The Chatter: H-L reports more Democrats added to special election district; plus Paul mum on NSA leaker

06/11/2013 10:07 AM

A change to the 56th state House district, first reported by Jack Brammer of the Herald-Leader , has the state Republican Party upset that more Democratic voters were added to the district before a special election later this month.

Registered voters living at 2070 Garden Springs Drive, site of Turfland Apartments, were notified through a letter from Fayette County Clerk Don Blevins that they were “were inadvertently assigned” to the Pershing voting precinct when they actually are in the Garden Springs precinct, Brammer reported. The Perishing precinct is located in the 75th state House District.

Republican Party of Kentucky chairman Steve Robertson told Brammer that there has been a “lack of transparency in this decision-making process.”

But Blevins, the head of the Fayette County Board of Elections, said he was just correcting an error in the precinct boundaries that has been in the books incorrectly for years. Of the 114 registered voters being moved into the 56th District, 67 are Democrats, 29 are Republicans and 18 are independents.

That special election to replace Rep. Carl Rollins, D-Midway, will take place on June 25th.

Paul “reserving judgement” on NSA leaker

Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said Tuesday that he is “reserving judgement” on the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked information regarding some of the agency’s telephone and Internet-tracking programs.

“I think it’s a complicated issue,” Paul said on “CBS This Morning.” “I think when people choose civil disobedience, they’re at their wit’s end and think there’s no other choice. We’ve had civil disobedience in our history, sometimes they turn out that we laud them and other times we say they went too far…I’m reserving judgment on Mr. Snowden, but I think he felt like something like this was so wrong — millions of phone records being looked at.”

Paul’s comments differ from others in his party, including Speaker of the House John Boehner who called Snowden a “traitor”. Paul’s father, former Texas Congressman Ron Paul, said “we should be thankful” on his website Monday.


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