardwell, almost as far west as Kentucky goes. But he got them.

Published in News on Sep 1, 2022

September 2022

Could Democrats actually win in November?

Yes, it’s just one poll – but could it be right? Ken Wolf takes a look.

Published in Commentary on Sep 1, 2022

September 2022

10 questions for Repub candidates this fall

Enough with pablum answers to innocuous questions! Here are 10 questions I want to hear Republicans answer this fall.

Published in Commentary on Sep 1, 2022

August 2022

The dangers of student indoctrination

Nazis did it. Russians are doing it. Are we in the U.S. going to follow in their footsteps?

Published in Commentary on Aug 30, 2022

August 2022

Craft-Wise to announce soon, report says

The worst-kept secret in Kentucky politics is about to be a secret no more.

Published in News on Aug 30, 2022

August 2022

A 12-step program for more guns in our schools

There is a continual push by some to get more guns in our schools, including arming all teachers. Where might this lead?

Published in Commentary on Aug 29, 2022

August 2022

Monday News & Notes

A few politics and government things to share today, plus some Twitter insight into last week’s special session.

Published in News on Aug 29, 2022

August 2022

Thank you for your servitude

“Sometimes you’ve got to laugh to keep from crying,” my grandmother used to say. This book had Berry Craig laughing out loud in the bookstore – until it didn’t.

Published in Commentary on Aug 28, 2022

August 2022

Grayson Vandegrift interview, abortion ruling at SCOKY, and a special session

This week we welcome Grayson Vandegrift, the Democratic candidate in House District 56 in Woodford, Franklin, and Jessamine Counties. He spoke to us about running in this area with deep Democratic roots but which has been trending towards Republicans.

Published in Media on Aug 26, 2022

August 2022

Midterm Madness

The elections are just 75 days away - who's got the best take, Mitch McConnell or Andy Barr? Then it’s Grayson Vandegrift and his race to go from Midway’s mayor to the rep for the 56th district. Finally, we interview KY author Farrah Alexander about her book, “Resistance in the Bluegrass.”

Published in Media on Aug 26, 2022

August 2022

The White House responds to GOP whining over student loan cancellation with reminders

The GOP is complaining all over Twitter about forgiving student debt. In response, the White House brings out the receipts.

Published in Feature on Aug 26, 2022

August 2022

Wednesday News & Notes

Political and government snippets from across Kentucky and the nation.

Published in News on Aug 24, 2022

August 2022

Gov. Beshear, lawmakers announce $212 million to help flood-damaged Eastern Kentucky rebuild over next 6 months

Gov. Andy Beshear today joined state lawmakers in the Capitol Rotunda to announce a plan to spend $212.7 million over the next six months to help rebuild communities devastated by the deadly flooding that began July 26.

Published in News, Press Release on Aug 24, 2022

August 2022

Beshear calls special session to deal w/ EKY flooding

After working with KYGA leaders to agree on a bill, Gov. Beshear has called a special session to provide recovery help to Eastern Kentucky.

Published in News on Aug 24, 2022

August 2022

Monday News & Notes

Updates big and small from across the state, including a few from the Twitter machine.

Published in News on Aug 22, 2022

August 2022

The increase in funding for the IRS is not going create an army of agents that will come after you

No matter what your crazy uncle tells you, the extra funding for the IRS is not for a new “IRS Blackshirts.”

Published in Fact Check on Aug 22, 2022

August 2022

Student debt and assault vehicles

Helping relieve the student debt burden would be one way of taking care of our young adults. Where can the money come from? How about bloated defense contracts?

Published in Commentary on Aug 22, 2022

August 2022

Who can beat Beshear?

Forecasting is a dangerous business, whether in weather, the stock market ... or politics. Even with the risk, I decided to share some thoughts on the gov race. Do you agree?

Published in Commentary on Aug 22, 2022

August 2022

As the Fourth Great Turning unwinds, technology is speeding up the process

We are entering American history’s Fourth Great Turning. The 80-year cycle is in play again. Thom Hartmann explains.

Published in Analysis on Aug 21, 2022

August 2022

Meet the new dark money Republican hoax and troll group, ‘Citizens for Sanity’

Conservative dark money groups have taken to weaponizing the paranoia on the Right, and that brings us to the current moment.

Published in Commentary on Aug 21, 2022

August 2022

Wondering what happened to Dems in western Kentucky? Read this book to find out.

If you’ve heard people refer to western Kentucky as “what used to be Democrats’ Rock” and wondered what happened, here’s a book just for you.

Published in Feature on Aug 21, 2022

August 2022

Joe Fischer’s SCOKY campaign called out by campaign conduct committee

A non-partisan committee formed 16 years ago to monitor campaign conduct in judicial races has called out Joe Fischer for the blatant partisanship of his race for the state Supreme Court.

Published in Press Release on Aug 21, 2022

August 2022

Join the Farm Bureau protest this Thursday morning

The KY Farm Bureau is still discriminating, so the protests are still happening. Sign up here to protest the KFB Ham Breakfast with other supporters of LGBTQ rights!

Published in Action on Aug 21, 2022

August 2022

Fancy Farm is dead

“Not funny, just mean.” So wrote Garrison Keillor in the margins of homework – and so he would have written of the speeches at Fancy Farm. Teri Carter explains why.

Published in Commentary on Aug 21, 2022

August 2022

Lawmakers express concerns, support for those in flooded areas

Lawmakers from Eastern Kentucky and other areas of the state expressed heartfelt concern Tuesday for those adversely affected by July’s torrential flooding.

Published in News, Press Release on Aug 20, 2022

August 2022

Donald Trump as Uber Immortal

No one is above the law – except Donald Trump. He is an Uber Immortal. But what happens to uber immortals?

Published in Commentary on Aug 20, 2022

August 2022

Debby Lucas Angel & Meagan Brannon Interviews

This week we have two interviews: Debby Lucas Angel, who is running in the 61st District against Savannah Maddox, and Meagan Brannon, who is running in central and northeast Kentucky. In addition, we had a few quick hits.

Published in Media on Aug 20, 2022

August 2022

Willie helps us take Rand to school w/guest Hank Linderman

With guest host Teacher of the Year Willie Carver, we cover Rand Paul's week of "leadership," and learn how teachers are holding up during the war on public education. Then, we welcome KY-2 candidate Hank Linderman, and learn why he thinks could help unite rural and urban voters.

Published in Media on Aug 20, 2022

August 2022

ICYMI – Bills that are now the law.

An easy-to-read list of some of last session’s bills that took effect on July 1.

Published in Explainer on Aug 19, 2022

August 2022

Christian Nationalism? Been there, done that

Guess what – Christian Nationalism has been tried before. As Ivonne Rovira points out, it didn’t work out too well.

Published in Commentary on Aug 19, 2022

August 2022

Setser-Kissick withdraws; KDP to field new candidate

Another candidate falls to the redistricting process.

Published in News on Aug 19, 2022

August 2022

Abortion remains banned in Kentucky

A press release and statement from Planned Parenthood and the ACLU on today’s SCOKY ruling keeping the abortion bans in place.

Published in Press Release on Aug 18, 2022

August 2022

The independent state legislature doctrine could reverse 200 years of progress and take power away from the people

There’s a movement to take election results away from voters and give state legislatures the ability to pick winners and losers.

Published in Analysis on Aug 18, 2022

August 2022

Rand Paul is not a Libertarian; he’s a Corporate Libber

“Corporate Libertarianism, where we allow a libertarian system for the corporate elites while forcing a police state for the working class.”

Published in Commentary on Aug 18, 2022

August 2022

Floods in eastern Kentucky were a man-made disaster, and we know exactly who is to blame

It wasn’t just the rain. It was the strip-mining, and the mountain-top removal, and the regulators looking the other way, that caused the floods in eastern Kentucky.

Published in Commentary, Analysis on Aug 17, 2022

August 2022

Some questions for Republicans about Trump and the FBI

In light of Republicans’ faux “outrage” over the FBI searching Trump’s estate, columnist Ken Wolf has some questions for those same Republicans.

Published in Commentary on Aug 17, 2022

August 2022

Rand Paul’s talk is not only reckless – it’s dangerous

Clardy said the false accusations Republicans like Paul are hurling “are dangerous and irresponsible. He knows better.

Published in on Aug 15, 2022

August 2022

Al Cross: Cameron shows why he’s the one to beat, then could get beat

Al Cross covered Fancy Farm this year, as he does every year, and reports on the speakers and their political futures.

Published in Analysis on Aug 15, 2022

August 2022

Monday News & Notes

Special session of KYGA; Cameron asks to have lawsuit dismissed; Paul calls for getting rid of Espionage Act; Booker calls on Paul to stop threatening our democracy; SBC under investigation.

Published in News on Aug 15, 2022

August 2022

Was Trump looking for an ‘alternative source of income’?

The chief of the DOJ’s Counterintelligence unit visited Mar-a-Lago in June. What documents was he looking for? And was he worried about those documents going somewhere else?

Published in Commentary on Aug 14, 2022

August 2022

Beshear displeased with response from FEMA

The governor says that FEMA is denying help to too many people, and it’s caused by something in the middle layer of the bureaucracy.

Published in News on Aug 12, 2022

August 2022

Chris Brown interview, LMPD police arrested, and Fancy Farm wrap-up

We talked w/ Chris Brown, the Dem candidate in Boone and Kenton Counties. She told of her experience organizing for social and racial justice, and her desire to bring the 69th's concerns to Frankfort. And, Jazmin talked about the DOJ case against four LMPD officers, and Robert wrapped up Fancy Farm.

Published in Media on Aug 12, 2022

August 2022

Friday News and Notes

N&N for Friday, 8/12 – Medical MJ; Paul and McConnell; mental health commission; barista union efforts; the Berg-Peden race

Published in News on Aug 12, 2022

August 2022

Biden’s big week – plus a visit w/ H-73 candidate Tommy Adams

The Colonels discuss the big news from DC, including big Biden wins and horrible votes from Kentucky's Senators, then welcome KY House District 73 candidate Tommy Adams to our campaign corner, before talking youth voting with KY Young Democrats President, Stephon Moore.

Published in Media on Aug 12, 2022

August 2022

Dem candidate gets endorsements from four governors – including Ernie Fletcher

Teresa Barton, the Democratic state senate candidate for district 20, has already garnered endorsements from four Kentucky governors.

Published in News on Aug 12, 2022

August 2022

‘Basic physics’ of global warming makes rainfall more frequent and more intense; U.S. infrastructure isn’t prepared

Nearly three-quarters of locations the group examined around the country have experienced an increase in the amount of rain falling on their annual wettest day since 1950.

Published in Explainer on Aug 10, 2022

August 2022

Rand Paul wants you to overpay for insulin. Can’t afford it? Tough.

Kentucky’s junior senator, who’s seeking a third term on Nov. 8, voted against a $35-per-month cap on out-of-pocket insulin costs for people not on Medicare.

Published in Commentary on Aug 10, 2022

August 2022

‘They have no way to get out until the bridges are rebuilt’

An update on the trip to EKY by Jeff Wiggins and Jerald Adkins to see how unions can help.

Published in Feature on Aug 9, 2022

August 2022

Jessica Neal pays $57,368 to get recount in Kentucky Senate District 24 primary race lost by 3 percent

Jessica Neal, a candidate in last spring’s Republican primary election for state Senate District 24, posted $57,368 Monday with the Campbell circuit court clerk to get a recount of the election.

Published in News on Aug 9, 2022

August 2022

Continuous CHIP eligibility could keep more KY kids covered

The federal health insurance program for children helps keep more than 620,000 Kentucky kids insured. But the expanded coverage expires in October. Now what?

Published in Analysis on Aug 9, 2022

August 2022

Bill Straub: There’s stupid and there’s mega-stupid, so credit legislators for hungry kids going hungrier

In their haste to override the gov’s emergency declaration, the KYGA inadvertently cost the state $350 million in SNAP benefits. Why? Just because they could.

Published in Commentary on Aug 6, 2022

August 2022

Kelly Jones interview, terrible flooding in EKY, and abortion once again banned in Kentucky

This week we discuss the EKY floods, the response, and how you can help. Jazmin updates on the abortion lawsuit. And we talk w/ Kelly Jones, the Dem candidate in H-68 in Northern Kentucky.

Published in Media on Aug 6, 2022

August 2022

EKY floods w/guest Matt Lehman (candidate for KY-4)

Aaron and Kimberly discuss the horrible flooding throughout Eastern KY w/ Rep. Cherlynn Stevenson and KY 120 member Christina Trosper. Then, we interview Matt Lehman, who is running for Congress in NKY, lining up against Libertarian/twitter troll Thomas Massie.

Published in Media on Aug 6, 2022

August 2022

The legal landscape on abortion isn't complicated: The Supreme Court intends to eliminate it

What does the conservative wing of the Supreme Court want the outcome to be? A ban on abortions. What civil rights stand in the way of that ban? Doesn’t matter. They’re gone now.

Published in Commentary on Aug 5, 2022

August 2022

Many rural Republicans rejected Kansas abortion measure

Kansas voted down the anti-abortion amendment, and not just in the cities: fourteen counties that went for Trump in 2020 voted against the amendment.

Published in Analysis on Aug 5, 2022

August 2022

Booker releases new ad calling for a “Kentucky New Deal”

Senate candidate Charles Booker has released a new ad called “Shared Dreams.” In it, he talks about the challenges all of us are facing, and promises to fight for all — Democrats, Republicans, and Independents — when he gets to Washington.

Published in Media on Aug 4, 2022

August 2022

Wiggins: Helping eastern Kentucky flood victims is more important than Fancy Farm

“It’s more important to help the people of eastern Kentucky who are hurting in the floods than to go to Fancy Farm and listen to anti-worker politicians bash other politicians who support working people,” Wiggins said.

Published in News on Aug 4, 2022

August 2022

There’s no urban-rural divide when it comes to tackling substance use disorder

The rural-urban divide reflects numerous differences across our state. But one issue that affects everyone is the overdose epidemic. Two activists share what we need to do with our settlement money.

Published in Policy on Aug 4, 2022

August 2022

They’re coming for you, too

Now that the Christian Nationalists can taste victory, they really don’t need their useful idiots any longer.

Published in Commentary on Aug 4, 2022

August 2022

Breaking: Four officers charged in Breonna Taylor raid

The New York Times is reporting that four current and former police officers have been charged in connection with the raid on Breonna Taylor’s apartment.

Published in News on Aug 4, 2022

August 2022

Wednesday News & Notes

News & Notes for Wednesday, 8/3/22 – healthcare bill passes, special session under discussion, and more

Published in News on Aug 3, 2022

August 2022

Kansans say no to a “reproductive police state.” Will Kyians do the same?

The abortion amendment on this fall’s ballot is basically the same rejected last night in Kansas. Will the results be the same? And is the KY GOP worried?

Published in Commentary on Aug 3, 2022

August 2022

Booker walks the walk, Rand just talks

Charles Booker was in eastern Kentucky of the weekend, delivering relief supplies. Where was Rand Paul? Uhm ... not there.

Published in News, Commentary on Aug 3, 2022

August 2022

Abortion is banned (once again) in Kentucky

The Court of Appeals has granted AG Cameron’s motion overturning the temporary injunction of Kentucky’s trigger law. Thus, abortion is once again banned in Kentucky.

Published in News, Press Release on Aug 2, 2022

August 2022

Cameron sues over school lunches for LGBTQ children

Twenty state attorneys general, including Kentucky’s Daniel Cameron, are suing the USDA over guidance forbidding discrimination against LGBTQ children in the school lunch program.

Published in News on Aug 2, 2022

August 2022

ForwardKY is coming to Hopkinsville!

It’s a live, in-person discussion of the issues of the day between a progressive and a conservative. Come join us!

Published in Event on Aug 2, 2022

August 2022

Want to help the victims of EKY flooding? Donate here.

How to donate to help the victims of the eastern Kentucky flooding.

Published in Action on Aug 1, 2022

August 2022

An antidemocratic philosophy called ‘neoreaction’ is creeping into GOP politics

In recent months, a strand of conservative thought whose adherents are forthright in their disdain for democracy has started to creep into GOP politics. What is it, and what does it stand for?

Published in Analysis on Aug 1, 2022

July 2022

On open records: Well yes, but ...

The Courier Journal provided a “non-journalist’s guide to the open records law” in Sunday’s digital edition. The KY Open Govt Coalition was glad to see it, but has a few extra things to know.

Published in Analysis on Jul 31, 2022

July 2022

The last time Trump has to go to a voter again

From Steve Bannon: “After then, Trump never has to go to a voter again. He’ll just say ‘You lose. I’m the winner. I’m the king.’”

Published in Commentary on Jul 29, 2022

July 2022

Matt Lehman interview, the abortion lawsuit, and the end (?) for Braidy Industries

Matt Lehman is running for KY-04 against Massie. Lehman lays out clearly why Massie is dangerous. Also, the injunction in the abortion lawsuit, and the end of the Braidy/Unity plant.

Published in Media on Jul 29, 2022

July 2022

Dems da breaks w/guest Morgan McGarvey

A great episode this week: Nema updates on Frankfort shenanigans, Aaron digs in on the Democratic malaise, Doug covers some election scuttlebutt; and then, state senator and candidate Morgan McGarvey!

Published in Media on Jul 29, 2022

July 2022

I’m not going to Fancy Farm. Here’s why.

For years and years, I’ve gone to the famous political picnic at Fancy Farm, Kentucky. But not this year. Here’s why.

Published in Commentary on Jul 29, 2022

July 2022

Tragedies don’t move them

The tale of a woman who died in Ireland in 2012 led to that country repealing its draconian abortion law. Don’t expect that to happen here, though, because tragedies don’t move rightwing extremists.

Published in Commentary on Jul 28, 2022

July 2022

League of Women Voters releases statement on Dobbs; urges defeat of Amendment 2 this fall

The KY LWV board issued this statement in response to the SCOTUS ruling overturning Roe. In addition, they urged voters to reject Amendment 2 this fall.

Published in Press Release on Jul 28, 2022

July 2022

Of course women will be arrested for abortions. Did you think otherwise?

So, you think women won’t get arrested for abortions? Let’s take a look at where they already are.

Published in Commentary, Analysis on Jul 28, 2022

July 2022

Why Louisville Metro Council is smarter than SCOTUS on global warming

A tale of two cities can be told about last month’s U.S. Supreme Court decision throwing out the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to protect the environment from global warming.

Published in Analysis on Jul 28, 2022

July 2022

Wednesday News and Notes

Ryan Quarles, Rand Paul, and a cast of thousands.

Published in News on Jul 27, 2022

July 2022

The proposal

I expected ample flora and fauna photo ops on our road trip to Alaska – and lots of knock-your-socks-off mountain scenery, to boot. I didn’t figure on photographing a marriage proposal.

Published in Feature, Commentary on Jul 27, 2022

July 2022

Task force hears testimony on child care issues, solutions

The Early Childhood Education Task Force heard testimony from multiple organizations on the need for more child care options across the state.

Published in Press Release on Jul 27, 2022

July 2022

A Kentuckian is running for governor of South Carolina

We’ve got a Kentucky native running for governor of another state — Learn more here!

Published in News on Jul 27, 2022

July 2022

Youth to speak on Capitol steps on abortion rights

A trio of young people are organizing a rally at the state Capitol to “demand bodily autonomy for ALL.”

Published in Event on Jul 27, 2022

July 2022

Tonight: Morgan McGarvey on “Colonels of Truth”

Morgan McGarvey, candidate for Congress in Kentucky’s 3rd district, will be on the “Colonels of Truth” live show tonight at 7 pm Eastern.

Published in Event on Jul 27, 2022

July 2022

The housing crisis: public problems, social solutions

We have a housing crisis in this country – and most answers people propose are either inadequate or don’t work at all. Neal Turpin lays out a Big Idea for a solution.

Published in Policy on Jul 27, 2022

July 2022

Rupert Murdoch changes horses

On July 22, Australian media magnate Rupert Murdoch announced that he was changing horses.

Published in Commentary on Jul 26, 2022

July 2022

Whose party has the Kentucky GOP _actually_ aligned with?

SOS Michael Adams was more than happy to proclaim “the birthplace of Lincoln has finally aligned with the party of Lincoln.” But an objective look at the facts puts the lie to Adams’s claim.

Published in Commentary, Analysis on Jul 26, 2022

July 2022

Dems close gap on GOP in midterm poll following Supreme Court’s upending of Roe

The Supreme Court’s decision to end abortion rights protections appears to be helping Democrats’ numbers.

Published in Analysis on Jul 25, 2022

July 2022

Saying they are probably unconstitutional, judge extends ruling blocking two Kentucky laws that would greatly limit abortion

Saying Kentucky laws limiting access to abortion likely violate the state constitution, a Louisville judge has blocked them from taking effect until lawsuits challenging them are over.

Published in News on Jul 25, 2022

July 2022

Monday News and Notes

McConnell censured, Beshear on endorsing Booker, Ball announces run, Heine Bros workers charge unfair labor practices

Published in News on Jul 25, 2022

July 2022

Sold-out women’s conference hears from Beshear, others

The Kentucky Democratic Women held their summer conference at Boone Tavern in Berea last Saturday, and the sold-out audience heard from a variety of Democratic leaders and activists from across the state, including Governor Andy Beshear.

Published in News on Jul 23, 2022

July 2022

Secret Service goes really secret

The claim by the Secret Service that their January 6th text messages were lost due to a standard phone replacement process stinks like a rotten fish on a hot day.

