Democrats in Minnesota have been slow to rise to the redistricting fight this time around. During session, DFL caucuses in the Minnesota House and Senate passed on the chance to produce maps to counter a GOP majority proposal that pitted 26 incumbents against one another, the vast majority of them DFLers.
Former Democratic U.S. attorney will advise Dayton on legal matters related to a potential state government shutdown.
Peter Wattson will retire July 1 after more than 40 years of lawyering under the state Capitol dome.
Tempers flared and debates grew heated around the Capitol over the past week as Republicans in the House put their controversial legislative redistricting map on the table. The map carves up a new political landscape that pits 26 incumbents against one another - 20 in the House and six in the Senate - and all but one of the matchups put a DFLer, or two, in peril.
With Minnesota's Census numbers expected to arrive as early as the middle of next month, state lawmakers are already laying plans to redraw Minnesota legislative districts and the state's eight congressional districts. But the partisan divide between Gov. Mark Dayton and the Republican majorities in the Legislature portend a round of redistricting that is likely to fall apart - just as it has done[...]
Peter Wattson, a pillar of the Senate Counsel office and master of state finance and redistricting issues, has been tapped as in-coming Gov. Mark Dayton's general counsel.
Few political issues have been as intractable in the last half-century as redistricting, according to University of Minnesota political science professor Larry Jacobs.
A panel discussion this morning at the University of Minnesota explored the ramifications of this week's ruling on unallotment by the state Supreme Court.
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