My Old Kentucky Podcast
Jim Higdon on Marijuana Legalization, Plus Daniel Cameron’s Task Force and Kentucky’s UI System

Jim Higdon on Marijuana Legalization, Plus Daniel Cameron’s Task Force and Kentucky’s UI System

January 27, 2021

This week, Jim Higdon joined us to talk about the prospect of marijuana legalization in Kentucky, and all the different branching paths it might take.  Marijuana policy is a mixture of criminal law, agriculture policy, and touches every level of government.  Jim is one of the people who knows the issue best and we were glad to have him on.

During the show, Jazmin talked about Daniel Cameron's search warrant task force and the attempts by some in the Kentucky GOP to censure Mitch McConnell, and Robert brought forth an update on Kentucky's Unemployment System and a COVID update.

If you are so inclined, check out Jim Higdon's CBD company, Cornbread Hemp at this link.

Reproductive Freedom with the ACLU, Kentuckians Face Federal Changes, and the Democratic Agenda

Reproductive Freedom with the ACLU, Kentuckians Face Federal Changes, and the Democratic Agenda

January 20, 2021

This week Mashayla Hays and Jackie McGranahan of the ACLU joined us to talk about the past, present, and future of abortion rights in Kentucky, and how the ACLU is working to protect the rights of people who might need abortion care.

In addition, Robert and Jazmin talked about the Kentuckians who participated in the insurrection at the Capitol and what charges they will face.  Robert also spoke about the bills with the highest level of Democratic sponsorship and what the legislative session would look like if Democrats were in charge.

Gov. Andy Beshear Interview and Bruce Maples on the Legislative Session

Gov. Andy Beshear Interview and Bruce Maples on the Legislative Session

January 13, 2021

This week our guest was Governor Andy Beshear, who just wrapped up the first year of his Governorship.  He talked to us about deciding to run for office, both for Attorney General and later for Governor, he looked back on his approach to COVID-19, he spoke to us about the investigation into Breonna Taylor's killing, and we touched out his relationship to the legislature.  That's a lot of topics, and we were thrilled to have the chance to speak with him.

Joining us for the bulk of the show prior to the interview is Forward Kentucky publisher Bruce Maples, who discussed the legislative session with Robert and Jazmin.  We spoke about the bills that have already passed, the bills making their way through the legislature, the 2021 budget, and the GOP's impeachment committee.

Also addressed in this episode are COVID-19 and the "Patriot Rally" at the Capitol.

The 2021 Session Has Begun and Louisville Has A New Police Chief

The 2021 Session Has Begun and Louisville Has A New Police Chief

January 6, 2021

This week Jazmin and Robert talk about the first two days of the shorter 2021 legislative session.  The new GOP super-duper majority has several bills they will try to pass in the first week, many of which involve either abortion or reducing the powers of Governor Beshear.

Since we last recorded, Louisville Metro Police fired two officers involved in the killing of Breonna Taylor, including the man who shot and killed her.  We react to this, and also to the late breaking news that Louisville has hired Erika Shields as chief of police -- the former Atlanta chief of police who resigned after her police department shot and killed a Black man at a Wendy's.

We finish with a COVID-19 update.

Patti Minter Interview + Pension Bill, “Racinos”, and Federal COVID Relief Discussion

Patti Minter Interview + Pension Bill, “Racinos”, and Federal COVID Relief Discussion

December 23, 2020

This week, Jazmin and Robert discussed the state of COVID-19 in Kentucky, as well as the impact of Mitch McConnell's actions on the federal response to the coronavirus.  Robert talked about two issues looming over the legislative session: the 2021 pension bill and "racinos" or historical horse racing slot machines.

Our interview this week was with Rep. Patti Minter of Bowling Green, who talked to us about how Democrats can compete in small cities across the state, as well as how she is approaching the upcoming legislative session.

COVID-19 Vaccines Arrive, KY Policy on the KY Budget, and An Interview With Democratic House Whip Angie Hatton

COVID-19 Vaccines Arrive, KY Policy on the KY Budget, and An Interview With Democratic House Whip Angie Hatton

December 16, 2020

This week, Jazmin and Robert talk about the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic, which might be nearing its end as vaccines are now being distributed to some people across the state.  Robert also went through a report by KY Policy about the one-year budget the legislature must pass, and Jazmin updated the policing and protests situation in Louisville.

Our guest this week was Democratic House Whip Angie Hatton, who talked about Democrats in Appalachia and the difficulties faced by Democrats running outside of urban areas.  She also talked about the upcoming legislative session, especially about issues facing coal miners with black lung.

KDP Chair Colmon Elridge Interview and The Messed Up Bar Exam

KDP Chair Colmon Elridge Interview and The Messed Up Bar Exam

December 9, 2020

This week Jazmin and Robert interviewed Colmon Elridge, the new chair of the Kentucky Democratic Party.  They talked about how he plans to lead Democrats out of the hole they find themselves in by investing in better campaign infrastructures and better messaging, as well as what he brings as an individual to the chairmanship.

Before the interview, Jazmin and Robert discussed issues around the Breonna Taylor case and COVID-19 as usual, as well as talking about very messed up error in the Bar Exam scoring this year.

COVID-19 Court Cases and Other Updates

COVID-19 Court Cases and Other Updates

December 2, 2020

This week, in additional to the normal COVID-19 update, Jazmin runs down Daniel Cameron's lawsuit against Andy Beshear's COVID-19 restrictions and the religious arguments he has been making.  In addition, Robert and Jazmin do a set of criminal justice quick hits, and talk about some pieces of journalism they've been reading lately.

Democratic Leaders Joni Jenkins and Morgan McGarvey

Democratic Leaders Joni Jenkins and Morgan McGarvey

November 25, 2020

In the second half of this episode, Robert and Jazmin interview the Democratic leaders in the House and Senate, Rep. Joni Jenkins and Sen. Morgan McGarvey.  They discussed the upcoming legislative session and the planning that's already started for the 2022 election.

Before, Robert and Jazmin also give a COVID-19 update, an update on police and protesting in Louisville, and talk about bills to watch in the 2021 legislative session.

New COVID-19 Restrictions and SCOKY Case, new KDP Chair, and Rep. Buddy Wheatley Interview

New COVID-19 Restrictions and SCOKY Case, new KDP Chair, and Rep. Buddy Wheatley Interview

November 18, 2020

This week Jazmin and Robert discuss new COVID-19 restrictions put in place by Governor Beshear, and the Supreme Court of Kentucky case that ensured he would be able to put those restrictions in place.  In addition, they discussed the ascension of Colmon Elridge to chair of the Kentucky Democratic Party -- the first Black person to hold that title.

After that, the pair interviewed Rep. Buddy Wheatley from the 65th District -- the area that includes Covington.  He talked about the political future of Northern Kentucky, his role in leading the area, and what he thinks Democrats will be able to do this year in the legislative session.

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