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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.

Is a special session coming?

Lots of chatter about a possible special session to re-pass the pension bill. It's all rumor at this point, but here's what I've heard.

Thayer’s troubling comments

Damon Thayer says he wants to look at "judicial reform," after losing in the SCOKY. Here's the worry: what he really wants is "judicial CONTROL."

Is McConnell in trouble?

With Maria Butina doing a plea deal and cooperating with Federal prosecutors, the question arises: Does this have implications for Mitch McConnell?

A nice word from a Republican legislator

After our story on Twitter blocks from Repubs, we got a message in return from one Republican lawmaker, with a word in it that meant a lot.

Bevin to lead econ mission to India

The U.S. Department of Commerce has selected Gov. Matt Bevin to lead an economic development delegation to India in mid-January

A small Republican block party

Was working on our public Twitter lists of Repubs and Dems in the state legislator, and wondered how many had blocked Forward Kentucky. Here's the list.

The KY Chamber’s idea of diversity

The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce is hosting their annual Legislative Preview Conference. See if you notice anything about whom the Chamber invited to speak.
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ForwardKY expands partnership with My Old Kentucky Podcast

We've been cross-posting MOKP, by Robert Kahne and Jazmin Smith, for some time. Recently they proposed a closer working relationship, and we said Yes!
Lady Liberty crying (by bluecrayola via Shutterstock.com)

Will we lose our democracy on Tuesday?

This election could be the most significant threat to our democracy since at least the Civil War, and perhaps ever. Alarmist? Read and see what YOU think.
Photo of RPK mailer for Alice Forgy Kerr

Is the RPK using a dog-whistle in its mailers?

The Republican Party of Kentucky is using a phrase in its mailers that could be a dog-whistle: "Kentucky heritage." Is it?
Screen shot from CLF ad about Aftab Pureval

Ryan runs ugliest ads of the year; Barr campaigns with him...

Paul Ryan's PAC has run some of the "most inflammatory" ads of this election. Nevertheless, Andy Barr welcomed him to KY this week to campaign together.
(photo by Manop Phimsit / Shutterstock)

Four things we should do after last week

The events of the past week have been horrific. As I have reflected on them over the weekend, it seems to me that there are four things we should all do.

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