I also spent the late afternoon in Richmond Heights, where U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-St. Louis City, held a town hall meeting where he answered a wide variety of questions.
One of the queries Carnahan received was on a lawsuit filed to overturn a new congressional map. Click on the video above to see Carnahan’s response.
A lawsuit was filed yesterday against a redistricted map passed over Gov. Jay Nixon’s objection. You can read more in this story from the St. Louis Beacon.
Click on the above video to see Nixon’s reaction.
The AP had an interesting article a few days ago about Republican skittishness about extending a tax cut on the payroll tax. That’s the tax that gets taken out of workers’ paychecks to go toward Social Security.
Needless to say, Democrats are jumping on the issue with both feet. U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-St. Louis City, held a conference call with Missouri Democratic Party chairwoman Susan Montee this morning. You can hear his remarks on the payroll tax issue in the above video.
By the way, Carnahan was asked [again] about his political plans for 2012. For full disclosure, I had to take another phone call when he apparently discussed this. But Eli Yokley managed to post about Carnahan’s statement. You can read Yokley’s blog post here.
U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan continues to get questions about his political future. Only this time, the query came from an audience member at an Oakville senior center.
Carnahan, D-St. Louis City, was effectively the odd man out in the redistricting process that lowered the amount of districts in Missouri from nine to eight. He is mulling running in the 2nd Congressional District, which will be vacant in 2013 because of U.S. Rep. Todd Akin’s decision to run for the U.S. Senate.
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.
I sat in today on a public hearing for a committee tasked with drawing state Senate districts for the next decade. A number of state senators testified before the commission, thus I’ll be posting a few videos.The first video features Sen. Brian Nieves, R-Washington, testifying before the committee.
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.