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Mark Hebert, WHAS-TV/Channel 11, Louisville

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Program 2049
How that special legislative session on health care for public employess looks at week's end - pouring old wine into new bottles. And, a ten billion dollar tobacco buyout without federal controls over smoking and snuffing: health advocates are furious but farmers are jubilant. (#2049)

Program 2717
2/23/01: The race for the U.S. Senate and the progress of the first annual session of the Kentucky legislature in more than 150 years. Guest host: Mark Hebert. (#2717)

Program 2718
3/2/01: With only one week left, no major bill has yet passed the 2001 Kentucky General Assembly. But there were signs at week’s end that Republicans and Democrats may reach an accord on several important proposals. (#2718)

Program 2719
3/9/01: Political happenings in Frankfort, including disagreements on high-profile bills between Senate Republicans and the governor. (#2719)

Program 2723
4/6/01: The latest developments in former Gov. Wallace Wilkinson’s bankruptcy ordeal, political happenings at the state capitol, the financial records audit of Kentucky State University, insurance scams perpetrated on dying patients, and two state legislators’ scheduled attendance at a meeting hosted by the Kentucky State Militia. (#2723)

Program 2741
Join host Al Smith with journalists who cover state and national politics as they discuss the 250 candidates predicted for 26 seats on new Louisville council, the Lexington mayor's race that's shaping up along partisan lines, and the race for U.S. Senate. (#2741)

Program 2805
11/30/01: Might the NBA be shooting hoops in Louisville? A regional university king passes on, Kentucky Senate Democrats make a move to set the agenda, and the first artificial-heart transplant patient dies. Guest host: Mark Hebert. (#2805)

Program 2812
Join host Al Smith as he and members of the Capitol Press Corp discuss political rancor in the Kentucky State Senate; Louisville's loss of recruiting a NBA team; and school budget issues- is the Governor asking too much of local districts? (#2812)

Program 2814
2/1/02: The latest inside information about the 2002 Kentucky General Assembly and the debate over redistricting. (#2814)

Program 2818
3/1/02: Dr. John Shumaker is leaving the University of Louisville to become the president of the University of Tennessee. And with legislative leaders opposed, the new bill for expanded gambling at the racetracks looks like a very long shot indeed. (#2818)

Program 2819
3/8/02: Changes in the University of Kentucky’s athletics program and political happenings in Frankfort with guest host Mark Hebert. (#2819)

Program 2820
3/15/02: Legislative leaders further muddy the track for slots, and Catholic bishops retract a blessing on more bingo. (#2820)

Program 2822
3/29/02: Guest host Mark Hebert and fellow members of the Frankfort press corps discuss the state budget, the emotional debate on human cloning in the state Senate, and the fate of several other bills pending in the 2002 General Assembly. (#2822)

Program 2825
4/19/02: In the special session on the state budget, public financing of the governor’s race is the big issue. Charlie Owen and Ben Chandler ponder a race for governor/lieutenant. And in the mountains, public corruption, politics, and drug dealing figure into the killings of a respected sheriff and a former sheriff who was trying for a comeback. Also, the state of the nation’s economy. (#2825)

Program 2830
5/24/02: A U.S. Senate primary and two congressional races; a challenge to Sen. David Williams and other key legislative contests; the mayors and metro city councils of Louisville and Lexington; and murder, mayhem, and mudslinging in the mountains: It’s round-up time in Kentucky politics. (#2830)

Program 2831
5/31/02: Wrapping up the primary. U.S. Democratic primary: A near upset leaves Weinberg wounded and Congressman Ernie Fletcher ready to run for governor. Lexington’s mayor’s race: The biggest spender was third. Challenge to Sen. David Williams: It didn’t work, so now he challenges Patton’s budget again. Louisville Metro races: not a magnet for voters, but it was a start for merger. Also, that X-rated campaign video gave the guy who used it some blues in the night—he lost. (#2831)

Program 2839
7/26/02: A vision for Louisville—bridges, merger, and politics. Blind man’s bluff in Frankfort—how the no-budget game is played. And a look back at other business failures—when hard times came knocking. (#2839)

Program 2849
10/4/02: Sex and suspect deals give way to questioning of Tina Boyd Conner and a request for documents. Guest host Mark Hebert leads a discussion on Gov. Patton’s sex scandal. (#2849)

