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Redistricting Battles Could Target Veteran US Senators

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TEHRAN, March 30 (ICANA) – Several veteran members of the U.S. Congress could soon find their jobs in the line of fire as redistricting efforts get underway around the country.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 11:12:30 AM
Redistricting Battles Could Target Veteran US Senators

Ten states -- Ohio, New York, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey and Pennsylvania -- lost a total of 12 congressional seats to eight states -- Texas, Florida, Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, South Carolina, Utah and Washington -- in the reapportionment process. Abcnews.go.com

From New York, which will lose two U.S. House seats, to Ohio, which will lose the same number, Democrats are particularly vulnerable this time around in the once-a-decade process that's rife with partisan bickering. Abcnews.go.com

Republicans took over at least 19 Democratic-controlled state legislatures in November and gained more than 650 seats, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, meaning they control much of the redistricting processes around the country. Inmytrends.com

In states such as New York that are mostly Democratic controlled but losing seats, the party faces the stark reality of pitting its members against each other, as in the case of Rep. Louise Slaughter, who represents a district in upstate New York. Utahsbigtalker.com

Observers are closely eyeing California, where a ballot initiative in 2008 created the 14-member California Citizens Redistricting Commission that would be responsible for drawing up state legislative district lines, instead of the legislature itself. Abcnews.go.com

In a process known as "redistricting," the State Constitution requires that the state adjust the boundary lines of districts once every ten years following the federal census for the State Assembly, State Senate, State Board of Equalization (BOE), and California's congressional districts for the U.S. House of Representatives. To comply with federal law, redistricting must establish districts which are roughly equal in population. Lao.ca.gov

The Legislature is charged with redrawing congressional districts in accordance with 2010 U.S. Census data showing that Northwest and Central Arkansas have grown in population while the southern and eastern parts of the state have seen their populations dwindle. Arkansasnews.com

In most states, redistricting maps have to be approved by the state House, Senate and the governor. New boundaries have to take into account population changes, demographic shifts and minority representation. Inmytrends.com

Democratic political insiders say it's too early to speculate what the end result might be. Others foresee a brutal fight. News1.capitalbay.com

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