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Quiz Answers and Hemp vs. the Heat

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

For all of you who participated in the first-ever Robert Stivers Groundhog Day Trivia Contest, the answers are below. If you didn’t get to take the quiz, there’s still time—just be sure you don’t cheat by reading the answers first. The contest ran over the weekend, just a couple of Bill’s Eye blog posts ago.

1)Robert’s hometown is London in Laurel County. You might hear him talk a lot about Manchester in Clay County because that’s where he lives now is and part of the senate district he represents. But, make no mistake, he was “raised up” in London.

2)The president of the Kentucky State Senate has a two-year degree from Sue Bennett College. Sue Bennett was a private school in London that was founded in 1897, but closed in 1997. Robert graduated from U.K. and has a law degree from the University of Louisville.

3)Robert’s mother had a degree from Harvard. She was a Massachusetts girl who graduated from Simmons College and then earned a master’s degree from Harvard before she came to Kentucky to work in Appalachia.

4)Robert was born on Christmas Eve, 1961.

5)Stivers was a Little Leaguer with KET commentator, columnist, author, and Louisville lawyer John David Dyche.

Well, there you have it. If you got all five correct, pat yourself on the back and tell the president of the senate you took the Robert Stivers Groundhog Day quiz and passed with flying colors.

Monday’s “Kentucky Tonight” show might have been billed as “Hemp versus Heat” as Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and former state treasurer Jonathan Miller sat down with Ky. State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer and Operation UNITE vice-president Dan Smoot to discuss legalizing industrial hemp. It might have been the first time both sides of this very controversial issue have been side-by-side to trade blows over the hemp issue. They haven’t made a lot of joint (excuse me) appearances to debate the subject.

Here’s an exchange from the program over the distinctions between growing industrial hemp and marijuana in Kentucky:

Watch the entire program at www.ket.org .

Finally, if Tom Loftus’s recent Courier-Journal interview with Mary Lassiter (secretary of the governor’s  cabinet)  was a preview of what we’ll hear Wednesday night in Beshear’s  State of the Commonwealth address, it could be a short speech.

Lassiter was quoted as saying, “there’s no money for anything.”

The governor might consider Tweeting his speech in; I’ll bet he could do it in 140 characters.

Regardless, KET will be there with the speech, interviews, and analysis. Kenny Colston, from Kentucky Public Radio will join Renee Shaw and I starting at 7/6 C on KET and online.

Apologies to John

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

I want to apologize — publicly, on this blog — to John in Taylorsville, Kentucky.

Here’s why.

Last week, I asked you for questions I might ask the gubernatorial candidates on our final KET candidate program Monday night. Before the program and during the broadcast, we received many good and important questions. You wanted to know where Governor Beshear, Senator Williams, and Gatewood Galbraith stood on mountain-top removal, higher education, and the state budget.

John had an excellent question on growing hemp as a cash crop for farmers. I told him I would ask the question — I didn’t.

In the heat of the battle on the candidate program, John’s question, along with a number of other well-thought inquiries, was pushed to the bottom of the question pile and I failed to get it on the air.

Again, to John and all of you who took the time to phone, Tweet, email, or Facebook a question in — thanks so much for making our candidate programs more relevant and meaningful to the audience and to the hosts. I hope you’re not too disappointed.

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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