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Redistricting plans affects counties around the state

Date: April 5, 2011
By: Alon Gilboa
State Capitol Bureau

 
Intro: 
Dozens of Jackson County residents are upset about the redistricting plan in Missouri's House that could keep their congressional district securely Democratic.
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OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: The House Redistricting Committee approved plans for redrawing congressional district lines.

Donna Turk says she is upset because her county will get cut up.

That's because Missouri's population didn't grow as quickly as other states.

As a result, it's losing a congressional seat, which requires a change of district lines around the state.

Those include the lines around Kansas City in Jackson County, where Turk lives.

Actuality:  TURK1.WAV
Run Time:  00:05
Description: "The situation is, both the Senate and the House maps, carve up Jackson County like a turkey."

Turk says the proposed plan will make the new districts uncompetitive.

She says it will carve out all the Republican votes out of Jackson County and make the remaining 5th district essentially guaranteed to be Democratic.

The map now goes to the House.

 
Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Alon Gilboa.
Intro: 
The redistricting of eastern Missouri congressional lines means big changes for Jefferson County.
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OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: A House committee passed plans for redrawing congressional district lines, after census results forced Missouri to lose a seat.

The plan makes changes to where the lines are drawn.

One of the places it affects is Jefferson County, a suburb of St. Louis.

The county is currently entirely in the third district, held by Russ Carnahan.

But the proposed change would get rid of the district and divide the county between three others.

Jefferson County Executive Ken Waller says he was unsure of the plan at first.

Actuality:  WALLER3.WAV
Run Time:  00:04
Description: “I was a little cautious at first, because we’re used to doing it with one person”

But then, he had a change of heart.

Actuality:  WALLER4.WAV
Run Time:  00:05
Description: ”But as we look on it now, we’re in a unique situation. If we have three representatives, we can call all three up.”
 
The plan now goes to the House.
 
Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Alon Gilboa.
Intro: 
Jackson County residents are upset about the congressional redistricting plan in Missouri's House that would divide their county.
RunTime:  0:56
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: The House Redistricting Committee approved a plan that has dozens of suburban Kansas City residents angry.

That's because census results forces the state to decrease the number of congressional districts in Missouri from nine to eight and redraw the boundaries of the new districts.

The House Redistricting Committee approved a plan that has dozens of suburban Kansas City residents angry.

Donna Turk lives in Jackson County and says the proposed plan will make the new districts uncompetitive.

Actuality:  TURK2.WAV
Run Time:  00:03
Description: "We deserve a representative in D.C. who has urban issues on their mind."

She says it will carve out all the Republican votes out of Jackson County and make the remaining 5th district essentially guaranteed to be Democratic.

Actuality:  TURK3.WAV
Run Time:  00:11
Description: "It is unfair to put the urban residents of Jackson County into a district that is represented by someone who has farming, agriculture and ranching on their mind."

The map now goes to the House.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Alon Gilboa.


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