Jim DeCesare http://wkyufm.org en Rep. Embry Considering Run for Kentucky's 6th Senate Seat http://wkyufm.org/post/rep-embry-considering-run-kentuckys-6th-senate-seat <p>A Butler County state Representative says he's strongly considering a run for a Senate seat following today's signing of new redistricting maps. The newly drawn boundaries place Morgantown Republican C.B. Embry, Jr., in the same district as Warren County Republican Jim DeCesare.</p><p>Embry gave his reaction to WKU Public Radio earlier Friday afternoon.</p><p>"Now I'm not fixing to announce or anything, but I'm leaning toward running for the sixth Senatorial district next year. That would be Butler, Ohio, Muhlenberg, and Hopkins counties," said Embry.</p><p>The sixth Kentucky Senate district is currently represented by Madisonville Democrat Jerry Rhoads. Embry admits it would be a tough challenge to take on Rhoads, given that the voter registration in the sixth Senate district is majority Democratic.</p><p>Warren County Representative Jim DeCesare told WKU Public Radio today that he plans to run for the 17th District House seat. Fri, 23 Aug 2013 19:00:13 +0000 Kevin Willis 36000 at http://wkyufm.org DeCesare Won't Decide on Future Plans Until Final Legislative Maps Passed http://wkyufm.org/post/decesare-wont-decide-future-plans-until-final-legislative-maps-passed <p></p><p>A Warren County lawmaker says he's waiting until new legislative maps are drawn before he makes any decisions about his future.</p><p>Republican Representative Jim DeCesare could be placed in a tough spot when lawmakers pass a redistricting plan at the end of the special session that began Monday in Frankfort.</p><p>A Democratic proposal would put DeCesare in the same district as fellow House Republican C.B. Embry, Junior, of Morgantown. DeCesare tells WKU Public Radio that he's not ready to decide whether or not he would seek re-election under those circumstances.</p><p>"Once there's final passage on a piece of legislation, I'll look at it and see where I need to go from there,” said the Rockfield Republican. Mon, 19 Aug 2013 18:44:37 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 35745 at http://wkyufm.org DeCesare Won't Decide on Future Plans Until Final Legislative Maps Passed Kentucky House Redistricting Plan Would Put DeCesare, Embry in Same District http://wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-house-redistricting-plan-would-put-decesare-embry-same-district <p>Redistricting maps released Friday afternoon in Frankfort by Kentucky House leaders would place an equal number of Democratic and Republican incumbents in the same districts.</p><p>The Democratic proposal would put Republicans Jim DeCesare of Warren County and C.B. Embry, Jr., of Butler County in the same district.</p><p>Embry told WKU Public Radio he and DeCesare are prepared for that possibility.</p><p>"He's one of my closest friends in the House, and we talk often," said the Morgantown Republican. "We've discussed this many times, and we will continue to talk over the coming week."</p><p>Both Embry and DeCesare have previously said they will wait until the new redistricting maps are passed and signed into law by Governor Beshear before they commit to any future election plans. Fri, 16 Aug 2013 19:30:01 +0000 Kevin Willis 35648 at http://wkyufm.org Richards: Plan Putting Three GOP House Members in Same District Scrapped http://wkyufm.org/post/richards-plan-putting-three-gop-house-members-same-district-scrapped <p></p><p>A Bowling Green lawmaker says a legislative redistricting plan under consideration would not place three southern Kentucky GOP incumbents in the same district.</p><p>A plan put forth by House Democrats earlier this year would have placed Warren County's Jim DeCesare, Brownsville's Michael Meredith, and Morgantown's C.B. Embry Junior in one House district. But Democratic Representative Jody Richards told WKU Public Radio that such a plan is no longer being considered.</p><p>"Now, C.B. Embry and Jim DeCesare may well run together, but most of that district would be in Warren County," said Richards.</p><p>Kentucky lawmakers will meet in Frankfort next month for a special session to draw new legislative maps based on the latest U.S. Census data. Both Richards and Warren County Republican Senator Mike Wilson told WKU Public Radio they believe lawmakers can get a deal done over the course of five days--that's the quickest a special session can start and finish under state law. Thu, 25 Jul 2013 13:35:39 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 34548 at http://wkyufm.org Richards: Plan Putting Three GOP House Members in Same District Scrapped Embry: House GOP Leadership to Share Redistricting Proposals Monday with Republican Members http://wkyufm.org/post/embry-house-gop-leadership-share-redistricting-proposals-monday-republican-members <p>A south-central Kentucky state lawmaker says he'll find out Monday what House Republican leaders are proposing for <a href="http://wkyufm.org/post/beshear-aug-19-date-special-session-redistricting" target="_blank">next month's special session on redistricting.</a></p><p>Butler County Republican Representative C.B. Embry, Jr., has a major stake in the new legislative maps that will come out of that session. Embry and two other GOP Representatives--<a href="http://wkyufm.org/post/decesare-not-shocked-look-democratic-favored-redistricting-maps" target="_blank">Jim DeCesare of Warren County </a>and Michael Meredith of Edmonson County--<a href="http://wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-house-democrats-pass-new-redistricting-maps-over-gop-protests" target="_blank">were placed in the same district</a> under maps that were passed earlier this year by the House, but rejected by the Senate.</p><p>Embry told WKU Public Radio he's not sure next month's special session will be the last word on the redistricting issue.