Program 2850
10/11/02: Tina and the troopers, Tina and the tip-offs—more tales of true or false in the probe of Patton’s capers with Mrs. Conner. (#2850)

Program 2851
10/18/02: The Kentucky ship of state: leaking leadership, losing revenue, and lousy politics. But a few beacons of hope throw light into the shadows. (#2851)

Program 2901
11/2/02: With less than a week until Election Day, Bush makes a final push for Kentucky and Indiana Republicans. And the struggle for control of the state Senate leaves public financing for campaigns for governor on life support. (#2901)

Program 2902
11/8/02: McConnell’s management and the Republican momentum. Females are a stronger force in state politics—even with Lois Combs Weinberg’s loss in the race for the United States Senate. The death of public financing for the governor’s race—another surrender by Democrats. And a question: Where are our best leaders? (#2902)

Program 2911
1/10/03: Gov. Patton and Kentucky Senate President David Williams play a cat-and-mouse game on the budget. Rebecca Jackson is in, and so is Bruce Lunsford—sort of. And a new government is born in Louisville. Guest host: Mark Hebert. (#2911)

Program 2914
1/31/03: The politics of running government in a shaky economy—Patton cancels early release of prisoners. In an election year, what does an “ugly” state budget look like? For that matter, will there even be a budget? Plus, the latest on some major political developments in the Commonwealth and the nation. (#2914)

Program 2917
2/21/03: Kentucky lawmakers hear $400 million of ch-chings, but is it enough to approve slots? Newport wants some cash. And does the House budget really spare education funding? (#2917)

Program 2918
2/28/03: Are slots dead? Is the budget alive? And who and what are the targets in Frankfort this week as the legislature’s blame game goes into the final inning? (#2918)

Program 2922
3/28/03: Hunter Bates is off the ballot. Gov. Patton is censured on four ethics counts for conduct of office favoring his former mistress. Some of Patton’s vetoes take a drubbing, too. Plus, Appalachia today: new problems with drugs, stereotyping, the environment, and the economy. (#2922)

Program 2923
4/4/03: The struggle over power, politics, and the economy in Kentucky; a Supreme Court decision against HMOs; and what Kentucky’s top experts in foreign policy think about the war in Iraq. (#2923)

Program 2928
5/9/03: The last full week of campaigning. Republican Fletcher’s right to run upheld by the Kentucky Supreme Court. Rhetoric by the Democrats gets tougher. And newspaper editors continue to complain that relevance of talk in the governor’s race to real issues remains remote. (#2928)

Program 2829
5/16/03: Bruce Lunsford withdraws from the Democratic primary and throws his support to Jody Richards for governor. Three questions: Will Lunsford also throw money to Richards? Can Richards catch apparent front-runner Ben Chandler? And after spending $8 million of his own money, why did Lunsford quit? (#2929)

Program 2930
5/23/03: There’s a new call to the post: a two-horse race—Chandler and Fletcher. We’ll do the odds, but where are the fans? (#2930)

Program 2936
7/4/03: Polls, malpractice insurance, and cleaning up state government—the latest developments in the governor’s race. Plus, Codell gets hit again, and Lexington goes smokeless. Guest host: Mark Hebert. (#2936)

Program 2938
7/18/03: Governor candidates support strong schools—just don’t ask them to show you the money to pay for them. (#2938)

Program 2942
8/15/03: The governor’s race is a race, is a race, and it’s getting more intense. The gap is gone, Democrats say, and the Republicans are probably ready to spend more money. (#2942)

Program 2947
9/19/03: Air Wars—candidates roll out the television advertisments. Tobacco Wars—the buyout, tax hikes, and smoking bans. Budget Wars—new school and nursing-home lawsuits. And Patriot Wars—U.S. Attorney General Ashcroft in Louisville. (#2947)

Program 2950
10/10/03: Ad wars in the race for governor. Bush comes calling. And was it a slam dunk or a dribble on the CATS scores? Guest host: Mark Hebert, WHAS-TV/Louisville. (#2950)

Program 2952
10/24/03: Fletcher wins the support of developers who want a casino in Northern Kentucky. Chandler wins a lawsuit against legislators who want a pension increase. And families of college students wonder why they can’t win against inflation. (#2952)

Program 3001
11/7/03: It was Fletcher by 10 points in an impressive and gracious victory. But what does he do about a budget that’s off by a half-billion dollars—and who will help him do it? (#3001)

