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Over 800! Plus, three reminders

Forward Kentucky hit a new high in memberships – and, there are some important items to take action on.

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Notes from Bruce

ForwardKY passes 800 members and still growing

I’m excited to share that we now have over 800 members of the site, with over 100 of those being paying member at either the Patron or Partner levels. Considering that a little over a year ago we had about 200 members, crossing that 800 threshold is pretty neat.

Breaking it out, that 800 looks like this:

  • Friends (free – signed up with email, have access to all the content): 670
  • Patrons ($5 a month, various additional perks): 22
  • Partners ($9 a month, even more perks): 110

In addition to being excited, I’m also grateful. Grateful to everyone who has shown their support in one way or another, and grateful to still be going after six years. You keep reading, and we’ll keep writing.

Three important reminders and announcements

➡ ➡ ➡ The daily General Assembly Update newsletter starts the first week of January. This Tues-Sat email reports everything that happened the day before in the 2023 session: committee votes, bills moving and passed, and more. If you want it, you have to do two things: (1) Be a paying member at the Partner level, and (2) turn it on in your newsletter settings. If you are already a Partner and want the KYGA Update, go turn it on in your profile. If you are not at the Partner level, see the next item.

➡ ➡ ➡ If you look at the perks for each level (see them here) and decide you want to upgrade your membership, or you need to upgrade because you want the KYGA Update newsletter, we’re having a “Ready for ‘23 Membership Sale” right now! Just go to this page to learn more.

➡ ➡ ➡ And finally, I still have about 14 bumper stickers that you can have for free, as long as you agree to put them it somewhere it will be seen. (Like, on your car or truck!) Just email me with your name and address, and I’ll put it in the mail to you.

All for this week. Note that there won’t be a weekly newsletter next week due to the holidays, but there will be one somewhere around the first of the year with more updates and such. Everyone have a great holiday season!


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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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