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Lawrence to the 1st under congressional redistricting proposal

State Rep. Anthony Brown's redistricting plan puts Douglas County in the massive 1st Congressional District.

State Rep. Anthony Brown's redistricting plan puts Douglas County in the massive 1st Congressional District.

February 16, 2012


— All of Douglas County would be in the 1st U.S. House District under a congressional redistricting plan filed by Rep. Anthony Brown, R-Eudora.

The proposal, dubbed the “I-70 District” would go from Lawrence to the Kansas-Colorado border.

House Democratic Leader Paul Davis of Lawrence said he opposed such a map. “I don’t know why Douglas County would fit in the 1st. We need to keep the 1st as a rural agricultural district,” Davis said.

Brown did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment. The plan can be seen here.

State legislators are redrawing district lines to accommodate population shifts over the past 10 years.

Douglas County is currently split, with the western portion in the 2nd District and the eastern portion in the 3rd. A proposal approved by the state Senate would consolidate Douglas County into the 2nd.

But a number of proposed alternatives surfaced in the House on Thursday. Public hearings on those plans will probably start next week.

In most of the draft plans, Douglas County is either entirely in the 2nd or 3rd districts.

The 1st, currently represented by U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, is a vast district that takes in western and central Kansas, but needs to pick up about 58,000 residents to reach an ideal size. A plan by House Speaker Mike O’Neal, R-Hutchinson, would add part of Wyandotte County to the 1st.

Davis has proposed a redistricting plan that would keep Manhattan in the 2nd.

Under the Senate-approved plan, Manhattan would be in the 1st; a proposal that Manhattan officials have opposed. Davis said it makes sense to have the state’s major universities, Kansas University and Kansas State, in the same district.


TinmanKC 2 years, 2 months ago

The I-70 proposal is one of the most ridiculous yet! Clearly Brown and the Republicans are worried.


grammaddy 2 years, 2 months ago

So, Douglas and Wyandotte are in different districts now. Way to dilute the Democratic vote.


sad_lawrencian 2 years, 2 months ago

This is the stupidest district map I've ever seen for this state.


Kirk Larson 2 years, 2 months ago

Lynn Jenkins wants to keep representing Manhattan and the republicans want to dilute the Democratic-ness of Douglas county.


oldvet 2 years, 2 months ago

Woo Hoo! We're Number 1 !!!


Phoenixman 2 years, 2 months ago

I love this plan. It is friggin AWESOME!!

We have much more in common with western Kansas and we can work with them to make all of Kansas a little better. I know, it is tough to get any better with all republicans in every major office but we can start working on the State Senate to get it a little better.

Great plan!!


jessie 2 years, 2 months ago

So, I'm guessing this plan splits Topeka? This is ridiculous. Term limits please!


Jan Rolls 2 years, 2 months ago

If this goes through see you in court.


bd 2 years, 2 months ago

Wow are you guys screwed! LOL!


average 2 years, 2 months ago

One reason it's not entirely impossible (though highly unlikely) is that absolutely nobody in Topeka likes Huelskamp. Even the extreme conservatives. And he isn't proving to be any more successful at the "making friends and influencing people" game in DC. Topeka power-players don't trust Jenkins. But they don't like Huelskamp. If one of them has to represent Lawrence, they'd rather it was Timmy. If one of them was to face a 'moderate Republican' primary challege and lose, they'd rather it was Timmy.

One other thing to look for in redistricting is for a solid shore-up in Republican votes in the 3rd. Yoder is the best youngish empty suit the GOP has to replace Roberts in a few years. Figuring a way to give him JoCo and points south (and not Wyandotte or Lawrence... i.e., the Anthony Brown plan shown) would make sure he doesn't have any real campaigns from here on. And would lower any risk of the 3rd flipping if Yoder did go to the Senate before the next Census.


douglas6280 2 years, 2 months ago

It will all be ok. You will still get to vote and you will have a rep in the House.


Ockhams_Razor 2 years, 2 months ago

Eudora would be better represented by sending a Cabbage Patch doll in Topeka.