Program 3003
11/21/03: Go-in pains—the transition team and the challenge for the Fletcher administration. (#3003)

Program 3008
12/26/03: A recap of the state’s top stories of the year. (#3008)

Program 3009
1/2/04: The Republican ascendancy and the Democratic decline. Will these trends hold? (#3009)

Program 3010
1/9/04: Gov./Dr. Ernie Fletcher wields a scapel on the budget. Education yields a big slice, and other agencies are also feeling the pain. But the first test of the new medicine finds politics still in the system. Meanwhile, the capitol press corps also discusses the first week of the 2004 legislative session, the 6th District congressional race, and agriculuture issues affecting the state. (#3010)

Program 3011
1/16/04: The state of the state may not be so good. Medical malpractice legislation hurts some, but heals others. And Paducah’s loss is Ohio’s gain. Guest host: Mark Hebert, state capitol reporter for WHAS-TV in Louisville. (#3011)

Program 3015
2/13/04: Fletcher’s road to tax reform, a poll that prefers service cuts to tax hikes, a ban on smoking bans, the University of Kentucky’s goodbye to Lexington Community College, a new president for Kentucky State University, and a new look at next week’s race for Congress. (#3015)

Program 3016
2/20/04: The politics of tax reform—Gov. Fletcher’s case, the Democrats’ response—and Ben Chandler, the Comeback Kid. (#3016)

Program 3018
3/5/04: Fletcher’s start-up problems—more road kill, more bickering over education—and reports from Iraq and the presidential campaign. (#3018)

Program 3019
3/12/04: Tax reform lives, some Democrats don’t follow their leader, and voters may get a chance to decide gay marriage. Guest host: Mark Hebert. (#3019)

Program 3024
4/16/04: Failure to pass a budget tops a rancorous legislative session. The future of local programs is in limbo. And an amendment against same-sex unions is sent to voters. (#3024)

Program 3028
Headlines for 5/14/04: There’s plenty of fireworks in legislative primary races across Kentucky. John Kerry comes a callin’. And Fletcher finds more cash. Guest host: Mark Hebert, state capitol reporter for WHAS-TV/Louisville. (#3028)

Program 3033
6/18/04: Church and state issues: all about control—from faith doctrines to fetal homicide, from budgets to buyouts, from political parties to the paths of righteousness. (#3033)

Program 3035
7/2/04: The lights stay on as a governor and a judge keep state government open without a budget. Also, Fletcher’s hires and fires: Is it business as usual? Guest host Mark Hebert, state capitol reporter for WHAS-TV in Louisville, leads a discussion with members of the Frankfort press corps. (#3035)

Program 3040
8/6/04: We’re live from the campgrounds of the annual Fancy Farm Picnic in Western Kentucky. Guest host Mark Hebert talks with reporters about the political events of the week at the site of the fall kickoff spectacle for political campaigning. (#3040)

Program 3044
9/3/04: Some Kentucky teachers talk strike over health insurance; the governor says it’s not his fault. And coal miners get a different kind of shaft. Guest host: Mark Hebert, WHAS-TV state capitol reporter. (#3044)

Program 3046
9/17/04: Where two roads meet: crisis in education and health care. Plus, Donald Rumsfeld in Kentucky and illegal vote-hauling practices that corrupt elections. (#3046)

Program 3047
9/24/04: Gov. Fletcher calls for a special session on health care benefits for state workers. Is it a reach for a cure or a cover? Also, dirty air in Louisville and stormy clouds over the University of Kentucky. (#3047)

Program 3049
10/8/04: How that special legislative session on health care for public employess looks at week’s end—pouring old wine into new bottles. And a $10 billion tobacco buyout without federal controls over smoking and snuffing: Health advocates are furious, but farmers are jubilant. (#3049)

Program 3052
10/29/04: Last-week strategies on the stump in the U.S. Senate race. Democrats ask for an IQ test for the Republican incumbent, and Republicans say the “limp-wristed” claim against the challenger doesn’t mean what Democrats say they mean it to mean. Is this statesmanship or what? (#3052)

Program 3101
11/5/04: Rural voters and moral values—as the nation went, so went Kentucky. But the split over what’s moral widens, and the problem for Democrats deepens. (#3101)

Program 3106
12/10/04: We look back at Gov. Fletcher’s first year, House leadership races heat up, and gays win a political battle. Guest host: television journalist Mark Hebert. (#3106)

