Posts Tagged ‘host Bill Goodman’

Some Quick Thoughts on the Candidate Forums

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

“I hate all politics. I don’t like either political party. One should not belong to them—one should be an individual, standing in the middle. Anyone that belongs to a party stops thinking.”

Those are the words of renowned science fiction writer Ray Bradbury, who died this past June,  just as the summer campaign season got underway. I’m sure he believed every word. He would probably rejoice in knowing that our KET candidate programs are over and that the election — unless Hurricane Sandy’s damages cause interruptions to the schedule — is next week.

Throughout the summer, our “Kentucky Tonight” program endeavored to bring you serious discussion on key issues: Medicare, jobs and the economy, and foreign policy among many others.

This fall, candidates in all 6 congressional districts gathered to debate the issues. I thought we had solid, thoughtful, and reasoned conversations. We brought you some new candidates, 3 of the 5 incumbents who are seeking reelection, a couple of independent candidates, and a Democrat and a Republican running for an open seat in the 4th district.

Bill Goodman with 6th congressional district candidates Andy Barr, Ben Chandler, and Randolph Vance on “Kentucky Tonight” set

Monday night, candidates in the 6th Congressional District—incumbent Democrat Ben Chandler, Republican challenger Andy Barr, and Independent candidate Randolph Vance—met for the first, last, and only appearance on “Kentucky Tonight.” It was a robust discussion, to say the least.

I want to thank viewers and listeners in the 6th district who took the time to Tweet, e-mail, and call us with your questions, comments, and opinions; for those of you who wondered or asked about how fair I was with the timing of the forum, it breaks down like this:

  • Chandler-23 minutes, 21 seconds
  • Barr-19 minutes, 21 seconds
  • Vance-5 minutes, 15 seconds

My apologies to Mr. Vance…he had a lot of interesting things to say.

As far as criticism of the moderator, it was mixed. Some thought I was partial to Barr or was partial to Chandler, some of you had compliments, some of you probably wished I had stayed home.

One person e-mailed, “It’s very apparent whose side Mr. Goodman is on. He is interrupting guests and even interrupts himself. Where’s his manners?”

My only goal was to be fair to all and have a vigorous discussion of the issues.

Watch the 6th Congressional District candidates on “Kentucky Tonight”

“Kentucky Tonight” airs on Mondays at 8 pm ET

Election returns on KET

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Is this the first statewide election in Kentucky history where social media has played a major, significant role in campaigning and advertising?

Just take a look at Twitter and Facebook. There are campaign messages from the candidates, pictures of where they voted, candid shots of family members walking into a polling booth, and descriptions of where the politicians ate lunch. Members of the media are tweeting what time they’ll be on the air, who their commentators will be, and how long they’ll stay with election returns.

Remember, it was just three years ago when President Obama was given credit for ramping up the use of social media like no other presidential candidate before him. Now, who can hardly turn around without someone Tweeting or Facebooking the latest from the Republican presidential candidates’ travels and appearances or what one candidate said about the other.

In Kentucky, you won’t find a candidate on the web without the signature logo for social media. It has become an accepted tool of the political trade.

We’ll use it tonight, too, as we have been since Fancy Farm in August! Joining Renee Shaw and me in the studio will be political commentators Al Cross, Jennifer Moore and John David Dyche, plus a wide array of reporters from around the state and interviews and speeches from the Democratic and Republican election night headquarters. That’s only a brief preview of what to expect.

And we want to hear from you. too. We’ll be monitoring Facebook, email ( and Twitter, asking the questions you want to pass along to Al, Jennifer and John David.

Look at it this way: this is your last chance to really get deep into statewide politics until…let’s see…next May! So get your fill of it tonight.

All-star lineup on Kentucky Tonight

Monday, November 7th, 2011

It has come down to this: We will be less than 24 hours from knowing who will serve as governor and lieutenant governor for the next four years when we’re on the air tonight for Kentucky Tonight‘s last campaign program before Election Day tomorrow. And we’re doing it with an all-star line-up that includes:

- Daniel Logsdon, chair of the Kentucky Democratic Party

- Steve Robertson, chair of the Republican Party of Kentucky

- Jennifer Moore, former chair of the Kentucky Democratic Party and a KET election night commentator

- John David Dyche, author of Republican Leader: A Political Biography of Senator Mitch McConnell and a KET election night commentator

It should be action packed, fun and informative. And we need your participation: send your questions and comments to the panelists in a variety of ways: email, phone calls and Twitter.

Tweet @BillKET your #kyelect questions for tonight’s panelists. I’m looking forward to hearing from you on the show at 8/7 pm CT on KET.

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