Separating “The Work” from the Publisher

Forward Kentucky is maturing, and one sign of that is separating "The Work" from the publisher. Read on to learn what I mean.

Why the Medicaid Waiver Plan Is A Bad Idea

Here is my email to the KyHealth@KY.gov comment line, outlining why the Medicaid waiver is such a bad idea. I also listed alternatives they could consider.

On crime, Bevin, and prayer

I posted a series of tweets about this earlier, but thought it best to expand a bit in a PubBlog post.

Remember: Trump Gone or Not, We Have Work To Do

I've been reading Twitter a lot lately, both to keep up and to get story ideas and leads. A recent comment on there, though, got me thinking, and I thought I'd expand on it.

Senator Mitch McConnell: WHEN?

A call to Senator Mitch McConnell, written in frustration at his lack of leadership, honor, or substance at a time of crisis for our nation.

Your Kentucky Death Panel

Here are the four Kentucky reps who voted to take away your health insurance, without reading the bill, without any hearings, without any CBO score, and without any support from Democrats:

We’ve Added Forums

A recent development on the site: We have turned off the comments feature on stories, and added forums. Let me explain why.

We’re on Medium and Apple News

After some weeks of making sure everything was ready, ForwardKY is publishing on both Apple News and Medium. Check it out!

Speaking of Tax Returns …

Sitting here watching Rachel Maddow and others talk about Trump's tax returns, and it reminded me ...

Governor Bevin, where are YOUR tax returns?

HB151: My Note to Ed Cmte

I wrote the members of the Senate Education Committee just now about HB151. Here's my note: Dear committee member, I am emailing to voice my significant concerns with HB 151, the so-called Neighborhood Schools bill. This bill applies a simplistic solution to a complex problem: how to manage school assignments for the largest school system in the state, AND avoid resegregating the schools system, AND avoid breaking the very successful magnet programs, AND keep from overcrowding existing schools. Applying the simplistic solution of “just let everyone go to their neighborhood school” to all of the above is like solving traffic problems at UK games by just turning off all the red lights and letting everyone go however they want. It will cause immediate gridlock in our school system. In other words, it is a bad bill, and should be killed. Bruce Maples 25-year-resident of Louisville

Is McConnell Being McConnell, or Is He Actually Worried About His Russia Problem?

Is McConnell's non-interest in pushing for an investigation into the Russian connections just McConnell being McConnell, the party-above-everything DC player? Or, is he actually worried that he would be caught up in it in some way?

Why Is EVERY Bill an “Emergency”?

There's a filing status in Frankfort that fast-tracks a bill for rapid deployment if approved, called "declaring an emergency." Apparently, Republicans have decided to abuse this status. These are SUPPOSED to be used for matters like immediate budget changes due to a crisis (such as repair loans for homeowners if the New Madrid fault decided to finally throw an earthquake our way). The LRC glossary defines the Emergency Clause as "Provision in a bill that it become effective immediately upon approval by the governor rather than 90 days after adjournment." So now, because our newly-hatched Republican majority is like a teenage boy having sex for the first time, almost every bill has the Emergency Clause slapped on it, whether it needs it or deserves it. Next thing you know, they'll attach the Emergency Clause to announcing the cafeteria menu for the day.

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