Program 3108
12/24/04: The tobacco buyout and a first-term Republican governor without a budget are just two of the stories discussed in a review of the year. (#3108)

Program 3109
12/31/04: Fixing the budget—more quarrels over tax changes and a new agricultural economy. Plus, predictions on what’s to come in Frankfort in 2005. (#3109)

Program 3111
1/14/05: A ruling on the disputed Senate seat in the 37th senatorial district in Jefferson County: A judge blocks Stephenson from serving as senator. Homeland security concerns in the heart of Kentucky: The Pentagon stalls on nerve gas project. And a tale of two cities: a water fight in Lexington and Louisville aldermen’s struggle over leadership. (#3111)

Program 3113
1/28/05: A tax hike for Medicaid? No glamour on one side of the tracks. Also, Bush looks ahead while U.S. Senator Jim Bunning looks back. Mark Hebert, state capitol reporter for WHAS-TV in Louisville, hosts a roundup of this week’s political news and a preview of the governor’s State of the Commonwealth address next week. (#3113)

Program 3116
2/18/05: The latest on the state budget negotiations and tax reform proposals with guest host Mark Hebert of WHAS-TV in Louisville. (#3116)

Program 3119
3/11/05: The legislature and the governor finally cut some bait and land two fish: a budget and a tax plan. Members of the Capitol press corps examine the catch. (#3119)

Program 3121
3/25/05: Kentucky congressmen get involved in the Schiavo case, House Speaker Jody Richards says he won’t run for governor, and horse breeders hit the exacta. Guest host: Mark Hebert. (#3121)

Program 3122
4/1/05: The struggle for better education—are we slip, slip, sliding away? Vacancy on the Kentucky Supreme Court—Judge Keller steps down. Plus, 30 years of commenting on Comment on Kentucky. (#3122)

Program 3125
4/22/05: The governor said he invested out of Kentucky to escape criticism, but there was still a dust-up over Destin. And speaking of dust, have you ever seen a mountain that has been scalped? Plus, a census that may steal a congressman. (#3125)

Program 3130
5/27/05: More on the merit system muddle/mess: The governor comes back and fights back, and a special grand jury will hear Stumbo’s charges. It was another week of the political feeding frenzy in Frankfort. (#3130)

Program 3134
6/24/05: More grand jury witnesses are heard, but a judge delays a search of the office of homeland security chief Keith Hall, who resigned suddenly. The attorney general releases more e-mails, some of them suggesting links between Hall and the current merit jobs probe. Chief Justice Joe Lambert hires a young chief of staff whose personal Internet blog criticized Democrats, but the new aide says he was kidding around and will shelve partisan politics when he assumes the $117,000 job. Meanwhile, a mountain newspaper says federal investigators are looking into campaign contributions to Judge Lambert’s wife, who is also a judge, for a link to convicted Pikeville businessman Ross Harris. (#3134)

Program 3135
7/1/05: The special grand jury takes the week off, but the bad headlines for Fletcher just keep on coming. Meanwhile, the Ten Commandments must come down. Plus, a farewell to Dr. Thomas Clark and more about his life in his own words. (#3135)

Program 3136
7/8/05: A special edition from the Old State Capitol in Frankfort to celebrate the renaming of the Kentucky History Center after the late Dr. Thomas D. Clark, historian laureate of Kentucky. Host Al Smith and guests discuss the history we are making, the history we are celebrating, and the history that disturbs us. (#3136)

Program 3137
7/15/05: More indictments in the Blackberry Jam. Another problem, another task force. And the Louisville city council passes a smoking ban—until next month. Guest host: Mark Hebert. (#3137)

Program 3141
8/12/05: The governor is subpoenaed. The paper trail of politics and patronage: Who has more credibility—Democrats or Republicans? The pardon watch. Those scary headlines about failing schools. And a limited smoking ban in Louisville. Guest host: Linda Blackford, education writer for the Lexington Herald-Leader. (#3141)

Program 3144
Fletcher pardons and then takes the fifth. The Grand Jury continues. Attorney General Greg Stumbo quits and U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell stays mum. (#3144)

Program 3145
A roundup of the news of the week live from The Kentucky Center in Louisville. (#3145)

