Thursday, May 30, 2013

Even minority lawmakers want to avoid having federal judges handle legislative redistricting

House Republicans who would take a shellacking under a redistricting plan proposed by Democrats still insist they don't want federal judges to redraw legislative boundaries in Kentucky.
The Democratic majority in the House has a redistricting proposal ready that could force 11 House Republicans to run against each other next year. And Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear has said he plans to call lawmakers to Frankfort for a special legislative session later this year to deal with the issue.

State Rep. Ben Waide of Madisonville is one of the Republicans who would be forced to run against a GOP colleague to keep his seat under the House Democrats' proposal. Yet Waide is among GOP lawmakers who say the Legislature shouldn't relinquish its duty to redraw political boundaries to the court system.