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

Andy Barr doesn’t care

Here's the basic point of this post: Donald Trump is a grifter, an unindicted co-conspirator, and a Russian asset. And Andy Barr doesn't care.

For once, McConnell and the @KYGOP get it right (updated)

If we're going to call them out when they get it wrong on race, we need to recognize when they get it right. And at least this time, they got it right.

Sorting out the Alison Grimes situation

Here are my thoughts about the recent events surrounding Alison Grimes, including whether any of them could be politically motivated. (Patrons only)
The Supreme Court building (by Mr. Kjetil Ree; CC BY-SA 3.0 via

Senator Rand Paul – we will remember your vote on Kavanaugh

Senator Paul, this is a legacy-defining vote for you. If you vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, I can guarantee – we will remember.

A settlement w/o a settlement: JCPS got played

The JCPS school board was handed a settlement without a settlement, and four of them voted to sign it anyway. The conclusion is simple: JCPS got played.

Pro-tip for campaigns: Get some decent photos

One challenge of covering campaigns is finding decent photos. But apparently, candidates haven't gotten the message that visual communications matter.
#WhyFreddy? - the question everyone should be asking.

Dear Farm Bureau: #WhyFreddy?

It's Farm Bureau Day at the fair, and like every year, we have this question: Why are do you stand against teachers, and unions, and gays? #WhyFreddy?

Wednesday News and Notes for Kentucky Politics

School's back in session, we're past Fancy Farm, and the election season is heating up. Time for a Wednesday News and Notes!
The crowd cheers a speaker.

“Big crowds, big energy” – five Dems report in

Five different Dems, five different vantage points on the fall races. How is it going? What are you seeing? Read on to learn what they said!
IVotronic voting machine

County clerks who want to KEEP their hackable voting machines?

There's a push on to move Kentucky to paper-trail voting machines – and yet some county clerks want to keep their all-electronic machines. What?!?
Ohio 12th Congressional District

Six takeaways from the Ohio 12 special election

The Democrat closed within a point of the Republican in Ohio 12, a heavily Republican district. What lessons can we take from this race?

“Feminist. Progressive.” Barr attack ad says those qualities make McGrath too...

Facing his toughest re-election battle, Andy Barr launched an ad Monday that seeks to define Dem opponent Amy McGrath as “too liberal for Kentucky.”