Josh Hicks, Bills Update, and Budget Vetoes

April 12, 2018

This week, Jazmin and Robert speak with Josh Hicks, the Democrat running in the 45th district in Fayette County against Rep. Stan Lee.  He spoke with us about the importance of transparency in government and building a government of which citizens can be proud.

Before that, Jazmin and Robert talk through all the bills they'd mentioned in shows during the session, and update us about their status ahead of the final two days of the session.  Then, Robert talks through the Governor's vetoes of the budget, revenue, and pension phase-in plan bills, and what happens next.  Plus, this week there are Quick Hits!


Cassie Chambers Armstrong + Pensions and Budget with Erik Jarboe

April 4, 2018

What a week!  First up on the podcast, Erik Jarboe of the New Kentucky Project joins Robert and Jazmin to talk about the pension bill, which was attached to a sewage bill last week and passed through the legislature; and the budget, which also made it out of conference and passed both chambers.

Then, Cassie Chamberes Armstrong, the Kentucky Democratic Vice Chair joins Robert and Jazmin to talk about what KDP does and doesn't do, her role, and how she thinks about her future.


Carolyn Dupont, Open Records Sneak Attack, and Tax Reforms

March 29, 2018

In this week's episode, Jazmin and Robert speak with Dr. Carolyn Dupont, a candidate for Kentucky Senate in the 22nd District, covering part of Fayette County and all of Garrard, Jessamine, and Washington Counties.  We spoke about her passion for education and criminal justice reform.

Before speaking with Dr. Dupont, Jazmin talks to us about an open records sneak attack that almost made it's way into law last week, and Robert tells us about two different bills about tax reforms -- one good and one bad.


Gangs Bill, Senate Budget, and Judicial Restructuring

March 22, 2018

No guest this week! Even though we didn't speak with anybody, we had plenty to talk about.  Jazmin explains HB 169 -- the gangs bill -- and why it has the potential to cause a lot of problems for our judicial system.  Robert then talks about the Senate passing their version of the budget, including what is in their bill and what happens next in the process.  Finally, Jazmin explains the judicial restructuring plan of Justice Minton, and the pared down version working it's way through the legislature.  We wrap up with QUICK HITS!


Jeff Grammer, Dead Pension Bills, Medical Marijuana, Bevin’s Adventure in West Louisville & More!

March 15, 2018

This week, Jazmin and Robert interview Jeff Grammer, a candidate for the Kentucky House of Representatives for the 36th District (covering much of Middletown in Jefferson County) about why he's running, and how to win as a Democrat in the suburbs.

Then, Robert and Jazmin talk about the fading prospects of Senate Bill 1 (pension reform) and House Bill 166 (Medical Marijuana).  Finally, Jazmin updates us about Matt Bevin's trip to West Louisville were he spoke with Trump advisors and activists, Rebecca Johnson dropping out of her House race, and the fate of Rand Paul's attacker.


Rob Weiderstein, Budget, Pension, Adoption, and Child Marriage

March 8, 2018

This week, Jazmin and Robert speak with Rob Weiderstein, a former judge in Henderson County running for the 11th district's house seat.  Rob spoke with us about politics in small cities, and issues he hopes to tackle if he makes it to Frankfort next year.  Before that, Robert talks us through the progress being made on the pension bill and budget, and Jazmin explains two major bills also making their way through the legislature about child marriage and adoption.


Rep. Chris Harris & Jeanie Smith

March 1, 2018

This week, Jazmin and Robert speak with Rep. Chris Harris, who spoke out on the House floor two weeks ago in favor of common sense gun reform.  We spoke to him about the reaction in his eastern Kentucky district, and what it's been like working with urban legislators on this issue.

Then, Robert talks with Jeanie Smith, who is running for State Senate in the 32nd district, which covers all of Warren County.  She's a middle school teacher, and we talked to her about why she's running, and what she thinks about the GOP pension bill making its way through the legislature.


Tina Bojanowski, Pension Bill (finally!) and Special Election Results

February 22, 2018

On this show, Jazmin and Robert speak with Tina Bojanowski, a Democratic candidate for Kentucky House in District 32, in eastern Jefferson County.  She spoke about her passion for special education how she is approaching this very interseting district.


To start the show, Jazmin and Robert speak about the Special Election results in the 49th house district, where Linda Belcher defeated Rebecca Johnson.  They also discuss the new pension bill which was filed on February 20, and Gov. Bevin's lawsuit countersuit against Medicaid recipients.


Kelly Smith, Tort Reform Part II and Bill Update

February 15, 2018

Today on the show we feature an interview with Kelly Smith, a Democrat running for House District 89 in Madison, Laurel, and Jackson counties.  She talked really passionately about her progressive campaign that is taking on a tough district!

Before that, Jazmin updates us about Sen. Alvarado's new tort reform bills, and how they compliment his efforts from last year, which were thrown out in district court (but are still under appeal).  Then, Robert updates us about two bills that are making their way through the legislature.


Denise Gray & News

February 8, 2018

The second half of this show is an interview with Denise Gray, a Democratic candidate for the 28th Senate District in Clark, Fayette, and Montgomery counties.  We talked about why she's running and what she hopes to accomplish in Frankfort.  She talked at length about her experience as an educator and what she will bring to the job of legislating.

Before that, Jazmin and Robert talk a bit about the primary election -- the filing deadline was last week, and KREF updated the fundraising database last week as well.  We talked about what we learned with that data, and also update about the pace of legislation in the general assembly.  Then, we update some very old news stories with recent updates: an update about the adoption czar and about Matt Bevin's house.  Enjoy the show!