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WI Assembly passes redistricting maps

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin state Assembly has passed bills redrawing the state's political boundaries without any Democratic votes.

The bills now head to Gov. Scott Walker for his consideration.

The bills redraw political boundaries for all 132 legislative districts and eight congressional districts. Democrats say Republicans rushed them so they would pass and go to Walker before recall elections next month that could give Democrats control of the Senate.

Democrats say Republicans are rushing the process because they are fearful of the recalls. Republicans say they're simply fulfilling their plan to get redistricting done in a timely manner.

The Legislature is required to redraw political lines after the census is done every decade. Wisconsin gained about 320,000 people since 2000.

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