FEDERAL COURT SOLICITS INPUT ON NEW CONGRESSIONAL MAPS. In an Order arising out of a conference with the parties yesterday, the federal court hearing the redistricting case involving Virginia’s Third Congressional District has asked interested parties to submit suggested new maps to a Special Master to be appointed by the court to oversee the process. The deadline for submission of suggested maps is September 18.
Might I suggest that House Republicans plan to reconvene on September 16? This should give ample opportunity to forward a plan to the court with at least partial legislative imprimatur, to which the court and the Special Master are likely to assign at least some weight. I can assure you that it is pure coincidence that September 16 is the last day of Justice Jane Roush’s interim term on the Supreme Court. 😉