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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.

The ProgKy Backstory

Are you thinking "Wait a minute -- wasn't there a Progress Kentucky some years ago?" If you are, here's the backstory. A number of years...

It’s Time for Progress Kentucky

It's time to speak up. It's time to organize. It's time for Progress Kentucky. With the election of Matt Bevin as governor of Kentucky, and...

Denny Butler, Where Art Thou?

Now that Denny Butler has switched parties, he owes it to his constituents and supporters to answer questions about the future. Here are some starters.

My Answers to Ron Crimm’s General Assembly Survey

Rep. Crimm sent me a survey about the upcoming General Assembly. Here is the survey, along with my answers and notes. What would you have said?

Louisville Outscores Rest of KY AND Peers in LGBT Rights

Human Rights Commission released their report on LGBT rights in U.S. cities, and Louisville got a perfect score! Read on for scores and comparisons!

Backgrounder: Progressive vs Liberal

Are you a progressive? Or a liberal? What’s the difference, anyway? And if libertarians usually vote for Republicans, why do they agree with Democrats on...
HBC Crosses on Lawn

Louisville’s Own “San Bernardino” Year

Look at this picture. This is the church I attend. Every year on the second Sunday in Advent, we hammer crosses into the lawn in...

Gun Violence: We Need Better Gun Laws, But That’s Not All

The United States has a problem with gun violence, and we need to deal with it. But how? The answer is plain, and two-fold: We need better gun laws ... AND, we need to deal with the rest of the problem as well. What is that "rest of the problem"? Read on.

Why Are Our Car Insurance Rates Discriminatory?

Car insurance rates seem fairly simple: If you are a bad driver, or you drive in heavy traffic, you will probably pay more due to...


GLI recently unveiled their 2016 Legislative Agenda. We're going to have some future articles about the agenda, both what we support and what we oppose....

Immigrants: Mayor Gets It Right

Amidst all the fearful, hateful, and xenophobic comments about refugees and immigrants spread around the country in the past week, it is refreshing to...

A Rude Unhinging – a Body Politic in Shock

(This article was originally posted on Jim Pence's Hillbilly Report, and reposted here with permission of the author. While we don't agree with every...