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AG Schimel Says Redistricting Opponents Use "Hodge Podge" Arguments


The state Justice Department says opponents of Wisconsin's 2011 redistricting plan are using a "hodgepodge" of social science measures to make their case.

Attorney General Brad Schimel has filed a new legal brief with the U-S Supreme Court, which is considering the state's appeal of a ruling by three federal judges which found last year that the G-O-P's Assembly and Senate district maps were unconstitutionally gerrymandered in the Republicans' favor.

In his latest filing, Schimel says Democratic voters who sued against the redistricting are no longer defending their "core argument" that new maps should be based on an "efficiency gap" that tests the weight of Democratic votes to those of the G-O-P majority.

Instead, the legal brief says the plaintiffs seek what Schimel calls an "unspecified brew" of social science measures that could lead to challenges of district lines throughout the U-S.

Two of the leaders of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling,  former state legislators Dale Schultz and Tim Cullen recently spoke at a League of Women Voters of the Northwoods meeting. A link to their comments is here..

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