News and notes, May 1

Here’s a few news and notes that caught my attention from around the state in the last few days.

- Governor Steve Beshear has indicated that a special session on redistricting could happen this year. The Lexington Herald-Leader reported in its Bluegrass Politics blog that Beshear said he would like to deal with this issue before the next regular session of the General Assembly in January of 2014.

Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo has indicated the Kentucky House is ready to move on this matter. Senate President Greg Stivers indicated the Kentucky Senate would do its duty if called upon by the governor to do so.

Here’s the link: http://goo.gl/chjmJ

- Maybe this is a coincidence, but a dozen northern Kentucky residents have filed a lawsuit against Beshear and other state leaders to push for redistricting sooner rather than later.

The Kentucky Enquirer has more on the story here: http://nky.cincinnati.com/article/AB/20130501/NEWS010802/305010069/Pressure-builds-Ky-move-redistricting

- Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is looking for public input on early voting in Kentucky. When I lived in Iowa, several citizens took advantage of this opportunity as a more convenient option.

Personally, I think this would be a step in the right direction. (I also think the United States would do well to move to voting on the weekend rather than on a Tuesday, but that’s a separate discussion.)

Grimes will be hosting four meetings around the state to get public input about early voting. The closest one to us will be held Wednesday, May 29, in Jefferson County. I didn’t see any details on the time or location in the announcement.

Here’s is the link if you are interested: http://goo.gl/nDvb8

- Back the Herald-Leader, Grimes is also weighing a possible challenge to Kentucky’s senior U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell. See here: http://goo.gl/8CYQW

- And McConnell, or at least some of his supporters are already gearing up his 2014 re-election campaign. See here: http://goo.gl/CAljc

- The Legislative Ethics Commission has reported that $6.2 million was spent on lobbying during the 2013 regular session of the General Assembly. More here: http://goo.gl/Nva8q