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

June 8, 2012

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— 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.

Comments

mikekt 1 year, 10 months ago

How many "Flying Monkeys" from "the house of koch" can fit on ( or into ) a pin head or two? Or file for election before noon on monday?! I guess that fairness in political map drawing is "unprecedented,".... according to kris kobach, our Kansas State "secretary of..... whatever"?! REALLY?! ......Fairness in map making is unprecedented in Kansas?! Hummmm? Sounds like somebodies plan, to me??? What is unprecedented (?) about Judges following the law & doing the job that both our legislature & governor get paid to do ( and did-so-fail to do! ), AT THE Kansas Taxpayers' Expense ?!!!!!The Judicial Panel was simply acting as "THE ONLY ADULTS IN THE ROOM" by obvious reasons of the legislatures' & our governors', default! Hey,..... should we dock their ( the legislatures & "cedar crest sams" ) pay or fire them all, for being such a bunch of "accomplish nothings", as would happen to them, in private industry!? If the State were a private business i think by now that they would all be unemployed & down at the SRS offices checking out those whom they prefer to torment at a distance, from Topeka, ...in person!!! I think that there are competent people who want those governing jobs, in Kansas State Government! Why hang onto this bunch?!

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Armstrong 1 year, 10 months 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.

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pace 1 year, 10 months 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.

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 10 months 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.

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Jayhawk1958 1 year, 10 months ago

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

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JayhawkFan1985 1 year, 10 months 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...

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Jayhawk1958 1 year, 10 months ago

When is Kobach going to come out of the closet?

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Sparko 1 year, 10 months ago

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

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 10 months ago

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

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irvan moore 1 year, 10 months 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

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Darrell Lea 1 year, 10 months 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.

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prospector 1 year, 10 months ago

"The court showed very little deference to keeping incumbents in separate districts,"

Good

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

Where is TerriLois gonna slime off to? The state will look like cockroaches scurrying when the lights come on.

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