Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and the state Senate ousted the chairwoman of the state's redistricting commission citing "gross misconduct" and "neglect of duty" in her job. The chairwoman, Colleen Mathis, is the lone independent on the commission.
The congressional supercommittee that must find at least $1.2 trillion in cuts in just three weeks held another public hearing Tuesday, this time on earlier proposals to cut the deficit. A political impasse over taxes is holding up a deal, and Tuesday's testimony had little apparent effect on the panel.
A personhood amendment on the state ballot would declare that life begins at conception. There is support for the measure in the conservative state but opposition from groups that say its broad language could limit contraception and threaten fertility treatments.
The group Americans Elect wants to show the Democratic and Republican establishments that voters want another choice in presidential candidates. But if there are questions about the group's political impact, there are others over who's financing it.
Texas stands to gain four new seats in the U.S. House of Representatives if its legislative maps are approved by a federal court. The Justice Department has reservations about the redistricting plan, however, in part because it doesn't create a single new district that's majority Latino.
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