For Minnesota lawmakers, tomorrow will be 'more stressful than Election Day'

On Tuesday a panel of judges will release Minnesota's new legislative maps, and the changes will have huge ramifications for office-holders. Some of them could find they will no longer live within the districts they represent, others could find themselves facing a new challenger from their own party. MinnPost talks to a few stressed legislators and offers a primer on what redistricting is all about ...
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On Tuesday a panel of judges will release Minnesota's new legislative maps, and the changes will have huge ramifications for office-holders. Some of them could find they will no longer live within the districts they represent, others could find themselves facing a new challenger from their own party. MinnPost talks to a few stressed legislators and offers a primer on what redistricting is all about ...

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