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Minn. redistricting panel to air GOP, DFL plans

Posted: January 4, 2012 - 9:17am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's political parties will argue for their plans to redraw the state's political boundaries before a panel of the Minnesota Supreme Court.

The Special Redistricting Panel meets Wednesday in St. Paul. Its members will hear arguments from attorneys for Democrats and Republicans, who have offered conflicting proposals for the once-per-decade process of adjusting congressional and legislative districts to reflect population changes.

The Minnesota GOP plan would keep all eight of Minnesota's members of Congress in their current districts. But the DFL's plan would make significant changes. Most controversially, it would put Minnesota's only two female representatives — Michele Bachmann and Betty McCollum — in the same district.

A McCollum aide criticized that proposal as "bizarre."

The redistricting panel is expected to release its own plan by the end of February.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.