Archive for Friday, June 8, 2012

Kobach says noon Monday deadline stands for candidate filing; politicians scrambling in wake of new maps

June 8, 2012


— The state's chief election official said Friday that the deadline for candidates to file for state and federal office will not change and that he will not appeal the new political maps.

Candidates have until noon Monday to file for office in the wake of new political boundaries handed down late Thursday by a panel of three federal judges.

"We have an unprecedented situation with the way these maps were drawn," Secretary of State Kris Kobach said in an interview with the Lawrence Journal-World.

But Kobach said the Aug. 7 primary can still be held on schedule.

"Right now, we are doubtless seeing many incumbent legislators and many potential candidates across the state scrambling to make a decision by noon on Monday as to whether they will run and exactly what they will do," Kobach said.

The federal judges re-drew congressional, legislative and State Board of Education maps after the Legislature failed to accomplish that job during the recently completed 2012 session.

The judges' maps for state House and state Senate show the most dramatic changes.

Nearly 50 incumbent House members in the 125-member House are paired up in districts, and 25 districts have no incumbent living there. The 40-member Senate has eight incumbents paired up and four districts with no incumbent.

"This illustrates what happens in a judicially drawn map versus a legislatively drawn map," Kobach said. "The court showed very little deference to keeping incumbents in separate districts," he said.

Kobach said a lot of candidates are going to have make decisions this weekend. Some incumbents may drop out rather than face another incumbent, some may withdraw from a House race and seek a Senate seat, and some may move their residence to another district.

"We know that a lot is going to happen between now and noon on Monday," he said.

Kobach said any other plaintiff or intervener in the redistricting lawsuit could appeal the three-judge panel's maps to the U.S. Supreme Court. But, he said, because the district size population deviations are small the appeal may not be successful.

Kobach praised the panel for drawing the district lines promptly, but criticized the work product, saying "it is a pretty disruptive map."

He said he couldn't speculate on whether the maps benefit one party more, or conservative or moderates within the Kansas Republican Party. "We may not know until November," after the general election, he said.


Darrell Lea 6 years ago

Yes, prospector, that "showed very little deference" quote leaped off the page at me as well.

The idea that a court somehow needed to show deference towards persons who had repeated opportunities to do this job for themselves is ludicrous. Let this be a learning experience for all concerned.

irvan moore 6 years ago

i'm thinking the guy from eudora will challenge holland for the senate seat and let tlg have the house seat, i hope i'm wrong because it would be more entertaining to watch a primary with the 2 conservative republicans

Richard Heckler 6 years ago

Since the republican legislature screwed up the deadline should be extended. Kobach is part of the problem!

jhawkinsf 6 years ago

Certainly, should a person with standing find the deadline objectionable, that person may go to court seeking relief. Given the fact that the courts have gotten involved so far, there is no reason to believe that a legitimate filing before the courts would not be dealt with in a fair manner. Got standing?

Sparko 6 years ago

Kind of thought Kochbach had self-deported to Koch Industries. Sigh.

Jayhawk1958 6 years ago

When is Kobach going to come out of the closet?

JayhawkFan1985 6 years ago

I think what is disruptive is the GOP dominated legislature not performing a constitutionally mandated task. The court solved the problem. Kansas needs an independent commission that can propose districts with the legislature giving a straight up yes or no vote. These guys are impotent bastards who can't be trusted. They've already bankrupted the state government too...

buffalo63 6 years ago

In about three years when Brownback tries to run for President!

JayhawkFan1985 6 years ago

I'm obviously referring to what will happen as a direct result of the tax gutting the GOP dominated legislature and Brownback passed this session. You won't have Obama to blame for this...only yourself and other idiots like you. Fortunately, some judges just restored some sanity to this state.

jafs 6 years ago

Predictions of the future are unreliable.

But his description of the past and present is quite accurate.

The legislature, which is R dominated, failed to manage to come up with a new map, and thus the courts had to step in.

You do understand that's what happened, I hope.

Jayhawk1958 6 years ago

The Kansas Forces of Evil-Brownback, Kobach, O'Neill, Wagle

JayhawkFan1985 6 years ago

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JayhawkFan1985 6 years ago

Anyone who believes Brownback is doing a great job is by definition an idiot and also in the minority in this state. He will be a one term governor with no future in politics at either the state or federal level. He will end upworking for the Koch brothers as a lobbyist.

JayhawkFan1985 6 years ago

My prediction will prove correct as it is based on the facts. The public demands government provide services. Services cost money. The state just slashed it's income. The only recourse will be to borrow money now and raise taxes later or raise taxes back to what they were. Services in Kansas are already as bare bones as they could be. Oh yeah, and the private sector cannot provide all services to the public. Some thing the government just does better.

When I called you an idiot, I made a mistake. That is name calling. I shouldnt have done it. I regret it. I'm sorry. But, your views are flawed. To make the assumption that billions can be slashed from the state budget without the middle class and the economy tanking is just plain wrong. There are no fiscal conservatives in the GOP. The people who claim to be spend far more than any democrat...they just refuse to tax for it. This is why the federal debt is so high. Clinton left office with a surplus. Reagan, Bush and Bush all left office after piling trillions onto the national debt. Kansas has now pulled a Reagan,Bush, Bush. We all just got screwed.

Richard Heckler 6 years ago

"when Brownback tries to run for President!"

Can't get this self proclaimed tax dollar hater off the tax dollar payrolls. That's a problem.

pace 6 years ago

Kobach failed at his job. completely. He is taking no responsibility for his failure to get the maps drawn. Now he uses his failure to shorten the time for candidates to file. Koch's people are probably ready to sign up. All Kobach has to do is to continue to twist his duties to not just block voters but to block candidates. Since I consider his job is to make sure people who have the right to vote , get to vote. It is corruption to do the opposite on both voting and candidate access. It is more important to me the right to vote is protected, not to use the 5 to 8 cases of voter fraud be used to block thousands from voting.

Armstrong 6 years ago

On the brighter side. Obama is so busy keeping his head above water at the moment a second term seems to be slipping down the list of priorities. The complicit media is also having a hard time keeping Barry propped up as with the rest of his happy inept group.

pace 6 years ago

I agree President Obama has not cleaned up all of W's mess and stupid actions but he has led a successful fight against the worst. I never thought President Obama could rectify the misdirected policies of ruin, without both parties working together, working hard. I was hard pressed to believe the republican party would actively fight recovery, as a friend predicted. I was naive. I have theories why the division between parties became a chasm, racism is part of it, fear was part, but the unbound powers and gains of the wealthiest, (being somehow pardoned of their civic responsibilities), is also part. As it is, it is still up to voters but a few more goofy laws and reduced levels of education and we might see the right of vote eroded with the other rights.

pace 6 years ago

So you are claiming President Obama made Kobach fail in his duty to Kansas? I don't understand your reasoning? If anyone influenced Kobach in not doing his job right it is Brownback and Koch. It was Kobach and the state legislature that were suppose to draw lines within the law. When they failed, the courts took over, not President Obama. You are implying you believe there is some factor of either the President or media influencing Kobach? That is just not how it works.
The failure of Kobach and the state legislature can not be laid at the Presidents or the Media's feet. That is silly reasoning. There is no connection, no evidence, no person of thought. lays the legislature's and Kobach's failure at the medias feet. They had a job, they failed to do it. The courts are required to step in, in the fact of failure. Unless you wish the court to ignore law, they had to act. Kobach not delaying the filings, is suspicious. Did he purposely not do his job, so as to squeeze the deadline? Did he purposely not do his job, laying it on the courts to do it for him, so he could wash his hands and not be responsible?

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