Published in Commentary, Analysis on Jul 22, 2022

July 2022

Amelia Martens on Western Kentucky identity

Amelia Martens, a writer based in Paducah, was Robert's guest this week. She spoke about Western Kentucky identity, including her perspective on the evolving political identity of the region, and what parts of the region inspire her writing. Plus the story of Chad Meredith, and a few Quick Hits.

Published in Media on Jul 21, 2022

July 2022

New laws & Mitch's judicial loss w/guest Conor Halbleib

Aaron, Doug & Kimberly discuss the terrible laws going into effect across our commonwealth, a rare judicial loss by McConnell, and then welcome Conor Halbleib, who is running against Hal Rogers in KY-05.

Published in Media on Jul 21, 2022

July 2022

Wednesday News & Notes

A few stories for the mid-week N&N.

Published in News on Jul 20, 2022

July 2022

47 Repubs voted with the Dems in support of marriage equality – but ours weren’t among them.

A bill protecting marriage equality passed the House, with the help of 47 Republicans who voted for it. Guess who voted against it?

Published in News on Jul 20, 2022

July 2022

You don’t know whom you don’t know

Do you know someone who has had an abortion? Yes, you do – even if you don’t know it.

Published in Commentary on Jul 19, 2022

July 2022

Political prisoner?

Nick Anderson lays out the case of Asim Ghafoor.

Published in Cartoon on Jul 19, 2022

July 2022

Our UAW-made Buick just took us, trouble free, the equivalent of three round trips by air from New York to London, with nearly 1,200 miles to spare

Need more proof – as it were needed – that UAW members make rugged, dependable, smooth-riding vehicles?

Published in Feature on Jul 19, 2022

July 2022

Monday News & Notes

Excerpts and snippets from across the political landscape.

Published in News on Jul 18, 2022

July 2022

In abortion ruling's wake, Senate GOP caucus chair says Ky. must see to adoption and human services, protect jobs in pregnancy

Raque Adams said “It’s important for the legislature to make sure we have adequate resources for adoption care,” and to make sure that human services are funded “so we are helping families and helping women.”

Published in News on Jul 18, 2022

July 2022

Think women should have freedom of travel? These KY Repub reps don’t

Women are traveling to other states to obtain abortions, and some states are considering making that illegal. Our Repub congressmen agree with them.

Published in Commentary on Jul 18, 2022

July 2022

Friday News & Notes

Excerpts and snippets from across the state and national landscape.

Published in News on Jul 15, 2022

July 2022

Kentucky Constable Association challenges constitutionality of new law

The KY Constable Association has filed suit seeking an injunction against enforcement of a new law that blocks recently elected Constables from discharging their duties.

Published in Press Release on Jul 15, 2022

July 2022

Joe Manchin's refusal to support reconciliation tax hikes is predictable and pathetic

In response to Manchin’s torpedoing of the Biden reconciliation package, the Patriotic Millionaires released this statement.

Published in Commentary, Press Release on Jul 15, 2022

July 2022

Our own Brave New World – courtesy of SCOTUS

Books like Brave New World, 1984, and The Handmaid’s Tale all describe dystopian societies. Now, courtesy of SCOTUS, we are seeing the outlines of our own dystopia.

Published in Commentary on Jul 14, 2022

July 2022

Wednesday News & Notes

Political and government news from across the state and nation

Published in News on Jul 13, 2022

July 2022

Judge rules in Beshear’s favor on ethics commission

A bill that removed Governor Beshear’s ability to appoint member of the Ethics Commission was overturned on Monday.

Published in News on Jul 13, 2022

July 2022

Most new laws passed by General Assembly go into effect July 14; here is a rundown on some of them

Most of the 234 bills passed in this year’s KYGA will become effective on Thursday. Here’s a list of some of them.

Published in News on Jul 13, 2022

July 2022

New Democrat survey shows Kentuckians oppose an ‘extreme’ ban on abortions; Beshear remains popular

The Democratic Governors Association announced this week that Kentuckians in a recent public opinion survey overwhelmingly oppose a complete ban on abortion access.

Published in News on Jul 13, 2022

July 2022

Fickle Republican Jesus

Apparently Republican Jesus can’t make up his mind about Trump and Biden. And the signs related to each are confusing too. Ivonne Rovira lays it out for us.

Published in Commentary on Jul 13, 2022

July 2022

McConnell says he has stood with abortion foes from the start

Mitch McConnell, who as Jefferson County judge-executive blocked some proposed restrictions on abortion, said ithat he had always stood with opponents of abortion.

Published in News on Jul 12, 2022

July 2022

Elsmere City Council votes for LGBTQ Fairness Ordinance

Tonight the Elsmere City Council voted 4-1 to approve Kentucky's twenty-fourth Fairness Ordinance, protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination.

Published in on Jul 12, 2022

July 2022

What Putin REALLY wants

Time and again I hear people who should know better say that Russian dictator Vladimir Putin wants to recreate the Soviet Union. Excuse me – his goal is much less modest.

Published in Commentary on Jul 12, 2022

July 2022

Kentucky state govt struck by pro-choice hacktivists

An abortion rights hacktivist group says it launched cyberattacks against Arkansas and Kentucky state governments to protest their bans on abortion.

Published in News on Jul 11, 2022

July 2022

The REAL head of the Republican Party

Every Repub out there will tell you that Trump is the head of the GOP. Ivonne Rovira has another take on it.

Published in Commentary on Jul 7, 2022

July 2022

Abortion and the law of unintended consequences

When you pass laws, you risk unintended consequences. Here are three such consequences that are caused by the outlawing of abortion in Kentucky and nationwide.

Published in Analysis, Commentary on Jul 7, 2022

July 2022

“My granddaughters will have fewer rights than I did”

The decision to end Roe feels like what I would liken to the proverbial nail in the coffin of American democracy and a semblance of civil society.

Published in Commentary on Jul 6, 2022

July 2022

Supreme grudge match

The Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe reveals the whims of a runaway radical court drunk on its newfound power and looking to pay back slights.

Published in Commentary on Jul 6, 2022

July 2022

Fact Check: Abortion, defined as the termination of pregnancy, can be necessary to save a woman’s life

A trending tweet says that there are certain medical conditions for which the only treatment is an abortion. Is this true?

Published in Fact Check on Jul 5, 2022

July 2022

PSC taking comments on utilities’ long-term plans; hearing July 12

Next week, the Kentucky Public Service Commission takes public comments in person on a long-term plan by the state's major utilities.

Published in News on Jul 5, 2022

July 2022

Abortion in KY: Allowed for now, but AG keeps appealing to higher courts

Kentucky’s trigger law is not in effect at the moment, due to a number of court rulings – but AG Cameron is continuing his appeals of those rulings.

Published in News on Jul 5, 2022

July 2022

The GOP: Freedom for me, but not for thee

The Radical Right is always bloviating about freedom, but the battle cry couldn’t be more meaningless. On this 4th of July, let’s see what they really mean when they use the word “freedom.”

Published in Commentary on Jul 4, 2022

July 2022

Abortion: The story of suffering and death behind Ireland’s ban and subsequent legalization

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, the nation may find itself on a path similar to that trodden by the Irish people from 1983 to 2018.

Published in Analysis on Jul 4, 2022

July 2022

A perfect sign juxtaposition

Sometimes putting two signs next to each other points to the actual truth. Berry Craig shows why these two signs belong together.

Published in Commentary on Jul 4, 2022

July 2022

Kentuckians seem convinced that Covid is over, but they're wrong

Almost all in Kentucky appear to believe the pandemic is over and that “herd immunity” has snuffed the virus out. But, right now your chance of dying of Covid-19 with the Omicron variant is greater than it was with the Delta variant.

Published in Analysis on Jul 4, 2022

July 2022

Red flag laws saved 7,300 Americans from gun deaths in 2020 alone – and could have saved 11,400 more

Do red flag laws make a difference? This scholar looked at the numbers, and found that red flag laws definitely make a difference.

Published in Analysis, Policy on Jul 3, 2022

July 2022

Roeing against the KY tide w/ guest Tina Ward-Pugh

Kimberly, Doug and special guest host Nema discuss the Kentucky political fallout from this week's Roe decision by SCOTUS, and then welcome Tina Ward-Pugh, a candidate for Jefferson County Clerk.

Published in Media on Jul 3, 2022

July 2022

Bianca Crockam interview and Dobbs v. Jackson fallout

An interview w/ Bianca Crockam, the Dem candidate for the 9th District: running for office as a Black woman who is a teacher, bringing the Democratic message to Hopkinsville. Also, the Supreme Court ruling which overturned Roe v. Wade, and the fallout that resulted in Kentucky.

Published in Media on Jul 1, 2022

June 2022

Making the First Amendment a bird-cage bottom liner

Most people of faith believe that women should have sovereignty over their bodies, and that abortion is for a woman and her doctor to decide — not six reactionary Supreme Court justices joined by politicians who see opposing abortion as a sure-fire way to score points with their base.

Published in Commentary on Jun 30, 2022

June 2022

Your miscarriage may now be a crime in Kentucky

Do you think KY’s trigger law doesn’t apply to you, because you wouldn’t get an abortion? Think again -- if you are PREGNANT, it could apply to you.

Published in Commentary on Jun 28, 2022

June 2022

Booker at Repro Rights Rally in Pikeville

Senate candidate Charles Booker was in Pikeville yesterday, speaking at a Reproductive Rights Rally. Over 250 persons crowded into the courthouse to rally and to hear Booker speak.

Published in Press Release on Jun 27, 2022

June 2022

The Puritans in black robes

Nobody would be more joyful over the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade than the Puritans of old, the religious bigots who dreamed of making America a conservative Christian theocracy in their image.

Published in Commentary on Jun 26, 2022

June 2022

KDP chair Colmon Elridge on overturning Roe

Kentucky Democratic Party Chair Colmon Elridge released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade:

Published in News, Press Release on Jun 24, 2022

June 2022

KY Dem reactions to SCOTUS ruling

Statements by seemingly every elected official in Kentucky are pouring into the ForwardKY inbox. Here are a few from KY Dems in office.

Published in News on Jun 24, 2022

June 2022

SCOTUS: Moving us closer to Gilead

The Supreme Court is moving us closer to Gilead – led by a woman who believes all women should be subservient to men.

Published in Commentary on Jun 24, 2022

June 2022

Is the KY GOP governor's race OVER?

Doug looks at KY’s school safety efforts (are they really a model?). Then, an ACTUAL Colonel, Pam Stevenson, joins the show for a Q&A. And, Megan Brannon is in the Campaign Corner.

Published in Media on Jun 24, 2022

June 2022

Pam Dossett interview; Trump endorses Daniel Cameron

Robert and Jazmin welcome Pam Dossett, candidate for KY House, to the show. And, they discuss Trump’s endorsement of Daniel Cameron, incl who is the most upset about it, and whether it’s going to matter.

Published in Media on Jun 24, 2022

June 2022

What could happen if Republicans win?

What kind of government might we have if the Republicans win control of both Houses of Congress this Fall, and then win the Presidency in 2024?

Published in Commentary on Jun 24, 2022

June 2022

Yay! Even MORE guns, and more death! Three cheers for SCOTUS!

Another right-wing dream come to pass, courtesy of our right-wing Supreme Court.

Published in Commentary on Jun 23, 2022

June 2022

Quarles gets 52 new endorsements; Cameron gets one – Trump’s

The simmering GOP feud over who gets to run against Andy Beshear next year took another step toward “Boil” over the past few days.

Published in News on Jun 22, 2022

June 2022

The coming War Between the States ... but not what you think

If SCOTUS throws out Roe, get ready for a new War Between the States – the individual states, that is.

Published in Commentary on Jun 22, 2022

June 2022

The Daily Take for Wednesday

The Daily Take for 6/22/22: the gun bill, the January 6 hearings, and testing the flexible paywall.

Published in on Jun 22, 2022

June 2022

Time to indict Donald Trump

There are more hearings, there are more witnesses, there are more facts to put forward. But after watching and absorbing all of this so far, I have only one reaction: It’s time to indict Donald Trump.

Published in Commentary on Jun 21, 2022

June 2022

Time to “Walk and Chew Gum at the Same Time”

The committee investigating the Trump coup attempt is laying out how it happened. David Brooks says they should instead explore WHY it happened. Ken Wolf says, why not both?

Published in Commentary on Jun 20, 2022

June 2022

A coup looking for a legal theory

Trump followed a 7-point plan to try to overturn the 2020 election – in other words, to carry out a coup. And the coup attempt is still happening, and still a threat.

Published in Commentary, Analysis on Jun 20, 2022

June 2022

Democracy is on the line on November 8

If Repubs take the House and Senate this fall, authoritarianism will follow. If they take the White House in 2024, the American experiment will be finished.

Published in Commentary on Jun 17, 2022

June 2022

The Daily Take for Friday

The Daily Take for Friday, 6/17/22. Bruce looks at the Cameron lawsuit, and shares some highlights of the 1/6 hearing on Thursday.

Published in on Jun 17, 2022

June 2022

Will Mitch allow a gun safety deal? w/ guest Savvy Shabazz

Aaron & Kimberly discuss KY politics as seen through a progressive lens, including the news of a bipartisan gun safety deal, and just HOW BAD Rand Paul is on Jan. 6th issues. Then we're joined by kick-ass civil rights organizer, Savvy Shabazz.

Published in Media on Jun 16, 2022

June 2022

The Union Show

An interview w/ TWO guests from KY’s labor movement. Plus, a report that Rocky Adkins may be running for Ag Secretary, and some policing stories.

Published in Media on Jun 16, 2022

June 2022

How to step back from an “irrepressible conflict”

A speaker before the Civil War said the nation was moving toward an “irrepressible conflict.” It seems to be happening again – but Ken Wolf calls for a different approach.

Published in Commentary on Jun 16, 2022

June 2022

The Daily Take for Thursday

The Daily Take for Thursday, 6/16/22 — The union movement; births and abortions; the GOP race for governor.

Published in on Jun 16, 2022

June 2022

Our national pandemic of 'sick individualism'

What the coronavirus has revealed is the power of America’s cult of selfishness.

Published in Commentary on Jun 15, 2022

June 2022

Law enforcement groups voice support for gun safety measures

National law enforcement groups are joining the chorus of Kentuckians calling on the U.S. Senate to pass meaningful gun-safety measures.

Published in News on Jun 15, 2022

June 2022

Mass shootings: From anger to action?

If Peggy Noonan and Dana Milbank can agree that we must act, can our elected leaders as well?

Published in Commentary on Jun 15, 2022

June 2022

The Daily Take for Wednesday

The Daily Take newsletter for 6/15/22. Bruce digs into the current inflation, including its causes and what Biden (and the Repubs) have done about it.

Published in on Jun 15, 2022

June 2022

This ex-Republican just tweeted the best thread to explain the GOP

This is a Twitter thread that deftly explains the underlying philosophy of today’s Republican party.

Published in Commentary on Jun 14, 2022

June 2022

The GOP doesn’t understand 1776

The GOP likes to reference 1776. The problem is, they’re on the wrong side.

Published in Commentary on Jun 14, 2022

June 2022

The January 6th Hearings: Day One

A summary by Kimberly Scott of day one of the January 6th committee public hearings.

Published in News on Jun 10, 2022

June 2022

A Charles Booker brand of politics

Paul Wesslund takes us on a journey through Charles Booker’s new book, and gives us insight into the man, the campaigns, and the change he wants to make in Kentucky politics.

Published in Feature on Jun 10, 2022

June 2022

How a public hearing is different from an investigation – and what that means for the Jan. 6 committee

A scholar of Congressional oversight discusses what the January 6 committee is aiming for in their public hearings that being tonight.

Published in Analysis on Jun 9, 2022

June 2022

Do schools need their own police departments?

The Colonels bring you a quick Kentucky news rundown, then welcome a new installment of Doug Price is Right – tackling the issue of school district police departments, which are popping up in some Kentucky counties.

Published in Media on Jun 9, 2022

June 2022

Lindsey Burke interview and large JCPS update

An interview w/ Lindsey Burke, Dem candidate in the 75th District (Lexington). And, a big JCPS update, incl info about the new student assignment plan, the new contract with teachers, and a lawsuit in Jefferson Circuit Court.

Published in Media on Jun 9, 2022

June 2022

The Daily Take for Thursday

Bruce’s Daily Take for Thursday, 2022-06-09. Discussion of the Jan 6 hearings, and a question about F-bombs.

Published in on Jun 9, 2022

June 2022

If buying a gun were like getting an abortion

Steve Greenberg makes the comparison, and nails it.

Published in Cartoon on Jun 8, 2022

June 2022

“Republicans insist 18-year-olds must be able to buy killing machines.” WTAF?

Sometimes a headline perfectly captures a moment – including a jaw-dropping moment that reflects the insanity of the right’s love affair with guns.

Published in Commentary on Jun 8, 2022

June 2022

Three laws PROVEN to lower gun violence – and five disproven myths

We don’t need to throw up our hands and say “nothing will stop our pandemic of gun violence.” There are three data-driven laws we can pass that are proven to lower the amount of gun violence in our society.

Published in Analysis on Jun 8, 2022

June 2022

“March for Our Lives” this Saturday across Kentucky

“March for Our Lives” marches are schedule for this Saturday in Kentucky and around the nation. Here’s a list, with links to sign up.

Published in Action on Jun 8, 2022

June 2022

Kentuckians under “crippling” financial stress from student loan debt

Kentuckians collectively owe more than $20 million in student loan debt, and a new informal survey sheds light on how hefty student-loan payments affect the lives of borrowers in the Commonwealth.

Published in Analysis on Jun 7, 2022

June 2022

Maddox jumps in, and KDP responds

As expected, state Rep. Savannah Maddox announced she is running for Kentucky governor in 2023, saying she is the “authentic conservative” in the race.

Published in News on Jun 7, 2022

June 2022

The most important article you will read today – “What would an American Fascist Government look like?”

We have an authoritarian movement growing across our country, and if it is not called out and stopped, the United States may still exist, but “America” will be gone.

Published in Commentary, Analysis on Jun 7, 2022

June 2022

Nelson County Dems celebrate their candidates – then dash after dessert

Our publisher, Bruce Maples, attended a “meet the candidates” night put on by the Nelson County Democratic Women’s Club. Here’s his report on the evening – including the desserts!

Published in Feature on Jun 5, 2022

June 2022

Gun violence in America is the definition of insanity

The abortion of an embryo or fetus gets more attention from pro-gun legislators than children being gunned down in a classroom at 10 years old.

Published in Commentary on Jun 3, 2022

June 2022

Robert Kahne looks at the GOP governor field

Three well-known GOP electeds are running for governor in 2023. In this post, Robert goes in-depth on each of them.

Published in on Jun 3, 2022

June 2022

Significant changes at Forward Kentucky

There have been some important changes at ForwardKY. Read here to learn more, and how they affect both our members and our readers.

Published in Meta on Jun 3, 2022

June 2022

Legislative leaders looking ahead to plans for 2023

House Speaker David Osborne, R-Prospect, described some of the work that is already underway.

Published in News on Jun 3, 2022

June 2022

Thursday News & Notes

Snippets and excerpts about politics and government from across the state

Published in News on Jun 2, 2022

June 2022

Separation of church and state protects the Church

Why keep church and state separate? Not only because religion can try to take over the state – but also because the state will corrupt the church.

Published in Commentary on Jun 2, 2022

June 2022

Willie’s back on Colonels of Truth

We kick off Pride Month with KY Teacher of the Year and LGBTQ advocate Willie Carver. Also, a check-in with gun violence survivor and Moms Demand Action member Deana Mullins, on what Moms are working on in the wake of Uvalde.

Published in Media on Jun 2, 2022

June 2022

Chad Aull interview + Savannah Maddox and Friends

This week, Chad Aull visited Robert and Jazmin to talk about his run for Kentucky House in the 79th District in Lexington. Also, Robert talked about Savannah Maddox, who will begin a gubernatorial campaign any day now.

Published in Media on Jun 2, 2022

June 2022

Rand Paul gets more gun money than anyone else in Congress

It can be enlightening to see which Congress-person gets paid by which lobby, and how that affects their actions. Here’s some info in that regard on Rand Paul.

Published in Analysis on Jun 1, 2022

June 2022

Booker releases powerful new ad, that begins with a noose

The Booker campaign is out with a new ad, and it is both painful and powerful. Watch, and then share.

Published in Media on Jun 1, 2022

May 2022

Wombsday

The draft has been leaked. The implications are plain. Today, we await Wombsday.

Published in Analysis, Commentary on May 31, 2022

May 2022

“Thoughts and prayers” – to Moloch

We have now become a society that worships a new Moloch: the gun. And part of that worship is sacrificing our children to it – just as in the Old Testament.

Published in Commentary on May 30, 2022

May 2022

Memorial Day: Remembering soldiers who gave all, came home in flag-draped coffins

Memorial Day is about more than barbecues and an extra day off. Berry Craig reminds us of the real meaning of the day.

Published in Commentary on May 30, 2022

May 2022

Repubs believe you can legislate away evil – but only the evil they care about

Repubs: If we think it’s bad, we’ve got a bill for it. Gun massacres? All we’ve got is thoughts and prayers.”

Published in Commentary on May 30, 2022

May 2022

Are guns now our American legacy?

Is this the legacy our country should be leaving for our future?

Published in Commentary on May 29, 2022

May 2022

Anger – Danger – Anger

Once again we’re hearing the same, tired old reasons we can’t, or shouldn’t, do anything about gun violence. I have no choice but to write about this.

