The Kentucky Gazette Political Correspondent

Mike Maharrey

Mike Maharrey earned a BA in Mass Communications and Media Studies with a journalism emphasis from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. He has worked in both newspaper and broadcast media as a reporter for the St. Petersburg Times and a web content producer for WLEX 18, Lexington’s NBC affiliate.

He also served as the sports editor for the Woodford Sun, where he won a Kentucky Press Association award for Best Sports Story and was runner-up for Best Sports Feature in 2009. Mike has contributed to the Kentucky Gazette for eight years. He lives in Lexington with his wife Cynthia and has three teenage kids.



The Kentucky Gazette Contributors

Bob Babbage

Bob Babbage served as Kentucky’s Secretary of State and State Auditor.  He is a lobbyist and managing partner of Babbage Cofounder, a business development government relations firm with offices in Lexington, Frankfort, and Washington D.C..


Twitter: @bobbabbage


Jason Bailey

Jason Bailey is the founder and Executive Director of the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy. He is the author of numerous reports and analyses of economic and fiscal issues facing the Commonwealth going back to 1998. Jason appears frequently in the media and is a regular speaker to civic organizations on policies that would move Kentucky forward. His public service includes appointments to the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Tax Reform, the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System Funding Work Group and the Kentucky Commission on Small Business Advocacy. He has a master’s in public administration with a specialization in public finance from New York University and a bachelor’s degree from Carson-Newman College.


Twitter: @jbaileyky

Ron Bryant

Ron Bryant writes the Gazette’s popular Kentucky History column. He is a founding member of Friends of Kentucky History and may be reached at





 Greg Coker

Greg Coker is the director of organization development for Capital Link Consultants. He is the author of Building Cathedrals: The Power of Purpose. He may be reached at





 Feoshia Henderson Davis

Feoshia Henderson Davis is a former reporter for the Cincinnati Enquirer and The Kentucky Gazette, and now is president of WriteUp! Creative Copy based in Cincinnati. She can reached at


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 Dan Dickson

Dan Dickson enjoyed a 14-year career as a TV news reporter, anchor and producer at WKYT-TV and WTVQ-TV in Lexington and WHAS-TV in Louisville. He also writes for various regional and national publications. He may be reached at




Leo Haggerty

Leo Haggerty is a long-time Democratic strategist, whose campaign work has ranged from city council to presidential races.

He started his career in radio and television in New York. Since 2002, he has been the owner and principal consultant at The Campaign HQ. Leo also has state government experience, having worked for Gov. Steve Beshear and several years as senior advisor to State Treasurer Todd Hollenbach.

Leo writes occasional columns for The Kentucky Gazette, co-hosts The Kentucky Gazette podcast and provides The Gazette with social media and marketing assistance.

Twitter: @TheCampaignHQ


 Louis Jacobson

Louis Jacobson is senior correspondent with PolitiFact and a state politics columnist and handicapper with Governing magazine. He was senior author of the 2016 and 2018 editions of The Almanac of American Politics. He has been an editor and reporter with National Journal and Roll Call, among other publications.


Twitter: @loujacobson 



Jim Waters

Jim Waters became president and CEO of the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, a free-market think tank, in 2012.

Before coming to the Institute in 2003, Waters spent more than two decades at newspapers and radio stations as an anchor, editor and reporter in Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. His weekly column, the Bluegrass Beacon has appeared in publications statewide for more than a decade. Waters’ articles have been published statewide and in national publications, including School Reform News, the Wall Street Journal and USA Today.

He’s an in demand as a speaker for liberty groups, civic organizations and churches in Kentucky and Ohio, testifies on policy issues for legislative committees, is often quoted by reporters on economic and education issues, frequently appears as a guest and analyst on TV public affairs’ programs and radio talk shows and has appeared on CNN television.

Waters also is co-chairman of the Kentucky Center-Right Coalition and advises groups nationwide on how to succeed in advancing free-market policies in their states.
Twitter: @bipps