Almost as bad as the Peppy Martin fiasco in ‘99. One wonders if the GOP will screw it up again with the open seat in ‘15. First thing is to finally take the majority in the House next year and kick the thug Stumpy to the curb. KY Dems power is built on a quicksand of patronage & gerrymandering and should fall like a house of cards once the GOP gets full control of the leg. Same thing happened here across the line in TN. Dems died in just a few cycles after losing the legislature.
Yes, hence why they are drawing so many of the new districts to include as many incumbent Republicans against each other as possible, including one with 3 in the same district. They can't draw them anymore geographically, save the urban areas, where a Democrat is guaranteed to win, so they try to get rid of the incumbents this way instead - in particular they are targeting the newer, younger GOP members.
Oh...and Peppy Martin apparently switched parties back in 2007 to become a Democrat.