Republican District Redraw Uproots And Upsets Democrats

By Esme Murphy, WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Every 10 years congressional districts get redrawn because of changing population figures. This year the Republicans, who control the legislature, get to redraw the boundaries and they are proposing some big changes to the lines currently in place .

The changes have some unforeseen consequences for Democrats, one being that former Sen.Tarryl Clark may have wasted her money on a new condo in Duluth, Minn.

Just over the weekend Clark announced she was moving to a Duluth condo to run against Chip Cravaack. But if she had waited to buy the condo, she would have learned Monday that the Republican plan already puts her and Cravaack in the same district.

Under the new map, longtime DFL Congressman Colin Peterson would be living in the 8th District not the 7th, and Cravaack, who upset Jim Oberstar last year, would be living in the 7th not the 8th.

“This map that the Republicans have drawn up is the culmination of a decades-long dream to merge what had been the Colin Peterson and Jim Oberstar districts in ways that help the Republicans,” said Humphrey Institute professor Larry Jacobs.

The new map strengthens Rep. Michele Bachmann’s 6th district with a larger concentration of Republican leaning voters. And in the 1st Cogressional District, now represented by Democrat Tim Walz, there will also be a lot more Republican voters.

“The maps the Republicans have drawn are dead on arrival when they come to Gov. Dayton’s office. He would never sign these because there’s going to be probably uniform or close to uniform opposition by Democrats in the legislature,” Jacobs said.

Dayton has said any redistricting plan has to have bi-partisan support.

If there is no compromise and the governor does in fact veto this proposed redistricting, the new map would end up in court were a judge would set the boundaries.

  • Victim Du Jour

    The Constitution says the Legislature makes the district maps.

    Minnesota Judges are appointed and they don’t refect the will of the people at all.

  • Fisher King

    So true!!

  • bob

    You must be a moron to be republican nowaday!

    • Minnesota nice

      What is with the name calling all the time. I just don’t get it.

  • Yelper

    “Dayton has said any redistricting plan has to have bi-partisan support. ”

    Republicans just don’t get it!

    They waste all their time drafting anti-abortion bills and tax breaks for the rich. They also have wasted lots of time trying to make the ‘Cream Puff’ the Minnesota desert! What limpy fools.

    • Phid

      Um, Democrats “just don’t get it”.

      Is it true that the Dems just spend their time drafting pro-abortion bills and giving gobs of money to people so they can sit around and don’t have to work?

      You see how two can play this game?

      • Yelper

        First no democrat is pro-abortion just pro-choice….that’s just a republican word game…

        Second did you see how much time republicans wasted crafting the legislation for the Cream Puff as the state desert?

        Third, we have a democratic governor and can you say VETO

        LOL Phid you an idiot

    • tuna-free dolphin

      Republicans do get it. You however don’t. The party in power in the legislature gets to draw the districts. The dems always redraw them in their favor when in power, and so will the republicans. It’s their right. Sorry about that. Boo hoo.

  • Murph

    Didn’t Tom DeLay go to prison for a similar scheme in Texas? Or was it a lot of other things too? At any rate they are afraid to have to lose as badly as they probably will in 2012.This stuff will likely backfire! Pawlenty got run out of town on a rail.These left over fascist deviates will too!

    • tuna-free dolphin

      How did Pawlenty get run out of town on a rail? He served his two terms and left. You people are loopy. Redistricting happens every ten years, the year after the census (last year). The party in power gets to draw the map. This is eighth grade civics. Maybe you were in the can getting stoned, but I’m sure it was covered. In case your THC soaked brain can’t remember, The republicans thumped the dems pretty handily in 2010. They retook huge numbers of state houses across the country too. And even most liberal pundits are predicting about the same for 2012 in light of Obama’s performance on jobs, the economy and energy policy. So I’m not sure where you’re getting all your hope for 2012, but I’m pretty sure you’ll want to sleep in that Wednesday and don’t turn on the TV until you’re ready to be real disappointed. I apologize in advance if the fireworks keep you awake that night. Our fault.

    • dan

      Must have been Pawlentys train that ran over Daytons head to make his eyes look so goofy. Whats up with that look. No wonder the family doesnt want him anywhere near the stores.

  • Mike Merker

    Give me a break people! Democrats are doing the same thing in other states to make it in their favor, Republican or Democrat the voters spoke and if you don’t like it, well then there is always another election coming up where you can make a difference and vote and encourage your friends to get off the couch and vote.
    As Obama said in 2009, elections have consequences and this time democrats lost. Go get them next time.

  • Pork Chop Fan

    This is a non-issue. Democrats can redraw the maps in 10 years and then the Republicans can complain about it.

    Politics – more predictable then the weather.


    All Republicans are evil.

  • yeah

    After what the republicans are pulling with the budget cuts this year it doesn’t matter how the districts are drawn.

  • Dave L

    What goes around comes around. The GOP was given up for “dead” after Watergate. The Dem’s were thought dead after Lewinsky. It won’t be much longer before the majority tires of the current right wing tea party agenda and the pendulum swings back toward the left. So the GOP (or right leaning state courts) may succeed in jerry-rigging Congressional boundaries in the short term but it won’t matter long-term.

  • David Roberts

    Ah Quit Complaining we have other priorities : Get the people’s work done

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