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Hello all! It’s been a few weeks since I’ve sent out a newsletter, so there’s a good amount to cover. Please scan it all, and read the parts that seem important to you. <g> Feel free to reply if you have thoughts about any of these updates. Thanks!


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Campaign Finance

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Most-viewed post this week

The biggest loser in the Paul-Booker race
Come November 8, it is likely that Rand Paul will defeat Charles Booker for Kentucky’s seat in the U.S. Senate. But will Booker be the biggest loser in that race? Not according to Berry Craig.

Media this week

Daniel Grossberg interview, Racing Louisville scandals, UK football open records Requests, and more!
Jazmin covers the Racing Louisville scandal; Robert talks about UK football getting ORRed about comms w/ Kelly Craft; and an interview w/ Daniel Grossberg, the first Jewish person elected to Frankfort in half a century.
Weed, debt, and Democrats – w/ Colmon Elridge, Buddy Wheatley, and Kelly Jones
The Governor dangling weed pardons, the AG warning you about consumer scams, and Doug Price is Right on judge races. Plus, interviews with Colmon Elridge, Buddy Wheatley, and Kelly Jones.

Stories this week

“I’m not extremist!” Yes, you are.
Are those Republicans who want a total abortion ban “extremists”? Bruce Maples weighs in.
Breaking: Herald-Leader endorses Booker for Senate
Charles Booker, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate running against Rand Paul, has been endorsed by the Lexington Herald-Leader in an editorial that also slams Paul.
The University of Kentucky – a slow learner when it comes to open records
Having lost one open records case already, UK now has lost another one. Perhaps they need a remedial course in open records law?
East KY power co-op receives failing grade for climate pledges
Energy companies make public pledges to increase renewables, but then fail to follow through. So the Sierra Club is calling them out.
Facts to know about the Nov. 8 election
Did you know there are multiple ways to vote in Kentucky? Here’s a rundown, including some important deadlines.
Claims made in ‘Yes for Life’ ad around KY abortion vote are misleading. Here’s the reality.
The latest ad from the “Yes for Life” group contains false and misleading claims. Read the details here, then share with others.
Stereotyped – again
Have you ever been stereotyped? Berry Craig has, by both liberals and conservatives. They both assume he is a loyal Trumper. Boy, are they wrong.
Charles Booker bends the arc in Murray
The Calloway County Democratic Party had a fish fry on Friday that featured Charles Booker. And Booker did not disappoint.
Sign this petition for the Courier-Journal union, and let’s go six-for-six
Sign the petition to get Gannett management to recognize the new union at the C-J, and let’s go six-for-six in new unions getting organized.
Attn political junkies – we’ve got your campaign finance facts right here
I’ve spent the last two days getting all the latest number entered into our Election Finance page. I then did some work to come up with these interesting facts from the latest reports, both federal and state.
False prophets? Here are 20 of them.
Faithful America has released a top-20 list of false prophets: “far-right leaders who abuse Jesus’s name in a corrupt effort to seize power at all costs.”
Who’s spending $$ to fight or support Amendment 2?
The latest fund-raising numbers are in, and the group opposing the abortion amendment is dramatically out-raising the supporters. How much is the difference, and where is the money coming from?
A letter from a repulsed Kentuckian
After seeing Senator Rand Paul’s advertisement that he released instead of attending a moderated discussion with his political opponent, I could not stay silent.


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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. (Read the rest of his bio on the Bruce Maples Bio page in the bottom nav bar.)

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The Daily Wrap for Monday, 5/20

The Daily Wrap for Monday, 5/20

A very light news day, with most of the focus on the arrest of the golfer at the PGA last week. Of note, though, is Heather Cox Richardson’s summary of President Biden’s commencement speech at Morehouse.

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