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If you live in Kentucky, speak up now or forever hold your peace.

Republicans are removing a democratically-elected official from her Senate seat NOW through their redistricting map.

The Republican-controlled House, with the help of Democrats (!!!WTH??), have passed the Senate redistricting bill that disenfranchises Lexington in the state Senate for the next two years (Kentucky's 2nd largest city) and (effectively) kicks Senator Kathy Stein out of office.

This gerrymandered redistricting bill destroys two of Kentucky's best Democrats, Kathy Stein and Walter Blevins. It's a shock to see what has been done to them.

Not only was Lexington's Senator stolen from her constituents, but Blevins' district was completely destroyed as was the former District 4 belonging to Dorsey Ripley. The District 4 territory of Henderson County was mushed into one single District 6 now, then the Republicans decided to throw the cut-out District 4 all the way over to land on Lexington, KY. Dorsey Ripley will never retain the Lexington seat since he isn't from here. That's just how it cuts in Kentucky.

This gerrymandered map should never have passed muster with the Democrats. We lose three very good Democratic members and their seats.

The bill is headed to Governor Steve Beshear for his signature... or he can send this nasty unconstitutional bill back for repair.

The number for Beshear's office is 502-564-2611.

It looks like the Republicans are stealing my Senator from my city of Lexington and sending her packing to the Northern Kentucky suburbs of Cinci-tucky northeastern rural region of Kentucky along the Ohio River far away from Lexington. She doesn't live there, they didn't vote for her and she's a HELLUVA Senator. Progressive to the bone.

In her place, these Republican cowards have put an official from the far western corner of the state in charge of Kentucky's 2nd largest city. He lives 4 hours away from Lexington. His district is remote, conservative and rural.  

Lexington can NOT put up with this and we will not give up Kathy Stein without a hellacious fight.

From Barefoot and Progressive:

David Williams and Damon Thayer have physically removed Kathy Stein’s 13th District seat, sending her to northeastern Kentucky to represent people she does not know.

In turn, Williams and Thayer are sending a Senator from Henderson – THREE AND A HALF HOURS FROM LEXINGTON — to represent 90,000 people in Fayette County who’ve never voted for or heard of their new “elected” official.

The Herald-Leader Editorial Board says:

   Just when we thought the redistricting process couldn’t get any more ridiculous or offensive, the Senate ups and outdoes the House with a plan that would leave the heart of Kentucky’s second-largest city without an elected senator for two years.

    Yep, it’s the revenge of Senate President David Williams, who was rejected 3-1 by Lexington voters in his failed bid for governor last year and is now paying them back.

    The Republican-controlled Senate State and Local Government Committee has approved a redistricting plan that would move Democratic Sen. Kathy Stein’s District 13, which now includes the University of Kentucky and environs, to Mason and Lewis counties in northeastern Kentucky.

    The Lexington district would become Senate District 4, which is now located in western Kentucky, and for the next two years would be represented by Sen. Dorsey Ridley, a Democrat from Henderson.

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Not much more to say... I have to get back to work.

Wanted to get this news out there.

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[UPDATE I:       MAPS for clarification.]

Kathy Stein's old District 13 was in the heart of Lexington. Snapshot relative to the location of Stein's old District 13 within the state.

Closeup of the old District 13 includes most of the core of Lexington including the university.

Now, the newly drawn Republican gerrymander has thrown Kathy Stein and District 13 far out into the remote rural region along the Ohio River.

And, having removed District 13 from its urban core, the Republicans have drawn a new State Senate District map with the newly minted "District 4" (which formerly was four hours away).

If you look closely, you can see a #4 in the middle of the state (lightish teal color). That is the newly drawn district for Lexington with its newly-appointed non-resident State Senator Dorsey Ridley. To the right and up toward the NE is the newly drawn District 13 where the Republicans threw Lexington's Senator Kathy Stein.

That new District 4 representing the city of Lexington now has Dorsey Ridley as its Senator. Dorsey Ridley hails from Henderson County in the remote western rural region of Kentucky where the Ohio River soon meets the Mississippi.

[UPDATE II:       Integrated maps so readers can quickly see these changes]

Bluegrass Politics maps

Lexington is outraged about this crass gerrymandering and spiteful payback by the Republicans.

