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Kentuckians with felonies cast first votes since Beshear restored voting rights

June 24, 2020

More than 140,000 Kentuckians with felonies had the opportunity to vote in Tuesday’s primary election for the first time since Gov. Andy Beshear restored their voting rights in December.

Juan Gomez was among them.

How a grassroots effort helped get West End voters to Louisville's only polling place

June 23, 2020

On primary Election Day, a grassroots effort spread across Louisville to get voters to Jefferson County's only polling site — the Exposition Center at the fairgrounds. 

Several local organizations partnered to offer directions, food and water and free rides to the election center. 

Kentuckians with felonies vote in first election since Beshear restored voting rights

June 23, 2020

Tuesday marked the first election since Gov. Andy Beshear automatically restored voting rights more than half of an estimated 312,000 Kentucky residents with felonies who had completed their sentences.

For all of us, COVID-19 should be another reminder of structural inequities in our society

April 20, 2020

I know this is hard for some to hear, but as a Black woman, it is often very difficult to trust the power structures of this country. Many of my years have been spent in the company of deep sorrow and anxiety about what would become of us as a people. I, like many, have pondered what it would take for our institutions to recognize our collective humanity.

Analysis Reveals 'Rotten, Un-American Giveaway' GOP Buried in COVID-19 Relief Package to Overwhelmingly Benefit Millionaires

April 14, 2020

A nonpartisan congressional body found that nearly 82% of benefits from a Republican tax provision in the most recent coronavirus relief package will go to the nation's millionaires and billionaires and cost taxpayers an estimated $90 billion this year alone.

Andy Beshear vetoes voter ID bill, says it would ‘create an obstacle’ to voting

April 3, 2020

Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear on Friday vetoed a controversial bill that would have required people to show photo identification before they could vote in Kentucky elections.

In his veto message, Beshear wrote Senate Bill 2 “would create an obstacle to the ability of Kentuckians to exercise their right to vote, resulting in fewer people voting and undermining our democracy.”

Women lawmakers are leading the way for the General Assembly

April 2, 2020

I’ve been able to follow the 2020 legislative session by watching live or archived videos of committee meetings and floor debates anywhere there’s a WIFI signal. I have been appalled at some of the issues our legislators prioritize and disappointed with their inability to stand up for what’s right.

‘Perversion of democracy’ underway in Frankfort as lawmakers continue to meet amid pandemic

March 19, 2020

In the middle of a worldwide pandemic and national crisis, when every credible governmental official and health expert is telling us to practice social distancing and stay at home, the Kentucky legislature continues to meet. It is considering bills that have nothing to do with helping the state through the coronavirus crisis.

What a perversion of democracy.

KY Residents with Pre-Existing Health Conditions Worry Over ACA's Fate

March 11, 2020

Kentuckians living with diabetes, cancer, asthma and other chronic health conditions are worried about the fate of the Affordable Care Act, which bans insurers from denying coverage based on pre-existing medical conditions.

On notice: Legislature’s surprise move would darken government transparency in KY

March 9, 2020

There are always plenty of nefarious tricks hidden away in the General Assembly’s budget bills, but this time around, House Republicans lobbed a stealth bomb that would destroy an important public compa

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