KET Legislative Coverage


  • Aaron Thompson on Higher Ed in Kentucky

    by John Gregory | 04/14/14 2:42 PM

    Aaron Thompson could be considered a classic example of the power of education to change a life. The sociologist, author, and motivational speaker was born in a three-room sharecropper's cabin in Clay County and rose to become executive vice president and chief academic officer for the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE). Read more.

  • Coming Down to the Wire: What Gets State Funding?

    by John Gregory | 04/14/14 11:38 AM

    While the legislature stood in recess last week, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear used his veto pen to strike what he considers restrictive language from the state spending plan. Those actions highlighted the discussion on this weekend's edition of Comment on Kentucky. Read more.

  • Legislative Agenda for Monday, April 14

    by Editor | 04/14/14 8:00 AM

    Here are the meetings for Day 58 of the 2014 Regular Legislative Session that KET will broadcast live: Read more.

  • The State of Kentucky's Health

    by John Gregory | 04/10/14 12:12 PM

    Two recent reports rank Kentucky at the bottom for a series of health-related indicators, and show the Appalachian counties suffering the greatest impacts. Read more.

  • An Entreprenuer's Perspective on Education and Taxes

    by John Gregory | 04/07/14 1:23 PM

    The first experience John Williams had with a computer came at the University of Kentucky in the late 1950s. The vacuum tubes in the early machine generated so much heat that students nearly had to wear bathing suits to tolerate being in the room with it. Read more.

  • Winners and Losers in Budget Battles

    by John Gregory | 04/07/14 11:17 AM

    "I've never seen anything like it in 35 years of journalism." Read more.

  • Preparing for Takeoff: SOAR Organizational Work Begins

    by John Gregory | 04/02/14 4:49 PM

    Ahead of organizational meetings scheduled to begin this month, Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers announced the leadership committee that will direct the Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) initiative. The effort launched in December when some 1,700 people gathered in Pikeville to discuss ways to improve the economic future of Eastern Kentucky. Read more.

  • Messy Budget Process Gets Result

    by Renee Shaw | 04/01/14 3:33 PM

    Last week’s state budget negotiations were contentious and punctuated with high-decibel schisms, but Kentucky lawmakers did pass a spending plan on time. A deal on the $20 billion, two-year budget finally came in the early morning hours of the fifth day of talks. Read more.

  • The Future of the Capital Punishment in Kentucky

    by John Gregory | 04/01/14 1:17 PM

    Kentucky is among some 30 states that have the death penalty, yet a growing call to abolish executions could change how the Commonwealth punishes its most serious criminals. On Monday's Kentucky Tonight, Bill Goodman and his guests discussed the state's death penalty system and the challenges being mounted against it. Read more.

  • Comment on Kentucky: Crunch Time in Frankfort

    by John Gregory | 03/31/14 1:40 PM

    As Comment on Kentucky aired Friday night, prospects looked dim for completing a state budget before the end of this General Assembly session on April 15. Nick Storm of cn|2 described the early meetings of the Budget Conference Committee as a process of legislators feeling each other out and wearing each other down. Read more.