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!
May 29, 2019
This week, we welcomed back Rep. Terri Branham Clark of Boyd County. We spoke with her about the incredible performance of Rocky Adkins in Eastern Kentucky, and what Andy Beshear needs to do to shore up support in that part of the state. She also talked about serving in her first legislative session, her approach to working on bills, and how she plans to tweak her approach next year.
Before the interview, Robert updated us about the Special Session, Jazmin talked through the negative ads already permeating the campaign, and Robert talked about the sale of Passport to the for-profit Evolent Health. Plus, Quick Hits!
May 23, 2019
The primary election has come and gone! Now that we know who will be on the ballot in November, listen to Robert and Jazmin break down what happened in the primary to get us here. They address all the statewide elections and what we can take away from each race.
Also, Jazmin speaks with Heather Gatnarek and Kate Miller of the ACLU. Heather is a staff attorney and Kate works as the primary lobbyist for the ACLU, and their conversation with Jazmin touched on the way they defend our liberties in Frankfort and in the courtroom.
May 15, 2019
This week, Robert and Jazmin talked about a pair of lawsuits from Kentucky's Democratic executive branch elected officials -- Allison Lundergan Grimes is suing to block a law which restricts the Secretary of State's power over the board of elections, and Andy Beshear is suing insulin makers for exponentially increasing prices. Plus, Jazmin shares about a plan from the EPA to invest millions in Kentucky's water infrastructure.
Several folks have asked MOKP to do predictions -- Jazmin refused, but Robetr gave four or five different predictions on this podcast. These predictions are about who will win, but how the race might go. All of them will probably be wrong.
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May 9, 2019
This week, Jazmin and Robert update a story from last week about Andy Beshear's lawsuit against Gov. Bevin's Labor Cabinet (news broke on this story in the middle of recording!), whether or not a special session would happen this year, and about Adam Edelen's negative ads attacking Andy Beshear. Plus, Quick Hits from topics as varied as Jewish Hospital in Louisville to the Fairness Ordinance vote in Bowling Green. Enjoy!
May 1, 2019
This week we invited Rep. Cluster Howard of the 91st District to the show! We talked about how he represents a district that has very different county identities, the impact of personal relationships on legislating, and how Democrats can be more competitive at the federal level in places like Eastern Kentucky.
Before speaking with Rep. Howard, we talked about Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's proposed budget which includes $25.5 million in cuts, the case Attorney General Andy Beshear is making against the Labor Cabinet in his suit involving the subpoenas of teachers protesting in Frankfort, and all the gubernatorial candidates 30-day prior fundraising reports.
April 24, 2019
This week, Rep. Nima Kulkarni joins us to talk about her experience during the 2019 General Assembly. She talked to us at length about what she's learned about getting bills moving as part of a super-minority, and what it's meant to her to be "adopted" as part of the Black Legislative caucus.
Before speaking with her, Jazmin told us about a massive grant the University of Kentucky has received to study opioid overdoses, and gives us an update on the (internal) polls being released by candidates for Governor. Robert explains the Hepatitis A outbreak in Kentucky -- it's the worst outbreak in the 21st century in the United States, and could have been prevented with a better response.
April 17, 2019
We were delighted this week to welcome Rep. Reginald Meeks to the show. He has spent more than 30 years in public service as a Louisville Alderman and, since 2000, as a Kentucky Representative. We spoke to him about the most recent legislative session, how the Democratic caucus has changed since 2016, and lots of other topics.
Before speaking with him, Jazmin and Robert talked about the argument between Andy Barr and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the announcement that Braidy Industries will partner with a sanctioned Russian firm to build and supply their plant, and a Supreme Court battle between Attorney General Andy Beshear and the Bevin administration about the state school board. Plus, Quick Hits!
April 10, 2019
This week, Tish Buckner fills in for Jazmin (get well soon, J!). Robert and she discuss two court cases that were decided by the sixth circuit this week, and Tish talks about the connections between race and abortion rights, and how misguided some are in trying to recruit African Americans to the anti-abortion movement. Tish and Robert also talk about Adam Edelen's new push to decriminalize marijuana, and Matt Bevin's veto of the "quasis" pension bill, which will probably lead to a special session. Plus, plenty of quick hits!
Rep. Cherlynn Stevenson is our guest this week, and we talked to her about living through a tight election night, how she plans to tackle her reelection effort, and her first legislative session. Rep. Stevenson was one of our first guests and we were very glad to welcome her back to the show!