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My Old Kentucky Podcast
Jazmin Smith and Robert Kahne
A podcast about politics and policy in the commonwealth of Kentucky
5 days ago
A School Choice Lawsuit
This week, Robert digs into a lawsuit about Kentucky's school choice law passed during the general assembly earlier this year. The lawsuit pits the Council for Better Education, which argues that the plan equates to public financing for private education, against the Attorney General and the Institute for Justice, which argues that the tax credits envisioned by the law are not public expenditures. There are a lot of moving parts to this lawsuit, and MOKP covered them. Jazmin brought an update about Louisville policing, which is facing several issues, including a failed vote on a union contract, a shooting at a bus stop, and a failure by the LMPD to protect the buffer zone at EMW, one of Louisville's only abortion clinics. In addition, there is a COVID update and some QUICK HITS.
Sep 15, 2021
Woodford County Judge Executive James Kay
This week, we welcome James Kay, the Judge Executive in Woodford County, to the show. Woodford County has consistently had a very high COVID-19 vaccination rate and a relatively low COVID-19 infection rate, and we asked Judge Kay about it. Judge Kay is also a former member of the Kentucky House of Representatives, so we spoke a bit about his transition to an executive position, about running for office as a Democrat outside of an urban area, and about serving as an elected official while being a father of young children. During the show, Jazmin and Robert discussed the special session, which wrapped up last Thursday.
Sep 8, 2021
The Special Session Is Here
Andy Beshear has called a special session to deal with COVID-19 restrictions, which were about to expire due to limits placed during the regular session of the general assembly. The Republican led legislature has put forth five bills -- Jazmin and Robert go through each and discuss what's good, and what's bad in each of them.
Sep 1, 2021
Stephon Moore of Kentucky Young Democrats
This week we welcomed Stephon Moore, President of Kentucky Young Democrats, to the show to discuss what's been going on with that organization lately. He talked to us about organizing youth during a pandemic, the difference between working with young and not-so-young Democrats, and how to start a chapter in your county. Also this week, we checked in on COVID (including the possibility a special session, record hospitalizations and ICU numbers, and multiple school closures), as well as criminal justice, and Louisville Mayoral candidate Craig Greenberg's idea for a Louisville Department of Education.
Aug 25, 2021
COVID Lawsuit Fallout
Governor Beshear suffered a loss in court and the implications could be far reaching. Jazmin and Robert discuss the current (very bad) COVID situation, recap the COVID lawsuits the Supreme Court ruled on this week, and discuss the next steps taken by both Democrats and Republicans. Plus, some quick hits.
Aug 18, 2021
Chris Preece Interview, COVID Update, and Rand Paul's Bad Week
This week Chris Preece joins Robert and Jazmin to talk about his run for US Congress. He told us about why he's running, how he will approach running against Andy Barr, and what kind of Congressperson he would be. Prior to the interview, Robert brings a big COVID update about the state of the pandemic and the beginning of school, and Jazmin tells us about a few rough stories for Rand Paul over the past few weeks.
Aug 4, 2021
The Eviction Moratorium in Kentucky
This week Robert and Jazmin talk about the situation with the CDC's eviction moratorium in Kentucky, the increased spread of COVID-19 in Kentucky, and several quick hits.
Jul 28, 2021
Rep. Rachel Roberts On Her Plan to Legalize Marijuana
This week, Rep. Rachel Roberts joined us to talk about her new plan to legalize marijuana and expunge the criminal records for the people who have been convicted of marijuana crimes in the past. She told us about how she became a leader on this issue and talked to us about how she hopes this legislation can make a big impact -- even if it cannot pass the legislature as it's being written right now. Before the interview, Robert and Jazmin talked about a big scandal at Kentucky State University and their plan to get back on the right track, a big hullabaloo at the most recent JCPS School Board meeting, and Kentucky's rising COVID case count.
Jul 21, 2021
A New Candidate in the Louisville Mayor's Race
This week on MOKP, Jazmin and Robert discussed the entrance of David Nicholson into the Louisville mayor's race, as well as other developments including a big endorsement for Craig Greenberg. Then, Jazmin updated several issues about policing in Louisville, and the two discussed COVID in more detail than usual as the delta variant sweeps through the state.
Jul 14, 2021
Josie Raymond Talks About Get UP Louisville
Josie Raymond joined Robert and Jazmin in the second half of the show to talk about a new effort called Get UP Louisville, which is working to ensure universal pre-k for all 3 and 4 year olds in Kentucky's largest county. It's a big effort and a lot of work has been done already! Earlier in the show, Jazmin and Robert talked about Mike Harmon's new campaign for Governor, Michael Adams' big week (testifying in front of a US House committee and getting a subpoena), Kentucky's $1.1 billion surplus, and the worst COVID week in a long time.
Jul 7, 2021
Charles Booker and Attica Scott are Running For Federal Office
This week, three Kentuckians announced their candidacies for federal office in Kentucky, including Charles Booker (running for U.S. Senate) and Attica Scott (running for Congress against John Yarmuth). We discussed these announcements, as well as a huge hearing on "Critical Race Theory" in Frankfort during an interim committee, fundraising reports in the Louisville Mayor's race, and several lawsuit updates.
Jun 30, 2021
Interview with Lieutenant Governor Jacqueline Coleman
This week, Jazmin is solo as she talks about two important announcements from Governor Beshear. She discusses the name, image, and likeness executive order and the $1,500 work incentive, as well as a few COVID statistics and quick hits. Then Robert joins Jazmin from the beach to interview Lieutenant Governor Jacqueline Coleman. We talked about her dual role as Lieutenant Governor and Education Secretary, education policy, and more.
Jun 23, 2021
Lawsuit Roundup & Louisville Budget
This week, Jazmin brought a lawsuit roundup -- catching us up on lawsuits we've talked about on the show before and introducing a few news ones. Robert talked about Metro Council passing their budget amendment, and how their budget differs from Mayor Fischer's, which he announced in April.
Jun 16, 2021
Checking In with Josh Mers, Fayette County Democratic Party Chair, plus Louisville Mayor Talk
This week MOKP welcomed our friend Josh Mers, the new chair of the Fayette County Democratic Party. He talked about his current role and the future of the Democratic Party in Lexington. He's got some great plans! Jazmin and Robert also discussed the current state of the contract between the state and Sunrise Family Services (a foster care provider who objects to LGBTQ parents), as well a talk about the changes to the race for Louisville Mayor, among other updates.
Jun 9, 2021
Checking In With Kentucky Fairness, Plus Critical Race Theory in Kentucky
This week, Robert and Jazmin interviewed Chris Hartman, the Director of Kentucky Fairness. It's been two years since we last checked in with him, and a lot has changed in the fight for LGBTQ equality and liberation in Kentucky over that time! He talked to us about what Fairness is doing now, and talked a little about how things have changed over the past 12 years. In the earlier part of the show, Robert analyzes BR 60 and 69, bill requests that seek to eliminate the teaching of Critical Race Theory in Kentucky and how that national movement has made it's way to Kentucky. Jazmin tells us about two lawsuits Daniel Cameron is involved in, including suing the EPA and trying to mandate fees for people who want their felonies expunged. Finally, we have a COVID update and some quick hits.
