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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Legislature poised for big turnover
Forty-seven state legislators have retired or decided to run for other offices since a court panel ordered a new redistricting map on Feb. 21. That means at least one-fourth of the 201 seats in the Legislature will change hands this fall, which would mark the largest turnover since 2002, the last redistricting year.
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Legislators are moving fast with big fiscal packages and major policy bills in hopes of heading home early. The reasons are clear, Politics in Minnesota reports. Republicans have faced an onslaught of bad press because of the Michael Brodkorb affair, and many lawmakers will face challenging re-election campaigns because of redistricting.
Minnesota redistricting announcement expected Tuesday
Many observers speculate a five-judge panel will release the new legislative and congressional district maps next week. The court panel is now responsible for the maps because the GOP-controlled legislature and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton failed to agree on the new maps. Redistricting is required every 10 years to keep nearly the same number of people in each district.
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