Program 3147
9/23/05: Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert is indicted again. Just how far do the governor’s pardons go? Is it Fletcher versus McConnell? And school test scores are a mixed bag. Guest host: Mark Hebert, state capitol reporter for WHAS-TV in Louisville. (#3147)

Program 3149
10/7/05: The state’s senior senator struggles with a split. The state School Board plays a game of good cop/bad cop with the worst-performing schools. And Oakwood dodges a federal funding bullet. Guest host: Mark Hebert, state capitol reporter for WHAS-TV/Channel 11 in Louisville. (#3149)

Program 3201
11/4/05: The attorney general asks the governor for his personal computers and Blackberrys, and the governor’s office says it would be an invasion of privacy. As state health officials continue to wrestle with problems at Oakwood, others scope out a very different Medicaid program for the poor. And the King of the Roads gives up his crown. Guest host: Al Cross. (#3201)

Program 3205
12/2/05: A different grand jury hears from Gov. Fletcher’s lawyer. Education standards are changing, but are they changing in the right direction? Plus, a look ahead to the legislature. Guest host: editorial writer Jamie Lucke of the Lexington Herald-Leader. (#3205)

Program 3208
12/23/05: Top stories of the year ending and a look to the year ahead. Al Smith and guests review the merit job investigation, the war in Iraq, the state’s economy, education, and the legacy of the late Dr. Thomas Clark. (#3208)

Program 3209
12/30/05: Continuing their review of the year ending and predictions for 2006, Al Smith and guests discuss the 2006 Kentucky General Assembly, Medicaid, gambling, the big ballot box in the ’06 elections, and the 2007 governor’s race. (#3209)

Program 3211
1/13/06: Will the new legislature be like a second term or a second chance for Gov. Ernie Fletcher? How will he finance his wish list, especially education? How divisive is the Fletcher agenda? And what about those Louisville Democrats—are they all shook up? (#3211)

Program 3214
2/3/06: Inside the big ballot—those record filings. Coal’s role in energy independence. And could a run for more tobacco taxes help the schools? (#3214)

Program 3216
2/17/06: Grading the General Assembly at mid-term. Gov. Fletcher is sidelined by surgery. And a double win for Democrats in special legislative elections. (#3216)

Program 3217
2/24/06: Fletcher revamps the state school board; Republicans will dominate. Homeland security—a $200 million germ lab in Somerset? Maybe. And the flap over Arabs and the ports—the same Arabs who have invested millions in Kentucky horses. Should the state take over local jails? A Crit Luallen proposal. (#3217)

Program 3219
3/10/06: Fletcher’s health—a worrisome clot. That House budget—also more than the governor wanted. Plus the arena dispute, tax breaks for businesses, utility issues, and rules of the road. (#3219)

Program 3222
3/31/06: Legislative leaders reach a budget agreement. And with the lawmaking session in its final hours, outcomes are in view—the good, the bad, and the ugly. (#3222)

Program 3228
5/12/06: Three misdemeanor counts in an indictment of Gov. Fletcher. What do we have here? Evidence of political wrongdoing, or of political ineptitude? And as for the attorney general’s office: Just doing their duty, or is it partisan politics in a world, where, as they say, “a grand jury can indict a ham sandwich”? (#3228)

Program 3229
5/19/06: The Supreme Court upholds the governor’s pardon powers. But elsewhere, Republicans are under siege. (#3229)

Program 3240
8/4/06: Politics at the Farm may not be so Fancy this year. Stumbo for governor or attorney general? And there’s more evidence, but no smoking gun, in the Fletcher criminal case. Guest host: Mark Hebert, state capitol reporter for WHAS-TV/Louisville. (#3240)

Program 3244
9/1/06: Deadly mistakes at Blue Grass Airport in Lexington. Stumbo/Fletcher fallout. And Louisville may join the total smoking ban club. Guest host: state capitol reporter Mark Hebert of WHAS-TV, Channel 11/Louisville. (#3244)

Program 3246
9/15/06: Louisville’s Ford plants are safe—for now. Also, Fletcher’s second team for a second term (perhaps), outgoing Education Commissioner Gene Wilhoit’s big shoes, and another contract for Oakwood. (#3246)

Program 3250
10/13/06: Judges running for office, races for the legislature, Northup vs. Yarmuth, the GOP and gays, and Louisville’s smoking ban. (#3250)

