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Court: Preclearance, not politics, steered IRC ship

In today’s (April 29) opinion upholding the IRC’s legislative map, a split federal three-judge panel concluded that, although “some of the commissioners were motivated in part in some of the linedrawing decisions by a desire to improve Democratic prospects” in some districts, the primary reason for population deviations were VRA compliance, not politics.

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Search warrant provides details into investigation of Gary Husk (access required)

Gary Husk (courtesy Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)

A small group of lobbyists with Husk Partners met in an office in 2009 at the firm as allegations of a Fiesta Bowl scandal involving illegal political contributions swirled.

Lobbyists John MacDonald, Dana Paschke and Dean Miller made a pact of sorts as they looked over the statute outlawing reimbursement of contributions, according to a search warrant affidavit that provides details of an investigation into the firm’s recently indicted head, Gary Husk.

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