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6:00 am
Mon February 27, 2012

Mo. Supreme Court to hear arguments on state House maps

The state's highest court will hear arguments this afternoon in a lawsuit challenging new districts for Missouri House of Representatives.
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Missouri's Supreme Court judges will hear arguments this afternoon in a legal challenge to the new districts for the state House of Representatives.

The suit argues 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.

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Mo. Senate redistricting
3:50 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Commission to redraw Mo. Senate map reaches tentative agreement

A copy of the State Senate map rejected last month by the Missouri Supreme Court. A citizens' commission appointed by Gov. Jay Nixon has reached a tentative agreement on a new map, a link to which is provided in the article below.
(Mo. Office of Administration)

A tentative agreement has been reached on a new redistricting map for the Missouri Senate.

A bipartisan commission appointed by Governor Jay Nixon (D) to draw a new map negotiated for more than 13 hours Wednesday, and reached a consensus after 12:00 this morning.  The "Tentative Plan" map can be viewed here.  Marc Ellinger is the top Republican on the 10-person commission.

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Missouri redistricting
6:17 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

Mo. Supreme Court hears congressional map suits again

The Grand Compromise Map, passed in 2011 by Mo. lawmakers, is being challenged in two lawsuits that claim that the map fails the State Constitution's compactness requirement.
(Missouri Senate)

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.

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Mo. candidate filing period
12:07 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

State Senate approves delay in Mo. filing period

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The Missouri Senate has unanimously passed legislation to move the filing period for the state’s party primaries back by one month.

The bill is moving rapidly because the filing period is currently set to begin February 28th and end March 27th, and because of the lack of new State House and Senate district maps.  The Missouri Supreme Court tossed out the Senate map, which now has to be redrawn, and a legal challenge to the new House map is also being appealed to the High Court.  Senate President Pro-tem Rob Mayer (R, Dexter) says those facts alone make it necessary to push back the filing period.

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Morning round-up
9:12 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Morning headlines: Thursday, February 16, 2012

St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom
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Police budget cuts 50 officers through attrition

St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom's budget proposal calls for cutting 50 officers through attrition, not layoffs. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Isom presented the budget Wednesday to the Board of Police Commissioners.

The department is faced with a $3.8 million shortfall. The city allocated $168 million to the department - a 3 percent increase over last year. But pension costs came in $5 million higher than anticipated.

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Education/ Unaccredited Schools
2:56 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Missouri Supreme Court considers school transfer case

The Missouri Supreme Court in Jefferson City, MO.
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The Missouri Supreme Court is deciding whether the Webster Groves school district must enroll a student from the city of St. Louis.

The court heard arguments Wednesday on a case related to Missouri law that allows students from unaccredited districts to transfer to accredited districts. State lawmakers are also considering how to implement or revise the law. Three school systems in St. Louis and Kansas City are unaccredited. 

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Ethics bill overturned
2:24 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

State high court strikes 2010 ethics law

The Missouri Supreme Court has struck down a 2010 ethics law that took a long and twisted path to its final form.

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Missouri Congressional Redistricting
4:11 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

Judge upholds Mo. congressional redistricting map

The Grand Compromise Map, approved by Mo. lawmakers last year. The map was upheld in court Friday. Plaintiffs claimed it fails to meet the Mo. Supreme Court's standards for compactness.
(Missouri Senate)

The congressional redistricting map passed last year by Missouri lawmakers has been upheld by a Cole County judge.

Following a three-day court battle, Circuit Judge Daniel Green ruled late Friday that the districts in the so-called Grand Compromise Map do comply with the state constitution’s requirement that congressional districts be “as compact as may be.”  Gerry Greiman, one of the plaintiff’s attorneys, disagrees.

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Missouri Redistricting
11:17 am
Fri January 27, 2012

Suit over Mo. House districts filed in trial court

Opponents of new Missouri House districts are taking their legal challenge to a trial court after being turned down by the state Supreme Court.

A lawsuit challenging state House districts was filed Friday in Cole County. Its filing was expected after the state high court on Thursday declined a request to strike down the House map but permitted the case to be filed in a trial court.

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Missouri Redistricting
1:29 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

Mo. Supreme Court declines redistricting case

The Missouri Supreme Court is declining to weigh in on the constitutionality of new state House districts - at least for now.

The high court had been asked in a lawsuit to block a new map for the 163-member House from being used in this year's elections.

The plaintiffs contend the new maps violate requirements that districts have similar populations and be contiguous and compact.

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