Missouri Senate Looks for 'Magic Path' on Redistricting

By DAVID A. LIEB, Related Press

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Assembly in a uncommon Saturday session, Missouri senators looked for what the chamber’s chief described as a “magic path” towards resolving a weeklong filibuster towards a plan to redraw the state’s congressional districts.

Senate President Professional Tem Dave Schatz acknowledged that varied boundaries remained between factions of the bulk Republican Celebration who’re divided over how aggressively to attract district boundaries to their benefit.

“With the entire people who have an curiosity on this map pulling in a number of completely different instructions, we’re nonetheless looking for that magic path that might lead us to a decision,” Schatz mentioned. ”I’m not prepared to surrender.”

All states should redraw congressional districts to account for inhabitants adjustments famous by the 2020 census.

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The Missouri Home final month handed a redistricting plan that is projected to proceed the state’s present illustration of six Republicans and two Democrats within the U.S. Home. However some Republicans contend it is not as strongly Republican as potential in a suburban St. Louis district held by GOP Rep. Ann Wagner.

A conservative coalition additionally has been pushing for a map that might assist Republicans win seven seats by merging the Kansas Metropolis-based district of Democratic Rep. Emanuel Cleaver with Republican-leaning rural areas.

The Senate defeated a proposed 7-1 GOP map Monday. However conservative senators have continued to filibuster at any time when the Senate has convened since then. They famous that Democrats in states corresponding to Illinois and New York have drawn districts to their benefit, as have Republicans in states corresponding to Tennessee and Kansas.

“That is hardball politics,” Sen. Denny Hoskins, one of many filibustering senators, mentioned Saturday. “We need to do our half right here in Missouri.”

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