Posts Tagged ‘gambling’

Grogan and Gambling

Friday, December 11th, 2009

I’ve surprised even myself by lumping author John Grogan and expanded gambling together in one blog. But here it is!

John Grogan
Grogan is the popular writer of the best-selling Marley & Me. This Sunday and next Tuesday, he’s on One to One discussing The Longest Trip Home, a memoir about growing up in a devout Catholic home in the 1960s and ’70s. If you read Marley or saw the movie, you know how he turned his newspaper career into the vehicle which brings a wife, dog and children into his life. You can learn a lot more about him and hear him talk about all of this on One to One. He was a delight to share some time with on a recent visit to Lexington.

Expanded gambling
Monday night on Kentucky Tonight, we’ll once again talk about expanded gambling in the wake of the legislative session which begins the first of January.

Our guests:

- Bill Farish, general manager of Lane’s End farm

- Patrick Neely, executive director of the Kentucky Equine Education Project

- Martin Cothran, spokesman for Say No to Casinos

- Kent Ostrander, executive director of The Family Foundation

There are a couple of pieces of legislation to discuss, but none that please Kentucky’s horse industry or Governor Beshear. Why not? That’s one of the questions I’ll ask on Monday night.

The opponents of expanding gambling see the victory of Republican Jimmy Higdon in the special election in the 14th senate district as a good sign that Kentuckians don’t want gambling in Kentucky. Or they at least want the opportunity to place it on the ballot as a constitutional amendment. That’s a question that will also come up Monday night.

Join us and let me know what you think on the phone or email.

A Day at the Capitol

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

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!

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