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Missouri redistricting

Jumira Moore, 8, watches as her mother, Timira Saunders, fills out a ballot at Central Baptist Church in St. Louis on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016.
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It’s indisputable that 2017 produced enough policy and political storylines to keep bespectacled reporters busy. But an even-numbered year brings elections — and the potential for a whole different texture to the state’s politics.

Rep. Justin Alferman, R-Hermann, is sponsoring legislation that would implement a photo ID requirement for voting.
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On the latest edition of the Politically Speaking podcast, St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies welcome state Rep. Justin Alferman back to the program.

The Hermann Republican represents Missouri's the 61st House District, which takes in portions of Gasconade, Franklin and Osage counties. Alferman is vice chairman of the powerful House Budget Committee, which is in charge of shaping the state’s spending priorities every year.

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It's a sentiment shared by Democratic politicians and liberal pundits: disgust over how Republicans drew up favorable (for them) legislative districts after the 2010 Census.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 10, 2012 - The Missouri Supreme Court is set once again to hear the dispute over the state's redrawn boundary lines for the remaining eight congressional districts.

Both sides will make their case before the court next Thursday, with a ruling expected to be issued swiftly -- especially since candidate filing is slated to begin Feb. 28.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 5, 2012 - A Cole County judge has ruled in favor of the new congressional map drawing boundary lines for the eight remaining districts, setting the stage for another likely last-ditch appeal by critics to the Missouri Supreme Court.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 1, 2012 - The new bipartisan commission set up to try once again to craft new state Senate boundaries won't meet for the first time until Feb. 18 -- just 10 days before candidate filing is to begin for those posts.

Such a time crunch could put more pressure on the General Assembly to delay candidate filing, although no action has been taken.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 5, 2012 - The Missouri Supreme Court has agreed to hold back-to-back oral arguments next Thursday on suits challenging Missouri's congressional and state Senate redistricting.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 9, 2011 - The judicial commission in charge of redrawing Missouri's legislative districts quietly filed a revised state Senate map this afternoon that dramatically changes several districts in the western part of the state. The changes apparently reflected constitutional concerns raised by critics, regarding the original splits in several western counties.