Public Affairs

 

  • State Sen. Gerald A. Neal

    by John Gregory | 01/26/15 7:53 PM

    State Sen. Gerald Neal is modest when asked about his role as the first African-American to hold a leadership position in the Kentucky General Assembly. He jokingly says he was in the right place at the right time with the right tools to do the job. Read more.

  • Former Senator Honored as a 'Colossus' of a Man

    by John Gregory | 01/26/15 1:38 PM

    Hundreds of family, friends, and fellow politicians gathered in the Kentucky Capitol Rotunda Sunday to share stories about and honor the political legacy of former Governor and Senator Wendell Ford. Read more.

  • Comment on Kentucky Updates Governor's Race

    by John Gregory | 01/26/15 1:36 PM

    In a week where four gubernatorial candidates met for their first public forum, the thoughts of many Kentuckians were instead focused on a former governor and senator who helped shape politics in the commonwealth for generations. Read more.

  • Kentucky Politicians Remember Wendell Ford

    by John Gregory | 01/22/15 2:51 PM

    Kentucky lost a political icon and a patriarch of the Democratic Party with the passing of former Sen. Wendell Ford today at age 90, following a battle with lung cancer. Read more.


Wendell Ford in His Own Words

In 2006, Bill Goodman sat down with former Sen. Wendell Ford to record an interview for KET's One to One. Ford had been retired from the U.S. Senate for just over seven years, yet he was still deeply interested in politics and the issues facing Kentucky and the nation. Here are a few quotes from their conversation. Read more.

State Legislators Take Initial Steps on Combatting Heroin

Efforts to address the state’s heroin epidemic have bipartisan and bicameral support, but lawmakers must find consensus among the competing proposals to tackle the issue. KET’s Renee Shaw has news on an executive action from Gov. Steve Beshear to help overdose victims, as well as an update on one heroin measure already approved by the state Senate. Read more. Read more.

  • Senate President Stivers Discusses Legislative Agenda

    by John Gregory | 01/22/15 2:49 PM

    After only two years as President of the Kentucky Senate, Robert Stivers jokes that the stress of the job has taken a toll on his receding hairline. "Well, some days you have fun, some days you don't," Stivers says of his work in Frankfort. Read more.

  • Field Grows for Republican Gubernatorial Primary

    by John Gregory | 01/22/15 2:48 PM

    As the clock ticks down to the January 27 candidate-filing deadline, speculation is on the rise about who else might step forward to run for state constitutional offices. The panel on this weekend's Comment on Kentucky listed a few of those candidates as they discussed the latest in the 2015 governor's race and other statewide contests. Read more.

  • Student Voice Team Gives Another Perspective on Education

    by John Gregory | 01/22/15 2:44 PM

    When policymakers convene to discuss education issues, they often omit one of the most obvious stakeholders: the students who will be impacted by those decisions. Read more.

  • Combating Heroin Addiction a Top Priority for General Assembly

    by Renee Shaw | 01/15/15 3:02 PM

    According to the state Office of Drug Control Policy, 230 Kentuckians died of heroin overdoses in 2013. Officials expect an even higher number when the 2014 deaths are tallied. Read more.

  • Mary Gwen Wheeler and 55,000 Degrees

    by John Gregory | 01/15/15 1:19 PM

    When Louisville and Jefferson County governments merged in 2003, city leaders commissioned a study to see how the metro area ranked against 14 competitor communities. Some of the results were disturbing: Louisville ranked in the bottom tier of cities for adults with high school diplomas, and next to last for people with bachelor's degrees. Read more.

  • Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo Outlines Ideas for 2015 Session

    by John Gregory | 01/12/15 4:50 PM

    Looking back on the 2014 elections, Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo jokes that he didn't believe he'd get to keep his job after Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes lost to Sen. Mitch McConnell by 15 points. Read more.