Central Standard Friday - 8/16/2010|
Boundary Issues: The Politics and Practice of Redistricting
With new US census data due out next spring, redistricting is just around the corner. But how does it work? What is the process at the state and local levels, and is it fair? KCURís Steve Bell asks officials with years of experience in Missouri, Kansas and Kansas City government to unlock the mysteries of drawing new boundaries for districts. Will it reduce the number of members of Congress from midwestern states? Will it send more or fewer representatives to the statehouse from your city? And what effect will it have on ethnic distribution within city council districts? We explore both the logistics and the political fights that may loom in the months ahead.
Steve Glorioso, poltical consultant and commentator
John Vratil, state senator, District 11 (Leawood), Kansas State Senate