A bit of legal gamesmanship will either secure Kansas as a red state forever OR affirm Democratic Party progress in Johnson County, The Dotte, Lawrence and some of the trendy spots in Topeka.
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Lawsuits rely on state courts and interpretations of the Kansas Constitution, rather than the U.S. Constitution, to stop political parties from putting their fingers on the scale.
In the meantime, the state’s lone Democratic congressional district hangs in the balance.
The ACLU of Kansas is suing to have the state’s recently drawn congressional redistricting map thrown out. The organization argues Republican lawmakers drew the new districts in an attempt to dilute the ballots cast by voters in the Democratic strongholds of Lawrence and Wyandotte County.
If the map holds up, Republicans would improve their chances to place conservative lawmakers in all four districts that represent the state in the U.S. House. Democratic U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids, who represents the Kansas City area, would be most at risk of losing her seat after seeing part of her base shifted from her district.
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LAWRENCE, Kansas - This liberal college town is vote-rich territory for Kansas Democrats. But a new map of congressional districts lumps it with deep-red western Kansas - all but nullifying the ballots of the blue voters here and proving once again the power of gerrymandering.