Jun 2, 2021
The Future of John Yarmuth
This week, Robert and Jazmin talked about John Yarmuth's future -- Attica Scott talked to the newspaper about potentially starting a primary challenge against him, and the Cook Political Report have published maps showing a way for Republicans to redistrict him out of a job. In addition, Robert talked about the $300 boost to unemployment that the federal government allowed for workers. Republicans and right-wing groups are pushing the Governor to eliminate the extra benefits, but so far the Governor has refused to remove the benefits. Finally, as usual, Jazmin updates us about police and protests, and Robert talks about COVID.
May 26, 2021
Guest Host Emilie McKiernan
Emilie McKiernan joins Robert this week to talk about the growing importance of the Israel-Palestine issue to local politics, Mitch McConnell's opposition to the January 6 commission, the first meeting of Daniel Cameron's search warrant task force, JCPS's Justice Fest, and COVID.
May 19, 2021
Guest Host Lamar Allen, Policing, and COVID
Lamar Allen fills in while Robert is away and talks about his 2020 House race, racial justice, his new role, and more. Jazmin and Lamar also catch up on protest and policing news and the latest changes in COVID restrictions.
May 12, 2021
An Interview with Former North Fork Residents
In this episode, Robert and Jazmin speak with Sue Hamilton and Shayna Plank, two former residents of the North Fork trailer park in Morehead. They share their story of being displaced by a government supported development project and their resilience in the face of being forced to leave their home. We are so honored they shared their story, and think you will really enjoy it. Robert and Jazmin also discussed policing and judicial updates from across the state, a COVID update, and several other stories.
1 hr 1 min
May 5, 2021
Rep. Pamela Stevenson, North Fork Evictions, and Derby Day Protests
Our guest this week is Pamela Stevenson, the State Representative for the 43rd in Louisville. She talked to us about serving in her first legislative session, getting a bill passed, and how she's working to build relationships with all her colleagues. Jazmin and Robert spoke about a movement related to a development which would result from the eviction of a trailer park in Rowan County, the protests on Derby Day, and a COVID update.
Apr 28, 2021
Derby Week, Louisville Focus
This week Robert and Jazmin take a look at a few issues in Louisville, including an update on police and protesting, a potential strike by valets at Churchill Downs, and a discussion about the role of LMPD within Mayor Fischer's 2021 budget. Plus, as always, a COVID update.
Apr 21, 2021
Mayor Ben Baker Interview, Policing Update, and Legislative Session Fallout
1 hr 5 min
Apr 14, 2021
Policing Update, Unemployment Pause, and New Candidates for Office
This week Robert and Jazmin talked about several topics in Kentucky government including the hiring of a new Kentucky State Police commissioner, the status of the officers who killed Breonna Taylor, a pause in the unemployment insurance system, and a check in on new candidates for office in 2022.
Apr 7, 2021
U.S. Congressman John Yarmuth
This episode features an interview with Congressman John Yarmuth, who serves the people of Jefferson County in Washington D.C. He spoke to us about the American Rescue Plan Act and how it will be used in Kentucky, his experiences during the insurrection on January 6, Kentucky's response to COVID-19, and how he feels about serving in this Congress versus the previous years he's served in the federal legislature. Congressman Yarmuth was very generous with his time and opinions, and we were very impressed with how frank many of his answers were -- we hope you enjoy the interview! In addition, Jazmin and Robert dove deeper into the plan for the ARPA passed by the legislature last week, updated the protest movement in Louisville, and talked about COVID.
1 hr 7 min
Mar 31, 2021
The 2021 Kentucky General Assembly Is Over
Jazmin and Robert discuss the end of the legislative session this week, focusing on Governor Beshear's overridden vetoes and the slew of last second bill passed by the legislature. In addition, a COVID update and a short discussion on KY 120 United becoming an AFT union.
Mar 24, 2021
Chuck Corra and Big John Isner of Appodlachia, Plus Andy Beshear's Vetoes
This week we were excited to welcome Chuck Corra and Big John Isner, the hosts of Appodlachia. They spoke to us about the role of Kentucky in the wider Appalachian context, as well as lots more about politics, culture, and whether or not Robert is allowed to by their "Unapologetically Appalachian" t-shirt. Ahead of the interview, Robert and Jazmin discussed the veto period, where Andy Beshear has issued several vetoes already and is sure to issue several more. The pair also discussed the bills left unpassed by the legislature currently, and did a COVID-19 update.
1 hr 21 min
Mar 17, 2021
Jameson Cable of the Kentucky History Podcast & The Deluge of Crap at the End of the Session
Jameson Cable of the Kentucky History Podcast joined Robert this week to talk about his show and the importance of history education. Kentucky History Podcast is great, and if you like MOKP, you should definitely check them out as well! Everything in the legislative session except the two days after the veto session has now concluded. LuTisha Buckner joined Robert to talk through more than a dozen bad bills (as well as a few good ones).
1 hr 25 min
Mar 10, 2021
Ivy Brashear on Appalchian Identity + Legislative Update
This week, we welcomed Ivy Brashear to our show. She works for the Mountain Association and writes essays about Appalachian identity. She talked to us about Appalachian identity in Kentucky, and how it impacts our entire state. It's a thoughtful conversation that you'll definitely want to hear! Jazmin and Robert also did a legislative update, discussed the impeachment committee, and discussed the current state of COVID-19 in Kentucky.
1 hr 9 min
Mar 3, 2021
Open Records Shenanegans, Abortion Amendments, and JCPS Reopens
Jazmin and Robert discuss the ongoing Kentucky General Assembly and several of the bills making their way through the process, including a bill allowing the Attorney General to prosecute protestors, major changes to the open records law, changes to voting rights, and a constitutional amendment to end abortion in Kentucky. Also discussed are the reopening of JCPS and a COVID-19 update.
Feb 24, 2021
Rep. McKenzie Cantrell on Unemployment, Robert Stivers and West Louisville, and the End of Impeachment
This week on the show, Rep. McKenzie Cantrell joins us to talk about her work to reform Kentucky's Unemployment Insurance system in the wake of the pandemic. She walks us through the changes she's seeking to make, and her attempts to get the Republican majority to take up this issue. Robert and Jazmin also discuss two bills from Robert Stivers which specifically impact Black people in Louisville -- his no-knock warrant ban, and a TIF district he wants to establish in west Louisville. Other segments include the End of Impeachment, an update on the COVID-19 lawsuits, and the state of COVID in Kentucky.
