My Old Kentucky Podcast

A podcast about policy and politics in Kentucky

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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.

Wednesday Jun 01, 2022

This week, Chad Aull visited Robert and Jazmin to talk about his run for Kentucky House in the 79th District in Lexington. He spoke about why he chose this time to get back into public service, what he sees as the central issues facing Frankfort, and his vision for the future of the Kentucky Democratic Party. Also in this episode, Robert talked about Savannah Maddox, who will begin a gubernatorial campaign any day now. In addition, Jazmin took a closer look at the "liberty" candidates who swept three committee chairs out of office in Boone County during the Republican primary this month.

Wednesday May 25, 2022

This week we interviewed Lamin Swann, the Democratic nominee in the 93rd district in Lexington. He talked to us about running for office as a Black man with a disability, the history of district 93 during his lifetime, and what issues he'd like to lead on if he were elected. Before speaking with Lamin, we talked about Daniel Cameron's background and his prospects for winning the GOP nomination for Governor. Then, we talked about the US Marhshals, who killed Omari Cryer, a man in the Chickasaw neighborhood.

Thursday May 19, 2022

Jazmin and Robert react to primary elections across the state including several incumbent legislators losing their seats on both sides of the aisle, major victories for candidates favored in races for mayor in Kentucky's largest cities, and a few other important races.

Wednesday May 11, 2022

This week we welcomed author and historian Emily Bingham to the show to talk about her new book, My Old Kentucky Home: The Astonishing Life and Reckoning of an Iconic American Song. She talked to us about what she hoped to communicate through her book, what she meant in her conclusion, and how she approached writing a book about racism as a white person. It's a great conversation! Early voting begins on May 12th, and primary election day is May 17th (next Tuesday), so we did a primary preview of key races for state legislature, U.S. Congress, major mayoral races, LFUCG and Metro Council Seats, and even more! In addition, we talked about Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's final proposed budget and his final vision for Louisville as mayor.   Dr. Bingham asked that we present the full lyrics of My Old Kentucky Home in the show notes so that people can better understand the conversation she hopes the book sparks. They are below -- be aware that they make use of a term for Black people which many consider a slur. You can listen to a version with the full lyrics here.   The sun shines bright in the old Kentucky home,'Tis summer, the darkies are gay;The corn-top's ripe and the meadow's in the bloom,While the birds make music all the day.The young folks roll on the little cabin floor,All merry, all happy and bright;By 'n' by Hard Times comes a-knocking at the door,Then my old Kentucky home, goodnight. Weep no more my ladyOh! weep no more today!We will sing one song for the old Kentucky home,For the Old Kentucky Home far away They hunt no more for the possum and the coon,On meadow, the hill and the shore,They sing no more by the glimmer of the moon,On the bench by the old cabin door.The day goes by like a shadow o'er the heart,With sorrow, where all was delight,The time has come when the darkies have to part,Then my old Kentucky home, goodnight. Weep no more my ladyOh! weep no more today!We will sing one song for the old Kentucky home,For the Old Kentucky Home far away The head must bow and the back will have to bend,Wherever the darky may go;A few more days, and the trouble all will end,In the field where the sugar-canes grow.A few more days for to tote the weary load,No matter, 'twill never be light;A few more days till we totter on the road,Then my old Kentucky home, goodnight. Weep no more my ladyOh! weep no more today!We will sing one song for the old Kentucky home,For the Old Kentucky Home far away.

Wednesday May 04, 2022

This week we welcomed Jonathan Lowe to the show. He is running for Kentucky House in District 34 in Louisville, and shared with us why he's running, what he thinks he can accomplish, and why he is so dedicated to a life of service. Ryan Quarles announced a run for Governor, so Robert did a segment about his history in Kentucky politics and what led to this moment in Quarles's political career. Jazmin did a deep dive into our judicial system -- what the four levels of the court system are, how they are elected, and highlighting several important races across the state for seats throughout the judicial system.

Wednesday Apr 27, 2022

This week, we welcomed Col. Pamela Stevenson to the show. She's the state representatives in District 43 in Louisville. She talked to us about her primary race, her service in the legislature, and talked to her about the West End TIF. We also checked in with Bruce Maples to talk about new stuff on Forward KY, including a legislator scorecard and a new elections portal. Robert updated us about the most recent KREF report, and Jazmin talked about the final vetoes and a stay in an abortion court case.

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