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Between the Lines: Ohio Filing Deadline Arrives, But Is This Really It?

Pennsylvania will lose one House seat because of reapportionment. Republicans have strongly suggested Democratic Reps. Jason Altmire and Mark Critz will be moved into the same district to make up for the loss.

But lawmakers are running out of time to pass a map in December. The state Senate is scheduled to depart next week, and the state House will stay in session until Dec. 20. Lawmakers must consider the map for at least five or six days before voting.

There's no legal deadline to finish the map, but candidates can begin to circulate petitions Jan. 24 to run for office.

Mississippi: Court's Map Could Land Next Week

A federal court in Jackson will move toward drawing a new Congressional map Monday, the deadline for comment from outside parties on two pending cases. A map, likely to make minor tweaks to adjust for population growth, is expected as early as Monday.

The split-control Legislature was unable to pass a new Congressional map, so Gov. Haley Barbour (R) and the state GOP asked the court to modify districts the court drew in 2002.

In a separate case, seven black voters asked the court to draw a new map and submitted their preferred version.

The district of Rep. Bennie Thompson, the state's sole Democrat and only black Congressman, must increase by about 10 percent while the other three districts must shed voters.

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