Contentious special session on redistricting ahead

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — State lawmakers are set to return to the Capitol on Monday for what’s expected to be a contentious fight over congressional redistricting and a Virginia Supreme Court appointment.

Republican leaders of the GOP-controlled General Assembly plan to elect Rossie D. Alston Jr., effectively removing Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s newly appointed pick, Justice Jane Marum Roush.

Also Monday, lawmakers will begin the process of drawing new congressional maps. The GOP has indicated it will focus on redrawing parts of the 3rd Congressional District, which a federal panel found had been drawn illegally. McAuliffe said he wants new maps for all 11 of the state’s congressional districts.

If the General Assembly and McAuliffe can’t find a compromise, federal judges may just impose their own boundaries, as they’ve done in other states.

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