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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.
JCPS Faux Report Card Front

Who put out those “JCPS report cards”?

Some group put out anonymous "JCPS report cards" across Louisville, urging people to support the state takeover. The same care wound up on a web site. How?

Three big reasons Bevin’s Medicaid work requirements are a bad idea

If you want a summary of why Medicaid work requirements are a bad idea, look no further than this document filed in federal court.

Trump, yes – but what about Paul and Massie? 🅿️

At this point, it is obvious that President Trump is focused on doing things that favor Russia. As Josh Marshall has said, it doesn't matter WHY this is, whether because of blackmail, or financial gain, or psychological/emotional need. What matters is naming it, containing the damage, and eventually trying to repair the damage. But, some are asking, what about Rand Paul and Thomas Massie?

KY electeds living large off of Leadership PACs

Some KY electeds are using their "leadership PACS" to fund an expanded lifestyle, instead of using the money for campaigns as originally intended.

Advice to governor candidates: WAIT

Dear all erstwhile governor candidates, and anyone thinking of running for any state-wide office in 2019: Please wait to announce until November 7, 2018.

Wondering about continuing the calendar

We added a statewide event calendar to the site at the beginning of the year, hoping that people would find it useful AND that groups would submit their events. Our goal was to provide a central place where people could look for events in their area and get involved. I'm wondering, though, if it's worth keeping.

Let’s try this again

For a while, I wrote posts for the Publisher's Blog (PubBlog) to share both shorter posts that didn't really need to be on the main page, and news about the site. They didn't get much play, so I stopped. But now I'm starting again. Let me tell you why.

Kentucky Politics News and Notes – Wednesday, 7/11/18

It's the second installment of our new feature, "Kentucky Politics News and Notes." Check it out, and let us know if you find it useful.

Tom Nichols on Chait’s Trump/Russia article

Jonathan Chait has laid out an important question: Is Trump under the control of Russia? Tom Nichols shares his insights on the Chait post. Read them both.
"Who Are We To Be" Sign

OccupyICE vs ThreePercenters picture gallery

Here are pictures (and a very short video) from the OccupyICE / ThreePercenters event on Saturday, July 7, in Louisville.
OccupyICE Crowd

OccupyICE vs ThreePercenters: This is what democracy looks like

This morning I attended the protest/counter-protest between OccupyIce and the ThreePercenters, and thought, "This is what democracy looks like."

Janus case: We lost the battle; can we win the war?

The Janus case was a loss for working people everywhere. The question now is, Can we band together and win the war to save our democracy from the oligarchs?