Published in Commentary on May 28, 2022

May 2022

Statements on shootings by KY120 United AFT and by AFT president

Statements from both the Kentucky AFT chapter and the AFT national president

Published in News, Press Release on May 25, 2022

May 2022

Our culture of violence leads to mass shootings

It is time to face the stubborn facts that show we live in a culture of violence largely created by the far-right wing, and supported by Republican Party leaders.

Published in Commentary on May 25, 2022

May 2022

Open government and the Louisville mayoral candidates

As we look at the candidates for Louisville mayor, we need to find out: Where do they stand on open government? One has a questionable record, and one has no record at all.

Published in Commentary on May 24, 2022

May 2022

2022 primary result reactions

Jazmin and Robert react to primary elections across the state including several incumbent legislators losing their seats on both sides of the aisle, major victories for candidates favored in races for mayor in Kentucky's largest cities, and a few other important races.

Published in Media on May 20, 2022

May 2022

Election results & uterine insults

Aaron, Kimberly & special guest Nema break down the primary with some surprising and flat-out shocking results. They also discuss the response to the leaked SCOTUS Roe draft opinion, and other very real threats to reproductive justice in Kentucky.

Published in Media on May 19, 2022

May 2022

Al Cross: As primary voters move GOP farther right, will others follow?

Al Cross notes: What works in Republican primaries will not necessarily work in general elections.

Published in Commentary on May 19, 2022

May 2022

Thursday News & Notes

Headlines from across the political landscape, including one just now breaking via Twitter.

Published in News on May 19, 2022

May 2022

Post-pandemic, KY returns to world-high incarceration rate

After a drop due to the COVID pandemic, new research [https://kypolicy.org/2022-kentucky-general-assembly-passed-more-bills-increasing-incarceration-and-failed-to-make-needed-justice-changes/] found Kentucky is once again crowding more people into jails and prisons. The Bluegrass State has one of the highest incarceration rates in the world, and some experts believe it is a direct result of state

Published in on May 19, 2022

May 2022

KDP: Beshear makes landmark announcement, continues to lead historic economic boom

Governor Andy Beshear announced another landmark achievement on Thursday: the lowest ever unemployment rate in the history of the Commonwealth.

Published in Press Release on May 19, 2022

May 2022

Legislature funds health insurance for Kentuckians who make too much to qualify for Medicaid but too little to buy private coverage

Kentucky is taking advantage of a little-used provision of the ACA to create a health-insurance plan for Kentuckians who make too much to qualify for free Medicaid coverage but not enough to pay for private insurance.

Published in News on May 19, 2022

May 2022

If Roe goes, birth control is likely next

Think the possible overturn of Roe is the end? Think again – it’s just the beginning.

Published in Commentary on May 19, 2022

May 2022

Single-Payer Meeting, News

Various action possibilities from the Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care group. If single payer is an issue you care about, check out these ways to get involved.

Published in Action on May 18, 2022

May 2022

There’s a feedback loop in rural America – and Democrats didn’t cause it

Are Dems guilty of abandoning rural America? Or is something else going on? A researcher shares some possible answers.

Published in Commentary, Analysis on May 18, 2022

May 2022

Paul and the rest of the GOP field: 'too dangerous, too craven, and too extreme'

Berry Craig took President Biden’s statement on the PA primary and modified it just a wee bit to fit Kentucky.

Published in Commentary on May 18, 2022

May 2022

2022 Primary: Winners, losers, drama, and all results

A wrap-up of Kentucky primaries, with tables show all race results.

Published in News, Analysis on May 18, 2022

May 2022

Update on the Witch Hunt

Schadenfreude is terribly sweet, especially when it comes to the GOP, but I didn’t think we’d be able to savor it so soon.

Published in Commentary on May 16, 2022

May 2022

‘Transgender law’ is bad for Kentucky youth

The act is really a pandering to a very small segment of a conservative electorate that is obsessed with sexuality.

Published in Commentary on May 16, 2022

May 2022

Medical MJ, Delta-8, and what happened in Frankfort

The House passed a bill legalizing medial MJ, but it was never heard in the Senate. The Senate passed a bill outlawing Delta-8, but it was never heard in the House. As a result, we all lose.

Published in Analysis, Commentary on May 14, 2022

May 2022

Mapped: The State of Global Democracy in 2022

How healthy is our democracy? How healthy are the WORLD’s democracies? Here are maps showing the state of global democracy. And the U.S. is not the healthiest.

Published in Analysis on May 14, 2022

May 2022

Friday News & Notes

Yay, it’s Friday! But the news never stop, even for the weekend. Here’s the latest News & Notes from across the political landscape.

Published in News on May 13, 2022

May 2022

If elected governor, Daniel Cameron will do even more damage to open government

Daniel Cameron is already the worst AG when it comes to open government. How bad will he be if elected governor?

Published in Commentary on May 13, 2022

May 2022

KDP files ethics complaint against Cameron

The Ethics Commission has ruled multiple times that an AG can’t use his office to target a political opponent. The KDP alleges that Daniel Cameron has done exactly that.

Published in News, Press Release on May 13, 2022

May 2022

VOTING STARTS TODAY – What you need to know

It’s that time! Time to get yourself to the polls and vote for your candidates. Here’s the info YOU need to get it done!

Published in Feature on May 12, 2022

May 2022

How witch hunts always end

The factor that made the Salem witch trials end is at work again in Florida. Ivonne Rovira explains.

Published in Commentary on May 12, 2022

May 2022

Primarily focused on primaries w/ the Colonels of Truth

The latest episode features updates on the primaries, a story about crypto-mining, and a forum of Lexington City Council candidates.

Published in Media on May 12, 2022

May 2022

Interview with Emily Bingham, a primary preview, and Louisville’s budget

Author and historian Emily Bingham talks about her new book on the song “My Old Kentucky Home.” Plus, coverage of primary races, and a look at Louisville’s budget.

Published in Media on May 12, 2022

May 2022

This year’s KYGA justice bills

Do you know about the justice bills passed this year in Frankfort? Jazmin Smith does, and we've got her on MKF to tell us all about them. Join us!

Published in Media on May 12, 2022

May 2022

If personhood begins at conception, what about all those frozen humans?

According to Kentucky’s trigger law, human life begins at conception. If that is so, what do we do about all the frozen humans in Kentucky?

Published in Commentary, Analysis on May 11, 2022

May 2022

Cameron files for gov; KDP responds

In a move that surprised absolutely no one, Attorney General Daniel Cameron has filed a “statement of spending intent” with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance to run for governor in 2023.

Published in News on May 11, 2022

May 2022

Two new features on the site

We’ve just added two new features to our site, and we hope you’ll take advantage of them.

Published in Meta on May 11, 2022

May 2022

Three actions to take now

Here are two actions you can take today that will only cost you a few minutes of your time, and a rally on Saturday that you can attend in person or online. Read and do!

Published in Action on May 11, 2022

May 2022

This is what Republicans want for your daughter.

A look into the future, as envisioned by Republicans.

Published in Commentary, Media on May 10, 2022

May 2022

Tuesday News & Notes

Some snippets and excerpts from across the political landscape, datelined May 10, 2222.

Published in News on May 10, 2022

May 2022

At the Ark Encounter, the image of a ‘wrathful God’ appeals to millions

Two scholars examine the Ark Encounter and the God it represents.

Published in Feature on May 10, 2022

May 2022

Cheers and Jeers: Tuesday

We’ve cross-posted the latest “Cheers and Jeers” from Bill in Portland Maine, including the (satirical) schedule of Justice Alito.

Published in Commentary on May 10, 2022

May 2022

Tell Congress to require two-person freight train crews

Imagine an 18,000 ton train doing 50 MPH through your town – with no humans on board to control it. What could go wrong?

Published in Action on May 10, 2022

May 2022

AARP shares KY voter resources ahead of May 17 primary

Ahead of Kentucky's May 17 primary election, voters need to learn about voting changes, deadlines, how to find their polling place, and the different options for casting their ballot.

Published in News on May 9, 2022

May 2022

Post-Roe, rural women would face more obstacles; retired health director says the issue is about men, women, sex, and control

Rural women will be even more affected by Kentucky’s post-Roe trigger laws. A retired health director explains.

Published in Analysis on May 9, 2022

May 2022

Child tax credit was the hand up many needed

Joe Manchin said people who got the child tax credit would use it to buy drugs. He was wrong. Here’s the facts.

Published in Commentary on May 9, 2022

May 2022

A second report on the BlueGrassRoots conference

Editorial writer Mark Heinz gives his take on the rural conference and on Thomas Frank’s talk.

Published in Commentary on May 9, 2022

May 2022

Democrats DON’T think rural folks are ignorant. So who does?

Do Democrats actually believe rural people are too ignorant to vote for their best interests? Berry Craig digs into that theory.

Published in Commentary on May 9, 2022

May 2022

Kentucky Democrats look to revitalize party

A coalition of KY Democrats held a conference at Rough River Dam State Resort Park to discuss ways of rebuilding and revitalizing their party in rural areas of the state.

Published in News on May 9, 2022

May 2022

Bruce’s list of primaries to watch on May 17

Are you ready for the big race? Not the Derby, silly — the primary election ten days after that! Here are my picks for some primary races to watch.

Published in Analysis on May 6, 2022

May 2022

Elon Musk, you’re wrong – Repubs have moved much more to the right than Dems to the left

Elon Musk has said that Dems have moved left more than Repubs have moved right. He’s wrong – and here’s the actual data.

Published in Fact Check on May 4, 2022

May 2022

New union rallies at Murray State

About 30 people rallied with the new United Campus Workers of Kentucky union at Murray State University Monday afternoon.

Published in News on May 4, 2022

May 2022

Wednesday News & Notes

KY political news snippets from across the state

Published in News on May 4, 2022

May 2022

“It’s the economy, stupid.”

In the midst of all the Democratic gloom-and-doom, could there be a glimmer of hope on the horizon?

Published in Commentary on May 4, 2022

May 2022

Advice for Progressive Menfolk

Eight pieces of advice for progressive men on how to react, and not to react, to the leaked SCOTUS draft on abortion.

Published in Commentary on May 4, 2022

May 2022

Forward Kentucky releases legislator scorecard

The news and commentary site Forward Kentucky has released its annual Legislator Scorecard, scoring each legislator on 51 bills that the site took a position on.

Published in Press Release on May 4, 2022

May 2022

Mitch on the leaked SCOTUS doc

Senator Mitch McConnell had this response to the leak of the Supreme Court draft decision. Nick Anderson responds to Mitch’s response.

Published in Cartoon on May 3, 2022

May 2022

Beshear most popular Dem governor, 12th overall

In a poll taken by Morning Consult, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear is the most popular Democratic governor in the United States, with an approval rating of 59%. He is also the 12th governor in the list overall, just barely behind Mike DeWine of Ohio at 60%.

Published in News on May 3, 2022

May 2022

Leaked SCOTUS doc on abortion: Reactions and updates

After Politico published the leaked draft of the Supreme Court decision on Roe v Wade, there were reactions all across the political world. In addition, there have been some new developments today, which we will list first.

Published in News on May 3, 2022

May 2022

Quarles declares for gov; KDP responds

Ag Commissioner Ryan Quarles finally made it official: he is running for governor in 2023. And the KDP had something to say about it.

Published in News on May 3, 2022

May 2022

Leaked draft of Supreme Court opinion shows justices have voted to overturn Roe v. Wade

A shocking leak of a draft opinion by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Monday night shows that, as widely expected, the court will overturn Roe v. Wade.

Published in News on May 3, 2022

May 2022

Living the dream ... or living IN a dream

Both Democrats and Republicans are living in a dream world of their own making. It is time to wake up, before it is too late.

Published in Commentary on May 2, 2022

May 2022

Beshear and the Dems are making a difference for rural Kyians

“Gov. Beshear and our party are doing even more for rural Kentucky than President Biden and the Dems in Washington are doing for rural America – and that’s a lot,” said Kenny Fogle, the deputy political director of the KDP.

Published in Feature on May 2, 2022

April 2022

Talking accountability w/ guest-host Jeni – and a check-in w/ Bruce Maples

Aaron, Kimberly, and first-time guest-host Jeni (KY 120 United) cover our embarrassing Senators & how we can create some legislative accountability with guest, Bruce Maples, publisher of Forward Kentucky.

Published in Media on Apr 29, 2022

April 2022

Rep. Pamela Stevenson interview, checking in w/ Bruce Maples, KREF update, and more

An interview w/ Col. Pam Stevenson, the state rep for H-43, about serving in the lege. Also, Bruce Maples on new stuff at ForwardKY, the recent KREF report, and more.

Published in Media on Apr 29, 2022

April 2022

“Houston, we have a problem”

Just like the Apollo 13 mission, where Jim Lovell famously said “Houston, we have a problem,” the Democratic Party has finally realized they need to fix their standing with the working and middle classes.

Published in Commentary on Apr 28, 2022

April 2022

Dear Repubs – Here’s the perfect book to go along with SB 1

Dear Repubs – We’ve got the PERFECT book to go along with your “how to teach history” guidance in SB 1. Take a look; you may want to order some reprints!

Published in Commentary on Apr 28, 2022

April 2022

New poll reveals GOP voters are actually pretty cool with racist, homophobic, antisemitic candidates

Ever wonder why there are so many racist, homophobic, antisemitic, and transphobic GOP candidates?

Published in Commentary on Apr 28, 2022

April 2022

Tuesday News & Notes

Political news from across the Commonwealth and beyond

Published in News on Apr 26, 2022

April 2022

Madison County library director speaks on SB 167 and book banning

“Public libraries seek to represent everyone, are agenda free, and should remain apolitical.”

Published in Feature on Apr 26, 2022

April 2022

Beshear to see if he can take executive action on medical marijuana in Kentucky

Saying he was frustrated with the General Assembly’s inaction on medical marijuana, Gov. Andy Beshear outlined a four-step strategy his administration will implement to determine what steps it can take on the subject.

Published in on Apr 26, 2022

April 2022

The dystopian future is now

Welcome to 2022 Kentucky, where our Repub lege has made it so that abortions are illegal, guns are in the hands of anyone who wants one, publicly funded private schools will be allowed to suck the life out of rural public schools, and public school teachers are a dying breed.

Published in Feature on Apr 23, 2022

April 2022

Democrats – Talk like this. Message like this.

A Michigan state senator gave a firm and clear floor speech that has gone viral. We Democrats need to learn to be this firm and clear in our own messaging. Watch and learn.

Published in Media on Apr 21, 2022

April 2022

Federal court temporarily blocks implementation of new abortion law

Today, a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order blocking the implementation of Kentucky’s newest anti-abortion law.

Published in News on Apr 21, 2022

April 2022

Members wanted for KDP's Labor Council

The Kentucky Democratic Party and Bluegrass State unions are traveling the same rocky road, according to Kenny Fogle, KDP deputy political director. “We’ve got a long way to go,” he added. “But the only way we’re going to get there is to do it together.”

Published in News on Apr 21, 2022

April 2022

General Assembly writes the script for the upcoming governor’s race

The end of this year’s KYGA session marks the start of next year’s race for governor. Beshear still has no strong Repub opponent, but he will, and the lege helped write the campaign plan for whomever that will be.

Published in Commentary on Apr 21, 2022

April 2022

Thursday News & Notes

UK union marches across campus; Cameron petitions judge on abortion bill; the war on Louisville; DNC bans anti-union consultants; Starbucks wages

Published in News on Apr 21, 2022

April 2022

Coalition calls on Gov. Beshear to honor Second Chance Month by vetoing SB 163

Several organizations and individuals with direct experience with the criminal legal system called on Governor Andy Beshear to veto Senate Bill (SB) 163, which limits educational opportunities for incarcerated individuals.

Published in News, Press Release on Apr 21, 2022

April 2022

Beshear vetoes bill over parking spaces

We now have the first Beshear veto of the post-session period. And what is it about? Parking spaces.

Published in News on Apr 21, 2022

April 2022

Beshear signs 14 more bills recently passed by KYGA

On Wednesday, Gov. Andy Beshear signed into law 14 pieces of legislation recently passed by the General Assembly. Here’s the list.

Published in on Apr 21, 2022

April 2022

Laugh or cry, either way it’s Sine Die w/ Sen. Reggie Thomas

How the KY General Assembly is jeopardizing utility ratepayers; an effort to RANK the worst of the KYGA, and then long-time friend of the show, State Senator Reggie Thomas for his breakdown of the GA.

Published in Media on Apr 21, 2022

April 2022

Robert LeVertis Bell interview + legislature Sine Die

An interview with Bell, a Democratic Socialist running in House 43. And, with the lege finally done, Robert and Jazmin spoke about the inevitable barrage of lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the new laws.

Published in Media on Apr 21, 2022

April 2022

Mitch McConnell’s mockery and hypocrisy

“If there were a ‘Hall of Fame for Hypocrisy,’ Mitch McConnell would be a first-ballot inductee.”

Published in Commentary on Apr 20, 2022

April 2022

Nine good bills that came out of this year’s KYGA session

Yesterday I laid out 14 really bad bills passed by the General Assembly in this year’s session. In that article, I promised to also point out some good bills that passed this year. Here is that list.

Published in Commentary on Apr 19, 2022

April 2022

Pam Stevenson, a “force of nature” in the KY House

Col. Pam Stevenson, running for her second term in the state House, talked about why she ran the first time, what she has learned, and why she is running again. Her passion for democracy and her commitment to serving all people are truly inspiring.

Published in Media on Apr 19, 2022

April 2022

Saying the quiet part out loud — Sedition Edition

Sometimes they inadvertently give away the lie by saying the quiet part out loud.

Published in Commentary on Apr 19, 2022

April 2022

The 14 worst bills to come out of this year’s KYGA session

In this year’s General Assembly, there were some good bills and some bad ones. And yet, there were some that stood out as being not only bad, but terrible, destructive, short-sighted, or downright mean. Here are the 14 bills that earn the dubious honor of Worst Bills of the 2022 Session.

Published in Commentary on Apr 18, 2022

April 2022

Report: 67% of KY streams, rivers impaired 50 years After Clean Water Act

If you look at three streams in Kentucky, two of them will be unusable for any purpose, including fishing or swimming.

Published in News on Apr 18, 2022

April 2022

Growing inequality is “ripping the country apart” – but the Patriotic Millionaires have a solution

A group of multi-millionaires has written a book, and are you ready for the title? “TAX THE RICH!” Yep, and we’ve got the interview to prove it.

Published in Media on Apr 18, 2022

April 2022

Judge temporarily blocks new laws weakening governor's power

Two of the many bills passed by the legislature to limit the governor’s powers were halted by a ruling issued by Franklin Circuit Judge Wingate.

Published in News on Apr 18, 2022

April 2022

FLASH SALE!

It’s a Flash Sale! Two weeks long, one-third off ... get it now before it’s gone!

Published in Meta on Apr 17, 2022

April 2022

Repubs attack Taylor jurors, but let buddy off the hook

Sometimes, the actions of politicians are so partisan and so MEAN that you just shake your head. We interview attorney Anna Whites about just such a situation.

Published in Media on Apr 14, 2022

April 2022

News & notes for 4/14

Various stories, snippets, and excerpts for Thursday, 4/14/22.

Published in News on Apr 14, 2022

April 2022

Lege overrides ALL Beshear’s vetoes – except three

As expected, the lege overrode all of Beshear’s vetoes – except for three. We’ve got the list of overrides, and the three that stood.

Published in News on Apr 14, 2022

April 2022

Another boot to the Commonwealth w/guest Angela Evans

Aaron, Kimberly and Doug anoint a new worst politico of the moment; we've got Jason Bailey from the KY Center for Economic Policy in the Campaign Corner; and then we close with an interview with Fayette County Attorney candidate, Angela Evans.

Published in Media on Apr 14, 2022

April 2022

All the session’s vetoes

Robert flies solo today and explains all of the Governor's vetoes since last Wednesday. There were a lot! Plus, a quick hit about a big battery project in Warren County.

Published in Media on Apr 14, 2022

April 2022

Senate candidate Charles Booker condemns passage of HB 3

Former state representative Charles Booker, running for U.S. Senate, today condemned the passage of HB 3, which completely outlaws abortion in Kentucky.

Published in Press Release on Apr 13, 2022

April 2022

KYGA overrides HB 3 veto; Planned Parenthood and ACLU to sue

As soon as the governor’s veto of HB 3, the anti-abortion bill, was overridden by the legislature, Planned Parenthood announced they are suing.

Published in Press Release, News on Apr 13, 2022

April 2022

Fix SB 1: Don’t Make Teaching A Crime

SB 1 has a number of issues – but did you know that a teacher that unknowingly violates it could be charged with a crime? The Prichard Committee tells why.

Published in Commentary on Apr 13, 2022

April 2022

Report finds ‘alarming spike’ in book bans at U.S. schools

Over 1,500 book bans across schools in 26 states, a rapid expansion of the practice in U.S. schools.

Published in News on Apr 12, 2022

April 2022

Impeachment plaintiffs suing Ky House over unfair costs

Impeachments cost money. But the KY House forgave the costs for the Repub, while still charging the other plaintiffs. Now they are suing.

Published in News on Apr 12, 2022

April 2022

Judge Lape denies Sec. of State Adams’ petition to dismiss Dusing ballot lawsuit; order will be appealed

Adams wanted the court to dismiss a lawsuit against a candidate. The judge said no, the case can move forward.

Published in News on Apr 12, 2022

April 2022

4/12/22 Action Alert

Bills to call about today!

