Posts Tagged ‘Barr’

In the Nation’s Capitol

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

I was in Washington, D.C., last week on the day the Senate voted on the Manchin-Toomey gun legislation.

Senate hallways and offices were packed with visitors, lobbyists, and tour groups.

The media was present too; they ringed the Russell office rotunda—an area used by the networks for the reports you see on newscasts every day.

I was there to talk with office staff and aides who work for members of our Kentucky congressional delegation. KET is making plans to be in Washington for a live broadcast of Kentucky Tonight the first week in May followed by a series of One to One conversations with our Washington delegation. My intention was not to see any member of the group —although we did run into Reps. Yarmuth, Massie, and Barr.

But you couldn’t avoid the feeling that something a little out of the ordinary was taking place.
This was one day after the Boston Marathon explosions; there was a noticeable increase in police presence and canine patrols. Visitors in lines outside of the Cannon, Rayburn, Longworth, and Russell complexes were greeted with assault weapon-wielding policemen.

There was an eerie pall hanging over the Capitol.

This was also the day before the ricin-laced letter was delivered, but intercepted, by a congressional post office facility located far from Capitol Hill. At the same time, the third floor of the Russell Senate building went into lock-down because of a suspicious package delivered to a senator’s office—directly one floor above Sen. Rand Paul’s office.

For me and many other visitors, these elements — canine units on the Capitol grounds, a noticeable police presence, increased security — could not help but stand out. For senators and representatives, office workers, and Capitol personnel, it was just another day at the office.

Our One to One interviews will begin on May 13th. I’ll sit down with all eight members of our delegation to discuss national and Kentucky-related issues with them.

If you have a topic or issue you would like for me to discuss with any member, send me an email at

Andy and Ben on Monday Night

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

It’s the Andy Barr and Ben Chandler show on KET’s Kentucky Tonight candidate program this coming Monday evening.

This will be their first, and possibly only, joint appearance of the campaign season.

Chandler was first elected in February 2004 to represent the 6th Congressional District. He sits on the powerful House Committee on Appropriations.

Barr is a Lexington lawyer, worked in the administration of Governor Ernie Fletcher, and is seeking his first elective office.

As with all of our candidate programs this fall as part of our Election 2010 What Matters to You? coverage, we want you to participate. If you live in the 6th district (which includes 15 counties), give us your name, town, or county in an email, Facebook message, or phone call and we’ll get to as many of you as we can. You can send questions in advance or during the program by phone (800-494-7605) and email ( The program is closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired; the number for TDD calls is 800-395-5388.

The program is on Monday night, October 18th at 8/7 CT. If it matters to you, let the candidates know how you feel.

6th District Republicans on Kentucky Tonight

Monday, April 26th, 2010

I just realized that one month from today, the May primary election will be over. Are you ready (or do you really care) to make a decision about an incumbent office holder or whether or not it’s time to make a change in who is representing you in Washington and Frankfort?

New York Times Op-Ed Columnist Gail Collins writes on April 24th that:

“the election season is starting in earnest, and already one thing is crystal clear. Both the Democrats and Republicans are hopeless. It seems inconceivable that either party can possibly win anything. This may be the year when the Whigs finally get to make their comeback.”

The Whigs?

She goes on to write about the Kentucky U.S. Senate race and says

“It is very hard to pick a favorite. Would you prefer the man endorsed by Mitch McConnell (unofficially) and Dick Cheney, or the one backed by Sarah Palin and Jim Bunning? Of course, she’s talking about Trey Grayson and Rand Paul. She also gives the nation a brief line or two about the other candidates in the Republican primary, including 86-year-old Gurley Martin, who is quoted on cap-and-trade legislation as saying “Horsefeathers! Horsefeathers! Horsefeathers!”

Our candidate program continues tonight with the 6th District Republicans who want to unseat incumbent Democrat Congressman Ben Chandler.

They are:

- Perry Wilson Barnes
- Garland “Andy” Barr
- John T. Kemper III
- Matt Lockett
- George Pendergrass
- Mike Templeman

Viewers and listeners in the 6th District can call-in or send us an email question for the candidates. I’ll see you at 8:00/7:00 Central on KET

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