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  •  A few things I note (2+ / 0-)
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    is that Rep. Lynn Bechler (R-Marion) takes a big finger into Hopkinsville. Rep. Ben Waide (R-Madisonville) is again paired with Rep. Myron Dossett (R-Pembroke). Waide may run for that State Senate. Looks like no new open seat in Bowling Green. Rep. Ryan Quarles (R-Georgetown) sees Scott County really chopped up. Dems seem to be looking at Rep. Hubert Collins leaving at some point- heavily GOP Johnson and Martin Counties are in different districts now. Rep. Rick Rand (D-Bedford), Rep. Terry Mills (D-Lebanon) and Rep. Brian Linder (R-Dry Ridge) appear to be big winners.

    "So there's a time for silence, and there's a time for waiting your turn. But if you know how you feel, and you so clearly know what you need to say, you'll know it. I don't think you should wait. I think you should speak now." -Taylor Swift

    by SouthernINDem on Fri Aug 16, 2013 at 10:05:17 AM PDT

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    •  It's kind of proactive (0+ / 0-)

      Hubert Collins has been there since '91 and so it's reasonable to assume he may likely retire this decade.  So why not dilute his counties.  Since there's legal time, they can play musical chairs and move to neighboring seats.

      "You are not machines! You are not cattle! You are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts. You don't hate! Only the unloved hate — the unloved and the unnatural!" -Charlie Chaplin

      by KingofSpades on Fri Aug 16, 2013 at 10:14:29 AM PDT

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    •  So top Dem targets seem to be (0+ / 0-)

      HD-50, HD-4, HD-6(?, for it seems that it has some Dem precincts in southern Christian County now), HD-96 (What's that county that York swapped for Lewis?).  What else?

      Also, James Kay is a winner as his share of Fayette County is now more Dem (why else explain that thin arm that explodes into two branches).  Did Dems make Quarles' district more Dem?  By a cursory look, do you like this map?  They toned it down somewhat like the GOP did to their Senate map, but still good.

      "You are not machines! You are not cattle! You are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts. You don't hate! Only the unloved hate — the unloved and the unnatural!" -Charlie Chaplin

      by KingofSpades on Fri Aug 16, 2013 at 10:18:42 AM PDT

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      •  IIRC, the GOP incumbent retired under the 2012 map (0+ / 0-)

        in HD-50 but unretired when the maps were thrown out.  A Nelson-only HD is definitely Dem-leaning.

        "You are not machines! You are not cattle! You are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts. You don't hate! Only the unloved hate — the unloved and the unnatural!" -Charlie Chaplin

        by KingofSpades on Fri Aug 16, 2013 at 10:25:00 AM PDT

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        •  That was the only reason David Floyd was (0+ / 0-)

          challenged in that district. It is unlikely Dick Heaton runs in 2014. Floyd has a lot of popularity there.

          "So there's a time for silence, and there's a time for waiting your turn. But if you know how you feel, and you so clearly know what you need to say, you'll know it. I don't think you should wait. I think you should speak now." -Taylor Swift

          by SouthernINDem on Fri Aug 16, 2013 at 10:31:57 AM PDT

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          •  Heaton still got 46.6% in a redder district (1+ / 0-)
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            Now with just Nelson County, it should be an easier get and with a non-Presidential year turnout: http://ballotpedia.org/...

            "You are not machines! You are not cattle! You are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts. You don't hate! Only the unloved hate — the unloved and the unnatural!" -Charlie Chaplin

            by KingofSpades on Fri Aug 16, 2013 at 10:34:29 AM PDT

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            •  Still not likely for him to run again. (1+ / 0-)
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              Floyd is still hard to beat.

              "So there's a time for silence, and there's a time for waiting your turn. But if you know how you feel, and you so clearly know what you need to say, you'll know it. I don't think you should wait. I think you should speak now." -Taylor Swift

              by SouthernINDem on Fri Aug 16, 2013 at 10:41:34 AM PDT

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              •  As you said, recruitment matters a lot. (0+ / 0-)

                And with a big candidate for US Senate, Stumbo said recruitment is getting easier.

                Would you say they added a good number Dems to Bechler and to the Calloway-based district?

                "You are not machines! You are not cattle! You are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts. You don't hate! Only the unloved hate — the unloved and the unnatural!" -Charlie Chaplin

                by KingofSpades on Fri Aug 16, 2013 at 10:43:37 AM PDT

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