Published in Action on Apr 12, 2022

April 2022

Veto Series 7: No guns in court, no expensive pension consultants

More vetoes: no concealed weapons in courts, and no expensive consultants for the pension systems.

Published in News on Apr 11, 2022

April 2022

An interview with Tom Fitzgerald

There are iconic people in public service, and one such person is Tom Fitzgerald, the long-time leader of the Kentucky Resources Council. In this interview, we asked how KRC came to be, what were the best and worst bills he saw in his time ... and about the shoes!

Published in Media on Apr 11, 2022

April 2022

Did you know this about trans athletes in Kentucky?

Lots of talk these days by Repubs about “protecting our female student athletes.” It’s a useful talking point for them – but it ignores the facts. Take a look.

Published in Commentary on Apr 11, 2022

April 2022

April 9, 1865

Heather Cox Richardson draws a universal truth out of what happened on this day.

Published in Feature on Apr 10, 2022

April 2022

Veto before you Go Go w/Amy McGrath

Aaron and Nate point out a couple of bills sitting on the Governor’s desk that we’re hoping to see him use his veto pen on; then, we’re very excited to share Aaron's interview with Amy McGrath.

Published in Media on Apr 9, 2022

April 2022

Sarah Stalker interview, vetoes, public defenders win at SCOKY, and a session wrap-up

This week, Sarah Stalker joined us to talk about her run for the Democratic nomination in the 34th House District in East Central Louisville. She told us why she was running, about her experience with the foster care system, and how she hopes to advocate for her priorities in Frankfort.

Published in Media on Apr 9, 2022

April 2022

In a ‘best of us’ moment, Tom Cotton shows the worst of us

On the anniversary of MKL’s assassination, and even at Justice Brown was being confirmed, Tom Cotton decided to instead take the slime road.

Published in Commentary on Apr 9, 2022

April 2022

Veto Series 6: HB 3, the anti-abortion bill

HB 3, this session’s anti-abortion bill, was vetoed by the governor on Friday. Governor Beshear’s veto message goes to the heart of the issue right up front:

Published in News on Apr 9, 2022

April 2022

The Veto Series – an index

A series of article listing all of Governor Beshear’s vetoes, with explanation and some of the veto language.

Published in News on Apr 8, 2022

April 2022

Veto Series 5: Eight more vetoes

More vetoes filed on Friday.

Published in News on Apr 8, 2022

April 2022

Veto Series 4: HB 7, the attack on the safety net

Even though this bill was improved by incorporating feedback from some advocates, it is still a bad bill that harms thousands of Kentuckians, all in the name of “reducing fraud.” As more than one person has said, why harm everyone in the system for the acts of a few?

Published in News on Apr 8, 2022

April 2022

Veto Series 3: HB 8, the “let’s blow a hole in the budget” bill

As expected, the governor vetoed the “let’s be like Kansas” bill. Not expected was the tack of tossing the new taxes back into the face of the legislators.

Published in News on Apr 8, 2022

April 2022

Veto Series 2: HB 9, the charter school funding bill

Governor Beshear has vetoed HB 9, the charter school funding bill. However, due to the closeness of the original vote on this bill, this veto actually has a chance of standing.

Published in News on Apr 8, 2022

April 2022

Veto Series 1: Here are all the vetoes so far

Can’t keep up with the vetoes coming out of the governor’s office? We’ve got you covered with list of the ones over the past week or so, along with why he vetoed them.

Published in News on Apr 7, 2022

April 2022

A sailor finally comes home

Hal Jake Allison left Paducah for the Navy in 1939. He’s coming home Friday for burial in the city’s Maplelawn Park Cemetery.

Published in Feature on Apr 7, 2022

April 2022

Wondering why I use “lege” and “leges”? Here’s the reason.

You may wonder why I use the words “lege” and “leges” in my writing. I’ll tell you.

Published in Meta on Apr 7, 2022

April 2022

Why I stopped shopping at Starbucks

I am a BIG coffee drinker. And a long-time patron of Starbucks stores. But no more. Here’s why.

Published in Commentary on Apr 6, 2022

April 2022

Massie votes _against_ supporting NATO

It’s a simple resolution stating the U.S.’s support of NATO. And yet, Thomas Massie votes against it. Whose side are you on, Mr. Massie?

Published in Commentary on Apr 6, 2022

April 2022

Here’s how to keep that gender discussion out of your school

Are you a teacher that is worried about getting into trouble with the gender police? Here’s letter template you can send to your students’ parents about it. Problem solved!

Published in Commentary on Apr 5, 2022

April 2022

Democrats can’t be sissies

Being a Democrat in Kentucky takes courage; it requires us to live our values; and it means calling out the crazy from some on the right. You can’t be a sissie and be a Dem in Kentucky.

Published in Commentary on Apr 5, 2022

April 2022

What’s wrong with this picture?

Once again, the legislature has done redistricting in a way that does not pass the smell test. Why do they keep doing this?

Published in Commentary on Apr 5, 2022

April 2022

Some bills that are still (barely) alive, and others that are dead

As we head into the veto period, there are some bills that are dead for this session, and some that at still hanging on. Here’s a list so you can follow along on April 13-14.

Published in News on Apr 5, 2022

April 2022

Clouds and Silver Linings

We have had much ill wind and cloudy days recently, in both our weather and in our politics. Can we see some silver linings in our political clouds?

Published in Commentary on Apr 4, 2022

April 2022

A Republican lexicon

Many people are confused by the Right’s vocabulary. They use the same words we do, but in ways that make no sense. How can that be? Because, like Humpty Dumpty in Alice in Wonderland, words mean whatever they want them to.

Published in Commentary on Apr 4, 2022

April 2022

The ethnic entrepreneurs of today’s GOP

“Ethnic entrepreneur” might sound like a successful minority businessperson. But It’s not; it means “instigators of racial conflict.” And some of the GOP are taking up the practice.

Published in Commentary on Apr 3, 2022

April 2022

Kentucky legislature does a lot of big things without a lot of scrutiny

Transparency – down. Secrecy – up. Reporters to ask questions and bring things to light – few. That’s how our legislature is working now.

Published in Commentary on Apr 3, 2022

April 2022

History by legislative decree

Students in my classroom recognize that Social Studies is more about knowing the questions than knowing the answers. Yet some legislators think they have all the answers and want to impose them by legislative decree.

Published in Commentary on Apr 3, 2022

April 2022

Gov. Beshear takes action on nine pieces of legislation

A press release outlining the six bills Governor Beshear signed into law and the three bills he vetoed.

Published in on Apr 3, 2022

March 2022

What money can’t buy

We’re applying market values and principles to spheres of our lives where they don’t belong. Ken Wolf points out what happens when we put money first.

Published in Commentary on Mar 31, 2022

March 2022

McGarvey posts first TV ad

State Sen. Morgan McGarvey, running to take John Yarmuth’s place in Congress, has released his first television & social media ad. You can see it here.

Published in Media on Mar 30, 2022

March 2022

Budget agreement falls short of meeting Kentucky's present and future needs

An overview analysis of the budget by the KY Center for Economic Policy

Published in Analysis on Mar 30, 2022

March 2022

Dystopian Tuesday

As we came to the end of the legislative session, we hoped that the really bad bills would die before being heard. Those hopes were dashed on Tuesday.

Published in Commentary on Mar 30, 2022

March 2022

New version of HB 8 will have deeply harmful impact

HB 8, the “let’s cut income taxes” bill, will leave a massive hole in future budgets long after the current temporary surplus is gone. Then what? Budget cuts!

Published in Analysis on Mar 29, 2022

March 2022

Given my experience of charter schools in Texas, they are not the answer for Kentucky

Charter schools are still a theory in Kentucky, but they are a reality in Texas. A superintendent who moved here from Texas tells what charters are REALLY like.

Published in Commentary, Analysis on Mar 29, 2022

March 2022

The GOP's social Darwinist juggernaut keeps rolling with HB 4

The GOP in Frankfort: “If we cut benefits, and make it harder to get them, it will make those lazy people get back to work -- even at the low wages we pay.”

Published in on Mar 29, 2022

March 2022

Anti-Confederate billboard urges removal of racist monument from the Owensboro-Daviess County courthouse lawn

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has raised a billboard in support of the removal of the Confederate memorial in Owensboro.

Published in Press Release, News on Mar 29, 2022

March 2022

Bill allows officials to avoid in-person meetings even after COVID is gone

It says it is an “act relating to open meetings” – but it’s actually more about avoiding open meetings.

Published in Commentary on Mar 29, 2022

March 2022

Mary Lou Marzian, gerrymandered by Repubs, withdraws from running

A 28-year incumbent in the Kentucky House, who was targeted by the Republican redistricting committee, has withdrawn her candidacy for the 2022 election.

Published in News, Press Release on Mar 29, 2022

March 2022

KY120 United-AFT files ethics complaint against Rep. Kim Banta

The group accuses Rep Banta of benefiting financially from a vote on the charter school bill.

Published in Press Release, News on Mar 28, 2022

March 2022

KY Youth Advocates speaks out on “wrong-headed” SB 318

We call upon lawmakers to work with key stakeholders on meaningful efforts to prevent youth violence – and to reject HB 318 for its blatant political pandering rather than solution seeking.

Published in Commentary on Mar 28, 2022

March 2022

More charter bill badness; time to make those calls!

Using last-minute tactics and vote swapping, the Repubs in Frankfort are about to fund charter schools. Here’s why that is bad, and why you should call your leges!

Published in Action, Commentary on Mar 24, 2022

March 2022

Want to make a bad bill worse? Stuff another bad bill into it!

“Hey, I know! Let’s take Wise’s anti-CRT bill and stuff it into the anti-SBDM bill! A bad bill two-fer!”

Published in Commentary on Mar 24, 2022

March 2022

Jenkins: HB 9 is a Republican donor pleaser

“The GOP majority had to change the House rules to ram through a charter school bill and appease their special interest donors from outside the Commonwealth.”

Published in Commentary on Mar 24, 2022

March 2022

Rep. Berg blasts anti-abortion bill; video goes viral

Dr. Karen Berg delivers the truth about an anti-abortion bill in the legislature to the men on the committee. Powerful words that went viral.

Published in Media, News on Mar 22, 2022

March 2022

‘Worst Politico of the Moment’ – plus guest Virginia Woodward, LDP Chair

On this week’s show: the “Worst Politico of the Moment.” Then, an interview with Virginia Woodward, chair of the Louisville Democratic Party.

Published in Media on Mar 20, 2022

March 2022

Rep. Tina Bojanowski on HB9 & more

This week, Rep. Tina Bojanowski joined us to talk about HB 9, the bill which would fund charter schools. It's a bill with *a lot* of problems, and she laid them bare in this extensive conversation.

Published in Media on Mar 20, 2022

March 2022

Kentucky senator wants to spend $50 million to welcome Ukrainian refugees

Through Senate Bill 1995, state Sen. Chris McDaniel wants that funding to go to the Kentucky Office of Refugees. The agency would then use that money to provide $10,000 grants to families leaving war-torn areas.

Published in News on Mar 19, 2022

March 2022

Community Health Worker bill gains traction

Kentucky lawmakers are considering a bill (HB 525) to allow Medicaid to reimburse certified Community Health Workers (CHWs). Supporters said it would help reverse the trend of health care workers leaving the profession in the stress of the pandemic.

Published in News on Mar 19, 2022

March 2022

Here’s the latest major stories out of the General Assembly

It’s Friday afternoon, and the leges have cleared out of Frankfort after their last convening of the week. But, the impact of their bills, good or bad, will be around for a while. Here’s a rundown of some of the more impactful bills of the week.

Published in News on Mar 18, 2022

March 2022

House gives approval to sports and fantasy wagering, banning ‘gray machines’

Two bills dealing with gambling in Kentucky were passed by the House on Friday, one that would legalize sports and fantasy wagering, and another that would ban so-called “gray machines” in stores.

Published in News on Mar 18, 2022

March 2022

Sending missionaries to MAGAs

Brian Clardy, devout Democrat, proposes that the Kentucky Democratic party dispatch missionaries to the land of the white folks in the red MAGA hats.

Published in Commentary on Mar 18, 2022

March 2022

Will we “shift and shaft”—just like Kansas did?

We are about to see a financial disaster in Kentucky. Why can’t our Repub legislators learn from the failed “Kansas Tax Experiment”?

Published in Analysis, Commentary on Mar 18, 2022

March 2022

Kenton County Dems call out Sen. McDaniel

When the Repubs voted to end the COVID emergency, they eliminated $50 million in food stamps. And yet, some of them have no problem taking benefits for themselves.

Published in Press Release on Mar 17, 2022

March 2022

This legislative session threatens to lower the quality of life in the Commonwealth

If the lege pairs attacks on our safety net with bills that shovel money to rich corporate interests, it will lower our quality of life. Far from being “business friendly,” these bills would make Kentucky a worse place to live, raise a family, have a job.

Published in Analysis, Commentary on Mar 17, 2022

March 2022

Sunshine Week 2022: A time to highlight the importance of open government work

It’s Sunshine Week! Time to celebrate transparency in government. Do you know where your open records are?

Published in Commentary on Mar 16, 2022

March 2022

KY Senate passes yet another 15-week abortion ban

A press release from Planned Parenthood regarding the passage of SB 321, the bill limiting abortions to 15 weeks.

Published in Press Release on Mar 16, 2022

March 2022

Beshear vetoes bill ending COVID emergency that also costs state $50 million in SNAP benefits

Leges were warned that SJR 150 would cost the state money, but they passed it anyway. Today, Governor Beshear vetoed the bill, and asked Repubs to let the veto stand.

Published in News on Mar 16, 2022

March 2022

Gambling bills make it out of committee

In a process that took only 16 days, four bills dealing with legalized gambling went from filed to passed by a committee in the Kentucky House. Here are the bills.

Published in News on Mar 16, 2022

March 2022

Twenty good bills that are on the move

Just as there are bad bills we want to see die, there are good bills we want to pass. Here are 20 good bills that are on the move and could actually be enacted.

Published in Analysis, Commentary on Mar 16, 2022

March 2022

These 13 bad bills are still on the move

As close in on the end of this year’s General Assembly, there are a number of really bad bills that could still pass. Here are 13 of them that you should know about.

Published in Analysis, Commentary on Mar 15, 2022

March 2022

Tuesday EVENT in Frankfort: Stop SB 138

Multiple groups are holding a Frankfort press conference on Tuesday morning to call on the House to stop SB 138. Here’s the details.

Published in Press Release, Event on Mar 14, 2022

March 2022

Straub: It’s not the economy any more

“There are two issues in Kentucky: gun control and abortion,” said veteran journalist Bill Straub. “Economic issues aren’t going to get it done [for Democrats] in Kentucky.”

Published in Analysis on Mar 14, 2022

March 2022

A brief history of ‘America First’ – then, and now

Trump and his minions keep using the phrase “America First.” Do they know where it came from? Do YOU? Ivonne Rovira shows that the movement hasn’t really changed.

Published in Commentary on Mar 13, 2022

March 2022

Medical marijuana appears to have more traction than ever in KY

Kentucky looks closer than ever to joining the 37 states that allow prescriptions for marijuana, or cannabis.

Published in News on Mar 13, 2022

March 2022

When it comes to masks, the claim that they do nothing is entirely false

Clay Travis says masks don’t work. Guess what: he’s wrong. Here’s a Fact Check on that claim.

Published in Fact Check on Mar 11, 2022

March 2022

KY 120 updates us on HB 9, the charter-school bill

KY 120 United - AFT brings back their “120 Rundown” to cover House Bill 9, the charter school funding bill currently making its way through the General Assembly.

Published in Analysis, Explainer, Commentary on Mar 10, 2022

March 2022

‘Where the rubber hits the road’ – KYA’s statement on the Senate budget

The director of KY Youth Advocates weighs in on what is good for kids in the Senate bill – and what is still missing.

Published in Analysis on Mar 10, 2022

March 2022

Labor steps up to the plate to help communities

Think “solidarity,” that old union byword, is just an empty phrase these days? Think again.

Published in Feature on Mar 10, 2022

March 2022

Statement: Senate budget cuts education funding even further

Jason Bailey of the KY Center for Economic Policy weighs in on the Senate version of the state’s budget.

Published in Analysis on Mar 10, 2022

March 2022

The New Illiterates

In the US, we now have the New Illiterates: no familiarity with actual contents of the banned books, and no concern to examine them objectively. And THESE are the people who want to ban books.

Published in Commentary on Mar 10, 2022

March 2022

Beware! Those “tax cuts” will wind up cutting YOU

Are you excited about the Repub tax cuts? Better watch out – the massive damage to our state’s budget is going to come back to haunt everyone ... including YOU.

Published in Analysis, Commentary on Mar 10, 2022

March 2022

Quiz: Is it from Russia or the American Right?

Okay, class, today we have a current events quiz. Which of these quotes came from someone in Russia, and which ones came from someone on the American Right? Got your pencils? Ready, set, go!

Published in Cartoon on Mar 9, 2022

March 2022

Bad Bill ➡ Cutting the safety net in HB 7 is sweeping, costly, takes away food and healthcare

House Bill 7 is another attack on Kentucky’s safety net. This one, though, is even worse. Learn why.

Published in Analysis on Mar 9, 2022

March 2022

Senate approves bill to replace board at Kentucky State

On Tuesday, the Kentucky Senate approved a bill asking Governor Beshear to replace the Board of Regents at KSU.

Published in News on Mar 8, 2022

March 2022

Twenty-two years later, antisemitism still lives in the legislature

Twenty-two years ago, a state rep was “seriously lacking in understanding any faith other than Christianity.” Apparently, things haven’t changed much.

Published in Commentary on Mar 8, 2022

March 2022

SURJ endorses Attica Scott for Congress

Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) has endorsed state Rep. Attica Scott in the Democratic primary for Kentucky’s 3rd Congressional District.

Published in News on Mar 7, 2022

March 2022

An interview with Hank Linderman

In this week's Moving Kentucky Forward, we talk with Hank Linderman, Congressional candidate in KY's 2nd district. It was a wide-ranging conversation, and one I think you will really enjoy.

Published in Media on Mar 6, 2022

March 2022

GOP antisemitism in Frankfort

Anti-Semitism rears its ugly head again, this time in a debate about abortion. Berry Craig says its time for those GOPers to get their facts straight – including about Giftgaz.

Published in Commentary on Mar 5, 2022

March 2022

State AFL-CIO backs Booker, McGarvey

The Kentucky State AFL-CIO unanimously endorsed former state representative Charles Booker for the U.S. Senate and state Senate Minority Leader Morgan McGarvey for Congress in the Third District.

Published in News on Mar 4, 2022

March 2022

News & Notes for Friday, 3/4/22

Snippets of political and govt news from across the Bluegrass.

Published in News on Mar 4, 2022

March 2022

KCEP: HB 8 would blow massive and growing hole in state budget

HB 8, the so-called “tax cut” bill, will force painful, permanent cuts to our schools, health care, infrastructure, and other investments in our people.

Published in Commentary on Mar 4, 2022

March 2022

So now the KY GOP is going after ... libraries?!?

There are bills that you just expect to be filed each year: antiabortion bills; gun bills; tax breaks for the wealthy. I never thought I would see a bill attacking public libraries. But here we are.

Published in Commentary on Mar 3, 2022

March 2022

A super majority war on abortion and the poor

A look at Kentucky political news of the day, including horrible bills the GOP are forcing through Frankfort: an omnibus anti-abortion bill and an effort to end the state income tax.

Published in Media on Mar 3, 2022

March 2022

A new tax structure, charter school funding, and is sports betting coming to Kentucky?

This show is all about bills: a bill which would make significant changes to Kentucky's tax system, a bill to fund charter schools, several sports betting bills, bills about bail, and lots more.

Published in Media on Mar 3, 2022

March 2022

Election bills advance out of committee

A bill dealing with the practice known as vote-hauling, as well as one addressing absentee balloting, were both approved by a House committee on Thursday.

Published in News on Mar 3, 2022

March 2022

ACLU statement on passage of anti-abortion bill HB 3

House Bill 3 is designed to push a safe and effective method of abortion care out of reach, shame and ostracize patients, and make the process of seeking and providing abortion care so difficult that patients will forgo care and providers will close their doors.

Published in Press Release on Mar 2, 2022

March 2022

House passes omnibus anti-abortion bill

The Kentucky House today passed HB 3, an anti-abortion bill, on a party-line vote. The vote took place after two hours of debate, and after numerous floor amendments were defeated, including one that would have made exceptions for rape and incest.

Published in News on Mar 2, 2022

March 2022

News & Notes for 3/2/22

Political news and notes from across the Commonwealth.

Published in News on Mar 2, 2022

February 2022

House Speaker, Minority Floor Leader condemn anti-Semitic email received by lawmakers

Legislators received an anti-Semitic email on Friday. Today, the two leaders in the House spoke out about it.

Published in News, Press Release on Feb 28, 2022

February 2022

An update from Plaintiff Rovira

These anti-CRT bills violate my religious freedom. So, I’m suing.

Published in Commentary on Feb 28, 2022

February 2022

HB4 will cost the state $13 million to take unemployment assistance away from jobless Kentuckians

House Bill 4, a plan to severely cut the number of available weeks of unemployment insurance and make it harder to keep benefits, would cost the state $13 million to implement.

Published in Analysis on Feb 28, 2022

February 2022

News & Notes for 2/28/22

Political news & notes from across the state and the nation.