[UPDATE III:       Beshear signed, sealed, delivered the egregious gerrymander to the Republicans. ]

Maybe Jesus on his dinosaur hand-delivered it? With a wink.

Oh, and Beshear's taxpayer boondoggle Noah's Ark Creationist Theme Park is sinking. Like a rock. Who could have predicted that?

As Paulo Coelho said, You drown not by falling into a river, but by staying in it.

Originally posted to bronte17 on Thu Jan 19, 2012 at 09:51 AM PST.

Also republished by My Old Kentucky Kos.

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  •  bronte - aren't all politician who lose (1+ / 0-)
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    FG

    their seats to redistricting "democratically elected"?

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Thu Jan 19, 2012 at 10:02:42 AM PST

    •  Nice try to sideswipe, but I guess you didn't read (12+ / 0-)

      the information. Or perhaps I didn't fully explain this?

      This isn't some little gerrymander of one side of town sliding over to the other side of town. This is a creeping reach of hundreds of miles. Something along the lines of the Craddock shenanigans down in Texas.

      Kentucky basically has two main large cities, Louisville and Lexington.

      Lexington is the home base for the state's flagship university, the University of Kentucky (UK). This map has just driven straight into downtown Lexington and cut the heart out of its progressive, open-minded Democratic core and put Lexingtonians on a drip line for representation from hundreds of miles away.

      As a replacement, we get someone from a remote far-reaching corner of the state where the hog farms are prolific.

      I don't doubt that the Democratic member down there is a very nice person, but he's 4 hours away and his life is an entirely different universe than the one in Lexington.

      He has no clue what Lexington needs, he's too far away to deal with a major urban city and its constituency.


      One may live without bread, but not without roses.
      ~Jean Richepin
      Bread & Roses

      by bronte17 on Thu Jan 19, 2012 at 10:14:36 AM PST

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  •  Thanks for the heads up! (3+ / 0-)
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    get the red out, ivorybill, bronte17

    Kentucky politics never gets a whole lot of national attention unfortunately. I wish we did, some of the crap we see and hear might stop... Sharing this!

  •  I'm Confused (1+ / 0-)
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    kicks Senator Kathy Stein out of office.

    vs.

    It looks like the Republicans are stealing my Senator from my city of Lexington and sending her packing to the Northern Kentucky suburbs of Cinci-tucky.

    Still "elected"?  Will continue to serve? Will somehow not represent Lexington issues anymore?

    Lexington still has a Dem Senator?

    The Lexington district would become Senate District 4, which is now located in western Kentucky, and for the next two years would be represented by Sen. Dorsey Ridley, a Democrat from Henderson.

    Redistricting happens, with the party in power drawing the lines.  Still have Dem representation in Lexington,  it could be worse?

    Listen, strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.

    by EdMass on Thu Jan 19, 2012 at 10:53:06 AM PST

    •  EdMass, a member of this site suggested "You can (0+ / 0-)

      come home".  It could not be worse.  I'm never coming home to a state that elected Rand Paul.  (Aside: I don't really have a home state.  I've never felt the need.)

      In protest of the attack on minions like myself who express themselves through song:  I buy music CD's.  

    •  Kicked her out of her city and away from Lexington (0+ / 0-)

      and put her up in Northern Kentucky... red RED conservative-worshiping Northern Kentucky... where she does not live.

      And in her place they give us someone FOUR HOURS away who represents a very remote and rural constituency.

      Lexington is a vibrant city full of creativity. The downturn in the economy hasn't hit as hard here as it has in other cities. That vibrancy comes from a progressive core in this city. If you kill that core, then you kill the vibrancy. Under a conservative rule, the growth and creativity will wither and die.

      The UK Hospital has a decade of work toward establishing itself as a Top 20 hospital. When you bring in science-hating conservatives and their ham-fisted management style, you kill a city and its heartbeat.

      Furthermore, I'm going to play the minority card here and flat out say that Kathy Stein is a breath of fresh air for women in this state. Kentucky women have very few public leadership models. Kathy Stein has worked hard to be one of those great models and more.

      Make no mistake, this will have ramifications further than just Kathy Stein. It will undercut Ben Chandler and put Andy Barr in that Democratic seat.
       


