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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

On to November

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Did you vote Tuesday?

At least today, we know who the winners and losers are and which candidates will be on the ballot in November. No doubt, pundits and political observers will label this primary election as one of the most lackluster in state history. Now that May 17th, has come and gone, will campaigning for the November general election be far behind? Probably not.

As they head toward the fall,  let’s hope all the candidates—democrats, republicans, and independents—run a vigorous public campaign. Let’s suggest to all of them that the campaigns be based on an honest, energetic debate on the issues. Kentucky has so many needs and our citizens hunger for a dynamic discussion of taxes, pension reform, immigration, education, jobs, and the economy. All of the candidates have their own ideas, platforms, and positions on these and many other topics and the public deserves a robust conversation about them from now until election day on November 8th.

If you missed Kentucky Tonight Monday night, you missed a tantalizing few minutes of debate between our guests on voter apathy, voter participation, and why, according to political analyst John David Dyche, not everyone should always feel compelled to vote in every election. That portion of the program comes at about 20 minutes into the hour-long program.

Also coming up:

On Monday night, May 23rd, Renee Shaw will be in the Kentucky Tonight host chair for a post-primary election discussion at 8/7 pm CT on KET.

On May 30th, PBS will present a special Memorial Day program. Hallowed Grounds provides a rare visit to 22 of America’s extraordinary overseas military cemeteries. The program weaves historical elements with contemporary scenes of the cemeteries and powerful stories about the men and women who are buried in them.

This special airs on Sunday, May 29 at 2/1 pm CT on KET, and on Monday, May 30 at 8/7 pm CT on KET and at 10/9 pm CT on KET2.


Candidate Programs Heat Up on KET

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

It’s a gross understatement on my part, but these next few weeks are going to be very interesting. The Rand Paul/Jack Conway U.S. Senate race is getting national attention from major papers and networks, Kentucky republicans and democrats are energized about the outcome of key seats in the state house and senate, and voters in congressional districts are being bombarded with ads and counter-ads touting one candidate over another.

Candidates on our 3rd congressional district program went at each other pretty hard on Kentucky Tonight last night. The two main contenders, incumbent John Yarmuth (D) and challenger Todd Lally (R), had strong words for each other on health care, the stimulus, and job creation. Libertarian Ed Martin and independent Michael Hansen also weighed in with their opinions. If you missed the live airing, click here to watch the program.

Next Monday, October 18th, incumbent Ben Chandler (D) and Andy Barr (R) will be at KET to do battle. The program starts at 8/7 CT on KET.

One of the best reports I’ve seen on the Conway/Paul race, Kentucky Senate Race Tests Tea Party Clout, was aired on October 7th on PBS NewsHour on PBS/KET. Gwinn Ifill was the reporter and it included an interview with Kathy Gornik of Lexington’s Thiel Audio company along with a number of other Kentuckians.

Stay tuned to KET for all of our Election 2010 coverage, What Matters to You?

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