Emily Ferguson, Pension Law Overturned, Marsy’s Law lawsuit, Medicaid Hearing, & Sports Betting Committee

June 21, 2018

This week on the podcast we were excited to welcome on Emily Ferguson, Democratic candidate for the 72nd District, northeast of Lexington.  We talked about her motivations for running, her mentors, and what it was like doing policy work during the latest legislative session.

Before we spoke with her, we talked about the lawsuit against the pension bill, where Judge Phillip Shepherd ruled the process unconstitutional.  We also talked about a lawsuit involving Marsy's Law's ballot text, a hearing about Kentucky's Medicaid 1115 Waiver, and the establishment of a new group of legislators who will try to pass a sports betting law in the next session.  It's a great show!

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Charles Booker, Bevin “Judge Shoppipng”, and Quick Hits

June 14, 2018

This week, Jazmin and Robert speak with Charles Booker, the Democratic nominee for the 43rd District in Louisville.  They talked about his reasons for running, what it's like being a young African American running for the state legislature, and what his approach to Frankfort will be.  Before that, Jazmin tells us about Matt Bevin's attempts to have Judge Phillip Shepherd removed from the pension lawsuit, and Robert brings us plenty of Quick Hits.

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Rep. Jim Wayne & JCPS Head Start Problems

June 7, 2018

On this week's show, Jazmin returns!  Robert and she talk about the bad news about JCPS giving up it's $15 million grant to operate Head Start because of abuse and neglect of children.  They go through what is next for early childhood education for JCPS and what's next for Head Start in Louisville, plus react to Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis' comments about the situation.

Also in this episode, Beth Bissmeyer again joins Robert to interview Rep. Jim Wayne, who will be retiring from the legislature at the end of the year.  They speak with him about his 27 years in the legislature -- his accomplishments, what he will miss, and what he won't, and various other topics.  It was a lovely conversations, and we're sure you'll enjoy it!

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JCPS Responds to Takeover, Social Work Apprenticeship Program, & Poor People’s Campaign

May 31, 2018

Jazmin is out of town this week, so filling in for her is Beth Bissmeyer!  Beth is a former organizer and just finished social work school.  Robert and Beth talked about the JCPS's decision to appeal the State Board of Education's decision to take over the school district.  Then, Robert and Beth discuss the Bevin administraiton's new social work apprenticeship program.  There are also quick hits!

Robert and Beth also spoke with Tayna Fogle and David Miller of Kentucky's chapter of the Poor People's Campaign.  They all spoke about the Poor People's Campaign's actions in Kentucky and the future of the group.

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Rep. Joni Jenkins Returns, Plus Primary Results!

May 24, 2018

We were thrilled and honored this week to be joined by Rep. Joni Jenkins, who serves the good people of Shively in Metro Louisville in the state legislature.  She talked to us about the most recent legislative session -- from the massive protests and demonstrations to her work with Rep. David Meade to write and pass HB 1, which was about adoption.  She offers the unique perspective of one of the most seasoned and respected legislators in Frankfort and it was a treat to speak with her this week.

Before our interview with Rep. Jenkins, Robert runs down some of the results from Tuesday's primary election, which saw some surprises, upsets, and close results.

 

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Pharmacy Benefit Managers & Sports Betting in Kentucky

May 17, 2018

This week's episode features discussion on two policy issues we haven't discussed before.  First, Robert talks about Pharmacy Benefit Managers, which will be newly regulated after the passage of Senate Bill 5 this year.  It's a complicated issue, but it's often ignored and we think you need to know about it!  Then, in the wake of the Supreme Court of the United States' ruling allowing states to legalize sports betting, Jazmin talks through the history of gambling in Kentucky and the prospects for expanded sports betting in Ketucky.

Then, because we have no guest this week, we have QUICK HITS.

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Cara Stewart, Kentucky Wired, and Mayor-palooza

May 10, 2018

This week on the podcast, we are excited to welcome Cara Stewart!  Cara is an amazing lawyer with Kentucky Equal Justice Coalition who is one of the lawyers in the lawsuit(s) against the Bevin Administration's Medicaid Waiver.  She speaks with us at length about the main lawsuit in Washington DC and how it would impact Kentuckians.

Before that, Jazmin and Robert discuss Kentucky Wired -- after several months of saying we were going to talk about this program, the show has arrived!  They also talk about the mayoral races in Kentucky's two largest cities.

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Gail Swanson, JCPS Take-Over, and News on Gov. Bevin’s House

May 3, 2018

This week, Jazmin and Robert speak with Gail Swanson, a candidate in the 88th district in Lexington.  She's the third candidate from that district we've spoken to!  Before that, we discuss the newest news about Matt Bevin's house (this story is still happening!) as well as take over of JCPS by the state board of education.  Also in this episode is the information about Governor Bevin's final vetoes and signatures of 2018, and a new game: Big Deal or Little Deal.

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Ronel Brown, Education Commissioner, and another Bevin-Beshear legal battle

April 26, 2018

This week, Jazmin and Robert speak with Ronel Brown, candidate for Kentucky House in the 29th District.  Before that, they discuss the interim education commissioner and Matt Bevin's attempts to remove Andy Beshear from the pension lawsuit.  Plus, Quick Hits!

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Morgan Eaves, Pension Lawsuit, Session Wrap Up, Matt Bevin’s Offensive Comment, and Education Commissioner Resigns

April 18, 2018

What a week!  On this episode, Robert and Jazmin speak with Morgan Eaves, a candidate for Kentucky House in the 81st district (Richmond).  She talks about why she's running, what she hopes to accomplish, and what it's like running against one of the more ...unique characters in the House of Representatives.

Before that, Robert and Jazmin talk through the insane amount of news from the last week: first, Jazmin explains the arguments in Andy Beshear's lawsuit challenging the pension law.  Then, Robert goes through the end of the session--what happened with the budget and revenue bills, and which laws got passed and didn't get passed in the final days.  Next, Robert and Jazmin discuss Matt Bevin's incredibly offensive comments about teachers demonstrating in Frankfort on Friday.  Finally, they talk about the machinations in the Board of Education leading to the replacement of the Education commissioner (who was replaced in the middle of recording the show!).  There's even a quick hit!  It's a bunch of news and a longer episode, but a lot happened this week!

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