Publisher’s Note: As announced in our newsletter, we are starting a new “News and Notes” feature to cover Kentucky politics. This will essentially be a bullet list of political items from across the state that don’t merit a story on their own, but that we think you would want to know about. Some will be a sentence, some will be a graf or two, some might just be a tweet or a picture. Essentially, it’s an expanded version of the Forward Five that we email each M-F.

We will post these “Kentucky Politics News & Notes” whenever we get enough items to make it worth your while. (So, not daily, usually.) And, a couple of notes about News and Notes: You won’t be able to get these via email, and you won’t be able to read them on Facebook or Twitter. You’ll have to come to the web site to read them.

So, tell your political-junkie family and friends to bookmark the site and begin checking it daily, so they don’t miss a Kentucky Politics News and Notes when it posts. And you do the same.

Kentucky Politics News and Notes for Monday, July 9

  • The Poor People’s Campaign came to Frankfort again on Tuesday – but this time they were allowed inside the capitol as a group, rather than two at a time. This came after AG Beshear had ruled that the “two at a time” process was illegal.
  • Gov. Bevin visited a youth chess club in West Louisville for a video he was shooting – but caused an uproar by saying “Not something you necessarily would have thought of when you think of this section of town.”
  • The KY Department of Education has hired Deanna Durrett, a former New York charter school official, as general counsel. Before working for Success Academy Charter Schools, she held various legal jobs, including working in the U.S. Department of Justice.
  • On Tuesday, State Representatives Angie Hatton and Chris Harris were joined by Rocky Adkins and several state leaders in a public forum in Pikeville where they urged Governor Bevin to reverse his decision to cut vision and dental from Medicaid coverage and immediately reinstate the benefits.
  • And finally, the TeamMitch Twitter account trolled the protesters that confronted him at the Bristol restaurant:


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Bruce Maples
Bruce Maples has been involved in politics and activism since 2004, when he became active in the Kerry Kentucky movement. He has been President, Vice-President, and Treasurer of the Metro Democratic Club, and has served on the Democratic Party Executive Committee in Louisville. He began blogging in 2004, and currently operates two personal blogs ( and He founded Forward Kentucky in the wake of the state elections in 2015, and expanded it in the summer of 2016. He has lived in Louisville since 1992 with his wife and two sons.