Program 3251
10/20/06: Charges and countercharges fly as Election Day nears and the candidates for Congress get testy. The grand jury investigating the governor’s hiring practices wraps up its report, but how much of it will we see and when? Kentucky’s senior senator has lots of political muscle and knows how to use it to raise money. And we look at recruiting athletes—not for colleges but for high schools. Guest host: Ferrell Wellman, WLAP-AM. (#3251)

Program 3303
11/17/06: State Auditor Crit Luallen and Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson are out of the Democratic race for governor. So even with low, low ratings and a critical grand jury report, is Gov. Ernie Fletcher that much of a long shot for a second term? Does Republican gubernatorial candidate Billy Harper keep other GOPs out of the primary? What is Congressman Hal Rogers thinking? And what does it mean to Kentucky to have U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell as minority leader and Mike Duncan as national Republican chairman? (#3303)

Program 3306
12/8/06: The United States Supreme Court hears the Jefferson County school desegregation case and will decide whether race can determine where students attend class. Attorney General Greg Stumbo wants the Executive Branch Ethics Commission to reconsider whether it’s still a conflict of interest for him to run for governor. The Democrats are still deciding who will enter the primary—it could be Steve Beshear. And educators and officials debate how the ACT should be used in Kentucky schools. Guest host: radio talk show host and veteran journalist Ferrell Wellman. (#3306)

Program 3308
12/22/06: Part 1 of our annual review of the year’s top stories. Ben Chandler’s decision to stay in Congress may have been one of the better blessings for Gov. Ernie Fletcher, who had a bad year—and may face a worse one. (#3308)

Program 3309
12/29/06: A review of big stories and interesting trends of 2006. Politics: a weakened governor, but how much traction do the Democrats have against him? The Judiciary: somewhat entangled in politics, but featuring more diversity and new faces. Energy and Economy: Coal booms, but more miners die and mountains are scalped as politicians dodge the outcry of critics. Money: a state budget, finally, with funds for higher education and a Louisville arena. Human Services: Oakwood is outsourced and Medicaid revised, but there are other issues. Changing Culture: smoking bans, seat belts, easing of liquor laws, and gay issues out of the closet. (#3309)

Program 3311
1/12/07: Anne Northup and Steve Henry are in the race for governor. State Auditor Crit Luallen issues a stinging report on horse racing regulators. And some Kentucky parents lose their kids to vindictive social workers. (#3311)

Program 3312
1/19/07: Can a Republican woman from Louisville defeat an incumbent from Lexington and another challenger from Paducah in a primary race for governor? Or, to put it another way, can the second Republican governor since World War II hold onto his seat despite low poll ratings that have brought out several opponents in both major political parties? And if this is Anne Northup’s week to make the news, will Speaker Jody Richards make the headlines next week? (#3312)

Program 3314
2/2/07: Three Republicans and seven Democrats are set to compete in the May 22 gubernatorial primary. And Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro falls to complications and is euthanized. (#3314)

Program 3318
3/2/07: Lt. Gov. Steve Pence scorches Gov. Ernie Fletcher while endorsing Anne Northup. Fletcher is thrown some scraps as the state House of Representatives slaps a lid on spending. President Bush flies in for Sen. Mitch McConnell, but both are losing altitude in the polls. (#3318)

Program 3322
3/30/07: As the song says, we can’t get no satisfaction: A review of frustration and fusses at Frankfort. (#3322)

Program 3329
5/18/07: Gov. Ernie Fletcher and Steve Beshear lead the polls in their respective party races. But they will have to capture 40 percent of the vote to avoid a run-off in June. (#3329)

Program 3330
5/25/07: A stunning post-election poll shows the Democratic nominee way ahead on Memorial Day weekend. It’s a long road to November. Can Gov. Ernie Fletcher win back 100,000 Democrats? Will Steve Beshear’s promise to boost gambling revenues get him in the governor’s office? And, Stan Lee vs. Jack Conway in the attorney general’s race: The down-ticket promises that we are in for a preach out as the politicians turn up the piety meter. (#3330)

Program 3337
7/13/07: The search must start again for a state education commissioner. Barbara Erwin says she’s not taking the job after all because of overwhelming scrutiny. Democrats in Frankfort say the governor’s special legislative session is over, but the finger-pointing isn’t. Odds favored expanded gambling as the top issue at the first Fletcher-Beshear debate, and it was. Kentucky rolled snake eyes on a $450 million bio lab because the site near Somerset was too rural. What does that mean for future high-tech development in rural Kentucky? And Dr. James Holsinger denies he has an anti-gay bias. He tells senators he will guard his independence if he becomes the new surgeon general. (#3337)

