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State Hispanic group approves of GOP redistricting plan

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MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Not all of Wisconsin’s Hispanics are up in arms about the new state legislative districts drafted and approved by Republicans last year.

The Milwaukee group Voces de la Frontera is part of a federal lawsuit against the new maps, claiming that they would dilute Hispanic representation in the Legislature.

But another Latino group, Hispanics for Leadership, said Wednesday it would sue the state if lawmakers agree to changes that Voces de la Frontera is suing for.

Zeus Rodriguez said the Leadership group believes the GOP’s maps will help Latinos, not hurt them – because they give Hispanics a decent chance of getting two representatives elected to the Assembly from Milwaukee instead of one.

One of the GOP’s districts at issue is just under 50 percent Hispanic, while another is just over 40 percent. Rodriguez says that’s enough to influence voters to choose Hispanic lawmakers in both districts.