redistricting

Mo. candidate filing period
8:16 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Filing period bill moves forward in Mo. Senate

Mo. Capitol
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to legislation that would push back the filing period for the state’s August primaries by one month.

The bill’s backers say the filing period needs to be moved forward to March 27th through April 24th, due to legal uncertainty over the State House and Senate district maps.  Currently, the filing period begins February 28th and ends March 27th for all state and federal races this year.

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MO Statehouse - Redistricting
2:44 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Trial court rejects challenge to state House districts

A Cole County judge has rejected a legal challenge to new State House . The portion shown here is the St. Louis region.
(Missouri State Redistricting Office)

It's been a busy day in Missouri courts today.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Missouri Supreme Court struck down an ethics law because the measure originally dealt with state procurement.

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Missouri Redistricting
11:41 am
Wed February 8, 2012

Mo. senator urges later candidate filing period

An interior view of the Missouri Capitol building in Jefferson City, Mo.
(via Flickr/jennlynndesign)

Updated 12:19 p.m.

A Missouri senator has introduced legislation that would push back the state's time period for candidates to file for public office.

The legislation introduced Wednesday would push the filing period back to begin on March 27. The filing period was originally scheduled to begin Feb. 28. The change will affect races for seats in the state legislature and the U.S. House.

Sen. Mike Parson, a Bolivar Republican, said the change was necessary because state lawmakers might not have enough time to file for their candidacies.

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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 House Redistricting
2:47 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

Arguments in Mo. House redistricting case due Feb. 10

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A Missouri judge could rule in mid-February on a lawsuit challenging new boundaries for state House districts.

The case was scheduled for a Friday hearing before Cole County Circuit Judge Pat Joyce. Instead, the judge gave attorneys on both sides a Feb. 10 deadline for submitting written arguments. Joyce could rule the following week. Candidates currently can start filing Feb. 28 for this year's elections.

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Mo. Congressional redistricting
6:34 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Closing arguments heard in Mo. congressional redistricting lawsuit

The Grand Compromise Map, approved by Mo. lawmakers last year. The map is being challenged in court over claims that it fails to meet the Mo. Supreme Court's standards for compactness.
(Mo. Senate)

Closing arguments were heard today (Thursday) in the lawsuit over Missouri’s new congressional district map.

Debate centered around whether the so-called Grand Compromise Map passed by lawmakers last year meets the State Supreme Court’s definition of compactness.  Gerry Greiman represents the plaintiffs.  He argued that the map’s 5th District, which lumps Kansas City together with three rural counties, fails that test.

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Missouri Redistricting
9:46 am
Tue January 31, 2012

Court hearing starts over Mo. congressional map

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Updated 12:43 with comments from hearing.

Updated 4:29 p.m. with more commentary from hearing, additional information.

A Missouri political science professor says the state's new congressional districts could have been more compact.

University of Missouri-St. Louis professor David Kimball was the first witness during a court hearing about the constitutionality of the state's new U.S. House districts.

Kimball said the districts could be considered divided in a way that gives one political party an advantage, which is known as gerrymandering.

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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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MO Statehouse
12:51 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Lawsuit challenges new districts for Mo. House

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Another legal challenge over Missouri's redistricting process seeks to block new districts for the 163-member state House.

In a lawsuit filed Monday, more than a dozen people, including two former lawmakers, say a new House district map violates requirements that districts be compact, contiguous and have similar populations. The plaintiffs are asking the Supreme Court to consider the case without it going before a trial court.

A panel of appellate judges drew up the map of new districts for the Missouri House after the 2010 census.

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