Published in News on Feb 28, 2022

February 2022

Proposed bill would increase contraceptive access among rural women

House Bill 300 would require insurance coverage of all FDA-approved contraceptive methods, with no cost-sharing and without the requirement for a prescription.

Published in News on Feb 28, 2022

February 2022

102 KY counties should still wear masks indoors

The CDC has relaxed its guidance for wearing masks to thwart the pandemic, but says risks in KY are so high that people in all but 18 counties should continue to wear masks in indoor public spaces.

Published in News on Feb 28, 2022

February 2022

Vlad the Invader and Trump the Chump

If you’re Putin, why attack Ukraine during Trump’s term, when Trump is doing all he can to pave the way for a future invasiion?

Published in Commentary on Feb 26, 2022

February 2022

Reactions to passage of “Teaching American Principles Act”

Numerous individuals and organizations spoke out against SB 138, the “Teaching American Principles Act,” after it was passed on Thursday by the Kentucky Senate. Here are some of those reactions.

Published in News, Press Release on Feb 25, 2022

February 2022

Senate passes “curriculum guidance” bill

The Kentucky Senate has approved one of four controversial Republican-sponsored bills that are aimed at limiting discussion of systemic racism in schools.

Published in News on Feb 25, 2022

February 2022

Want to know about tax breaks? Check out this new resource from KCEP.

For years, KCEP has been calling out the massive amount of money lost from Kentucky’s budget through tax breaks. Now they’ve put this year’s giveaways into one easy to use list.

Published in on Feb 25, 2022

February 2022

Halfway to Sine Die

Aaron, Kimberly and Doug discuss the Kentucky political news of the week as the General Assembly passes the 1/2 way point. We then welcome John Shaw Woo of the Noir Black Chamber of Commerce.

Published in Media on Feb 24, 2022

February 2022

ACLU-KY Statement on Senate passage of classroom censorship bill

Statement from the ACLU about SB 138, the “Teaching American Principles Act”

Published in Press Release on Feb 24, 2022

February 2022

Charles Booker statement on Ukraine

The Booker campaign shared the following statement from Charles Booker, candidate for U.S. Senate.

Published in Press Release on Feb 24, 2022

February 2022

For once, McConnell on right side of history

It is often said that “partisanship dies at water’s edge.” Today, Senator Mitch McConnell chose to honor that saying, and to stand on the right side of history.

Published in News, Commentary on Feb 24, 2022

February 2022

Bill providing tax rebate clears committee; will not benefit all

Addressing the high inflation rate, a proposed bill would provide a tax rebate to all working Kentucky taxpayers. However, KY Center for Economic Policy said it leaves out low-income and older Kentuckians.

Published in News on Feb 24, 2022

February 2022

Quintez Brown’s bail is paid, a redistricting ruling, and a new marijuana proposal

Robert is by himself this week, and covered three stories: the bail being paid for Quintez Brown; the court ruling on the redistricting maps; and a marijuana legalization framework.

Published in Media on Feb 24, 2022

February 2022

COVID restrictions lawsuit overturned by Kentucky Supreme Court

The Kentucky Supreme Court overturned a lower court ruling involving COVID-19 restrictions, saying the business had no standing to pursue their case.

Published in News on Feb 24, 2022

February 2022

Is there a Democratic “Silent Majority”?

Yes, the MAGA folks do make much noise, and get consistent press attention – but Jennifer Rubin thinks there is a new “silent majority” that Democrats can reach.

Published in Commentary on Feb 24, 2022

February 2022

News & Notes for 2/23/22

Political updates from across the Bluegrass.

Published in News on Feb 23, 2022

February 2022

A policy analyst debunks “slow recovery” claims being used to cut the safety net

Some are saying KY’s recovery is slow, so we need to cut the safety net to drive people back into the workforce. Dustin Pugel explains why that is the exact wrong thing to do.

Published in Analysis, Fact Check, Policy on Feb 23, 2022

February 2022

Democrat Keturah Herron makes history in landslide special election victory

Policy strategist and activist Keturah Herron made history on Tuesday by becoming the first openly LGBTQ person elected to the Kentucky House.

Published in News, Press Release on Feb 22, 2022

February 2022

These 5 crappy bills are on the move

Like any KYGA session, there are lots of bad bills, and a few good ones. Here, though, are five that are on the move, and need to be killed.

Published in Commentary on Feb 22, 2022

February 2022

KY 120 United AFT releases statement opposing anti-mask bill

House Bill 51 would outlaw mask mandates in any school, college, or university. KY 120 United AFT is strongly opposed to this bill, and explains why.

Published in Press Release on Feb 22, 2022

February 2022

Public schools – the new political battleground

The schools are rapidly becoming the most important battlefield on which our “original sin” of racism is being displayed. What some have forgotten, though, is that indoctrination is not education.

Published in Commentary on Feb 22, 2022

February 2022

Sorry, Repubs – the bills are still a load of whitewash

Sen. Wise made some changes to his SB 138 bill, hoping to make it more palatable. Berry Craig says it is still trying to whitewash our shared history.

Published in Commentary on Feb 22, 2022

February 2022

Dear Vlad – better read your history books

Before he goes all-out against Ukraine, wannabe Czar Vladimir I might crack a Russian history book about Nicholas II, the last czar.

Published in Commentary on Feb 21, 2022

February 2022

Debby Lucas Angel, taking on Savannah Maddox

Debby Angel ran a write-in campaign in 2020, and got beat pretty thoroughly. So why come back and run again? “Because the people of this district are not being served by Maddox – and because I can do the job a lot better than her.”

Published in Media on Feb 21, 2022

February 2022

The Whitewash Caucuses are at it again

Republicans have trotted out yet another bill supposedly aimed at Critical Race Theory. But what the Whitewash Caucus is really concerned about is votes, plain and simple.

Published in Commentary on Feb 19, 2022

February 2022

For once, the system worked. Sorta.

A really bad bill in Frankfort was actually changed because of public feedback. Yes, really.

Published in Commentary on Feb 18, 2022

February 2022

Keturah Herron on Colonels of Truth

Rand Paul loves anti-vax truckers, the KY GOP loves anti-tax private aircraft owners. Aaron and Kimberly cover all sorts of KY political news and welcome special election candidate and civil rights expert Keturah Herron to the show!

Published in Media on Feb 18, 2022

February 2022

Rep. Buddy Wheatley; Craig Greenberg survives a shooting; and a legislative update

Rep. Buddy Wheatley joins us to talk about his Northern Kentucky district, the bills he’s sponsoring, and his campaign. Also – the Greenberg shooting, various KYGA bills, and Beshear’s tax plan.

Published in Media on Feb 18, 2022

February 2022

An interview with Morgan McGarvey

We talked with Sen. Morgan McGarvey about his campaign for KY’s 3rd District, about reaching voters across the city, about his work in Frankfort, and what he wants to be known for if elected to Congress. It was an insightful and wide-ranging interview; give it a listen to learn more.

Published in Media on Feb 17, 2022

February 2022

Inch by inch, Repubs are eroding democracy in Frankfort

We see Repubs elsewhere attacking democracy in big ways. Frankfort? Not so much. But inch by inch, the KY GOP is still eroding democracy. Death by a thousand cuts is still death.

Published in Commentary on Feb 17, 2022

February 2022

Bill to prohibit schools from requiring masks passes first hurdle

Rep. Lynn Bechler thinks masks don’t work. So he is sponsoring a bill prohibiting schools from requiring masks, even though the science says masks do, in fact, work.

Published in News on Feb 16, 2022

February 2022

Open Govt Coalition is still opposed to HB 453

Yesterday the House was told that the Open Govt Coalition supports HB 453, which removes incentives for government meetings to be in-person. The coalition wants to make it plain: they are still a No on the bill.

Published in Press Release on Feb 16, 2022

February 2022

Do you live here? Then you’ve got an election next Tuesday.

Did you know there is an election in a week? That’s right – and if you live in the old 42, you need to go vote starting this Thursday!

Published in Action on Feb 15, 2022

February 2022

Mayfield update – after the tornado, and now

Here are some pictures showing how far the town has come in its cleanup efforts – and how far it still has to go in rebuilding.

Published in Feature on Feb 15, 2022

February 2022

Open meetings: virtual or in-person? Why not both?

We’ve been Zooming for a while, but the Open Meetings law prefers in-person meetings. So – why not both at the same time?

Published in Analysis on Feb 14, 2022

February 2022

Today in a COVID world

700 days of COVID. Hospitals are full. ER’s are overrun. Staff are burned out and raw. What now? After losing a dear friend to the virus, Debby Lucas Angel shares her thoughts.

Published in Commentary on Feb 13, 2022

February 2022

Chris Preece, candidate for KY-06

Running for office is pretty much a full-time job. Being a teacher is definitely a full-time job. And yet Chris Preece is doing both as he takes on Andy Barr for Kentucky's 6th Congressional District. Why is Preece doing this? And how is it going?

Published in Media on Feb 11, 2022

February 2022

The U.S. and pre-Nazi Germany: the similarities are growing, and dangerous

Mark Twain said, “History doesn’t repeat ... but it does rhyme.” Are we in the midst of one of those times?

Published in Analysis, Commentary on Feb 11, 2022

February 2022

Wait – now we need to teach the “good side” of the Holocaust?!?

To all the people trying to cover up the past, here’s a tip: 1984 was a warning, not an instruction manual. And SB 138 is a train-wreck of a bill.

Published in Commentary on Feb 10, 2022

February 2022

Libertarian lunch counters w/ Lane Boldman

A discussion the liber-hair-i-twins latest defense of freedumb in DC; recent moves by the legislature; Lane Boldman, the Executive Director of the Kentucky Conservation Committee, Frankfort's environmental watch dog.

Published in Media on Feb 10, 2022

February 2022

Interview with Cherlynn Stevenson, CRT bill, and Louisville’s jail crisis

Rep. Cherlynn Stevenson on running in a new district; the new CRT bill and the “parent’s rights” bill; the jail crisis in Louisville; and Election 2022.

Published in Media on Feb 10, 2022

February 2022

Today’s censorship – darker, and headed for our schools

Censorship is not new. But a new censorship movement is hitting our schools – including right here in Kentucky.

Published in Commentary on Feb 9, 2022

February 2022

Experts: KY should ‘clean up’ tax code, not slash income tax

Shocking fact: Our state gives away more in tax breaks than it takes in through taxes. Our first order of business ought to be dealing with THAT.

Published in Analysis on Feb 9, 2022

February 2022

Yes, Democrats manage the economy better than Republicans.

You would think that the so-called “party of big business” would know how to make our economy hum. Turns out it’s the Dems who are better at it.

Published in Analysis on Feb 8, 2022

February 2022

More Republicans trying to whitewash history

Another bill has been introduced in Frankfort aimed at restricting teaching about racism. One professor calls it “more Orwellian double-talk.”

Published in Commentary on Feb 7, 2022

February 2022

We’re losing teachers – and a teacher speaks out on why

We are seeing a mass exodus of teachers. In testimony before the legislature, a current teacher explains why.

Published in Commentary on Feb 7, 2022

February 2022

Yarmuth endorses McGarvey

Congressman John Yarmuth, who is retiring from his 3rd District seat at the end of his term, today endorsed state Sen. Morgan McGarvey to take his place.

Published in News, Press Release on Feb 7, 2022

February 2022

Why are Republicans attacking your schools?

Our public schools have been under increasing attack in recent years, with the attacks mainly led by Republicans. Here are three reasons they are coming after public education.

Published in Commentary, Analysis, Policy on Feb 7, 2022

February 2022

A sampling of bad bills on the move

There are now about 700 bills filed in Frankfort, and guess what? Some of them are real stinkers. Here’s a few bad bills that are nevertheless moving.

Published in Analysis, Commentary on Feb 4, 2022

February 2022

Banning wasn’t enough; now they’re BURNING books

The Nazis began burning books they didn’t like in 1933. And now, it is happening again – in the United States. In 2022. At a church.

Published in News on Feb 4, 2022

February 2022

An interview with Rep. Joni Jenkins

We interviewed state Rep. Joni Jenkins and looked back over her time in Frankfort, including her best and worst memories, how things have changed, and what KY Dems need to do going forward.

Published in Media on Feb 3, 2022

February 2022

Campaign funds: a quick update

Money isn’t everything in a campaign – but it sure is important. Here’s a rundown of fundraising totals for KY campaigns at the federal level.

Published in News on Feb 3, 2022

February 2022

News and Notes for Thursday 2/3

Items from across the Commonwealth on this icy Thursday.

Published in News on Feb 3, 2022

February 2022

Andy’s popular ... but not in Frankfort

A look at the lege’s latest efforts to take Andy’s power; some horrible moments from our DC delgation, and a Lafayette HS senior who is leading the opposition to the teacher gag bills.

Published in Media on Feb 3, 2022

February 2022

Keturah Herron interview, ”Porch Pirate” bill, & the future of special sessions

An interview with Keturah Herron, who is running for two offices at the same time. (!) Also, the “porch pirate” bill, and the lege calling itself into special session.

Published in Media on Feb 3, 2022

February 2022

“Shift and Shaft” tax policy is no way to prosper

The lege seems on the verge of implementing a “shift and shaft” tax change: shift the wealth to the already wealthy, and shaft everyone else.

Published in Analysis on Feb 3, 2022

February 2022

Mitch's America & the GOP's map of Kentucky

A look at KYGA22 , w/ bills to keep track of, and the latest on the GOP redistricting maps saga. Then, Mitch’s view of American voters, and Rep. Cherlynn Stevenson. We close with a critical call to action.

Published in Media on Feb 2, 2022

February 2022

Johnnie Turner knows education; just read what he had to say

A Twitter thread by a teacher from Knott County, recalling his visit with his state senator and their discussion about education.

Published in Commentary on Feb 2, 2022

February 2022

A push for expanded voting rights ahead of KY midterm elections

Advocacy groups in Kentucky say they’re focused on expanding voting rights for former felons and fighting gerrymandering ahead of the May primary election.

Published in News on Feb 1, 2022

February 2022

Many “parent” groups opposing masks and CRT are actually driven by dark money

Those “parent groups” asking for “ choice” and speaking at your school board meeting? They are being funded by dark money, and are actually out to destroy public educatiion.

Published in Analysis, Investigation on Feb 1, 2022

February 2022

Matt Lehman files to run against Thomas Massie

Matt Lehman, an entrepreneur in the health care field, has filed to run against Thomas Massie in Kentucky’s 4th Congressional District.

Published in Press Release on Feb 1, 2022

February 2022

Jim Crow in Kentucky, then and now

I don’t remember the white kid’s name. But I remember what he said to me after my community college Kentucky history class one day: “My parents or grandparents never told me about any of this. We needed to know the truth. Thank you.”

Published in Commentary on Feb 1, 2022

January 2022

Massie tweets Voltaire ... no wait, it’s actually a neo-Nazi

Rep. Thomas Massie shared a quote by Voltaire in reference to Dr. Fauci – but the quote was actually by a neo-Nazi. Oops!

Published in News on Jan 31, 2022

January 2022

Critics: Utility-rate bill would hurt KY residential & business customers

HB 341 makes it easier for utility companies to raise rates, and harder for the rest of us to stop them. Learn more, and take action.

Published in Analysis on Jan 31, 2022

January 2022

Dem candidate recruitment: Tough, Targeted ... or just Terrible

The Dems left lots of races unchallenged this year. What caused this? Even more important – what can we do about it?

Published in Commentary on Jan 31, 2022

January 2022

SB 63: “A remarkably ill-conceived, unworkable, and fundamentally unnecessary bill”

SB 63 is another bill attacking our open records law. Amye Bensenhaver calls it out for what it is: unnecessary.

Published in Commentary on Jan 29, 2022

January 2022

The choice facing the Republican Party

Lawyer and political analyst Teri Kanefield says that Republicans have a choice: democracy or anti-democracy. Listen as she lays out the history of the Republican party that got us here, and if they choose against democracy, what we can do.

Published in Media, Analysis on Jan 28, 2022

January 2022

Good bills, bad bills, funky bills – all introduced on Tuesday

Lots and lots of bills are introduced in the General Assembly each session. Some are good, some are bad, and some are sorta funky. Here are 12 bills from Tuesday that fall into one of those categories.

Published in News on Jan 26, 2022

January 2022

Willner files bill requiring General Assembly committees hold a public-comment period

In response to a bill requiring all school boards to include a public comment period in their meetings, State Rep. Lisa Willner today filed a bill requiring legislative committees to do the same.

Published in Press Release on Jan 26, 2022

January 2022

Is “Save the Children” now a political issue?

As the General Assembly considers the budget, we need to ask the question: Will we make “saving the children” a political issue in the budget?

Published in Analysis, Commentary on Jan 26, 2022

January 2022

Jenkins will not run this fall (updated)

Kentucky House Democratic Caucus Leader Joni Jenkins, first elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 1994, announced today she is withdrawing as a candidate for the 44th House District.

Published in News, Press Release on Jan 26, 2022

January 2022

Krugman on the Thought Police

If we ban teaching anything that makes people “uncomfortable,” where does that leave actual education?

Published in Commentary on Jan 26, 2022

January 2022

Repubs file bill allowing them to call themselves into session

According to the KY Constitution, the General Assembly cannot call its own special session. Republicans want to change that.

Published in News on Jan 26, 2022

January 2022

“These are bad bills.” – KEA on voucher bills

Yet another attempt to cut public school funding by diverting it through “scholarship tax credits” that allow wealthy individuals and corporations to “donate” money in return for favorable tax refunds.

Published in Press Release on Jan 24, 2022

January 2022

Clardy: Mitch needs a swig from ‘a big, tall glass of shut-the-hell-up.’

“Mitch McConnell may claim to be a civil rights ally,” Clardy said. “But he’s an ally we don’t need.”

Published in Commentary on Jan 23, 2022

January 2022

House sends Senate a budget bill with many provisions dealing with health issues – several with less than Beshear proposed

The state House passed a budget Thursday that includes a number of provisions for health, including many that were in Gov. Beshear’s budget proposal, but with some variations in amounts and sources of money.

Published in Analysis on Jan 23, 2022

January 2022

Colonels of Truth w/ Bruce Maples

Bruce Maples, publisher of Forward Kentucky, appeared on the “Colonels of Truth” live stream sponsored by Progress Kentucky.

Published in Media on Jan 22, 2022

January 2022

Senate floor leader says he has little respect for Beshear, who ‘does not know how to govern’ and ‘hates the legislature’

Gov. Andy Beshear “does not know how to govern,” the majority floor leader of the state Senate said at Kentucky newspapers' annual convention Friday.

Published in News on Jan 22, 2022

January 2022

On anniversary of Roe v. Wade, access to abortion is at tremendous risk in Kentucky

Kentucky legislators have shown their disregard for Kentuckians’ wellbeing and that they will stop at nothing until abortion is banned completely across the commonwealth.

Published in Commentary, Press Release on Jan 22, 2022

January 2022

“This craven man” – Booker goes after McConnell

Charles Booker lost no time in rebuking Kentucky’s senior senator for implying in a Thursday press conference that African Americans aren’t Americans.

Published in Commentary on Jan 22, 2022

January 2022

Repubs easily override Beshear vetoes of new maps; KDP sues

Republicans in Frankfort easily overrode Gov. Beshear’s vetoes of their redistricting maps, thus putting the new maps into law. As soon as they did that, KDP and voters from Franklin County filed suit.

Published in News on Jan 21, 2022

January 2022

Think “just math” drove the Repub maps? Check out what they did in Louisville.

Repubs keep saying there was no partisan intent in heir maps, “just math.” But look at this list of the results of the new maps, and it is clear that Republicans in Frankfort used the redistricting process to hurt Democrats and help Republicans.

Published in Commentary, Analysis on Jan 21, 2022

January 2022

Low Covid-19 vaccination rates are associated with high death rates

If you live in a county with a low percentage of people vaccinated for Covid-19, more of your neighbors are likely to have died from the disease. And if you live in a county with a high full-vaccination rate, it is likely to have a low death rate.

Published in Analysis on Jan 20, 2022

January 2022

Derek Penwell, the Lexington mayor’s race, and KYGA22

This week, Jazmin and Robert interviewed Derek Penwell, who announced a run for KY House last year. Also, they discuss the candidacy of Adrian Wallace, who is running for Lexington Mayor, and updated the news about the session so far. And, a COVID update.

Published in Media on Jan 20, 2022

January 2022

Vote suppression is bad. This is MUCH worse.

Voter suppression is bad. Absolutely. BUT, there is another thread that is much worse – and it’s not getting enough attention.

Published in Commentary on Jan 20, 2022

January 2022

Miller files bill delaying election dates even further

Rep. Jerry Miller has filed “just in case” bill pushing out all election dates, in anticipation of delays caused by court challenges to the Republican redistricting maps.

Published in News on Jan 20, 2022

January 2022

Beshear vetoes two redistricting bills

Governor Beshear has vetoed the state House and Congressional redistricting bills. Here are his statements on those bills as to why he vetoed them.

Published in News on Jan 20, 2022

January 2022

IBEW journeymen helping restore power in Mayfield because 'the union is all about brotherhood and sisterhood'

Two IBEW members are volunteering to get electrical service back on in Mayfield. Berry Craig has the story.

Published in Feature on Jan 18, 2022

January 2022

KY 120 takes on SB 1

We talk with Christina Trosper of KY 120 United AFT, to see what the group is up to now, AND to discuss Senate Bill 1 and what is wrong with it. If you care about education, this is an important podcast.

