My Old Kentucky Podcast

A podcast about policy and politics in Kentucky

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Episodes

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.

Wednesday Apr 20, 2022

This week we spoke to Robert LeVertis Bell, a candidate for the Democratic nomination in House District 43. He's a Democratic Socialist who has a long history of social activism in Louisville. We talked to him about why he's running, his role as a "movement candidate", and the role he would play in Frankfort. The legislature is finally done for the year, and Robert and Jazmin spoke about the last two days after the veto session, and the inevitable barrage of lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the new laws.

Wednesday Apr 13, 2022

Robert flies solo today and explains all of the Governor's vetoes since last Wednesday. There were a lot! Of course, they will all probably be overridden, but this is still a good overview of the legislation passed by the general assembly which Democrats oppose the most strongly. Plus, a quick hit about a big battery project in Warren County.

Wednesday Apr 06, 2022

This week, Sarah Stalker joined us to talk about her run for the Democratic nomination in the 34th House District in East Central Louisville. She told us why she was running, about her experience with the foster care system, and how she hopes to advocate for her priorities in Frankfort. During the first part of the show, Jazmin covered all the vetoes issued by Gov. Beshear so far, Robert caught us up on all the bills we've talked about during this session, and Jazmin covered a big win for public defenders at Kentucky's Supreme Court.

Wednesday Mar 30, 2022

Jim Higdon, one of the owners of Cornbread Hemp and one of the leaders in Kentucky's movement to legalize cannabis (and the author of several books) joined us today to talk about the different bills attempting to legalize marijuana during the 2022 session. In addition, he spoke to us about the current state of the hemp market and ways he thinks the crop could and should be regulated under the next farm bill. The session is almost over. Before our interview with Jim, Jazmin and Robert discussed the final state of the budget as well as many of the major pieces of legislation that passed Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon. We will do a final pre-veto-period wrap-up next week.   Check out Cornbread Hemp here: https://www.cornbreadhemp.com/product/full-spectrum-cbd-gummies/

Wednesday Mar 23, 2022

Rep. Attica Scott joined us today to talk about her run for Congress -- why she wants to be in the US House, her thoughts about creating change, and her thoughts on recent legislation that's passed Congress. Please listen to learn how she would serve Louisville in DC if elected. Before that, Robert and Jazmin talked about the legislature, especially the major education legislation that is advancing about charter schools and regarding the interaction between the JCPS school board and it's superintendent. The new student assignment plan from JCPS was also addressed.

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