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John Stamper, Lexington Herald-Leader

This guest appears on the following programs:
Program 2910
1/3/03: It’s a new year, but there’s not much cheer. Legislators and the governor resume the budget battle, the University of Kentucky fumbles a coaching hire, and Catholics struggle with lawsuits. (#2910)

Program 2932
6/6/03: Lexington’s battle over the water company, airports in Northern Kentucky and Bowling Green, Louisville’s new metro budget, plus politics of the week and the Prichard Committee’s 20-year crusade for better schools. (#2932)

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 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 3215
2/10/06: The building buzz—big bucks, private and public; the Bush budget’s impact on the Bluegrass State; $10 million to lobby the legislature; and missing miners and missing mountains. (#3215)

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 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 3225
4/21/06: Fletcher’s hour of decision: Leave the swollen budget alone, or veto projects, cut debts, and anger legislators facing re-election? (#3225)

Program 3252
10/27/06: Less than two weeks before the election, Democrats are breathing down the necks of incumbent Republicans in three Kentucky races for Congress. Former President Bill Clinton stumps in Louisville, where John Yarmuth has drawn ahead of incumbent Anne Northup. Northup breaks with President Bush and says Rumsfeld should be fired. The Kentucky legislature may stay the same—Republican in the Senate and Democrat in the House—but who’s certain? (#3252)

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 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 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 3320
3/16/07: Gov. Ernie Fletcher and Bruce Lunsford are on the air. State lawmakers go home for two and a half weeks with little to show for the session, but still a lot of horse-trading to be done. (#3320)

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 3332
6/8/07: Gov. Ernie Fletcher considers a special session, but House Speaker Jody Richards says it’s a bad idea. Greg Stumbo is considering challenging U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in the 2008 Senate race. A Kentuckian considered for U.S. surgeon general runs into controversy. And despite some rain, Kentucky goes into a drought, leading farmers to worry again. (#3332)

Program 3342
8/17/07: Gov. Ernie Fletcher’s ethics: He signed a deal admitting mistakes and indictments were dropped; this week an ethics panel gives him a pass. More giving: The legislature is closing an incentive package in the millions of dollars for Peabody Coal. But The Wall Street Journal says this is part of the worst corporate welfare scheme in U.S. history. The farm economy: Kentucky smothers in drought, but farmers at the state fair worry about more than weather, such as the unfinished Farm Bill in Congress, energy, trade, and immigration issues. And, do burley growers still need a co-op? (#3342)

Program 3352
10/26/07: Gov. Ernie Fletcher finds his record to talk about—and some of it is good. Why didn’t he say so sooner? Steve Beshear finds another gain in the polls. With less than two weeks to go, it’s rope-a-dope until Election Day. Sen. Mitch McConnell finds votes to kill add-ons to SCHIP (State Children’s Health Insurance Program). Some of those poor kids are not, he says, and besides, it’s socialized medicine. Urban scenes: We discuss a new look for Louisville and a new arena for Lexington. And, we discuss how our schools look with education champion Robert Sexton of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence. (#3352)

Program 3410
1/4/08: The governor declares a Kentucky "budget crisis" and announces cuts across much of state government. Lawmakers pack up for the trip to Frankfort to deal with issues like casino gambling, pension problems and motorcycle helmets. And, the presidential race begins with a caucus...but you couldn't prove it here; is Kentucky's primary too late to count? Bill Bryant, political reporter and anchor of WKYT-TV, Channel 27 in Lexington guest hosts. Guests: John Stamper; Lexington Herald-Leader; Stephenie Steitzer, The Courier-Journal in Louisville; and Ronnie Ellis of CNHI News Service. (#3410)

program 3502
11.14.08: The economy gets tougher. Louisville's Ford truck plant will go idle for a while after Christmas. Delta cuts flights and pilots at its Northern Kentucky hub. Also, Kentucky prepares to execute a man who says he "wants" to die for his crimes. And, a proposal to replace Rupp Arena, home of the UK Wildcats. Bill Bryant, political reporter and anchor for WKYT-TV in Lexington guest hosts. Scheduled guests: John Stamper, government editor of the Lexington Herald-Leader ; Tom Loftus, Frankfort bureau chief of The Courier-Journal; and Don McNay, syndicated financial columnist from Richmond. (#3502)

July 31, 2009
Panelists: Bartleman, Stamper, Yetter (#3539)

October 9, 2009
Panelists: Ellis, Loftus, Stamper (#3549)

January 8, 2010
Panelists: Stamper, Steitzer, York (#3610)

April 9, 2010
Panelists: Reynolds, Stamper, Steitzer (#3623)

September 24, 2010
Panelists: Stamper, Van Benschoten, Yetter (#3647)

June 3, 2011
Panelists: Coffey, Donatelli, Keeling, Stamper (#3731)

June 1, 2012
Host: Bill Bryant of WKYT-TV substituting for Ferrell Wellman
Panelists: Colston, Ellis, Stamper (#3831)

April 19, 2013
Panelists: Bailey, Stamper, Van Benschoten (#3925)

May 31, 2013
Panelists: Ellis, Loftus, Stamper (#3931)

March 28, 2014
Interim Host: Bill Bryant of WKYT-TV
Panelists: Glasscock, Stamper, Storm (#4022)

September 5, 2014
Interim Host: Bill Bryant of WKYT-TV
Panelists: Ellis, Stamper, Storm (#4045)

November 14, 2014
Interim Host: Bill Bryant of WKYT-TV
Panelists: Beam, Carroll, Gossum, Stamper (#4102)

February 20, 2015
Interim Host: Bill Bryant of WKYT-TV
Panelists: Blackford, Combs, Stamper (#4116)

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