Now, a panel of five judges has been named to decide where the redistricting lines should be for the next 10 years, if the Legislature and Dayton can't reach a compromise during the upcoming special session.
Just one, Edward Lynch, was appointed by a Democratic governor: Rudy Perpich. Wilhelmina Wright and John Rodenberg were appointed by IPer Jesse Ventura. James Florey was appointed by Republican Arne Carlson, and Ivy Bernhardson was appointed by Tim Pawlenty.
Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Gildea, a Pawlenty appointee, named the panel yesterday, with Wright as the presiding judge.
In the process, she dismissed DFL concerns that she was acting hastily.
The Legislature and Dayton might reach a timely compromise, but with the 2012 election cycle fast approaching, "appointment of a redistricting panel is now necessary and appropriate," Gildea said.
Here's Gildea's order: