Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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February 20, 2013

Redistricting talk begins again

House plan could put York, Adkins in same district

(Continued)

FRANKFORT —

Stumbo said that map had been delivered to Caucus Chair Sannie Overly so that the eastern Kentucky districts could be merged to fit with districts in central Kentucky.

“As far as I know the only piece left is central Kentucky,” Stumbo said. He said the western Kentucky and Louisville regions were largely set.

Adkins loses a couple of precincts in Boyd County, Stumbo said, but he retains most of his current Boyd County precincts. He said the plan splits the minimum number of counties (26) that passes court muster.

He also said Ashland Representative Kevin Sinnette’s district is largely intact under the new map. Apparently one of the rejected maps would have merged part of Sinnette’s district in Ashland with Carter County.

But Adkins later said he isn’t sure the mountain districts are finally set.

Adkins said he wished to meet with Stumbo and there might remain “some massaging” of the eastern Kentucky districts.

“We’re still looking, I think,” Adkins said. “I’m sitting back down with the Speaker to have some final conversations to say is this the final plan. Until we do that, I’d like to reserve my comments.”

Adkins said he will likely lose precincts and voters in Boyd County he has represented for 26 years, and that, Adkins said, is hard to do.

“Everyone says redistricting is political – and it is,” Adkins said. “But it’s personal, too.”

Republican Minority Leader Jeff Hoover of Jamestown said Republicans still haven’t seen a map, although he’d heard rumors York and Adkins would be placed in the same district and that Herald and Stacy might also be placed in one district.

Stumbo wants the House to pass a plan which meets the courts’ guidelines in case there’s another court challenge. He said if the legislature has approved a House plan which complies with those guidelines the court is less likely to draw a House map of its own if there is another challenge.

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