JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri House Democrat has proposed an alternative to a congressional redistricting map offered by a Republican leader.

The new plan by Ron Casey, of Jefferson County, would consolidate the two St. Louis city districts into one — as also suggested by Republican John Diehl, head of the House redistricting committee.

But Casey would keep Jefferson County within a single district. Diehl would divide it among three.

Diehl wants to divide up mid-Missouri. Casey would place it all in a new district stretching from Cass County on the Kansas border to Audrain County in the northeast. Two GOP congressional incumbents — Vicki Hartzler and Blaine Luetkemeyer — both live within those boundaries.

Casey, who serves on the redistricting panel, offered his plan Friday.

Missouri is losing one of its nine U.S. House seats, requiring a new congressional map.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press

  1. South County Resident says:

    The red colored in area on the right side includes St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and St. Charles County. According to the US Census website, for 2010, that totals 1,678,733 people. That is more than double the 748,816 that is supposed to be the new average. Who taught this congressman math?

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