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CSPG's Minnesota Redistricting Project to Testify Before Senate Today

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Several prominent former Minnesota officeholders will testify on redistricting before the Senate's Committee on State and Local Government Operations and Oversight at 10 a.m. Friday morning at the Capitol.

Testifying before the committee to discuss the creation of a bipartisan redistricting commission are former Governor Arne Carlson, former Vice President Walter Mondale, former Senate Majority Leader Roger Moe, former Governor Al Quie, former Secretary of State Joan Growe, former Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Kathleen Blatz, and Larry Jacobs, the Director of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the Humphrey Institute.

The Center's Minnesota Redistricting Project aims:

"To place the reform of redistricting on the public and governmental agendas and to contribute to build support for enacting a non-partisan redistricting process that works and increases electoral competition in Minnesota. The goal of the project is to generate serious legislative consideration of redistricting reform that ultimately results in an increase in electoral competition and contributes to improving citizen confidence in the power of their vote."


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