February 9, 2016

USD 231 to begin redistricting process

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com School officials will create a committee to draw new boundary lines for USD 231 in anticipation of a new elementary school and middle school coming online soon. The new lines not affect students at Edgerton or Madison Elementary Schools or the high school. Bill Gilhaus, district superintendent, said the new boundaries should Continue Reading

Redistricting pairs Gardner with Edgerton, creates new Johnson County Senate district

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Gardner, Edgerton and Spring Hill will be represented by new Senators and members of the House. A trio of federal judges released redistricting maps around midnight on June 8. The maps will allow primary elections, set for Aug. 7, to continue as planned, but the new lines pit 48 incumbents in 125 Continue Reading

UPDATED: Sen. Olson to consider asking to join redistricting lawsuit

 Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Sen. Rob Olson, R-Olathe, is considering hiring an attorney and asking the court if he can join the battle over redrawing state Senate, House and Congressional lines. Olson represents Gardner, Edgerton, and a portion of Spring Hill in the Kansas Senate. “Right now, it’s just crazy,” Olson said of the federal court Continue Reading

Candidate filing deadline delayed to June 11

An impasse in the Kansas Legislature means a later filing deadline for those seeking elective state offices or national offices. The Kansas Secretary of State’s Office announced the 10-day delay via Twitter on May 10. Initially slated for June 1, candidates now have until noon on Monday, June 11 to file to run for the Continue Reading

BOCC opposes ‘tax shift’ legislation, redistricting maps

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com Johnson County Commissioners authorized Chairman Ed Eilert to write a letter to the Kansas Legislature opposing proposed legislation that would shift a tax burden from some commercial properties to residential property taxpayers. Specifically the commission is opposed to the proposed House Bill 2501 and Senate Bill 317. Commissioners said the bills, if Continue Reading

County to consider redistricting commission

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com Johnson County Commissioners have green-lighted a tentative redistricting map that they are expected to formally vote on in June. The new map would impact southwestern Johnson County by joining Spring Hill and Gardner together in District 6, which is represented by Calvin Hayden. Spring Hill and Gardner were split into separate districts Continue Reading

Committee forwards Congressional redistricting map to House

A House redistricting committee narrowly passed a Congressional redistricting map that lumps parts of Wyandotte and Leavenworth Counties with the vast First Congressional District, which includes all of western Kansas. House Speaker Mike O’Neal, R-Hutchinson, cast the tie-breaking vote to send the redistricting map, which he created, forward to the House. Under the proposed map, Continue Reading