A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by Republicans seeking to overturn California's new congressional district maps, eliminating one of the last remaining challenges to the work of the citizens commission that drew new political lines for state and congressional offices.
U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson on Thursday dismissed the suit brought by former Rep. George Radanovich and four others, who alleged that the commission had improperly considered race in creating the new districts. The suit cited three Los Angeles County districts that were drawn to encourage the election of African American representatives.
The plaintiffs turned to federal court after the California Supreme Court rejected GOP challenges to congressional and state Senate district maps.
"Once again the work of the Citizens Redistricting Commission has been affirmed against baseless partisan attacks," said Jeanne Raya, currently the commission's chair, in a written statement.