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Lawrence placed entirely in 2nd District under congressional map drawn by federal judges

June 8, 2012


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Lawrence will be placed entirely in the 2nd Congressional District under a new redistricting plan.

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Three federal judges set the new political boundaries for Kansas in a ruling Thursday night, making a change in congressional districts that many Republican legislators have opposed.

The plan unites all of Lawrence in the 2nd District; the city had been split between the 2nd and the 3rd districts. The 3rd District is centered on the Kansas City area.

The panel released the order in a federal lawsuit that was filed last month. The judges drew new boundaries for congressional, state House, state Senate and State Board of Education districts because the Republican-dominated Legislature failed to do so.

The maps needed to be adjusted to account for population shifts over the past decade, though a bitter feud among Republicans prevented passage of any political maps.

"As a result, the court has regretfully resorted to the painstaking task of drawing its own plans," the judges said in the unsigned order.

A key change in the state's congressional map will expand the 1st District of western and central Kansas so that it takes in Manhattan, home to Kansas State University. Many Republicans wanted the city to stay in the 2nd District of eastern Kansas.

Manhattan-area officials also wanted to stay in the 2nd District, arguing that their community had more in common with eastern Kansas. That prompted legislators to consider proposals that split major eastern Kansas communities — Kansas city, Topeka and Lawrence — so that part of each would have been lumped into the 1st District with farming communities 400 miles or more away.

Many GOP lawmakers were willing to do that because moving Manhattan to the 1st District created a slightly more Democratic district for U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, the senior member of the state's all GOP delegation in the U.S. House.

But the three judges disagreed with that proposal, saying continued population shifts away from western Kansas and toward northeastern Kansas made it difficult to keep Manhattan and Riley County in the 2nd.

Also, the court said, keeping Riley County in the 2nd made bigger problems elsewhere, including "creating an extremely contrived First District that quite inappropriately circles around the Second District to grab Leavenworth County, two other counties on the eastern border of the state and the northeastern portion of Douglas County (thereby dividing the City of Lawrence)." That proposal to split Lawrence between the 1st and 2nd Districts had been approved by the House.

It wasn't immediately clear whether the new state legislative districts favor conservative or moderate Republicans, whose feud created the legislative stalemate.

The fight over state Senate districts was the most bitter, because of feuding between conservative and moderate Republicans. Conservatives hope to oust the chamber's moderate GOP leaders and accuse them of trying to draw district boundaries to thwart primary challengers.

The judges considered multiple proposals for redrawing Kansas Senate districts. The court allowed 27 individuals to intervene in the case, many of whom were key figures in the Legislature's stalemate. Those individuals submitted numerous proposals to the judges.

"Most of the interveners have unabashedly political reasons for intervening, and they seek to advance their respective political agendas," the judges wrote.

House Minority Leader Paul Davis, a Lawrence Democrat, said he would have preferred to keep the Manhattan-area in the 2nd District. But he said the alternative proposals that would have done that clearly violated redistricting guidelines that legislators had adopted for themselves.

"The map does at least preserve the core of the existing district," said Davis, one of the interveners in the case.

Senate President Steve Morris, a moderate Republican from Hugoton, said the proposal approved by the court was reasonable except for the placement of Manhattan. "It's not surprising," he said.

Secretary of State Kris Kobach said he was reviewing the ruling Thursday night. Kobach was named as the original defendant because he oversees elections in the state.

A message left late Thursday night for House Speaker Mike O'Neal, a conservative Republican from Hutchinson, wasn't immediately returned.


truman1902 5 years, 11 months ago

Kansas 1....Rightwads 0 See you in 2022

Cai 5 years, 11 months ago

unfortunately, I have to disagree. Yes, Kansas won something in this. but the overall score is more like

Kansas ... 3, Rightwads ... 77

self defense to kill an abortion doctor Doctors that can lie to prevent an abortion the SRS defunding The turning away of several million federal health care dollars the requirement of intelligent design to be taught in our high schools.

I'm sure other people could add to this list.

Shelley Bock 5 years, 11 months ago

Jenkins will now have to be a representative rather than a puppet. She'll likely be safe, but Lawrence residents will be more demanding of her. Lawrence, the "foster child" no Republican really wants.

