Some of us had hoped that the Republicans in Frankfort would wait till after the January recess to pass the really bad stuff, which might give us time to affect some of the outcomes. And, we also hoped that we might have a chance to pressure the Governor as well not to sign some of them. It’s looking like things are moving faster than that.

A number of bills are moving this week, it appears, although it is still so early that the LRC doesn’t even have the bills posted on its website, much less a schedule. In addition, some of the bills are marked as “fast track,” which means the Governor can/will sign them as soon as they are passed, and not wait till the end of session as is customary.

(Note that all of the above is based on comments from people observing the process, along with a few comments by legislators. There is no official schedule to check, so for now, consider all of this to be unverified, but likely. When there is a schedule, we’ll post it.)

Oh, and that comment about “we’re not going to focus on social issues – we’re more focused on business issues”? The 20-week abortion ban and the forced ultra-sound bill are both in this set of Do-Them-Now bills. So much for “focusing on business” – I think they’re more focused on giving us the business, especially women.

More to come as we know more.

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 ( and 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.