We talk with Mary Nishimuta and Ben Self of the KDP about the primaries and what they mean, as well as what KDP is doing to get ready for the fall elections. We also explore running as a progressive in Kentucky, and how KDP works with other groups to move the state forward.
Brent McKim, the head of the Jefferson County Teachers Association, joins us to talk about the proposed takeover, the upcoming contract, and what he thinks of the comments and emails that have been made public in the past few weeks.
We're joined this week by Rep. Rocky Adkins, the Democratic leader of the KY House. What did he think of the legislative session that just finished, including the way the Republicans ran it? What's going to happen this fall? And, we're going to ask him if he's running for governor.
People who make a living through working, and not stocks, have been under attack for years, even decades. It's a #WarOnWorkersKY, and it's time for us to call it what it is: an ongoing, blatant attempt to have working families make do with less and less, while the wealthy get more and more.
The video version of our Forward Five for Wednesday, 2/28/18: – Pensions AND budgets in Frankfort – KY school district votes to arm teachers – Medical marijuana gets two boosts in one week – KYGA resolution asking Feds to remove hemp from MJ definition – Republican wins special election
Five Kentucky politics stories you need to know: Bevin, Massie advocate against gun control; Judge tosses Bevin administration's lawsuit over the state's OxyContin settlement; Special election for House 89; WVa governor fails to pay taxes owed to KY counties; House Republicans expect vote on budget this week.
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!