Publisher's Blog

Short updates and commentary from our publisher, Bruce Maples. (Longer pieces are published as regular posts.) If there’s an -End- mark, what you see is all there is. Otherwise, click the title to read the entire post.

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.

How much Dem swing do we need to take back the House? Ⓜ️


I enjoy working with statistics and spreadsheets. So, after all the recent talk of a "blue wave" this fall, I wanted to see just how much of a swing we would need across Kentucky to take back the Kentucky House. In this post, I'll share what I found, as well as the spreadsheet I used, so you can run your own scenarios.

A quick note about our emails …


Before I send out the weekly newsletter later today, I wanted to share something about the emails you receive from Forward Kentucky.

Louisville residents, take the Resilience survey


Just completed a survey from the Resilience office of Metro Government. Interesting survey, with some good questions. At the end, they said to share with "anyone who might be interested in taking the survey." So, if you are in Louisville and want to add your input, here's the link.

Candidate list is updated


FYI — Have just updated the Candidate List. You can now browse and filter and such. One interesting filter you could try is which races do not have the incumbent running.

Did Trump just call for “purges” of the government?


"Tonight, I call on Congress to empower every cabinet secretary with the authority to reward good workers and to remove federal employees who undermine the public trust or fail the American people.” In other words, carry out purges within the government.

A preemptive strike on Medicaid


As noted in our news story, Governor Bevin has issued an executive order threatening to cancel the Medicaid expansion, and the healthcare of 480,000 Kentuckians, if any part of his Medicaid waiver is overturned in court. Here are my initial thoughts.

Reflections on the Dan Johnson story


Once I got over the shock of reading the headline of Dan Johnson's suicide, my overwhelming emotion was sadness.

A one-day special session?


Based on a conversation with a lawmaker, here's a question: Could we have a one-day special session?

Hoover sex scandal: Who’s lying? Who’s hiding?


It's obvious that someone is lying in the Hoover sex scandal. My question is, though, WHY? And, who is that lurking in the background?

My Initial Thoughts on the Repub Pension Plan


I watched the press conference this morning, and took down the ten points as they were shared. Here are my initial thoughts.

Conservatives: “You’re on your own.”


I've been struck recently by the responses of conservatives to a number of crises. All reveal one common feature of conservativism: You're on your own.