1 hr 9 min
Feb 17, 2021
Healthcare with Cara Stewart, Historic Horse Racing, and Mitch McConnell's role in impeachment acquital
This week, Cara Stewart joined us to talk about healthcare policy in Kentucky. The conversation ranged from the extraordinary open enrollment period to the situation with Kentucky's *6* MCOs. If you care about healthcare policy, don't miss it! Jazmin and Robert also talked about the passage of the Historic Horse Racing bill, Mitch McConnell's role in the second impeachment of Donald Trump, the situation around reopening JCPS schools in Louisville, and a COVID update.
1 hr 2 min
Feb 10, 2021
What's Next for the Kentucky Legislature and Interview with Josie Raymond
This week, Robert took a look at the bills making their way through the legislature in the second part of the 2021 session. There are a few good ones, and a lot of bad bills. Jazmin examined the lawsuit which Gov. Beshear brought against the bills passed by the Kentucky legislature which reduce his power, and also explained what had been done so far in the impeachment committee. Robert did a COVID-19 update. Josie Raymond was our guest this week. Josie told us about the bills she's been working on, including her pre-K efforts. She also talked about serving in the legislature as a parent of young children, and some steps the legislature might take to make serving easier for different kinds of people.
1 hr 12 min
Feb 3, 2021
Overridden Vetoes, Impeachment Hearings, and More
Jazmin and Robert discussed the legislature coming back into session and immediately overriding Andy Beshear's vetoes, the impeachment committee's meetings, a huge report on the Louisville Metro Police Department commissioned by Metro Louisville, and a COVID-19 update.
Jan 27, 2021
Jim Higdon on Marijuana Legalization, Plus Daniel Cameron's Task Force and Kentucky's UI System
This week, Jim Higdon joined us to talk about the prospect of marijuana legalization in Kentucky, and all the different branching paths it might take. Marijuana policy is a mixture of criminal law, agriculture policy, and touches every level of government. Jim is one of the people who knows the issue best and we were glad to have him on. During the show, Jazmin talked about Daniel Cameron's search warrant task force and the attempts by some in the Kentucky GOP to censure Mitch McConnell, and Robert brought forth an update on Kentucky's Unemployment System and a COVID update. If you are so inclined, check out Jim Higdon's CBD company, Cornbread Hemp at this link.
1 hr 2 min
Jan 20, 2021
Reproductive Freedom with the ACLU, Kentuckians Face Federal Changes, and the Democratic Agenda
This week Mashayla Hays and Jackie McGranahan of the ACLU joined us to talk about the past, present, and future of abortion rights in Kentucky, and how the ACLU is working to protect the rights of people who might need abortion care. In addition, Robert and Jazmin talked about the Kentuckians who participated in the insurrection at the Capitol and what charges they will face. Robert also spoke about the bills with the highest level of Democratic sponsorship and what the legislative session would look like if Democrats were in charge.
Jan 13, 2021
Gov. Andy Beshear Interview and Bruce Maples on the Legislative Session
This week our guest was Governor Andy Beshear, who just wrapped up the first year of his Governorship. He talked to us about deciding to run for office, both for Attorney General and later for Governor, he looked back on his approach to COVID-19, he spoke to us about the investigation into Breonna Taylor's killing, and we touched out his relationship to the legislature. That's a lot of topics, and we were thrilled to have the chance to speak with him. Joining us for the bulk of the show prior to the interview is Forward Kentucky publisher Bruce Maples, who discussed the legislative session with Robert and Jazmin. We spoke about the bills that have already passed, the bills making their way through the legislature, the 2021 budget, and the GOP's impeachment committee. Also addressed in this episode are COVID-19 and the "Patriot Rally" at the Capitol.
1 hr 14 min
Jan 6, 2021
The 2021 Session Has Begun and Louisville Has A New Police Chief
This week Jazmin and Robert talk about the first two days of the shorter 2021 legislative session. The new GOP super-duper majority has several bills they will try to pass in the first week, many of which involve either abortion or reducing the powers of Governor Beshear. Since we last recorded, Louisville Metro Police fired two officers involved in the killing of Breonna Taylor, including the man who shot and killed her. We react to this, and also to the late breaking news that Louisville has hired Erika Shields as chief of police -- the former Atlanta chief of police who resigned after her police department shot and killed a Black man at a Wendy's. We finish with a COVID-19 update.
Dec 23, 2020
Patti Minter Interview + Pension Bill, "Racinos", and Federal COVID Relief Discussion
This week, Jazmin and Robert discussed the state of COVID-19 in Kentucky, as well as the impact of Mitch McConnell's actions on the federal response to the coronavirus. Robert talked about two issues looming over the legislative session: the 2021 pension bill and "racinos" or historical horse racing slot machines. Our interview this week was with Rep. Patti Minter of Bowling Green, who talked to us about how Democrats can compete in small cities across the state, as well as how she is approaching the upcoming legislative session.
1 hr 14 min
Dec 16, 2020
COVID-19 Vaccines Arrive, KY Policy on the KY Budget, and An Interview With Democratic House Whip Angie Hatton
This week, Jazmin and Robert talk about the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic, which might be nearing its end as vaccines are now being distributed to some people across the state. Robert also went through a report by KY Policy about the one-year budget the legislature must pass, and Jazmin updated the policing and protests situation in Louisville. Our guest this week was Democratic House Whip Angie Hatton, who talked about Democrats in Appalachia and the difficulties faced by Democrats running outside of urban areas. She also talked about the upcoming legislative session, especially about issues facing coal miners with black lung.
Dec 9, 2020
KDP Chair Colmon Elridge Interview and The Messed Up Bar Exam
This week Jazmin and Robert interviewed Colmon Elridge, the new chair of the Kentucky Democratic Party. They talked about how he plans to lead Democrats out of the hole they find themselves in by investing in better campaign infrastructures and better messaging, as well as what he brings as an individual to the chairmanship. Before the interview, Jazmin and Robert discussed issues around the Breonna Taylor case and COVID-19 as usual, as well as talking about very messed up error in the Bar Exam scoring this year.
1 hr 9 min
Dec 2, 2020
COVID-19 Court Cases and Other Updates
This week, in additional to the normal COVID-19 update, Jazmin runs down Daniel Cameron's lawsuit against Andy Beshear's COVID-19 restrictions and the religious arguments he has been making. In addition, Robert and Jazmin do a set of criminal justice quick hits, and talk about some pieces of journalism they've been reading lately.
Nov 25, 2020
Democratic Leaders Joni Jenkins and Morgan McGarvey
In the second half of this episode, Robert and Jazmin interview the Democratic leaders in the House and Senate, Rep. Joni Jenkins and Sen. Morgan McGarvey. They discussed the upcoming legislative session and the planning that's already started for the 2022 election. Before, Robert and Jazmin also give a COVID-19 update, an update on police and protesting in Louisville, and talk about bills to watch in the 2021 legislative session.
