Public Affairs

 

  • The Tangled Web of State Tax Reform

    by John Gregory | 07/21/15 8:07 AM

    Most everybody agrees the state needs more money. Read more.

  • Advocates Present Kentucky Education Report Card

    by John Gregory | 07/21/15 12:20 AM

    In the 25 years since the landmark Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA) was passed, the state's public school system has improved on numerous benchmarks. But with ever tightening budgets, can those gains be sustained into the future? Read more.

  • Supporting Women Artists and Entrepreneurs

    by John Gregory | 07/20/15 9:33 AM

    Female artists and small-business owners can face special challenges when it comes to advancing their careers. On this week's edition of Connections, host Renee Shaw explored two organizations that support women in their creative and economic endeavors. Read more.

  • Paul Says No to Fancy Farm

    by John Gregory | 07/18/15 10:25 AM

    It's a matter of priorities: Do you appear at the biggest annual political event in your home state to bolster your reelection campaign to the U.S. Senate? Or do you fly to New Hampshire to stump for votes in your long-shot presidential bid? Read more.


The Colorful History of Fancy Farm

You don't have to wait until tomorrow to get in the Fancy Farm spirit. Just dish yourself up a plate of barbeque and watch this video from Renee Shaw that explores the fascinating history of the annual political picnic. It includes some great stories about notable Fancy Farm appearances through the years by the likes of Alben Barkley, Happy Chandler, George Wallace, and Phyllis George Brown. Read more.

Matt Jones: From Sports Radio to Politics

In a few hours, Kentucky Sports Radio founder Matt Jones will try his hand at new job as emcee of the political speeches at the Fancy Farm picnic. The choice of Jones to host the event was puzzling to some. But Mark Wilson, who organizes the speeches at Fancy Farm, says he tapped Jones because he believes the radio host will appeal to a younger audience who enjoy his daily sports talk show. Read more.

  • LGBT Rights and Religious Freedom Concerns

    by John Gregory | 07/14/15 6:30 AM

    The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage has been a source of much celebration and consternation, depending on which side of the issue you're on. Read more.

  • Coding | Part 2

    by John Gregory | 07/13/15 8:24 AM

    Nationwide there are thousands more job openings for computer program coders than there are qualified applicants to fill them. Read more.

  • County Clerks and Same Sex Marriages

    by John Gregory | 07/11/15 9:26 AM

    Despite the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality, a major battle over the issue could still unfold as several county clerks in the commonwealth refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Read more.

  • The Flag is Down but the Controversy Continues

    by Bill Goodman | 07/10/15 2:29 PM

    Bill Goodman talks with Lexington Herald-Leader columnist Tom Eblen about Kentucky’s complicated Civil War legacy and what he thinks should be done with local statues that commemorate Confederate leaders from the commonwealth. Read more.

  • More Funding Needed for Both Colleges and Workforce Training

    by John Gregory | 07/09/15 8:24 AM

    Since 2008 overall funding for higher education in Kentucky has dropped by more than $165 million. At the same time the commonwealth's colleges and universities have seen their operating expenses escalate. Read more.

  • The Fate of Confederate Flags and Statues

    by Bill Goodman | 07/07/15 2:30 PM

    As legislators in South Carolina debate the fate of the Confederate flag that flies over their state capitol grounds, a similar discussion is underway here about whether to keep a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis in the Kentucky Capitol Rotunda. Bill Goodman talks with Comment on Kentucky founding host Al Smith about the debate and the commonwealth’s racial history. Read more.