Here are the final two videos I shot from yesterday’s hearing of a commission tasked with redrawing state Senate districts.
The first features Sen. Jane Cunningham, R-Chesterfield, answering some questions from the panel, which is made up of five Democrats and five Republicans:
And here is more footage from Sen. Brian Nieves’ testimony. Nieves, R-Washington, presented three proposals to redraw the 26th Senatorial District:
I wasn’t able to make the House commission hearing, so I suggest you read Jo Mannies’ write-up at the St. Louis Beacon.
It’ll be touch and go at this site as the legislative session comes to a close. But here’s a bit from an article Jo Mannies and I composed for the St. Louis Beacon. It’s on state legislative redistricting, which is performed by a bipartisan panel appointed by the governor:
The 24th District state senate seat of Republican incumbent John Lamping of Ladue gets moved from mid-St. Louis County to southwest Missouri.
The residences of state Sens. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, and Jim Lembke, R-Lemay, get tossed into the same district. And part of Chesterfield would be shifted into the district now represented by a Franklin County Republican, Brian Nieves of Washington.
On the surface, such tentative boundary lines would seem to reflect the dream Democratic map aimed at targeting most the St. Louis region’s Republicans.
But the city of St. Louis’ two state senators — Democrats Robin Wright-Jones and Joe Keaveny — are furious over what the preliminary map does to their respective 5th and 4th districts.