Two lawsuits challenging Missouri’s new congressional district map have been heard for a second time by the State Supreme Court. The cases returned to the High Court after the map was upheld two weeks ago by a Cole County Circuit judge.
Lawyers for the plaintiffs continued their arguments that the districts drawn on the so-called Grand Compromise Map fails the state constitution’s compactness requirement. Attorney Jamie Barker Landes criticized the new 5th District, which lumps three rural GOP-leaning counties with urban Jackson County, while also adding a slice of metro Kansas City onto the rural northern Missouri 6th District.
Two suits were heard jointly Thursday, one from St. Louis-area Democrats and the other from Kansas City-area Republicans. 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. Attorney Gerry Greiman represents the St. Louis area plaintiffs. He says they’ll appeal directly to the State Supreme Court.