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Minn. redistricting panel hears GOP, DFL plans

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A lawyer for Democrats is accusing Minnesota Republicans of "gerrymandering" in order to lock in their gains from the 2010 election.

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Minnesota's political parties argued for their plans to redraw the state's political boundaries before a special panel Wednesday.

Lawyer Eric Magnuson represents a plan supported by Republicans. The Star Tribune (http://bit.ly/At6EuD ) reports Magnuson defended maps and plans based on those passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature but vetoed by Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton.

But Marc Elias, a lawyer representing the Democratic plan, says the courts should not, in effect, overturn Dayton's veto by agreeing to the Republican plan.

Redistricting happens once a decade to adjust congressional and legislative districts to reflect population changes.

The redistricting panel is expected to release its own plan by the end of February.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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