Published in Media on Jan 18, 2022

January 2022

Kentucky officeholders use their power, official and unofficial

In the last week or so, we’ve seen examples of Kentucky politicians using power from various sources, official and unofficial. Here’s a summary.

Published in Commentary on Jan 17, 2022

January 2022

Undeterred by previous setbacks, Kentucky lawmakers again file school choice bill

Despite protests, previous legislative fails, and an ongoing legal challenge, Kentucky lawmakers are again trying to offer tax credits to help families afford private school.

Published in News on Jan 17, 2022

January 2022

Short-sighted tax cuts for the rich will not grow state economies

Kentucky’s lawmakers are already talking about cutting taxes, especially on the rich. This article lays out why that is a BAD idea.

Published in Analysis on Jan 17, 2022

January 2022

Some facts about Kentucky’s budget

Here is a video excerpt from the AMA session that Jason Bailey did this week with some Members of Forward Kentucky. Some of these facts may surprise you! Please view, and then share widely.

Published in Analysis, Media on Jan 16, 2022

January 2022

Kentucky to receive $438 million in bridge funding: Yarmuth

Cong. John Yarmuth announced today that Kentucky will receive an estimated $438 million over the next five years to fix its bridges, made possible by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law supported by Yarmuth.

Published in Press Release, News on Jan 15, 2022

January 2022

KY Youth Advocates speaks out on budget bills

Dr. Terry Brooks lays out both what is good in the budget bills, and what needs to be added, such as a state-level EITC.

Published in Press Release on Jan 15, 2022

January 2022

The filibuster – a racist relic

Try explaining to a Black grandmother raised under Jim Crow why it takes only 50 votes to stack the Supreme Court with justices who are undermining her voting rights, but 60 votes to pass a bill protecting them.

Published in Commentary on Jan 15, 2022

January 2022

Comparing the Beshear budget to the House budget

A good comparison of parts of the Beshear budget to the House budget, provided by Sen. Denise Harper Angel.

Published in Analysis on Jan 15, 2022

January 2022

Are the maps legal? An interview with Josh Douglas

The Repubs in the General Assembly have released and passed their redistricting maps, all in one week. There is already talk of suing over the maps – but, is there actually anything to sue over? Professor Josh Douglas walks us through the legal issues surrounding the new maps.

Published in Media on Jan 14, 2022

January 2022

‘Our future is now’: Beshear says budget can propel state forward

Gov. Beshear delivered his budget address Thursday evening, calling on state lawmakers to make record investments to build a world-class education system, grow the jobs of the future, and turn two years of progress into 20 years of prosperity.

Published in News on Jan 14, 2022

January 2022

What your poop 💩 is saying about COVID

Did you know your poop can talk? Well, it can – at least when it comes to detecting COVID. We talk with Dr. Ted Smith, the director of the Wastewater-Based Epidemiology study at UofL. What is it, how does it work – and most importantly, what are they seeing? Listen in to learn more!

Published in Media on Jan 12, 2022

January 2022

Hey Repubs – ever hear of the Streisand Effect? You’re about to experience it.

The Repubs in Frankfort have filed multiple bills to limit the discussion of race in our schools. Apparently, they forgot about the Streisand Effect. Guess what happens next?

Published in Commentary on Jan 10, 2022

January 2022

KY hospital numbers rated as “unsustainable”

A database tracking hospital capacity across the United States rates Kentucky’s situation as “unsustainable,” meaning that the daily case count is on a trend to exceed hospital capacity within the next ten days.

Published in Analysis on Jan 10, 2022

January 2022

Controversial claims made at town hall hosted by Southworth

Sen. Adrienne Southworth claimed at a town hall that doctors were being prevented by hospitals from prescribing certain medications for COVID.

Published in News on Jan 10, 2022

January 2022

Redistricting legislation approved, moves on to governor

The General Assembly met Saturday to finish passing the redistricting maps and send them to the governor.

Published in News on Jan 10, 2022

January 2022

The two CRT bills: Only White history allowed

Republicans are manufacturing a phony crisis with bills designed to score points in November. The bills seek to limit a public elementary or secondary teacher's freedom to teach about systemic racism

Published in Analysis on Jan 9, 2022

January 2022

Redistricting Podcast Blast

I interview three people to learn more about this year’s redistricting and the problems with it. Listen, get the facts, and share.

Published in Media on Jan 7, 2022

January 2022

“Contempt for the governor and the people”

Repubs throw dirt on Gov. Beshear by releasing their own budget before he has a chance to lay out his. Dem leaders capture the moment accurately.

Published in News on Jan 7, 2022

January 2022

Gerrymander Jamie Comer

A new nickname for our 1st District representative.

Published in Cartoon, Commentary on Jan 7, 2022

January 2022

League of Women Voters issues statement on Repub maps

The KY League of Women Voters released a statement about the new Senate and Congressional maps created by the GOP. In short: Do better.

Published in Press Release on Jan 6, 2022

January 2022

An important note to readers, subscribers, and members

As we begin covering both the 2022 General Assembly and the 2022 midterms, I think it is important to point out some different levels of coverage you will see on Forward Kentucky.

Published in Meta on Jan 6, 2022

January 2022

State employees would get 5% raise under new Dem bill

With the state revenues seeing unprecedented growth, Kentucky House Democratic Caucus Chair Derrick Graham said it is “past time to give our state workers what they deserve: A raise.”

Published in Press Release, News on Jan 6, 2022

January 2022

Five questions answered about “dark money”

But what exactly is “dark money,” and why is it considered a problem? A law professor who studies campaign finance answers those questions and explains how improved disclosure laws could shed some light on dark money.

Published in Analysis on Jan 6, 2022

January 2022

A closer look at the Senate redistricting map

Nick Storm of Kentucky Fried Politics has done a good job of digging into the newly-dropped Senate redistricting map.

Published in Analysis on Jan 6, 2022

January 2022

Is our democracy in danger? Mitch McConnell doesn’t seem to think so

Al Cross compares McConnell’s statements after the Jan. 6 coup attempt with McConnell’s statements now, in the face of real danger to our democracy.

Published in Commentary on Jan 6, 2022

January 2022

‘Kentucky’s time is now,’ Beshear says in state address

Gov. Andy Beshear delivered his third State of the Commonwealth address Wednesday night before a joint session of the Kentucky House and Senate, addressing such topics as economic development, natural disasters, and, of course, COVID-19.

Published in News on Jan 6, 2022

January 2022

‘Don’t Look Up’: Hollywood’s primer on climate denial illustrates 5 myths that fuel rejection of science

“Don’t Look Up” is satire, certainly – but it’s also a commentary on humans rejecting science. Why do we do that? Here are five myths that help explain.

Published in Analysis on Jan 5, 2022

January 2022

Willner files law to establish training and safe hiring standards for bouncers

On the second anniversary of a constituent’s death after an altercation with a bouncer at Nowhere Bar in Louisville, state Rep. Lisa Willner filed legislation today designed to increase training and other safe-hiring standards for those hired to provide security at bars and nightclubs.

Published in Press Release on Jan 5, 2022

January 2022

A Federal ban on abortion is wildly unpopular in all 50 states

As reproductive rights again face significant challenges, new analysis finds there is not a single state where support for a federal ban on abortion has more than 30% support among the public.

Published in Analysis on Jan 5, 2022

January 2022

Senate Repubs release still-ridiculous map to take care of Comer

KY Senate Repubs take gerrymandering to a new level.

Published in News, Commentary on Jan 5, 2022

January 2022

We have left Facebook.

For some months, I said we were going to leave Facebook. As of yesterday, we have done so.

Published in Meta on Jan 4, 2022

January 2022

League of Women Voters responds to Republicans’ House Map

According to LWVKY, there are some good things in the map. However, there are also some significant problems. And, they responded directly to Rep. Jerry Miller.

Published in Press Release on Jan 4, 2022

January 2022

House Repubs close the blinds and put their foot on the accelerator

The Republican leadership in the House today released new rules changes for the operation of the chamber. The changes limit debate and discussion, as well as making it easier for committees (led by the Repubs) to operate in secret.

Published in News on Jan 4, 2022

January 2022

KYGA Preview with Joni Jenkins and Morgan McGarvey

As the KY General Assembly prepares to open tomorrow, we spoke with Sen. Morgan McGarvey and Rep. Joni Jenkins. We talked about redistricting, including both the process and the result. We also got into what to expect in this year's session, and what the Democratic leaders hope to accomplish.

Published in Media on Jan 3, 2022

January 2022

Auditor should ‘follow the data,’ scrutinize ‘tacit collusion’ between contractors, cabinet

Why doesn’t the KY Department of Transportation award so many one-bid contracts? Perhaps state auditor Harmon should find out.

Published in Commentary, Policy on Jan 3, 2022

January 2022

At term's midpoint, Beshear reflects on pandemic work, saying he wishes he had prepared Kentuckians for a longer fight

As Gov. Andy Beshear passed the mid-point of his four-year term, he spent time with KHN to discuss Kentucky’s health issues, how he‘s handled the pandemic, and what he would do over if he had the chance.

Published in Feature, News on Jan 3, 2022

January 2022

The new House maps: Reactions and strategies

After the House Republicans unveiled their new redistricting maps, I reached out to various Democratic activists, consultants, and insiders for their take on the maps. Here is a collection of their comments.

Published in Analysis on Jan 2, 2022

January 2022

Fair play isn’t James Comer’s idea of a good idea; shouldn’t we hold everyone accountable?

If Repubs take the House in 2022, our own Jamie Comer will be the chair of the oversight committee. Think he’ll be fair-handed with that? Think again, says Bill Straub.

Published in Commentary on Jan 2, 2022

January 2022

Masks for Mayfield

What’s one thing that the tornado survivors need, that hasn’t been talked about? Masks! And Four Rivers Indivisible is stepping up to provide them.

Published in Feature, Action on Jan 2, 2022

January 2022

A recap you didn't need: Build Back Better was popular all year

Data for Progress spent most of 2021 tracking the popularity of Build Back Better’s various iterations and provisions, and have found that bill continues to be a wildly popular piece of legislation.

Published in Analysis on Jan 1, 2022

January 2022

Republicans use mask disputes and 'critical race theory' to push for partisan elections of local boards of education

Republicans are pressing local and state officials to make historically nonpolitical school-board races partisan in advance of the 2022 elections.

Published in Analysis on Jan 1, 2022

January 2022

“Hard times will come a-knocking at my door”

Natural disasters have struck the Bluegrass State before. Will we respond now as we have in the past? An historian considers that question.

Published in Commentary on Jan 1, 2022

December 2021

Repubs drop newly-drawn House districts, before even showing them to Dems

On a day when most of the state was making New Year’s plans, the House Repubs held a hastily-called press conference to share their redistricting maps. Dems later responded.

Published in News on Dec 30, 2021

December 2021

Sen. Rand Paul eviscerated after accusing Democrats of ‘stealing’ elections by mobilizing voters

It’s difficult to determine why Rand Paul believed that legal voting by Democrats somehow equated to stealing elections, but according to a recent tweet by the senator, that’s exactly what he thought.

Published in Commentary on Dec 30, 2021

December 2021

Dear Biden and the Dems: Please keep the main thing the main thing

Stephen Covey said it was important to “keep the main thing, the main thing.” It’s time for Biden and the Dems to focus on the REAL main thing.

Published in Commentary on Dec 28, 2021

December 2021

As federal rule allows mail-order abortion pill without telehealth, Kentucky may ban the practice entirely

Even as the FDA allows ordering abortion pills by mail without a telehealth visit, Kentucky lawmakers are considering banning the practice.

Published in News on Dec 28, 2021

December 2021

Vaccines have not killed “twice as many kids” as those that were killed by COVID

This claim is rated completely False by NewsWise.

Published in Fact Check on Dec 28, 2021

December 2021

“Right to be a jerk” states

Jen Sorenson captures what it’s like to live in a so-called “right to work” state, like Kentucky.

Published in Cartoon on Dec 28, 2021

December 2021

Large and detailed update from Gov. Beshear

Today the governor shared a large amount of info and resources on the response to the tornadoes, as well as COVID and other topics.

Published in News, Press Release on Dec 27, 2021

December 2021

My 2021 Anti-Predictions: How did I do?

A year ago, Ivonne Rovira made a series of anti-predictions about 2021. How did she do? Read on to find out.

Published in Commentary on Dec 27, 2021

December 2021

Adams reminds voters of deadline to switch parties

If you want to vote in one particular party’s primary, you have to be registered for that party by this Friday.

Published in Press Release on Dec 27, 2021

December 2021

Taking a few days off for the holidays

Just what the title says.

Published in Meta on Dec 24, 2021

December 2021

A handful of companies dominate road work in kentucky. The state looks the other way.

The transportation cabinet is exempt by law from following the state’s procurement code, instead following a bidding system experts say allows a handful of large companies to avoid serious competition for jobs.

Published in Analysis, News on Dec 22, 2021

December 2021

A true story of Q-maniacs driving a physician out of medicine

My career of treating patients has ended. After more than three decades as a physician, the Q maniacs have succeeded in driving me out of providing care to patients.

Published in Feature on Dec 21, 2021

December 2021

Henderson: 'The outpouring of help is nothing shy of amazing'

“It's coming from UA International and from Pipe Trades locals all over the country,” said Kyle Henderson. It took him a full minute-and-a-half to run the list.

Published in Feature, News on Dec 21, 2021

December 2021

Col Owens: Our nation is becoming two distinct countries

We are well on our way to becoming two countries, with very different living conditions in each country.

Published in Commentary on Dec 21, 2021

December 2021

Special election set for February 22 to fill Meeks' vacancy

Gov. Andy Beshear has called a special election to fill a vacancy in the Kentucky House of Representatives created when Reggie Meeks resigned.

Published in News on Dec 21, 2021

December 2021

Manchin killed Build Back Better over inflation concerns – an economist explains why the $2 trillion bill would be unlikely to drive up prices

Manchin and Republicans have argued the risk that more spending could push inflation even higher is too great. As an economist, I believe Manchin’s concerns are misguided. Here’s why.

Published in Analysis on Dec 21, 2021

December 2021

Church mural survived the tornado, but its fate is uncertain

Thomas Bright still marvels at Helen LaFrance’s old mural in Mayfield’s St. James AME Church, where he’s a lifelong member. But the retiree and Army veteran fears the artwork is doomed for demolition like his red brick, 1900s-vintage house of worship.

Published in Feature on Dec 20, 2021

December 2021

KY communities continue push for local tobacco control

State lawmakers are expected to file a tobacco-control bill next year. Healthcare advocacy groups and local elected officials say communities must have the right to implement their own, stronger smoke-free protections.

Published in Analysis on Dec 20, 2021

December 2021

Omicron variant, one of most contagious ever, seen in 4 counties; Beshear urges vaccines, boosters, masking, caution for holidays

The highly contagious Omicron Covid-19 variant has been identified four counties, prompting Gov. Beshear to plead that Kentuckians get vaccinated and a booster, and to urge schools and businesses to require rigorous masking.

Published in News on Dec 20, 2021

December 2021

Far too little vote fraud to tip election to Trump, AP finds

A review by The Associated Press in the six battleground states disputed by former President Trump has found fewer than 475 cases of potential voter fraud, a minuscule number that would have made no difference in the 2020 presidential election.

Published in News on Dec 19, 2021

December 2021

Rep. Reggie Meeks announces retirement from KY House

Rep. Reginald Meeks has announced his retirement, effective immediately. Here is his retirement letter, as well as some photos of Meeks through the years.

Published in News on Dec 18, 2021

December 2021

In the face of the tornado, the Rock of Labor stood strong

The powerful tornado that ravaged Mayfield left the Graves County courthouse in shambles. But the “Rock of Labor,” a memorial to old United Steelworkers Local 665, still stands on the courthouse lawn.

Published in Feature on Dec 18, 2021

December 2021

Increasing School Funding: A KYGA task force weighs in

In this episode, we interview Reps. James Tipton and Tina Bojanowski about recommendations to increase school funding that came out of a GOP-led task force.

Published in Media on Dec 17, 2021

December 2021

Want to appeal that LRC open records request? Good luck.

If the LRC refuses your records request, you appeal to ... the LRC. What chance do you have with your appeal? Slim to none.

Published in Commentary on Dec 17, 2021

December 2021

MOKP – Tornados, policing issues, COVID update

The 12/17 newsletter from My Old Kentucky Podcast, covering the news of the past week.

Published in News, Analysis on Dec 17, 2021

December 2021

Adams waiving red tape for out-of-state businesses helping with disaster relief

Secretary of State Michael Adams announced his Office is waiving the certification requirement for any out-of-state businesses assisting Western KY with disaster relief and cleanup efforts.

Published in Press Release, News on Dec 16, 2021

December 2021

Thursday 12/16 News and Notes

Political and government news from across the state.

Published in News on Dec 16, 2021

December 2021

Some pics from POTUS visit

Berry Craig was at the Mayfield stop of President Biden, and sent us these photos.

Published in Media, News on Dec 15, 2021

December 2021

Are donors losing control of their GOP?

You know things are getting interesting when Trump can overrule the uber-wealthy donors of the GOP. Are the donors losing control of their puppets?

Published in Commentary on Dec 15, 2021

December 2021

SCOTUS – Is it “déjà vu all over again”?

The Supreme Court is facing a crisis of confidence, just as it did in 1937. In both crises, Kentucky senators play a key role. Let’s take a look.

Published in Commentary on Dec 15, 2021

December 2021

All tornado resource pages updated

We have updated our tornado resource pages, with info on how to donate, where to get help, where to volunteer, where to stay, and what to do about your pets.

Published in Action on Dec 15, 2021

December 2021

Mayfield candle factory’s labor practices under scrutiny in wake of deadly tornado

The candle factory has a higher-than-average injury rate, and recruited incarcerated people and people from Puerto Rico for $10-12/hour jobs.

Published in News, Analysis on Dec 15, 2021

December 2021

Biden in Kentucky to survey tornado damage; FEMA info

Update on Biden visit; how to apply for FEMA assistance.

Published in News on Dec 15, 2021

December 2021

'I thought I was going to die': Kentucky candle factory worker describes tornado that leveled site

Andrea Miranda, a 21-year-old candle factory worker who survived the massive tornado that tore through Kentucky on Friday, joined MSNBC’s José Díaz-Balart to describe the terrifying moment when the building shifted from under her.

Published in Feature, News on Dec 14, 2021

December 2021

More Mayfield photos

More photos shot by Mayfield native Berry Craig.

Published in News on Dec 14, 2021

December 2021

Gov. Beshear provides update on storm response

Today, December 13, Gov. Andy Beshear updated Kentuckians on his administration’s response to the Dec. 11 quad-state tornado. First Lady Britainy Beshear joined him to announce the Western Kentucky Christmas Toy Drive for impacted families.

Published in News, Press Release on Dec 13, 2021

December 2021

Seize the moment!

December 11 was both a bad and good day for all of us in Western Kentucky. The bad part was the tornados that sowed destruction. The good part was the widespread and very genuine response from both sides of our emotionally divided nation. Can we seize this moment?

Published in Commentary on Dec 13, 2021

December 2021

The best of us lies in our humanity for one another

The tornadoes that ravaged Kentucky have ripped away homes and businesses, demolished family heirlooms, and stolen lives, but the foundation of our Commonwealth is stronger than ever.

Published in Commentary on Dec 13, 2021

December 2021

Monday 12/13 News and Notes

Political and government news from across the state

Published in News on Dec 13, 2021

December 2021

A native reports on Mayfield

Berry Craig, a native of Mayfield, tells of visiting his home town on Sunday.

Published in Feature on Dec 13, 2021

December 2021

A photo gallery from Mayfield

Berry Craig went to Mayfield for an ecumenical church service outside the destroyed Presbyterian church. While there, he took these pictures to share with us.

Published in Media, News on Dec 12, 2021

December 2021

Tornado: Safe spaces for humans and animals

Information for people and animals who need a safe space to stay in, including foreign-born residents

Published in Action on Dec 11, 2021

December 2021

Tornado: How & where to donate

Information on donations to help with the tornado emergency in Kentucky

Published in Action on Dec 11, 2021

December 2021

Tornado: Places to give or get help

Information related to the Kentucky tornado emergency

Published in Action on Dec 11, 2021

December 2021

Losing our rights, one state at a time

The abortion case before SCOTUS poses a real threat to a woman's right to an abortion. But, there is an even greater threat that is not being discussed – and it should be.

Published in Commentary on Dec 9, 2021

December 2021

Neal Turpin is running for KY House against Tom Burch. Here's our interview.

Dr. Neal Turpin is challenging Tom Burch for the Democratic nomination for House District 30. (Disclaimer: He is a contributor to ForwardKY.) We interviewed Dr. Turpin to ask him why he decided to run for this seat at this time, what his goals are, and what he is passionate about.

Published in on Dec 8, 2021

December 2021

9-11 Event: "How the Grinch stole Medicare"

Rally on Saturday in front of Humana building to protest the new Medicare Direct Contracting program, which could fully privatize traditional Medicare.

Published in Event on Dec 8, 2021

December 2021

12-9 Event: Louisville Jail Crisis

After the deaths of three incarcerated people in the Louisville jail in the past week, a number of groups are holding an event at noon Thursday on the steps of the Hall of Justice.

Published in Event on Dec 8, 2021

December 2021

Hey Repubs – you're killing your voters. Are you okay with that?

GOP-led legislatures prevented mask mandates, blocked social-distancing requirements, and tied the hands of public-health experts as they grappled with keeping their people safe. And now the chickens are coming home to roost – or more accurately, to die.

