Feb. 22, 2013 —
But Hoover said he can’t see the Republican Senate passing the House plan just on the assurance by Stumbo that the House will pass the ultimate Senate plan. While that has been the “gentleman’s agreement” in the past, that agreement was contingent upon passing each plan at the same time.
Because no statewide map has been made public, it’s difficult to judge what might occur in other parts of the state. But Republican Rep. Jim DeCesare of Bowling Green and Rep. C.B. Embry of Morgantown said they won’t be surprised if Democrats try to pair them up again.
That’s what happened last year with the plan ultimately rejected by the courts. But neither Republican had been shown a map which indicated where they’ll be placed.
Rep. Johnny Bell, D-Glasgow, said he believes his district in Barren County will likely be unchanged in any substantial way.
Hoover said because of population growth in Republican areas like northern Kentucky and central Kentucky, he believes it will be next to impossible to draw a statewide map without at least one likely Republican pick-up district.