Posts Tagged ‘Beshear’

Beshear and Abramson and the Tuesday Inauguration

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

When I arrived at the state capitol this week for a conversation with Governor Beshear, I found a flurry of activity in preparation for Tuesday’s inauguration of him and Jerry Abramson.

Our KET crew had commandeered the governor’s suite of offices with cable, audio, and video equipment and cameras. His staff, always helpful and courteous, was unusually merry and looking forward to the holidays ahead. It helped that the rooms were decorated with poinsettias, greenery, and a silver tray laden with sweets and bagels.

I found Governor Beshear excited by the day-long inaugural ceremonies that will take place next Tuesday. Although optimistic about the next four years and the challenges his administration will face, I also found him somber and reflective about the job ahead. He’s fully aware of the challenges he’s already facing.

In a clip from the interview, Gov. Beshear tells me what you can anticipate in his inaugural address Tuesday afternoon.

The full interview will be on KET Monday evening at 8/7 pm central.

Beshear dashed out of the office after the interview and headed down the hallway to another meeting with administration budget officials. They’ve been meeting daily on state finances. I also ran into Lt. Governor Jerry Abramson, who has been at the capitol almost daily since the November election.

Cross Handicaps the General Election

Friday, November 4th, 2011

I love the first line of Al Cross’s column in the Sunday edition of the Louisville Courier-Journal’s Forum section. You will, too.

Al gave me a sneak peak of his piece when he came in to tape this week’s One to One which airs this Sunday at 1/noon CT on KET. During our conversation, we discussed a lot of different elements of the 2012 general election including voters who will stay home, Governor Beshear’s big lead, and whether or not the Kentucky Tea Party, which was such a big factor in last November’s U.S. Senate race between Jack Conway and Rand Paul, will show up on election day. Where will their votes go this year?

Don’t forget: We have two more  election-related programs: Kentucky Tonight on Monday will feature the party chairs and our political analysts discussing what might happen on election day—our election-night coverage begins at 7/6 CT. I hope you’ll be with us the entire evening.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apologies to John

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

I want to apologize — publicly, on this blog — to John in Taylorsville, Kentucky.

Here’s why.

Last week, I asked you for questions I might ask the gubernatorial candidates on our final KET candidate program Monday night. Before the program and during the broadcast, we received many good and important questions. You wanted to know where Governor Beshear, Senator Williams, and Gatewood Galbraith stood on mountain-top removal, higher education, and the state budget.

John had an excellent question on growing hemp as a cash crop for farmers. I told him I would ask the question — I didn’t.

In the heat of the battle on the candidate program, John’s question, along with a number of other well-thought inquiries, was pushed to the bottom of the question pile and I failed to get it on the air.

Again, to John and all of you who took the time to phone, Tweet, email, or Facebook a question in — thanks so much for making our candidate programs more relevant and meaningful to the audience and to the hosts. I hope you’re not too disappointed.

Don’t forget: We have two more  election-related programs: Kentucky Tonight on Monday will feature the party chairs and our political analysts discussing what might happen on election day— our election-night coverage begins at 7/6 CT. I hope you’ll be with us the entire evening.


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