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Jamie Lucke, Lexington Herald-Leader

This guest appears on the following programs:
Program 2752
10/26/01: University of Louisville biology professor Ronald Atlas discusses bioterror and bio benefits. Political reporter Al Cross gives an update on the leadership game in Frankfort. And Lexington Herald-Leader editorial writer Jamie Lucke talks about the arguments over the tobacco settlement money and the bailout of auction houses. (#2752)

Program 2810
1/4/02: This week’s story about next week’s story is the last state budget for the Patton administration. It will be very lean, and with little pork, so how will state lawmakers respond? (#2810)

Program 2828
5/10/02: The fate of higher education in Kentucky without Gordon Davies’ leadership, church leaders’ response to alleged sexual abuse cases, and federal judges’ rulings on President Bush’s coal permits. (#2828)

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 2848
9/27/02: The governor’s former mistress goes on national television with her story of a woman scorned, and agencies line up to investigate whether lust loosened the rules for Tina Conner. (#2848)

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 2912
1/17/03: Attorney General Ben Chandler sues to stop prisoner release; the state cuts $250 million from the Medicaid program; students from eight rural school districts sue over funding gaps; Gov. Patton calls for a business activity tax; and Republican candidates for governor campaign in the far western part of the state, which was once dominated by Democrats. (#2912)

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 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 2948
9/26/03: Two leaders of the Commonwealth die, and a look back at the careers of Otis Singletary and Joe Clarke tells the story of many changes over 30 years. Also, Congressman Ernie Fletcher rolls out a health care policy, and the Ben Chandler camp cries foul. (#2948)

Program 3005
12/5/03: When Patton almost resigned: a new book about his legacy. A question for the new governor: Will Fletcher bond the debts? Who’s in and who’s out: cabinet comings and goings. Cover-up on Shumaker audit? U of L says no. (#3005)

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 3030
Headlines for 5/28/04: A key House Democrat breaks ranks and endorses Fletcher’s plan for a special session. The attorney general asks for a court ruling on the budget. And pesky problems surface six months into Fletcher’s tenure, such as juvenile justice sex abuse, dress codes for park employees, and porno on the computers. (#3030)

Program 3034
6/25/04: Fletcher’s first six months, Bush’s next four months, and more of those church-state issues: communion for Catholic politicians and the Ten Commandments on courthouse walls. (#3034)

Program 3045
9/10/04: Blow-up in Frankfort over Gov. Fletcher’s health care plan for public employees. Teachers talk strike, but could any governor do better without more revenue? (#3045)

Program 3103
11/19/04: This second show celebrating the 30th anniversary of Comment, which went on the air November 11, 1974, brings back two former regulars: Bob Johnson and Ferrell Wellman. Also joining us is long-time panelist Jamie Lucke, who writes editorials for the Lexington Herald-Leader and is a regular guest.

Bob Johnson did a lot of analysis for the show in the 1970s and ’80s, when he was political writer at the Louisville Courier-Journal. He is now retired. When Ferrell Wellman’s day job was covering Frankfort for WAVE-TV in Louisville, he shared the background on the news with us on many Friday nights. He is now an assistant professor of journalism at Eastern Kentucky University.


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 3115
2/11/05: In the midst of a legislative session on the budget, UK sends a cautionary message to parents and students: The school announces its third double-digit tuition increase in a row. House Democrats share tax caucuses with Republicans: It’s a Joan Rivers thing—“Can we talk?” And the deadline to get a budget agreement in Frankfort is less than three weeks away: Nothing focuses our attention like a sentence to be hanged. (#3115)

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 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 3132
6/10/05: More back-and-forth on merit matters: leak claims, 5th Amendment pleas, defense funds, and a suit to stop the attorney general. (#3132)

Program 3148
9/30/05: Our governor has a “Host” of problems, Pence-ness, and no pizza at the new arena. Guest host: independent journalist Ken Kurtz. (#3148)

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 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 3221
3/24/06: The 2006 legislature races to the wire. Who are the winners and losers, and what’s in the budget? (#3221)

