Court Redistricting Results Today 21 Feb 12

Today (TUE) is the day that a Minnesota court panel is set to release plans for new congressional and legislative districts that will set the boundaries in the fight for political control of the state for the next decade. The panel appointed by the Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice makes the plans public this afternoon. The court took over the once-per-decade redistricting process after Democratic Governor Mark Dayton and the Republican-controlled Legislature failed to agree on new political maps. Redistricting is conducted once every 10 years to reflect population shifts within congressional and legislative districts. It’s an anxious process for state lawmakers and members of Congress, who often end up in new districts away from traditional bases of support, or in the same district as a fellow incumbent.