BIll to Affect Redistricting
2:28 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

Senate Bill Would Amend Constitutional Provisions on Redistricting

A move to amend the provisions of Kentucky's constitution that deal with redistricting has been introduced in the state Senate.

State Senator Robert Stivers's bill would change the laws around redistricting, and give more direction for how medium-sized counties could be split.

Right now, the constitution says that any county that can be made one whole district cannot be split. But Stivers's language would allow some counties that can't be split under that rule to now be open to divisions.

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State Redistricting Debate
1:54 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Kentucky Supreme Court Rules Legislative Maps Unconstitutional

The Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled that the latest maps of state legislative districts are unconstitutional.

Lawmakers approved new lines for state House and Senate districts earlier this year. But a circuit court judge declared them unconstitutional, citing a precedent that districts can't be more than five percent larger or smaller than their ideal size. Lawyers for the Legislative Research Commission promptly appealed the ruling on behalf of House and Senate leadership.

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8:01 am
Fri February 24, 2012

State Supreme Court to Hear Redistricting Case Today

The Kentucky Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in a legislative redistricting case this morning.  A circuit court judge ruled last week the new districts are out of balance and need to be redrawn to comply with the "one person, one vote" mandate in federal law. Challenges were quickly taken to the Kentucky Court of Appeals and then to the state Supreme Court. Redistricting occurs every 10 years to account for population changes reported in the U.S. Census.

Afternoon Update
4:31 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Afternoon Round-Up 2/17/12

Delta Mariner's collision with the Eggner's Ferry Bridge last month.
Chad Lampe

An inspection of the Eggner’s Ferry Bridge piers has revealed no major damage despite being hit by an 86 hundred ton cargo ship in January.




Kentucky Politics:

A Senate bill that would give county governments more control over constables could have enough support to become law.

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2:30 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Initial Arguments Made in Redistricting Appeal

Kentucky lawmakers who successfully sued to keep new district maps from taking effect have filed new motions with the state Supreme Court.

Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd ruled two weeks ago that the maps of new House and Senate districts were unconstitutional because they weren't in line with population variance numbers previously set by the Supreme Court. The Legislative Research Commission promptly appealed the case.

The LRC argues that the five percent variance per district rule is invalid because it isn't based on constitutional law.

Morning Cram
8:54 am
Tue February 14, 2012

the morning cram [we don't usually see this much activity in a dead person edition]

Breaking News: Zombies interested in more than brains.

NPR reports a new study shows that around 1.8 million dead people are registered to vote in the US.

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KY General Assembly
11:28 am
Fri February 10, 2012

New Congressional District Map Moving Through Legislature

A new map of Kentucky’s congressional districts is on the verge of becoming law.

State House Speaker Greg Stumbo declared congressional redistricting dead earlier this week, since it looked like both chambers could not agree on the new districts. But with the state Senate able to find enough votes to pass a compromise, a new map is in play.

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From the Kentucky Capitol
4:44 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Redistricting Efforts May Be Dead

Efforts to redraw Kentucky's U.S. House districts are dead in the General Assembly.

State House Speaker Greg Stumbo made that declaration after the state Senate could not agree to the latest compromise on district maps.

"I think that ship has sailed, that bell's rung," Stumbo said. "I think the Secretary of State will have to certify those folks as the candidates and so the current status of law is that in my opinion they would run in the current Congressional district."

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-Government & Politics - WKMS
4:22 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Franklin Circuit Judge Finds Redistricting Maps Unconstitutional

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.

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-Government & Politics - WKMS
3:57 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Judge Rules on Legislative District Lawsuit

A judge has ruled that Kentucky lawmakers can't implement newly redrawn legislative districts. Franklin County Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd ruled this afternoon on the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of newly redrawn district boundaries. House Republicans unhappy with the outcome of the legislative redistricting battle filed the lawsuit in January claiming the new boundaries favor Democrats. The lawsuit contends the legislative districts could have been better balanced by population and could have been drawn in a way that required fewer splits in counties and precincts.