Three of the four private plaintiffs in the case have asked the special five-judge panel that drew the state’s new political maps to award them a little more than $1 million to cover attorney fees and costs.
Despite some calls for sweeping changes, the special five-judge panel overseeing the process went small when it redrew lines for Minnesota 201 legislative districts and eight congressional districts.
Neither the Minnesota House nor the state Senate is going to pass their own versions of the maps that will determine a lot about which party controls politics in the state for the next decade.
Tuesday’s oral arguments will be the final chance for the groups hoping to influence a special five-judge panel charged with drawing new congressional and legislative districts for Minnesota if (or when) the Legislature fails to agree on a new political map.
A Q&A with Peter Wattson, a redistricting expert and lead plaintiff in a lawsuit against the state, about the state’s history of redistricting — and what he expects to happen between now and next February, when state law requires Minnesota to have a new political map.
Though more detailed data will be coming later this year, Monday’s population counts can tell states a lot about their political futures.
The purpose of the lawsuit is to put the issue before the courts in case the Legislature can’t agree on new political maps — which is highly likely.
The data needed to draw political districts is supposed to be delivered by the Census Bureau by April 1.
Minnesota has a relatively non-gerrymandered legislative map. And with Minnesotans once again voting for divided government as the state heads into redistricting next year, things are likely to stay that way.
From bellwether Legislature races to congressional district vote totals, here are the things MinnPost writers will be paying attention to as Minnesota starts counting votes Tuesday.
What the city’s latest decision could mean for council elections.
Minnesota is one of 12 states being targeted by Republican and Democratic groups.
Apparently, there’s no time like the present to start thinking, and fighting, about the process.
The threshold between Minnesota having seven versus eight seats in the U.S. House could be as low as 10,000 people.
The case, Gill v. Whitford, is the first time the nation’s highest court could strike down the role partisanship plays in the process of drawing political maps.
That’s when the tortured process for drawing Minnesota’s political map begins anew, which is why some lawmakers want to change the redistricting system now.
Minnesota is one of a few states to tax the benefits, although it doesn’t affect many low-income seniors.
Unless the DFL can figure out a way to excite voters in midterm elections, said Party Chair Ken Martin, control of the state House may continue to flip between Democrats and Republicans every two years.
Last year, the community in Minneapolis came together to elect its first City Council representative. However, the DFL’s current Kahn-Noor legislative race is more complicated.
The problem for Mike Obermueller and Democrats is that GOP Rep. John Kline has both money and history on his side.