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Dismissal of Arizona redistricting lawsuit requested by commission

Arizona’s redistricting commission is asking a federal court to toss out a Republican lawsuit challenging new legislative districts approved by the commission for use in elections.

The commission’s motion to dismiss says the suit alleging that commission violated constitutional mapping criteria and processes is just speculation based on implausible allegations of bias in favor of Democrats.

Lawyers for the plaintiffs earlier this week dropped their request that judges draw an interim map for use in 2012 elections. That leaves a case that could affect elections later in the decade.

A three-judge panel has been appointed to hear the case but it has not yet scheduled a hearing.

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