Chris Tobe, Democratic Women’s Caucus, Solar + Abortion Bills, & More!

February 20, 2019

This week we welcomed Chris Tobe, candidate for Auditor, to the show.  He's a financial veteran who has been active on the pension issue longer than anyone.  He talked to us about why he wants to be the Auditor and what his priorities for the pension and other major issues would be if he were to win the election.

Before that, Jazmin and Robert talked about the new Democratic Women's Caucus, the movement of the solar net metering bill and abortion bills through the legislature, Jazmin does a "Good Bill/Bad Bill", and Robert has some Quick Hits.

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Josh Mers, 13th District Finale, Alvarado’s Home Health Scandal, Good Bill/Bad Bill + More!

February 13, 2019

This week, we welcomed Josh Mers back to the show!  He's now a candidate for Kentucky Treasurer, and we talked what the office does, why he decided to run for that office, and what he wants to accomplish if he gets the chance to serve as Treasurer. 

Also this week, we talked about the ending of the 13th District saga, Sen. Alvarado's home health scandal, the SCOKY oral arguments regarding Marsy's Law, Louisville's terrible week, and we introduced a new segment: "Good Bill/Bad Bill", where we talked through two bills -- a good one and a bad one.  The good bill this week was HB 41, a fair scheduling bill. The bad bill was SB 100, which makes solar net metering less attractive in Kentucky.

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Adam Edelen Interview! Plus, Alison Lundergan Grimes and the board of elections, the tied 13th District Recount, and more

February 7, 2019

This week we were thrilled to welcome Gubernatorial candidate Adam Edelen onto our show. Robert talked to him about why he's running, what he wants to do as governor, how he would accomplish those goals, and how he plans to win the election. Mr. Edelen is full of policy ideas and definitely has a clear vision for Kentucky's future. (Interview begins at 29:23)

Before speaking with Mr. Edelen, Jazmin and Robert talk through the second and third parts of a series of articles in the Herald-Leader (written with ProPublica) about Alison Lundergan Grimes and her relationship with the State Board of Elections, plus her connections with a cybersecurity firm that received a no-bid contract. Then, Jazmin and Robert discuss the recount in the 13th House District, which ended in a tie! Finally, they wrap the news with two topics touching on abortion rights in Kentucky.

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Rep. Josie Raymond Talks Pre-K (and the Owensboro Recount), Plus Filing Deadline Drama

January 30, 2019

This week, Kentucky Representative Josie Raymond visits us to talk about her bills regarding Pre-K, plus her transition from running for office to holding office, and her role as a member of the 9-member recount committee.  Before that. Robert and Jazmin discuss the state races now that the fields are set -- as usual, there was plenty of filing deadline drama.

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Covington Catholic and Legislator Sexual Harassment

January 23, 2019

This week, Robert and Jazmin discuss two stories that don't cast Kentucky in the best light: the controversy swirling around Covington Catholic in the wake of a viral video over the weekend, and new details emerging in the sexual harassment scandal in the legislature.

Other topics include a discussion of Passport Health's future and the federal government shutdown's impact on the Medicaid waiver lawsuit.

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Session Update - School Safety, Senate Progress, Franklin Circuit Court Changes, & More!

January 16, 2019

This week, Jazmin and Robert tackle the first week of the session -- there have been five bills that passed the Senate, and Robert updates us about what they are and what they would do.  Jazmin explains the school safety bills that are the top priorities for the House and Senate, and Robert talks about a potential change to the way Kentucky handles constitutional challenges in court.

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2019 Session Begins, Gubernatorial Updates, & Greg Stumbo Through The Years

January 9, 2019

First up this week, Robert updates us about the beginning of the 2019 session.  Then, Jazmin explains the state of the Governor's race -- who is in, who is out, and who is a maybe.  Finally, on the heels of Greg Stumbo declaring his candidacy for Attorney General, Robert goes through the history of his career, all the way back to his first election in 1980. 

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2019 Legislature Primer

January 2, 2019

This week, Jazmin and Robert explain how the Kentucky legislature works.  MOKP has done this show before -- back in 2017 -- but we've updated the content to reflect changes in leadership and extended the show based on all the stuff we've learned since doing a weekly podcast about politics in Kentucky.  Our legislature is a complex group.  Be sure to listen and learn how they do the work!

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Off Topic

December 26, 2018

This week, Jazmin and Robert talk very little about politics!  Instead, they talk through other popular topics like sports, movies, music, food, and games.  You've been listening to their hot takes about public policy for two years, now hear what they have to say about everything else!

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Perry Bacon Jr, Special Session/SCOKY Ruling, Edelen for Governor, & much more!

December 20, 2018

We were thrilled to welcome FiveThirtyEight Senior Political Writer (and Kentucky resident) Perry Bacon Jr. to the show!  We spoke about the connection between Kentucky politics and national politics, his career, and what the future might hold for Democrats in Kentucky.  At the end of the interview, Perry starts interviewing us, and even gets our take on the 2020 Presidential election!

Before our interview, there was SO MUCH to talk about!  We discuss the Supreme Court ruling throwing out SB 151, which led to a two day special session -- listen up to learn all the details of what went down during a wild week!  Plus, Insider Louisville published a tip that Adam Edelen might run for governor.  We discuss that possibility and what that ticket might do in the race.  Plus, Jazmin explains to us Gov. Bevin's blow-up at ProPublica, and the Kentucky GOP's FOIA requests for Kentucky teachers' emails.

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