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Redistricting maps revealed: Eastern Carver County to CD 3; Chanhassen split into two State Senate districts [UPDATED]

[UPDATE:  State legislative details were originally incorrect.  They have now been corrected.  Additional maps showing the boundary of the part of Chanhassen in SD33 have been added as well.]

The redistricting maps were just released a few minutes ago.  Here are the key takeaways for Carver County:

From a Congressional perspective, eastern Carver County (Chanhassen, Chaska, Victoria, and Laketown Township) are now part of the Third Congressional District, with current incumbent Rep. Erik Paulsen (R – Eden Prairie).  The rest of Carver County is now part of the Sixth Congressional District.  Rep. Michele Bachmann is the current incumbent in the Sixth, but Bachmann’s Stillwater residence in not in the new Sixth, so she will have to decide whether to move to the new Sixth or challenge Rep. Betty McCollum in the Fourth Congressional District.  [UPDATE:  Bachmann will run in the Sixth.]  Rep. John Kline no longer represents any part of the county.

The area highlighted in red is now part of CD 3.

From a state legislative perspective, northeast Chanhassen is being combined with much of the Lake Minnetonka area in the new Senate District 33 with retiring Sen. Gen Olson (R-Minnetrista) and Rep. Steve Smith (R-Mound) as the current incumbents.  The boundary of the area in SD33 is the area north of MN-5 and east of MN-41, as shown in the map below.

The rest of Carver County is the new Senate District 47 with Sen. Julianne Ortman as the incumbent.   The rest of Chanhassen, northern Victoria, and Chaska combine to make House District 47B with Rep. Joe Hoppe as the incumbent.  The remainder of the county is House District 47A, with Rep. Ernie Leidiger as the incumbent.

New legislative map for Carver County

Under 2010 Census results, it was inevitable that Carver County would be split up into more than one Senate district — the County’s rapid population growth over the last decade dictated that.

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Carver County GOP Auction of Elected Officials: Going once, going twice, gone… [UPDATED]

Our friends over at the Carver County GOP are planning a nice little event next Thursday, September 1 — a sporting clays shooting event at the Minnesota Horse & Hunt Club in Prior Lake.  Here’s a link to the event’s flyer.  Sounds like a fun afternoon.

The twist from your normal political fundraiser, though, comes at the bottom of the flyer (helpfully screenshotted for you below, just in case it magically disappears sometime soon).

Yes, that’s right.  The Carver County GOP was auctioning off access to their invited guests — including U.S. Representatives Erik Paulsen and John Kline, State Senator Julianne Ortman, and State Representatives Joe Hoppe, Ernie Leidiger, and Kirk Stensrud.

Nothing illegal about it, but it certainly sends the wrong message, coming after protracted fights in Washington, D.C. and St. Paul that pitted the pleasures of the well-heeled influence peddlers against the needs of the middle- and working class.

And when folks started to take notice — like the folks at Bluestem Prairie, Common Cause and the Cucking Stool — poof! — it was gone.   The auction site is no more, as the Carver County GOPers scurry away from their plans like a critter being chased by a Republican with a shotgun.

[UPDATE]:  City Pages was able to track down Carver County GOP official Joe Emmett O’Brien, who sent out the original e-mail and was involved in setting up the auction website.  Dissembling ensues.

It should also be reinforced that the original e-mail sent out by the Carver County GOP was sent to all registered lobbyists.  So Ortman, Hoppe, and Leidiger have time to be auctioned off to lobbyists, but not to hold town halls in their district?


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