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Between the Lines: New Pa. Map Means Winners and Losers

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Rep. Lou Barletta (above) had some help on the inside of the mapmaking process. One of his top political aides, Luke Bernstein, serves as one of the governor's deputy chiefs of staff.

Democratic Reps. James Langevin and David Cicilline have engaged in a public dispute over the one line that divides the state's Congressional districts. The primary issue is that Langevin's 2nd district needs to shift 7,200 constituents to Cicilline's 1st district.

Cicilline's team is pushing for what has been described as a "semi-final" map that shifts about 120,000 constituents back and forth between the two districts. This effort includes moving three towns within his existing lines that he lost in 2010 out of his current district.

Langevin is pushing for a slight change in lines within Providence, the only city that is divided under the current map. Langevin previously supported that approach along with then-Rep. Patrick Kennedy during the last redistricting cycle.

Some in Rhode Island politics suspect Cicilline is attempting to move out areas that he lost in 2010.

"It's not that simple," state House Communications Director Larry Berman told Roll Call. He explained that a growing Hispanic population is also a factor that is being taken into account.

"David is happy to have the honor of representing Rhode Islanders wherever the lines are drawn," Cicilline spokeswoman Raymonde Charles told WPRI.

Rhode Island's Commission on Reapportionment is bipartisan but Democratic-
dominated. The group will tentatively recommend a map Monday to the Democratically controlled state Legislature.

The Legislature usually passes a map that closely resembles the commission's recommendations. A map's passage into law will likely come early next year.

Ohio: State Moves to Unify 2012 Primary Dates

Ohio lawmakers reportedly arrived at an agreement Wednesday to unify the date of the state's Senate and Congressional primaries March 6.

The Columbus Dispatch reported that Democratic and Republican lawmakers were about to move a bill that creates a single primary and makes some minor tweaks to the already-approved Congressional map.
Legislators approved splitting the primary dates earlier this year, with the Senate primary in March and the House and presidential primary in June. Buckeye State Republicans drew an aggressive new Congressional map aimed at giving the GOP a 12-to-4 advantage in the delegation.

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