Posts Tagged ‘democratic’

The Wait Is Over

Friday, January 4th, 2013

No, not for the new season of “Downton Abbey,” which begins on KET Sunday at 9/8 pm CT.

The wait I’m talking about is everyone’s favorite drama playing at the state capitol in Frankfort for the next 30 days—the 2013 session of the General Assembly.

Lawmakers return to the city by the river next Tuesday, Jan. 8th for their “short” session; every other year they meet for a 60-day session. And, boy, do members have a lot on their plates.

This weekend on “One to One,” you’ll get to hear Gov. Steve Beshear outline what he’d like to see legislators tackle in the next few weeks. In addition to public employee pension reform, tax reform issues, and a rather interesting approach to getting an expanded gambling constitutional amendment on the ballot.  Beshear will also discuss his push to raise the age a young Kentuckian can legally stop attending public school from age 16 to age 18.

Then, on Monday night’s “Kentucky Tonight,” Beshear returns to KET and is joined by Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo of Prestonsburg and the new President-designate of the Senate Robert Stivers, of Manchester. Our topic, of course, will be the 2013 session of the General Assembly.

I hope you’ll be watching.

Days Away: Are You Happy?!

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Unless you just landed from another planet, you know we’re only days away from November 6th — Election Day 2012.

I realize that some of you don’t really care. You think this whole process has gone on too long, you don’t care who wins or loses because it won’t make any difference in how Washington operates, you’re sick and tired of campaign attack ads, and your list goes on.

I’m not in that camp. I think it’s been a fascinating election season — an opportunity to learn more about how Congress works, an education in such arcane realities as the “fiscal cliff” and how Medicare works—I realize this paints me as a complete wonk and a lost cause for anything sane and settled, but I’ll be sorry to see election day come and go.

There are a few days left. We at KET, Kentucky Tonight, and One to One will do our best to keep you entertained and informed right up to the last minute.

On One to One this Sunday, KET political analyst, Louisville lawyer, Courier-Journal columnist, and author, John David Dyche will be on the set to talk politics. Next week’s guest, writer, professor, and commentator,  Al Cross will weigh in on the election.
On Kentucky Tonight, Monday, I’ll have candidates from the 6th Congressional District at the table for the final candidate forum of the season.

Next week, I’ll tell you what we have in store for our pre-election show on Nov. 5th and plans for KET/PBS election coverage on Nov. 6th.

When John David stepped away from the table after we had taped our program this week, I asked him to share with you three things viewers and fellow wonks could look for between now and Election Day. Here’s what he said.

One to One airs Sunday at 1/noon CT and Tuesday at 7:30/6:30 pm CT on KET2.

Election talk on Kentucky Tonight

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

The election is over, but there is still a lot to be discussed, analyzed, and debated about the outcome of last week’s primary election results. Party strategists are poring over numbers, Tea Party voters, who stayed home, and who fought through the drizzle and fog to cast a ballot. Both Democratic and Republican leaders are trying to make sure that more than 10 per cent of registered voters (the percentage of people who voted in the primary) go to the polls in November for the general election.

Tonight on Kentucky Tonight, my colleague Renee Shaw will be in the host chair for a discussion on all of this.

Scheduled guests are:
- State Rep. Sannie Overly, D-Paris
- State Rep. Julie Adams, R-Louisville
- Jennifer Moore, former chair of the Kentucky Democratic Party
- Steve Robertson, chair of the Republican Party of Kentucky

Viewers may send questions to (please include name and town or county) or use the message form at the Kentucky Tonight website. For questions during the program, call (800) 494-7605.

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