Published in Commentary, Analysis on Dec 8, 2021

December 2021

Pearl Harbor, fascism, and democracy – then and now

Heather Cox Richardson reminds us: we fought fascism in 1941 in WWII. Will we fight it now? Or will the democracy that Dorie Miller died for be destroyed on our watch?

Published in Commentary on Dec 8, 2021

December 2021

League of Women Voters calls on General Assembly to act responsibly with new maps

The KY League of Women Voters is calling on the General Assembly to stop hiding the new redistricting maps, and share them with the public.

Published in Commentary on Dec 7, 2021

December 2021

Remembering Pearl Harbor 80 years later: the story of Paducah man, James Vessels

One of our contributors, Berry Craig, also writes for numerous other publications, including the Courier-Journal. In honor of Pearl Harbor Day, he wrote a remembrance of a local person who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Published in Feature on Dec 7, 2021

December 2021

Thomas Massie versus the spirit of Christmas

Nazis were notorious for perverting Christmas. Thomas Massie is giving the Hitler worshippers a run for their money by posting on Twitter a photo of him and gun-toting family members all grinning and posing for a photo in front of a Christmas tree.

Published in Commentary on Dec 6, 2021

December 2021

Redistricting, vaccine mandates, and the West End TIF

This week in the newsletter, Jazmin explained a court case where the AG won an initial ruling against the federal vaccine mandates, and looked at two stories about Louisville's West End. Robert wrote about redistricting and the implications, as well as a COVID update.

Published in Analysis on Dec 6, 2021

December 2021

Kenton County Dems denounce Massie’s family Christmas photo as a mockery of victims of gun violence

In response to Cong. Massie's "send more ammo" tweet, the Kenton County Dems have issued a statement condemning the tweet as "morally reprehensible."

Published in Commentary, Press Release on Dec 5, 2021

December 2021

As positive-test rate zooms above 9% and hospital cases surge, Beshear urges more vaccinations, boosters, and caution

The share of Kentuckians testing positive for the coronavirus in the last seven days zoomed above 9 percent Thursday, and most other measures of the pandemic in Kentucky kept rising.

Published in News on Dec 3, 2021

December 2021

Vaccine mandates blocked, redistricting unfairness, and more

In this week's MOKP, Jazmin and Robert discuss several topics in state government.

Published in Media on Dec 2, 2021

December 2021

A new series of articles from publisher Bruce Maples

In light of the firehose of political news that causes us to give each story or issue about ten minutes before we move on to the next, I've decided that certain topics deserve more than that. So, I'm starting a series I'm calling “The Hair-on-Fire Series.”

Published in Analysis, Commentary on Dec 2, 2021

December 2021

GOP will win through gerrymandering – even with no change in votes

A recent analysis of legislative redistricting maps from across the United States showcases the vast influence of political gerrymandering, which will likely benefit the Republican Party in next year’s 2022 midterm races — even if voters’ preferences haven’t changed since Democrats won in 2020.

Published in Analysis on Dec 2, 2021

December 2021

Cameron wins preliminary court order over vaccination requirements

Two federal court cases in which Attorney General Daniel Cameron played a major role have led to judges issuing a halt in COVID-19 vaccination requirements, both for federal contractors and for healthcare workers.

Published in News on Dec 2, 2021

December 2021

Five misconceptions about gun violence in the U.S.

From the author: "My students have many misconceptions about the scope and nature of the problem of gun violence, and I believe they are not alone."

Published in Analysis on Dec 2, 2021

December 2021

Want to know what's REALLY driving up prices? Let's go to The Classroom.

Republicans and right-wing pundits like to blame inflation on higher wages for workers and increased spending to invest in our people. But could there be another set of factors that are the REAL reasons for what's happening? Let's go to The Classroom to learn more.

Published in Media, Analysis, Commentary on Dec 2, 2021

December 2021

Wednesday News & Notes

Political news snippets from across Kentucky

Published in News on Dec 1, 2021

December 2021

League of Women Voters announces “Voters’ Choice” TikTok competition

The League of Women Voters of Kentucky is announcing a TikTok contest on redistricting, open to college students across Kentucky.

Published in Action, Press Release on Dec 1, 2021

December 2021

McGarvey officially files for KY-03 seat

This morning Morgan McGarvey was joined by his wife Chris and their children Clara, Wilson and Greta to officially file to run for the U.S. Congress in KY-03.

Published in News on Dec 1, 2021

December 2021

Jenkins: Dems are ’READY TO FIGHT for what Kentuckians believe in. Period.‘

Rep. Joni Jenkins sent out a fund-raising letter that sounds more like a call to battle. "It's past time to take the fight TO Republicans and their lies and misinformation. It stops now!"

Published in News on Dec 1, 2021

December 2021

Open Govt Coalition presents first annual Giblet Awards to KY lawmakers

In an unapologetic nod to columnist Joe Gerth, the KY Open Government Coalition presents its first annual Giblet Awards to lawmakers who brought us 2021’s “offal” legislative packages and side dishes of secrecy.

Published in on Dec 1, 2021

November 2021

When it comes to our politics, can we be thankful now?

We have just celebrated Thanksgiving, and now, full of fowl, fellowship, and family, might we consider softening our political partisanship just long enough to see if there might be anything to be thankful for in our political future?

Published in Commentary on Nov 30, 2021

November 2021

With support of numerous organizations, Rep. Kulkarni pre-files bills de-criminalizing personal use of cannabis

Looking to add Kentucky to the growing list of states that has authorized adult use of cannabis, state Rep. Nima Kulkarni pre-filed legislation today that would remove criminal penalties for possessing small amounts and give voters a chance to protect those provisions constitutionally.

Published in Press Release, News on Nov 30, 2021

November 2021

Dear KYGA: We need new policies to make us healthier

Health advocates are calling on the KY legislature for new policies to address systemic inequities linked to poor health outcomes.

Published in on Nov 30, 2021

November 2021

Do want to work in politics? This training is for you.

Do you want to work in politics, but NOT as a candidate? Then check out this training by Arena Academy.

Published in Action on Nov 30, 2021

November 2021

A must-read: Where Trump and the GOP are taking the country

It’s past time for the Democrats to start reminding voters — loudly, clearly and unceasingly — precisely where Donald Trump and the Trumpian Republicans are steering the country: Straight toward white supremacy and authoritarianism.

Published in Analysis, Commentary on Nov 30, 2021

November 2021

Dark money is driving today’s “concerned moms” attacking anti-racism in schools

Today’s “mothers of massive resistance” appear to represent an organic local uprising of “concerned parents,” but the outcry is being stoked by dark money groups like IWV.

Published in Analysis on Nov 29, 2021

November 2021

No, the Democratic Party isn't socialist. It's just what GOP voters want to hear.

Republicans count on their followers missing the distinction between Sweden and North Korea by trying to convince them that social welfare bills such as the Build Back Better Act will draw us closer to the latter rather than the former.

Published in Commentary on Nov 22, 2021

November 2021

Eight KY cities rated on equality – how did yours do?

The Human Rights Campaign has released their 2021 Municipal Equality Index, rating cities on 25 different factors related to both sexual orientation and gender identity. Eight different cities across Kentucky were included, with their scores ranging from a low of 18 to a high of 100.

Published in Analysis, News on Nov 22, 2021

November 2021

All about race

Aren’t you tired of hearing folks who say, “You make everything all about race”? Me, too! But you know what I’m even more tired of? People who make everything all about race. I am, of course, talking about White people.

Published in Commentary on Nov 22, 2021

November 2021

A constituent writes to Mitch McConnell

The following letter was sent to Senator Mitch McConnell, and is shared here with the permission of the author.

Published in Commentary on Nov 21, 2021

November 2021

Election officials have another year to fight disinformation

After a year of election-related lies and disinformation, voters went to the polls this month with few major problems. But election officials and voting rights advocates caution there is still considerable work to do ahead of next year’s midterms to boost lagging confidence in the democratic process

Published in Analysis on Nov 21, 2021

November 2021

The ‘great resignation’ is a trend that began before the pandemic – and bosses need to get used to it

Finding good employees has always been a challenge - but these days it’s harder than ever. And it is unlikely to improve anytime soon.

Published in Analysis on Nov 21, 2021

November 2021

Bill Straub: Play with fire, get burned; Trump is making that clear when it comes to Mitch McConnell

Over the past week, Trump has rabidly attacked his one-time ally, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. He has displayed great delight in calling McConnell a “broken old crow” while accusing him of a barrel-load of sins both real and imagined.

Published in Commentary on Nov 21, 2021

November 2021

Rural Americans are the most likely to say the pandemic is over, and least likely to take precautions against it

Though the coronavirus remains entrenched [https://www.blogger.com/#] in rural areas, rural Americans are more likely than their suburban or urban peers to have rejected or given up on social distancing, masking and/or vaccinations. "They feel, in short, that the pandemic is 'over,'" Olga Khazan reports [https:

Published in on Nov 21, 2021

November 2021

Our Minimum Wage Is Still Too Low

Our current minimum wage is less than the federal poverty level. In other words, someone working full-time is still living in poverty. Is THAT what we want for our children, our families, our state?

Published in Commentary on Nov 21, 2021

November 2021

Beshear proposes four strategies to fix unemployment issues

Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday announced four new strategies in dealing with the unemployment insurance issues that have plagued the state since the start of the pandemic, leaving tens of thousands of people waiting for their checks.

Published in News on Nov 20, 2021

November 2021

Commission alleges Grimes violated ethics code

Kentucky’s Executive Branch Ethics charged former Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and Erica Galyon, her top deputy, with violations of Kentucky’s ethics laws on Thursday, following an investigation.

Published in News on Nov 19, 2021

November 2021

White House posts thread about BBB Act after it passes House

After the Build Back Better Act passes the U.S. House this morning, the White House posted a thread on its Twitter account listing some of what is in the bill. Here is that thread:

Published in News on Nov 19, 2021

November 2021

Barr’s CAROL Act clears congressional committee

Legislation to honor the late wife of Sixth District Congressman Andy Barr (R-Lexington) cleared a Congressional Committee on Wednesday, paving the way for final action by the full House of Representatives.

Published in News on Nov 19, 2021

November 2021

Trump blasts McConnell (again), this time over invitation to Biden's inauguration

Former President Donald Trump and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell are at odds again this week, this time over President Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony.

Published in News on Nov 17, 2021

November 2021

Wednesday News & Notes

Political news from across the Commonwealth

Published in News on Nov 17, 2021

November 2021

Michael Dyson “makes everyone mad,” then gets standing ovation

The Paducah-McCracken County NAACP invited the best-selling author, well-known pundit, and Vanderbilt University professor to town Sunday afternoon for a program billed as “Glory: An Evening with Dr. Michael Eric Dyson.” He did not disappoint.

Published in Feature on Nov 16, 2021

November 2021

Tilton to McConnell: 'You will never be a hero'

I’d love to see the expression on Mitch McConnell’s mug when he reads Toni Tilton’s constituent letter. If he does read it, he might put on Kevlar gloves first.

Published in Commentary on Nov 16, 2021

November 2021

“There is going to be a reckoning”: the potential fall-out of anti-CRT legislation

Teachers are leaving in droves. Fall-out from the pandemic, along with lack of public support and increasing workplace demands, are leading to unprecedented resignations. And now comes CRT legislation.

Published in Commentary on Nov 11, 2021

November 2021

Why are prices so high? Blame the supply chain – and that’s the reason inflation is here to stay

I study supply chains and their impact. It’s true that prices are surging largely because of the severe shortages of both goods and labor in supply chains, but based on my research, that doesn’t mean it’ll be temporary. Rather, it suggests that inflation is here to stay.

Published in Analysis on Nov 11, 2021

November 2021

Rally for voting rights in Paducah

Paducah is in deep western Kentucky, Donald Trump-Mitch McConnell country. But about 20 people rallied outside McConnell's local office Wednesday to protest his opposition to the Freedom to Vote Act.

Published in News on Nov 11, 2021

November 2021

Lawmakers running out of time on redistricting session

While the majority Republican leadership in the General Assembly have been saying for months they hoped to hold a special session to address legislative and Congressional redistricting, they now admit it could be difficult, with the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays approaching.

Published in News on Nov 11, 2021

November 2021

Hurt to KDP: Bring on the billboards

Kentucky Democratic activist Daniel Hurt has a warning for his party: "Don't let the Republicans who voted against the infrastructure bill take credit for the construction projects when the groundbreaking starts."

Published in Commentary on Nov 11, 2021

November 2021

Do you have electile dysfunction?

If so, watch this informative video. It explains what YOU can do about electile dysfunction: use FTVA!

Published in Commentary, Media on Nov 10, 2021

November 2021

These KY Repubs voted AGAINST their state. Don't let them claim otherwise later.

We’ve seen this movie before: Republicans vote AGAINST a bill to help their state, then show up in the state claiming credit for the great stuff their state is receiving. Here we go again.

Published in Commentary on Nov 10, 2021

November 2021

Better salary, body cameras among proposed investments for KSP, Beshear says

Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday unveiled part of his upcoming budget plan, which he said makes historic investments in law enforcement so Kentucky can be a leader in improving public safety.

Published in News on Nov 10, 2021

November 2021

Pro-life, pro-choice advocates and policymakers discuss abortion in Ky., pro-life omnibus bill

A diverse group of state representatives, lawyers, Planned Parenthood affiliates, and pro-life advocates on opposite sides of the abortion debate crossed the aisle to speak on the issue Monday evening. The discussion was broadcast live on KET.

Published in News on Nov 10, 2021

November 2021

Half a loaf with Dems ... but starvation with Repubs

Pundits have talked about Dems passing the smaller infrastructure bill by saying "Well, half a loaf is better than none." I got so tired of hearing that misleading line that I wrote this in response.

Published in Commentary on Nov 9, 2021

November 2021

Special offer: ‘Ready for 22’

2022 is going to be a big year for KY politics, and our members are going to get EXTRA coverage. Now YOU can become a member for 1/3 off! Read on to learn more!

Published in Meta on Nov 9, 2021

November 2021

We're leaving Facebook.

After giving it quite a bit of thought, I have decided to take Forward Kentucky off of Facebook.

Published in Meta on Nov 9, 2021

November 2021

2013 Republican Redux in 2021

What you’re seeing in Republican circles these days is a return to the strategies embodied in the 2013 Republican autopsy report: Fear. And redefining who is "White."

Published in Commentary, Analysis on Nov 9, 2021

November 2021

It‘s not the Democrats‘ message – it‘s the Republican sewage

If you read the headlines, you would think Democrats really messed up last Tuesday, and the ceiling is caving in on them. But Democratic agony and Republican ecstasy from last Tuesday might be a tad premature.

Published in Commentary on Nov 7, 2021

November 2021

MKF: An interview with Attica Scott

We interview state Rep. Attica Scott about her campaign for Congress: why she decided to run, how her campaign is going, and what key issues she wants to address if elected. Give a listen to this progressive champion as she speaks with passion and vigor about what her campaign is about.

Published in Media on Nov 7, 2021

November 2021

The Unbearable Whiteness of Being

Nothing makes a non-progressive White person bristle more than being told that they have White privilege. So perhaps a change of term might be in order. What about calling it the “Whiteness of being”?

Published in Commentary on Nov 6, 2021

November 2021

Open Government Coalition sues to protect access to records

A post from Amye Bensenhaver of the KY Open Government Coalition, explaining their recent open records lawsuit.

Published in News, Analysis on Nov 5, 2021

November 2021

Maddow: Stop freaking out

In comparison to all the other hand-wringing, gnashing of teeth, and wails of woe from Dems following the loss of the Virginia governorship, Rachel Maddow has a very simple message: Stop freaking out. Dems actually did BETTER than history would have predicted.

Published in Analysis on Nov 4, 2021

November 2021

Democrats and voters are both uncomfortable

It wasn’t easy opening my computer on Wednesday to read about the defeat of Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia governor’s race. And it was even less fun reading two New York Times opinion columns blasting McAuliffe and Democrats generally for their poor showing.

Published in Commentary, Analysis on Nov 4, 2021

November 2021

Fact Check: CRT isn't being taught in schools, but that didn't stop Virginia Governor-Elect Glenn Youngkin from vowing to ban it

Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin vowed Sunday to "ban" critical race theory on his first day as governor. Since there is little to no evidence that CRT itself is being taught to K-12 public school students, we find the claim from Youngkin misleading.

Published in Fact Check on Nov 4, 2021

November 2021

Charles Booker officially files to run for Senate against Rand Paul

On the first day of qualifying for the 2022 elections, former State Representative Charles Booker filed to run for U.S. Senate in 2022 against Rand Paul.

Published in Press Release on Nov 3, 2021

November 2021

Wednesday News & Notes

Kentucky political news and notes for Wednesday, November 3, 2021. Excerpts and links from stories across the state.

Published in News on Nov 3, 2021

November 2021

KY specials: A morning-after analysis from ground level

Another brutal election, another round of soul-searching. There will be more to say, but this morning, here are a few key takeaways from last night’s races.

Published in Analysis on Nov 3, 2021

November 2021

The operative word is not ‘critical’ and it’s not ‘theory,’ – it’s RACE.

What we saw in Virginia in the closing days of the Youngkin campaign was the Republican playbook for 2022 in the midterms, in 2023 in Kentucky against Gov. Beshear, and certainly in 2024 against President Biden.

Published in Analysis, Commentary on Nov 3, 2021

November 2021

Solar-Power Advocates: KY Net-Metering Decision "Fair, Equitable"

Kentucky's Public Service Commission has rejected a proposal by two utilities that would have drastically reduced the value of solar energy for customers. Backers of rooftop solar say the decision means it's still a good financial investment.

Published in News on Nov 2, 2021

October 2021

Dear GOP Never-Trumpers: It's time to walk away

The GOP is now owned by Trump and the Trump cult. It's time for true conservatives to find (or build) a new home.

Published in Commentary on Oct 31, 2021

October 2021

Booker raises a glass to unions – and you can do it too

Charles Booker is raising a whiskey glass to organized labor. The union-made tumbler is available to anybody who chips in $20 or more to his campaign, and part of the proceeds will go toward supporting the workers who won a recent contract with Heaven Hill.

Published in News on Oct 30, 2021

October 2021

Mr. Rogers is running for the House. Will you be his neighbor?

In this episode of Moving Kentucky Forward, we talk with Judge Eddie Rogers, who is running for the open state House seat in District 51. He has come out of retirement to run for office again because he cares about his community and wants to see it better represented in Frankfort.

Published in Media on Oct 30, 2021

October 2021

Report: Financial incentives drive KY jail overcrowding, expansion

Kentucky counties are caught in a cycle of trying to cover the costs of incarceration by locking up more people and building bigger jails, and a new report showed the problem has stymied efforts for criminal justice reform.

Published in Analysis on Oct 29, 2021

October 2021

College student voting rates skyrocketed in 2020

Voter turnout among college students jumped to 66% in the 2020 presidential election according to a report released today. The 14 percentage-point increase — up from 52% turnout in the 2016 election — outpaces that of all Americans.

Published in News on Oct 29, 2021

October 2021

Here's what KY teachers should do if KYGA passes a Texas-style anti-CRT bill.

GOP lawmakers in the Lone Star State passed legislation banning critical race theory from K-12 classrooms and warning teachers who teach contentious topics not to "defer to any one perspective." Some of their Republican Kentucky kindreds have pre-filed anti-CRT [https://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/G8EFC5yw29hMmrjYQF2u70n?domain=kentucky.com] bills for

Published in on Oct 29, 2021

October 2021

Bipartisan effort good for election process, KY SOS tells U.S. Senate

Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams appeared before the U.S. Senate Rules Committee on Tuesday in a hearing on emerging threats to election administration.

Published in News on Oct 27, 2021

October 2021

A quick guide to climate change jargon – what experts mean by mitigation, carbon neutral, and 6 other key terms

Climate reports are often written at a scientific level. So we thought it would be helpful to clarify some of the most common terms.

Published in Analysis on Oct 27, 2021

October 2021

Out of all the stories out there, THIS is the most important

For all the news stories that seem to tug us in one direction or another, there is just one overarching story in the news for Americans today: We are in an existential fight to defend our democracy from those who would destroy it.

Published in Analysis, Commentary on Oct 27, 2021

October 2021

SBE site delivering incorrect voting locations for special election

For some time, we have told people that their one-stop shop for voting information was GoVoteKY.com. It's a great site, with a LOT of functionality and great information. Unfortunately, for the special election next Tuesday, some of that information is incorrect.

Published in News on Oct 26, 2021

October 2021

Tuesday News & Notes

News snippets from all over

Published in News on Oct 26, 2021

October 2021

Mae Suramek, an impressive candidate for House 89

In this "Moving Kentucky Forward" episode, we interview Mae Suramek, a very impressive candidate for KY House. Listen to learn just WHY she is so impressive.

Published in Media on Oct 25, 2021

October 2021

More Congressional candidates announce

As we get closer to various filing deadlines for Election 2022, more candidates are announcing they are running. Here are some Congressional candidates we have learned about recently, with links to their campaigns.

Published in News on Oct 25, 2021

October 2021

Anti-CRT bills: The bottom line may wind up being economic

Whether you favor these bills or oppose them may be beside the point, because the bottom line is that if these bills pass, they could spell disaster for Kentucky’s already strapped economy.

Published in Commentary on Oct 25, 2021

October 2021

Yarmuth's seat: Latest list of candidates and not-candidates

As Congressman John Yarmuth prepares to retire in January 2023, the list of persons seeking the 3rd District seat continues to grow (and shrink). Here is the latest list we've been able to gather from news stories, filings, and social media.

