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First look today at maps redrawing Minnesota politics

Posted at 6:20 AM on February 21, 2012 by Paul Tosto
Filed under: Politics

At 1 p.m. today, a court-ordered state panel unveils its plan to redraw Minnesota's legislative and congressional boundaries, setting in motion changes that will reshape Minnesota politics for a decade.

Driven by the 2010 Census data released in March, the changes could create some fascinating races for the fall, including a possible race between Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann and DFL Rep. Betty McCollum in a reconstructed Twin Cities district.

The task of redrawing the lines fell to the court-ordered panel after Gov. Mark Dayton and GOP lawmakers couldn't agree on a plan.

Today, we'll see the panel's work, including the redistricting order and the congressional and legislative district maps.


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Paul Tosto

Paul Tosto writes the Big Story Blog for MPR News. He joined the newsroom in 2008 after more than 20 years reporting on education, politics and the economy for news wires and newspapers across the country.