1 hr 10 min
Nov 18, 2020
New COVID-19 Restrictions and SCOKY Case, new KDP Chair, and Rep. Buddy Wheatley Interview
This week Jazmin and Robert discuss new COVID-19 restrictions put in place by Governor Beshear, and the Supreme Court of Kentucky case that ensured he would be able to put those restrictions in place. In addition, they discussed the ascension of Colmon Elridge to chair of the Kentucky Democratic Party -- the first Black person to hold that title. After that, the pair interviewed Rep. Buddy Wheatley from the 65th District -- the area that includes Covington. He talked about the political future of Northern Kentucky, his role in leading the area, and what he thinks Democrats will be able to do this year in the legislative session.
1 hr 10 min
Nov 11, 2020
What Daniel Cameron has been up to, plus Rep. Nima Kulkarni interview
This week Jazmin takes a look at the actions taken by Kentucky's attorney general over the past few weeks that don't have to do with Breonna Taylor, and Robert does a COVID-19 update. The interview is with Nima Kulkarni, Kentucky State Representative from Louisville. She talked about making progress on bills in 2021, the future of the Democratic Party in Kentucky, and what it means to her to have a Vice President whose mother was from India.
Nov 4, 2020
Election Day 2020: A Rough One For Democrats
This week Robert and Jazmin talk through the collapse of legislative Democrats outside of Louisville, Lexington, Northern Kentucky, Bowling Green, and Southeast Kentucky. We discussed what happened, who is to blame, and what to do next. We also have updates on criminal justice issues in Louisville and Frankfort, and a COVID-19 update
Oct 28, 2020
Grand Jurors Speak, COVID Keeps Getting Worse, and Rep. Rob Wiederstein Interview
This week Jazmin and Robert speak about several topics touching the Breonna Taylor case, including two grand jurors and Kenneth Walker speaking on national television, protests at Daniel Cameron's house, and much more. Robert explained how much worse COVID-19 is getting across the state, and Robert eulogized his grandfather by remembering his time spent in Ashland with his grandparents when he was young. Rob Wiederstein, the state Representative in Henderson and parts of Daviess County, was our guest this week. He talked about how running in 2020 is different from 2018, the impact of COVID-19 and the racial reckoning on the campaign of a Democrat outside a big city, and his thoughts on the likelihood of a bill to ban no-knock warrants in the 2021 session. He also spoke about some of the bill he's carried in the previous session and hopes to in future session which deal with important but neglected healthcare issues.
1 hr 10 min
Oct 21, 2020
COVID-19 Gets Worse, Sgt. Mattingly Speaks, and Jason Stroude Interview
This week Jazmin updated several parts of the Breonna Taylor story, including a resolution in the attempts to allow Grand Jurors to speak, the status of protestors' legal situation, and a media interview with Sgt. Mattingly, one of the police officers involved in Breonna Taylor's killing. Robert gave an update about COVID-19, which is worse now than it's ever been, and it looks like it's getting even worse. Our interview this week was with Jason Stroude, the Democrat in Senate District 17, who is taking on Damon Thayer. He's a union member and a butcher, and hopes to bring a fresh perspective to Frankfort. He's one of a set of new Democrats running in districts that include parts of Northern Kentucky, and talked to us about what he will do in Frankfort and how it differs from Damon Thayer's agenda.
Oct 14, 2020
Attica and Ashanti Scott and KY Legislative Election Preview
This week we welcomed Rep. Attica Scott and her daughter Ashanti to speak about their arrest as well as their efforts in the fight for justice for Breonna Taylor. Rep. Scott talked to us about "Breonna's Law", which she filed for the 2021 session, and Ashanti Scott talked to us about juggling her classes at UofL during the COVID-19 pandemic with participating in demonstrations and protests. During the show, Robert previewed the 2020 Kentucky legislative elections, including seats where Democrats might pick up seats and places where Republicans are favored to pick up seats in both the House and Senate, throughout the state. Jazmin talked through the developments in the Breonna Taylor grand jury, new evidence we've learned about in the case, and the ongoing protest movement, as well as a COVID update. Jazmin also gave her take on the second constitutional amendment on the ballot this year.
1 hr 29 min
Oct 7, 2020
Keturah Herron and Kevin Glogower
This week Jazmin and Robert speak with two really great guests: Keturah Herron of the ACLU, and Attorney Kevin Glogower (who is representing a member of the Breonna Taylor grand jury in a lawsuit). Ms. Herron spoke about the effort to pass Breonna's Law in Frankfort and the other priorities of the ACLU going into the 2021 session, and Mr. Glogower talked about the lawsuit he filed and what he hopes comes from the suit. In addition, Jazmin talked about what we learned about the Breonna Taylor grand jury this week, and Robert did a COVID-19 update.
1 hr 12 min
Sep 30, 2020
Grand Jury Updates and Fallout + Interview with Alexandra Owensby
Jazmin and Robert reunite for their first show in 5 weeks and discuss everything that's happened in the Breonna Taylor case since last week: what happened during the protests over the weekend, updates on the grand jury process, and what is coming next. Robert also talked about Interim Police Chief Robert Schroeder's testimony before Metro Council, plus a COVID update and Quick Hits! Alexandra Owensby, the Democrat running in Kentucky's 4th U.S. Congressional District, joined us for an interview. She told us why she thinks she can win a Solid Republican district and how she has campaigned in a district stretching from Louisville to Ashland.
1 hr 14 min
Sep 23, 2020
Grand Jury Returns Only One Indictment + Interview With Author Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons
This week, Robert and Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons cover the grand jury in the Breonna Taylor case only returning a single indictment -- for three shots which entered other apartments. In addition, the pair discuss a vote of no confidence into Mayor Greg Fischer, COVID-19, and the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Robert also interviewed Guthrie, whose book Just Faith: Reclaiming Progressive Christianity was just released. Guthrie talked about the book's insights into the power and size of the progressive Christian movement and his dreams of how progressive people of faith can have a bigger impact on our world.
Sep 16, 2020
Courtney Preston Kellner and Carmen Jones on Protesting and the Legal System
This week, Courtney Preston Kellner, a lawyer who has represented several protestors, and Carmen Jones, a protestor and founder of Black Women's Collective, talked about her experience getting arrested during a protest and about founding the BWC. It's a great conversation! During the first part of the show, Robert and Courtney spoke about the Governor's plan for school districts as they start to open, and about the settlement reached between Breonna Taylor's family and the city of Louisville, as well as several other topics. ** Our apologies for the quality of the audio while Robert is speaking during the interview.
Sep 9, 2020
LMPD Leadership Change, Derby Protests, and interview with Daren Neel
This week, Jazmin welcomed attorneys E.A. Duncan and Daren Neel on the podcast to talk about family courts and Daren’s run for Family Court Judge in Jefferson County. E.A. stuck around to discuss this week’s COVID-19 related news, Derby protests, a change in LMPD leadership, and a possible update in the Breonna Taylor investigation.
