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.

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.

Charter School Lunch-and-Learn Planned for Legislators

Save Our Schools KY and Forward Kentucky are hosting a "Charter School Lunch-and-Learn" for Kentucky legislators this coming Wednesday in Frankfort.

On Not Attending the Inauguration

Congressman Yarmuth has joined a growing number of members of Congress who have decided to skip the upcoming inauguration. I have two thoughts about this.

Buckle Up, People

Some of us hoped that the Repubs would wait till after the January recess to pass the really bad stuff. It looks like things are moving faster than that.

Charter Schools: Follow the Money, or the Bible

As Kentucky gets ready to fight over charter schools, we need to pay attention to two things: checkbooks and Bibles.

Non-Member Comments

For a while, we've only allowed members to comment on stories. Starting today, we've switched to allowing non-members to comment.

2017 – The Year of Expansion

We've done our first crowdfunding drive, gotten through the elections (ugh), and added some great contributors. Now is the time for Forward Kentucky to use 2017 as our Year of Expansion.

Adding News Curation

As part of our growing emphasis on the journalism part of our mission, we'll be adding news curation to our posts.