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Missouri Redistricting
4:14 pm
Wed November 30, 2011

New Missouri State House, Senate Redistricting Maps Released

A small cutaway of new Missouri House of Representatives district map submitted to the Missouri Secretary of State. This view shows a portion of the St. Louis region. For more maps and to explore further, see the maps and links in the story below.
(Missouri State Redistricting Office)

Updated at 6:42 p.m. with comments from Mo. Sen. Jane Cunningham (R, Chesterfield).

New redistricting plans and maps for the Missouri General Assembly have been filed with the Missouri Secretary of State's office.

Redistricting occurs every 10 years, and is based on results from the census. Missouri's most recent census data, with shifts and increases in population, required significant changes to be made.

“We have worked collaboratively to draw maps that comply with the constitution, the Voting Rights Act, and other legal requirements,” Lisa White Hardwick, chair of the Missouri Appellate Apportionment Commission, said in a release.

The St. Louis area has lost a State Senate district.  The 7th District is represented by Jane Cunningham (R, Chesterfield) and mainly consists of western St. Louis County.  Starting in 2013, it will consist of six counties to the north and west of the metro area and a small portion of St. Charles County.  Cunningham says she’ll now run for the 27th District Senate seat, which will include parts of St. Louis and Jefferson Counties.

“I had expected much of this area to be mine anyway, I’ve already been working in many of what would be new areas, and so they know me," Cunningham said.  "Our home is in another area, but this is my stomping grounds.”

Cunningham will have to move to a new home in order to live in the new 27th District, which she calls a minor inconvenience.  The new State Senate boundaries also have Cunningham’s current home in the same district as fellow Republican Senator John Lamping

Here are the newly submitted maps for the St. Louis region (click within each to expand and explore):

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from St. Louis on the Air
4:49 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

Congressman Carnahan remains tight-lipped about 2012 plans

Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-St. Louis.
(Wikimedia Commons/Online Congressional Guide)

As Missouri awaits a decision from Cole County Circuit Court about the redistricting map created by the Missouri General Assembly, 3rd District Congressman Russ Carnahan remains mum about his plans for re-election in 2012.  Saying it makes little sense to make any decision before the Court’s, Carnahan refused to say whether or not he’d consider a run in the 1st District against Democrat Lacy Clay.

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Morning round-up
9:25 am
Fri October 14, 2011

Morning headlines: Friday, October 14, 2011

St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa takes the baseball from starting pitcher Kyle Lohse in the fifth inning of Game 4 in the NLCS at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on October 13, 2011. Milwaukee won the game 4-2.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Cardinals lose to Brewers in NLCS Game 4

The Milwaukee Brewers beat the Cardinals last night 4-2 to even the NL championship series at 2 games a piece. Matt Holliday and Allen Craig homered for the Cardinals, representing their only runs in the last 16 innings. The Brewers ended an eight-game road losing streak in the postseason dating to the 1982 World Series opener at St. Louis. Jaime Garcia faces Zack Greinke for the second time in the series in Game 5 tonight.

East St. Louis Police Chief will not resign after all

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Mo. Gen. Assembly redistricting
7:41 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

Six-judge panel hears redistricting proposals for Mo. House and Senate seats

A six-judge panel considers proposals to redraw Missouri's State House and Senate districts at a meeting in Jefferson City.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Numerous proposals to redraw Missouri’s State House and Senate district maps were delivered today to a six-judge panel in Jefferson City.

The interested parties include several current and former lawmakers from both political parties.  A coalition of St. Louis-area senators pitched a map that's designed to prevent the region from losing a State Senate seat.  Republican Eric Schmitt of Glendale says the metro area has not lost enough population to justify losing a Senate district.

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Redistricting
6:24 pm
Wed October 12, 2011

Hearing tomorrow on Missouri's State House and Senate redistricting maps

The Missouri State Capitol Building in Jefferson City, Mo.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated 10:43 a.m. Oct. 13 with corrected location of hearings

A judicial panel charged with redrawing Missouri’s State House and Senate districts will begin taking comments from the public tomorrow.

The six-judge panel will draw new maps because two panels made up of Democrats and Republicans failed to reach agreements on them before the August deadline.

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Missouri Redistricting
2:43 pm
Tue October 11, 2011

Mo. AG's office responds to redistricting lawsuit

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster.
(Official Portrait, Missouri Attorney General's office)

The Missouri attorney general's office contends a lawsuit challenging new congressional districts should be dismissed.

Some Democrats filed a lawsuit last month challenging the new districts. They argue the districts are not compact and contiguous, deny equal rights and reflect the use of government power to benefit a few instead of preserving the general welfare.

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Congressional Map Taken to Court
3:12 pm
Fri September 23, 2011

Lawsuit filed over Missouri's congressional map

The "Grand Compromise" map that become law after Mo. lawmakers overrode Gov. Nixon's veto.
(Mo. Senate)

A lawsuit has been filed challenging a new Missouri law redrawing the state's congressional districts based on the 2010 census.

A half-dozen citizens are listed as plaintiffs on the lawsuit filed today in Cole County Circuit Court contending the new districts were designed to serve partisan ends rather to fairly represent Missourians.

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Morning round-up
9:11 am
Mon August 29, 2011

Morning headlines: Monday, August 29, 2011

(via Flickr/CrashTestAddict)

Town Hall tonight on heroin epidemic

Tonight, law enforcement, social workers and drug counselors will hold a third Town Hall meeting on the epidemic of heroin and prescription pain killer use among teens in St. Louis County. Speakers will be on hand to talk about police enforcement strategies and signs of heroin addiction.

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Missouri Senate Redistricting
3:46 pm
Tue August 16, 2011

Mo. Senate redistricting panel gives up, will let judges redraw map

The Missouri Senate's current districts, which took effect in 2003.
(Missouri Senate)

A commission tasked with redrawing State Senate districts in Missouri has thrown in the towel and will allow a panel of judges to do the job.

The main sticking point was over the 24th Senate District in St. Louis County.  Despite an approximate 59 percent Democratic population, the seat is held by a Republican, Senator John Lamping.

The Democrats on the redistricting commission, including Chairman Doug Harpool, cited population shifts for seeking to eliminate Lamping’s district and create a new one in southwestern Missouri.

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Illinois Redistricting
10:46 am
Tue August 16, 2011

League of Women Voters sues over Ill. redistricting maps

The map signed into law by Ill. Gov. Quinn which re-drew Illinois' legislative districts.
(Illinois House of Representatives via Google Maps)

Illinois' League of Women Voters is challenging the new congressional and

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