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Between the Lines: Schwarz and Schauer Drawn Out of Old Michigan Seat

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Former Rep. Joe Schwarz says he is not pleased with the Michigan GOP's proposed map, which moves his hometown out of the 7th district and into the 3rd district.

Republicans plan to pass a new Congressional map that makes Rep. Tim Walberg's (R) district safer for him. But at least one former GOP Congressman from Michigan isn't happy about it.

Former Rep. Joe Schwarz, who lost to Walberg in the 2006 GOP primary, told Roll Call neither he nor former Rep. Mark Schauer (D) are pleased that the GOP's proposed map moves their hometown of Battle Creek in Calhoun County out of the 7th district and into the 3rd district.

"They drew both of us out, which neither Mark or I are very happy about it," Schwarz said in a phone interview. "I think both Mark Schauer and I know precisely why it was done: It was done to essentially make it impossible for the two people one, a Republican, and one, a Democrat who would be the most logical opponents for Mr. Walberg to run."

Schauer defeated Walberg in 2008 and then Walberg came back to defeat the Democrat in 2010.

MAINE: New Districts Must Be Redrawn by Sept. 30

The Maine Legislature must reshape the Pine Tree State's two Congressional districts no later than Sept. 30, according to a federal court order released Tuesday.

The specific process for drawing the new lines has yet to be set, but the judge ordered state officials to release a status report July 5 and subsequent status reports every 20 days thereafter.

The new timeline is the result of a federal lawsuit that has forced Maine to implement new Congressional boundaries before the 2012 elections. The state has historically addressed redistricting in the year after a redistricting cycle.

Current state law requires the establishment of a bipartisan commission to guide redistricting, although the process moving forward is unclear. Those decisions rest with the Republicans who control both chambers of the Legislature, the Republican-controlled executive branch and the court system.

"I think all sides agree there should be a commission," Janet Mills, an attorney for the Maine Democratic Party, told Roll Call on Tuesday. "The key question is who is the chair the tie-breaker, who is supposed to be neutral."

In the event that the Legislature cannot resolve the issue by Sept. 30, the Maine Supreme Court would have until Nov. 15 to do so, according to the federal court order. If there is still no resolution, the U.S. District Court would "proceed with its own reapportionment of Maine's Congressional district in order to cure the Constitutional violation" before Jan. 1, according to the order.

South Carolina: Gowdy Not Pleased With Spartanburg Split

The South Carolina Legislature moved toward solidifying a new Congressional map that adds a district in the northeastern part of the Palmetto State, anchored in Horry County.

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