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Republicans file legal challenge to redistricting plan

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Republican leaders filed a lawsuit Thursday in the state Supreme Court seeking to repeal new legislative district boundaries drawn by a citizens panel for the state Senate.

The plaintiff in the lawsuit is an Orange County businesswoman but it was prepared by attorneys for the group Fairness and Accountability in Redistricting (FAIR) , which is backed by the California Republican Party and Senate Republican Caucus.

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“We think there are serious constitutional flaws in the Senate plan related to what the commission was required to do and what they ended up doing,’’ said Dave Gilliard, the political consultant behind the group. “There were numerous examples of cities and counties being split between districts irrationally and without explanation.’’

The group is asking the court to throw out maps drawn by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission and have the court draw new maps, Gilliard said. The legal challenge is being pursued simultaneously with a referendum drive aimed at getting voters to repeal the maps, he said.

--Patrick McGreevy

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