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WHAT OTHERS SAY: Legislative inaction leads to filing chaos

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 | 3:57 p.m. CST

Filing opened Tuesday for county and state offices to be decided in August primaries and November elections. But boundaries have not yet been solidified for state House and Senate districts and Missouri’s congressional districts.

As a result, candidates may file for districts they are ineligible to represent.

This muddle was both foreseeable and avoidable, but lawmakers failed to avert the problem.

A brief reconstruction of the chain reaction is helpful.

As a result of the 2010 U.S. Census, districts must be redrawn to reflect changes in population.

Guidelines specify the groups and criteria to redraw districts, but those decisions were challenged in the courts.

With court challenges unresolved and the beginning of the Feb. 28 to March 27 filing period looming, lawmakers advanced a proposal to delay the filing period to March 27 to April 24.

But action on the bill stalled last week while senators squawked about a proposed new map.

If this latest leap into chaos sounds familiar, recall the legislature's special session when failure to reschedule Missouri's presidential primary resulted in a meaningless, taxpayer-financed popularity poll.

Lawmakers' inept inaction prompted officials on Monday to rush to Cole County Circuit Court in a last-ditch effort to clean up the mess by obtaining a court order to delay filing.

Judge Dan Green wisely refused and said: "The Circuit Court of Cole County does not run the state of Missouri — that's something for someone else to figure out."

You would think the legislative branch would have some idea of the separation of powers. You also would think it would exercise its role and responsibility to avert foreseeable chaos rather than plunge headlong into it.

Sometimes, we wonder.

Copyright Jefferson City News Tribune. Reprinted with permission.


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Ed Lane February 29, 2012 | 4:04 p.m.

Do these clowns deserve to be our elected representatives?????? They are like school children fighting over who gets the last piece of candy, candy being their lush for power. Vote out these bums, and get some people that do the job they were elected to do!!!!!!!!!

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mike mentor February 29, 2012 | 4:55 p.m.

Here we go again. One needn't look any further than the republicans being labeled the party of no by the lamestream media as ample evidence of the media bias.

The last time MO lost a seat the dems had control and wanted to protect their "black" seats. They couldn't decide which black seat to protect though, so it was eventually refered to federal courts to decide. (dems can't agree with dems, so courts involved...) This time the repubs are in control. They submitted legitimate district maps based on the census data. The dem governor vetoed for no other reason than an attempt to protect majority black or dem seats. It was obvious from the census data that St Louis city was not deserving of two seats, but alas, that would mean the dems lose one of their coveted majority black districts. So this time the repubs do their job like the dems were unable to do last time around, but since the dems didn't have the power to stop what should happen, based on the census data, through the legislative process, as it's supposed to happen, they challenge in court and get the, always willing to show their power, justices involved.
repubs- party of doers
dems- party of whiners

I want to know why the article above says it will give a reconstruction of events that led up to this, but make no mention of any of the specifics?

Lamestream indeed!

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