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The Fiscal Cliff and the Kentucky Delegation

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

Happy New Year!
You probably had a better New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day than the delegation representing Kentucky in the United States Congress. They celebrated the holiday negotiating, voting, and arguing over legislation to keep the nation from falling off the fiscal cliff.

And our two U.S. Senators were front and center before a national audience of cliff watchers and media the past few days.

Most analysts are giving Sen. Mitch McConnell kudos for asking Vice President Joe Biden, an old Senate colleague, to join the negotiations for the deal that keeps taxes from going up on most Americans. McConnell voted for the legislation.

Sen. Paul, who was on the Senate floor and national television before the Senate voted to pass the legislation, was one of only 8 Senators to vote against the bill.

On the House side, the measure passed 257 to 167. Among the Kentucky congressmen, Hal Rogers (R), Ben Chandler (D), and John Yarmuth (D), voted for the deal. Ed Whitfield (R), Brett Guthrie (R), and Thomas Massie (R), voted against the deal.

Guthrie, from Bowling Green, had this to say, “I have said it from the very beginning that ensuring we do not go over the fiscal cliff should be a combination of tax reforms that are vital to the health of our nation. For too long, House Republicans were told they would see a good-faith discussion on spending cuts. Yet again, we have been told no, that spending cuts will come next time.”

There was no “big deal.” It appears there will be more fireworks down the road when Congress and the president try to cap government spending and attack the deficit facing the nation.

Andy Barr on Next One to One

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Newly-elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for the 6th district,  Republican Andy Barr is my guest on the next edition of One to One, Sunday, Nov. 11 at 1/12 noon CT on KET.

The congressman-elect was successful in the Nov. 6th election, defeating incumbent Democrat Ben Chandler by almost 12,000 votes.

This won’t be Barr’s first job in Washington. As a fresh graduate of the  University of Virginia,  Barr took a position as a legislative assistant to Missouri Congressman Jim Talent.

In this preview of a more extensive interview on One to One, I asked Barr about his work inside the beltway years ago.

One to One will air Sunday, Nov. 11 at 1/12 noon CT on KET.

Bill’s Eye will be take a brief pause for the next few days, but will be up and running again before you know it. Stay tuned and thanks for watching and reading!

Some Quick Thoughts on the Candidate Forums

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

“I hate all politics. I don’t like either political party. One should not belong to them—one should be an individual, standing in the middle. Anyone that belongs to a party stops thinking.”

Those are the words of renowned science fiction writer Ray Bradbury, who died this past June,  just as the summer campaign season got underway. I’m sure he believed every word. He would probably rejoice in knowing that our KET candidate programs are over and that the election — unless Hurricane Sandy’s damages cause interruptions to the schedule — is next week.

Throughout the summer, our “Kentucky Tonight” program endeavored to bring you serious discussion on key issues: Medicare, jobs and the economy, and foreign policy among many others.

This fall, candidates in all 6 congressional districts gathered to debate the issues. I thought we had solid, thoughtful, and reasoned conversations. We brought you some new candidates, 3 of the 5 incumbents who are seeking reelection, a couple of independent candidates, and a Democrat and a Republican running for an open seat in the 4th district.

Bill Goodman with 6th congressional district candidates Andy Barr, Ben Chandler, and Randolph Vance on “Kentucky Tonight” set

Monday night, candidates in the 6th Congressional District—incumbent Democrat Ben Chandler, Republican challenger Andy Barr, and Independent candidate Randolph Vance—met for the first, last, and only appearance on “Kentucky Tonight.” It was a robust discussion, to say the least.

I want to thank viewers and listeners in the 6th district who took the time to Tweet, e-mail, and call us with your questions, comments, and opinions; for those of you who wondered or asked about how fair I was with the timing of the forum, it breaks down like this:

  • Chandler-23 minutes, 21 seconds
  • Barr-19 minutes, 21 seconds
  • Vance-5 minutes, 15 seconds

My apologies to Mr. Vance…he had a lot of interesting things to say.

As far as criticism of the moderator, it was mixed. Some thought I was partial to Barr or was partial to Chandler, some of you had compliments, some of you probably wished I had stayed home.

One person e-mailed, “It’s very apparent whose side Mr. Goodman is on. He is interrupting guests and even interrupts himself. Where’s his manners?”

My only goal was to be fair to all and have a vigorous discussion of the issues.

Watch the 6th Congressional District candidates on “Kentucky Tonight”

“Kentucky Tonight” airs on Mondays at 8 pm ET


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