Politics

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.

Read more
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. 

Read more
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. 

Read more
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.

Politics
8:25 am
Thu January 19, 2012

Senate Republicans return the favor and present state redistricting plan unfavorable to Democrats

Sen. Dorsey Ridley (D-Henderson)
Kentucky Legislative Research Commission

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.

Read more
2012 General Assembly
2:24 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Senate redistricting plan keeps Owensboro in 2nd District, and keeps all of Pulaski County in 5th

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.

Politics
1:22 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

No money in Governor Beshear's budget for Owensboro bluegrass center

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.

Politics
4:03 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

Family Foundation say expanded gambling won't pass this session in Frankfort

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.

Read more
Politics
9:54 am
Fri January 13, 2012

Kentucky House passes redistricting map that GOP calls ugly politics

A redistricting map passed by House Democrats now heads to the Senate, where it is very likely to be challenged. The Democratic-passed plan pits many GOP incumbents against each other, including three in the south-central Kentucky region. Kevin Willis has the latest.

Pages