This week we talk with Linda Belcher, fresh off her landslide win for state House, and Rebekah Witherington, the chair of the Bullitt County Dems: how they won, the future of the Dems in Bullitt, and the issues that resonate. We also talk about the opioid crisis, and the surprising unity around medical marijuana.
Today's video version of the Forward Five: Plusses and minuses of the pension bill; Kentucky poison control center cut; Chris Harris, D-KY93, turns back on NRA and says it's time to do something about guns; Cigarette tax lobbying shows interest in bill; Letter sent to UofL prez over Vickie Glisson contract.
Jazmin and Robert speak with Tina Bojanowski, a Democratic candidate for Kentucky House in District 32. They also talk about the special election results in KY49, where Linda Belcher defeated Rebecca Johnson. And, they cover the new pension bill, and Gov. Bevin's lawsuit countersuit against Medicaid recipients.
Video Forward Five for 2/20/18 – five Kentucky politics stories you need to know today: Bullitt County special election is today; Bevin sues to bring Medicaid lawsuit back to KY; AG Beshear sues drug company for flooding KY with opioids; Repubs vote to cut workers' comp; Fischer leading recipient of SCALA donations
The video Forward Five for Monday, 2/19/18: Bill to cut unemployment benefits; Optometrists push bill to outlaw online eye exams; Bill to move Medicaid pharmacy benefits back under state control; Bill to limit special taxing districts; And our first video editorial, on Republicans and guns
In our latest podcast, we're joined by Gay Adelmann, founder of Dear JCPS and Save Our Schools Kentucky, & a strong advocate for public education in Louisville and in Frankfort. She helped recruit many of the educators running for office this year, and that led to a new form of activism – she's now a candidate herself!
In this video editorial, publisher Bruce Maples shows how Republican lawmakers are owned by the gun lobby, which keeps us from dealing with the flood of guns contributing to the gun violence problem in the U.S. It's time to say "Enough."
We've got an interview with Kelly Smith, a Democrat running for House District 89 in Madison, Laurel, and Jackson counties. Jazmin updates us about Sen. Alvarado's new tort reform bills. and Robert updates us about two bills that are making their way through the legislature.
The video version of the Forward Five for 2/16/18: Bevin on culture causing mass shootings; our response on why he's wrong; gun bills to expand gun access in schools; AG Beshear limited by House; Linda Belcher leads in fund-raising. Plus two new commentaries, and Funding February.
Included in this video: – Pension bill delayed till next week – New death penalty rules proposed – Medicaid waiver costs more to cover fewer – Liquor dealers win first round with Bevin administration – Glisson doesn't tell UofL she's running for office, after signing contract for $200,000 teaching job
The video version of the Forward Five for 2/14/18: pension bill coming soon, rally in Louisville against "secret societies" and for democracy, charter schools may be delayed, KY to begin paying family members serving as foster parents, and environmental groups challenge pipeline ruling.
The video version of the Forward Five for 2/13/18: net metering bill passes, pension letter doesn't move House members, Bevin says company shouldn't be forced to make gay pride teeshirts, Repub candidate is a no-show, and we need a good gas tax solution.