House Democrats are scheduled to release a legislative redistricting plan on Friday, one day after Senate Republicans unveiled their proposal.
Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo called a press conference for 1 p.m. EDT at the Capitol to discuss the proposal, which is expected to be voted on in special session that begins on Monday. The last one Stumbo proposed would have pitted 11 House Republicans against each other.
On Thursday, Senate President Robert Stivers unveiled a proposed map for his chamber that would pit no incumbents against each other in upcoming elections.
Redistricting is undertaken every 10 years to account for population changes recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau. Kentucky had major population shifts between 2000 and 2010, requiring reconfiguration of legislative districts in both the House and Senate.
The Kentucky high court struck down lawmakers' initial redistricting plan last year, finding that the proposed districts weren't balanced by population and didn't comply with the federal and state "one person, one vote" mandate.
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul says while he wants Republicans to continue fighting for changes in the President’s health care plan, he doesn’t support a shutdown of the federal government.
Some member of the GOP say they’re willing to risk a shutdown in an effort to defund the Affordable Care Act. Sen. Paul told reporters in Louisville that he’s in favor of Republicans using “leverage” to make the federal health care law “less bad.”
Some conservatives say they won’t vote for any spending measure that provides funding for the President’s health care plan. That’s leading to speculation over a possible government shutdown at the end of September.
The Courier-Journal reports Sen. Paul said that while he would like to see the Affordable Care Act defunded, the Bowling Green Republican added "I know that we don’t control all of the government, so we fight for what we can get.”
Democrats say the controversy over the federal health care law was settled when its legality was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. Supporters of the Affordable Care Act have warned Republicans that they’ll face a public backlash if they try to shut down government operations in an effort to defund the program.
Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes is reaching out to senior voters with an initiative she has dubbed "Grannies for Grimes."
Grimes' 83-year-old maternal grandmother, Elsie Case, will lead the effort. Case, who is especially popular with Grimes supporters, has appeared in campaign ads on behalf of her granddaughter and has been a regular on the campaign trail.
As head of Grannies for Grimes, Case will use Twitter and Facebook to provide updates from the campaign trial and to encourage other seniors to get behind Grimes who has promised to protect and strengthen Social Security and Medicaid.
Grimes, the Democratic front-runner, is seeking to replace Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell in next year's election. McConnell also has a Republican primary opponent, Louisville businessman Matt Bevin.
A liberal Super PAC being investigated for bugging Senator Mitch McConnell’s Louisville office is shutting down. The website Politico reports documents filed late last week with the Federal Election Commission show the agency approved a request by Progress Kentucky to close its operations.
The Super PAC was aiming to knock off Kentucky’s senior Senator, who is one of the top targets in the cross-hairs of Democrats in the 2014 election cycle.
Ultimately, the group raised just over $14,000, with only $1,000 in the bank at the end of June.
Curtis Morrison, who was serving as spokesman for Progress Kentucky, is accused of secretly recording a strategy session attended by Senator McConnell and re-election staffers. The FBI is reportedly investigating how the recording was made. The Kentucky Democratic Party has distanced itself from Progress Kentucky and Morrison, who has taken to the internet to solicit money for his defense fund.
The recorded McConnell strategy session contains audio of staffers discussing tactics they would use against actress Ashley Judd, had she challenged McConnell in the 2014 Senate race. At least one staffer talks about using Judd's history of depression against her.
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign manager says in a telephone conversation taped earlier this year that he is “holding my nose” while doing the job, a less-than-flattering remark about a powerful GOP establishment figure struggling to shore up tea party support at home in Kentucky.
Benton said during the phone call that he thought helping McConnell's 2014 re-election effort would be "a big benefit" to Senator Rand Paul in 2016.
Paul, a Bowling Green Republican, is often mentioned as a possible Republican presidential candidate.
In a brief telephone interview Thursday, Jesse Benton didn’t dispute the authenticity of the taping, saying he wasn’t confirming it was him, but wasn’t denying it either.
Separately, in a statement emailed to reporters, he said he believes in McConnell and is 100 percent committed to his re-election.
An audio of the Jan. 9 conversation was posted online by Economic Policy Journal. It said the call was placed to Benton by Dennis Fusaro, a one-time aide in former Rep. Ron Paul’s presidential campaign.
Kentucky House Republican leaders are offering a legislative redistricting plan that would force eight incumbents to run against each other next year.
The map unveiled Thursday by House GOP Leader Jeff Hoover affects four Republicans and four Democratic lawmakers.
Hoover told WKU Public Radio the GOP plan is very different from a plan put forth earlier this year by Democrats that had nine Republicans running against each other, but no Democrats.
"What we put forward was a much fairer plan that puts one pair of Democratic incumbents against each other, one pair of Republican incumbents against each other, and two mixed pairings where there is an incumbent Republican against an incumbent Democrat," explains Hoover.
Given population shifts in Kentucky over the past decade, Hoover says it's impossible to redraw legislative boundaries without pitting incumbents against each other.
Thousands of people attend the annual Fancy farm picnic every August for the barbecue, mutton and games and, of course, the fiery political speeches. But just as big a part as that is the audience members who traditionally cheer for their own candidates, jeer their opponents and, more often than not, steal the show.
Joe Corcoran spoke with a Warren County businesswoman who made the trip this year to proudly wear her t-shirt, hold up her signs and to make her presence known.
The wife of Tennessee’s Senate Minority Leader says she is considering a run for governor next year.
Sara Kyle, wife of Memphis Senator Jim Kyle, told The Tennessean she wants to help Democrats in the Volunteer State “move forward.” Sara Kyle resigned from the Tennessee Regulatory Authority in March after serving as director for 19 years.
Kyle says she doesn’t have a set timeframe on deciding whether or not to run for governor in 2014. With primaries still one year away, Democrats are seeking out potential challengers to Republican Governor Bill Haslam. Two Democratic state lawmakers—House Leader Craig Fitzhugh and Senator Lowe Finney—have taken their names out of consideration.
Kyle is the last woman to win a statewide office in Tennessee. In 1994, she won a spot on the three-person Public Service Commission, which later became the Tennessee Regulatory Authority.
She’s also the most recent Democrat to win statewide office in Tennessee, along with former Governor Phil Bredesen.
Kentucky's Lieutenant Governor says he is taking a pass on running for governor in 2015.
Speaking Tuesday afternoon to the Elizabethtown Rotary Club, Democrat Jerry Abramson said he wants to spend his remaining two-and-a-half years in Frankfort as an education advocate.
"You don't need to be an elected official to be a public servant," the former Louisville mayor told reporters after his speech. "I see myself really getting involved in public service by advocating for kids, by speaking out, by meeting with parents."
Abramson had previously said he was considering a gubernatorial bid. He told his Hardin County audience Tuesday that he wants to be an "education warrior" who helps the commonwealth develop a more skilled and educated workforce.