Adkins says Democrats will keep more than 60 House seats

10/27/2010 07:41 PM

The election atmosphere this year isn’t as bad for Democrats as it was in 2004 when the ranks of state House Democrats shrunk to a four-decade low of 56 seats, Democratic House Leader Rocky Adkins said.

Adkins said he expects Democrats to have more than 60 members after the dust settles from Election Day. Democrats currently outnumber Republicans 65-35 in the lower chamber.

But House Democrats already have lost one race. A Jefferson County court ruled that the Democratic candidate running to replace Democratic Rep. Ron Weston of Louisville was ineligible. One of the signatures on candidate Jeff Donohue’s filing papers including a witness who didn’t live in the district he was running in — the 38th District — as required by law, the court found. (That decision became public after the interview with Adkins was taped).

Adkins also said he would support a bill being pushed by Republicans that calls for a constitutional amendment that would bar lawmakers from being paid in a special session that was called because they failed to pass a state budget during the regular session. Adkins said that legislation had support from Democrats last year and stalled in the Republican-led Senate.

- Ryan Alessi


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