Sep 2, 2020
Bankruptcy Law with Ally Holt, COVID-19, and Lots of New Info in the Breonna Taylor Case
This week, local attorney Ally Holt joins Jazmin to talk bankruptcy law and courts. Jazmin also gives the weekly COVID-19 update, including some new childcare regulations. Finally, this week's episode deals with new information in the Breonna Taylor case, including information about an internal LMPD report, plea negotiations for Jemarcus Glover, and a new lawsuit filed by Kenneth Walker.
Aug 26, 2020
Sports And COVID, How to Vote in 2020, Daniel Cameron v. Amy McGrath, BreonnaCon and Interview with Yvette DeLaGuardia
This week, attorney Yvette DeLaGuardia joins Jazmin as Robert is away on paternity leave! Jazmin spoke with Ms. DeLaGuardia about Kentucky appellate courts, jury trials in pandemic times, and police brutality. The episode also touches on COVID-19's impact on the fall sports season (including this year's Kentucky Derby), the Governor's plan for rental assistance, and how to vote in 2020. In addition, we talk about the protest movement and a disagreement between Daniel Cameron and Amy McGrath as well as this week's "BreonnaCon"
Aug 20, 2020
Louisville's Murder Rate, An Election Deal, and Interview with Maria Sorolis
This week, Jazmin talked about Rep. Attica Scott's efforts to pass Breonna's Law in the state legislature, a major challenge to Mayor Greg Fischer's continued service in Louisville, and Louisville's potentially record setting murders. Robert talked about COVID-19 impact on the opening of both secondary and higher education, several Republican led legislative committee's attacking Gov. Beshear's COVID response, and the deal struck by Secretary of State Michael Adams and Governor Beshear on the general election. Maria Sorolis joined us for an interview where she talked about running for reelection in her northeast Louisville district and her efforts to pass transparency and voting rights bills through the legislature.
1 hr 10 min
Aug 12, 2020
Emilie Blanton Talks Back To School
Jazmin is out this week so Robert invited back Emilie Blanton, a high school teacher and member of the Jefferson County Teachers Association Board of Directors, to talk about starting school in JCPS remotely. Robert and Emilie talked about how the union decided to push for an all-NTI opening and some of her concerns about equity in the current situation. They touched on how NTI looks this year compared to next year, the role of the union in policy-making in Louisville, and lots of other subjects. Emilie stuck around and talked to Robert about this weeks news. Within the COVID-19 story, the pair explained recommendations the Governor made about the start of school, the Secretary of State's plan for the election, and plenty of other subjects. Also discussed were a crackdown by LMPD on protestors blocking intersections.
1 hr 16 min
Aug 5, 2020
Cuban Community Protest, Robert E. Lee Statue in Murray, plus Bill Redwine Interview
This week Robert and Jazmin again tackle the two major stories from this year: the protest movement and COVID-19. During the protest segment, Robert digs into two stories: one about the reaction of the Cuban community to the Occupy NuLu protests, and another about the efforts to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee from the Calloway County courthouse. Jazmin does the COVID-19 update, and Robert also talks about the state of the U.S. Senate race. For the interview, Bill Redwine joined us this week. Mr. Redwine is the Democratic candidate in the 99th District -- Rocky Adkins old seat which the GOP won in a special election earlier this year. Mr. Redwine talked about what will be different this fall, and about his passion for both secondary and higher education.
Jul 29, 2020
Protests in NuLu, COVID's impact on everything, and Josh Hicks
This week Josh Hicks, candidate for U.S. House from the 6th District (Lexington and surrounding area) visited us. He talked to us about what he learned from his race for Kentucky House in 2018, what the protests in Lexington mean to him (especially as a former police officer) and about his passion for broadband access for all Kentuckians. Jazmin and Robert also talked about the two major stories of the summer: COVID and the protest movement. Each of those topics had several subjects, and the two talked about the history of NuLu, COVID's impact on restaurants, and lots more.
Jul 22, 2020
The Worst COVID Week Yet, Plus Pam Dossett Interview
This week Jazmin and Robert dig into the two big stories of the summer, COVID-19 and the ongoing protest movement. It was the worst week yet for COVID-19 cases, and it only looks to get worse. We detail exactly what Andy Beshear's administration is doing about it. We also cover the ongoing protest movement and some details of a police union event last weekend. Pam Dossett joined us for an interview. She's the Democrat running in the 8th District in Hopkinsville. We discussed the unique demographics of Hopkinsville, including how she would work to ensure the significant Black population in her district would be served. Ms. Dossett is also a teachers, so we discussed what education issues she would like to impact if she's elected to serve in Frankfort.
Jul 15, 2020
Protests in Daniel Cameron's Yard, New Education Commissioner, and Interview with Cherlynn Stevenson
This week on the show, Jazmin and Robert again address the two major stories of the year: COVID-19 (which is getting worse) and the ongoing protest movement (where the Mayor and Attorney General are feeling pressure this week). In addition, Jazmin talks about Kentucky's new education commissioner. Cherlynn Stevenson joins us for the interview. She told us about running for reelection for the first time, what it was like trying to legislation through the early parts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and what she's been able to accomplish in the legislature so far.
Jul 8, 2020
Shameka Parrish-Wright & Ted Shouse on Injustice Square Park and Judicial Reforms
This week Jazmin and Robert welcomed Shameka Parrish-Wright, Operations Manager at The Bail Project-Louisville and a driving force behind the movement at Injustice Square Park, and Ted Shouse, an attorney working pro bono for The Bail Project-Louisville and for many of the protestors who have been arrested in recent days. The group talked about the past, present, and future of the movement, and changes they would like to see in every branch of the city's government, especially Mr. Shouse's proposal for reforming the warrant procedures in Louisville. Before the interview, Jazmin and Robert spoke about the protests, with an emphasis on the Vision Russell project in the wake of accusations that Breonna Taylor's killing was due in part to the city's efforts in Russell, and about COVID-19.
1 hr 12 min
Jul 1, 2020
Election Results with Perry Bacon & Interview with Jeff Grammer
Jazmin is out this week, so Robert welcomed Perry Bacon (538 writer and Louisville native) to talk about Amy McGrath's tight victory over Charles Booker in the US Senate primary. Also discussed were what it will take for Amy McGrath to beat Mitch McConnell, what is next for Charles Booker, and what the future might hold for Black politicians in Kentucky. Jeff Grammer, Democratic candidate for Kentucky House in East Louisville, also joined Robert and they talked about his race and district. This is his second run for the seat and second time on the show. Robert also talked through COVID-19 and protest updates.
1 hr 7 min
Jun 24, 2020
The Primary Election Got Weird
This week, Robert and Jazmin discuss the primary election (which went viral for weird reasons), the ongoing protests (a police officer was fired this week in conjunction will the killing of Breonna Taylor), and COVID-19 (it's still happening, folks)
Jun 17, 2020
Can Mayor Fischer Fire Breonna Taylor's Killers?
