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Along party lines the House approves the Gephardt/Clay redistricting plan

May 8, 2001
By: Renny MacKay
State Capital Bureau

Voting along party lines the Missouri House approved a map for redistricting of the state's nine congressional districts. The map is the same one that Congressman Richard Gephardt and Lacy Clay compromised on.

Renny MacKay has more from Jefferson City.

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The first day of floor debate on redistricting proved how contentious an issue this is.

Republicans are fuming because of several political moves the Democrats used to pass a map that Republicans call partisan and jerrymandered.

St. Louis County Representative Catherine Enz says her hometown is a victim of such jerrymandering.

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Contents: Enz says Concord is one town that is carved up putting the Republican areas in District 2 and the Democratic areas in District 3.

District two is Republican Todd Akin's, and Gephardt's is the third. Republicans are also upset because this map puts all of St. Charles together in Akin's district, taking half of it away from Repulbican Kenny Hulshof.

In Jefferson City, I'm Renny MacKay.


A partisan vote in the Missouri House leads to passage of the Gephardt-Clay redistricting map of the congressional districts. The map carves up several St. Louis County towns into two different districts.

Renny MacKay has more from Jefferson City.

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Ladue, University City, Kirkwood, Brentwood, Richmond Heights, Creve Coeur, Maryland Heights, Crestwood and Concord would all be divided between either Todd Akin's second district, Lacy Clay's first district or Richard Gephardt's third district.

Republicans say some of those divisions look a lot like jerrymandering.

Democrat Quincy Troupe said Democrats aren't quite united on who should represent which areas either.

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Contents: He says that Richard Gephardt would be better suited to represent those areas while, Clay should represent the city and blacks.

Republicans said they felt this map was rammed down their throats because they hadn't seen it until Tuesday at noon and didn't have a fair chance to draw their own maps.

In Jefferson City, I'm Renny MacKay.


The Missouri House and Senate took up redistricting today/Tuesday. The Senate left their vote for another day, while in the House the Gephardt/Clay plan passed along party lines. But, partisanship may keep the two chambers and two parties from ever reaching a final compromise.

Renny MacKay has more from the state capitol.

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There are ten more days left in the legislative session and on the House floor during a harsh partisan battle over redistricting St. Charles County Representative John Dolan says a map may not be decided in the General Assembly.

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Contents: He says as it stands now this is going to the courts, so the Democratic leadership can just PQ the issue and ram their plan through, then the Senate can ram their's through and they will all leave disgraced.

The Senate is controlled by the Republicans and they are debating a different map than the House passed. A final map must be decided on before May 18th, the last day of session or the issue is sent to the courts.

In Jefferson City, Renny MacKay.