Republican and Democratic Party spokesmen debate pensions, tax reform and politics ahead of the session

12/19/2017 05:22 PM

Brad Bowman, the spokesperson for the Kentucky Democratic Party, and Tres Watson, the spokesperson for the Republican Party of Kentucky, took a deep dive with Pure Politics on a slew of policy and political points ahead of the legislative session.

The interview with Bowman and Watson was taped on Dec. 13, the morning before Rep. Dan Johnson, R-Mt. Washington, took his own life amid allegations of molestation.

The spokesman touch on pension reform, tax reform, and other revenue generating options as well as what to look for in the 2018 state House races, and how allegations of sexual misconduct will be used in the electoral process.

Watch the full interview in the clip below.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or



  • Ricky Lee Williams Jr. wrote on December 19, 2017 07:00 PM :

    This is exactly what I have been talking about and that we need more of, Nick Storm. We need a debate between both sides, sitting at the same table. That way, one can’t go running off on a wild tangent without being rebutted. I would like to see more of this before the 2018 session begins, and even while the session is going on.

    I would like to see Dave Atkinson be on with Chris Tobe about the pension crisis and the way forward. I would like to see Jim Wayne be in a debate with Phil Moffett about taxes and the government’s responsibility. I would like to see Adam Edelen be on the same show as Damon Thayer talking about government responsibility. I would like to see someone from the Pegasus Institute be opposed to someone down in Berea with Kentucky Policy. I would like to see Sen. Steve Meredith on the same show as Rep. Mary Lou Marzian.

    Brad Bowman kicked me off his Facebook because he didn’t like the questions I was asking and the solutions I was rendering. While, Brad was a journalist in Frankfort for the State Journal, I had gained much respect for his willingness to call a spade a spade. I’m not seeing much that warrants credit, while he has been at the KDP. I think he is a little too far left for the democrats’ own good.

    I’m a big fan of Trey Watson’s tenure. I think he has done the GOP wonders. One thing I will have to call him out on is that he doesn’t see the silver lining in the raising of the taxes on tobacco usage. I don’t know if he is trying to protect the tobacco industry or he just doesn’t have enough in depth knowledge of the situation, but tobacco and bourbon might be a state favorite, but both have done tremendous damage to this state’s citizens. There is not a price that can be placed on the ill health effects that tobacco has had on this states citizens and the economy outside of the farm. I support Sen. Meredith’s tax increase, and I think he could add an extra dollar and it wouldn’t be too much. Rep. Susan Westrom and Sen. Raque Adams have been at this for years. I admire the courage it took from these legislators to try and speak truth to the state about the benefits from going smoke free in Kentucky.

    I have received a ton of responses from asking where LRC Director, David Byerman has been. David Byerman was hired prior to another sexual harassment ordeal at the LRC that was handled wrongly by his predecessor. The reason the public is leery of politicians or anything to do with politics is for the same reason playing out here. Is LRC Director David Byerman responsible for bringing change to Frankfort? What are we paying him for? His contract needs to be looked at really closely. He has handled this about as bad as it could be handled, as director, being no where in sight, is exactly why his predecessors walked out in shame. Is this another time of “meet the new boss, same as the old boss”? What is going on here?

    To Nick Storm, I’m going to try and post more on CN2’s Facebook page. If you would, ask your IT people to fix the page up a little better. You have to scroll down a long way to get to anything to do with Pure Politics. One suggestion I have is when they post something about the weather they take another down. I have had to go through 20 weather postings to get to one of your postings.

    Last thing, I would like to wish Kevin Wheatley the best going forward at his new job at WDRB in Louisville. I am confident that he will do an outstanding job reporting for WDRB on education. Louisville, and the whole state for that matter, needs someone who has the depth that Kevin displays, to take a deep dive into how we get better with education. Kevin played a pivotal role in bringing to light the drug epidemic, while working for CN2. I wish him the best. RL

  • Ricky Lee Williams Jr. wrote on December 21, 2017 07:09 AM :

    Surge in opioid overdoses cuts life expectancy for the second year in a row. Last year, 63,600 people died from drug overdoses. By Angelica LaVito. CNBC

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