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House speaker’s remap plan splits K.C. area

February 18, 2012

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— House Speaker Mike O’Neal is floating a new congressional redistricting plan that would split the Kansas City area between two districts and put part of it in a district with rural western Kansas communities 400 miles away.

The proposal from O’Neal was among several plans to redraw the state’s four congressional districts that were unveiled this week during a meeting of the House Redistricting Committee. O’Neal, a Hutchinson Republican, appointed himself as the committee’s chairman.

Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, a Topeka Democrat, has been predicting for months that O’Neal would try to move Wyandotte County, which includes Kansas City, Kan., in with rural western and central Kansas counties of the 1st District to dissipate the potential influence of the one of the few Democratic-leaning areas of the state.

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William Weissbeck 2 years, 1 month ago

Given the maps that have been floated over the last few days, it is clear that the Kansas GOP does not want fair and representative elections. Puts all those voter ID laws into perspective. Going back at least to the '60's, the then 5 districts were easy: 1st was western KS, 2nd was NE, 3rd was KC area, 4th was Wichita and 5th was SE. Except for the 1st, the other districts were highly competitive with a number of Dems elected. The GOP doesn't want competition or a debate of ideas for the candidates being elected to (Boehner's phrase) the People's House. The GOP rants and raves about that Socialist in the WH, but damn the GOP is doing all it can to give a modern meaning to Fascism.

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globehead 2 years, 1 month ago

Finally, we have a good reason for having elected Kobach. As he ran on the platform of ferreting out voter fraud, perhaps we can get him to look into this major effort of voter disenfranchisement. Currently, Kansas has 100% republican representation in both the U.S. house and senate. This kind of arrangement is generally only seen in third world countries run by tin horned dictators like Zimbabwe and Robert Mugabe. The only other example I can recall was when Mexico was controlled by the PRI for 50 years in spite of being a multi-party country. So, Kansas follows this admirable model of democracy and clearly 20% of the state's population will have no voice, no representation whatsoever.

It's time for Mr. Kobach to step forward and apply himself to an issue which actually IS part of the job he was elected to do rather then the hobbies he has spent his time running about the country piddling with. It's time for him to insure that a small minority's input into government is at least heard. But, I'd bet he's not up to the job. Not at all.

Given Wyandotte County's heavy industrial base, it would be interesting to know if they provide the state with more finances than they receive. If so, it would be time for them to tell the state and Speaker Mike O'Neal to stick it and keep their tax money at home. What's the state going to do about it?

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JackMcKee 2 years, 1 month ago

The Dotte and Douglas County have so much in common with Western Kansas. I'm sure they are thrilled at the thought of their Representative spending his time and energy on our interests. This cuts both ways, but the foolish Republican clowns never seem to undertand that this is chess and not rock scissors paper.

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weeslicket 2 years, 1 month ago

"O’Neal, a Hutchinson Republican, appointed himself as the committee’s chairman."

d'oh !

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