redistricting http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Ready your votes: Mo. Supreme Court says redistricted congressional map to stand http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ready-your-votes-mo-supreme-court-says-redistricted-congressional-map-stand <p><strong>Updated 4:04 p.m. </strong><em>with Diehl&#39;s comments.</em></p><p>The Missouri Supreme Court has released<a href="http://www.courts.mo.gov/file.jsp?id=54489"> its judgment</a> on a&nbsp;<a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/closing-arguments-heard-mo-congressional-redistricting-lawsuit">challenge</a>&nbsp;to the recent redistricting of the state&#39;s new Congressional districts.&nbsp;</p><p>The Court has upheld the new&nbsp;districts, finally providing&nbsp;certainty for candidates in the August primary elections.</p> Fri, 25 May 2012 18:45:36 +0000 The Associated Press & St. Louis Public Radio 3784 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ready your votes: Mo. Supreme Court says redistricted congressional map to stand Mo. Supreme Court upholds state House districts http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-supreme-court-upholds-state-house-districts <p><em>Will be updated.</em></p><p>The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld&nbsp;new boundaries for state House districts based upon the 2010&nbsp;census.</p><p>The high court issued a one-line ruling Tuesday upholding the&nbsp;new districts and saying a longer opinion would be issued sometime&nbsp;in the future. The ruling came about three hours before Tuesday&#39;s 5&nbsp;p.m. deadline for candidates to file for this year&#39;s elections.</p> Tue, 27 Mar 2012 19:28:27 +0000 The Associated Press 3364 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Supreme Court upholds state House districts Morning headlines: March 13, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-march-13-2012 <p>Good morning! Here are some of the starting headlines of the day so far:</p><p><strong>Nixon to hold news conference Tuesday on proposed cut in state aid to the blind</strong></p><p>Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is taking his case to the public to try to reverse a proposed cut in state aid to the&nbsp;blind. The Democratic governor is holding a news conference Tuesday in Columbia with leaders from organizations for the blind to oppose a cut made by the Republican-led House budget committee.</p> Tue, 13 Mar 2012 14:36:33 +0000 Julie Bierach, The Associated Press & Maria Altman 3255 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: March 13, 2012 Mo. Supreme Court hears State House redistricting map lawsuit http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-supreme-court-hears-state-house-redistricting-map-lawsuit <p>The <a href="http://www.courts.mo.gov/page.jsp?id=27">Missouri Supreme Court</a> heard arguments Monday in a lawsuit challenging the new State House redistricting map.</p><p>The map&rsquo;s opponents raised similar objections as those who&rsquo;ve challenged<a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-supreme-court-hears-congressional-map-suits-again"> the congressional </a>and&nbsp;<a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-court-upholds-challenges-redistricting-maps-process-start-over">State Senate district maps </a>drawn up last year:&nbsp;&nbsp;Like the Senate map, plaintiffs&nbsp;claimed, in written statements,&nbsp;that the six-judge panel that drew up the House map did so behind closed doors and thus violated the state&rsquo;s Sunshine law.&nbsp; Robert Hess, one of the attorneys defending the map, said the panel was not subject to the Sunshine law. Tue, 28 Feb 2012 02:29:43 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3158 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Supreme Court hears State House redistricting map lawsuit Suit seeks to delay filing period for Mo. Senate http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/suit-seeks-delay-filing-period-mo-senate <p><em>Update at 5:46 p.m.:</em></p><p>According to Mo. Sec. of State Robin Carnahan&#39;s office, Judge Daniel Green of the Cole County Circuit Court has denied the temporary restraining order. The decision means candidate filing for Missouri state Senate districts will begin Tuesday morning, as scheduled.</p><p><em>Updated at 4 p.m. with comments from plaintiff</em></p><p>There&#39;s another twist in the ongoing legal battle over the new districts for the Missouri State Senate.</p> Mon, 27 Feb 2012 18:57:17 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 3154 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Suit seeks to delay filing period for Mo. Senate Mo. Supreme Court to hear arguments on state House maps http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-supreme-court-hear-arguments-state-house-maps <p>Missouri&#39;s Supreme Court judges will hear arguments this afternoon in <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/lawsuit-challenges-new-districts-mo-house">a legal challenge</a> to the new districts for the state House of Representatives.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.courts.mo.gov/SUP/index.nsf/fe8feff4659e0b7b8625699f0079eddf/adaa50f38f91875a862579ab005ba630/$FILE/SC92351_Johnson_brief.pdf">suit argues</a> that the new map, which was drawn by a judicial commission, creates districts that are not as compact and equal in population as they should be.</p> Mon, 27 Feb 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 3150 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Supreme Court to hear arguments on state House maps Filing period bill fails after passing Mo. House http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/filing-period-bill-fails-after-passing-mo-house <p><a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=1443190">Legislation that would have moved back </a>Missouri&rsquo;s filing period for the August 7th&nbsp;primaries has been withdrawn from consideration by the<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/"> State Senate</a>.</p><p>Instead of debating the bill itself, some St. Louis-area Senators began criticizing the citizens&rsquo; commission that drew up <a href="http://oa.mo.gov/bp/redistricting/senatemap/">the latest State Senate district map</a>.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/members/mem01.htm">&nbsp;Jim Lembke </a>(R, Lemay)&nbsp;and <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/members/mem07.htm">Jane Cunningham </a>(R, Chesterfield)&nbsp;both had harsh words for the proposed map, which&nbsp;would move&nbsp;Cunningham&rsquo;s 7th&nbsp;District to the Kansas City area. Fri, 24 Feb 2012 00:59:43 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3139 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Filing period bill fails after passing Mo. House Commission to redraw Mo. Senate map reaches tentative agreement http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/commission-redraw-mo-senate-map-reaches-tentative-agreement <p>A tentative agreement has been reached on a new redistricting map for the <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/">Missouri Senate</a>.</p><p>A&nbsp;bipartisan commission appointed by Governor Jay Nixon&nbsp;(D)&nbsp;to draw a new map negotiated for&nbsp;more than 13 hours&nbsp;Wednesday, and reached a consensus&nbsp;after 12:00 this morning.&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://oa.mo.gov/bp/redistricting/senatemap/">The&nbsp;&quot;Tentative Plan&quot; map&nbsp;can be viewed here.</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;Marc Ellinger is the top Republican on the 10-person commission. Thu, 23 Feb 2012 09:50:08 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3131 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Commission to redraw Mo. Senate map reaches tentative agreement 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 State Senate approves delay in Mo. filing period http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/state-senate-approves-delay-mo-filing-period <p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/">Missouri Senate</a> has unanimously passed legislation to move the filing period for the state&rsquo;s party primaries back by one month.</p><p>The bill is moving rapidly because the filing period is currently set to begin February 28<sup>th</sup> and end March 27th, and because&nbsp;of the lack of new State House and Senate district maps.&nbsp; The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.courts.mo.gov/page.jsp?id=27">Missouri Supreme Court </a>tossed out the Senate map, which now has&nbsp;to be redrawn, and a legal challenge to the new House map is also&nbsp;being appealed to the High Court.&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/members/mem25.htm">Senate President Pro-tem Rob Mayer&nbsp;</a>(R, Dexter)&nbsp;says those facts alone make it necessary to push back the filing period. Thu, 16 Feb 2012 18:07:08 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3083 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org State Senate approves delay in Mo. filing period