      One may live without bread, but not without roses.
      ~Jean Richepin
      Bread & Roses

      by bronte17 on Thu Jan 19, 2012 at 11:18:36 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  You obviously are passionate (0+ / 0-)

        about this development, and I appreciate that.  Perhaps, though, having Lexington in his district may encourage and benefit Dorsey Ridley (and perhaps you?) to become an even better Senator.  

        Why the obsession with 4 hours?   This is not uncommon nor unworkable as witnessed in States larger than KY.  

        Peace

        Listen, strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.

        by EdMass on Thu Jan 19, 2012 at 11:32:36 AM PST

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        •  It is not acceptable that an urban city has lost (0+ / 0-)

          a progressive voice from a Jewish woman who has represented this city and its constituency with hard work and incredible results.

          It is not acceptable that Republicans threw one of the very few women that Kentucky has in its leadership into a remote rural region because of their hateful spiteful revenge.

          Lexington needs Kathy Stein. Lexington has thrived because of Kathy Stein's leadership and her dedication to this community.

          You cannot provide not one single legitimate nor logical reason for throwing remote Henderson County Dorsey Ridley into the Senate seat representing Lexington, KY.


          One may live without bread, but not without roses.
          ~Jean Richepin
          Bread & Roses

          by bronte17 on Thu Jan 19, 2012 at 12:53:55 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

  •  Who will speak out for Kathy Stein ? (2+ / 0-)

    First they came for the communists,
    and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.

    Then they came for the trade unionists,
    and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews,
    and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.

    Then they came for the Catholics,
    and I didn't speak out because I was Protestant.

    Then they came for me
    and there was no one left to speak out for me."

    pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)

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    by vet on Thu Jan 19, 2012 at 10:53:49 AM PST

  •  Insane! (3+ / 0-)
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    skyounkin, ekyprogressive, bronte17

    Thanks for the heads up, here I am in Lexington having no idea this was going on.

  •  This is what always happens in redistricting. (0+ / 0-)

    I'm sure Republicans could write similar diaries about IL.

    •  No, it is NOT what "always happens" (2+ / 0-)
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      ekyprogressive, vet

      and it is NOT acceptable.

      The Republicans have gerrymandered a long time resident and representative of Lexington ... one of the very few females that Kentucky has in office away from her seat.

      They have drawn a finger into the heart of Kentucky's 2nd largest city (and one of the few Democratic core bases) and shoved an unknown rural congressional member into this URBAN seat and he lives FOUR HOURS AWAY from this city.

      It is an outrage.


      One may live without bread, but not without roses.
      ~Jean Richepin
      Bread & Roses

      by bronte17 on Thu Jan 19, 2012 at 11:23:17 AM PST

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      •  It's pretty egregious gerrymandering but not (1+ / 0-)
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        much worse than many other districts in other states. I'm surprised though that Dems didn't object as they control the governorship and state house.

        •  There was an agreement between the chambers (1+ / 0-)
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          to allow each one to redistrict itself without interference from the other.  I assume it was because with a split legislature, that was the only way things would get done.

          One should no more deplore homosexuality than left-handedness. ~Towards a Quaker View of Sex, 1964 (Proud left-handed queer here!) SSP: wmlawman

          by AUBoy2007 on Thu Jan 19, 2012 at 12:10:34 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  oh... someone somewhere in the Democratic (0+ / 0-)

            leadership told me earlier today that we "don't need gridlock."

            And my reply was "like hell we don't. Gridlock is not always a bad thing." Okay, I didn't curse, but said the same thing.

            The shoulder shrugs from the D leadership said that there was always the court system. But, you know, if the Democratic leadership doesn't want to turn over congressional map drawing to an independent committee, then why would they want to turn over their legislative power to the courts?

            So, no, I'm not shrugging this off. The Herald-Leader says Beshear will  most likely sign it. So, we need to push some buttons.

            Beshear has enough political capital that he can send this ugly gerrymander back and tell them to work on it.


            One may live without bread, but not without roses.
            ~Jean Richepin
            Bread & Roses

            by bronte17 on Thu Jan 19, 2012 at 01:00:18 PM PST

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        •  Here's the map... and it IS indeed an egregious (0+ / 0-)

          horrible manipulation.

          Here is Stein's old district map and closeup of Senate District 13.

          Map of newly drawn Kentucky state senate districts.

