My Old Kentucky Podcast

A podcast about policy and politics in Kentucky

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Woodford County Judge Executive James Kay

2 days ago

This week, we welcome James Kay, the Judge Executive in Woodford County, to the show. Woodford County has consistently had a very high COVID-19 vaccination rate and a relatively low COVID-19 infection rate, and we asked Judge Kay about it.  Judge Kay is also a former member of the Kentucky House of Representatives, so we spoke a bit about his transition to an executive position, about running for office as a Democrat outside of an urban area, and about serving as an elected official while being a father of young children. During the show, Jazmin and Robert discussed the special session, which wrapped up last Thursday.

The Special Session Is Here

Wednesday Sep 08, 2021

Andy Beshear has called a special session to deal with COVID-19 restrictions, which were about to expire due to limits placed during the regular session of the general assembly. The Republican led legislature has put forth five bills -- Jazmin and Robert go through each and discuss what's good, and what's bad in each of them.

Stephon Moore of Kentucky Young Democrats

Wednesday Sep 01, 2021

This week we welcomed Stephon Moore, President of Kentucky Young Democrats, to the show to discuss what's been going on with that organization lately.  He talked to us about organizing youth during a pandemic, the difference between working with young and not-so-young Democrats, and how to start a chapter in your county. Also this week, we checked in on COVID (including the possibility a special session, record hospitalizations and ICU numbers, and multiple school closures), as well as criminal justice, and Louisville Mayoral candidate Craig Greenberg's idea for a Louisville Department of Education.

COVID Lawsuit Fallout

Wednesday Aug 25, 2021

Governor Beshear suffered a loss in court and the implications could be far reaching. Jazmin and Robert discuss the current (very bad) COVID situation, recap the COVID lawsuits the Supreme Court ruled on this week, and discuss the next steps taken by both Democrats and Republicans. Plus, some quick hits.

Chris Preece Interview, COVID Update, and Rand Paul's Bad Week

Wednesday Aug 18, 2021

This week Chris Preece joins Robert and Jazmin to talk about his run for US Congress. He told us about why he's running, how he will approach running against Andy Barr, and what kind of Congressperson he would be. Prior to the interview, Robert brings a big COVID update about the state of the pandemic and the beginning of school, and Jazmin tells us about a few rough stories for Rand Paul over the past few weeks.

The Eviction Moratorium in Kentucky

Wednesday Aug 04, 2021

This week Robert and Jazmin talk about the situation with the CDC's eviction moratorium in Kentucky, the increased spread of COVID-19 in Kentucky, and several quick hits.

Rep. Rachel Roberts On Her Plan to Legalize Marijuana

Wednesday Jul 28, 2021

This week, Rep. Rachel Roberts joined us to talk about her new plan to legalize marijuana and expunge the criminal records for the people who have been convicted of marijuana crimes in the past. She told us about how she became a leader on this issue and talked to us about how she hopes this legislation can make a big impact -- even if it cannot pass the legislature as it's being written right now. Before the interview, Robert and Jazmin talked about a big scandal at Kentucky State University and their plan to get back on the right track, a big hullabaloo at the most recent JCPS School Board meeting, and Kentucky's rising COVID case count.

A New Candidate in the Louisville Mayor's Race

Wednesday Jul 21, 2021

This week on MOKP, Jazmin and Robert discussed the entrance of David Nicholson into the Louisville mayor's race, as well as other developments including a big endorsement for Craig Greenberg. Then, Jazmin updated several issues about policing in Louisville, and the two discussed COVID in more detail than usual as the delta variant sweeps through the state.

Josie Raymond Talks About Get UP Louisville

Wednesday Jul 14, 2021

Josie Raymond joined Robert and Jazmin in the second half of the show to talk about a new effort called Get UP Louisville, which is working to ensure universal pre-k for all 3 and 4 year olds in Kentucky's largest county. It's a big effort and a lot of work has been done already! Earlier in the show, Jazmin and Robert talked about Mike Harmon's new campaign for Governor, Michael Adams' big week (testifying in front of a US House committee and getting a subpoena), Kentucky's $1.1 billion surplus, and the worst COVID week in a long time.

Charles Booker and Attica Scott are Running For Federal Office

Wednesday Jul 07, 2021

This week, three Kentuckians announced their candidacies for federal office in Kentucky, including Charles Booker (running for U.S. Senate) and Attica Scott (running for Congress against John Yarmuth). We discussed these announcements, as well as a huge hearing on "Critical Race Theory" in Frankfort during an interim committee, fundraising reports in the Louisville Mayor's race, and several lawsuit updates.

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