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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.

Paper Leaf Bags Are Only Sensible Answer

Do you ever read a headline and say to yourself "I thought that was settled. Why would we even consider going back?" That was...

We Need More Unions — Here’s Why

Now that the Right has taken the governorship, one of the key battles in Frankfort is going to be unions -- or more specifically, killing off unions. With union membership declining across the country, regressives and their corporate partners see this as an opportune time to rid themselves of organized workers. In the face of this coming battle, here is my clear and strong response: We don't need less unions, and we don't need less union members. We need more and better unions -- and business people and millenials agree with me.

Our Minimum Wage Is Still Too Low

2,000. That's the number you need to remember. Why? Because it's the number of hours in a year's worth of work: 40 hours a week times 50 weeks. (Got to have some time off, amirite?) And why is that helpful? Because it's easy-peasy to multiply or divide. Let's try it -- Minimum wage of $7.75 an hour X 2000 hours == $15,500 a year, before taxes. Look at that number. If that leaves you speechless, good -- it should. Because it's an outrageous, immoral number.

Big Bucks 1, Urban Design 0

When the news broke that the Walmart lawsuit had been dismissed, I was intrigued by the responses of some of our elected officials. Here is one example: “I’m sure glad that stupid lawsuit is taken care of, so we can get our pictures made breaking ground on this big-ass store, and not have to pay attention to some froufrou urban design crap." So -- what lesson can we take away from the Walmart process, and the responses of our leaders?

Kudos: Metro Gov and Local Groups Help Homeless Vets

One of the distortions you hear from the anti-government crowd is "government can't do anything right." It's good, therefore, to take the time to...

The Regressives Won — Here’s Your Prize, Kentucky

This is not the post I had planned for tonight. And, this was not the election result I expected tonight, either. But here we...

Dear JCPS: The Principals Come First

Here’s a question for you: Can the principal be your pal, if they never come out of their office? :: I was intrigued by the comments of...

ORSANCO Delivers a Mercury Trick, But It’s No Treat

I hate writing about regulatory issues, sometimes. They're often complicated and arcane, hard to explain and full of competing interests, many of which may...

Convention Center Solar — A Missed Opportunity?

It was one of those "good news / bad news" stories, as reported by James Bruggers over at the C-J: Good news: The downtown Convention...

Journalism, Heft, and Getting It Right

Just a quick note about a word I keep using, and some reflections on ProgLou a few weeks after the relaunch. Heft. It’s a word...

Are We Ready for Climate Change?

Let us propose two realities to you: Climate change is real, it is here, and it’s going to get worse, perhaps much worse. Practically no one...

EPA Letters, Air Quality, and Politics

As noted by WFPL back in September, Mayor Fischer refused to join other mayors in calling on the EPA to set stricter smog standards. The current standards of 75 parts-per-billion for ozone have been in place since 2008, but the EPA is under court orders to update them. The Sierra Club asked mayors across the country to sign, and 70 of them did so, including the mayors of New York, Chicago, Baltimore, and Los Angeles. But not the mayor of Louisville.