August 21, 2019
This week we welcomed Democratic Leader Rocky Adkins to the show! He's been a mainstay of Kentucky politics dating back to the late 1980s. We talked to him about leading the Democratic caucus in the House, his recent run for Governor, and what Democratic message can unite urban and rural Kentuckians. He spoke openly and honestly and we were thrilled to welcome him to MOKP.
We also covered plenty of news items! Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton is suing former ticket-mate Governor Matt Bevin, Matt Jones has been ousted from Hey Kentucky (and some media outlets are reporting Amy McGrath's campaign might have something to do with that), and Jewish Hospital is being acquired by the University of Louisville. We talked through these major stories and more.
August 13, 2019
We were thrilled to welcome a legend of Kentucky politics, Greg Stumbo, to our show this week. Mr. Stumbo is the Democratic candidate for Attorney General and has been Speaker of the House, Majority Leader of the House, and also served a previous term as Attorney General. We talked about his current race, his history in Kentucky politics, and his priorities if he is elected to another term as AG.
This week we covered the Attorney General's opinion regarding Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton's staff, which came down in her favor. We talked about the implications of the opinion, and what happens next. We also talked through several quick hits, including proposals about gun reform on the state and federal level, and news about the President paying a visit to our state soon.
August 7, 2019
This week, the Democratic nominee for Auditor, Sheri Donahue joined our show. She spoke at length about using the Auditor's office to deal with cybersecurity issue facing our state's election infrastructure, as well as why she decided to get into politics in the first place. Ms. Donahue had plenty to say, and we are excited to share her vision with you.
Fancy Farm was last week. We have a full wrap up, including which zingers we liked and which jokes fell flat. Jazmin updated the Blackjewel mining story, telling us what's going on with the bankruptcy case, and we also talked about the KDP's response to Mitch McConnell's new least favorite nickname, "Moscow Mitch"
July 30, 2019
This week we welcomed Perry Bacon Jr. of FiveThirtyEight and Insider Louisville to the podcast. We talked about Kentucky politics from a national perspective, touching specifically on the 2019 Gubernatorial race, the 2019 Attorney General's race, and the 2020 U.S. Senate race. Perry even got us to talk about the Presidential race, and we revealed our favorite candidate for the highest office in the land.
Only five days have elapsed since our last show, but we had plenty of quick hits to cover -- the end of Insider Louisville, Andy Beshear's ethics plan, Sen. Dan Seum's endorsement of Andy Beshear, and plenty more!
July 25, 2019
This week, Jazmin and Robert talked about the Special Session, which started and ended between episodes. Then, they discuss the entrance of Mike Broihier to the U.S. Senate race, and a new caucus that has formed in the Kentucky House of Representatives.
July 17, 2019
This week, we spoke with two city council members from different parts of the state: Emily LaDouceur from Berea and Wesley Bolin from Murray. They spoke about the challenges of managing their elected office while maintaining a career, being taken seriously as a younger person in politics, using social media, and lots more. It was a great conversation -- if you have ever thought about running for city council in your town, you definitely should listen!
We also talked about plenty of news: the "quasis" special session officially has a date, so we talked about that and also went over the Democratic plan for dealing with the issue (we've talked about the GOP plan at length). We also talked about plenty of speculation around the Democratic side on next year's U.S. Senate election, where it appears like Amy McGrath will fail to clear the field. We also addressed Matt Bevin's new focus on sanctuary cities, which we decide is probably an attempt to nationalize the Governor's race. Plus, as always, QUICK HITS.
July 10, 2019
We are excited to be back after a week off! In this week's episode, we spoke with Michael Bowman, the Democrat running for Treasurer. He told us why he wants to be Treasurer, what he would do with the position, and the keys to his big victory in May. We also talked a bit about campaigning in Kentucky and what he's learned on the trail this year.
We also talked a bit about the first day of Amy McGrath's campaign to take on Mitch McConnell, a new petition to SCOKY about Marsy's Law, an attempt by some in the GOP to take out Thomas Massie, and some stories involving coal politics in Eastern Kentucky: Gov. Bevin's promise to give coal counties 100% of coal severance tax revenue, and the bankruptcy of Blackjewel. Plus, more!
June 25, 2019
This week on the podcast, we welcomed Rep. Lisa Willner of Louisville. She talked to us about her first legislative session, and spoke in depth about each of the four bills on which she was the chief sponsor. We also talked about bring her experience as a psychologist to Frankfort and the impact her expertise has on the policy making process.
Jazmin and Robert updated two of the major stories we've been tracking this summer: the budget cuts in Louisville and the probability of a special session. Gov. Bevin says he now has the votes for his quasis bill, and Metro Council in Louisville has released their version of the budget cuts (between recording and publication, the council did approve the cuts proposed by their budget committee). And as always, we have QUICK HITS.
June 19, 2019
This week MOKP welcomed Michael Gray -- a lobbyist who does a lot of work in Frankfort. Mr. Gray explained how his job works, and he spoke very candidly about the power lobbyists hold in Frankfort and in the legislative process everywhere.
Jazmin is out this week, so Morgan Eaves of Richmond filled in for her! Morgan told us about two major rulings at the Kentucky Supreme Court, and Robert covered a very dramatic week at the Lt. Governor's office. Plus, plenty of Quick Hits.
June 12, 2019
It's Pride Week! In honor of that, we welcomed Chris Hartman, director of Kentucky's Fairness Campaign, to talk about the past, present, and future of the LGBTQ rights movement in Kentucky. Topics included cities where fairness is being actively discussed, what it will take to win a statewide fairness law, and why it's important to include both caucuses in the legislature.
We also updated several stories we've discussed before: another update on the prospect of a special session, Alison Lundergan Grimes' complaints about the vote certification process, West Virginia's governor settling with several Kentucky counties, and lots of Quick Hits!