KET was at the State Capitol in Frankfort this morning. I sat down with both Governor Steve Beshear and First Lady Jane for separate One to One programs which will air soon. Governor Beshear will be on KET in late December, before the start of the 2010 legislative session. My conversation with Mrs. Beshear will be on in January. The conversations were taped in the State Reception Room, a large room on the second floor which overlooks the front of the Capitol building.
I think both are interesting conversations. Of course, the governor is excellent at staying on message when discussing the issues he’s most interested in, including expanded gambling. He was disappointed in the outcome of the special election in State Senate District 14. Republican Jimmy Higdon won that election. Governor Beshear had hoped for a win by the democrat Jodie Haydon in order to erode the influence in the Senate which has a majority of republican members and is headed by Senate President David Williams of Burkesville. He is most focused on the state budget and plans for the general assembly session which begins in January.
Mrs. Beshear talked about the initiatives she is interested in advocating for during her time in Frankfort; lowering the Kentucky high school drop out rate, breast cancer, and aid for victims of domestic violence. She loves traveling the state and meeting people and seems to be enjoying her job as first lady of the state.
I’ll let you know when they are going to be on KET. Let me know what you think!