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!
April 3, 2019
This week, we welcomed Rep. Charles Booker back onto the podcast. Rep. Booker joined us several months ago when he was running for office -- since joining the legislature, he's jumped in head first, sponsoring 50 bills and serving as the chief sponsor on 15. We talked to him about how he approached the session, and how he is serving as a representative of a community that is often overlooked in Frankfort.
Before our conversation with Rep. Booker, we talked through the last day of the session -- what managed to pass, and what was left undone. Jazmin talked specifically about the pension changes for "quasi" governmental organizations and some appointments to the board of education. Also last week, Judge Boasberg overturned the Bevin administration's Medicaid Waiver.
March 26, 2019
This week, we welcomed Rep. Attica Scott back to the show! She talked to us about the current legislative session, her thoughts on the state wide races this year, and what the future might hold for her. It's a great conversation, and we are excited to share it with you!
Before that, Jazmin covered a few lawsuits between the state and abortion providers, and Robert talked to us about Louisville's failed attempt to enact a revenue plan and what cuts might be in store for the Commonwealth's biggest city.
March 20, 2019
This week we welcomed Bruce Maples, publisher of Forward Kentucky, to talk about the end of the session. Forward Kentucky had excellent coverage, and we are glad to share Bruce's expertise on the podcast. Before joining Bruce, we talked through the news of Wayne Lewis seeking out the names of the teachers who called out sick, plus several Quick Hits.
March 13, 2019
It's Sunshine Week! This week we celebrate open records acts, so we welcomed Amye Bensenhaver, one of the foremost authorities on open records and open meetings laws in Kentucky. We discussed the history of Kentucky's law, the changes being proposed to it, and who have been the champions of open government over the years.
Before that, Robert shared why his was gone last week -- it's a tragic story which ended with the termination of his wife's pregnancy at 20 weeks. In the midst of the tragedy, state law almost got in the way. Jazmin shared about medical marijuana, and Robert talked in great depth about why Passport has been in the news recently. Finally, we updated all the goings on in the legislature during Quick Hits.
March 6, 2019
This week, Robert couldn't join the show, and Jazmin did an abbreviated episode about all the topics involving teachers this week. As you've probably seen, teachers have made the voices heard in Frankfort again this week, and we are here to tell you all about it.
February 27, 2019
This week we welcomed Jason Griffith, candidate for Kentucky Secretary of State! He talked to us about his priorities for the job, plus what it's like running as a candidate from Appalachia (spoiler: lots of driving). Before speaking with him, Jazmin and Robert talked about the special election in Eastern Kentucky, plus updates about the progress of TWELVE different bills about topics as diverse as pregnancy protections, unemployment insurance, Franklin Circuit Court, the Kentucky CIO, and Kentucky's Open Records Act -- just to name a few.