I trust that all are dissatisfied with the ultimate decisions. What I wanted was a decision with no "Winners". If that's the case, then it was a good effort by the judges.

Abdu Omar 5 years, 11 months ago

Lawrence, 27 square miles of sheer beauty surrounded by Kansas!

Richard Crank 5 years, 11 months ago

Those darn activist judges, how dare they do something rational!

Bob_Keeshan 5 years, 11 months ago

The judges clearly place the blame for the failure of the legislature to act at the feet of Governor Brownback and Speaker O'Neal.

Thanks, boys! You're doin' a helluva job!

jayhawklawrence 5 years, 11 months ago

Our system of checks and balances saved us.

The temptation to abuse their power was just too much for the right wingnuts, which is why they are dangerous.

absolutelyridiculous 5 years, 11 months ago

Meanwhile here on Gilligan's Island...Mr. and Mrs. Howell proclaim that the natives must start wearing clothing that is more suitable for the Friday night cannibal feasts. The Professor argues that changing the native attire could cause an outbreak of the hives and could potentially taint the food source....

Jeff Barclay 5 years, 11 months ago

Right wingers are dangerous? Right or wrong, the party in charge has always led the charge in redisticting. Hmmm. Right wingers are dsngerous? I bet the unborn disagree with you. I wonder who the unborn would vote for?

Orwell 5 years, 11 months ago

If life begins at conception I demand to see the unborn's long-form, government-issued certification that they were conceived in the U.S.

Otherwise, voter fraud!

parrothead8 5 years, 11 months ago

Just like a right winger...more interested in the unborn than the women who birth them. You know...women? Adults who actually hold jobs, think for themselves, and - gasp - vote?

Richard Payton 5 years, 11 months ago

Even Manhattan didn't want in the 1st district and I can't blame them. Lawrence spared this time but watch for future attacks.

gccs14r 5 years, 11 months ago

The whole state is going to end up in the 1st, eventually.

JayhawkFan1985 5 years, 11 months ago

I bet that in ten years Kansas will have only three congressional districts which will mean one centered on KC, one centered on Wichita and one for the rest of the state. The only question is which counties will be included in which district.

Joe Blackford II 5 years, 11 months ago

Hey 2nd District -

Please do the sensible thing & ask DHS to move the NBAF to Lawrence, and save millions on extending that animal health sewer pipe all the way to Manhattan.

Alyosha 5 years, 11 months ago

A sound rational solution.

(Would that the legislators and governor had not let rank partisanship guide their actions; it was their job and they mucked it up. But that's the kind of legislature and governor we have -- rankly partisan.)

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 11 months ago

"A sound rational solution.'

Yea, but sound, rational solutions always have a liberal bias.

yourworstnightmare 5 years, 11 months ago

Seriously? You are really giving up on soundness and rationality in conservative decision making?

It does make sense now that I think about it.

WilburM 5 years, 11 months ago

Wow. This was so damned easy. The judges made sensible calls, with the great help of the nonpartisan KS Legislative Research Department. A great job, and a demonstration of the virtues of a redistricting commission.

BTW, KS will almost certainly get three CDs in 2012 -- all the more reason to have a commission.

irvan moore 5 years, 11 months ago

ah darn, i think with new boundries i lost paul davis as a representative and got terri lois gregory

WilburM 5 years, 11 months ago

Then DO something about it, if it bothers you. It's not written in stone!

ltownatrain 5 years, 11 months ago

I wouldn't worry too much. If the above pdf's are correct then Terri Lois Gregory likely won't win next time around. The last election she won by a narrow margin and that was thanks to her dominating Franklin county. Franklin county appears to no longer be part of the 10th district, which, means it's more likely that a democract or a moderate win now as it appears that a lot more of lawrence is now in the 10th district.

yourworstnightmare 5 years, 11 months ago

This is a sensible map that represents each region of the state well. It also makes sense given recent population shifts to the east.

It is not so much that Manhattan is losing its eastern Kansas character, but rather that demographics are turning the 1st into a district with more eastern Kansas character.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 11 months ago

There are republicans ...... then there are RINO's such as Brownback and his supporters which claim to be Libertarian perhaps to the extreme = who truly are BIG GOVERNMENT and reckless spenders of tax dollars.

