The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 13, 2001 · Page 12
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 12

Salina, Kansas
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Friday, April 13, 2001
Page 12
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FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2001 NATION THE SALINA JOURNAL T REDISTRICTING Indiana, Iowa start fight Control of Congress at stake as new lines ^reidrawn nationwide By The Associated Press The first of the nation's redistricting fights for Congress began in Iowa and Indiana this week, with Democrats who control Indiana's House proposing a map that left out Republican Rep. Steve Buyer, one of the Clinton impeachment managers. The elimination of his district will put Buyer, in his fifth term, in a contest with newly elected GOP Rep. Brian Kerns. In Iowa, two Republicans were put into the same district. With control of Congress at stake, states must redraw their districts to reflect population changes following the census. Indiana, which didn't keep up with the nation's growth, will lose one House seat. Some of the biggest fights will be in Pennsylvania, Texas and California. "There's a lot at stake," said Brian Vargus, a pollster at Indiana University "Basically, T SCHOOL VIOLENCE you've got a House of Representatives that's essentially split down the middle, and you're looking at a redistricting that will decide the advantage." A hushed statehouse in Iowa greeted the presentation of the new maps Thursday Republican Reps. Jim Nussle and Jim Leach were put into a new congressional district in eastern Iowa. Thirty-nine state legislators were put into competing districts. Iowa is among a handful of states that try to take politics out of redistricting by handing the task to staff who are prohibited from considering incumbents and the like. • In Des Moines, that set the scene for nervous laughter as staffers unveiled the map. "Here comes Dianne with our political futures," Senate Majority Leader Stewart Iverson said as a staffer entered the chamber, maps in hand. Traveling in Indiana Thursday, Buyer said he expected some payback. "Between being an impeachment manager and what I had done in the Florida recount, it made me high-profile for De­ mocrats, so I'm not surprised." Indiana and Iowa are the first, but several others are beginning the task of redistricting. Arkansas legislators are considering a status quo map. South Carolina has held hearings, and Georgia and Colorado are weighing special sessions this summer. New maps in those states must be finished in time for primary filing deadlines for the 2002 elections. For politicians, elections are what redistricting is about. "District lines are the heart of everything that a politician does," said Kimball Brace, a redistricting expert who worked with the Iowa committee. "It's their political livelihood they're looking at." And each state's role in drawing seats for Congress puts a premium on political relationships and payback. Indiana state Rep. 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Elizabeth, who had transferred into the school a year earlier, told interviewer Connie Chung she was deeply depressed and counseling and anti-depressants failed to help. "They'd just call me an idiot, stupid, fat, ugly, faggot, whatever," Elizabeth said in the interview, which is scheduled to air tonight. Elizabeth said her depression caused her to cut her arms with a razor She said Kim had befriended her but told others about the self-mutilation, leaving her feeling betrayed. "People express their anger different ways," Elizabeth said. "Crying helps. That didn't help me. So I thought maybe I'd try this and maybe it will help. And it's just like the — actually the pain is — it just takes away all your depression and for a minute you're not depressed anymore." 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