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Thursday, March 22, 2012

 11:20 AM 

Leggie Dem leaders knock Republicans on redistricting, say ready to re-work maps

Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca, D-Kenosha, and Senate Dem Leader Mark Miller of Monona knocked Republicans today following today's redistricting decision and said they are ready to re-work the maps.

“The Federal Court confirmed today what we’ve maintained all along: The Republicans, behind closed doors, without input from any Democrats and at great expense to the taxpayers of Wisconsin, concocted unconstitutional legislative maps," Miller said. "Their secretive efforts have failed Wisconsin."

The court ruled two Assembly districts need to be redrawn because Republicans failed to create a majority-minority Latino district. While it raised concerns about the number of residents that it believed had been needlessly moved among districts, it dismissed that part of the lawsuit against the maps.

Still, Barca called on a redrawing of the maps that is fully open and transparent and does not move so many people.

“Republicans created blatantly partisan redistricting maps designed to protect them from accountability," Barca said. "They hid the process from the taxpayers, even signing unprecedented secrecy oaths with their taxpayer-funded attorneys. This took the partisanship to extreme levels never before seen in this process."

-- By Staff


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