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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.