Morning Roundup
9:23 am
Fri January 20, 2012

Morning headlines: Friday, January 20, 2012

Missouri state Supreme Court building in Jefferson City.
(via flickr/david_shane)

Missouri judge schedules hearing for for U.S. House districts

A Missouri trial judge is setting aside several days to examine new congressional districts after the state Supreme Court ordered further review of the new map. Online court records show Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green has schedule what is expected to be a three-day hearing beginning Jan. 31. 

This week, the Missouri Supreme Court ordered further review of claims that the redrawn U. S. House districts are unconstitutional because they are not sufficiently compact.

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Missouri Redistricting
2:23 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

Mo. court upholds challenges to redistricting maps; process to start over

The Missouri Supreme Court building in Jefferson City, Mo.
(via Flickr/david_shane)

Updated 5:21 p.m. with Gov. Nixon asking for nominees for new citizens commission

The Missouri Supreme Court has struck down new state Senate districts and ordered a further legal review of new U.S. House districts.

The rulings Tuesday add fresh uncertainty for the 2012 election year, just weeks before candidates are to begin filing for office.

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Missouri redistricting
5:59 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

Redistricting lawsuits heard before Mo. Supreme Court

Mo. Supreme Court
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

The legal battle over Missouri’s new congressional map resumed today. 

The State Supreme Court heard arguments over whether the so-called “Grand Compromise Map” fails to meet the State Constitution’s compactness requirement.  Attorney Gerry Greiman argued for the plaintiffs in one of two lawsuits against the map.  He says like-minded people should be joined together in the same district.

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Missouri Redistricting
3:12 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

Court asked to invalidate new Mo. Senate districts

The latest version of the Missouri Senate redistricting maps, which was released on Dec. 9, 2011. A Columbia lawyer wants the maps invalidated.
(Missouri Office of Administration website)

Updated 4:56 p.m. with Supreme Court setting oral argument.

The Missouri Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments quickly on a Columbia lawyer's challenge to newly drawn districts for the 34-seat state Senate.

District boundaries were redrawn by a panel of state appellate judges to reflect population changes based on the 2010 census.

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Missouri Redistricting
1:35 pm
Thu December 15, 2011

Mo. proposal calls for open redistricting meetings

State Sen. Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau, is proposing a constitutional amendment to require redistricting commissions to follow the state's public meetings and open records law.
(Harrison Sweazea/Mo. Senate)

Updated 1:48 p.m. with quote from Crowell, more information.

A Missouri senator wants to change the secretive process used to draw new legislative districts.

Republican Sen. Jason Crowell, of Cape Girardeau, is proposing a constitutional amendment to require redistricting commissions to follow the state's public meetings and open records law.

He said redistricting is fundamental to the democratic process, and new boundaries for state legislative seats should not be drawn behind closed doors.

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Mo. House/Sen. redistricting
4:40 pm
Fri December 9, 2011

Panel tweaks redrawn Mo. Senate redistricting map

The revised version of the Missouri Senate map released today by a six-judge panel. Click on the links in the story below to explore the full map.
(Missouri Office of Administration website)

A six-judge panel that redrew Missouri’s State House and Senate districts has made a few changes to the Senate map.

The original map had raised constitutional concerns because it divided rural Johnson County in western Missouri among two separate Senate districts.  The county is represented in the Senate by Republican David Pearce of Warrensburg.

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Mo. Congressional redistricting
7:00 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

Lawsuits challenging Mo.'s congressional redistricting maps to be tossed

A Cole County judge has decided to dismiss a legal challenge to the congressional redistricting maps passed this year by Missouri lawmakers.

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.

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Illinois Redistricting
4:58 pm
Wed December 7, 2011

Lawsuit over new Ill. legislative map thrown out

A screen capture of the redistricting map from the Illinois House of Representatives approved by Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn on June 3, 2011. State Republicans sued to invalidate the map, but the suit has been thrown out.
(Illinois House of Representatives via Google Maps)

Judges have thrown out a Republican lawsuit challenging a Democrat-drawn map of new state legislative

A panel of federal judges in Chicago on Wednesday dismissed the suit filed by top Illinois Republicans.

House Republican leader Tom Cross and Senate Republican leader Christine Radogno sued because they contend the Democrat-drawn map is unfair to minority groups and GOP voters.

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Morning headlines
9:38 am
Mon December 5, 2011

Morning headlines: Monday, December 5, 2011

Some lawmakers are raising constitutional questions about new Missouri House and Senate districts. The St. Louis area is shown here.
(Missouri State Redistricting Office)

Lawmakers raise constitutional questions about new districts

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Morning round-up
9:29 am
Thu December 1, 2011

Morning headlines: Thursday, December 1, 2011

Members Occupy St. Louis say the movement is still going strong.

Occupy STL members say movement still strong

The tents are gone from Kiener Plaza, along with the big crowds. But people involved in the Occupy St. Louis movement say they're still going strong.

Today marks the two-month anniversary of the movement that began in New York and spread to several other cities. At one point in St. Louis, more than 100 people were camped in Kiener Plaza, a downtown park.

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