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Judicial panel says GOP should consider new election maps
JS Online ^ | 2-21-12 | Patrick Marley

Posted on 02/22/2012 4:56:21 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic

Lawmakers say they lack power to change them

Republican lawmakers said Tuesday that they think they have no power to make changes to election maps they approved last summer, inserting new questions into fast-changing litigation over those maps.

A trial over those maps began with a surprise Tuesday, when the presiding judge told the attorneys to confer with top legislative leaders and others to consider redrawing the maps taking into account legal challenges from Democrats and Latinos.

After a day of consultation, an attorney for the state told the three federal judges that top Republicans were willing to consider making changes to the maps but believed a 1954 opinion by the state Supreme Court prevented them from doing so. The attorney, Dan Kelly, said the state's high court had found lawmakers can make changes to the maps just once a decade.

Two groups suing the state disagree and say the Legislature has the ability to make changes.

Tuesday's developments left numerous questions in place - including when the trial might continue in earnest. The presiding judge told the attorneys to be available Wednesday to return to court with 45 minutes notice but made clear the court might rule only on the relatively narrow issue of the extent to which an attorney for the Legislature would have to later testify.

The panel - which includes two judges appointed by Republican presi dents and one appointed by a Democratic president - repeatedly has criticized Republican lawmakers in written orders for their secretive process for drawing the maps.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: dnc; federalpanel; gop; redistricting

1 posted on 02/22/2012 4:56:30 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic; Hunton Peck; Diana in Wisconsin; TaMoDee; P from Sheb; Shady; DonkeyBonker; ..

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2 posted on 02/22/2012 4:59:05 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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3 posted on 02/22/2012 5:18:49 AM PST by deoetdoctrinae (Gun-free zones are playgrounds for felons)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

After reading comments, I finally figured out they were talking about Wisconsin. Initially, I thought it was Texas. When posting these things it would be nice to mention State or City.

4 posted on 02/22/2012 6:11:58 AM PST by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

I’m sorry. I posted early and I was not quite awake. Not only did I forget to add WI, I also forgot to add UPDATE. I posted a different story yesterday with the same headline. This one says that the GOP says they cannot re-draw the lines. Interesting development.

FWIW, I can’t find anyone who can explain these lines to me. Not even the elected officials. So now I have TWO Senators vying for my attention and my money — actually THREE Senatrs because the neighboring senator always counted me as one of hers. I’m so confused. LOL

5 posted on 02/22/2012 6:44:10 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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