Program 3339
7/27/07: The General Assembly, all of it, apparently will meet this summer. We take a look at the winners and losers, so far, in the battle over the energy session. The National Transportation Safety Board points its collective finger at the cockpit of Flight 5191. Are there any surprises in yesterday’s long-awaited report? Is the Greg Stumbo for Senate train leaving the station? And who is on board? And, education panels pick new leaders, at least for the time being. (#3339)

Program 3340
8/3/07: A view of politics down on the farm: Comment goes on the road to Western Kentucky for a preview of the annual political theater in Fancy Farm, Kentucky. (#3340)

Program 3344
8/31/07: The last holiday of summer finds working folks at play, plus a touch of nostalgia for who we used to be. And, would casinos improve the tourist economy? And more liquor? Burnside thinks so. We also take a look at the governor’s race, Gov. Ernie Fletcher’s tours and Steve Beshear’s ethics. And in the legislature, Senate President David Williams is cleared on ethics while House Speaker Jody Richards expounds on energy incentives. (#3344)

Program 3346
9/14/07: Polls apart? Not exactly. They show Gov. Ernie Fletcher’s political wagon in the ditch. But there is a ground game: Forget the casinos—go for the dirt and the right-wing religious base. Fletcher’s insurance commissioner digs into the closet for old files on Kentucky Central, and, maybe, a bad on Steve Beshear. And, two Republican legislators change parties. We also discuss two school stories: A woman is named chairman of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees; and is No Child Left Behind a flawed law? Plus, we talk about Sen. Mitch McConnell’s war critics at home and speculation over a zillionaire opponent. (#3346)

Program 3409
12/28/07: There is a new governor, and lots of Kentucky news in a national context. Next year there will be a challenging legislative session and national elections. We take a look back and a look ahead. (#3409)

Program 3420
3/4/08: The governor says the House budget could lead to cuts in services. But, the House budget chair says the governor is fearmongering. The state Senate passes pension reform and a revised, tougher bullying bill. Two democrats who want Mitch McConnell's job debate in Louisville. Lots of slots for Indiana and tolls for bridges across the Ohio. (#3420)

Program 3423
4/4/08: The Kentucky General Assembly passes a lean budget, and one representative says teachers got the shaft. Some legislators are unhappy with the budget process. The governor warns about a special session if the economy continues to stumble. And a former governor says this governor could have done a better job with the casino amendment. (#3423)

Prorgam 3429
5/16/08: Hillary wants to run up the score in Kentucky. The Democratic Senate primary gets muddy. Kentucky gets a new chief justice. Senator Williams sues Governor Beshear over the governor's veto of the road projects bill. And, if you have a spare six-and-a-half billion, GE's Appliance park is for sale. Guests: Mark Hebert, State Capitol reporter for WHAS-TV, Channel 11 in Louisville; Ronnie Ellis of CNHI News Service's Frankfort bureau; and Bill Bartleman, political writer for The Paducah Sun joins the program by telephone in Western Kentucky. (#3429)

Program 3433
Legislative leaders agree on a pension bill. The state's retirement investments don't keep pace with those from other states. A controversy surrounding demolition for the Louisville arena. The Beshear administration studies prison costs. And the Kentucky Lottery cuts and slots at the tracks. Guests: Joe Biesk, Frankfort reporter for the Associated Press; Mark Hebert, political reporter for WHAS-TV/Louisville; and Dick Irby, reporter for WDRB-TV/Louisville. (#3433)

Program 3436
What's the price tag for lobbying at the state capitol? Public defenders sue state officials over budget cuts. More shakeups in the Beshear administration. The FenPhen mistrial. A tight second district congressional race adn how much is a gallon of gas in Louisville? Guests: Mark Hebert, political reporter for WHAS-TV, channel 11 in Louisville;Tom Loftus, Frankfort Bureau Chief for The Courier-Journal; and Jamie Lucke, editorial writer for the Lexington Herald Leader. (#3436)

