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Bruce Maples

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.
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ForwardKY expands partnership with My Old Kentucky Podcast

We've been cross-posting MOKP, by Robert Kahne and Jazmin Smith, for some time. Recently they proposed a closer working relationship, and we said Yes!
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Will we lose our democracy on Tuesday?

This election could be the most significant threat to our democracy since at least the Civil War, and perhaps ever. Alarmist? Read and see what YOU think.
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Is the RPK using a dog-whistle in its mailers?

The Republican Party of Kentucky is using a phrase in its mailers that could be a dog-whistle: "Kentucky heritage." Is it?
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Ryan runs ugliest ads of the year; Barr campaigns with him...

Paul Ryan's PAC has run some of the "most inflammatory" ads of this election. Nevertheless, Andy Barr welcomed him to KY this week to campaign together.
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Four things we should do after last week

The events of the past week have been horrific. As I have reflected on them over the weekend, it seems to me that there are four things we should all do.
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Republicans are lying about healthcare

As we head into the 2018 midterms, healthcare is the #1 issue that voters care about. And all over the country, Republicans are lying about it.
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The Republican gaslighting is out of control

The gaslighting is getting worse. Now it's not just Trump – many Republicans are using gaslighting in their campaigns, including a new gaslit talking point.

Tit-for-tat ethics complaints 🅿️

So now we've got competing ethics complaints, one from the Repubs and one from the Dems. Bruce Maples wonders if these are the most pressing ethics issues.
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Kentucky’s tax system sucks

A new report from ITEP confirms what we've long known: Kentucky's tax system sucks. And it's worse now than it was a few years ago.
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Uber and Lyft are offering rides to the polls

Millions of people did not vote in 2016 because of trouble getting to the polls. Uber and Lyft want to change that by offering rides to the polls.

After Kavanaugh: One worst-case scenario for our democracy

With Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, could we slide further into authoritarianism? Here is one scenario that is both worst-case and definitely possible.

How Andy Beshear could be a hero

As Andy Beshear continues his run for governor in 2019, some have complained about it, especially his fund-raising. Here's an idea for him to consider.