Editorial: Minnesota really gets districting fairness
Minnesota got a fair deal Tuesday when the state's Special Redistricting Panel issued its order setting the new congressional and legislative districts.
The Special Redistricting Panel was required for the fourth time in the past 50 years as Republicans and Democrats of the Legislature and the governor could not reach an appropriate decision agreeable to all parties.
Barring a successful legal challenge, the redistricting decision will govern Minnesota's political climate for the next decade. In a decade, Minnesota will face the redistricting question again following the 2020 census.
The redistricting decision correctly followed a moderate strategy of limited change the state's political divisions.
The congressional districts were adjusted slightly and keep the previous rural-urban divisions basically in place. Some of the rural districts added geographic re due to declining populations and most metro districts shrunk in geographic area due to increasing populations.
The legislative districts were also adjusted in area to balance out population and the result was generally fair.
In fact, the pairing of incumbents into same districts was fairly balanced as well: ten pairings of Republican vs. Republican, eight are Democrat vs. Democrat and five were Democrat vs. Republican.
Our state has avoided the political-abuse that has occurred in other states where Democrats or Republicans have political control and gerrymander the political maps into a crazy-quilt patchwork favoring their own party.
Over the past half-century, Minnesota has been well served with the judiciary involvement in the process and has completed the redistricting appropriately.