Grayson says KY redistricting reinforces voter anger, handicaps some key 2012 legislative primaries

02/02/2012 07:39 PM

The start of an ultra-competitive legislative primary season has been delayed somewhat by the legal questions surrounding the new legislative district maps.

Lawmakers have brought the questions and criticism upon themselves, said former Secretary of State Trey Grayson, who is now director of the Harvard University’s Institute of Politics. Both parties made politically-motivated moves. House Democrats created strangely shaped Republican state House districts in southern Kentucky, while Senate Republicans moved the district of Democratic Sen. Kathy Stein of Lexington to northern Kentucky.

“There’s sort of a disgust in watching both the House Democrats and the Senate Republicans play political games … What the Senate Republicans did in Lexington and what the House (Democrats) did in southern Kentucky with some of those slivers, is just bad,” Grayson said (1:00). “But a judge is not going to strike down the plans for those reasons.”

Grayson discusses what could happen in court at 2:00 of the interview.

The legislative filing deadline has been bumped back to Feb. 7 while the district maps work their way through the courts. In the meantime, some interesting match-ups have materialized. And Grayson, a Republican from Northern Kentucky, weighed in on them:

  • The 10th House District Republican primary race in Eastern Jefferson County between former assistant U.S. Attorney and one-time state Personnel Cabinet Secretary Erwin Roberts against 2010 Republican nominee for Congress, Todd Lally, a pilot. (5:00 of the video)
  • Pairs of incumbent Republicans were victims of shifting district lines that put them in the same House districts together. The 9th House District between Republican Reps. Myron Dossett of Pembroke and Ben Waide of Madisonville and the 17th District Republican primary between Reps. C.B. Embry of Morgantown and Michael Meredith of Brownsville. (6:20)
  • And the 23rd Senate District Republican primary between former cosmetics executive Shawn Baker, Taylor Mill businessman Chris McDaniel and Fort Mitchell Councilman Will Terwort. (8:00)

(Tune in Friday to “Pure Politics” for the second part of the interview in which Grayson analyzes the competitive Republican primary for the 4th Congressional District and the gives an update on the presidential primary).

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