This week Jazmin and Robert talk about many of the topics dominating the news this summer: COVID-19, protests, and the primary election. In addition, this week the show dives into the reasons why Mayor Fischer says he cannot fire the three officers who executed the no-knock warrant on Breonna Taylor's home which resulted in her killing at their hands. We looked at the laws, the mayor's justification, and how it all compares to actions taken in Minneapolis and Atlanta, where officers have been fired.
Jun 10, 2020
Protests & COVID continue, Plus Charles Booker Interview
This week we continue talking about the wave of protests all across Kentucky, and update the status of the COVID-19 outbreak, which is probably not getting any better as we reopen. Also discussed are the selection of new MCOs for Kentucky's Medicaid Program, and a lawsuit about voting locations. Jazmin and Robert interviewed Kentucky Representative and U.S. Senate candidate Charles Booker this week. He spoke candidly about his campaign having it's best days in the midst of a painful time for his House district and the city he represents in Frankfort, as well as his thoughts on Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and what he hopes to accomplish if he is elected to serve in Washington.
1 hr 5 min
Jun 3, 2020
Kentucky's Week of Protest + Amy McGrath Interview
This week has been many things -- traumatic, historic, difficult, and in some ways hopeful. Jazmin and Robert break down in detail the civic unrest and police response in Louisville, and touch upon the protests in other cities across Kentucky. Also included in this episode are an update on Kentucky's COVID-19 situation, and a quick analysis of the ACLU's lawsuit seeking to overturn SB 2. This week, Lt. Col. Amy McGrath joined My Old Kentucky Podcast. We talked to her about why she decided to jump into the U.S. Senate race, the protests across the country and an appropriate federal response, how she has responded to fallout from her campaign's rollout, what she hopes to do in the Senate, why she thinks Mitch McConnell is a bad Senator, and many other things.
1 hr 25 min
May 27, 2020
Beshear Effigy Fallout, Road Budget Special Session, and Interview with Roberto Henriquez
This was a dark week for Kentucky politics, as a group of protestors stormed the Governor's Mansion and hung Gov. Andy Beshear in effigy. Jazmin and Robert talk through the protest that led to this event and the fallout stemming from it, in addition to other COVID-19 related news. Robert also told us about a probable special session which is necessary because of declining revenue forecasts in the road budget. This week we interviewed Roberto Henriquez, an organizer with Indivisible Kentucky District 4, who is hosting a debate between the Democratic candidates for U.S. Congress this Saturday (Robert is moderating!) Mr. Henriquez is also a candidate for Kentucky House District 66, and we spoke with him about his race as well.
May 20, 2020
Unemployment Insurance Issues, Booker Endorsements, and Interview with Rep. Rachel Roberts
In addition to our weekly COVID-19 response update, in this episode we discuss the massive amounts of unemployment claims the state is processing -- how big the problem is in context, and how and why people are slipping through the cracks. We also discussed the endorsement of Charles Booker by 16 of his House colleagues and what it might mean for the U.S. Senate race. Rachel Roberts was our guest today -- she the Kentucky State Representative from the 67th district in Northern Kentucky. She talked to us about running in a special election, who she likes to work with in Frankfort, and what she would like to work on for her fellow small business owners.
May 13, 2020
COVID Lawsuits, Breonna Taylor Killed By LMPD, and Interview with Will Barnett
This week's show features a discussion about the ongoing efforts of the state to tackle the COVID-19 epidemic, including a substantive rundown of the multiple lawsuits the state is facing. Robert also talks about Louisville Metro Police Department killing Breonna Taylor. Interviewed this wee is Will Barnett, the Democratic candidate in House District 58 in Shelby County. He talked to us about the issues important to the people in his district, and how the district has changed in recent years.
1 hr 2 min
May 6, 2020
COVID-19 Protests & Lawsuits, Budget Shortfall, Interview with Ryan Olexia
This week, Jazmin and Robert talked about the state's ongoing COVID-19 response (as usual) along with a major protest of the Governor's actions related to the outbreak, as well as two lawsuits about Gov. Beshear's actions. Robert broke down the projected budget shortfall expected by the Beshear administration and what it would mean for services. Ryan Olexia, the Democratic candidate for Kentucky Senate in Northern Kentucky (Covington to Erlanger) was our guest this week. He told us about his decision to run for office as a small business owner and father, what issues he hopes to impact as a Senator, and who he admires most in the Kentucky legislature.
1 hr 9 min
Apr 29, 2020
Primary Election Update, More Drama at Braidy Industries, and Interview with Mike Broihier
This week, in addition to our segment about Kentucky's response to COVID-19, Jazmin and Robert discuss the new rules about the primary election which the Governor and Secretary of State have agreed to use, and discuss a bombshell report about Braidy Industries reported by the Ashland Daily Independent. The guest on the show this week is Mike Broihier, a candidate for U.S. Senate. This is Mr. Broihier's second appearance on the show. He spoke with us about why Universal Basic Income is an important part of his campaign, why he's been on the offensive against Amy McGrath, and what he thinks of his chances in the primary.
Apr 22, 2020
COVID Protests and End of Session Shenanegans
This week, Jazmin goes through all the new COVID-19 news, including updates about cases, testing, and the emerging protests that are appearing in Frankfort. Robert talked about the end of the legislative session, which saw a surprise abortion bill passed and the confirmation of all but one of Governor Beshear's nominees to the Board of Education. Plus, Quick Hits!
Apr 15, 2020
Veto Overrides, COVID Cases, Easter Drama, and Glenn Hammond Interview
There is still a pandemic going on! We bring plenty of updates about Kentucky's ongoing response to the coronavirus and it's increasingly political nature. The legislature finished it's work today (4/15/20), but we recorded a few hours before sine die -- so listen to our updates but be sure to read the newsletter. Our interview this week was with Glenn Hammond, a Democratic candidate for Kentucky Senate from Pikeville. He spoke to us at length about his passion for public service, why he is running again for this seat, and his plan to keep keep Kentucky's money in Kentucky.
1 hr 16 min
Apr 8, 2020
COVID-19 Lawsuits, PPE Bidding Wars, and Interview with Shirley Flynn Mitchell
This week's episode features multiple updates about the COVID-19 crisis. In addition to a rundown of the latest regulations, we looked into a lawsuit about interstate travel filed against Gov. Beshear and state bidding wars for PPE. Jazmin and Robert also discussed a possible promotion to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals for a Mitch McConnell protege, Justin Walker. Shirley Flynn Mitchell was our guest this week. She's running in the Democratic primary in the 45th House District in Lexington, and we talked about her background, why she's running, and what she wants to do when she gets to Frankfort.
Apr 1, 2020
One Year Budget, Legislative Update, Ongoing COVID-19 Response, and Interview with Col. Pamela Stevenson
This week Robert and Jazmin discuss the legislature's move to pass a one-year budget instead of the normal biennium budget, summarize the ten bills passed by the legislature last week, and talk through Gov. Beshear's ongoing response to COVID-19. Joining MOKP for the second half of the show is Col. Pamela Stevenson, a Democratic candidate for the 43rd House District in Louisville (the seat currently occupied by Rep. Charles Booker). She talked about why she decided to run this year, how she would go about working with the House, and a really neat metaphor about diversity and ice cream.
