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Federal panel demands evidence of GOP hiding docs in redistricting flap


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Enough is enough.

A three-judge federal panel is giving plaintiffs until March 15th to complete its effort to dig up new documents that Republicans may still be withholding over the way they drew the state’s new legislative districts.

In a strongly-worded order Thursday, the court said, “Very little seems to have been resolved between the parties – rather, they seem to be tip-toeing around their differences, failing to take any action that would actually address their issues.”

The court ruled that the GOP followed the constitutional requirement of creating new districts with relatively equal populations, with one exception that was later fixed.

After the ruling, the Democrats and Hispanics still accused the GOP of hiding documents they were supposed to release about the way they drew the new maps. Not much has happened in the case since then.

The court said the tip-toeing must stop, and, “It’s time to get to the bottom of the who, what, where, when, how, and why” of the matter, “and then to move on.”

Any additional legal requests in the case must be filed by April 1st.