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Rethink redistricting before it's too late

It was good to see the 2009 Redistricting Advisory Group get started last week in Topeka on the hard work involved in drawing new maps for congressional and legislative districts in response to the 2010 census. And there was encouraging news that Kansas looks likely to retain all four of its U.S. House districts in this count. But real redistricting reform looks like a long shot. That's too bad. The last thing Kansas needs is a sequel to 2002, when a fight over the congressional map ended up in federal court and nearly postponed the August primary. Any chance someone might dust off the proposal by Senate Majority Leader Derek Schmidt, R-Independence, to let an independent bipartisan commission do the mapping with public input and an up-or-down legislative vote?