Mar 25, 2020
Andy Beshear and COVID, Legislative Updates, and Senate Budget, plus Corey Nichols Interview
This week Jazmin and Robert talked about Andy Beshear's continuing response to the COVID-19 outbreak, including a huge meme group that has popped up to support him. Also discussed were the bills being advanced by the legislature in the midst of the outbreak, and a discussion of the Senate budget, which was passed last Thursday. We had a guest this week! Corey Nichols, a Democratic candidate in House District 45 in Lexington, joined us to talk about campaigning in the era of coronavirus, his reasons for running, his faith's impact on his candidacy, and what issues he would champion in the legislature.
Mar 18, 2020
Coronavirus and Kentucky
Jazmin and Robert practice social distancing by recording from their individual homes while discussing Kentucky's response to coronavirus and it's impact on elections and the legislature.
Mar 11, 2020
House GOP Passes Budget, HB 475 Failure Fallout, and COVID-19 Response
This week, E.A. Duncan joins Robert to talk through some major issues in a huge week for news. The House GOP proposed a budget and passed it -- we talked through some of the major differences between the House and Executive budget. After the budget passed, Democrats stopped HB 475, the sales tax bill discussed on the show last week. E.A. and Robert talked about why that occurred and what might happen because of the actions taken by Democrats. Finally, the group discussed Andy Beshear's response to COVID-19, which has received high marks.
Mar 3, 2020
School Choice Movement, Local Sales Taxes, Democratic Presidential Primary, and Lamar Allen Interview
Discussion this week include the some bills which the Trump administration think Kentucky should pass about school choice, potential additional revenue options for local governments, and Jazmin and Robert's opinions about how the Democratic Presidential Primary might impact Kentucky. We interviewed Lamar Allen, a Democratic candidate in the 56th District. He talked to us about running for office with a three year old child, issues he is passionate about, and his thoughts about African American candidates in Kentucky.
Feb 26, 2020
Medical Marijuana Vote, SB 8 Signed, and Bob Gibson Interview
This week, Robert and Jazmin discussed the passage of a medical marijuana bill by the Kentucky House, Andy Beshear signing SB 8 (the school safety law), McClatchy's bankruptcy, and several bills about social issues. Bob Gibson, a Democratic candidate for State House in Versailles, joined us for an interview. He spoke about his background in education, what he's learned on the campaign trail so far, and what he hopes to accomplish in Frankfort.
Feb 19, 2020
Kentucky Wired Economics, Vape Taxes, School Performance Metrics, and Suzanne Kugler Interview
Robert and Jazmin talked about several bills this week, including legislation regarding Kentucky Wired, creating a taxing and regulation scheme around vaping, school performance metrics, and a game of "big deal/small deal." The interview this week is with Suzanne Kugler, a Democrat running for Kentucky House in southeast Louisville. She talked about running for office in the Louisville suburbs, her support for a minimum wage increase, and why she decided to run for office.
Feb 12, 2020
Automatic Transfers, Fund Transfers, & Other Bills Plus Mike Eaves Interview
This week, Robert and Jazmin talked about several bills, including addressing the automatic transfer of juveniles to circuit court, banning corporal punishment, and significant changes to SBDM councils. Robert also talked about the use of fund transfers to balance the budget, and Andy Beshear taking a stand against Jonathan Hurst. Also in this episode is an interview of Mike Eaves, candidate for Kentucky House in the 81st District in Richmond. He talked about why he's running, what he hopes to accomplish in Frankfort, and which legislators he thinks are doing a good job.
Feb 5, 2020
HB 1, Bouchard Out At Braidy, and Margaret Plattner Interview
Robert was joined by Elizabeth Ann Duncan this week to talk about House Bill 1, which has been revealed. It's about public assistance, and it's very complicated! The pair also discussed Craig Bouchard's ouster at Braidy Industries and a Herald-Leader article about pension relief for quasi-governmental agencies. Margaret Plattner joined Robert for the interview portion. She is running in House District 33 in northeastern Louisville and Oldham County. She talked to us about why she's running, how she's running, and what she hopes to do if she's elected to serve in Frankfort.
Jan 30, 2020
Budget Address and Legislative Update with Cassie Chambers Armstrong
Robert is gone this week, so Cassie Chambers Armstrong, author of the new book Hill Women and candidate for Metro Council in Louisville, joins Jazmin as the pair discuss Governor Beshear's budget address and an update to the legislative session.
Jan 22, 2020
Sports Gambling Bill & School Safey Bill Analysis, Linda Story Edwards Interview
Linda Story Edwards, a Democratic Candidate in House District 6, joined Robert and Jazmin this week. She talked about running as a Democrat in Western Kentucky and what she learned from running in this race in 2018. She also touched on the tragic school shooting in Marshall County in 2018 and her reaction to the legislature's actions since then. Jazmin and Robert analyzed two bills: the Sports Betting bill, which has passed out of a House Committee, and the School Safety bill, which would require SROs to carry firearms. Also discussed was SB 3, a constitutional amendment which would move the election of constitutional officers to Presidential years.
Jan 15, 2020
Senate Bill 2, Filing Deadline, and interview with Martina Jackson
This week we interview one of the Democratic candidates for House District 81 -- Martina Jackson. She talked to us about her reasons for filing for office, what kind of campaign she is running, and her thoughts on some of the bigger issues in Kentucky politics. During the first portion of the show, Jazmin analyzed Senate Bill 2, Robert talked about all the candidates who have filed to run for office, and the show brought back "Good Bill/Bad Bill". Robert also talked about the State of the Commonwealth address.
Jan 8, 2020
Transportation Conversation with Chris Glasser, Charles Booker Declares, and Session Starts.
This week, we welcomed Chris Glasser to MOKP to talk about transportation. Specifically, we talked about the state's SHIFT plan and how it interacts with Metro Louisville's "Move Louisville" plan. The conversation evolved into a discussion about how state and local governments interact with respect to transportation issues, and how to develop a good transportation culture. Jazmin and Robert talked about Charles Booker's decision to run for US Senate and talked about what the other Democratic candidates for US Senate have been up to recently. The General Assembly started on Tuesdsay, and Robert talked about the Senate's priority bills.
Jan 2, 2020
Session Preview and Off Topic Decade Retrospective
Ahead of the session starting on Tuesday, Robert and Jazmin did a show of Quick Hits and a short session preview before presenting their "Top Three" decade pics for best Kentucky Album, best Kentucky Actor, best Kentucky Sports Moment, and best Kentucky election.
