Fearing wealthy donors might unduly influence Supreme Court races, a Kentucky lawmaker is pushing a longshot proposal that would create a public financing system for would-be justices on the state's highest court. State Rep. Jim Wayne, D-Louisville, says the legislation is needed in the wake of a 2010 U.S.
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.