Monday, April 24, 2006

Connecticut: Lieberman keeping options open... Alabama: redistricting suit Repub power grab?

Lieberman asks Eastern Connecticut Democrats to stay loyal
By RAY HACKETT Norwich Bulletin Apr. 24, 2006
...Recent comments by Lieberman suggesting he would not rule out an independent bid in November if he should lose the August primary have only added fuel to the controversy. When pressed on the comment Sunday, Lieberman dismissed the remark as being "overblown." But he would not rule it out, either.
"Neither would I," said Shawn McNally, a former state representative from Norwich who is supporting Lieberman, noting the incumbent gets high approval ratings from Republicans and independents ineligible to vote in a Democratic primary.
McNally, who opposed the war in Iraq during his unsuccessful 2004 congressional bid, said after spending a year in Iraq himself, he agrees with Lieberman. McNally spent eight months in Iraq working for the U.S. Agency for International Development.....
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Democrats claim small GOP group behind Alabama redistricting suit
GARRY MITCHELLAssociated Press
Columbus Ledger-EnquirerApr. 24, 2006
MOBILE, Ala. - A lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the current district boundaries for the Alabama Legislature awaits a ruling by a three-judge federal panel on whether it can continue.
Democrats claim it's a Republican attempt to pick up where the last redistricting suit left off. It's unclear when the three-judge panel will rule. A hearing date has not been set.
Montgomery attorneys Mark G. Montiel and Christopher W. Weller, representing plaintiffs who filed suit June 16, 2005 in U.S. District Court, claim their case is "entirely independent" from prior redistricting complaints......
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