Dec 18, 2019
Interview with Emilie Blanton & Don Bacon, Plus Pardons
This week we interviewed two JCPS teachers -- Emilie Blanton and Don Bacon. They talked to us about why teachers stayed so engaged in this year's election, what they expect in the next session, and what JCPS teachers need from their leaders. It's a revealing conversation that touches on many important topics. Jazmin and Robert talked about Gov. Bevin's pardons, which have consumed the news media this week. Jazmin explained how and why the pardon power is important, and what Governor Bevin's final pardons mean. Also discussed are Wayne Lewis leaving Kentucky, Governor Beshear rescinding the Medicaid work requirement, and school systems suits against JUUL.
1 hr 5 min
Dec 12, 2019
Rep. Derrick Graham Interview & Andy Beshear's First Week
This week we interviewed Rep. Derrick Graham, the House Democratic Caucus Chair. He represents Frankfort in the House. We talked about why he got into politics originally, what it's like serving in leadership, his bill to change the income tax in Kentucky, and what it's like serving as the only current African American in leadership. During the first half of the show, Jazmin and Robert talked through the very busy first week of the Andy Beshear administration. In addition to naming plenty of new folks as part of the cabinet, Andy Beshear removed the entire Board of Education and replaced them with a new board who summarily saw the resignation of education commissioner Wayne Lewis. Also discussed in this episode are the situation with Passport and the Medicaid system, and SNAP cuts and their impact on Kentuckians.
Dec 4, 2019
Rep. Josie Raymond Interview, Daniel Cameron Priorities, & Beshear Cabinet Appointments
This week, Jazmin and Robert spoke with J-town and Hikes Point Representative Josie Raymond specifically about her efforts around early childhood education in the legislature. She told us about her partnership with Bowling Green Republican Steve Sheldon, and how they were approaching making big changes to the way that Kentucky handles pre-K education, and what she envisions as the future of how we handle this important topic in our state. In this episode, Jazmin and Robert also discussed the potential priorities of Attorney General-elect Daniel Cameron and several high profile appointments in Governor-elect Andy Beshear's cabinet.
Nov 27, 2019
Charles Booker Interview, Board of Education Questions and Answers, and Michael Adam's Priorities
This week, we welcomed Rep. Charles Booker back to the show for the third time. He spoke to us about his exploratory committee looking at running for the U.S. Senate -- why he's thinking about running, what he believes to be a path to victory, and what issues he is hearing are the most important to Kentuckians. Jazmin and Robert also discussed Andy Beshear's promise to appoint an all-new board of education -- what is legal and not, and what might happen if he tries to completely replace the state's board of education. In addition, Jazmin details Secretary of State-elect Michael Adams' priorities, and how they are quite different from how the Secretary of State's office is run now. Lastly, Robert explained a Republican plan to change the Governor's relationship to the Transportation Cabinet, and how this move is similar and different from attempts to change Gubernatorial powers in other states.
Nov 20, 2019
Sam Newton Interview + Matt Jones Opts Out & Beshear Transition (with Meredith Scalos)
We welcomed Sam Newton to the show this week! Sam was the communications director for the Beshear/Coleman campaign, and he talked to us about his year on the campaign trail including how Andy Beshear led the team, how the campaign focused on their message, and even some stories about the bus tour with all 7 Democratic candidates plus some guests! This week, Meredith Scalos sat in for Jazmin, who was away. Robert and Meredith spoke about Matt Jones opting out of a run for U.S. Senate as well as the Beshear administration's transition team. Also discussed include Louisville Metro's surplus and a report from a committee looking at public assistance in Louisville.
1 hr 2 min
Nov 13, 2019
Election Fallout + U.S. Senate Updates
This week, Robert and Jazmin explain all the fallout from the 2019 election -- specifically how Republican legislators are reacting to the prospect of an election challenge and a press conference from Bevin supporters about unsubstantiated rumors of election fraud. Robert and Jazmin also talked about two potential Democratic candidates for the U.S. Senate seat up for election in 2020. First, Matt Jones, who was removed from his radio show after a FEC complaint from the Republican Party of Kentucky, and Charles Booker, who formed an exploratory committee. The show wrapped with a discussion of Kentucky's first charter school application.
Nov 6, 2019
2019 Election Results
Jazmin and Robert explain everything that happened on Election Day 2019. Andy Beshear eked out a small victory -- but Matt Bevin hasn't conceded yet. Jazmin tells us all about Bevin's options, and what might happen in the coming weeks. Also discussed include how Beshear is building his administration, and discussion about downballot races.
Oct 29, 2019
Robert Haley Conway, Election Preview, + Debate 3 & 4 Recap, and Justin Walker Confirmed
This week we visited with Robert Haley Conway, the Democratic nominee for Commissioner of Agriculture. He's an 8th generation farmer who talked to us about the past, present, and his vision of the future for agriculture policy in Kentucky. Mr. Conway shared with us his plan, and why he is running for office. He's a great candidate, definitely check out what he has to say! Jazmin and Robert recapped two of the recent debates and Matt Bevin getting caught denying forcefully something which he in fact said, as well as the confirmation of Justin Walker, a conservative confirmed as a federal judge who received a "Not Qualified" rating from the American Bar Association. Most of the time, though, Robert and Jazmin previewed the election, which is happening on Tuesday. Go Vote!
Oct 23, 2019
Councilwoman Angela Evans, Marshall County, ALG catchup, & More
This week, we spoke to Lexington Councilwoman Angela Evans. She told us about her reasons for running for office, serving as one of two African Americans on the LFUCG council, her future, and several other topics. We were excited to speak to her, and we are excited to bring this interview to you! Jazmin and Robert talked about two stories involving Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, the insertion of the Marshall County shooting into the Governor's race, and a few other smaller stories.
Oct 16, 2019
Rep. Patti Minter, Fundraising Reports, Election Lawsuits, & Medicaid Oral Arguments
This week, Rep. Patti Minter of Bowling Green joined us to talk about her service in the legislature. She told us about how she won while running a progressive campaign outside of the two large urban centers in Kentucky, what she did upon arriving in Frankfort, and how she plans to continue serving into the future. We also asked her about her favorite sets at Bonnaroo, which she has attended for several years in a row. Jazmin and Robert talked about fundraising on the state level (where 30 day prior reports were due last week) and federal level (where 3rd quarter reports were due), two different election lawsuits -- one involving Daniel Cameron and the other involving the "inactive voters" list, and oral arguments in the Trump administration's appeal of the case overturning Kentucky's Medicaid waiver. Plus more!
Oct 8, 2019
Rev. L. Clark Williams, Debate Recap, & K-PREP scores
This week, Rev. L. Clark Williams, the chair of The People's Campaign, joined Jazmin and Robert. He talked about the group's unique people-powered SuperPAC model, and why The People's Campaign was founded. He also spoke about the connection between religion and politics as well as his thoughts on the lack of African American candidates in statewide races across the state. Robert and Jazmin spoke about two topics this week -- a recap of the debate in Paducah as well as a discussion about the K-PREP scores, which were made public last week. Plus, as always, QUICK HITS.