grand compromise map http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Mo. Supreme Court hears congressional map suits again http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-supreme-court-hears-congressional-map-suits-again <p>Two lawsuits challenging Missouri&rsquo;s new congressional district map have been heard for a second time by the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.courts.mo.gov/page.jsp?id=27">State Supreme Court</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;The cases returned to the High Court after the map was upheld two weeks ago by a Cole County&nbsp;Circuit judge.</p><p>Lawyers for the plaintiffs continued their arguments that the districts drawn on the so-called Grand Compromise Map fails the <a href="http://www.moga.mo.gov/const/A03045.HTM">state constitution&rsquo;s compactness requirement</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;Attorney&nbsp;Jamie&nbsp;Barker&nbsp;Landes criticized the new 5th District, which lumps three rural GOP-leaning counties with urban Jackson County, while also adding a slice of&nbsp;metro Kansas City&nbsp;onto the rural northern Missouri 6th District. Fri, 17 Feb 2012 00:17:53 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3087 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Supreme Court hears congressional map suits again Judge upholds Mo. congressional redistricting map http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/judge-upholds-mo-congressional-redistricting-map <p>The congressional redistricting map passed last year by<a href="http://www.moga.mo.gov/"> Missouri lawmakers </a>has been upheld by a Cole County judge.</p><p>Following a three-day court battle, Circuit Judge Daniel Green ruled&nbsp;late&nbsp;Friday&nbsp;that the districts in the so-called Grand Compromise Map&nbsp;do comply with the state constitution&rsquo;s&nbsp;requirement that congressional districts be &ldquo;as compact as may be.&rdquo;&nbsp; Gerry Greiman, one of the plaintiff&rsquo;s attorneys, disagrees. Fri, 03 Feb 2012 22:11:34 +0000 Marshall Griffin & The Associated Press 3005 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Judge upholds Mo. congressional redistricting map Closing arguments heard in Mo. congressional redistricting lawsuit http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/closing-arguments-heard-mo-congressional-redistricting-lawsuit <p>Closing arguments were heard today (Thursday) in the lawsuit over Missouri&rsquo;s new congressional district map.</p><p>Debate&nbsp;centered around&nbsp;whether the so-called Grand Compromise Map passed by lawmakers last year meets the <a href="http://www.courts.mo.gov/page.jsp?id=27">State Supreme Court&rsquo;s </a>definition of compactness.&nbsp; Gerry Greiman represents the plaintiffs.&nbsp; He argued that the map&rsquo;s 5<sup>th</sup> District, which lumps Kansas City together with three rural counties, fails that test. Fri, 03 Feb 2012 00:34:14 +0000 Marshall Griffin 2997 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Closing arguments heard in Mo. congressional redistricting lawsuit Court hearing starts over Mo. congressional map http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/court-hearing-starts-over-mo-congressional-map <p><em>Updated 12:43 with comments from hearing.</em></p><p><em>Updated 4:29 p.m. with more commentary from hearing, additional information.</em></p><p>A Missouri political science professor says the state&#39;s new congressional districts could have been more compact.</p><p>University of Missouri-St. Louis professor David Kimball was the first witness during a court hearing about the constitutionality of the state&#39;s new U.S. House districts.</p> Tue, 31 Jan 2012 15:46:21 +0000 The Associated Press & Marshall Griffin 2974 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Court hearing starts over Mo. congressional map Redistricting lawsuits heard before Mo. Supreme Court http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/redistricting-lawsuits-heard-mo-supreme-court <p>The legal battle over Missouri&rsquo;s new congressional map resumed today.&nbsp;</p><p>The<a href="http://www.courts.mo.gov/page.jsp?id=27"> State Supreme Court </a>heard arguments over whether the so-called &ldquo;Grand Compromise Map&rdquo; fails to meet the State Constitution&rsquo;s compactness requirement.&nbsp; Attorney&nbsp;Gerry Greiman argued for the plaintiffs in one of two lawsuits against the map.&nbsp; He says like-minded people should be joined together in the same district. Thu, 12 Jan 2012 23:59:09 +0000 Marshall Griffin 2853 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Redistricting lawsuits heard before Mo. Supreme Court Lawsuits challenging Mo.'s congressional redistricting maps to be tossed http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/lawsuits-challenging-mos-congressional-redistricting-maps-be-tossed <p>A Cole County judge has decided to dismiss a legal challenge to the<a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-senate-overrides-nixons-veto-redistricting-map-becomes-law">&nbsp;congressional redistricting maps passed this year</a> by Missouri lawmakers.</p><p>Two suits were heard jointly&nbsp;Thursday, one from St. Louis-area Democrats and the other from Kansas City-area Republicans.&nbsp; Both stated that the so-called Grand Compromise Map was geared to protect incumbents, and would weaken the political voices of St. Louis and Kansas City.&nbsp; Attorney Gerry Greiman represents the St. Louis area plaintiffs.&nbsp; He says they&rsquo;ll appeal directly to the<a href="http://www.courts.mo.gov/page.jsp?id=27"> State Supreme Court</a>. Fri, 09 Dec 2011 01:00:36 +0000 Marshall Griffin 2645 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Lawsuits challenging Mo.'s congressional redistricting maps to be tossed Mo. lawmakers send "grand compromise" redistricting map to Gov. Nixon http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-lawmakers-send-grand-compromise-redistricting-map-gov-nixon <p>Nearly a week after failing to agree on a congressional redistricting map, House and Senate negotiators unveiled a compromise which both chambers passed&nbsp;Wednesday night.</p><p>The &ldquo;grand compromise map&rdquo; resolves sticking points over how to divvy up Jefferson County among three congressional districts and St. Charles County among two. Thu, 28 Apr 2011 00:21:19 +0000 Marshall Griffin 1055 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. lawmakers send "grand compromise" redistricting map to Gov. Nixon