Posted at 6:32 AM on February 22, 2012
by Tom Scheck
Filed under: Daily Digest
The court appointed panel dropped the new maps for the U.S. House and the Minnesota Legislature.
The court paired DFL Rep. Betty McCollum and GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann but Bachmann quickly announced she's moving to the 6th (which includes the bulk of her current district).
There weren't many other dramatic changes. The 6th and the 3rd got more Republican. The 2nd got more Democratic (but is still leaning GOP). The 4th got more Republican (but is still heavy DFL). The 5th picked up even more Democrats. The 1st, 7th and 8th didn't change too much.
Check out the interactive map.
Here's a look at the Congressional maps.
Here are the legislative pairings.
Minneapolis will lose at least two legislative seats.
Several lawmakers including Ken Kelash, Carol McFarlane and Bill Ingebrigtsen, are trying to determine their political futures. Kelash says he may run in a new open seat instead of challenging DFL Sen. Scott Dibble.
GOP Rep. Branden Peterson says he's running for an open Minnesota Senate seat.
The blog, Minnesota Brown, breaks down how the new maps hit the Iron Range and Beltrami County.
Under the Dome
Gov. Dayton urges GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann to get the U.S. House to pass the Stillwater Bridge bill.
The Legislative Auditor says child welfare checks are unevenly distributed.
The MPCA wants to stop sediment from entering the Mississippi River.
GOP Rep. Steve Drazkowski aims for a 'hunter's tax holiday.'
Vikings owner Zygi Wilf met privately with Gov. Dayton on Tuesday but stadium deal is staying out of reach.
President Obama will release a plan to lower the corporate tax rate to 28 percent.
Obama will talk gasoline prices on Thursday.
The U.S. is covering millions in legal costs for executives at Fannie Mae.
Grover Norquist brought his anti-tax message to Minnesota.
DFL Rep. Keith Ellison met with young men trying to leave crime behind.
The Dow topped 13,000 for the first time since 2008.
The European Union bails out Greece but there are questions whether the country can survive the new terms.
Race for U.S. Senate
Pete Hegseth tells the Star Tribune that he's running.
Race for President
An NBC poll says Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney are deadlocked in Michigan. Romney leads Arizona.
NPR says Rick Santorum's problem with women may be his glass ceiling.
Santorum was forced to answer questions about comments he made in 2008 that Satan has set his sights on the U.S.
Santorum says he won't back away from his comments.
Mitt Romney says Santorum hasn't been "carefully viewed."
Romney also says President Obama has fought against religion.
Politico says Romney has a high burn rate when it comes to his campaign cash.
Newt Gingrich calls Obama "outrageously Anti-American" on oil.