Posts Tagged ‘Government’

Introducing KET’s summer intern

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

I want to introduce you to my Bill’s Eye guest blogger for the summer, Anne Evans. Anne graduated from Centre College in May and is volunteering at KET this summer. She’ll be aiding us in the public affairs area with One to One and Connections and other programs, has already been “out in the field” with KET’s new Kentucky Collectibles show and will be assisting the producer on a documentary on the life of noted horseman and former Keeneland president Ted Bassett.

Here’s Anne’s first blog for Bill’s Eye.

On Wednesday, June 6, Bill Goodman and I had the opportunity to see and hear the Honorable Sandra Day O’Connor, the retired Supreme Court Justice, speak at the Kentucky Bar Association Convention in Louisville. She spoke about Kentucky’s selection process of judges as well as about how poorly informed United States citizens generally are about our government.

While it is a debated topic, O’Connor holds that judges should not be elected (as we elect our judges in Kentucky), but they should instead be chosen based on merit. Election of judges, she argued, only complicates the decisions that judges make, as they can sometimes then be influenced by organizations that funded their campaign.

O’Connor also spoke about the lack of knowledge a large percentage of Americans have about our government system and how it functions. When she told us that the majority of U.S. citizens are unable to name the three branches of government, I became a little bit nervous as I went over that little tidbit of knowledge in my head…as an English major sitting in a room of lawyers, I have no doubt that I would have been the only one unable to answer that question had the Legislative Branch not come to mind after a brief hesitation. Whew. Proves her point, doesn’t it?

O’Connor’s concern about the public’s knowledge about how our democracy works spurred her to create an online educational website that teaches Americans, and specifically young Americans, more about our country and its system of governance. has online games, a website for teachers to use in classrooms, and as cheesy as it may sound, the games really are fun! I encourage you to check it out.

While at the conference, Renee Shaw taped two Connections programs that will air at a later date, and Bill Goodman sat down with the president of the American Bar Association, Bill Robinson of Florence, Ky., for a One to One program that will air in August.

This conference made it clear that there are a lot of people out there who really care about how our government is operating, and who want it to be as fair and just as possible. Attending the conference was definitely eye-opening and encouraging. Kentucky continues to move forward.

Until next time,

Back to the Business of Kentucky Issues

Friday, July 29th, 2011

While Washington flounders, we’re shifting our focus from the debate over the debt ceiling on Kentucky Tonight to state issues confronting Kentuckians.

With Fancy Farm only a week away, the governor’s race right around the corner, what are the key issues that citizens of the state are concerned about?

We’ll ask lawmakers, key members of the state legislature who will join me Monday night on the program. They are:

- Kentucky House Majority Whip Tommy Thompson, D-Owensboro

- Kentucky State Representative Adam Koenig, R-Erlanger

- Kentucky Senate Minority Floor Leader R.J. Palmer, D-Winchester

- Senate Majority Floor Leader Robert Stivers, R-Manchester

Tune in Monday at 8/7 pm CT on KET. Let us know how you feel about these matters by sending questions to (please include name and town or county) or using the message form at the Kentucky Tonight website. For questions during the program, call (800) 494-7605.




Great guests on One to One

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Recently, I had an interesting conversation with Jonathan Miller for One to One; tune in this Sunday, April 3 at 1 p.m./noon CT.

Miller, the Secretary of the Finance and Administration Cabinet under Governor Steve Beshear, has left state government and will join the private sector. He’ll be practicing law and has a start-up blog called The Recovering Politician. Jonathan served two terms as State Treasurer and worked in Washington a few years before coming back to Kentucky to raise a family. He has recruited a number of other former politicians to write for his blog. You can find it at

This week I’ll be talking with two of America’s best known authors for a couple of upcoming One to One programs:

  • *Andre Dubus III who wrote The House of Sand and Fog, a national bestseller and movie. Townie is Dubus’s new memoir which is at number four on the New York Times nonfiction list.
  • *Rita Mae Brown who is wildly popular around the world — her mystery series are always best sellers.

    Both Brown and Dubus are in Kentucky for the Lexington Public Library’s Night of Literary Feasts. Patrons of the library will have an opportunity to have dinner with their favorite author. There are 11 authors, including Kentuckians Ed McClanahan, Jon Carloftis, and Neil Chethik. I’ll be attending and will give you an update in an upcoming blog post.

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