This podcast features an interview with Josh Mers, a candidate for Kentucky House District 88. Our conversation with him begins around 24:30. Before that, Jazmin and Robert talk through the Trump administration's approval of the Medicaid waiver, the Governor's budget address and request, and then Jazmin talks us through "Marsy's Law" and her issues with the legislation.
This week, Jazmin and Robert attempt to do an update of the bills that are making their way through the legislature (there aren't very many), and update us all regarding the ongoing saga of Jeff Hoover, who resigned his Speakership fully this week. Then, the duo talks about the nine (!) Democratic House members retiring this year.
The General Assembly has started! The first ten minutes of this show recap the start to the session, and Jeff Hoover playing House of Cards. The rest of the episode is an interview with Cherlynn Stevenson, one of the Democrats running for the 88th District House seat in Southeast Fayette County. She talked to us about her motivations for running, how she would represent the district, and the issues about which she cares the most. It was a nice discussion!
Jazmin and Robert are celebrating the holidays this week, but we have a relevant rerun for you this week: our episode from last December about how the Kentucky legislature works.
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We've got four topics for you today: first, the fallout from the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting's story on Dan Johnson and his subsequent suicide, then an update on the status of the ACLU's lawsuit regarding Governor Bevin's blocking habits on social media, followed by some confusion as to whether or not Jeff Hoover is actually still the Speaker of the House, and then finally, we discuss the current year's budget shortfall, the fallout from that, and it's implications for next year's budget. Plus, as always, Quick Hits!
With the session coming quickly, this week we bring you a short episode about how the Budget Process works in Kentucky! We originally recorded a longer episode with a section about Rep. Dan Johnson, but in light of his apparent suicide, we cut that section.
This week, Robert brings us an update on the developments in the story about the sexual harassment scandal engulfing the Kentucky legislature. Then, Jazmin tells us about the capture of Eric C. Conn in Honduras. Lastly, Robert gives us an update about the Democratic primary for the 6th US Congressional District, which has a new challenger in Lexington Mayor Jim Gray. And, as always, QUICK HITS.
This week, Jazmin talks about Kentucky's film incentive, which has been in the news several times recently due to an investigation by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting. Robert talks about the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet -- how it's funded and how decisions are made there, plus how policies have changed over the past few years. Then, as always, QUICK HITS.
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.