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Jack Brammer, Lexington Herald-Leader

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

Program 2734
6/22/01: The Rev. Nancy Jo Kemper discusses the Billy Graham Crusade in Louisville and court action concerning religious activities on public school property. Mark Niekirk, managing editor of the Kentucky Post, talks about pilots, payrolls, and possibly friendlier skies in light of recent Comair negotiations. And Jack Brammer, Frankfort bureau chief for the Lexington Herald-Leader, poses some answers to the questions of how many power plants is an overload and why Gov. Patton wants to know. (#2734)

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 2816
2/15/02: Lawmakers are still testy over issues—and each other. The garbage bill goes forward, but betting is uncertain on the fate of slots. And UK’s new president proposes a new way to dream about the school and the state. (#2816)

Program 2832
6/7/02: Ernie Fletcher’s fly-around, the budget battles, the K State controversy, and the bishop’s legal burdens. (#2832)

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 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 2906
12/6/02: The governor’s race begins with formal announcements from Congressman Ernie Fletcher, Attorney General Ben Chandler, and Kentucky House Speaker Jody Richards. The focus is more on the running mates than the issue of how to run a state with more to do than it can pay for. (#2906)

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 2916
2/14/03: Barrows’ sneak three-pointer to finish Rupp Arena clears the bench in budget-battered Frankfort. Both sides of the House flail the majority whip and call for a replay. (#2916)

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 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 2953
10/31/03: This is it—the scramble to victory. How are the races shaping up the last weekend before Election Day? (#2953)

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 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 3021
3/26/04: Love and marriage in the House of Representatives, the muddle over money in the state budget, and the real realities of life in rural America. (#3021)

Program 3048
Next week's special session on health care benefits for state employees - a political hot potato in need of butter and sour cream. (#3048)

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 3051
The legislature gives state employes a health benefits package that averts a teachers' strike. But, not everybody's happy. And, the Bunning-Mongiardo race for U.S. Senate grows more interesting. All politics this week on Comment on Kentucky. (#3051)

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 3112
1/21/05: State Democrats return Jerry Lundergan to the party chairmanship—by a close vote—and state Senate Republicans lose media friends over disputed Louisville seat. But the Republican Party enjoys general approval in Western Kentucky, once a Democratic stronghold. (#3112)

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 3131
6/3/05: State agencies given more time to answer requests for data on hirings—the investigation enters Phase II. The Catholic Diocese of Covington settles child abuse charges for $120 million—will sell prized properties. State Senate candidate Stephenson loses another round in court—Louisville district without representation while she appeals. And President Bush takes his campaign for Social Security privatization to the Fort Campbell area—his second visit to Kentucky to sell the plan. (#3131)

Program 3133
6/17/05: Still more on the jobs probe. Three of Gov. Fletcher’s top officials in the Transportation Cabinet are indicted on misdemeanor charges. Attorney General Greg Stumbo seeks files from Kentucky Homeland Security chief Keith Hall, who suddenly resigned. A grand jury hears Fletcher’s secretary and four others. And the Personnel Board sidesteps Fletcher’s claim that the board, rather than Attorney General Stumbo, should be running the investigation. (#3133)

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 3139
7/29/05: A state’s poor children ... The budget surplus—of money or deficits? ... Who is poor; who is not? ... Saving the Fletcher team ... And one judge speaks out, while another judge keeps silent. (#3139)

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 3224
4/14/06: In a world of anxiety, broken promises, and imperfect politics, Berea College teaches commitments to enduring values. (#3224)

Program 3239
7/28/06: The attorney general’s office hangs more of the governor’s political laundry out in public. Controversy brews at Murray State University. And the glamour days of the John Y. Brown Jr. administration are gone. Guest host: talk show host Sue Wylie, WVLK-AM/Lexington. (#3239)

