You can only hope this isn't some kind of bellwether.
But a House committee today introduced a bill that would push back the Kansas primary elections by three weeks if the Legislature can't finish its redistricting work by May 15.
The bill would move the primaries back to Aug. 28. They are now scheduled for Aug. 7. The affected elections would be for congress as well as state and county offices.
The whole election process can be thrown out of whack depending on when -- or if -- the Legislature can finish drawing election boundaries for state legislators and members of Congress.
The Legislature adjourned for its annual spring break last month without passing new district maps for anyone. Lawmakers will return to Topeka next Wednesday when they're expected to resume the redistricting debate.
Lawmakers are bracing for an epic struggle over drawing election boundaries for the state Senate where moderate and conservative Republicans are battling to control the agenda.
One map that's on the table would cut three conservative challengers -- Rep. Greg Smith of Overland Park, Wichita businessman Gary Mason and Rep. Brenda Landwehr of Wichita -- out of the districts of moderate Republican incumbents
The Senate has yet to pass a map for its own districts, prompting House Speaker Mike O'Neal to threaten that the House would step outside protocol and draw its own Senate districts.
The House redistricting committee is set to meet when lawmakers return April 25. One member of the committee, Republican Scott Schwab of Olathe, predicted that the House would even go as far as approving its own map.
"At the end of the day, I think what's going to happen is the House is going to pass a Senate map and whatever the House passes is going to end up being the map," Schwab said.
A decision by the House to get involved with the Senate districts could potentially set up a showdown between the two chambers and prolong the length of the session.
"I think it will cause problems," said Senate Majority Leader Jay Emler, a Lindsborg Republican.
The Legislature is up against a tight schedule for getting new redistricting plans approved and holding this year's elections on time.
Candidates are scheduled to start filing for office June 1. But that would be pushed back to June 11 if a new map isn't approved by May 10.
The state also has a June 23 deadline to start sending ballots to qualified military and overseas voters as well.
Any map approved by the Legislature must be reviewed by the state Supreme Court, which has 30 days to act.
A reminder for lawmakers: Mother's Day is May 13. Get your moms a map this year.