The other shoe in the redistricting battle has fallen, this time in the state Senate. Republicans control the chamber and have decided to put five incumbent Democratic senators into tough re-election fights.
That chamber passed House Bill 1 with it's new Senate districts on a near-party line vote Wednesday. It includes the new House and judicial maps and could be signed into law by Thursday afternoon.
A state Senate committee has approved a Congressional redistricting plan that differs greatly from the one passed in the House.
The Senate State and Local Government voted 7 to 4 along party lines Wednesday for the plan that keeps Owensboro in the 2nd District and Ashland in the 4th. The Senate plan also keeps all of Pulaski County in the 5th District. The Democratic House map had divided Pulaski County, home of GOP Congressman Hal Rogers of Somerset.
Governor Beshear's budget proposal does not include money for a new downtown bluegrass music center in Owensboro. The Messenger-Inquirer reports that the city and Daviess County did not receive funding for any capital projects in the Governor's two-year plan. Owensboro Mayor Ron Payne recently traveled to Frankfort to plead his case for $18 million to convert a downtown state office building into a new international bluegrass music center.
Bowling Green, Ky – Bowling Green resident Lauren Moore saw first-hand the chaos aboard the Costa Concordia cruise liner after it slammed into the reef Friday off the tiny island of Giglio. Speaking in the studio of WKU Public Radio, Moore said passengers received no safety instructions, and had no idea where lifeboats or safety jackets were located. As of Wednesday morning, the death toll was at 11.
Bowling Green, KY – 150 years ago this month, the Battle of Mill Springs took place in Kentucky. WKU Historians Glenn LaFantasie and Jack Thacker say that battle was a good indication of how divided the people of Kentucky were at the time of the Civil War. Dan Modlin has this report......
Bowling Green, KY – The Kentucky Community and Technical College System and its sixteen colleges are participating in a wide variety of Martin Luther King, Junior activities. They are also reminding those at the events about the upcoming "Super Sunday" event, which will be held on February 12th. Super Sunday is a state-wide program to provide African American students with information about financial aid and admissions. More information on the program can be found at kctcs.edu
A key opponent to expanded gambling in Kentucky says the bill doesn’t have the votes to pass this legislative session.
For years, the Family Foundation has mounted strong opposition to Governor Steve Beshear’s chief legislative issue. The group’s senior analyst, Martin Cothran, says Beshear’s proposal will fall short in the Senate if it's voted on soon.
Frankfort, Ky – The Kentucky House has passed a new legislative redistricting map. As Kevin Willis reports, while Democrats say there's no malicious intent behind the plan, Republicans say they are considering legal challenges.
Bowling Green, KY – Fixed mortgage rates in the U-S have hit record low levels, and some realtors in Kentucky hope the 3.89 percent rate on thirty year mortgages will prompt potential home-owners and investors to consider purchasing houses. Dan Modlin talks with realtors from Owensboro and Elizabethtown, Kentucky.....