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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.

Screwing Up Garbage – HB 454

It's hard to screw up garbage -- but HB 454 does just that. And as a result, our one landfill may become a battleground.

Bevin’s College Budget: Playing Favorites

In part one of this two-part series, we looked at Governor Bevin's college budget and its effect on Kentucky State University, an historically-black college...

Bevin’s College Budget: Racism, Equity, and Other Questions

Is Governor Bevin's college budget racist? In this first of two parts, we look at the numbers and ponder what Governor Bevin is doing to KSU.

Dear Louisville Democratic Party: Get Serious

[Louisville] It's a Presidential election year, which means new leaders for the Louisville Democratic Party. ProgLou has one message for those leaders: Get Serious.

Is Louisville Progressive — Or Just Nice?

[Louisville] Time for a thought experiment. What images, thoughts, or emotions do these words bring forth?

SB4: Senate Calls Women Stupid, House Agrees

Last week, the Kentucky Senate told all the women in our state that they are too stupid to make decisions on their own, and...

Waste-Derived Fuels: Trading Pollutants in Speed

Interesting story coming out of Speed, Indiana, located just north of Sellersburg. (Map here - note the schools and houses nearby.) Seems there is a...

Right-to-Work Is Wrong

I wasn’t surprised to see Kent Oyler’s editorial extolling the benefits of so-called Right-to-Work. After all, Mr. Oyler’s salary is paid by business owners,...

Do Class Sizes Matter? No – Until They Do

Lots of talk about class sizes, with some people saying they don't matter. Perhaps; but the research says that most of the time, they really, really do.

JCPS Class Sizes: What Are the REAL Numbers?

As a stats geek, I'm getting really frustrated with the discussion about JCPS class sizes, both from the JCPS leadership and from the local...

Ky Senator Seeks Sanctuary From Reality

In news that surprised no one, a Kentucky state senator proposed a bill to remove the Commonwealth from the real world, and only accept...

Kentucky, 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,...