Omaha Public Radio News
Tue May 31, 2011
UNO political scientist: new maps drawn to favor long-term GOP representation
By Katie Knapp Schubert
Omaha, NE – Nebraska's new Congressional district maps move Bellevue and Offutt Air Force Base in to District One.
The redistricting maps received final approval last Friday before lawmakers adjourned for the year. All of Sarpy County, except Bellevue and Offutt, will be part of District Two.
Paul Landow, a political science professor at UNO, believes it's a mistake to move two communities closely identfied with the Omaha metro area into another district. Also, Landow says the Second District representative won't be as effective in representing the interests of the Omaha metro area.
Landow says the maps favor long-term GOP representation and will make it more difficult for Nebraska to split its electoral votes. That happened in 2008, when President Obama won the electoral vote tied to the Second Congressional District.
Nebraska's new maps are available at nebraskalegislature.gov.