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Missouri redistricting

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 15, 2011 - The Missouri General Assembly held a veto session Wednesday without attempting any veto-override votes -- a fact that irked some Republican legislators and surprised a few Democrats.

"People's heads were spinning,'' said state Rep. Stacey Newman, D-Richmond Heights.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 16, 2011 - With the special session just weeks away, the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus says it has been talking with Gov. Jay Nixon's office and Republican leaders about the impact of the economic development proposals on tap.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 25, 2011 - Commissioners charged with drawing new boundary lines for Missouri's 34 state Senate districts unveiled this afternoon a revised map that does away with an earlier controversial plan to redraw the 4th and 5th districts in St. Louis so that their boundaries split the city into a northern, predominantly African-American district and a southern, predominantly white district.

The two new districts are patterned somewhat after the two current districts, which split the city into eastern and western halfs. But the proposed new districts still would have a north-south focus.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 11, 2011 Amid all the haggling during the final days of this legislative session, members of the Missouri General Assembly are abuzz over their own political futures.

And according to preliminary redistricting maps, the picture isn't pretty for many of them.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 4, 2011 - The Missouri Senate voted 28-6 this afternoon to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of the bill crafting new boundaries for the state's eight remaining congressional districts. That vote, which was not a surprise, followed the state House's narrow override by 109-44.

The map does away with the district of U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-St. Louis.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 2, 2011 - Gov. Jay Nixon on Saturday was true to his word, vetoing the congressional redistricting map sent to him by the General Assembly. Nixon's action came less than 24 hours after he had said publicly that he planned a quick decision -- rather than stringing the matter out. By law, he could have waited until May 12.

"It's on a quick time frame,'' Nixon had said on Friday. "We're not going to drag this out."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 28, 2011 -The Missouri House and Senate swiftly voted late Wednesday to approve a compromise map for the state's eight remaining congressional districts. The votes came soon after negotiators broke a stalemate that had heightened tensions within GOP ranks.

The map passed the House by a vote of 96-55, and then cleared the Missouri Senate, 27-7. The House margin is 13 votes short the number needed to override a potential veto from Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 27, 2011 - U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-St. Louis, stopped by Crystal City on Tuesday to view a weakened section of the community's Mississippi River levee and to hear the Army Corps of Engineers' plan for shoring it up.

Carnahan's visit also was a reminder of his own efforts to shore up his political career, now under threat from the Missouri General Assembly.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 22, 2011 - The Missouri General Assembly is out until Tuesday after negotiations fell through overnight in the increasingly contentious fight between Senate and House Republicans over congressional redistricting.

The House went back into session this morning shortly before 11 a.m., after Republican leaders had caucused to decide how to respond. The House-Senate conference committee broke up with no agreement around 2 a.m.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 16, 2011 -Missouri's six Republican members of the U.S. House are expected to meet in Jefferson City on Monday to try to resolve a conflict in the GOP-controlled General Assembly over dueling maps redrawing the congressional districts.

Sources tell the Beacon that the extraordinary meeting is prompted by Republican concern that a battle between the state House and Senate could prevent the approval of a consensus map in time to force Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, to veto or sign the measure before the legislative session ends May 13.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 7, 2011 - The Missouri House voted overwhelmingly today to approve a map that lays out boundaries for the state's remaining eight congressional districts. As expected, the map does away with the district now represented by U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-St. Louis.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 6, 2011 - State Rep. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis and a member of the House redistricting committee, has fired off another political shot at the state's top Democrat, Gov. Jay Nixon.

Nasheed, who moved last week to knock the governor's traveling money out of the state budget, now is accusing the governor of "lack of leadership" that she contends "has left Democrats in the dark on the issue of congressional redistricting."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 4, 2011 - Jefferson and St. Charles county officials might be a bit happier with the initial Senate version of congressional redistricting, reflected in a map approved today by the Senate panel in charge.

The Senate map puts most of Jefferson County into a refashioned 2nd District, with just a smidge assigned to the 8th District, which otherwise covers all of southeastern Missouri. The House map split Jefferson County into three different districts. 

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 31, 2011 - U.S. Reps. Russ Carnahan and William Lacy Clay, both St. Louis Democrats, have jointly condemned a congressional redistricting proposal that is expected to be approved by a Missouri House committee next week.

The two said in a statement the map -- which, in effect, does away with Carnahan's district and dramatically changes Clay's -- "emphasizes partisanship over fairness."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 21, 2011 - Gov. Jay Nixon's announcement of his choices for the legislative redistricting commissions means that all of the state panels are in place to draw new political boundaries mandated by the lastest census.

Nixon's picks to draw up new districts for the state Senate and House include many in both parties with political connections -- including former Lt. Gov. Joe Maxwell and former state Republican Party chairman Ann Wagner, who is mulling a run for the U.S.Senate.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 10, 2011 - Missouri's state Senate and House panels overseeing congressional redistricting have hired a high-powered Washington lawyer -- Michael Carvin -- to assist them as they seek to craft eight new district boundaries that can withstand a court challenge.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 5, 2011 - Missouri state legislators charged with redrawing the state's remaining eight congressional districts got an earful Friday from local political and civic leaders -- and a few average citizens -- concerned with how the new boundary lines will affect the clout of the region and its residents.

A public hearing in the morning, held by the state Senate panel at Harris Stowe State University, focused on the importance of preserving the 1st District's racial makeup so that its voters can continue to elect an African-American as their congressman.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 28, 2011 - The debate over how to transform Missouri's current nine congressional districts into eight seats might turn out to be more about place than party. In the American polity with its single member legislative districts, local geography often trumps national ideology.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 26, 2011 - Amid the mingling with their fellow Republicans, the county executives for St. Charles and Jefferson counties also have congressional redistricting on their minds.

And each has a vision of what he'd like to see.

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