Program 3242
8/18/06: The judge makes it official: Gov. Fletcher cannot stand trial while he’s in office. Meanwhile, the governor responds to another round of rebuffs from high-ranking members of his own Republican Party. And it might be a blue Christmas for 9,000 Louisville Ford employees. Guest host: talk show host Sue Wylie, WVLK-AM/Lexington. (#3242)

Program 3247
9/22/06: Fletcher in Ireland and the Irish lesson for Kentucky on education and economic development. In politics, will the gambling issue drive the next governor’s race? And in military news, GIs are scammed on sales and financial services. (#3247)

Program 3315
2/9/07: The candidates are out of the gate. The governor reaches for the lead with two speeches. His rivals are running on the governorís record, or rather against it. And, what are the citizens of Kentucky getting, policy or politics? (#3315)

Program 3323
The homeless in Kentucky, the hell of addiction and hope for recovery are the special focus of this edition. (#3323)

Program 3327
5/4/07: The governor’s race: Is there truth in advertising? Yes and no. We consider views from the east and west, from Pikeville to Elkton. And, we dicuss the new nominations for big jobs in education and the economy. Buy why now? (#3327)

Program 3335
6/29/07: The U.S. Supreme Court rejects Louisville’s program for school integration. Does it also reject realities of racism? Sen. Mitch McConnell says his and Sen. Jim Bunning's vote to kill the immigration bill reflects the views of Kentuckians. What about all those Hispanics in their new Old Kentucky Home? Gov. Ernie Fletcher does a reversal on gambling. Democrats ask what does he really believe. And an ex-official says the governor gave road contracts if senators gave him their votes. (#3335)

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 3402
11/9/07: How did an incumbent who won so big four years ago blow it? What might Gov. Ernie Fletcher have done differently? Forgotten just 18 months ago, how did Steve Beshear pull it off? Consequences of the Beshear victory: What’s next for staffing, budget, casino gambling, and his plea to the State Board of Education to delay naming a commissioner? And, is Sen. Mitch McConnell nervous? (#3402)

Program 3406
12/7/07: With four days to go until he’s sworn in as governor, Steve Beshear completes his cabinet appointments while ethics questions remain about some of his picks. State Auditor Crit Luallen says no thanks to the U.S. Senate race. And, WANTED, a Democrat bold and brave enough to challenge Mitch McConnell and his $5 million fundraising start. (#3406)

Program 3419
3/7/08: The governor does a 180 on the cigarette tax and complains about funny money in the House budget. If you don't like casinos, what about pumping quarters into slots at your local tracks? The governor promises to fail any repeal of CATS. A judge says state money for the University of the Cumberlands isn't what the doctor ordered. And, did Hillary's wins put Kentucky in play in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination? (#3419)

Program 3422
3/28/08: Governor Beshear finally folds on the casino amendment. Almost half of the Kentuckians surveyed say they disapprove of the governor's job performance so far. The presidential race comes to Kentucky. And Senate President David Williams and House budget chair Harry Moberly sit down in public to the settle the budget dispute. (#3422)

Program 3431
The Governor wants a special session of the legislature to repair the state's pension system. He also orders changes in the ethics law for the executive branch. The state approves $500 million dollars in tax incentives for alternative energy projects. Sides begin to take shape in the battle among Democrats for House leadership. And the rock, not the movie star - a rock. Guests: Jack Brammer, Frankfort Bureau reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader; Stephenie Steitzer, Frankfort Bureau reporter for the Louisville Courier-Journal; and Greg Stotelmyer, political reporter for WTVQ-TV/Lexington; and Steve Hensley, anchor for WYMT, joins the program by phone from Hazard. (#3431)

Program 3437
Legislators try to get in the driver's seat to permit electric cars. The price tags for higher education and criminal justice give officials sticker shock. More details about the federal investigation at the University of Louisville. U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell promises a loud campaign, and money talks. (#3437)

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 3504
The most important election facing Kentucky is closed to the public- Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives. Is Senator David Williams the Republican front-runner in the next race for governor? The chair of the Kentucky Democratic Party is expected to step down. And, the governor will get some ideas on how to cut prison costs. (#3504)

