Kentucky Tonight Explores Medicaid Waiver Proposal

Monday, September 12th, 2016

Tonight at 8 we’ll discuss the latest on the Bevin administration’s Medicaid overhaul. Renee Shaw will host the conversation among four state lawmakers: Sen. Julie Raque Adams (R-Louisville), chair of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee; Sen. Reginald Thomas (D-Lexington), member of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee; Rep. Addia Wuchner (R-Florence), vice chair of the House Health and Welfare Committee; and Rep. Mary Lou Marzian (D-Louisville), vice chair of the House Budget Review Subcommittee

The governor’s office delivered its waiver application to federal regulators in late August. Last week the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services indicated the state’s request had been properly submitted, and now the proposal undergoes a 30-day public comment period.

KET Associate Producer Casey Parker-Bell has this overview of Kentucky’s current Medicaid program and how it might change under the state’s waiver request.

You can join tonight’s discussion by emailing your questions and comments to or by tweeting @ReneeKET.

When No Words Will Suffice

Friday, August 19th, 2016

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Today’s Wall Street Journal. Photo credited to Mahmoud Raslan/Aleppo Media Cente via Agence France-Presse/Getty Images.

Pork, Pie, and Politics 2016

Friday, August 5th, 2016

Republicans converged on Cleveland, Democrats kicked up their heels in Philly, and this weekend Kentuckians will gather at Fancy Farm.

For the 136th year, politicians, media, and barbecue-loving folks from across the commonwealth will descend on the Graves County hamlet to hear speeches, visit with friends and family, and toss verbal barbs at anyone brave enough to take the stage at the picnic grounds.

The politicking is all in good fun and it signals the unofficial start to the fall campaign season in Kentucky. All of the proceeds from the annual event go to St. Jerome Parish to support their programs and outreach activities.

Of course you can count on KET to bring you complete and comprehensive coverage of Fancy Farm for the next several days.

Tonight at 8, Comment on Kentucky will broadcast live from the picnic grounds. Host Bill Bryant welcomes Ronnie Ellis of CNHI News Service, Joseph Gerth of The Courier-Journal, and Nick Storm of cn|2.

Then at 8:30 Renee Shaw and I will host a special program to preview this year’s event.

On Saturday, our live coverage begins at 2:30. Renee and I will have all the speeches as well as analysis of the day’s activities. If you’re not near a TV, you can stream the festivities at

Finally Monday night 8, KET will air our annual Fancy Farm wrap-up program.

This year’s roster of speakers will provide some interesting viewing. Candidates in the statewide U.S. Senate race will be there; representatives of the presidential candidates will be given a few minutes in front of the crowd; several constitutional officers will take a victory lap after their elections last year; and you can count on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Gov. Matt Bevin to have plenty to say about Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

This year’s emcee is Scott Jennings, a partner in the Louisville public relations firm RunSwitch. Jennings served as an adviser to President George W. Bush and Sen. McConnell.

Associate Producer Lillie Ruschell recently spent some time with Jennings at his Louisville office and later I talked with him about his role at this year’s Fancy Farm.

Jennings’ firm just released one of the first political polls of the fall campaign. Click here to see the results of the RunSwitch-Harper Polling survey about the presidential race, the U.S. Senate contest, and other political issues in the state.

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