August 23, 2012
New Congressional District
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Don Quixote had it better. Sure, he tilted windmills with a tin pot on his head in a hopeless quest for glory. But at least he had a horse and a trusted sidekick.
Republicans and Democrats each recruited an uncontested slate of candidates for the dramatically redrawn state House District 6, which includes all of Rim Country.
Elections free to proceed in redrawn districts
The U.S. Justice Department has determined legislative maps drawn up by the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission don’t violate federal law protecting the rights of minorities — but conservative Republicans have filed twin lawsuits saying the maps do violate their rights. The Justice Department’s prompt approval of the congressional and state legislative maps drawn up by the voter-created redistricting commission means that this fall’s elections will take place in the new districts, since courts probably can’t act on the Republican challenges before the elections — with primaries in August and the general election in November.