Has Brownback ever had a job? He loves government paychecks.

Does he still practice the beltway privilege of insider trading with government protection?

In a few days the Brownback will come out against another court of law. Practical solutions are not within his comprehension. It's ALEC or nothing!

More and more:

Richard Heckler 5 years, 11 months ago

There are republicans ...... then there are RINO's such as Brownback and his supporters which claim to be Libertarian perhaps to the extreme = who truly are BIG GOVERNMENT and reckless spenders of tax dollars.

Has Brownback ever had a job? He loves government paychecks.

Does he still practice the beltway privilege of insider trading with government protection?

In a few days the Brownback will come out against another court of law. Practical solutions are not within his comprehension. It's ALEC or nothing!

More and more:

Richard Heckler 5 years, 11 months ago

Gov Brownback the big spender:

  1. After passing a measure to defund Planned Parenthood over the non-issue of "taxpayer-funded abortions" last month, the state of Kansas has hired an expensive team of private attorneys -- the same attorneys who represent the billionaire Koch brothers -- to defend the state against Planned Parenthood in court.

  2. Two of the richest people in the country -- Charles and David Koch -- have contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to Republican gubernatorial candidate Sam Brownback. Reporters with the Kansas City Star provide the analysis of the donations and the Koch brothers' vision of de-regulation and what it could mean to Kansas.

  3. In this midst of this unspeakably horrific story about Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kansas), the Congressional champion of evangelicals, comes this revealing passage:

    Brownback is less concerned about the world being polluted by people. His biggest financial backer is Koch Industries, an oil company that ranks among America’s largest privately held companies. "The Koch folks," as they’re known around the senator’s office, are among the nation’s worst polluters. In 2000, the company was slapped with the largest environmental civil penalty in U.S. history for illegally discharging 3 million gallons of crude oil in six states. That same year Koch was indicted for lying about its emissions of benzene, a chemical linked to leukemia, and dodged criminal charges in return for a $20 million settlement.

Brownback has received nearly $100,000 from Koch and its employees, and during his neck-and-neck race in 1996, a mysterious shell company called Triad Management provided $410,000 for last-minute advertising on Brownback’s behalf. A Senate investigative committee later determined that the money came from the two brothers who run Koch Industries.

Brownback has been a staunch opponent of environmental regulations that Koch finds annoying, fighting fuel-efficiency standards and the Kyoto Protocol on global warming.

4 .This Brownback is neither a practical thinker nor a fiscal conservative. The courts decision means nothing to him. Brownback law supersedes any law!

absolutelyridiculous 5 years, 11 months ago

In order to keep poor Marianne so busy as not to realize their plot against the natives and the food source, Lovey and Thurston, along with Ginger, conspire to create a new island benefit for island food pantry just for the natives. Fresh island veges, dried slugs and worms in the new island pantry! Tickets to the beach-side event are only 100 coconuts or bananas. Now, how will they get the Skipper sober for this evenings festivities. Sew faster Marianne. Sew faster.

JackMcKee 5 years, 11 months ago

To quote Curly Bill, Terry Lois Gregory, well, Bye.

absolutelyridiculous 5 years, 11 months ago

Unbeknownst to each other, everyone on the island started sneaking in that night to the island food pantry and stealing veges, slugs and worms, hiding them under their mattresses. At dawn, the pantry was empty when the island natives went to gather food for the day. Lovey and Thurston accused Gilligan, Marianne accused Ginger, The Professor accused The Skipper....everyone was guilty, yet no one would admit their own failure at self-control. The island grew very quiet except for the rumbling of native stomachs.

JackMcKee 5 years, 11 months ago

Lynn Jenkins is horrible. With any luck she'll be back to counting beans.

Carol Bowen 5 years, 11 months ago

The Journal World is working very hard to kill off its newspaper. Not a single map or table in print. Soon, there will be no reason to read the paper. We keep paying more for less. Without readership, the LJW will lose advertisers. LJW has nothing left to cut except the entire paper. Oh, maybe they could offer a sports newspaper.

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