When gerrymandering goes bad

Nancy Boyda’s upset of Rep. Jim Ryun, R-Topeka, may in part be an unintended consequence of GOP state legislators’ contentious 2002 redistricting map. That was the hurried plan that nearly forced the postponement of the August primary, when then-Attorney General Carla Stovall challenged its separation of Junction City and Ft. Riley. But by also moving part of liberal Lawrence from the 3rd Congressional District to the 2nd, Republicans intended to make Rep. Dennis Moore, D-Lenexa, beatable. Now, he’s still in office. And as of Tuesday, as KC Buzz Blog noted, “we’ve now got two blue districts where we once had just one.” Oops.
Posted by Rhonda Holman