This week, Chris Hughes fills in for Jazmin (get well soon!). Robert and he talk about Matt Bevin's partial victory over education boards in Franklin Circuit Court, the removal of Dan Johnson from Louisville Metro Council, and Louisville running afoul of Trump's Department of Justice over sanctuary city status.
A lot has happened in Kentucky politics over the past few weeks! We spend this week's episode catching everyone up on major issues that we've talked about in previous shows: the pension bill, Rand Paul's assault, Dan Johnson's trial, and Jeff Hoover's situation.
The Fall of Jeff Hoover, Councilman Dan Johnson’s Harassment Trial, Rand Paul Assaulted, & Alison Lundergan Grimes Controversy
It's been quite a week for Kentucky politics! We have four stories this week, each of which could have been it's own show.
First, the fall of Jeff Hoover, the (now) former Speaker of the House, who has been embroiled in a sexual harassment scandal. Then, we talk about Louisville Councilman Dan Johnson, who faced his own sexual harassment trial this week. Then, we discuss the assault of Rand Paul over the weekend, and finally, we talk about firings which occured at the State Board of Elections, which have led to some allegations about Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. What a week!
This week's podcast features State Senator Morgan McGarvey talking with Robert and Jazmin about pension reform: what parts of the GOP bill that the Senator actually likes, which parts are troubling, what could have been done to make the process of pension reform work better, and what the Democratic response to the GOP plan looks like.
Jazmin tells us all about when, why, and how the confederate statues in Lexington came down, and Robert tells us all about the pension plan released last week by Governor Bevin, Speaker Hoover, and Senate President Stivers.
This week, Jazmin and Robert had a conversation over Skype with Rep. Kelly Flood, who represents the 75th district, which is in Lexington. We talked about why she decided to run for office, and what she's done while she's been in the legislature. Our conversation was very enlightening and revealing! Rep. Flood is a wonderful woman and we loved hearing her perspective.
Please note, this conversation occurred on Oct 17, which was before the pension plan was released.
Jazmin is back this week! She talks to us about an Attorney General's decision regarding the investors at Braidy Industries, plus some controversial statements by the company's CEO. Then, Robert tells us about new developments in the Louisville Mayoral race. Plus, QUICK HITS!
We try to avoid a filter bubble at My Old Kentucky Podcast. In this episode, we brought together two people with very different perspectives. Jordan Harris is the founder of Pegasus Institute, a "millenial-led, state-based think-tank" based in Kentucky. Pat Smith is a community researcher who has been one of the most outspoken critics of the legitimacy of Pegasus Institute. We brought them together for a conversation.
We won't lie, this episode gets pretty dicey! We hope that this discussion brought forth more "light" than "heat", and that people come away from this episode with more information about what Pegasus Institute is, and how they conceptualize what they do.
This week, Ben Carter (the landlord!) joins Robert to talk about Reggie Thomas' new campaign video, Andy Beshears' refusal to go along with revenue cuts, the newest scandal at UofL, and then a nice long segment about Kentucky cities' policies around tax leins.
In this episode, Jazmin brings a court case to our attention in which several counties are suing opioid distributors, and Robert resets the pension issue: he talks through the recent history of the pension problem and what has happened in the past year around the issue.