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Attorneys, from left, Tony Trimble, David Lillehaug, Marc Elias and Alan Weinblatt spoke to each other after the special redistricting panel adjourned for the day on Wednesday. (Pool photo by Glen Stubbe)

Political parties argue over redistricting fundamentals

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ST. PAUL -- Republicans want new political boundaries drawn to avoid splitting cities and counties, but Democrats say that judges who have accepted the task of producing new congressional and legislative district maps should emphasize keeping people with similar interests together.

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It is a wonky, technical debate, but one that could determine who represents Minnesotans for the next decade.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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