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David Hawpe, The Courier-Journal

This guest appears on the following programs:
Program 2746
9/14/01: Kentucky and the world beyond the waters ... reflections on the week of September 11, 2001. (#2746)

Program 2808
12/21/01: A review of the year’s top stories in education, the state’s farm culture, and our response to war and recession. (#2808)

Program 2809
12/28/01: Predictions for the upcoming year in state politics and the economic climate in Kentucky and the nation. (#2809)

Program 2908
12/20/02: At year’s end, Gov. Paul Patton struggles to sell Kentuckians and their lawmakers on the need to fix the state’s revenue problems. Wary Republicans claim to remain unconvinced by Patton’s parade of horrors. (#2908)

Program 2909
12/27/02: Louisville: It’s about to become bigger than Boston, thanks to a city/county merger. Lexington: A second female mayor, Teresa Isaac, succeeds Pam Miller and swims into high waves over who will own the city’s water company. (#2909)

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)

Special Edition: Louie B. Nunn
Host Al Smith and guests pay tribute to the late former governor, who led Kentucky from 1967 to 1971. Nunn was the last Republican governor before Ernie Fletcher was elected in November 2003. This special edition of Comment on Kentucky reflects on Nunn’s legacy as seen by those who covered and worked with him. (#3090)

Program 3104

“Welcome to the third of three programs celebrating the 30th-anniversary month of Comment on Kentucky. We went on the air November 11, 1974, and here to help us celebrate this Thanksgiving weekend are David Hawpe, editorial director and vice president of the Courier-Journal; Sylvia L. Lovely, CEO and director of the Kentucky League of Cities and president of the New Cities Foundation; and Ernest Yanarella, Ph.D., author and professor of political science at the University of Kentucky.

“For this show, we want to take a look at what might be ahead for Kentucky for the next 30 years. ‘Thinking about the future is a prudent idea,’ a girlfriend of my wild youth once said (as she was becoming my ex-girlfriend), ‘because that’s where you’ll likely spend your time.’”

—Al Smith


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 3123
4/8/05: The newspaper and the church—the impact of the Courier-Journal and the legacy of the Catholic bosses in state politics. (#3123)

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 3207
12/16/05: Two major decisions this week by historically important institutions: The University of Kentucky’s Top-20 business plan is approved by its board, and the Courier-Journal state edition and all but one state bureau are closed. (#3207)

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 3235
6/30/06: Free speech, fair trial, and church/state: a new book on the Bill of Rights. Also, a new owner for the Lexington paper and a new perspective on the governor. (#3235)

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 3248
9/29/06: God and Country: a look at religion in Kentucky. Weather Beaten: Eight die in floods. Is it global warming? Governor Steps Out: But top Democrats dither as their candidates’ chances for Congress improve. And Pearce’s Path: the press and public issues since World War II, with a special tribute to the late journalist John Ed Pearce. (#3248)

Program 3307
12/15/06: Kentucky state Treasurer Jonathan Miller announces for governor, with Jefferson County attorney Irv Maze as his running mate. Former Lt. Gov. Steve Beshear says he’s ready for the top spot. Kentucky Sen. Johnny Ray Turner cops a reduced plea, and Congressman Ben Chandler gets a seat on the Appropriations and Revenue Committee. Gov. Fletcher reverses himself on vetoed funds for education. And the departure of state Rep. Gross Lindsay of Henderson and other House committee chairmen means contests for their seats. (#3307)

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 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 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)

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