Today is deadline for Republican, Democratic parties to turn in their redistricting ideas

A special court panel will likely have to decide how to redraw the districts because Dayton and Republican legislators probably won't agree on a plan. Every 10 years the state redraws the boundaries to account for population changes in the Census.
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A special court panel will likely have to decide how to redraw the districts because Dayton and Republican legislators probably won't agree on a plan. Every 10 years the state redraws the boundaries to account for population changes in the Census.

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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.

Don't mix Duluth and St. Cloud, citizens tell redistricting panel

Some residents are telling a panel that it makes no sense to lump both cities in the same legislative district. The population of the St. Cloud area and the northern suburbs of the Twin Cities have grown much faster than most of other parts of the state in the past decade, which means political districts in the area must be redrawn.

Legal bills for Minnesota's redistricting battle: $628,000

When Minnesota's political parties were unable to agree on new political boundaries, they went to court ... and now the bills are coming due. Democrats, Republicans, and citizens who joined the lawsuit are seeking reimbursement of $628,000 in legal costs. A panel appointed by the state Supreme Court eventually handled the redistricting.

Hypocrisy runs deep in both Democrats and Republicans

No surprise to anyone, Democrats like legislation/regulation particularly related to income re-distribution while Republicans chastise all for too much government regulation as they put statutory and, worse, Constitutional constraints on personal matters like Gay marriage, and, eventually, sex acts. But the hypocrisy does not stop there.

Is Minnesota's redistricting playing a role in Bachmann's campaign?

The Associated Press reports the court panel assigned with redrawing the state's political boundaries won't rule until late February -- a point where the Republican Congresswoman should know if its time to abandon her presidential campaign if her placement in the polls don't improve.