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6:49 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Federal Court Sides With Plaintiffs in Kentucky Redistricting Case

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The three-judge federal panel tasked with determining the constitutionality of outdated Kentucky voting districts has granted the plaintiffs attorneys' fees, possibly paving the way to an official end to the state's two-year redistricting nightmare.

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Politics
11:31 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Kentucky General Assembly Approves State Legislative Redistricting Bill; Governor Signs

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Update: Gov. Steve Beshear has signed the bill. In a statement, Beshear said:  “I’m pleased that our legislators have met the constitutional requirements for new districts and that this special session was held to the minimum five-day period, and I have signed the bill so these new districts take effect immediately.  I expect these maps will withstand legal scrutiny, so all Kentuckians can be assured of appropriate representation in the General Assembly.” 

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Politics
1:02 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Kentucky House Passes Legislative Redistricting Plan 83-17

Speaker Greg Stumbo unveils Democratic redistricting plan earlier this month.
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FRANKFORT — A legislative redistricting bill has breezed through the House and now heads to the Senate for consideration.

Legislative leaders removed many of the partisan overtones that had been in previous proposals, a move that led to broader support among rank-and-file lawmakers of both parties.

The House passed the bill 83-17 Wednesday morning. The Senate is expected to rush the measure to a vote on Friday.

(Related: WFPL's past coverage of the redistricting issue and the General Assembly's special session.)

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Politics
7:01 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Kentucky General Assembly Returns to Frankfort for Redistricting

The opening day of a special session of the Kentucky General Assembly set the stage for the legislature’s latest attempt at drawing new legislative district maps amid uncertainty over the timeliness of that process as a result of recent federal court action.

After honoring Miss Kentucky 2013, Jenna Day, and recognizing Democratic Rep. James Kay, D-56, state representatives quickly got down to business by introducing a pair of redistricting bills that will determine new boundaries for members of the state House of Representatives.

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Local News
3:34 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Some Kentucky Lawmakers Want to Consider Creation of Independent Restricting Panel

Kentucky lawmakers are back in Frankfort for what they hope will be a quick special legislative session devoted to creating new redistricting maps.

Both Republicans and Democrats have unveiled proposed maps, and leaders from parties say they believe an agreement can be reached by Friday.

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Politics
3:40 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Kentucky House Leaders Reveal Redistricting Proposal as Special Session Approaches

House Speaker Greg Stumbo (forefront) reveals the proposal.
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House Speaker Greg Stumbo revealed on Friday a redistricting map for his chamber that would create four open seats and place four pairs of Democratic and Republican representatives in the same districts.

“I believe that the plan meets the constitutional mandates,” said Stumbo , a Democrat from Prestonsburg. “Gov. Beshear, I don’t want to speak for him, but he indicated as late as this morning to me that once we’ve passed those plans on Friday, that he intends to sign the bill into law as soon as it gets to his desk.”

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Local News
5:02 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Kentucky Senate Republican Leaders Unveil Redistricting Map

 

Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers today revealed a new redistricting map that would split only three counties and create no new open seats.

In a press conference, Stivers said the map, which was crafted by Republican leadership in the Senate, represents “a process of mathematics and criteria, not politics,” according to spokeswoman Lourdes Baez, who added that Senate Democrats were also consulted on the plan.

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Politics
9:00 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Kentucky House Republicans Propose Redistricting Plan

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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 says 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.

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Local News
2:30 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Beshear Wants to Call Fall Special Session on Redistricting

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It appears likely that Governor Beshear will call a special session of the Kentucky General Assembly to redraw legislative districts for the House and Senate.   The governor says details are still being worked out.

"I’m talking with legislative leaders in the House and Senate right now," Beshear said.   "And I think everybody, if we can work it out, would probably like to do it in the fall and let everybody have the summer while kids are out of school and they have some vacation time, and then wait until we get in back in school before we have the special session."

Politics
3:10 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Stumbo Pens Letter to Beshear Asking for Special Session for Redistricting

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House Speaker Greg Stumbo is encouraging Gov. Steve Beshear to soon call a General Assembly special session so that lawmakers can pass new state legislative redistricting maps and end a federal lawsuit.

Last week,  several county clerks in Northern Kentucky filed a federal lawsuit claiming the state's inability to finish redistricting violated federal law. In response, Stumbo  sent a letter to the governor encouraging him to call a special session.

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