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New York legislators fail to make deal for congressional redistricting (Post Standard)

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State Assembly and Senate leaders Sunday failed to reach a deal on new boundary lines for New York’s congressional districts as a hearing approached Monday with a federal judge.

U.S. Magistrate Roanne Mann in Brooklyn will unveil her own revised plan for congressional district lines, which could become law if state lawmakers cannot reach a compromise on their own competing plans by Wednesday.

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Legislators agree on redistricting for state, but not federal, lines (Politics on the Hudson)

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A joint redistricting bill to set new lines for Assembly and Senate seats—but not congressional ones—is being printed today, said Michael Whyland, a spokesman for Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan.

“We are printing state lines after adjusting them in consultation with the Governor,” Whyland said in a statement. “We are also submitting a proposal for long term reform.

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Redistricting Follies: Politicians can’t be trusted to draw lines that make sense for voters (Post Standard)

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If you were asked to pick an advocate for independent legislative redistricting, you probably would pass over incumbent politicians — particularly if you remember that lawmakers in Albany pledged to support a nonpartisan process in 2010, then promptly reneged on their promise after being re-elected.

Yet today

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