Chaos in Kansas leads to workable maps
The strange and muddled Kansas legislative redistricting process concluded Monday with a sort of poetic justice.
Conservative Republicans, whose quest for political control was at the core of the Legislature’s failure to agree on maps, found their numbers potentially diminished by the new districts drawn by a panel of three federal judges.
After dozens of candidates scrambled to meet a noon Monday filing deadline for new seats that were announced only on Thursday night, Secretary of State Kris Kobach observed that one upshot of the debacle was to “allow the infusion of new blood into the Kansas political system.”
And since Kansas is the only state whose legislature completely dropped the ball on redrawing political boundaries, it’s hard to argue that fresh faces aren’t needed.