          Kathy Stein is still in District 13, BUT that seat no longer is in the urban Lexington downtown area, but is now a remote rural area along the Ohio River.

          My bad, but it is NOT the suburban area of Northern Kentucky Cincinnati as I previously said. It is Maysville region... remote and rural.

          Meanwhile, I and my fellow Lexingtonians now have someone from Henderson County representing us.

          Not even a finger snaking through the landscape. Just a flat out power grab.

          The Republicans have effective muted Lexington's progressive voice and replaced it with the money play of the exurbs who couldn't care less if they kill the vibrancy of the city core.


          One may live without bread, but not without roses.
          ~Jean Richepin
          Bread & Roses

          by bronte17 on Thu Jan 19, 2012 at 12:27:18 PM PST

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  •  I'm not seeing the panic here. (0+ / 0-)

    How is Senator Stein's district "moved" several hundred miles? Yes, redistricting can move the district NUMBERS around...  but Stein was elected by people in Lexington, and lives in Lexington, and come 2014, she can run for State Senate in Lexington. Screwing around the district numbers is an obnoxious move, but why does it matter?

    •  Why does it matter? (2+ / 0-)
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      ekyprogressive, vet

      First of all, Lexington is the 2nd largest city in Kentucky. It has a progressive hub at its core and that gives this city the ummph that it takes to thrive. And grow. And prosper.

      And lead.  

      And that progressive hub provides support for the outlying remote farms and more rural agronomy.  Whether they see it or not.

      Kathy Stein has worked for Lexington and our better natures for decades. She knows what Lexington needs and she has the developed networks to make good things come to life for this city.

      The dude four hours away down in that rural region has no clue. Zero. No connections, no network, no community, no idea.

      This isn't just a blow against Democrats. It's a blow against this city and its future and its vibrancy.


      One may live without bread, but not without roses.
      ~Jean Richepin
      Bread & Roses

      by bronte17 on Thu Jan 19, 2012 at 11:39:59 AM PST

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    •  It was actually moved. (2+ / 0-)
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      N in Seattle, bronte17

      In Ky, you have to live in a district to be able to serve in it.  Stein is now the state senator in District 13.  Under this new plan, District 13 becomes District 4, which already has a democratic senator.  District 13 has been moved about an hour east of Lexington and she does not live there.  
           To complicate things even more, Stein's term is up this year and she would normally run for reelection. However, odd numbered districts run this year and even numbered districts do not run until 2014.  That means two choices for Stein--move to the new District 13 and run this year, or wait until 2014 to run in the new District 4.
             Stein is the most progressive senator we have and the Republicans hate her.  She is also a friend, and a great person.

      I do have to correct one part of the above diary. Kentucky's house is controlled by the democrats, while Kentucky's senate is controlled by the Republicans.

      "This isn't for the ones who would gladly swallow everything their leaders would have them know". Mary Chapin Carpenter

      by malenda on Thu Jan 19, 2012 at 01:21:36 PM PST

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      •  finally, a rational explanation (0+ / 0-)

        In the diarist's breathless screed, we hear nothing about the district-residence requirement (WA has that too, and I bet many other states do as well).  Nor do we learn the odd/even arrangement for Senate elections (WA also elects half its Senators in each election, but I've never figured out how the division was created ... it's definitely not odd/even).

        WA differs from KY in that the Senate and House districts are one and the same (the states also differ in innumerable other ways).  Each LD (Legislative District) chooses two Representatives in each biennium's election, and one Senator in every other election.  

        In our recent redistricting, all 49 LDs remained in their established regions of the state, but a few legislators did have their districts pulled out from under them.  It would seem, though, that WA sensibly allows lame ducks to stay in office -- in this news article, we learn that one such Senator won't run for election in her new LD in 2012.  But we also learn that she'll represent the district she no longer lives in until the end of 2012.

        I don't know whether staying in office would have been permitted for a Senator elected in 2010 rather than 2008; in such a case, the non-residence would last for nearly three years.  I'm going to look to see whether anything like that occurred, but I bet the answer is "no".

        grok the "edku" -- edscan's "revelation", 21 January 2009

        by N in Seattle on Thu Jan 19, 2012 at 02:31:41 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  This was written as an action piece earlier today (1+ / 0-)
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          N in Seattle

          when I was suppose to be working instead of logging onto DailyKos.