Published in News on Oct 24, 2021

October 2021

Should We Be Ignoring Race in Schools?

Pending legislation in Kentucky would prohibit any discussions about race, sex, or religion that might make a student experience “discomfort.” Yet I would argue that such discussions are fundamentally necessary in schools to curtail racism, sexism, and religious intolerance.

Published in Commentary on Oct 21, 2021

October 2021

Report: Surpluses present opportunity to both reinvest in Kentucky AND build Rainy Day Fund

A new report by the KY Center for Economic Policy shows how we can use the large revenue surplus to create conditions for a strong and sustained economic recovery that benefits everyone.

Published in Analysis on Oct 21, 2021

October 2021

The American founders didn’t believe your sacred freedom means you can do whatever you want – not even when it comes to vaccines and your own body

As a scholar who has spent decades trying to unravel the hurdles that mark the beginning of this nation, here are some facts: No vaccination foe, no protester waving the “DONT TREAD ON ME” flag, would ever gain the posthumous approval of the American founders.

Published in Analysis on Oct 21, 2021

October 2021

Thursday News & Notes

Political news snippets from all over, with links back to the original.

Published in News on Oct 21, 2021

October 2021

'Omnibus' abortion bill introduced in committee; ACLU responds

An abortion bill was presented to an interim legislative committee on Wednesday via a Powerpoint presentation, but the bill text itself was not made available.

Published in News on Oct 21, 2021

October 2021

Here’s what Social Democrats stand for. See if you are one.

You may call yourself Dem or Repub – but in reality, you are probably a Social Democrat. Surprised? Read the list of what Social Democrats stand for and see.

Published in Commentary, Explainer on Oct 20, 2021

October 2021

Dem candidate urges people to stand with Heaven Hill strikers

In a letter sent to persons on his campaign's email list, William Compton is urging his supporters to take action to support the workers who are still striking Heaven Hill Distilleries.

Published in News, Action on Oct 19, 2021

October 2021

SNAP benefits have twice the impact on rural communities than urban ones, new USDA study shows

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits not only provide struggling Americans with food, but also disproportionately help rural communities' economies, according to a newly published study.

Published in Policy on Oct 19, 2021

October 2021

Senate 22 – HERE is your best candidate for Nov. 2

Rarely have I been as impressed as I was with Helen Bukelmez in this episode of Moving Kentucky Forward. Her backstory, her mix of careers, and her passion for Kentucky and for Kentuckians make her the perfect person to represent her part of Kentucky in the state Senate.

Published in Media on Oct 18, 2021

October 2021

What Democrats do NOT want, and what they DO want

We must “set the record straight” because the future of our democracy is at stake. Here's a simple and clear list of some things Dems DO and DON'T want.

Published in Commentary on Oct 18, 2021

October 2021

McGarvey receives more endorsements

Via press release, McGarvey campaign announces seven more endorsements.

Published in Press Release on Oct 18, 2021

October 2021

'I will not accept or tolerate an ignorant politician telling the people of Kentucky that we should be satisfied with poverty.'

I don't know if Sen. Rand Paul pegged Charles Booker as a doormat Democrat. Booker seems to be pretty soft-spoken and a really nice guy. But he's proving to be anything but a pushover, one-two punching Paul and Sen. Mitch McConnell.

Published in Commentary on Oct 14, 2021

October 2021

Should we get rid of cash bail?

On this podcast, we talk with Alex Flood about the project to eliminate cash bail in Louisville: why it is ultimately both unconstitutional and morally bankrupt, and what we could do instead.

Published in Media on Oct 14, 2021

October 2021

McGarvey leaps out of the gate

Just moments after Rep. John Yarmuth said he was retiring, Morgan McGarvey said he was running to take Yarmuth's place. One day later, McGarvey showed he was ready to run, announcing $160,000 in his first day of fundraising, and an impressive list of endorsements.

Published in News on Oct 14, 2021

October 2021

'Tremendous' union support for Heaven Hill strikers

A month-long strike at one of the country’s biggest distilleries merits more national media attention than it has received, says Bill Londrigan, Kentucky State AFL-CIO president.

Published in News on Oct 12, 2021

October 2021

MORE candidate announcements

Following the Yarmuth retirement announcement, and the seconds-later McGarvey announcement that he was running for Yarmuth's seat, come two more candidate announcement via the email inbox.

Published in News on Oct 12, 2021

October 2021

McGarvey announces for Yarmuth's seat; will face Attica Scott in primary

Almost as soon as Congressman John Yarmuth announced his retirement from Congress, state Senator Morgan McGarvey announced via tweet and press release that he is running for the seat.

Published in News on Oct 12, 2021

October 2021

Breaking – Yarmuth announces retirement from Congress

In an email sent to supporters, as well as a video message on his Twitter account, Congressman John Yarmuth (D-KY-03) has announced he is retiring from Congress after this term, and will not run in the 2022 midterms.

Published in News on Oct 12, 2021

October 2021

In op-eds, Republicans urge other Republicans to vote for Democrats to save our democracy

Heather Cox Richardson reports on recent op-eds where well-known Repubs called on other Republicans to only vote for Democrats "until the authoritarian faction that has taken over their party is bled out of it."

Published in Commentary, Analysis on Oct 12, 2021

October 2021

Booker sends letter to Biden calling for action on BBB bill and refuting McConnell

Charles Booker, candidate for the Democratic nomination for Senate, sent a letter to President Biden urging action on the Build Back Better bill, and calling out Mitch McConnell for statements in McConnell's recent letter to Biden.

Published in News on Oct 12, 2021

October 2021

Coronavirus, ‘Plandemic,’ and the seven traits of conspiratorial thinking

The conspiracy theory video “Plandemic” recently went viral. As scholars who research conspiracy theories, we believe there is value in exposing the rhetorical techniques used in this video.

Published in Analysis on Oct 12, 2021

October 2021

Suramek releases campaign video ahead of Nov. 2 special election

Mae Suramek, a Berea business owner, is running in the Nov. 2 special election as the Dem candidate for KYH-89. She's just released a new campaign video. Watch it here!

Published in News on Oct 11, 2021

October 2021

Judge rules scholarship tax credits unconstitutional; KEA and KY United respond

Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd ruled today that the bill establishing "scholarship tax credits" was unconstitutional, and he enjoined the state from carrying out the provisions of the bill.

Published in News on Oct 8, 2021

October 2021

The actuarial tables will take care of hyper-partisanship

Ruy Texeira and John Judis wrote a book in 2002 saying changing demographics and changing ideology among younger generations would create “the Emerging Democratic Majority.” But rampant stupidity may make it happen even sooner.

Published in Commentary on Oct 8, 2021

October 2021

The skinny on Beshear's commutations

Lawyer Jazmin Smith of "My Old Kentucky Podcast" takes a look at the supposed issues with Gov. Beshear's commutations.

Published in Analysis on Oct 8, 2021

October 2021

Mae Suramek, Candidate for State Rep

This week – Mae Suramek, Dem candidate for the 89th district in the upcoming special election; COVID numbers; and Beshear's commutations. Plus, a healthy amount of Quick Hits.

Published in Media on Oct 8, 2021

October 2021

We’re losing our humanity, and the pandemic is to blame

“What the hell is happening?” said Rachel Patterson, who owns a hair salon in Huntsville, Alabama, and who has been screamed at, cussed out and walked out on for asking clients to don a mask. “Like, I feel like we are living on another planet. Like I don’t — I don’t recognize anyone anymore.”

Published in Analysis on Oct 8, 2021

October 2021

Louisville Women's Day Abortion Rights Rally – a photo gallery

Like hundreds of other cities across the country, there was a Women's Day Rally in Louisville on Saturday focused on abortion rights. Our own Del Ramey was there and shared these pics of the event.

Published in Media on Oct 7, 2021

October 2021

Kentucky ditches federal exchange and moves back to Kynect, which will have two more insurers and its first vision-care plan

Kentucky is reopening Kynect, the state's health-insurance exchange, as the portal for Kentuckians to purchase low- or no-cost insurance, and the site will have two more insurers and its first vision plan.

Published in News on Oct 7, 2021

October 2021

Election 2022 and beyond: a warning

The Republicans sense disarray and division within the Democratic Party, and will use it to their cynical advantage to win elections and implement their dangerous far-right agenda. The implications for democracy in America are too frightening to contemplate.

Published in Commentary on Oct 7, 2021

October 2021

'Bans off our bodies' rally in Paducah

Hard-right, anti-abortion Republicans rule the political roost in the Jackson Purchase. But last Saturday, a group of about 40 women, plus around 10 men and boys, rallied in Paducah, the region’s main town, in support of Roe v. Wade and against state anti-abortion measures.

Published in News on Oct 7, 2021

October 2021

We've lost the thread of truth

From my perspective, the fundamental problem is that we no longer trust one another. The lost thread is truth. And good Republicans are in the best position to address this problem. They need to speak openly and honestly to their base.

Published in Commentary on Oct 7, 2021

October 2021

Remembering Marcus Woodward

I knew of Marcus from his work as chair of the KDP finance committee, and his Twitter account. I had the sense, however, that there was more to Marcus Woodward than I knew, so I decided to speak with Sandy, his wife, to learn more. And I'm glad I did.

Published in Feature on Oct 4, 2021

October 2021

There's usually a big difference between most Ds and most Rs

I wish I had a crisp new Hamilton for every time I've heard somebody say, "I don't vote because there's no difference between Republicans and Democrats." But in reality, there really are big differences between most Democrats and most Republicans. Take COVID, for example.

Published in Commentary, Analysis on Oct 4, 2021

October 2021

Killing kids for cash

What kind of monster kills kids for profit?

Published in Commentary on Oct 4, 2021

October 2021

Beshear announces intent to run for second term

Gov. Andy Beshear announced on Friday he will seek reelection in 2023. In a short post on his personal Facebook page, Beshear said, “There are so many challenges facing our Commonwealth. Kentuckians are counting on me to deliver, and I won't let them down.”

Published in News on Oct 3, 2021

October 2021

AG says that KSU foundation is a public agency

The Office of the Attorney general issued an opinion last week which found that the Kentucky State University Foundation, the school’s primary private fundraising arm, is a public agency.

Published in News on Oct 3, 2021

October 2021

Stop and take a moment to remember these

Even as we try to just get through this pandemic, there are times when we should take time to reflect and to grieve. This is one of those times.

Published in Commentary on Oct 3, 2021

October 2021

KY Democratic Party announces new executive director

The KDP has a new executive director, just days after the current ED, Mary Nishimuta, announced she was returning to the private sector. Sebastian Kitchen, currently working in the communications office of Governor Beshear, will be moving into the executive director role at KDP.

Published in News on Oct 2, 2021

October 2021

A rural KY hospital responds to Covid-19: ‘I have never seen anything like it’

At the height of the pandemic in 2020, St. Claire had a maximum of 25 patients, and saw around two Covid-related deaths a week. But now, ss of September 17, St. Claire had more than 160 Covid positive patients, and was experiencing two or three deaths per day.

Published in News on Oct 2, 2021

October 2021

”I won't abandon you, like our current representative has.” – Teacher files to face Guthrie

Many people entering politics start with a smaller, more local office, and work their way “up the chain” in terms of the level of the office and the scope of the work. But sometimes, the issues are so compelling that you just can’t wait.

Published in Feature on Oct 1, 2021

October 2021

As hospital numbers keep falling, Senate again calls for special session on staffing shortages; Beshear says more work needed

State Senate President Robert Stivers sent Gov. Andy Beshear a letter today, asking him to call a special session to address health-care staffing shortages that continue even as the pandemic slowly wanes. Beshear said more work needs to be done before a session, which only he can call.

Published in News on Oct 1, 2021

October 2021

Changes at the KY Democratic Party (Update 2x)

As we head into the fall of 2021, people are already looking ahead to the 2022 midterms and the 2023 state officers election, including the governor's race. But as Kentucky Democrats start gearing up for those races, they will be doing so without two familiar names at KDP headquarters.

Published in News on Oct 1, 2021

October 2021

Fact Check: Anonymous “Spartacus” COVID Letter Riddled with Misinformation, Baseless Claims about Global Conspiracy

The so-called “Spartacus” letter contains numerous baseless claims buried within over 40 pages of analysis and citations, and which appears to have been carefully crafted to mask the dubious nature of the letter’s origin and the unfounded nature of many of the author’s allegations.

Published in Fact Check on Oct 1, 2021

September 2021

Some pre-filed bills to know about

A look at the 2022 bills that have been pre-filed, with some initial analysis as to which one are good and which ones are not so good.

Published in Resource on Sep 29, 2021

September 2021

Private school tax credit program is unconstitutional

Instead of giving handouts to select private schools, shouldn’t we be restoring funding for public schools?

Published in Commentary, Policy on Sep 28, 2021

September 2021

Explainer: The moving pieces in DC drama this week

This is a craaaazzy week in Washington. There are multiple moving pieces, multiple crises, and multiple story lines to keep track of. So, here to help you make sense of it all, is a new Explainer from Forward Kentucky.

Published in Explainer on Sep 28, 2021

September 2021

21 million Americans say Biden is ‘illegitimate’ and Trump should be restored by violence, survey finds

47 million adults say that the 2020 election was stolen. 21 million also agree that “use of force is justified to restore Donald J. Trump to the presidency.” At least 7 million of these own a gun, and at least 3 million have served in the U.S. military and so have lethal skills.

Published in News, Analysis on Sep 28, 2021

September 2021

Evidence shows that, yes, masks prevent COVID-19 – and surgical masks are the way to go

Do masks work? Recently, I was part of the largest randomized controlled trial to date testing the effectiveness of mask-wearing. What we found provides gold-standard evidence that confirms previous research: Wearing masks, particularly surgical masks, prevents COVID-19.

Published in Explainer on Sep 27, 2021

September 2021

Bill Would Allow Domestic-Violence Survivors to Claim Unemployment

Kentucky lawmakers and state advocates want to expand the state's unemployment system to include survivors of domestic violence.

Published in News on Sep 27, 2021

September 2021

Lawmakers grill Unity Aluminum exec for lack of progress

Officials with a company that received $15 million from the state to help build a $1.7 billion aluminum mill in northeast Kentucky, which would have employed hundreds of people, were grilled by state lawmakers on Friday over a lack of progress in constructing the facility.

Published in News on Sep 27, 2021

September 2021

Explainer: The "educational scholarships" lawsuit

Robert Kahne explains what the "educational scholarships" lawsuit is all about.

Published in Explainer on Sep 27, 2021

September 2021

KY makes a big blue move

Not the UK football team – this is about school systems, mask mandates, and whether or not this means people are tired of GOP shenanigans and are ready to elect a Dem to the Senate.

Published in News on Sep 27, 2021

September 2021

Grassroots environmentalism in the Bluegrass — a progress report on the campaign to bring renewable energy to Kentucky

Kentucky and Louisville are quietly going green in a trend you might call trickle-up environmentalism. The latest data point on that path came September 18 when two dozen people Zoomed together to start crafting plans that would dramatically ramp up solar energy in Louisville.

Published in News on Sep 27, 2021

September 2021

Moving KY Forward w/ Josie Raymond

In this episode of Moving Kentucky Forward, we're joined by state Rep. Josie Raymond. She has always been a passionate advocate for early childhood education, and after seeing no movement in Frankfort to fund universal pre-K, she has started an organization to get it to happen in Louisville.

Published in Media on Sep 26, 2021

September 2021

Dear 106 KY counties: Your vax rates suck

Rural vaccination rates have been rising in some counties. But, how do the overall numbers look? In a word – they suck.

Published in Analysis on Sep 23, 2021

September 2021

Why broadband internet is as important as electricity for rural residents

The need for rural broadband has been talked about until it’s practically a standard, and empty, campaign slogan. Even piecemeal improvements take forever. No wonder small-town America feels disconnected — it’s because it is, literally and figuratively.

Published in Policy on Sep 23, 2021

September 2021

These three KY seats are up THIS year

With all the other news these days, it's easy to forget that this is actually an election year in Kentucky. Three seats in the General Assembly will be decided on November 2nd in special elections in each district.

Published in News on Sep 23, 2021

September 2021

Here's the results of your 'personal choice'

For over a year, we have heard repeatedly that deciding to not be vaccinated against COVID is a "personal choice." Now all those "personal choices" are having real and deadly consequences, not just for the person refusing to be vaccinated, but for people all around them. Rachel Maddow has more.

Published in Commentary on Sep 23, 2021

September 2021

‘Tax the rich’? Democrats’ plans to make the wealthy pay a little more will barely dent America’s long slide from progressive taxation

The U.S. used to have a rigorously progressive tax system – but now, the uber-rich actually pay a lower tax rate than the poorest citizens. Read this to learn more.

Published in Policy on Sep 23, 2021

September 2021

Will America’s disregard for science be the end of its reign?

Here's a video from some leading scientists that calls out a real problem in our country: so-called "alternate facts." It's about 25 minutes long, but worth your time.

Published in Commentary on Sep 22, 2021

September 2021

Lexington activist considering running for Kelly Flood's seat

Long-time Democratic state representative Kelly Flood is not running in 2022, thus making the 75th an open seat. Forward Kentucky learned that Roy Harrison, a well-known volunteer and activist in Lexington, is considering running for the seat. Here's our interview with him.

Published in News, Feature on Sep 22, 2021

September 2021

Thanks to Trump and the Republican party, COVID-19 is now the deadliest pandemic in U.S. history

The COVID-19 pandemic has now killed more Americans than the 1918 Spanish flu, based on the official death count from COVID-19 compared to the estimated fatalities from the 1918 pandemic.

Published in Commentary on Sep 21, 2021

September 2021

Women's rally planned for October 2 in Louisville

A group of Louisville pro-choice organizations and individuals have come together for an empowering women's rally on Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 11 AM, Federal Square, 600 West Chestnut (behind the federal building) in Louisville KY.

Published in Press Release on Sep 21, 2021

September 2021

A minister talks about abortion

This week on Moving Kentucky Forward, we are joined by Rev. Lauren Jones Mayfield, who recently attended a meeting at the White House about the new anti-abortion bill in Texas.

Published in Media on Sep 21, 2021

September 2021

McConnell/Paul campaign manager indicted

GOP operative Jesse Benton was indicted on Monday of multiple federal felonies, including causing an illegal campaign contribution by a foreign national.

Published in News on Sep 21, 2021

September 2021

Charter schools exploit lucrative loophole that would be easy to close

While critics charge that charter schools siphon money away from public schools, a more fundamental issue frequently flies under the radar: the questionable business practices that allow people who own and run charter schools to make large profits.

Published in Analysis on Sep 20, 2021

September 2021

The Annotated Andy Wolfson

Some thoughts from the Open Government Coalition on the recent article about AG Cameron's attack on open records

Published in Commentary on Sep 20, 2021

September 2021

“Although access hangs by a thread, abortion is still safe and legal in Kentucky, and we must do everything within our power to keep it that way.”

Berry Craig interviews Tamarra Wieder, director of Planned Parenthood Alliance Advocates for Kentucky, about the Texas abortion law, and the future of women's healthcare access in Kentucky.

Published in Feature on Sep 20, 2021

September 2021

”There are real and deadly consequences to Rand Paul‘s lies.“

Charles Booker and Sen. Rand Paul are practicing what they preach about COVID 19. By word and deed, Booker's for social responsibility. Paul's a Covidiot.

Published in Commentary on Sep 19, 2021

September 2021

Here's what's in the new voting rights bill (part 3)

The past two days, we have shared a list of the provisions in the new Freedom to Vote Act. Today, we're finishing up with the third section.

Published in Analysis on Sep 19, 2021

September 2021

A response to those who say they "did their own reseach"

If you call out someone on their obvious use of debunked claims, and they say "I did my own research; you do yours!" then here is a meme you can send them in response.

Published in Commentary on Sep 18, 2021

September 2021

Here's what's in the new voting rights bill (part 2)

Yesterday, we shared a list of the provisions in the first section of the Freedom to Vote Act. Today, we're sharing the second section.

Published in Analysis on Sep 18, 2021

September 2021

Josh Douglas: Disbar Trump’s lawyers who tried to steal the election

Dr. Josh Douglas of UK's law school weighs in on the Trump lawyers, and concludes they should be disbarred.

Published in Commentary on Sep 17, 2021

September 2021

Here's what's in the new voting rights bill

This week, Senate Democrats unveiled a new voting rights bill that trims down and adjusts what was previously proposed in the For the People Act, which was passed by the House in March. This post provides a detailed summary of what’s in the proposed bill.

Published in Analysis on Sep 17, 2021

September 2021

KY Open Govt Coalition sues Fish & Wildlife

“Our action follows AG Cameron’s decisions that discussions of public business by public officials on private devices and accounts are not subject to the Open Records Act because they are not ‘possessed’ by the public agencies the officials serve,” said coalition Director Scott Horn.

Published in News on Sep 17, 2021

September 2021

Stivers attacks Beshear in presser; KDP and others respond

Senate President Robert Stivers held a press conference today in which he attacked both Governor Beshear and his administration. The KDP issued a response.

Published in News on Sep 17, 2021

September 2021

Yes, they are a "bunch of partisan hacks"

War is peace, freedom is slavery, and the Supreme Court is a dispassionate nonpartisan branch of government free of bias — this is the Orwellian fable that Justice Amy Coney Barrett is now asking Americans to believe.

Published in Commentary,