Judge Dismisses Redistricting Case
MILWAUKEE (AP) _ A federal judge threw out a lawsuit Thursday asking the court to draw boundaries for Wisconsin’s congressional districts.
In dismissing the case, U.S. District Judge C.N. Clevert deferred to a plan Gov. Scott McCallum signed into law this week. That plan carves Wisconsin into eight congressional districts from of its current nine, lopping off a U.S. House seat in Milwaukee.
Clevert said it would be ``an exercise in futility″ for the court to address a matter already decided by the Legislature. The new redistricting plan will be effective April 10, after it’s published.
Wisconsin is losing one district because the state did not grow as fast as others over the last decade.
A trial to redraw the state’s 33 Senate districts and 99 Assembly districts is scheduled for April 11-12. The Senate and Assembly passed competing plans but have failed to reach a compromise on redrawing those political boundaries.
A group of black Democratic lawmakers from Milwaukee _ the state’s largest city _ have said they may sue to derail the new plan. They favor an alternate map that would preserve the city’s two congressional districts.