</p><p>"I hope this doesn't happen, that the passing of&nbsp; the redistricting plan might again be unconstitutional and wind up in the courts," said Embry, whose district covers Butler and Grayson counties, as well as part of Hardin County. "If that should happen, I think the courts will draw the lines rather than the General Assembly."</p><p>The state Supreme Court threw out maps passed last year by lawmakers, finding that the plans were unconstitutional because they weren't balanced by population. Lawmakers tried, and failed again, during the 2013 General Assembly to get new legislative boundaries passed. Thu, 11 Jul 2013 15:56:17 +0000 Kevin Willis 33859 at http://wkyufm.org Embry: House GOP Leadership to Share Redistricting Proposals Monday with Republican Members Warren County Lawmaker Believes Sides are Very Close on Pension Reform Agreement http://wkyufm.org/post/warren-county-lawmaker-believes-sides-are-very-close-pension-reform-agreement <p></p><p>A Warren County lawmaker says he feels good about the chances of a pension reform measure being finalized by the end of the legislative session. Republican Representative Jim DeCesare told WKU Public Radio he doesn’t think there are many differences remaining between the two parties.</p><p>“It was my understanding that when we left there both sides weren’t that far apart," said the Rockfield lawmaker. "We just have some details to work out on three or four main issues. And the hope is that they can come to some sort of a conclusion and some kind of result that everybody can live with.”</p><p>DeCesare said pension reform is “without a doubt” the single most important issue lawmakers need to hammer out before the session ends. A bill passed by the Republican-led Senate creates 401-K like retirement plan for new government workers, while a House-passed bill would use money raised from the lottery and horse tracks to fund the state’s pension contributions.</p><p>Most Kentucky lawmakers are back home for the next week-and-a-half, while some conferees remain at the state capitol trying to work out differences between the House and Senate. All lawmakers will return to Frankfort March 25-26 for the final two days of the regular session. Thu, 14 Mar 2013 15:26:45 +0000 Kevin Willis 27936 at http://wkyufm.org Warren County Lawmaker Believes Sides are Very Close on Pension Reform Agreement DeCesare Not Shocked by Look of Democratic-Favored Redistricting Maps http://wkyufm.org/post/decesare-not-shocked-look-democratic-favored-redistricting-maps <p></p><p>A Warren County lawmaker says he's not panicking yet about the <a href="http://www.wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-house-committee-passes-redistricting-maps-after-long-wait" target="_blank">new redistricting maps</a> passed by a House committee Tuesday. If the maps became a reality, Republican Representative Jim DeCesare would find himself in a new district alongside two other House GOP colleagues--Mike Meredith of Brownsville and C.B Embry of Morgantown.</p><p>DeCesare told WKU Public Radio he wasn't shocked by the new maps.</p><p>"I'd like to say I'm surprised, but I'm not,” said the Rockfield Republican. “It's kind of what they tried to do last year. Apparantly the House Democratic leadership is trying to eliminate three Republican members in one fail swoop."</p><p>Redistricting is often used as a tool by the majority party to protect their own, while modifying or eliminating districts friendly to the minority party. The new maps still have a long way to go before becoming law. They would have to pass the full House and Senate, and then be signed into law by Governor Beshear. Wed, 06 Mar 2013 15:48:01 +0000 Kevin Willis 27514 at http://wkyufm.org DeCesare Not Shocked by Look of Democratic-Favored Redistricting Maps Hemp Legislation Stalls in Kentucky House http://wkyufm.org/post/hemp-legislation-stalls-kentucky-house <p></p><p>The Kentucky House Agriculture Committee chairman blocked a vote on the hemp bill on Wednesday morning after a tense exchange with a Republican supporter of the legislation.</p><p>The hemp bill would create a regulatory framework in Kentucky, should the federal government legalize it.</p><p>Rep. Tom McKee, the ag committee chairman and a Cynthiana Democrat, wanted to amend the bill to turn it into a study, which the bill's supporters oppose. Wed, 27 Feb 2013 19:55:08 +0000 27139 at http://wkyufm.org Hemp Legislation Stalls in Kentucky House Kentucky House Bill Would Help Local Airports http://wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-house-bill-would-help-local-airports <p>South-Central Kentucky area House members from both sides of the aisle are teaming up to push legislation that could send millions of dollars to the Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport over the next five years to expand flights and services.</p><p><a href="http://www.bgdailynews.com/news/local/officials-attempt-to-land-best-route-for-bg-s-airport/article_0b680006-7262-11e2-830a-001a4bcf887a.html" target="_blank">The Bowling Green Daily News reports</a> the bill's sponsors include Democratic Representatives Jody Richards of Bowling Green and Wilson Stone of Scottsville, and Republican Bowling Green Representative Jim DeCesare of Bowling Green.</p><p>Yet to be determined is which airline route, either to Chicago or Atlanta, would best serve the airport's business customers if a commercial service is landed. Also under consideration is a less than daily flight with a leisure carrier.</p><p>If approved, the bill would direct $2 million for each of the next five fiscal years to communities that already have federal Small Community Service Grants. Bowling Green has received a $500,000 grant in that category. Sat, 09 Feb 2013 18:04:59 +0000 Joe Corcoran 26212 at http://wkyufm.org