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Gov. Walker signs redistricting maps, Democrats blast news


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Republican Governor Scott Walker signed into law redistricting maps that Democrats say will give the GOP an advantage come next election.

The maps redrew boundary lines for all of the state legislative and Congressional districts. 

Lawsuits have been filed at federal level against them.  Democrats are calling it a power grab, to ensure Republican victories come 2012.

“Gov. Walker and Republicans have taken the most partisan, extreme actions possible this session on everything from trampling workers’ rights to undercutting public education, quality health care and job training in the budget.  Now they are looking to shield themselves from being held accountable for these despicable actions.
" said Minority Democrat Assembly Leader Peter Barca in a statement blasting the news. 

The Republicans controlled legislature passed a bill to side step the traditional process of allowing local municipalities and counties to draw their lines first before the state does.

“The maps passed by the Legislature meet the criteria laid out by the courts including communities of interest, fair minority representation and compact, contiguous districts,” his press secretary Cullen Werwie said in a one sentence statement.

Redistricting and reapportioning people into equal districts is required every 10-years after the U.S. Census.