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A Franklin Circuit Court judge has thrown out new legislative district maps, saying they violate the basic principles of the Kentucky Constitution.

Judge Phillip Shepherd's ruling is based on the so-called five percent rule. It says new districts must be within five percent of their ideal size. Shepherd added that the maps of both the House and Senate districts divided too many counties.

Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Janie Miller has resigned. Miller was appointed as head of the cabinet by Governor Steve Beshear during his first term. The agency is responsible for overseeing Medicaid and various social services.

Kentucky lawmakers are struggling to finalize new Congressional districts.

Both chambers approved new maps of the districts last month and have been in a conference committee for weeks to work out the differences. Last week, legislative leaders thought they were close to an agreement that would leave the maps relatively unchanged, but no compromise was made.

A Kentucky judge says he may rule by midweek on the constitutionality of legislative redistricting in a case that has the state's election filing deadline in flux.

The felony conviction of former Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White has Democrats and Republicans going to battle over who should replace him if a judge upholds the verdicts.

White was found guilty last weekend of voter fraud and other counts related to his voter registration for the 2010 Republican primary, and was forced from office.

Prosecutors say White lied about his address in order to protect his council seat in the Fishers community.

Voters in four counties in South Central Kentucky go to the polls Tuesday to fill a vacant seat in the state House of Representatives.

After more than a year in office, U.S. Senator Rand Paul is having trouble turning his political action committee into a fundraising powerhouse.

The PAC, named RANDPAC, has less than $100,000 in the bank.

Among its donors are former high-ranking GOP officials Cathy Bailey and Hunter Bates. The committee has also drawn donations from PACs that belong to UPS, Brown-Forman and other Kentucky companies.

And Kentucky’s senior senator Mitch McConnell gave $5,000 from his Bluegrass Committee PAC.

A judge has ruled that Kentucky's election filing deadline will be postponed one week while he decides the constitutionality of new legislative districts in the Commonwealth. 

Franklin County Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd issued a temporary restraining order Tuesday afternoon, hours before the original deadlines for legislative hopefuls to file candidacy papers.

Responding to critics, Governor Steve Beshear says he believes he already has ample support in the state Senate to send an expanded gambling amendment to the ballot.

A judge is expected to rule this afternoon in a lawsuit over Kentucky’s new state House and Senate redistricting maps. Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepard listened to three hours of arguments Monday and told the involved parties that he will decide Tuesday whether to grant a temporary injunction.

The debate over how to regulate pseudoephedrine is becoming more polarized. 

Legislative leaders still disagree over new Congressional districts, but they have agreed on one thing: to extend the filing deadline. Instead of passing a new bill for the extension, state Senator Damon Thayer said the two sides agreed to gut House Bill 2.

Republican Presidential Candidate Newt Gingrich has filed papers to run in the Kentucky GOP Primary on May 22nd. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney qualified for the contest last week. Meanwhile, President Barack Obama has filed papers to be on the ballot for Kentucky’s Democratic Primary. The President, however, is not going to be opposed.

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.

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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