Capitol Alert
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October 12, 2011

The commission that drew new political districts for California this year has asked the California Supreme Court to toss out lawsuits challenging lines for Congress and the state Senate.

The California Citizens Redistricting Commission’s legal response said its maps complied with constitutional requirements and that the lawsuits rely “exclusively on the unsupported factual speculation and legal conclusions of a single, shared ‘expert’ — whose preferences they would substitute for the Commission’s public process, measured deliberations, and careful exercise of its constitutional mandate.”

The commission’s lawyers also moved to strike a declaration supporting the lawsuits and filed by Tony Quinn, a GOP consultant and co-author of “The Target Book” guide to California congressional and legislative districts and races, who said the maps were insufficient.

Quinn’s opinions, the commission’s lawyers responded, in part, are “irrelevant because they consider expressly the effect of redistricting on incumbents and other political candidates, a criterion that the California Constitution prohibited the Commission from considering in its line-drawing process.”

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