JackMcKee 2 years, 2 months ago

Wouldn't it be funny if this backfired and Western Kansas ended up with liberal representatives.


consumer1 2 years, 2 months ago

The people in the western part of the state are cussing this because they will be grouped with a small segment of left wingers.


yourworstnightmare 2 years, 2 months ago

Kansas is different from the east to west in economically and demographically (rural versus agrarian).

Yet, the districts run parallel in this map across the east-west axis.

Clearly gerrymandering to dilute the "eastern" vote with "western" voters. This is a last ditch effort to stem the tide of Kansas demographics away from the rural west and to the urban east.


JackMcKee 2 years, 2 months ago

The Kansas House is a laughingstock.


consumer1 2 years, 2 months ago

Of course none of you liberals have an agenda for wanting to keep it the same.. Ha ha ha!!


WilburM 2 years, 2 months ago

This is nuts. Just nuts. The original Senate map was more than fair -- and also respected county boundaries and communities of interest. These KS House of Rep. maps are political to the extreme, but are only warm-ups for the battles over the state senate maps, which is where the real action is this year.

Amazing how greedy some of these R's are -- they hold every statewide office and all four House seats. This should be easy (the KS House map demonstrated that it could be), but the partisan wrangling for a little more advantage shows how partisan this has become..

GOP would like to see Lawrence divided in fourths, so we'd have no influence. Maybe that map is still to come.


jayhawklawrence 2 years, 2 months ago

I don't think the message from Anthony Brown could be sent any louder or clearer.

The guy is a Lawrence and KU hater.

Anthony Brown is just another in the long line of incompetent people who somehow find their way into the Kansas legislature so that they can annoy and embarrass the rest of us.

I just wonder if the people of Eudora have the same animosity toward Lawrence that this clown seems to have or if they will show us a little bit more respect by removing this guy from office as soon as possible.


John Kyle 2 years, 2 months ago

Republicans sure are scared of Lawrence


Michael LoBurgio 2 years, 2 months ago

The only thing i like about this is, it will be easier to get little timmy [I hate federal money as long as i keep getting some] huelskamp out of office faster.

EWG Farm Subsidy Database Huelskamp Farms Fowler, KS 67844 $ 1,594,867.35


Ken Lassman 2 years, 2 months ago

I'm sure Brown is getting Brown--ie points from the conservative wing by throwing Douglas County onto the grenade of redistricting. Maybe even from Brown-back, too. What's the deal with the color brown, by the way? I think there's some real brown abuse going on, although I think I'll leave it at that!


swan_diver 2 years, 2 months ago

Rep. Brown should be punished severely -- and soon, for this indiscretion.


kochmoney 2 years, 2 months ago

I really hope Eudora fires Brown next time around.


JayhawkFan1985 2 years, 2 months ago

In a previous post, I described how I thought redistricting should be done. The legislature should first adopt a set of rules that would govern the process. I suggest:

  1. Each district created should be as compact as possible.
  2. Each district should contain entire counties to the maximum extent possible.
  3. Each district should comprise a community of interest.

District 1 would thus be Johnson County and Wyandotte County with a small portion of Miami County; perhaps that portion north of K-68. This would be the Kansas City district.

District 2 would thus include Sedgwick County and the fewest number of surrounding counties except for Sumner County. This would be the greater Wichita district.

District 3 would be all the counties in NE Kansas on a line north and west from District 1 to District 2 along I-35 and then N to Nebraska. It would include the balance if Miami county and Lyon County and Riley County. Of course Douglas and Shawnee Counties would be in there too. This would be the Kansas river basin and flint hills district.

District 4 would be the rest of Kansas and would be the most rural of all the districts including NC, NW, SW AND SE Kansas. This is why Sumner County would not be in District 2. This would be the heartland district.


KU_cynic 2 years, 2 months ago

Crazy idea that will go nowhere.


veggiegirl 2 years, 2 months ago

The link to the plan results in a 404 error.


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