Tommy Thompson

Congressional Redistricting
12:37 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

State Legislature Begins Special Redistricting Session

FRANKFORT— House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg (left), confers with House Republican Floor Leader Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown (right) as House Speaker Pro Tem Larry Clark, D-Louisville, looks on.
Credit Kentucky LRC

It’s day one of what Kentucky lawmakers hope will be a quick special legislative session devoted to creating new redistricting maps. Both Republicans and Democrats have unveiled proposed maps, and lawmakers from parties have said they believe an agreement can be reached by Friday. The latest redistricting effort has dragged on over a year, with one set of maps being thrown out by the state supreme court in 2012. That’s leading some to wonder if Kentucky should consider creating an independent committee that would be in charge of creating new legislative maps every ten years. Daviess County Democratic Representative Tommy Thompson said it’s an idea he’d consider.

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Congressional Redistricting
3:38 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Kentucky House Democrats Offer Legislative Redistricting Plan

Kentucky House Democrats have advanced their legislative redistricting plan today which would see Democrat and Republican incumbents competing in the same districts. This comes a week after GOP legislators revealed their proposal.  Democratic Representative Tommy Thompson said their plan follows the “one person, one vote” mandate.  But, he said he knows some of his colleagues will be unhappy with the idea of having to run against someone in their own party.

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Arts
4:53 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Tommy Thompson Previews Presentation on Rockabilly Pioneer Ray Smith

Many early Rock & Roll stars hailed from the historic Jackson Purchase, including Carl Perkins and Scotty Moore. After 1952, many of them gravitated to Memphis, Tennessee to record with Sam Phillips at Sun Records. The Sun roster reads like a who's who of Rock & Roll: Elvis, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis... and a western Kentucky truck driver named Ray Smith. In 1959, Smith's Sun single "Rockin' Little Angel" hit number one, and through he never returned to the top of the U.S. charts, he continued to tour the world and record until his death in 1979. Paducah native Tommy Thompson knew and played with Ray Smith, and tonight (July 25), at the McCracken County Public Library, he presents a program on this rockabilly pioneer's life and career. Todd Hatton spoke with Thompson to get a preview.

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