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Kansas Redistricting Shakes Up Races

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A panel of three federal judges last week issued new political maps for Kansas. New boundary lines were issued for members of Congress, the state Senate, the state House and the Kansas Board of Education.

The judges stepped in because lawmakers themselves couldn't get the job done. But those lawmakers may be wishing now that they had.

That's because the maps handed down pitted lots of incumbents against each other, created new districts that left state parties hustling for new candidates to run in them.

The drama came to an end at noon yesterday, and in the second half of Up to Date, Steve Kraske welcomes Kansas GOP executive director Clay Barker, University of Kansas Political Science professor Burdett Loomis, and Kansas AP statehouse correspondent John Hanna, to try to make sense of it all.

 

Stephen Steigman is director of Classical KC and chief of broadcast operations for KCUR 89.3 and 91.9 Classical KC. You can email him at stephen@kcur.org.
When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.