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Dayton vetoes GOP redistricting maps

ST. PAUL -- Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton on Thursday vetoed a Republican-written plan to redraw state legislative and federal congressional districts.

Earlier, he said that he would not sign any redistricting plan -- or other election-related bills -- without broad bipartisan support. The redistricting plans left the House and Senate on mostly party-line votes.

In a letter to lawmakers, Dayton said that he had warned them that he would not approve a redistricting plan drawn "for the purpose of protecting or defeating incumbents." Dayton said the U.S. House plan creates safe seats for six of the state's eight congressmen. The legislative plan appears to favor Republicans, he wrote.

The U.S. Supreme Court requires legislative and congressional districts to be redrawn every 10 years to make sure all districts are the same size.

Don Davis reports for Forum Communications Co.

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.