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My Old Kentucky Podcast
63 minutes | Aug 4, 2022
Kelly Jones Interview, Terrible Flooding in Southeast KY, and Abortion Once Again Banned in Kentucky
Terrible floods swept through Southeastern Kentucky last week. We talked about it, the response to them, and how you can help. In addition to that, Jazmin talked about a new ruling in the abortion lawsuit from an appellate judge which re-institutes a ban on abortion in the state. In the second half of the show we talked to Kelly Jones, the Democratic candidate in the 68th District in Northern Kentucky (Campbell County). She told us why she's running for office, which issues she's most passionate about, and what messages are resonating in her district.
67 minutes | Jul 28, 2022
Matt Lehman Interview, Updating the Abortion Lawsuit, and the End (?) for Braidy Industries
This week Matt Lehman joined us for an interview. He is running as a Democrat in the 4th U.S. Congressional District, which stretches from the area east of Jefferson County to Greenup County in Eastern Kentucky, along the Ohio river. He talked about what it takes to run for an office like this, the issues that motivate him, and talked earnestly about the danger of continuously electing Thomas Massie to the U.S. House. Jazmin also explained the Temporary Injunction in the abortion ban lawsuit, which keeps the medical procedure legal in Kentucky while the lawsuit is ongoing. Robert talked about the end of Unity Aluminum's (Braidy Industries') attempts to build an aluminum plant in Ashland, and we brought back the COVID update.
38 minutes | Jul 21, 2022
Amelia Martens on Western Kentucky Identity
Amelia Martens, a poet and prose writer based in Paducah, was Robert's guest this week. She spoke about Western Kentucky identity, including why she moved to Western Kentucky as an adult, what she believes "Western Kentucky" encompasses, her perspective on the evolving political identity of the region, and what parts of the region inspire her writing. In addition, Robert updated the story about Chad Meredith, and did a few Quick Hits.
50 minutes | Jul 14, 2022
Velvet Dowdy Interview and A Ruling For JCPS
This week we welcomed Velvet Dowdy to the show. She's running for House in District 11, which encompasses Henderson County. She talked about education, PFAS chemical contamination, and how she would make progress in Frankfort. Jazmin talked this week about a ruling overturning much of 2022's SB1, which made special laws for JCPS that constrained the school board. The judge's ruling includes several funny segments, and Jazmin told us all about it. Also discussed were two police shootings -- one in Louisville and one in Floyd County. Plus, lots of quick hits.
58 minutes | Jul 7, 2022
Dr. Brittney Hernandez-Stevenson Interview, the (potential) Chad Meredith Appointment, and More on Abortion in Kentucky
This week, Dr. Brittney Hernandez-Stevenson joined us. She's the candidate in the 15th District in Muhlenberg and Butler counties. She talked to us about why she decided to run for office, campaigning as a Black woman in a district that is more than 90% white, and the issues that she cares about most. She's yet another really great candidate in Western Kentucky this year! During the first part of the show Robert talked about President Biden potentially appointing former Bevin administration lawyer Chad Meredith to a lifetime appointment in a deal with Mitch McConnell, and Jazmin laid out the details of the lawsuit the ACLU has filed against the abortion trigger law.
32 minutes | Jun 29, 2022
Bianca Crockam Interview and Dobbs v. Jackson Fallout
This week Robert interviewed Bianca Crockam, the Democratic candidate for the 9th District in Christian County. She spoke about running for office as a Black woman who is a teacher, as well as how she is bringing the Democratic message to Hopkinsville and more rural areas in the 9th District. Robert also spoke about Dobbs v. Jackson, the Supreme Court of the United States ruling which overturned Roe v. Wade, and the fallout that resulted in Kentucky.
44 minutes | Jun 23, 2022
Pam Dossett Interview & Trump Endorses Daniel Cameron
We welcomed Pam Dossett to My Old Kentucky Podcast this week. She's the Democratic candidate in the 8th House District in Hopkinsville (plus more of Christian, some of Trigg, and all of Caldwell Counties). She spoke about returning to politics after her 2020 race, the issues that are important to her, and how she's running in the new 8th District. Last week, former President Donald Trump endorsed Daniel Cameron in Kentucky's GOP Gubernatorial Primary, just about a year ahead of the primary actually taking place. Robert and Jazmin discussed that, including who is the most upset, whether it's going to matter, and what it means to have an entire party seeking the endorsement of a man who tried to overthrow the federal government. In addition, there were several quick hits, including a discussion about a man punching Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, budgets passing in Lexington and advancing in Louisville, the interim President at Kentucky State University, and much more.
66 minutes | Jun 16, 2022
This week we have *two* guests who are parts of Kentucky's labor movement: Caitlin Blair, the Communications Director for UFCW Local 227 and Jay Dennis of Teamsters Local 89. We spoke with Caitlin about the current state of the labor movement in Kentucky, and how the labor movement works within Louisville and Kentucky currently. With Jay, we spoke about current ongoing actions, including an active strike within Teamsters 89 in a company right across the bridge from Louisville. We were thrilled to lean more about the current and future state of the labor union movement here in Kentucky. Before the interviews, Robert and Jazmin updated a couple of policing stories we have been tracking and discussed a report that Rocky Adkins might be considering a run for Secretary of Agriculture.
62 minutes | Jun 9, 2022
Lindsey Burke Interview and Large JCPS Update
This week we welcomed Lindsey Burke, Democratic candidate in the 75th District (Lexington) to the show. She talked to us about her background, the issues shes passionate about (housing! education!) and why she's running this year. During the first half of the show, Jazmin brought a big JCPS update, including information about their new student assignment plan, their new contract with teachers, and a lawsuit in Jefferson Circuit Court. Robert talked about several quick hits.
62 minutes | Jun 2, 2022
Chad Aull Interview + Savannah Maddox and Friends
This week, Chad Aull visited Robert and Jazmin to talk about his run for Kentucky House in the 79th District in Lexington. He spoke about why he chose this time to get back into public service, what he sees as the central issues facing Frankfort, and his vision for the future of the Kentucky Democratic Party. Also in this episode, Robert talked about Savannah Maddox, who will begin a gubernatorial campaign any day now. In addition, Jazmin took a closer look at the "liberty" candidates who swept three committee chairs out of office in Boone County during the Republican primary this month.
59 minutes | May 26, 2022
Lamin Swann Interview, Daniel Cameron Runs for Governor, & US Marshals Kill A Louisvillian
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.
43 minutes | May 19, 2022
2022 Primary Result Reactions
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.
87 minutes | May 12, 2022
Interview with Emily Bingham, A Primary Preview, and Louisville’s Budget
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 lady Oh! 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 lady Oh! 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 lady Oh! weep no more today! We will sing one song for the old Kentucky home, For the Old Kentucky Home far away.
86 minutes | May 5, 2022
Jonathan Lowe Interview, Ryan Quarles Runs for Governor, and How To Vote For Judges
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.
60 minutes | Apr 27, 2022
Rep. Pamela Stevenson Interview, Checking in with Bruce Maples, KREF update, and more vetoes and court cases
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.
56 minutes | Apr 21, 2022
Robert LeVertis Bell Interview + Legislature Sine Die
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.
22 minutes | Apr 13, 2022
All The Session’s Vetoes
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.
70 minutes | Apr 7, 2022
Sarah Stalker Interview, Vetoes, Public Defenders Win at SCOKY, and a Session Wrap Up
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.
48 minutes | Mar 31, 2022
Jim Higdon Interview & Budget Wrap Up
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/
46 minutes | Mar 24, 2022
Interview with Rep. Attica Scott + Legislative Update
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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