Posts Tagged ‘D.C.’

Our Capitol Excursion

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Note from Bill Goodman: Renee Shaw is with me in Washington, D.C., this week and she’ll be posting her observations about our Beltway expedition to interview the eight men representing Kentucky in Washington.

All this week, KET is inside the Beltway talking with members of Kentucky’s congressional delegation. We launched our D.C. excursion with a live broadcast of Kentucky Tonight last night from the Cannon House rotunda balcony. All of the members of Congress representing Kentucky were asked to join Bill Goodman on the balcony overlooking Constitution Avenue, and we were delighted that Kentucky’s junior U.S. Senator Rand Paul and third-term Congressman John Yarmuth could join Bill on the program.

There were times when Yarmuth, the Louisville Democrat, and Paul, the Bowling Green Republican, were on the same political page. But some glaring contrasts on prominent, headline-making issues facing the 113th Congress remain, one of which is immigration.

Senator Paul says the United States is still not adequately addressing student visas and screening background checks from those with refugee status. He says Congress should not rush to pass immigration reform and instead engage in a robust, debate without self-imposed deadlines on action.

On the pathway to citizenship proposals, Yarmuth and Rand Paul gave their perspectives. Yarmuth says the government is deporting unprecedented numbers of the undocumented now and argues that deporting the estimated 11 million with questionable legal status is not prudent. Sen. Rand Paul says border security is a lingering concern for conservatives like himself and he’s poised to present a plan called “Trust but verify.”

The other lightning rod issue Congress is perhaps bracing for another round of debate about is gun legislation related to background checks. The shooting tragedy at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Conn., nearly six months ago reignited gun control measures, particularly relative to background checks.

Sen. Paul says he’s concerned that some proposals like the Manchin-Toomey plan that recently failed in the Senate, shift criminal blame onto law-abiding gun owners. He instead favors examining the background checks already in place.

Rand Paul doubts public polling on firearms background checks, which he contends is sullied with high emotions about recent events. He thinks that as time passes, the emotions will subside when policy proposals are parsed out for possible unintended consequences affecting the rights and civil liberties of upright citizens.

Bill’s engaging discussion on Kentucky Tonight Monday night covered ideology on poverty and minimum wage, Medicare, Syria, and the guests’ collaboration on a golf tournament to benefit veterans.

You can watch the entire program online.

A Look Over the Edge of the Fiscal Cliff

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Join me and my “Kentucky Tonight” guests at 8/7 pm CT on KET.

Our topic is the looming “Fiscal Cliff.” My guests are a panel of experts on the subject: Jason Bailey, director of The Kentucky Center for Economic Policy; Jim Waters, president of the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions; Malcolm Robinson, economics professor and economics department chair at Thomas More College; and Tres Watson, chairman of the Kentucky Young Republican Federation. We’ll discuss what’s involved and how it might affect Kentucky families and businesses. Tune in and join the conversation:

E-mail kytonight@ket.org or use the message form at The Kentucky Tonight website.
Submit questions on Twitter, #BillKET
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Call during the program, 1-800-494-7605.

Kentucky Tonight, Monday, Dec. 3 at 8/7 pm CT on KET
You can also watch it live online at the KET website.

Kentucky a Loser Again

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

For the second time, Kentucky has lost out on Race to the Top funding. Here’s the report from the Associated Press:

ATLANTA — Nine states and the District of Columbia will share $3.4 billion from a controversial “Race to the Top” school reform competition, but even before Tuesday’s announcement President Barack Obama’s program was criticized by teachers unions and civil rights groups.

The winners are: Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Washington, D.C. The amounts of the grants will be announced later Tuesday, U.S. Education Department spokesman Justin Hamilton said.

And here’s a statement from Governor Beshear’s office:

“While we are disappointed that Kentucky did not win an award in the second round of Race to the Top funding, we are confident that the steps we are taking in education will significantly improve the education experience for Kentucky’s students.  The fact that Kentucky was named a finalist twice for these funds speaks to the success of the combined efforts of my office, the Department of Education (KDE) and the General Assembly.

We will continue to move forward with our vision for education reform through the ongoing efforts of the Governor’s Transforming Education in Kentucky task force, as well as the implementation of Senate Bill 1 of 2009.”

On several KET programs, as recently as last week on our special live edition of Education Matters, we’ve talked about the importance of Race to the Top funding. I know Education Commissioner Dr. Terry Holliday and his staff are very disappointed with today’s announcement.


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