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  [Mo.] Senate committee for redistricting finally throws in the towel
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Last EditedRBH  Aug 17, 2011 12:36pm
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AuthorTim Sampson
News DateWednesday, August 17, 2011 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionAmid accusations of gerrymandering and unwillingness to compromise, the 10-member bipartisan commission appointed to redraw the state's senatorial districts reached an impasse Tuesday.

Responsibility for redrawing Missouri's 34 senate districts now goes to an appellate court panel.

The commission, made up of five non-office holders from each party, met for several months but failed to reach a consensus on the matter. Much of the conflict was centered on the St. Louis, Kansas City and Springfield areas, which saw the most significant population changes since the last map was drawn by the courts in 2001.

Doug Harpool, the Democratic chairman of the commission, accused Republican commissioners of trying to protect Republican incumbents by preserving the current map. The GOP currently holds a two-thirds super majority in the Senate.
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