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House rejects congressional redistricting map

March 21, 2012

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— The Kansas House has rejected a congressional redistricting bill that would have kept the Kansas City area in a single district.

Wednesday's vote was 76-48 against the bill, which was an alternative to a proposal by Republican House Speaker Mike O'Neal.

O'Neal wanted to split the Kansas City area, moving part of it into the 1st District of western and central Kansas. House members from both Kansas City and western Kansas didn't like the plan.

They drafted a plan extending the 4th District of south-central Kansas into the state's southeast corner.

O'Neal said the House will start over. He and Senate Reapportionment Committee Chairman Tim Owens, an Overland Park Republican, said the House vote means lawmakers' options are narrowing.

Comments

William Weissbeck 2 years ago

The map voted down was a fair as fair can be. The fact is that Lawrence was always in the 3rd until now that the KC metro area and Douglas gained in population. Until 2010, the 3rd was a Democratic district. The 2nd has always included Topeka and similarly has had a history since 1970 of equal number of Democratic congressman. O'Neal just refuses to accept the fact that Lawrence's identity is tied either to KC or to Topeka. The parents of the majority of the students at KU live within the 3rd or the 2nd. The Senate should send a strong message to O'Neal to send them the map just voted down or nothing at all.

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Bob Forer 2 years ago

Most Kansans, both democrat and republican, are pretty decent folks with moderate politics, and a good sense of fair play. It's too bad that the actual politicians who represent us don't reflect those demographics.

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TinmanKC 2 years ago

How about redistricting Reno County (O'Neal's turf) out of Kansas completely?

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TinmanKC 2 years ago

How about redistricting Reno County (O'Neal's turf) out of Kansas completely?

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none2 2 years ago

I wonder if what is behind this is a desire for O'Neal to eventually run for the first district congressional seat. Right now the most populous county in that district is Reno county (Hutchinson) where O'Neal is from. If people followed the natural progression to put Riley county into the 1st District, he would have a bigger battle trying to win that seat.

I really wonder if Riley county is that strongly opposed to such a move. Taking Riley & Geary together, they would have more clout than any other single part of the first district. Plus, if they remain in the second district, they are still competing for influence against more populated counties such as Shawnee, Douglas, and Leavenworth.

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James Nelson 2 years ago

If O'Neal could just butt out and let reasonable legislators draw an acceptable map that is fair we could all move on. He just has to try to stick it to the democrats with an unfair map. Boy, everyone would be so much better off with the likes of him painted gone.

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