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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.

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.

Oldham County and the Right-to-Work Lie

It's always fascinating to watch elected officials solve a real problem with a fairy-tale solution. Oldham County is the latest example of this contortion of logic. Stuck with an industrial park that is all park and no industry, leaders in the county are proposing a local so-called "Right to Work" (Right to Freeload) ordinance, saying that destroying unions and paying poverty wages is obviously the way to attract companies to the county. Let's be clear: Right to Freeload isn't about jobs. It's about greed and politics.

Email Accounts: Props to the Mayor

Some of us are old enough to remember when government work was largely done in the shadows. Committee meetings, communications between elected officials, documents...

Time To Stop Buying Girl Scout Cookies?

This morning at church, I got the two boxes of Girl Scout cookies I had bought: Do-Si-Dos and Tagalongs. (Yes, I have a thing...

My (Small) Tribute to Jim King

Ever since Jim King's death, numerous tributes and retrospectives have been written and spoken. I cannot, and do not hope to, match any of...

Metro Govt Continues To Use Data To Make Louisville Better

One mark of a progressive city is that is continually looks for ways to improve the quality of life for its citizens. A key...

I’m Back

After many months away from all my sites, after many months of combining work with campaigning, after many months of doing no writing except...

Explainer: Government Shutdown vs Government Default

As we stumble, seemingly inevitably, to a government shutdown at midnight Monday, there is already talk of a possible default later in October. Some...

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