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Jesse Kielman: In redistricting, Kansas legislators shouldn’t use prison populations as bargaining chips (Column)

“Despite denying enslaved people civil rights, slave states demanded that these men, women and children be included in population counts because it increased their political power. … This exploitation has resurfaced in recent redistricting efforts,” Jesse Kielman writes in this column for Kansas Reflector.

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Why new political maps could give more power to Kansas college towns

For decades, college towns like Lawrence, Manhattan and Emporia lost the political power of their students when it came to state legislative districts. For the first time in more than 30 years, Kansas will count all of its college students in the towns where they go to school for redrawing state legislative districts next year.

Still seeking funds from Douglas County, Heartland Health Center addresses plans for new facility, inclusive leadership

As part of an ongoing budget request to the Douglas County Commission for $227K, Heartland Community Health Center staff shared plans Wednesday for their new facility, efforts toward inclusivity and search for a new CEO.
Heartland in recent years has seen turnover in leadership, at times declining to answer questions regarding who was at the organization’s helm, but that has not slowed its expansion.

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