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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.

Grimes settles voter rolls lawsuit; what it means for KY

KY settled a voter rolls lawsuit w/ Judicial Watch, & though we're not Ohio, there are some ramifications for voters in our state. Read this to learn more!


I'm the publisher of this operation, and of all the things we need right now, the BIGGEST need we have is people who can WRITE who want to be REPORTERS.

How inclusive is our activism?

I've started looking at some of the groups I work with, or in. And, I've started asking: How inclusive is our activism, really?

You say you want a free press? Pay for it.

You say you want good journalism? A press that protects us from government and corporate overreach? A strong, free press? Well, then — pay for it.

#NotNormal – the missing Bevin tax returns

We start our new #NotNormal series with something that is definitely not normal: Matt Bevin not releasing his tax returns, even though he promised to do so.

Backgrounder: The Poor People’s Campaign

For those unfamiliar with the Poor People's Campaign, here is a backgrounder taken from their own press releases, web sites, and social media channels.
Never Normalize the Abnormal

#NotNormal – A new series from Forward Kentucky

"The new normal." It's a phrase heard more and more in both national and state politics. It means we just have to accept whatever is happening, because it is now what's normal and acceptable. We're calling BS. Loudly.

Auschwitz in America

For decades, anyone wanting to illustrate the moral depravity of the Nazi regime would point to the treatment of the children. Children ripped away from parents, families split apart and destroyed. All because to the Nazis, these people were subhuman. And now the United States is headed down the same road.
Seth Hall

Seth Hall gets in the game to win the 4th CD

It seems that whenever we do one of these candidate profiles, there is a moment, a sentence, that just really stands out, that crystalizes the candidate or the candidacy. Here's the one for Seth Hall, candidate for Congress from the 4th congressional district:
Campaign sign

Illegal signs and other election shenanigans

It's almost the end of primary season, and that means it's time for election shenanigans to reach their peak. Let's look at some of the intentional (and unintentional) fun and games as we head toward May 22.
Sheri Donahue

Sheri Donahue wants to engineer a better KY Senate

Sheri Donahue has been an engineer. She's worked in cyber security. She's led national organizations. She's worked in D.C., and she's briefed admirals. Now she wants to take all her engineering and professional and problem-solving experience, and use it to make Kentucky's state senate better.
Brian Pedigo

Brian Pedigo wants Medicare for all – and to retire Brett...

Brian Pedigo is not a newcomer to politics. He's worked on campaigns, and even run for Congress to make sure a Republican didn't run unopposed. But when he heard Brett Guthrie brag about being an "architect" of the GOP healthcare scam, Brian decided it was time to run again.