Posts Tagged ‘Obama’

The Wait Is Over

Friday, January 4th, 2013

No, not for the new season of “Downton Abbey,” which begins on KET Sunday at 9/8 pm CT.

The wait I’m talking about is everyone’s favorite drama playing at the state capitol in Frankfort for the next 30 days—the 2013 session of the General Assembly.

Lawmakers return to the city by the river next Tuesday, Jan. 8th for their “short” session; every other year they meet for a 60-day session. And, boy, do members have a lot on their plates.

This weekend on “One to One,” you’ll get to hear Gov. Steve Beshear outline what he’d like to see legislators tackle in the next few weeks. In addition to public employee pension reform, tax reform issues, and a rather interesting approach to getting an expanded gambling constitutional amendment on the ballot.  Beshear will also discuss his push to raise the age a young Kentuckian can legally stop attending public school from age 16 to age 18.

Then, on Monday night’s “Kentucky Tonight,” Beshear returns to KET and is joined by Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo of Prestonsburg and the new President-designate of the Senate Robert Stivers, of Manchester. Our topic, of course, will be the 2013 session of the General Assembly.

I hope you’ll be watching.

Summertime and the Pace Is Hectic

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

What happened to the “dog days of summer?” Those lazy, hazy days.

It hasn’t really slowed down much, has it?

Earlier in the week, The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce brought in an array of interesting people who presented issues and discussions on a number of topics at the Business Summit and Annual Meeting in Louisville. Headlining the event were speakers John Schnatter of Papa John’s; James Fallows, national correspondent for Atlantic Magazine; Margaret Spellings, former Education Secretary under President Bush; and Washington Post reporter and author Bob Woodward, of Watergate and All the President’s Men fame.

Fallows, Spellings, and Woodward will be my guests on One to One in August.

After Louisville, we raced back to KET and started working on Monday night’s Kentucky Tonight program. In the next few weeks before we start our candidate-interview programs, we’re going to examine a number of issues that will be discussed in the days before the November election.

With the nation’s eyes on Washington and the debt-limit debate which is going on, I thought it would be interesting to discuss how the outcome of those talks between President Obama,and the Democrats and Republicans might affect Kentucky’s businesses, families, children, and our elder population. We’ve got a good lineup of guests and it should be an interesting discussion.

I’ll have more on that Monday.

Yarmuth says “Share the Sacrifice”

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Kentucky’s senior senator Republican Mitch McConnell said on One to One recently that no one he is talking with wants to solve the country’s fiscal dilemma by spending more money. Senator McConnell has said President Obama needs to get serious about reducing the deficit and growing the economy and that raising taxes on any American should not be a part of that solution.

It will come as no surprise to anyone that 3rd District Congressman Democrat John Yarmuth of Louisville disagrees. Yarmuth said on One to One this week if Congress is to cut funding for services aimed at the poor and working class segment of the population, then America’s wealthiest citizens should “share the sacrifice” and pay higher taxes.

Republicans have said that raising taxes on anyone in this economy would be counterproductive to Americans and the country’s business climate.

Yarmuth says Congress must raise the government’s debt limit from the $14.3 trillion before the August deadline or risk defaulting. That’s when we become more like Greece than anyone in America wants us to. Tune in and listen to Representative Yarmuth and let me know what you think.

One to One airs Sunday, July 3 at 1pm/noon CT on KET and Tuesday, July 5th at 7:30/6:30 pm CT on KET2.

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