“Court dismisses challenge to Arizona congressional maps”

AZ Star:

Arizona voters have a constitutional right to wrest control of drawing congressional boundaries from the Legislature, a federal court ruled late Friday.

U.S. District Judge Murray Snow acknowledged the arguments by Peter Gentala, an attorney for the Republican-controlled Legislature, that the U.S. Constitution spells out that the “times, places and manner” of electing members of Congress “shall be prescribed in each state by the Legislature thereof.”

UPDATE: You can find the 14 page majority opinion and four page partial dissent embedded in this story at the Arizona Capitol Times. This case is subject to direct appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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