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Day three of the Alaska Redistricting Board trial is underway. Today, they're getting into the Valdez witnesses today. If they get through Valdez, they'll start with intervenor (Doyon, Limited group) witnesses.

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Here's Day 1 (East Anchorage):…

Here's Day 2 (Mat-Su):…
Right off the bat, they're starting off with a dispute about when plaintiffs will get to do cross examination of the board witnesses. It sounds like the potential of having them today is catching some plaintiffs by surprise.
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It's trial day for the Mat-Su Borough/MSB Manager Brown's challenge to the Alaska Redistricting Board. They've got two main points:

We don't like Valdez; they don't like us.
You crammed too many voters into Mat-Su districts.


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They'll also get an out-of-order witness from the Valdez case, Valdez Mayor Sharon Scheidt.

The Redistricting Board had objected to several Mat-Su witnesses (their testimony is pre-filed) and Judge Matthews has overruled them, but notes that he'll still weigh the concerns.
First up is Mat-Su Mayor Edna Devries. Questioning first comes from Brena (Valdez) who's asking her about the socio-economic integration between Valdez and Mat-Su.

She says Mat-Su and Valdez are pretty different.
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The first day of the trial challenging the Alaska Redistricting Board's work is underway. Today, they'll be kicking it off with the East Anchorage plaintiffs, who are challenging the Senate pairings with the conservative Eagle River.

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It's going to be an unusual trial because the direct testimony has already been filed. The opening arguments, too. They'll be starting out with cross examination and then direct testimony.
First, they're taking up several objections raised by the Alaska Redistricting Board against lay testimony and expert testimony brought by East Anchorage.

Judge Matthews rejects both motions, adding that he'll take the hearsay testimony as it comes.
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Alaska Redistricting Board is back on record after a long lunch break. So far today, they've had an executive session, a last-minute map rewrite by Marcum (of v.3 map) and a load of public testimony AGAINST that map.

Now they're expected to take some action on the maps.

Previous thread of today's hearing here:

Binkley says the plan is to wrap up the map by the end of today with plans for finalization over the weekend. Then they'll get to Senate pairings next week.

There's some discussion about House District numberings. It's important, it seems, for just identifying the potential Senate pairings to consider over the weekend.

It doesn't sound like the potential pairings would be bound by the ordering of the numbers, though.
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Board's first question to Reudrich is about "Problematic drawing around southeast." Specifically because his proposal whole break up Saxman and Ketchikan.

The court has already said it's "impermissible" under prior attempts.
He says it's justified because the Saxman area is connected more with Sitka than Ketchikan.
Reudrich just says Southeast is hard to map because of its "extreme length and lack of width."

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