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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court is taking up its second big partisan redistricting case of the term amid signs the justices could place limits on drawing maps for political gain.

The justices are hearing arguments Wednesday in an appeal filed by Republicans in Maryland. They complain that Democrats who controlled the state government in 2011 drew a congressional district for the express purpose of ousting the Republican incumbent and replacing him with a Democrat.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's Supreme Court has heard an appeal by a redistricting advocacy group challenging a judge's ruling upholding 11 state House and Senate districts.

The court heard arguments Thursday in a lawsuit brought by OneVirginia2021, a group that alleges that during the 2011 redistricting process, lawmakers violated a state constitutional requirement that legislative districts be compact.

Last year, a Richmond Circuit Court judge ruled that the districts are constitutional.

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The Wicomico County Board of Education gave its approval to redistricting that would move 150 students out of Bennett Middle School.

90 would go to Salisbury Middle School and another 60 would wind up at Wicomico Middle School..

Despite objections from parents the vote was 5-to-0.

Parents of seventh graders could keep their children at Bennett Middle School if they provide transportation.

The decision will effect grades five through seven.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has signed on as a supporter of a U.S. Supreme Court challenge to Maryland's congressional redistricting map.

The Republican signed on to an amicus brief Monday along with Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican. Former California governors Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, and Gray Davis, a Democrat, also have signed the friend-of-the-court brief.

Hogan is pushing for redistricting reform in Maryland.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he believes congressional redistricting should be taken out of the hands of politicians, "regardless of who the governor is or what party's in power."

The Republican governor announced Thursday he would again push for a measure to put redistricting before a nonpartisan commission, despite the bill's failure to advance in recent years in the General Assembly, which is controlled by Democrats. That prompted a question at a news conference about whether he would still support reform, if he is re-elected.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he'll try again to make congressional redistricting a nonpartisan process.

Hogan, a Republican, said Wednesday he will submit legislation in the next session to create an independent commission to draw congressional and state legislative districts. Now, the governor and lawmakers craft them.

Hogan has made the reform proposal in each of his three years as governor, but it has not advanced.

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - Maryland's attorney general wants the U.S. Supreme Court to reject a Republican appeal over the state's map for the 6th District in the western part of the state.

The Frederick News-Post reports that Attorney General Brian Frosh asked the high court to affirm a U.S. District Court decision not to impose a preliminary injunction that would have required a new statewide map before the 2018 election.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP)- Virginia's Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal by a redistricting advocacy group challenging a judge's decision upholding 11 state House and Senate districts.
 

The court has granted a petition filed by the advocacy group OneVirginia2021, which claims that during the 2011 redistricting process, lawmakers violated the requirement that election districts must be compact.

Richmond Circuit Court Judge W. Reilly Marchant ruled in March that the districts are constitutional.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has testified it was "part of my intent" to shift a congressional district long held by a Republican to a Democrat, when the state redrew the state's eight districts in 2011.

O'Malley's April deposition in a federal lawsuit was recently made public.

O'Malley, a Democrat whose office held strong influence over redistricting, testified that while he intended to comply with the law, he also intended to "create a district where the people would be more likely to elect a Democrat than a Republican."

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has vetoed a congressional redistricting reform bill he says is "phony."

The Republican governor said Monday the bill passed by the Democrat-controlled legislature is a "smoke screen." That's because it requires five other states to agree before Maryland would turn the task of drawing congressional districts over to an independent board.

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