ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A bill altering boundaries for Minnesota’s eight congressional districts to account for population shifts has passed the state House.

The GOP-authored proposal was approved Friday on a 71-61 vote. The new map would lump all of northern Minnesota into one district and create three districts that stretch across the state.

Redistricting occurs every 10 years after the census produces new population figures. The process typically spills into the courts and this round is headed that way, too, given Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton’s coolness toward the GOP map.

Democratic Rep. Melissa Hortman charged the congressional map was “redrawn in favor of Republicans.”

Republican Rep. Sarah Anderson defended the alignments. In particular, she said having a district spanning the Canadian border was preferable to one running from Canada to the Iowa border.

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Comments (16)
  1. hmm says:

    I don’t know enough about the makeup of the state to make an informed decision about this. One thing I do know is I do not trust what either party says. The map should not be drawn up by a any political party that could benefit based on how they draw it up. It should be done by a court or third party somehow.

    1. Mary says:

      I totally agree.

    2. Carmen G Quarford says:

      I second that

  2. Chuck says:

    AGREED – it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize no matter what decade or what state redistricting is being done it, it’s going to favor those in the majority drawing up the maps. It’s a complete waste of taxpayer money to have our legislators spending time on this. I feel like a frrrken genuis.

  3. Sarah in Outstate MN says:

    This happens every 10 years. Every time it’s done the party out of power whines about it not remembering they did the same thing the previous census. So Ms. Hortman can cry foul all she wants, the Dems did the same thing in 2000 that the Republicans are doing now.

    Don’t dish it out if you can’t take it in.

    Both parties are huge babies and have selective memories. No wonder I can’t stand either party.

    1. Patriot says:

      DemocRATS always cry and whine when their atheist socialist treason is exposed. Next, they’ll bring in New York lawyers to trick their way through the courts. Watch as the use every trick in the book to pervert Freedom and Liberty.

      1. Jim says:

        Yeah, Democrats are evil, and Republicans have only the best interests of the people in mind. Got it. That makes a lot of sense. You’re really on to something here.

        1. Patriot says:

          And you’re obviously a traitor.

          1. pss says:

            patriot your NO patriot , I hate to Burst your bubble but democrates aare not atheists as you say I’m a lutheran and a democrate and I own guns so take your evil rebublican reteric and stuff it up you butt you commie

  4. Mike Schoemer says:

    The 2000 re-districting process (which gave us the REPUBLICAN stronghold of the Sixth District) was done in court.
    This will be too.
    Study your history people.

    1. Sarah in Outstate MN says:

      Yes, I remember it was settled in court and I really did mean that both parties are cry babies. I believe this one will be settled in court too. Sad that grown men and women cannot act like adults.

    2. Sarah says:

      MIke, Did you go to NDSU? I remember a guy with the same name as you unless this is just an alias.

      1. Mike Schoemer says:

        Moorhead State. So, close. I lived in Fargo for 13 years.

  5. come on people says:

    Ugh people stop complaining it is done by a political party. The majority party does it every 10 years and the minority party MUST agree to it. If there is no agreement then it is done by a court… which of course is going to be biased one way or another anyway.

  6. Yelper says:

    Hey D-Bags Your going to get a Big Veto!

    1. Sarah says:

      Yeap, and that’s when the lawsuits happen. If I remember correctly the Democrats made the 2000 map to their advantage, it was vetoed, the Republicans sued and it went into the courts. The same thing is happening and will happen here. It’s just the roles are reversed.

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