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Judge rejects bid to join Ariz. redistricting case

PHOENIX (AP) — Federal judges who will consider a challenge by
Republicans to Arizona’s map of new legislative districts are refusing to let the
state public campaign funding commission participate in the court case.

An order by District Judge Roslyn Silver says the Citizens Campaign Elections
Commission’s only stake in the case is that the fate of the current districts be
decided in time to avoid disrupting the public campaign funding system.

Silver’s order says that’s only a speculative interest now that the Republicans
who filed the challenge say they won’t seek an order to bar use of the new
map during this year’s elections.

The plaintiffs’ change in position prompted Maricopa County officials to
withdraw their request to intervene in the case.

Silver issued the order on behalf of a three-judge panel.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.