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Some important info

Hello! If you are new to Forward Kentucky, OR if you were familiar with us on our old site, here are some things you need to know.

A brief About

Forward Kentucky is a web site that is "the progressive voice for Kentucky politics." We were founded in 2016, and published over 4,000 stories before moving to this new site. (We have moved the more popular articles to this site.)

We publish content by both our own contributors and other sources and contributors. The founder and publisher is Bruce Maples.

You can read a longer About page here.

Content types

We publish three main types of content: news, policy, and commentary. All three are clearly labeled, so you, the reader, can understand our approach and standards.

  • News articles include both coverage of news and news analysis. When something is labeled as News, we try to honor journalistic standards of accuracy and objectivity. If the article also includes some opinion about the subject, we label that as well.
  • Policy articles are research-based and data-driven, and are meant to show the most effective way to approach a particular issue.
  • Commentary articles are just that: opinion pieces about a given topic, person, event, bill, or whatever. As you would expect, our editorial voice is progressive.

All the content types are indicated in the story card on the front page, and at the bottom of each article.

Using the site

  • The latest posts will always be on the front page, in order of date published.
  • Use the Scan Content page to find articles in a particular category, listed in order of date published.
  • You can use Search to find a particular article.
  • Authors have a short bio at the bottom of each article. To read their full bio, go to the Contributors page.
  • To get in touch with us, use the Shout Back page.
  • Some articles are limited to being read only by Members, some by Members and Subscribers, and some are open to all (Public). You can tell by looking at the tag by the title. (And if you are a Member or a Subscriber, remember you need to be logged in to access those articles.)
  • Comments can be read by everyone, but you have to be logged in to post a comment.
  • Finally, there is additional information about the site in the bottom navigation menu.

Membership types

There are three levels of connection you, the reader, can have to Forward Kentucky:

– Free
– Can read any article on the site marked Public

– Free
– Receives 1-2 newsletters a week with current content and updates
– Can read any article marked Public or Subscriber

– Monthly charge
– Receives the Subscriber newsletters, plus other special content as it is published
– Has access to all content on the site
– Gets other perks as described on the Membership page


We hope you find value in our work. If you do, please share it with others, and become a Subscriber by entering your email address. Remember, subscribing is free!

And, if you believe the work we are doing is important and valuable, please become a Member. We do not accept ads, we don't get grants, and we are not independently funded by wealthy patrons. The work is entirely supported by our readers, so if you want to see it continue, become a Member. Thanks!

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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.)