Panel Suggests Women Are Key to Victory in U.S. Senate Race

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Our Kentucky Tonight panel brought conviction, passion, and good-old fashion bias to the table in Studio A at KET Monday evening.

And they packed a few facts into their totes as well.

We invited Democrats David Tandy and Jennifer Moore along with Republicans John McCarthy and Nathan Haney to discuss the U.S. Senate race during the first portion of the program. We devoted the second half of the show to the competitive Kentucky State House contests that may determine whether Democrats maintain their majority in the lower chamber, or whether Republicans can win enough seats to gain full control of the General Assembly.

The conversation last night centered around “kitchen-table” issues, including pay equity and raising the minimum wage. Moore, who is founder of Emerge Kentucky, an organization that recruits and trains females to run as Democratic candidates for political office, said women are the key voting constituency in the state House races as well as the U.S. Senate contest between Sen. Mitch McConnell and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

At the end of the show, I asked the panel for their predictions on the outcome of the U.S. Senate race. McCarthy gave McConnell the edge by 6 points; Haney gave the senior senator a 7-point victory.

Moore picked Grimes by 1.5 percent; Tandy said she would win by a single point.

It could be a long night of vote counting on November 4!

When the debate turned to the Kentucky House races, Haney, who is Jefferson County Republican Chair, was the first to speak about the number of GOP women already serving in the state legislature, and those running for office this year.

Watch the full Kentucky Tonight program, or read a recap.

Next Monday at 8 p.m., we’ll discuss issues in the 3rd Congressional District race.

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.

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