Closing arguments in Colorado’s congressional redistricting trial are scheduled for today. It’ll then be up to a judge to determine new congressional lines that will shape the state’s political landscape for the next decade. Every ten years the state must draw new districts to account for population shifts. But this year the state legislature couldn’t agree on a map, tossing it to the courts. KUNC’s State capitol reporter Bente Birkeland spoke to political reporters who’ve been covering the trial and analyzes what’s at stake.
As was the case ten years ago a court will have the final say in how the state’s congressional districts are drawn. The process happens every decade based on updated population figures from the census. But lawmakers failed to agree on a plan during the legislative session. KUNC’s Brian Larson spoke to Colorado Statesman Publisher Jody Hope Strogoff about the pending hearing.
Colorado’s House and Senate districts are redrawn every ten years based on census data just like the state’s congressional districts. Reapportionment and redistricting efforts are underway – and both have their share of issues. KUNC’s Brian Larson spoke to Colorado Statesman Publisher Jody Hope Strogoff for more.