The ACA: Repeal or Fix?

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

In just about every U.S. House and Senate race across the nation this fall, the candidates are debating the Affordable Care Act.

In Kentucky, it’s no different.

Republican Senator Mitch McConnell and Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes have both taken positions on the legislation. At a Kentucky Farm Bureau forum last month, Grimes said she would be interested in “streamlining” the act and labeled the law “not perfect.”

Sen. McConnell told Farm Bureau members he wants the repeal the entire law and called Obamacare the worst piece of legislation passed in the last half century.

We discussed the ACA and Kynect, the state health insurance exchange, on Monday’s Kentucky Tonight. All four guests, Doctors Barbara Casper and Neal Moser, and state Senators Tom Buford and Reginald Thomas, weighed in with their viewpoints on the Affordable Care Act.

Watch the full Kentucky Tonight discussion.

We’ll be preempted next Monday night by the new Ken Burns’ documentary, The Roosevelts. Kentucky Tonight will return on September 22 at 8 p.m. for our conversation with the 2nd Congressional District candidates.

So Long, Emily Blair

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

It’s time to bid farewell to our summer associate at KET, Emily Blair. She’s off to complete her senior year at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina.

Emily’s bright smile and sensational attitude were delightful to be around the past few months. She assisted us in many tasks around the office and in the field as a researcher, associate producer, and video editor. She completed every assignment and always seemed to have time for more work.

Emily Blair

KET Summer Associate Emily Blair.

Her “What did you do on your summer break?” moment came when I asked her to compile a video diary of her trip to the Fancy Farm political picnic with the KET crew.

Here are her reflections of those hectic two days in August:

So long, Emily. We’ll miss you and good luck in the next few months before graduation from Furman.

New York Times Explores Sen. Mitch McConnell’s Life in Politics

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

As I have written before, our U.S. Senate race is getting attention from print and broadcast media as well as bloggers from all over the world. It’s not uncommon to see the contest between Sen. Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes mentioned in many state and national publications almost daily.

But it is unusual to find a newspaper or magazine devoting 6,000 words to the Kentucky campaign. The New York Times did that in a piece that was posted online yesterday, and will be published in the magazine section of this Sunday’s print edition.

The paper’s National Political Correspondent Jonathan Martin spent time in Kentucky and Washington this summer researching the race and the Republican incumbent. Martin’s detailed reporting on McConnell is quite well done. He gained a remarkable degree of access to and openness from the senator, as well as his aides and friends, and even some folks who don’t think too fondly of the 30-year Capitol Hill veteran.

I talked with Martin and I asked him about his interest in the race and how he put his story together.

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