House redistricting map pits 11 Republicans against each other plus Reps. York vs. Adkins

03/05/2013 04:08 PM

The House Democrats’ proposed redistricting map, unveiled Tuesday, would put five sets of incumbent Republicans in districts against each other in addition to Republican Rep. Jill York against House Democratic Leader Rocky Adkins.

Click here to view a copy of the redistricting map.pdf

Here are the districts featuring Republican incumbents against each other:

2nd District: Splits Graves County and captures southern McCracken County to place Republican Rep. Steven Rudy of West Paducah against freshman Rep. Richard Heath of Mayfield. That new 2nd District would also get Livingston County.

5th District: Places Republican Rep. Ben Waide’s hometown of Madisonville in Hopkins County in with Caldwell County and Crittenden County, which is the home of freshman Rep. Lynn Bechler.

17th District: Puts Edmonson County with Republican Rep. Michael Meredith in the same district with Butler County, where Rep. C.B. Embry lives and southern Warren County, home of Rep. Jim DeCesare of Rockfield. This is the same move as last year’s map.

89th District: Combines much of Republican Rep. Marie Rader’s district, including her home in Jackson County, with Lee County — home of freshman Rep. Toby Herald of Beattyville.

91st District: Places Boyle County, where Rep. Mike Harmon of Danvillle lives, in with Garrard County, home of freshman Rep. Jonathan Shell of Lancaster.

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  • sam pierce wrote on March 06, 2013 06:33 PM :

    What a partisan montrosity! Some of the numbers don’t add up, unless they are messing aroung with not counting some prisoners, which I think deserves a lawsuit. Also, Graves County should file suit. The county only has 37,121 people, short of the 43,394 for the ideal district, and yet it is carved into parts of four house districts. How punitive can Stumbo be, just because Graves County elected a Republican representative last year? Where did Stumbo get the understanding that he could divide two counties more than the minimum? The Republicans need to come up with their own plan that divides only those counties with more than 43,394 people and pairs fewer incumbents. If they also split as few precincts as possible (none would be ideal), then they could go to court and ask for the court to order a plan, saying that the Stumbo Plan is still unconstitutional, and the current plans are also out of whack, and time is of the essence. Meanwhile, the state senate needs to refuse to take up the house plan this session. The state senate should strive for the most constitutional plan possible, and not overreach as Stumbo has obviously done. I’ll have more to say about redistricting in the coming days.

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