Look at the Map of Minnesota Twin Cities Suburbs: Ballots and Boundaries

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A five-judge panel in Minnesota is due to release plans for redistricting Congress and legislation this afternoon.

Of the eight congressional districts, now split evenly between Democrats and Republicans, we’ll be watching especially for the new shape of the 2nd District, which encompasses some Twin Cities suburbs and is probably Minnesota’s most politically competitive district. Two-term Democrat Angie Craigwas re-elected 48%-46% in 2020.

Minnesota justices intervene after state lawmakers in the Democratic-led House and Republican-controlled Senate indicated they would not agree on new lines by today’s statutory deadline. Look for the cards HERE. — Greg Giroux

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RHODE ISLAND: FEW CHANGES
Rhode Island’s Democratic-led legislature will consider new maps recommended by an advisory commission today.

Proposed lines would not make significant changes to Democratic 1st District David Cicilline or the Democrats’ 2nd precinct Jim Langevin. But with Langevin stepping down from the least heavily Democratic of both districts, the question is whether Democrats will feel pressured to amend the bill to shore up the 2 before what could be a tough November election for their party. — Greg Giroux

KANSAS: “SYSTEMATIC DILUTION”
Kansas Democrats are contesting a Congressional map that could exclude them.

A trial filed yesterday accuses majority Republicans of “gross and systematic dilution of Democratic and minority votes” by dividing Wyandotte County (Kansas City) into two districts and moving the town of Lawrence and the University of Kansas into the Sprawling and mostly rural 1st district. The majority of Wyandotte residents are either Hispanic or black.

The new configuration endangers the Democratic Republic. Sharice Davids, which represents all of Wyandotte. Republicans say Davids would have been re-elected in 2020 under the new lines.

The lawsuit was filed by the firm of Democratic election lawyer Marc Elias. There is a second trial of the ACLU and the Campaign Legal Center making similar statements. — Greg Giroux

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MISSOURI: ‘6-2’ AGAINST. DEBATE ‘7-1’
Missouri’s Republican-led state Senate is still struggling to resolve an impasse over how to aggressively redraw the state’s eight congressional districts.

Last week, a bloc of heavily conservative Republican senators tied up the chamber demanding a map that would give the GOP an advantage in seven of eight districts, dismantling the Kansas City Metropolitan District. Emmanuel Cleaver (D).

They also said the map passed by the House, which offers a GOP advantage in six of the seats, would not do enough to shore up Rep.’s 2nd District. Anne Wagner (R) in suburban St. Louis, where Democrats have made gains in a state that has otherwise turned heavily Republican over the past decade.

Other Republicans have called it a risky approach that could expose one or more Republicans to defeat in a good Democratic year. The state senate rejected the proposed 7-1 map.

Senate Majority Leader Caleb Rowden said he could use diplomatic help from those with a stake in the outcome. “I hope the Congressional delegation will work to unify rather than divide, and be part of the solution and not just make the problem worse,” Rowden said on Twitter. — Greg Giroux

WISCONSIN: VOTING LAW
Hearings began on a Wisconsin legislative package (SB 934, SB 935, SB 936, SB 937, SB 940, SB 941, SB 943) that would change the way voters lists are updated and maintained.

The measures include a ban on private money in election administration, such as grants from the Mark Zuckerberg-funded Center for Technology and Civil Life. The initiative would also prohibit poll clerks from processing certificates of absence that do not contain complete or accurate information, and would require voters in long-term care facilities to have proof of identity in order to complete forms to receive ballots. — Stephen Joyce

PENNSYLVANIA, MARYLAND: DELAYED PRIMARY
The courts of Pennsylvania and Maryland have delayed primaries while they consider legal challenges to new maps of Congress and legislative districts.

A audience in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is set for Friday on objections to a recommendation that the state adopt a redistricting plan vetoed by Gov. Tom Wolf (D). Commonwealth Court Judge Patricia McCullough (R) also suggested postponing the petition collection period until early March, without changing the date of the primary election. Candidates for the May 17 primary were due to start collecting signatures for petitions today in order to be put on the ballot.

In Maryland, the state court of appeals extended the filing deadline to March 22 from February 22 as the court weighs four challenges to the redrawn legislative map. The order affects anyone who wishes to report to local, county or state offices. — Jennifer Kay, The Washington Post

ARIZONA: SCHEDULE INCONVENIENCE
A judge could decide if it’s legal for Arizona’s online system for congressional and legislative nomination petitions to be temporarily disconnected so the state can coordinate district data, just before the filing deadline April 4 candidates.

Secretary of State Katie Hobbs (D), whose office runs the system, filed a complaint against Attorney General Mark Brnovich (R) for saying the move would break the law and result in penalties. Hobbs wants the Maricopa County Superior Court to rule that she is following state law and preventing Brnovich from “investigating or bringing civil or criminal charges” against her. — brenna gothic

Caught our attention

  • The Kansas Senate leader stripped three GOP dissidents on the new congressional map of some committee assignments. (The Topeka Capital-Journal)
  • Michigan State Police are investigating allegations of unauthorized access to voting materials in County Roscommon. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson called for the investigation. (Michigan Bridge)

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