The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

May 1, 2012

Kansas Senate rewrites redistricting proposal

From The Associated Press

TOPEKA, Kan. — The Kansas Senate has revised a bill redrawing its 40 districts to address complaints that it unfairly hurt conservative Republicans who plan to challenge moderate incumbents.

Tuesday’s development could end a bitter dispute among the chamber’s majority Republicans.

An earlier version of the map excluded at least three conservatives from the districts of the moderate GOP senators they plan to challenge in the Republican primary.

But on voice votes, the Senate approved amendments ensuring that Brenda Landwehr would run in the same Wichita district as Sen. Jean Schodorf, and that Greg Smith would run in the same Johnson County district as Sen. Tim Owens. Landwehr and Smith currently serve in the House.

Final action on the bill was expected later Tuesday.