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'Voiceless' in Wyandotte County

After the Kansas Supreme Court upheld the state's GOP-drawn congressional redistricting map, one Wyandotte County lawmaker says the decision will "leave voiceless in Congress a large percentage of Kansans."

Last week, the Kansas Supreme Court approved a Republican-drawn congressional mapthat makes it harder for Democratic Rep. Sharice Davids to hold her seat. One element of the map takes the northern half of Wyandotte County — roughly the part of Kansas City, Kansas, north of I-70 — and puts it in the 2nd Congressional District, which wraps around the rest of Wyandotte and Johnson Counties to include more rural and conservative areas.

Kansas state Sen. David Haley has represented that part of Wyandotte County in the legislature since 2001. KCUR's Brian Ellison spoke with Haley about his thoughts on the map and the court's decision.

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