House Passes Bill to Address Unemployment Loan Interest Payments

A bill designed to help pay federal interest payments is one step closer to becoming law. The measure passed the House unanimously today, although a few Republicans expressed concerns over the bill. The bill would let the state borrow money to help make federal interest payments on a loan Kentucky took out during the recession. […]

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 […]

Judge Delays Legislative Filing Deadline

A Franklin Circuit Court judge has pushed back the filing deadline for state legislative candidates. In response to a lawsuit claiming the new redistricting maps are unconstitutional, Judge Phillip Shepherd issued a restraining order moving the deadline back one week. Shepherd also set a hearing on the constitutionality argument for Monday morning. Secretary of State Alison […]

Republicans Follow Through With Lawsuit Over House Redistricting Map

Several Kentucky House Republican shave followed through on their threats to file a legal challenge to new legislative district lines. The Republicans filed the lawsuit and request for an injunction in Franklin County Circuit Court today. And because of the injunction request, they will go before Judge Phillip Sheppard on Monday morning. “We have been […]

Hoover Says Republicans Will File Lawsuit to Stop New Legislative Districts

Several Kentucky House Republicans are hoping to derail new legislative districts with a lawsuit challenging the redistricting map. Members of the GOP caucus and a group of private individuals could file the suit as soon as the end of this week. It will start in Franklin County Circuit Court and will include a motion to stop […]

Partisanship Likely to Grow After House Redistricting Fights

Last week’s redistricting battles may increase the partisanship in the Kentucky General Assembly. That’s what the Republican House Leader Jeff Hoover told his peers on the House floor after that chamber passed new district lines unfavorable to Republicans. Issues such as the budget and making the University of Pikeville a public institution are still on the […]

House Passes New Districts, While Hoover Leaves Open Possibility of Court Challenge

After two hours of heated debate, the Kentucky House of Representatives has approved new district lines. House Bill 1 passed 63-34 with only two representatives not voting. Many Republicans took to the floor to argue against the plan, calling it ugly politics. There are nine Republican members who will have to run against one another under […]

State House Approves Congressional Redistricting Map

The Kentucky House has approved a plan that would drastically alter the state’s current congressional districts. The plan passed 54-42, almost entirely along party lines. Only two Democrats—state Representative Ben Nelson and former House Speaker Jody Richards—voted against the new map. (Click here to see the plan.) The proposal would cut out the eastern edge […]

Stumbo, Hoover Assess Primary Results

The top two leaders of the Kentucky House are assessing the outcome of Tuesday’s gubernatorial primary. Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Minority Floor Leader Jeffrey Hoover have been studying the counties captured by Senate President David Williams, who grabbed the Republican nomination. Stumbo believes the map benefits Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear, who’s seeking a […]