Congressmen Russ Carnahan, Lacy Clay Respond to Proposed Redistricting

The two Democratic congressmen representing the St. Louis region released a joint statement yesterday criticizing a redistricting map proposed this week by Republican legislators in Jefferson City.

The new map would effectively eliminate Congressman Russ Carnahan's 3rd Congressional District, which currently extends from south St. Louis to Ste. Genevieve. Congressman William Lacy Clay's 1st District, meanwhile, would expand to cover all of the city of St. Louis. Missouri has to lose one of its nine congressional districts by 2013 as a result of the 2010 Census.

In their statement yesterday, Carnahan and Clay called the proposed redistricting "overly partisan" and "damaging to the St. Louis region."

"The population of the St. Louis metropolitan area clearly justifies three congressional districts," the congressmen stated. "We are surprised that the committee chose to weaken representation for our region, which is the economic engine that drives Missouri's economy."

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It's awfully hard, not to be partisan, in a one party town.


Maybe Clay & Carnahan need to check with their own party. Is the map that their own party created partisan also? The Democrat map (created by the democrats) also said they needed to combine the districts.

A Democratic redistricting proposal would preserve three congressional districts in the greater St.Louis region, but it still combines the turf of Democratic Reps. William Lacy Clay and Russ Carnahan.

Rep. Ron Casey, D-Crystal City, submitted the alternative, which will be considered Tuesday alongside a plan crafted by House Redistricting Committee Chairman John Diehl, R-Town and Country.

Casey and Diehl's map agree on one key element: Both put the city of St. Louis entirely into the 1st Congressional District. Under both plans, that district also would include 429,322 voters in north St. Louis County.

Diehl has said it's hard to justify splitting the city of St. Louis between two congressional districts, given St. Louis' population of 320,000.

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Surprised?I'm not surprised at ANYTHING those idiots in Jeff City do.Like turning down over $100 million in federall funds to extend unemployment payments.Like turning their backs on the voters who approved Proposition B....selling out family farms and locals fighting pollution from massive hog fattening operations....writing and passing a weak "ethics" bill they KNEW would be found unconstitutional....selling out the state government to rich people and lobbyists.I could go on for pages.

How have the Republicans who dominate the Statehouse sold this agenda to the voters?Are the majority of Missourians really fools? It looks that way.

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