Federal court upholds district lines for 2014

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A three-judge federal court Friday ruled that district lines approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature in 2012 are constitutional, turning away challenges to the lines from the Alabama Democratic Conference and the Alabama Legislative Black Caucus. In a 173-page opinion, U.S. Circuit Judge William Pryor, a former Alabama Attorney General, found that districts created in 2001 [...]

U.S. Supreme Court won’t review portion of redistricting lawsuit

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The U.S. Supreme Court Monday declined to review a portion of a Legislative Black Caucus lawsuit brought against the state’s redistricting plan alleging the state went too far in splitting counties under the proposal. In a terse one-sentence notice, the justices dismissed the appeal of an August decision rejecting the argument for lack of jurisdiction. [...]

Alabama redistricting trial: Gerald Dial says maintaining minority districts was priority

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A state senator testified in a lawsuit over the state’s new legislative lines Thursday morning that his chief goal was maintaining majority-minority districts, but suggested that he was not involved in all the details of drawing the boundaries. In just over two hours of testimony, Sen. Gerald Dial, R-Lineville, who co-chaired the Legislature’s redistricting committee, [...]

Alabama redistricting trial set to begin tomorrow in federal court

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A federal court Thursday is scheduled to begin hearing arguments over the state’s new legislative district lines, and whether they strictly followed the terms of the Voting Rights Act or were an attempt to dilute black lawmakers’ influence on legislation. The lawsuit, bought by the Alabama Legislature’s Black Legislative Caucus, alleges that that a reapportionment [...]

Alabama Democratic Conference files lawsuit against redistricting

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The Alabama Democratic Conference Thursday filed a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn the state’s redistricting maps, charging they were drawn with the intent of minimizing minority participation in the voting process. The allegations raised in the complaint — filed against Gov. Robert Bentley and Secretary of State Beth Chapman — are similar to those raised [...]