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Missouri redistricting

State Rep. Peter Merideth, D-St. Louis
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On the latest edition of Politically Speaking, St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies welcome state Rep. Peter Merideth to the program.

Merideth is a St. Louis Democrat who represents south-central portions of the city in the Missouri House. He was elected to his seat in 2016 and is running for re-election later this year.

Rep. Shamed Dogan, R-Ballwin
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On the latest edition of Politically Speaking, St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies welcome state Rep. Shamed Dogan to the program.

Dogan is a Republican from Ballwin. He was first elected to the Missouri House in 2014 and was re-elected in 2016. He decided to run for another House term in 2018 after mulling over whether to run for St. Louis County executive.

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. 19, 2012 - The same day of the panel's first full meeting, Democrats on the new state Senate redistricting commission swiftly filed a proposed map that revamps the state's 34 state Senate seats.

Some commission Republicans, as well as the state Republican Party, are furious.

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. 17, 2012 - The Missouri Supreme Court has just offered a ray of hope to U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-St. Louis, by ordering a lower court to consider whether the Missouri General Assembly violated the state constitution with the new boundaries for the state's 3rd and 5th congressional districts.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 12, 2012 - For U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan, the good news was that Missouri's Supreme Court judges indicated during Thursday's hearing that they have concerns about the new redistricting map slated to go into effect with this fall's elections.

The bad news? Their concerns, at least those voiced in court, weren't about his decimated 3rd District.

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. 15, 2011 - Critics of Missouri's redrawn congressional districts have filed an appeal with the state Supreme Court, as a result of a lower-court judge's decision -- as expected -- to dismiss their suit seeking new boundaries.

Judicial panel revises new map for Missouri Senate

Dec 9, 2011

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.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 8, 2011 - Update -- Two suits challenging Missouri's redrawn congressional districts apparently have failed to win the day in court. The suits were merged by the court, meaning Republican political activists in Kansas City were working with their Democratic counterparts in St. Louis.  

Thursday, Cole County Circuit Judge Daniel Richard Green asked the lawyers for map backers to draw up an order of dismissal, implying that he will sign.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 4, 2012 - U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-St. Louis, says he's set a personal record for raising money for a 2012 contest that he's confident he can win -- if the courts act as he hopes, and expects.

The repeated press questions as to whether the four-term congressman will run in the 1st District in the city of St. Louis, or the suburban 2nd District present "a false choice right now," Carnahan said in an interview Saturday.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 2, 2011 - Missouri state Sen. Jane Cunningham, R-Chesterfield, has made it official that she will run for re-election in 2012 -- but in a new district, the 27th. Cunningham's current 7th District is moving to St. Charles and Lincoln counties under the new redistricting map unveilled by a judicial commission this week. Cunningham's new targeted district -- to be moved from elsewhere in the state -- will include much of Chesterfield, Clarkson Valley, Ellisville, Eureka and Arnold.

Missouri lawmakers study new maps and weigh their options

Dec 2, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 2, 2011 - At first glance, state Rep. Chris Carter thought that the new House district-boundary map released this week reflected judicial anger at being drawn into the process in the first place.

"When I first saw the map, I shook my head,'' said Carter, who was placed into a St. Louis district with two fellow Democratic legislators. "I personally thought it was a message from the judges, 'We don't like to do this.' "

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 1, 2011 - U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-St. Louis, has yet to decide which district he will seek to represent in 2012 -- but his big holiday fundraising event will be Dec. 11 at the Scape American Bistro -- in the 1st District, now held by fellow St. Louis Democrat William Lacy Clay.

Judges unveil new boundaries for Missouri House and Senate

Dec 1, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 1, 2011 - The Missouri judges responsible for redrawing the state's legislative seats have just issued the new maps, and the changes are dramatic -- particularly for the state Senate and in the St. Louis area.

The state Senate's 7th District, now represented by state Sen. Jane Cunningham, R-Chesterfield, has been moved into St. Charles and Lincoln counties, among others.

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