My Old Kentucky Podcast

A podcast about policy and politics in Kentucky

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This week our guest was Chris Brown, the Democratic candidate in the 69th District, in Boone and Kenton Counties. She talked about her experience organizing for social and racial justice, and her desire to bring the 69th's concerns to Frankfort. On the show, Jazmin talked about the US Department of Justice's case against four LMPD police officers in the Breonna Taylor case, and Robert wrapped up Fancy Farm, which happened last Saturday.

Wednesday Aug 03, 2022

Terrible floods swept through Southeastern Kentucky last week. We talked about it, the response to them, and how you can help. In addition to that, Jazmin talked about a new ruling in the abortion lawsuit from an appellate judge which re-institutes a ban on abortion in the state. In the second half of the show we talked to Kelly Jones, the Democratic candidate in the 68th District in Northern Kentucky (Campbell County). She told us why she's running for office, which issues she's most passionate about, and what messages are resonating in her district.

Wednesday Jul 27, 2022

This week Matt Lehman joined us for an interview. He is running as a Democrat in the 4th U.S. Congressional District, which stretches from the area east of Jefferson County to Greenup County in Eastern Kentucky, along the Ohio river. He talked about what it takes to run for an office like this, the issues that motivate him, and talked earnestly about the danger of continuously electing Thomas Massie to the U.S. House. Jazmin also explained the Temporary Injunction in the abortion ban lawsuit, which keeps the medical procedure legal in Kentucky while the lawsuit is ongoing. Robert talked about the end of Unity Aluminum's (Braidy Industries') attempts to build an aluminum plant in Ashland, and we brought back the COVID update.

Wednesday Jul 20, 2022

Amelia Martens, a poet and prose writer based in Paducah, was Robert's guest this week. She spoke about Western Kentucky identity, including why she moved to Western Kentucky as an adult, what she believes "Western Kentucky" encompasses, her perspective on the evolving political identity of the region, and what parts of the region inspire her writing. In addition, Robert updated the story about Chad Meredith, and did a few Quick Hits.

Wednesday Jul 13, 2022

This week we welcomed Velvet Dowdy to the show. She's running for House in District 11, which encompasses Henderson County. She talked about education, PFAS chemical contamination, and how she would make progress in Frankfort. Jazmin talked this week about a ruling overturning much of 2022's SB1, which made special laws for JCPS that constrained the school board. The judge's ruling includes several funny segments, and Jazmin told us all about it. Also discussed were two police shootings -- one in Louisville and one in Floyd County. Plus, lots of quick hits.

Wednesday Jul 06, 2022

This week, Dr. Brittney Hernandez-Stevenson joined us. She's the candidate in the 15th District in Muhlenberg and Butler counties. She talked to us about why she decided to run for office, campaigning as a Black woman in a district that is more than 90% white, and the issues that she cares about most. She's yet another really great candidate in Western Kentucky this year! During the first part of the show Robert talked about President Biden potentially appointing former Bevin administration lawyer Chad Meredith to a lifetime appointment in a deal with Mitch McConnell, and Jazmin laid out the details of the lawsuit the ACLU has filed against the abortion trigger law.

Wednesday Jun 29, 2022

This week Robert interviewed Bianca Crockam, the Democratic candidate for the 9th District in Christian County. She spoke about running for office as a Black woman who is a teacher, as well as how she is bringing the Democratic message to Hopkinsville and more rural areas in the 9th District. Robert also spoke about Dobbs v. Jackson, the Supreme Court of the United States ruling which overturned Roe v. Wade, and the fallout that resulted in Kentucky.

Wednesday Jun 22, 2022

We welcomed Pam Dossett to My Old Kentucky Podcast this week. She's the Democratic candidate in the 8th House District in Hopkinsville (plus more of Christian, some of Trigg, and all of Caldwell Counties). She spoke about returning to politics after her 2020 race, the issues that are important to her, and how she's running in the new 8th District. Last week, former President Donald Trump endorsed Daniel Cameron in Kentucky's GOP Gubernatorial Primary, just about a year ahead of the primary actually taking place. Robert and Jazmin discussed that, including who is the most upset, whether it's going to matter, and what it means to have an entire party seeking the endorsement of a man who tried to overthrow the federal government. In addition, there were several quick hits, including a discussion about a man punching Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, budgets passing in Lexington and advancing in Louisville, the interim President at Kentucky State University, and much more.

Wednesday Jun 15, 2022

This week we have *two* guests who are parts of Kentucky's labor movement: Caitlin Blair, the Communications Director for UFCW Local 227 and Jay Dennis of Teamsters Local 89. We spoke with Caitlin about the current state of the labor movement in Kentucky, and how the labor movement works within Louisville and Kentucky currently. With Jay, we spoke about current ongoing actions, including an active strike within Teamsters 89 in a company right across the bridge from Louisville. We were thrilled to lean more about the current and future state of the labor union movement here in Kentucky. Before the interviews, Robert and Jazmin updated a couple of policing stories we have been tracking and discussed a report that Rocky Adkins might be considering a run for Secretary of Agriculture.

Wednesday Jun 08, 2022

This week we welcomed Lindsey Burke, Democratic candidate in the 75th District (Lexington) to the show. She talked to us about her background, the issues shes passionate about (housing! education!) and why she's running this year. During the first half of the show, Jazmin brought a big JCPS update, including information about their new student assignment plan, their new contract with teachers, and a lawsuit in Jefferson Circuit Court. Robert talked about several quick hits.

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