An all-star line up of who’s who in Minnesota politics urged lawmakers to take the politics out of drawing their own district boundaries. Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle quickly rejected the redistricting proposal from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs saying they can complete their constitutional obligation of making fair maps. DFL Governor Mark Dayton remained open to an independent panel of retired judges doing redistricting responding “I support the principle, it depends on the details.”
Former Vice President Walter Mondale spoke with Dayton about his initiative. The cast of supporters also included former GOP House Speaker Steve Sviggum, former DFL Senate Majority Leader Roger Moe, former IP gubernatorial candidate Tim Penny and former State Supreme Court Chief Justice Kathleen Blatz. They say there’s an inherent conflict of interest by essentially allowing lawmakers to choose their own voters. For almost half a century the courts have ended up drawing the lines.