Program 3223
4/7/06: The passing of a Kentucky icon: Barry Bingham Jr. Does a new budget mean new life for education? The future of expanded gambling. And the immigration debate takes to Kentucky streets. (#3223)

Program 3226
4/28/06: Fletcher’s vetoes, University of Louisville President Jim Ramsey’s protests, the pharmacy school lawsuits—and how all of this helps set the stage for the upcoming election. (#3226)

Program 3232
6/9/06: Fletcher fights back, aided by Robbie Rudolph and two other appointees in the shuffle over Steve Pence—minus one press secretary. (#3232)

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 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 3324
4/13/07: Hello Billy Gillispie, not Billy Donovan. So long Mickie DeMoss. We say hail and farewell at the castle where the round ball rules. Next, so what’s the truth about schools? What will the candidates do? Do they know? And last, we discuss shock jock Don Imus and the idiocy of ridiculing race and gender—but what about the role of rap here? And, is business paying big bucks for dirty talk? (#3324)

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 3333
6/15/07: Kentucky’s senior senator helps revive the controversial immigration bill. Just what are the politics of that? Meanwhile, an energy bill stalls in Congress and our governor pushes ahead. Will Kentucky be part of the solution or part of the problem? The Frankfort political scene also includes more grand jury testimony, an ethics complaint against the Senate president, and an audit of the House campaign committee. And three Kentucky lawyers are indicted for defrauding clients in a major national case involving a diet drug. (#3333)

Program 3334
6/22/07: Gov. Ernie Fletcher pitches a special session for coal-to-gas incentives as the U.S. Senate rejects the concept in a new energy bill. However, there will be more money for further research on coal conversion. But critics of Fletcher see only politics in his call to bring the legislature back to Frankfort in an election campaign in which he is trailing. Can he prove them wrong? (#3334)

Program 3338
Politics and poverty: We take a look at turning jobs into votes. There is a feud over the special legislative session: Gov. Ernie Fletcher and House Speaker Jody Richards disagree on incentives for coal. What is the future of coal anyway—and those pesky carbon emissions? John Edwards visits Eastern Kentucky. Appalachia is beautiful, but intractable. And, two educational agencies search for leaders. Plus, we discuss the death of a newspaper. (#3338)

Program 3345
9/7/07: Tennessee and Hollywood’s Fred Thompson, TV’s Mr. Law and Order, strolls into the race for president. But in the real world in Kentucky, what happened when we tried to lock up all the suspects and bad guys and throw away the keys? Plus, the governor’s race: All the excitement of a good nap? And, more about the law: Those fen-phen attorneys are jailed for sticky fingers; Shane Ragland pleads guilty to murdering a student and walks free; and there are three nominees for the Kentucky Supreme Court. And we look at questions about Gov. Ernie Fletcher’s friends in higher education: Is it stacked against the Democrats? Will a business buddy be the next chairman at the University of Kentucky? (#3345)

Program 3421
3/21/08: The Kentucky General Assembly has just seven days left to pass bills. The governor marks his first one hundred days in office. Casinos, taxes, pensions and bullies. We have editorial writers with us on this broadcast to pass judgement on the good, bad and the ugly of the 2008 session. (#3421)

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)

June 19, 2009
Panelists: Bryant, Lucke, Steitzer (#3533)

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

April 15, 2011
Host: John David Dyche substituting for Ferrell Wellman
Panelists: Colston, Lucke, McVeigh (#3724)

September 30, 2011
Panelists: Cross, Downs, Lucke (#3748)

October 28, 2011
Panelists: Ellis, Gerth, Lucke (#3752)

December 16, 2011
Panelists: Bryant, Gerth, Lucke (#3807)

November 23, 2012 (recorded November 20, 2012)
Panelists: Brown, Lucke, Yetter (#3904)

May 10, 2013
Panelists: Cannon, Lucke, Yetter (#3928)

November 22, 2013
Panelists: Lucke, Maynard, Wilkins (#4004)

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