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Court Took Partisan Edge Off Minnesota Mapmaking

Redistricting power grabs seen nationally and in many states haven’t happened in Minnesota, but it’s not for lack of trying. Divided government has kept the state’s two largest parties from having enough muscle to push through new electoral maps that could give them an advantage.


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Opinion: Billions Are Being Spent On This Election, But Will It Change Anything?

For all the billions spent by the Obama and Romney campaigns, Republican and Democratic parties, and countless outside groups, we may wake up November 7th to a Washington that is virtually unchanged.


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Panel Cuts Legal Fee Bills For Minn. Redistricting

A Minnesota court panel has slashed the legal bills for those who sued over this year’s political redistricting.


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Opinion: Mess In Texas

In Texas Republicans have taken efforts to restrict access to voting a step farther. Texas Republicans are calling for the repeal of the Voting Rights Act.


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Ritchie Opposes Legal Fee Awards For Redistricting

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie is opposing attorney fee awards for those who sued over political redistricting.


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$628K Sought For MN Redistricting Costs

The Minnesota court panel that settled the latest round of political redistricting is now being asked to cover more than $628,000 in legal bills for the Democrats, Republicans and citizens who joined the lawsuit.


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Bachmann Says She’ll Seek Old Minn. Seat

Fresh off the national stage of a failed presidential bid, Republican Michele Bachmann said Tuesday that she will seek re-election to her Minnesota congressional seat, even though her home is being thrown into a district currently represented by a Democrat.


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Judges Want Wis. Lawmakers To Reassess Voting Maps

Federal judges on Tuesday postponed a trial over the state’s latest election maps, telling lawyers for both sides to spend the day determining whether lawmakers would consider drawing new maps.


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Bachmann Plans Run, Demands Medicare Oversight

Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann announced on Monday she will be introducing federal legislation that calls for greater oversight of how Medicaid dollars are being spent.


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Talking Points: Announcing Redistricting

One of the biggest news stories this week will be the announcement on Tuesday of the new boundaries for Congressional districts and all state legislative seats.


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Talking Points: Bachmann, Not A Shoe-In For 6th District

Earlier this week Michele Bachmann announced she will run for re-election in Minnesota’s Sixth Congressional District. And while she has become a national figure, her re-election bid faces a difficult hurdle.


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Minn. Redistricting Panel To Air GOP, DFL Plans

Minnesota’s political parties will argue for their plans to redraw the state’s political boundaries before a panel of the Minnesota Supreme Court.


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Minn. Political Map Would Pair Bachmann, McCollum

A proposed remake of a Minnesota congressional district map would lump Democratic Rep. Betty McCollum into a district with Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann, the presidential hopeful who hasn’t ruled out another bid for Congress should her current campaign fail.


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Minn. Political Parties Make Their Case With Maps

Minnesota political parties, show your maps.


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Parties Argue Over Principles In Minn. Map Case

A special court panel is deciding how much wiggle room it should allow in crafting new legislative and congressional districts.


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Minn. Political Map Case To Be Argued Jan. 4

A special court panel has scheduled a hearing in January for a politically charged case over boundaries for Minnesota legislative and congressional districts.


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Minn. Court To Take Public Input On Political Maps

A series of eight hearings designed to get input on Minnesota’s political boundaries is beginning.


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Minn. Group Aims To Bypass Redistricting Politics

A new group called Draw the Line Minnesota hopes to involve voters in redrawing political maps without regard for incumbents and other partisan concerns.


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Wis. Senate Approves Redistricted Legislative Map

The Wisconsin state Senate has passed a bill that redraws the boundaries of the state’s eight congressional districts.


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Minn. Redistricting Panel To Hold Public Hearings

A special panel on redistricting appointed by Minnesota’s Supreme Court chief justice will hold a series of public meetings to give interested people and groups a chance to be heard on the once-a-decade process of redrawing the state political map.


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Minn. Political Map Case Returns To Federal Court

A lawsuit involving Minnesota’s political maps is back in federal court.


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5 Minn. Judges Named To Oversee Political Map Case

A five-member judicial panel that could decide how Minnesota’s political maps look for the next 10 years has been appointed.


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Dayton Vetoes GOP-Drafted Redistricting Maps

Gov. Mark Dayton has vetoed Republican-drafted maps for new Minnesota congressional and legislative districts, making it likely the state’s once-a-decade redistricting process will end up in the courts.


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Minn. Senate Sends Redistricting Bills To Dayton

The state Senate has sent Gov. Mark Dayton bills that alter the boundaries of Minnesota’s eight congressional districts and 67 legislative districts, but they are likely to draw a veto from the Democratic chief executive.


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House OKs Redesign For Minn. Congressional Lines

A bill altering boundaries for Minnesota’s eight congressional districts to account for population shifts has passed the state House.