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Supreme Court ruling could affect congressional districts in California

An old statehouse joke has it that the once-a-decade process of redrawing election districts gives politicians a right to pick their voters, rather than the other way around. Now, the Supreme Court is being asked to turn that wry comment into a constitutional rule. The justices will hear an appeal Monday that Arizona’s Republican-controlled Legislature has brought. The legislators want the justices to rule that only elected state lawmakers, not voters or an independent citizens commission, may draw the boundaries of districts for members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The case turns on the interpretation of a single word in the Constitution, but it’s effect could...

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