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)

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

May 8, 2009
Panelists: Brammer, Clifft, Steitzer (#3527)

May 29, 2009
Panelists: Alford, Brammer, Rodriguez (#3530)

July 17, 2009
Host: Bill Bryant of WKYT-TV substituting for Ferrell Wellman
Panelists: Brammer, Loftus, Stotelmyer (#3537)

August 21, 2009
Panelists: Brammer, Steitzer, Walser (#3542)

September 4, 2009
Panelists: Alessi, Brammer, Hall, Johnson (#3544)

October 2, 2009
Panelists: Brammer, Hall, McVeigh (#3548)

December 4, 2009
Panelists: Brammer, Steitzer (#3605)

December 25, 2009 (recorded December 22, 2009)
Panelists: Brammer, Ellis, Stotelmyer (#3608)

January 1, 2010 (recorded December 22, 2009)
Panelists: Brammer, Ellis, Stotelmyer (#3609)

January 22, 2010
Panelists: Brammer, Steitzer, Van Benschoten (#3612)

March 5, 2010
Panelists: Brammer, Donatelli, Yetter (#3618)

March 19, 2010
Panelists: Brammer, Ellis, Hall (#3620)

May 14, 2010
Panelists: Brammer, Gerth, Van Benschoten (#3628)

May 28, 2010
Panelists: Brammer, Covington, Lucke, Yetter (#3630)

July 2, 2010
Panelists: Brammer, Johnson, Ungar (#3635)

July 30, 2010
Panelists: Brammer, McCutcheon, Yetter (#3639)

August 20, 2010
Panelists: Brammer, Ellis, Loftus (#3642)

September 3, 2010 (recorded September 2, 2010)
Panelists: Brammer, Covington, Hall (#3644)

October 8, 2010
Panelists: Brammer, Ellis, Gerth (#3649)

October 29, 2010
Panelists: Arnold, Brammer, Stotelmyer (#3652)

December 24, 2010 (recorded December 21, 2010)
Panelists: Alessi, Brammer, Ellis (#3708)

December 31, 2010 (recorded December 21, 2010)
Panelists: Alessi, Brammer, Ellis (#3709)

January 14, 2011
Panelists: Brammer, Bryant, Yetter (#3711)

January 28, 2011
Panelists: Arnold, Brammer, Van Benschoten (#3713)

April 29, 2011
Host: Bill Bryant of WKYT-TV substituting for Ferrell Wellman
Panelists: Bailey, Brammer, Hall (#3726)

May 13, 2011
Host: Bill Bryant of WKYT-TV substituting for Ferrell Wellman
Panelists: Brammer, Gerth, McVeigh (#3728)

May 27, 2011 (recorded May 26, 2011)
Host: Bill Bryant of WKYT-TV substituting for Ferrell Wellman
Panelists: Alford, Brammer, Ellis (#3730)

July 8, 2011
Panelists: Brammer, Colston, Yetter (#3736)

July 22, 2011
Panelists: Brammer, Loftus, Stotelmyer (#3738)

August 12, 2011
Panelists: Alessi, Brammer, Yetter (#3741)

September 9, 2011
Panelists: Alford, Brammer, Kramer (#3745)

November 4, 2011
Panelists: Brammer, Craig, Loftus (#3801)

November 25, 2011 (recorded November 22, 2011)
Panelists: Brammer, Colston, Wynn (#3804)

December 23, 2011 (recorded December 20, 2011)
Panelists: Alessi, Arnold, Brammer (#3808)

December 30, 2011 (recorded December 20, 2011)
Panelists: Alessi, Arnold, Brammer (#3809)

January 6, 2012
Panelists: Brammer, Ellis, Loftus (#3810)

January 20, 2012
Panelists: Brammer, Gerth, Stotelmyer (#3812)

March 9, 2012
Panelists: Arnold, Brammer, Van Benschoten, Wynn (#3819)