          The intention was bring attention to readers here of this egregious manipulation by Republicans so as to elicit phone calls to the Governor while there was still time to possibly voice outrage and alter the course of this bill.

          If it is "breathless" that is because of the urgency of this matter.

          This wasn't a diary composed over many days where I had the luxury of time to pull research and maps up.

          And I have not erased what was originally written in haste. But, I have made some corrections in the interim.

          But, thanks for your critique there.


          One may live without bread, but not without roses.
          ~Jean Richepin
          Bread & Roses

          by bronte17 on Thu Jan 19, 2012 at 02:52:28 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  I may have been overly harsh... (1+ / 0-)
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            bronte17

            ...in my comment, for which I apologize.

            Many years ago, I lived in Louisville.  No idea who were my state Rep and Senator.  And I have no recollection whatsoever of the redistricting in 1980.

            grok the "edku" -- edscan's "revelation", 21 January 2009

            by N in Seattle on Thu Jan 19, 2012 at 08:56:03 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

            •  I was working on finance this morning without (0+ / 0-)

              an inkling that this shit was coming down.

              Logged onto Barefoot and Progressive to grab a quick bite of news and was literally kicked in the stomach when I read this crap coming down.

              Kathy Stein is... she just is an important component of this community. She makes it better. You have no clue what it would be like without her and folks like her who make this community what it is.

              My only care with this diary was to get reaction. To get immediate calls to the Governor to put an end to this outrageous spiteful disaster of a bill and send it back for further work.

              Not every diary written here is one of journalistic integrity. Nor one of educating the public.

              That I even bothered to try to put some filler in the bottom section of the diary is a testament to my dedication to halfway meet a few needs of readers and sheer force of habit from being here so long.

              I'm not a copy editor nor graphic designer nor professional photographer. Nor a journalist. I'm just a frazzled citizen trying to hold lots of people together and hold onto our collective sanity as a nation.

              Anyway, you did bring out some salient points in your comment. But, this diary and its intended audience was not the sphere for digging into Kentucky rules and bylaws.

              Today required immediate action and I tried to step up to help make that call. Tomorrow may well bring the Governor's decision.


              One may live without bread, but not without roses.
              ~Jean Richepin
              Bread & Roses

              by bronte17 on Thu Jan 19, 2012 at 09:18:36 PM PST

              [ Parent ]

            •  Well, supposedly this map just did a job on Lville (0+ / 0-)

              too. A couple of the districts.

              I haven't kept up with all of it. It's still being analyzed.

              The decision was actually just finalized earlier today. So all this info has been culled quickly and adjusted as the day rolled on.


              One may live without bread, but not without roses.
              ~Jean Richepin
              Bread & Roses

              by bronte17 on Thu Jan 19, 2012 at 09:22:44 PM PST

              [ Parent ]

      •  The seat was moved and not killed off, but that (0+ / 0-)

        move has tremendous dissonance surrounding it.

        Pulling up District 13 from an urban core of Kentucky's 2nd largest city and throwing up far away along the NE Ohio River region is not simply "redrawing boundaries."

        Then to replace that uprooted urban District 13 with this remote agricultural region District 4 that lies four hours away along the other side of the state near the Mississippi... this is an outright attack on the city of Lexington and our right to the representation of our choosing.

        There is no pretending this is the normal way of conducting business. It is horrendous what the Republicans have done.

        It shouldn't be left to the courts to have the common sense and decency in this state.


        One may live without bread, but not without roses.
        ~Jean Richepin
        Bread & Roses

        by bronte17 on Thu Jan 19, 2012 at 02:46:56 PM PST

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  •  I will lose mine as well (1+ / 0-)
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    bronte17

    Perry Clark is being edged out as well and he's a big supporter of labor but I'm tired of calling. I want to see the citizens of Kentucky follow the lead of our brothers and sisters in Wisconsin and fill the state capital with irate citizens. Republicans like Williams and McConnell can ignore your phone calls but they can't ignore you when you in their face.
    We need an end to GOP treachery!

    Demetri Martin; "Every fight is a food fight when you're a cannibal."

    by Acebass on Thu Jan 19, 2012 at 11:12:03 AM PST

  •  Giving the waning power of political parties, (0+ / 0-)

    I'm not sure how much longer this is going to be significant.
    If we have government BY the people, we don't need parties, especially since the candidates they put up are equally incompetent.  
    Political parties, btw, are private corporations.  Instead of selling corn flakes or aspirin, they sell politicians who may or may not be a good buy.  The label may be misleading or deceptive.

