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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

Richard Heckler 2 years, 6 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.

matthew2600 2 years, 6 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.

WilburNether 2 years, 6 months ago

And of course ultraliberals like Hensley and Davis are not.

Yeah, right.

tomatogrower 2 years, 6 months ago

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

KEITHMILES05 2 years, 6 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.

wastewatcher 2 years, 6 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.

jafs 2 years, 6 months ago

So?

Nobody's arguing that he can't approve or disapprove of the plan once it's submitted.

They're arguing that he shouldn't be trying to influence the courts about which plans they consider, and forward for his approval.

The courts undoubtedly know what the rules on redistricting are, don't you think?

Alyosha 2 years, 6 months ago

Your comment would be taken more seriously if you recognized that it's not "liberal democrats" (sic) alone who don't like what the governor is doing here. It's simply a matter of record and of fact that moderate Republicans don't like it either.

As such, because of your inability not to distort the state of affairs through a needlessly partisan lens, your comment has zero credibility.

Try harder next time? It's not so hard: before you hit "post comment," ask yourself, "am I distorting the facts because of my partisan outlook? how might my comment unintentionally be wrong?"

Bob Forer 2 years, 6 months ago

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

kef104 2 years, 6 months ago

One of the funniest opening scenes in movie history. "I was born a poor...."

somedude20 2 years, 6 months ago

cat poop is more useful and less harmful than Sam Brownback

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