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An expensive bone to pick

The IRC met last night (March 14) to revisit what has become routine: mounting legal costs and dwindling funds. The commission is just about out of money, and the bills for March haven’t even arrived yet. Executive Director Ray Bladine has opened negotiations with top Legislative staff, and has formally submitted a request for a $551,000 FY13 supplemental.

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We want some more

Executive Director Ray Bladine submitted a letter to Biggs and Tobin on Friday asking for a $2.27 million supplemental to prevent the IRC from running out of money by the end of February, as the commission is still under the cloud of three pending lawsuits.

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Tell us what you really think

In a motion to dismiss the legal challenge of the congressional lines, IRC attorney Mary O’Grady savaged the arguments made by Lisa Hauser and Mike Liburdi as “bogus legal claims” based on “conspiracy-theory-rooted allegations” that depends on “flawed interpretations that… would require this court to write into the constitution procedural requirements that do not exist.”

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IRConspiracy? (access required)

IRC testimony may shed light on unanswered questions, accusations


Win or lose, a pair of lawsuits seeking to overturn maps drawn by the state’s redistricting commission may shed new light on accusations and unanswered questions that have dogged the panel for much of the past year.

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