My Old Kentucky Podcast
Checking In with Josh Mers, Fayette County Democratic Party Chair, plus Louisville Mayor Talk

Checking In with Josh Mers, Fayette County Democratic Party Chair, plus Louisville Mayor Talk

June 16, 2021

This week MOKP welcomed our friend Josh Mers, the new chair of the Fayette County Democratic Party. He talked about his current role and the future of the Democratic Party in Lexington. He's got some great plans!

Jazmin and Robert also discussed the current state of the contract between the state and Sunrise Family Services (a foster care provider who objects to LGBTQ parents), as well a talk about the changes to the race for Louisville Mayor, among other updates.

Checking In With Kentucky Fairness, Plus Critical Race Theory in Kentucky

Checking In With Kentucky Fairness, Plus Critical Race Theory in Kentucky

June 9, 2021

This week, Robert and Jazmin interviewed Chris Hartman, the Director of Kentucky Fairness. It's been two years since we last checked in with him, and a lot has changed in the fight for LGBTQ equality and liberation in Kentucky over that time! He talked to us about what Fairness is doing now, and talked a little about how things have changed over the past 12 years.

In the earlier part of the show, Robert analyzes BR 60 and 69, bill requests that seek to eliminate the teaching of Critical Race Theory in Kentucky and how that national movement has made it's way to Kentucky. Jazmin tells us about two lawsuits Daniel Cameron is involved in, including suing the EPA and trying to mandate fees for people who want their felonies expunged. Finally, we have a COVID update and some quick hits.

The Future of John Yarmuth

The Future of John Yarmuth

June 2, 2021

This week, Robert and Jazmin talked about John Yarmuth's future -- Attica Scott talked to the newspaper about potentially starting a primary challenge against him, and the Cook Political Report have published maps showing a way for Republicans to redistrict him out of a job.

In addition, Robert talked about the $300 boost to unemployment that the federal government allowed for workers.  Republicans and right-wing groups are pushing the Governor to eliminate the extra benefits, but so far the Governor has refused to remove the benefits.

Finally, as usual, Jazmin updates us about police and protests, and Robert talks about COVID.

Guest Host Emilie McKiernan

Guest Host Emilie McKiernan

May 26, 2021

Emilie McKiernan joins Robert this week to talk about the growing importance of the Israel-Palestine issue to local politics, Mitch McConnell's opposition to the January 6 commission, the first meeting of Daniel Cameron's search warrant task force, JCPS's Justice Fest, and COVID.

Guest Host Lamar Allen, Policing, and COVID

Guest Host Lamar Allen, Policing, and COVID

May 19, 2021

Lamar Allen fills in while Robert is away and talks about his 2020 House race, racial justice, his new role, and more. Jazmin and Lamar also catch up on protest and policing news and the latest changes in COVID restrictions. 

An Interview with Former North Fork Residents

An Interview with Former North Fork Residents

May 12, 2021

In this episode, Robert and Jazmin speak with Sue Hamilton and Shayna Plank, two former residents of the North Fork trailer park in Morehead. They share their story of being displaced by a government supported development project and their resilience in the face of being forced to leave their home.  We are so honored they shared their story, and think you will really enjoy it.

Robert and Jazmin also discussed policing and judicial updates from across the state, a COVID update, and several other stories.

Rep. Pamela Stevenson, North Fork Evictions, and Derby Day Protests

Rep. Pamela Stevenson, North Fork Evictions, and Derby Day Protests

May 5, 2021

Our guest this week is Pamela Stevenson, the State Representative for the 43rd in Louisville.  She talked to us about serving in her first legislative session, getting a bill passed, and how she's working to build relationships with all her colleagues.

Jazmin and Robert spoke about a movement related to a development which would result from the eviction of a trailer park in Rowan County, the protests on Derby Day, and a COVID update.

Derby Week, Louisville Focus

Derby Week, Louisville Focus

April 28, 2021

This week Robert and Jazmin take a look at a few issues in Louisville, including an update on police and protesting, a potential strike by valets at Churchill Downs, and a discussion about the role of LMPD within Mayor Fischer's 2021 budget.  Plus, as always, a COVID update.

Mayor Ben Baker Interview, Policing Update, and Legislative Session Fallout
Policing Update, Unemployment Pause, and New Candidates for Office

Policing Update, Unemployment Pause, and New Candidates for Office

April 14, 2021

This week Robert and Jazmin talked about several topics in Kentucky government including the hiring of a new Kentucky State Police commissioner, the status of the officers who killed Breonna Taylor, a pause in the unemployment insurance system, and a check in on new candidates for office in 2022.

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