Posts Tagged ‘One to One with Bill Goodman’

Rep. Ed Whitfield Defends Coal and Fishing Freedoms

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Note from Bill Goodman: KET just returned from a trip to Washington, D.C., for a series of One to One interviews that began airing this week. My colleague Renee Shaw provides the highlights of tonight’s One to One interview with Congressman Ed Whitfield which airs on KET tonight at 6:30 ET.

Elected to Congress in 1994 as the first Republican to represent Kentucky’s First Congressional District, Hopkinsville native Ed Whitfield blasts President Obama for exacting environmental policies that, he claims, can effectively shutter the coal industry.

In the third of a series of interviews with Kentucky’s congressional delegation, Whitfield tells host, Bill Goodman, that President Obama’s tightened controls on mine permitting and coal-fired power plants point to a deliberate strategy aimed at shutting down the industry. Whitfield is the chairman of the Subcommittee on Energy and Power of the full House Energy and Commerce Committee. His western Kentucky district has underground coal mines.

Congressman Whitfield also discusses the “The Freedom to Fish Act” backed also by U.S. Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul. It is meant to reverse the Army Corp of Engineers’ fishing restrictions at the Cumberland River system which ban public access to waters downstream of dams managed by the Corps.

On Washington gridlock, Whitfield explains why complex issues are hard to resolve given deeply held political ideologies, differing geographical backgrounds, and lack of outside socializing among members.

In fixing what he perceives as a “broken” budget process, Whitfield says Congress should work from the President’s plan and go to a biennial, or two-year, budget cycle.

Whitfield also discusses the Syrian conflict, immigration, and reviving gun legislation. Of the latter, Whitfield laments there are more pressing and important matters, and he predicts gun legislation will continue to stall out in the 113th Congress.

Watch Bill Goodman’s full interview with Congressman Ed Whitfield tonight at 6:30 ET. Tomorrow night, Bill talks with 2nd District Congressman Brett Guthrie.

Interviews with Our Congress Members Begin Tonight

Monday, May 13th, 2013

Note from Bill Goodman: KET just returned from a trip to Washington, D.C., for a series of One to One interviews that begin airing tonight at 6:30 ET. My colleague Renee Shaw provides the highlights of tonight’s interview with U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell.

First Up on One to One: Republican Leader Mitch McConnell

Last week, about a dozen KET production crew braved the pace of the Beltway to learn more about the work of our federal delegation in Washington. In a series of special One to One programs with Bill Goodman that begin tonight at 6:30 pm ET on KET, Bill talks with our six congressmen and two senators about the pressing national issues of immigration, gun control, deficit reduction, industrial hemp, and even the freedom to fish.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, the second Kentuckian to lead his party in the Senate, talks with Bill tonight about his unwavering position to hold the line on the debt limit unless attached to legislation to reduce the federal deficit. McConnell says the move is not unprecedented as it dates back to the 1950’s as presidential requests to increase the debt ceiling have accompanied significant legislation.

He cites the Congressional Review Act, the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985, the 1997 Bill Clinton and Republican Congress Deficit Reduction Proposal and the August 2011 Budget Control Act. McConnell proclaims it irresponsible to raise the debt ceiling without addressing the debt. Of the debt, he says, “the size of our debt looks a lot like a western European country. This is the biggest issue confronting the country.” McConnell adds, “It would be wonderful if the President would lead on this rather than us having to drag him to the table.”

The Republican leader also talks about his effort to pass the “Coal Jobs Protection Act” in response to what he deems hostile regulations by the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) targeting the coal industry under President Obama. He says the measure addresses two types of permits that have to be granted in order to mine coal and would force the EPA to issue more timely decisions even if they result in rejection.

When asked whether the legislation would be a boon for coal production that’s now at the lowest level since the mid-1960’s, McConnell says, “it might not, they (EPA) might decide to say ‘no,’ but at least it eliminates the uncertainty.”

That lament by McConnell gave way to this wider criticism of the Obama administration. He adds, “in fact, the administration across the board, whether it’s health care, financial services… have gotten an army of regulators whose bias is ‘if you’re making a profit, you’re up to no good.’” He denounces enhanced regulation as “a huge wet blanket over the economy and it makes it very difficult for us to come out of this very deep recession.”

McConnell decries the federal health care reform law (Obamacare) that’s ramping up for implementation as “a calamity that can’t possibly work.” He and Bill discuss immigration, the “Freedom to Fish Act,” and the balancing of his duties as minority leader with the rigors of defending his seat in the 2014 election.

Here’s what Senator McConnell has to say about the 2014 contest:

Watch the entire interview with Mitch McConnell tonight at 6:30 ET on KET. Tomorrow night is Bill’s interview with junior U.S. Senator Rand Paul.

The Boston Bombings and Social Media

Friday, April 26th, 2013

How often do you turn to social media to find out the details of a breaking news story?

How many times during the Boston Marathon explosion story did you check in with Twitter, Facebook and Stumbleupon?

Did Instagram, online video, still pictures of participants and onlookers, help or hinder law enforcement in identifying suspects?

An assistant professor of multimedia at the University of Kentucky has thought a lot about these questions. Kakie Urch was following the events of Boston all last week. She’ll be my guest this week on One to One.

In an “after the show” segment, I talked with her about the rise and use of social media. The full program airs Sunday, April 28, at 1 pm on KET.

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