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Judges hear GOP redistricting map challenge

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Federal judges hearing a civil suit brought by Republican voters who claim the state's new legislative maps were illegally drawn to benefit Democrats questioned lawyers Friday about whether some members of the commission that made the maps were free of political influence.

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Crowds thin, emotions still high on second day of hearings on gay marriage

Jerssay Arredondo of Phoenix speaks out at a rally at the Supreme Court, during the second of two days of historic hearings on the laws restricting same-sex marriages. (Cronkite News Service photo by Connor Radnovich)

WASHINGTON – Jerssay Arredondo said life as an illegal immigrant and a gay man can be a “double struggle” – which was all the more reason for him to be on hand as the Supreme Court heard arguments on same-sex marriage. “We must remember that immigrant rights are (gay) rights” and vice versa, the 21-year-old Phoenix resident said Wednesday on the steps of the Supreme Court.

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Records show Dem connections with redistricting commissioners, but incumbent knowledge denied (access required)

Democratic redistricting commissioner José Herrera listens as the commission's legal counselors advise the commission on the legislative privilege that may be invoked to prevent commissioners from giving testimony under oath. (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)


A Democratic redistricting commissioner and the Democratic party’s interim executive director denied insinuations they were part of a conspiracy to rig the state’s legislative maps. But newly released records showed party leaders and incumbent lawmakers were at least included in mapping strategy emails sent to the commissioner on his non-commission email account. And phone records show more connection than the commissioner had previously acknowledged.

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