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Court took partisan edge off Minnesota mapmaking

  • Article by: BRIAN BAKST
  • Associated Press
  • March 31, 2014 - 12:05 AM

ST. PAUL, Minn. — 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.

In the most recent round in 2010, Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed maps that had been approved in the Republican-controlled Legislature over his party's objections.

A special court eventually drew the maps. It was the same outcome as 10 years earlier.

Nationally, Republicans are seen as strongly positioned for November elections because they were able to redraw key congressional districts in their favor after the 2010 census.

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