Program 3438
7/18/08: The fall U.S. Senate campaign begins with a gas, gas, gas... In Beshear we trust. Republicans and Democrats fight for the right to get ZAPPED. Mark Hebert, State Capitol reporter for WHAS-TV, Channel 11 in Louisville guest hosts. Guests: Ryan Alessi, political writer for the Lexington Herald-Leader; Stephenie Steitzer, Frankfort bureau reporter for The Courier-Journal; and Roger Alford, reporter with the Associated Press. (#3438)

Porgram 3439
U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell thinks voters are least that's what Democratic challenger Bruce Lunsford says. The Draudmobile hits the auction block. And, is Jerry Abramson out of gas? Mark Hebert, State Capitol reporter for WHAS-TV, Channel 11 in Louisville guest hosts. Guests: Patrick Crowley, political writer for The Kentucky Enquirer; John David Dyche, attorney and political commentator; and Tony McVeigh, Frankfort reporter for Kentucky Public Radio. (#3439)

Program 3440
Comment on Kentucky heads to Western Kentucky for the 128th annual Fancy Farm picnic where the political theatre and speechifying is as hot as the temperature and spicy barbecue. (#3440)

Program 3442
The Feds investigate rigged bigs at the state transportation cabinet. The G-O-P stretches its lead in the Bluegrass state. Steroids, slots and Keeneland expansion. (#3442)

program 3445
9/5/08: Federal indictments for bid rigging in the transportation cabinet; how strong is the government's case? In the U.S. Senate race in Kentucky, how can Deomocrat Bruce Lunsford beat Republian incumbent Mitch McConnell? A change at the top in economic development. And, in tobacco-related health problems... we're number one. Guests:John David Dyche, attorney, political commentator and columnist for The Courier-Journal; Mark Hebert, state capitol reporter for WHAS-TV, Louisville; and Sarah Vos, reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader (#3445)

Program 3448
9/26/08: Legislative Research Commission Director Bobby Sherman marches toward a big pay raise. Democrat U.S. Senate nominee Bruce Lunsford pulls withing three points. And, the blacktop case takes some turns. Guests: Mark Hebert, state capitol reporter with WHAS-TV in Louisville, hosts this broadcast. Guests: Tom Loftus, Frankfort bureau chief of The Courier-Journal; Jack Brammer, senior Frankfort correspondent for the Lexington Herald-Leader; and Ronnie Ellis, Frankfort reporter for CNHI News Service. (#3448)

Program 3501
Scheduled Guests: Pat Crowley, political reporter for the Kentucky Enquirer; Mark Hebert, political reporter for WHAS-TV; and Greg Stotlemyer, political reporter for WTVQ-TV. (#3501)

Program 3503
11.21.08 The governor claims the state's budget problem is much worse than expected. A bumpy road faces the auto industry in Kentucky. The administration's long term energy plan looks at nuclear power. Mitch McConnell is still a quarterback for the Senate Republicans. And retiremen, cigarette taxes, electrical codes, Tom Gish and an execution. (#3503)

Program 3505
12.05.08 Kentucky waits on the governor to announce his plan to cut the budget. And the governor meets with reporters to talk about his first year in office. Some lawmakers travel a lot and we pick up the tab. And, a fish story. (#3505)

Program 3508
12.26.08 A look back at the year it was in politics and the newsmakers who made headlines. Which events had the most impact on Kentuckians in 2008? Which politicians became stars or has-beens? Which stories were underreported? Scandals, the budget, the economy, prisons, health care and Zap. If you've been looking for specials today, there's no waiting in line for Comment. (#3508)

Program 3509
1.2.9: Happy New Year! What will shape our lives in 2009? Who might grab our attention? How might this new year be different? Ferrell Wellman and veteran journalists dust off the crystal ball to peak into the future. (#3509)

Program 3511
1.16.09: The Senate President says he can support a statewide smoking ban. Budget hearings get underway to deal with the half-billion dollar deficit. The state's unemployment fund shrinks dramatically. And, two record breakers: Jodie and Mitch. (#3511)

Program 3514
2.6.9: Legislative leaders promise a budget with new taxes. The governor wants a review of school reform. The president declares most of the state a federal disaster area. And, some hammered districts may get to waive some school days. Scheduled guests: Ryan Alessi, higher education writer for the Lexington Herald-Leader; Mark Hebert, State Capitol reporter for WHAS-TV, Channel 11 in Louisville and Owen Covington, Frankfort reporter for the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer. (#3514)

April 17, 2009
Panelists: Brammer, Ellis, Hebert (#3524)

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