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After the Show with Al Cross

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Days, hours, minutes away from Election Day 2012 and the hits just keep on a comin’!

Secretary of State Allison Lundergan Grimes predicts a record number of voters will cast ballots next Tuesday. There are 130,000 more registered voters in Kentucky compared with 2008.

In a new campaign spot in the state’s 6th congressional district, Congressman Ben Chandler uses his Grandfather Happy Chandler and the singing of My Old Kentucky Home as a way to remind voters of their kinship—what does this say about how tight this race is with Republican Andy Barr?

And, in perhaps the most furious final few days anyone has seen for decades in Kentucky, state house Democratic and Republican legislators and contenders are battling for gains or holding on to their seats in what will turn out to be a very closely watched series of races Tuesday evening.

We’re watching it all.

Al Cross, columnist, professor, director of the Institute for Rural Journalism at UK and a KET political analyst will be on One to One this Sunday. Today, I asked him what he will watch for between now and when we’re on the air Tuesday night with our election returns. Here’s what he said.

Al will join Renee Shaw and me, along with analysts Jennifer Moore and John David Dyche Tuesday night at 7/6 CT for our coverage of election 2012. I hope you can join us.

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

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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