These two stories go hand in hand. One involves the court challenge to Kentucky's new redistricting aka gerrymeandering. The other addresses the number of legislators not running for re-election, presumably a result of the gerrymandering for political purposes (sorry, gerrymandering is political).
For what it is worth, when you mess with anothers right to vote and dilute it by the numbers, postpone it for an election cycle, or move it to another area and lose your representative, it is and will be scrutinized. Disenfranchising citizens is wrong, even when its a matter of degrees of disenfranchisement that falls short of the one-man/one-vote or Jim Crow laws.
Here they are:
Judge tosses new boundaries for state legislative districts
A judge has declared Kentucky's newly-drawn legislative districts unconstitutional and has ordered election officials to use previous district lines in this year's state legislative elections.
Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd on Tuesday tossed out boundaries that lawmakers approved and Gov. Steve Beshear signed into law last month. The ruling was a victory for House Republicans and Democratic state Sen. Kathy Stein of Lexington, who challenged the constitutionality of House Bill 1.
Shepherd also extended the filing deadline for legislative candidates to 4 p.m. Friday, which gives legislative leaders time to decide whether to appeal to the Kentucky Supreme Court.
Kentucky legislators won't return next year
They are expected to increase their advantage after redistricting. Among the contested Senate races, one is Jefferson County's 37th District, which Clark now represents. But he can't seek re-election because he no longer lives in the district.