'Flavors' of redistricting maps include one for mutually assured destruction of minority parties

06/24/2013 04:37 PM

The House and Senate leaders are busy assembling all kinds of maps for the Aug. 19 special session.

Republican Senate President Robert Stivers says he has “plenty of maps” at his finger tips, including one that limits the effect on incumbents by avoiding putting any against each other and “at least three or four” that puts more than a few of the 14 Democratic senators in districts with other incumbents.

That one, he said, could get trotted out depending on what the Democratic House majority do with the House map. If the map House Democrats unveiled this spring is any indication, many incumbent House Republicans will have to fight among themselves to keep a seat. That map had 12 Republican incumbents facing another sitting member. Only one Democrat — House Democratic Leader Rocky Adkins — was placed against another incumbent (Republican Rep. Jill York of Grayson).

As for how political the next round of redistricting maps get, Stivers said that ball is in the House Democrats’ court.

“I think it’s kind of incumbent on the Speaker,” Stivers said in an interview with Pure Politics. When asked later if the House unveils a map that pits many Republicans against each other, Stivers said Kentuckians “will just have to wait and see” whether the Senate responds in kind against Senate Democrats.

Traditionally, House and Senate leaders have had a gentlemen’s agreement to approve the other chamber’s map without making changes.

Senate Democratic Leader R.J. Palmer said he hasn’t spoken to House Democrats to urge them to be kind to the minority Republicans in order to help Senate Democrats.

Here’s what Palmer told Pure Politics:

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