Election 2006: The Vote
Even without a presidential or gubernatorial race, the 2006 election season was a busy one in Kentucky. In addition to six congressional seats, the positions on the ballot included half of the 38 state Senate seats, all 100 state House seats, and a long list of judicial positions and local offices.
On November 7, KET presented complete state election returns and analysis in Election 2006: The Vote. Hosted by Bill Goodman and Renee Shaw, the program featured commentary by in-studio guests John McGarvey, John David Dyche, and Al Cross as well as reports from journalists around the state who reported on key issues in their regions.
The program is archived online in Windows Media® and RealVideo® formats, in three sections of approximately one hour each.
- Introduction and overview of early returns in congressional races
- Discussion of state Supreme Court races and how they reflect on Gov. Fletcher’s influence
- Mark Hebert, state capitol reporter for WHAS-TV/Louisville, on Jefferson County races
- Discussion of turnout, the long ballot, and the pace of returns
- Warren Wheat, editor of the Elizabethtown News-Enterprise, on the 2nd District congressional race and area legislative contests
- Discussion of state House races in Eastern Kentucky
- Patrick Crowley, political writer for the Kentucky Enquirer, on the 4th District congressional race and Northern Kentucky legislative races
- Bill Bryant of WKYT-TV on Lexington’s mayoral race and water referendum and Central Kentucky judicial and legislative races
- Discussion of 2nd District state Senate race
- Telephone interview with Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (R-5th)
- Telephone interview with Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson
- Discussion of key state legislative races
- Update on congressional races
- Rachel Stanley, editor of the Appalachian News-Express in Pikeville, on Eastern Kentucky races
- Discussion of the 3rd District (Louisville) congressional race and its possible national implications
- Telephone interview with Kentucky House Speaker Jody Richards (D-Bowling Green)
- Mark Hebert on the results of the 3rd District congressional race, in which Democrat John Yarmuth defeated Republican incumbent Anne Northup
- Concession speech by Anne Northup
- Bill Bartleman of the Paducah Sun on Western Kentucky races
- Patrick Crowley with an update on the 4th District congressional race
- Update on state Supreme Court races and a discussion of partisanship in judicial races
- Telephone interview with Kentucky Democratic Party chair Jerry Lundergan
- Victory speech by congressman-elect John Yarmuth (D)
- Updates on 4th and 2nd District congressional races, with remarks by Mike Weaver, the Democratic challenger in the 2nd District
- Telephone interview with U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler (D-6th) and commentary on his political future
- Discussion of congressional campaigning and updates on state legislative races
- Telephone interview with Kentucky Senate President David Williams (R-Burkesville) and discussion of state legislature
- Telephone interview with U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-1st)
- Telephone interview with Kentucky Republican Party chair Darrell Brock
- Remarks by U.S. Rep. Ron Lewis (R-2nd) with race still not called
- Wrap-up remarks by in-studio commentators
- Full vote totals
- Telephone interview with Kentucky House Minority Floor Leader Jeff Hoover (R)
- Telephone interview with Kentucky Senate Minority Floor Leader Ed Worley (D)
KET’s candidate forums with candidates in the Kentucky congressional races are also available for viewing online.
KET’s 2006 election coverage was produced by Deidre Clark and directed by Nick Helton. Mike Brower was executive producer.