Politics

Redistricting in Kentucky
2:32 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

Democratic Senator Considers Joining House GOP in Lawsuit

House Republicans aren’t the only members of the General Assembly looking to sue over new redistricting lines.

Democratic state Senator Kathy Stein says she and many of her Lexington supporters are strongly considering getting involved as well. A handful of House Republicans filed a lawsuit in Franklin County Circuit Court today challenging the House redistricting map. And Stein says she is likely to join those Republicans.

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Redistricting in Kentucky
8:07 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Lawsuit to be filed against Kentucky House redistricting plan

Rep. Jeff Hoover (R-Jamestown)

Several Kentucky House Republicans are hoping to derail new legislative districts with a lawsuit challenging the redistricting map.

Members of the GOP caucus and a group of private individuals could file the suit as soon as the end of this week. It will start in Franklin County Circuit Court and will include a motion to stop the redistricting maps from taking immediate effect.

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Expanded Gambling
8:04 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Governor's Gambling Plan to Get Support from Key Senate Republican

Governor Steve Beshear’s proposal for a constitutional amendment to expand gaming could get a big boost soon.

State Senator Damon Thayer, a Republican, says it’s very likely he will sponsor Beshear’s amendment this session. Thayer has been working with Beshear on the gambling issue this session, giving the amendment leverage it hasn't had before.

“I think that’s something I’m considering strongly and has a high probability,' Thayer says. "But there’ll be a time and a place we announce that once I make that decision.”

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Politics
4:10 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

Kentucky's Newly Elected Prepare to Grapple with Budget Cuts

Kentucky’s newest constitutional officers are fearing the results of the latest proposed budget cuts. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Auditor Adam Edelen and Agriculture Commissioner James Comer all testified before a budget subcommittee today. 

All three are facing 8.4 percent budget cuts. Grimes and Comer asked the committee to reconsider cuts to their offices to prevent any disruption of public services.

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Politics
1:56 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

Still No Deal on Kentucky Congressional Redistricting

Talks have broken down over new Congressional redistricting lines, Kentucky lawmakers say. A conference committee tasked with reach a compromise on new federal districts had no discussions over the weekend or today. And House Speaker Greg Stumbo says both the House and Senate are blaming each other for the lack of progress.

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2012 General Assembly
2:30 pm
Fri January 20, 2012

Elizabethtown Lawmaker Wants to Change the Way Redistricting is Done in Kentucky

Elizabethtown Representative Tim Moore says he'll introduce a bill that would change the way legislative redistricting maps are created.

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Politics
12:46 pm
Fri January 20, 2012

Kentucky lawmakers not able to come together on Congressional redistricting issue

Kentucky’s congressional delegation will have to wait a little longer to find out who exactly they’ll represent this year. Legislative leaders are trying to work out a compromise on new congressional redistricting maps, having already passed maps of their own districts and their own versions of the congressional map. 

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2012 General Assembly
4:30 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

WKU Public Radio exclusive: Warren County Rep. DeCesare to run for new Senate seat

Rep. Jim DeCesare (R-Rockfield)
Kentucky Legislative Research Commission

A Warren County House Republican says he'll seek a new office rather than run against his fellow GOP incumbents. Under the redistricting plan sent to Governor Beshear Thursday, Rockfield Republican Jim DeCesare would be placed in a district along with CB Embry of Morgantown and Michael Meredith of Brownsville. But DeCesare told WKU Public Radio he will file papers Friday to run for a new state Senate seat that covers parts of Warren, Allen, Simpson, Logan, Todd, and Muhlenberg counties.

Politics
3:00 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

Indiana Governor will give GOP response to President's State of the Union address

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has been picked to deliver the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address. Daniels was considered a possible GOP Presidential candidate this year before deciding not to run for the White House. 

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2012 General Assembly
1:46 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

New legislative map going to Governor would be harsh to Senate Democrats and House Republicans

New legislative and judicial lines for Kentucky have been set. Kevin Willis has the latest on an agreed-upon redistricting map that would be harsh to the minority parties in each legislative chamber.

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