March 23, 2012
Panelists: Brammer, Colston, Yetter (#3821)

April 13, 2012
Panelists: Brammer, Stotelmyer, Yetter (#3824)

May 25, 2012
Panelists: Alessi, Arnold, Brammer (#3830)

June 15, 2012
Panelists: Brammer, Loftus, Van Benschoten (#3833)

June 22, 2012
Panelists: Arnold, Brammer, Ungar (#3834)

July 27, 2012
Panelists: Brammer, Gerth, Wilkins (#3839)

August 3, 2012 from Fancy Farm
Panelists: Alford, Brammer, Ellis (#3840)

August 17, 2012
Panelists: Brammer, Cross, Ellis (#3842)

September 7, 2012
Panelists: Brammer, Loftus, Stotelmyer (#3845)

October 12, 2012
Panelists: Brammer, Gerth, Nelson (#3850)

November 2, 2012
Panelists: Arnold, Brammer, Loftus (#3901)

November 30, 2012
Host: Bill Bryant of WKYT-TV substituting for Ferrell Wellman
Panelists: Alford, Brammer, Ellis (#3905)

December 21, 2012
Panelists: Arnold, Brammer, Ellis (#3908)

December 28, 2012 (recorded December 21, 2012)
Panelists: Arnold, Brammer, Ellis (#3909)

January 11, 2013
Panelists: Brammer, Colston, Gerth (#3911)

January 25, 2013
Panelists: Arnold, Brammer, Loftus (#3913)

February 22, 2013
Panelists: Brammer, Colston, Gerth (#3917)

March 15, 2013
Panelists: Brammer, Colston, Halladay (#3920)

March 29, 2013
Panelists: Brammer, Ellis, Hall (#3922)

May 3, 2013
Panelists: Alessi, Brammer, Cross (#3927)

May 24, 2013
Panelists: Brammer, Pitts, Ungar (#3930)

June 14, 2013
Panelists: Brammer, Storm, Wynn (#3933)

July 5, 2013 (recorded July 3, 2013)
Panelists: Brammer, Ellis, Halladay (#3936)

August 2, 2013 from Fancy Farm
Panelists: Brammer, Ellis, Lampe (#3940)

August 9, 2013
Panelists: Brammer, Ellis, Gerth (#3941)

September 6, 2013
Panelists: Brammer, Ellis, Wynn (#3945)

November 8, 2013
Panelists: Arnold, Brammer, Ungar (#4002)

November 29, 2013 (recorded November 26, 2013)
Panelists: Brammer, Ellis, Wynn (#4005)

December 20, 2013
Panelists: Arnold, Brammer, Ellis (#4008)

December 27, 2013 (recorded December 20, 2013)
Panelists: Arnold, Brammer, Ellis (#4009)

January 3, 2014
Panelists: Brammer, Cross, Wynn (#4010)

January 31, 2014
Panelists: Brammer, Hall, Wartman (#4014)

February 7, 2014
Host: Bill Bryant of WKYT-TV substituting for Ferrell Wellman
Panelists: Brammer, Cross, Loftus (#4015)

February 28, 2014
Interim Host: Bill Bryant of WKYT-TV
Panelists: Brammer, Combs, Ellis (#4018)

March 14, 2014
Interim Host: Bill Bryant of WKYT-TV
Panelists: Brammer, Gerth, Glasscock (#4020)

March 21, 2014
Substitute Host: Joe Arnold, WHAS-TV Louisville
Panelists: Brammer, Ellis, Smith (#4021)

April 18, 2014
Interim Host: Bill Bryant of WKYT-TV
Panelists: Alessi, Brammer, Ungar (#4025)

May 16, 2014
Interim Host: Bill Bryant of WKYT-TV
Panelists: Arnold, Brammer, Storm (#4029)

June 13, 2014
Interim Host: Bill Bryant of WKYT-TV
Panelists: Brammer, Ellis, Storm (#4033)




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