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Democrats accuse Brownback of interfering in redistricting; governor says he has a special interest

May 30, 2012

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— Democratic legislative leaders Wednesday called on Gov. Sam Brownback, a Republican, to stop interfering with the redistricting fight that is now before a federal judicial panel.

"He might not like it, but Gov. Brownback can only control one branch of government," said House Minority Leader Paul Davis, D-Lawrence. "He needs to get back to his job and let the court fix the mess he created," Davis said.

Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, had similar thoughts, saying that Brownback, a conservative, is using redistricting to try to oust moderate members of the GOP.

"His involvement has poisoned the process, making a difficult task impossible to complete," Hensley said.

Legislators and Brownback failed during the legislative session to approve new maps for congressional, legislative and State Board of Education districts.

Every 10 years, the Legislature must draw new maps to accommodate changes and shifts in population so that districts are nearly equal. But political warfare erupted between conservative Republicans and a coalition of moderate Republicans and Democrats, with each side accusing the other of trying to gain the upper hand in getting their candidates elected.

The issue is now before three federal judges who heard testimony Tuesday and Wednesday from several legislators.

Brownback a conservative, has denied he is trying to oust moderate state Senators, but his staff members have been pushing maps that benefit conservative candidates and his allies have been funding campaigns against those moderates.

On Tuesday, Brownback filed a legal brief urging the judges to throw out all state legislative maps that had been considered by the Legislature because, he said, the districts varied too greatly in population from ideal size districts. Brownback noted one proposal, which had been worked on by a conservative state senator, had a low enough deviation for the judges to consider.

Davis and Hensley criticized Brownback for interfering by submitting the legal brief.

In that brief, Brownback said he has a special interest in the case because he is "the state officer who would have been required to either approve or veto any reapportionment plan that successfully passed both the Kansas Senate and the Kansas House."

Comments

somedude20 1 year, 10 months ago

cat poop is more useful and less harmful than Sam Brownback

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mikekt 1 year, 10 months ago

brownback does have a special interest in this case. Unfortunately, his special interest is in screwing things up on behalf of the Koch Bros & his fellow political Manics, who could care less about the consequences of what they choose to do, as it will effect the long run economy of the State of Kansas & Kansans.

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Bob Forer 1 year, 10 months ago

So Brownback has a "special interest." I wonder if that's anything like Mavin R. Johnson's "special purpose."

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wastewatcher 1 year, 10 months ago

The liberal democrats do not want to recognize the role the Governor has. Governor Sam is the only elected official in the state that must approve a redistricting plqan before it can become law. I wonder why Liberal Hensley doesn't want to talk about his role ten years ago when joined with the Conservatives to draw conservative friendly districts. He wil do whatever is best for Hensley, not the people of Kansas. He and his whole family are on the taxpayers payroll and it is time for changes. He supports Ms Campbell and she has years of being on his personal staff and being paid by the taxpayers.

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KEITHMILES05 1 year, 10 months ago

Brownback is bringing so much shame to the state of Ks. This what the 60 some percent idiots get for voting for this numbskull.

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Cait McKnelly 1 year, 10 months ago

Of COURSE he has a "special interest".

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tomatogrower 1 year, 10 months ago

What a liar. Of course, he is trying to get rid of the moderates.

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observant 1 year, 10 months ago

brownie's special interest is spelled "Koch Brothers".

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markoo 1 year, 10 months ago

I wouldn't necessarily call Brownback filing a legal brief "interference." He can state his legal opinion all he chooses. If the judges are swayed by his silly attempts of influence, then the fault is on the judges themselves. Brownback is just being Brownback.

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matthew2600 1 year, 10 months ago

Brownback also has a "special interest" in Sharia law, pink slime and family planning apparently. He is interested in forcing his beliefs on others.

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 10 months ago

Brownback will definitely be out to replace republicans with radical RINO's like himself. It's that Washington D.C. virus that wiped out the GOP = Dead GOP.

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