Posts Tagged ‘Governor’

2013 Session Begins With Hope and Promise

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Update: Video from Monday night’s Ky. Tonight program with Gov. Behsear, House Speaker Stumbo, and Sen. President Stivers was added Wednesday afternoon. See below.

Tuesday was the official first day of the 2013 session of the Kentucky General Assembly.

Lawmakers in the House and Senate gaveled in at noon and had adjourned by early afternoon.

They were expected to do that. The session won’t really get underway until the first of February; this month some new members of the legislature will attend ethics training, committee meetings will be conducted and additional bills will be filed.

In the Senate there were several new faces in leadership positions; Robert Stivers, a Republican from Manchester, was elected president of the Senate. Damon Thayer, a Georgetown Republican, will serve as the majority floor leader.
Monday night President Stivers joined Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo and Governor Steve Beshear on “Kentucky Tonight.”

This was the first time all three had been together on statewide television for a discussion of the issues facing lawmakers during the 2013 session. This week at the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Chamber Day event in Lexington they will be on the stage to speak to a sold-out dinner crowd of more than 1,500.
KET will have that event on the air next Monday night at 9/8 CT following “Kentucky Tonight.”

On Monday’s “Kentucky Tonight” program, I asked Gov. Beshear to tell us the number one bill and issue on his mind this year and asked Stumbo and Stivers to comment on the governor’s choice.

Voting Rights for Felons on Kentucky Tonight

Monday, December 5th, 2011

WinterPledge finished up last night and everyone here at KET wants to say THANKS to all of you who called or went online to tell us you appreciate our programs and want to see them continue; it was our opportunity to step out of our regular programs and thank you for the support you’ve given us over the years.

Tonight, Monday, December 5th, Kentucky Tonight returns to its regular time slot at 8/7 pm CT. We’re tackling the tough subject of restoration of voting rights for convicted felons. This is Representative Jesse Crenshaw’s House legislation, which has passed the Kentucky House of Representatives several times, but failed in the Senate. Kentucky and Virginia have the distinction of placing tighter restrictions on voting than most other states; 48 states have some level of restriction, but if those are met, allow felon’s to vote in elections.

Our guests tonight are:

  • Ed Monahan, Kentucky Public Advocate
  • Dave Stengel, Commonwealth’s Attorney for Jefferson County
  • John Roach, a Lexington lawyer and former counsel to Governor Ernie Fletcher
  • Allen Trimble, Commonwealth’s Attorney for McCreary and Whitely Counties

Let us know how you feel by calling, emailing, or sending us a Tweet during the show! 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.

Cross Handicaps the General Election

Friday, November 4th, 2011

I love the first line of Al Cross’s column in the Sunday edition of the Louisville Courier-Journal’s Forum section. You will, too.

Al gave me a sneak peak of his piece when he came in to tape this week’s One to One which airs this Sunday at 1/noon CT on KET. During our conversation, we discussed a lot of different elements of the 2012 general election including voters who will stay home, Governor Beshear’s big lead, and whether or not the Kentucky Tea Party, which was such a big factor in last November’s U.S. Senate race between Jack Conway and Rand Paul, will show up on election day. Where will their votes go this year?

Don’t forget: We have two more  election-related programs: Kentucky Tonight on Monday will feature the party chairs and our political analysts discussing what might happen on election day—our election-night coverage begins at 7/6 CT. I hope you’ll be with us the entire evening.







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