    What good did it do West Virginia to be ruled by Robert Byrd all those decades?

    Ruling on behalf of rich people and ruling on behalf of poor people is still ruling, instead of serving.

    People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

    by hannah on Thu Jan 19, 2012 at 11:15:26 AM PST

    •  Actually, Senator Byrd brought much needed (1+ / 0-)
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      highway dollars to West Virginia. And opened up the state to progress.

      King Coal will not always rule and Byrd knows the worm turns... albeit slowly.

      The eastern region of West Virginia is actually developing quite a lot. It's not all poverty-stricken hollers and coal miners.


      One may live without bread, but not without roses.
      ~Jean Richepin
      Bread & Roses

      by bronte17 on Thu Jan 19, 2012 at 01:04:51 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  This is a Progressive purge (1+ / 0-)
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    vet

    and the right wing phony Kentucky Democrats in Kentucky's House and Senate are more than happy about this. Sure we can blame all of this on Republicans, that is the easy way out, but I believe it is time to start holding Democrats accountable. I've had a snoot full of phony Kentucky Democrats.

    Mark Twain: "When the end of the world comes, I want to be in Kentucky because it's always twenty years behind the times." ...

    by Rural Progressive on Thu Jan 19, 2012 at 11:21:47 AM PST

  •  i'm at a loss (2+ / 0-)
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    i am completely stunned by this move. i am not sure what the bonehead dems in frankfort are thinking. and i certainly do not know why beshear would agree with this. why weren't the voters given a chance to voice their opinion? and where is the outcry from kathy stein and her constituents?

    •  Well, I am a constituent and I am outraged (0+ / 0-)

      and voicing it. Hard and fast.

      Furthermore, there were a handful of Lexington Democrats who handed this trophy to the Republicans. Not sure why.

      Palumbo, Damron, Crenshaw and Overly were the sad sacks who crossed the line.


      One may live without bread, but not without roses.
      ~Jean Richepin
      Bread & Roses

      by bronte17 on Thu Jan 19, 2012 at 01:08:20 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  I don't get it. (0+ / 0-)

    Couldn't she just run in the 4th next time it is up?  Continue to represent the city and run there?

    One should no more deplore homosexuality than left-handedness. ~Towards a Quaker View of Sex, 1964 (Proud left-handed queer here!) SSP: wmlawman

    by AUBoy2007 on Thu Jan 19, 2012 at 12:46:02 PM PST

    •  This was done to break the Democratic district (0+ / 0-)

      It was done to help Andy Barr beat Ben Chandler this fall.

      And as payback in a spiteful fit of hate that Republicans are so good at exhibiting.

      And I have two years of having a rural Senator who lives 4 hours away in a remote region who knows jack about my district. And cares even less.  

      And who has no strings to pull for Chandler.

      And Kathy doesn't live up there in that remote new District 13 region. She is a core component of the city of Lexington and we need her.


      One may live without bread, but not without roses.
      ~Jean Richepin
      Bread & Roses

      by bronte17 on Thu Jan 19, 2012 at 01:12:32 PM PST

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    •  This is a little complex. And yes, she could run (0+ / 0-)

      in the "newly drawn" or should I say "newly moved" 4th District, but that is 2 years down the road.

      Meanwhile, we elected Kathy Stein here in the city of Lexington and we expect to have that representation that we voted for.

      We know Kathy Stein and her work, we respect Kathy Stein and appreciate her dedication to us and this city. We expect to keep Kathy Stein as our Senator until such time as a new election should possibly remove her.

      Furthermore, this gerrymander completely destroyed two Democratic districts (Walter Blevins' 27th and Dorsey Ripley's old 4th). And they are further trying to destroy Kathy Stein's district by throwing a stranger into it who will never hold it.

      And I imagine they also see the possibilities of throwing Ben Chandler out of his U.S. House seat as they weaken the (barely) Democratic fortress of Lexington.


      One may live without bread, but not without roses.
      ~Jean Richepin
      Bread & Roses

      by bronte17 on Thu Jan 19, 2012 at 05:12:21 PM PST

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