Again, the incumbent in southeast Kentucky’s fifth congressional district skipped last night’s debate on Kentucky Educational Television. Host Bill Goodman opened the segment on the fifth district race by explaining only one candidate was in studio. “Republican U.S. Representative Harold ‘Hal’ Rogers was invited, but is not participating,” said Goodman. Republican Hal Rogers, who head the House Appropriations Committee, has held the fifth district seat since 1981. Democrat Kenneth Stepp is once again challenging the powerful Republican.
Since taking office, Senator Rand Paul has constantly talked about reducing the national debt. It's also an issue that Congress seemingly discusses for every spending bill, large or small. The economy hasn't escaped this year's presidential race either, with President Barack Obama continuing to champion a plan that includes increased taxes on the wealthy to help pay down some debt. But in a speech to the Horse Cave Rotary Club, Paul pushed back on that idea. Paul argued doing so would hurt private enterprise, which he said helps fund public works the government does.
It’s an ‘all hands on deck’ situation at Centre College as the Danville school prepares for its second Vice Presidential Debate. The one and only vice presidential get-together is one week from this Thursday. Student Government Association President Patrick Cho says they’ve put out a call for help. “The reaction from students has been, how can I help? And a lot of these jobs are not very glamorous. They’re checking ID’s and all the rest of it. Still, students really want to be involved,” said Cho.
On this week's edition of Kentucky Tonight, host Bill Goodman will welcome candidates from the 2nd & 5th Congressional Districts. The program that airs "live" on Kentucky Educational Television Monday night at 8:00 will be re-broadcast Tuesday morning at 11:00 on the WEKU Stations.
In preparation for the vice presidential debate, Centre College yesterday tested their telecommunications system. It will be in high demand on October 11th when the school hosts its second debate. Students were invited into the media center, where they hooked up their smart phones, laptops, and similar devices to the internet. Pottinger Professor of History Clarence Wyatt says such preparations are vital. “In 2000 we got our media center up and running early. There were some people on campus who wondered why we needed to take their space that early, but we wanted to make sure that all of that worked because that’s the heart of the story,” said Wyatt.
Presidential political polling is in full gear right now. One high profile national poll shows President Obama with a ten point lead over challenge Mit Romney in some key background states. Centre College Political Scientist, Ben Knoll says it’s important to get a read from many polls. “The important thing is not to look at any one poll, but to look at an average of many, many, many polls. Even by reputable polling industries, the chances of any one poll being 100 percent accurate is very small. But, the chances go up the more and more polls that are done,” said Knoll.
On this week's edition of Kentucky Tonight, host Bill Goodman and guests will discuss jobs and the economy. The program which airs "live" on KET Monday night will be re-broadcast Tuesday morning at 11:00 on the WEKU Stations.
President Obama came about as close to Kentucky Monday as he’s likely to over the remaining weeks of the campaign. He brought his campaign for re-election to two key areas of Ohio. While in Cincinnati, Mr. Obama unveiled a new trade enforcement action against China. During an outdoor rally at Cincinnati's Historic Eden Park, the President told an enthusiastic crowd he remains committed to America's middle class and cited his efforts to protect jobs in Ohio and the Midwest related to the auto industry.
On this week's edition of Kentucky Tonight, host Bill Goodman and guests will discuss health care. The program that airs "live" on KET Monday evening, will be re-broadcast Tuesday morning at 11:00 on the WEKU Stations.
By Les Johns, University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Telecommunications
The campaigns for Congress in the 6th District are flooding the airwaves with claims, many of them dubious, about Medicare, the federal budget and coal issues. Democratic Rep. Ben Chandler and Republican challenger Andy Barr locked horns in 2010, with Chandler coming out ahead by a scant 647 votes. The rematch figures to be just as hotly contested. Through June, Barr reported raising more than $1 million, while Chandler, who is seeking his fifth full term in Congress, exceeded $1.5 million. Most will be spent on television commercials.
The two-party system may dominate politics, but Kentuckians will still have a host of options when it comes to voting for a presidential candidate this fall. In addition to the two major party candidates, two other political parties have qualified their candidates in Kentucky. The Libertarian Party’s Gary Johnson and the Green Party’s Jill Stein will join well-known candidates Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama on the ballot. Also listed will be at least three other write-in slates and Independent candidate Randall Terry of West Virginia. Deadlines for party candidates to qualify for Kentucky’s ballot have passed, but write-in candidates have until next month to qualify.
On this week's edition of Kentucky Tonight, host Bill Goodman and guests will discuss the federal budget. The program that airs "live" on KET Monday evening will be re-broadcast Tuesday morning at 11:00 on the the WEKU Stations.
Kentucky delegates at the Democratic National Convention say President Obama’s speech last evening is inspiring them to spread his message when they return home. President Obama has struggled to excite voters like he did in 2008. But Kentucky delegates say his Thursday evening speech was electric. Delegates say the president’s speech caps off a week that challenged Republican distortions and falsehoods lobbed at the Obama Administration. As for the takeaway? Kentucky Delegate Linda Sheckles says it was a success.
Kentucky delegates at the Democratic National Convention say the vision laid out by former President Clinton last evening draws a stark contrast between the two parties. The optics are vivid: in Tampa the still unpopular George W. Bush sent a video to the delegates, while Bill Clinton was given a prime time slot here in Charlotte. For many it goes beyond optics though. Kentucky resident Stephen Lech is an unemployed member of the United Steel Workers. For the past three years his wife and he have both been unemployed at various times, including right now. So for Lech Republican attacks don’t ring true.
Kentucky delegates at the Democratic National Convention may differ a little ideologically with their party but they're still proud to be Democrats. Correspondent Matt Laslo reports from Charlotte. The Massachusetts and Oregon delegations are seated directly in front of Kentucky's delegation. For the most part the groups couldn't be more different on economic issues, but Daniel Logsdon - the chairman of Kentucky’s Democratic Party - says that's okay.
On this week's edition of Kentucky Tonight, host Bill Goodman and guests will discuss the 2012 election. The program, which airs "live" on KET Monday night, will be re-broadcast on WEKU Tuesday morning at 11:00.
Unlike their GOP counterparts, zero Kentucky officials will be taking the main stage to speak at this week’s Democratic National Convention. Democrats hold the majority of statewide offices in Kentucky, including the governor’s office. But that’s not enough to get any of those elected officials onto the DNC stage this week. Last week, Republicans heard from three Kentuckians during their convention: Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul and congressional candidate Andy Barr.