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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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Fighting for your children (access required)

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More Arizona families face lengthy dependency hearings

Peoria police may not have had enough evidence to support charging Sen. Rick Murphy with molesting two boys in his care, but Child Protective Services believes the latest investigation of the Peoria Republican for sexual abuse allegations is reason enough to take away not just his foster children, but his four adoptive daughters.

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