WAVE 3 Editorial, January 24, 2012: Redistricting

By Ken Selvaggi
WAVE 3 Vice President and General Manager

Governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed – according to our Declaration of Independence.

Seems like Kentucky legislators don't get that notion. They abuse their powers and expect us to deal with it. It is time we push back.

Every 10 years state house and senate and federal congressional electoral districts are redrawn if necessary following census population reports.

Our elected officials are responsible for getting it done.

Last week they redrew the 100 House and 38 Senate districts in Kentucky in typical partisan fashion.

House lawmakers even ignored the constitution of the Commonwealth by splitting some counties in different districts.

The congressional districts are still being battled over and candidate deadlines for filing to run for those offices is next Tuesday.

Court cases will likely result for both plans.

Since our legislators don't understand who empowers them we should demand they lose the right to treat us as pawns in their power broking games in the future.

Two sensible legislators proposed legislation that would have an independent commission appointed by the Kentucky Supreme Court handle redrawing districts next time.

It is worth supporting.

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