Posts Tagged ‘Paul’

In the Nation’s Capitol

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

I was in Washington, D.C., last week on the day the Senate voted on the Manchin-Toomey gun legislation.

Senate hallways and offices were packed with visitors, lobbyists, and tour groups.

The media was present too; they ringed the Russell office rotunda—an area used by the networks for the reports you see on newscasts every day.

I was there to talk with office staff and aides who work for members of our Kentucky congressional delegation. KET is making plans to be in Washington for a live broadcast of Kentucky Tonight the first week in May followed by a series of One to One conversations with our Washington delegation. My intention was not to see any member of the group —although we did run into Reps. Yarmuth, Massie, and Barr.

But you couldn’t avoid the feeling that something a little out of the ordinary was taking place.
This was one day after the Boston Marathon explosions; there was a noticeable increase in police presence and canine patrols. Visitors in lines outside of the Cannon, Rayburn, Longworth, and Russell complexes were greeted with assault weapon-wielding policemen.

There was an eerie pall hanging over the Capitol.

This was also the day before the ricin-laced letter was delivered, but intercepted, by a congressional post office facility located far from Capitol Hill. At the same time, the third floor of the Russell Senate building went into lock-down because of a suspicious package delivered to a senator’s office—directly one floor above Sen. Rand Paul’s office.

For me and many other visitors, these elements — canine units on the Capitol grounds, a noticeable police presence, increased security — could not help but stand out. For senators and representatives, office workers, and Capitol personnel, it was just another day at the office.

Our One to One interviews will begin on May 13th. I’ll sit down with all eight members of our delegation to discuss national and Kentucky-related issues with them.

If you have a topic or issue you would like for me to discuss with any member, send me an email at

Cross Handicaps the General Election

Friday, November 4th, 2011

I love the first line of Al Cross’s column in the Sunday edition of the Louisville Courier-Journal’s Forum section. You will, too.

Al gave me a sneak peak of his piece when he came in to tape this week’s One to One which airs this Sunday at 1/noon CT on KET. During our conversation, we discussed a lot of different elements of the 2012 general election including voters who will stay home, Governor Beshear’s big lead, and whether or not the Kentucky Tea Party, which was such a big factor in last November’s U.S. Senate race between Jack Conway and Rand Paul, will show up on election day. Where will their votes go this year?

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.







Through the Eyes of Kentucky Governors

Friday, July 8th, 2011

The Kentucky History Center in Frankfort is a beautiful place filled to the brim with historical artifacts, collections, memories, and materials. Just a few weeks ago, it was the location of a special program that brought Kentucky’s former governors together to talk about their service to the Commonwealth as the state’s chief executive.

Governors Beshear, Fletcher, Patton, Jones, Collins, Brown, and Carroll were present. (Governor and Senator Wendell Ford had a prior engagement.) It was also the occasion of the dedication of the newly refurbished Toyota Hall of Governors Exhibit. The conversation among the governors was lively and entertaining.

Tune in Monday at 8/7 pm CT on Monday, July 11 in our regular Kentucky Tonight time slot for the program.

This weekend on One to One, you’ll have an opportunity to learn about the state’s vast array of transportation issues from the head of Kentuckians for Better Transportation, Stan Lampe. From boats, trains, planes, and big trucks, Lampe tells us the story of travel and commerce in the state and how it is important to us all.

One to One airs Sunday, July 10 at 1/noon CT on KET and Tuesday, July12 at 7:30/6:30 pm CT on KET2.

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