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Tue June 12, 2012
Kansas Redistricting Shakes Up Races
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.