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Judge: 'Decent case' political role in Wisconsin voting laws

A federal judge said Thursday that opponents of more than a dozen new Wisconsin election laws had made a "pretty decent case" that Republicans approved them to secure a partisan advantage, but added he isn't convinced the measures actually had a dramatic effect.

U.S. District Judge James Peterson's comments came in closing arguments of a lawsuit challenging the laws passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature and signed by Gov. Scott Walker since 2011. Peterson promised to rule by the end of July but has said that will be too late to affect the Aug. 9 primary for the field of candidates running for dozens of state and federal races will be narrowed before the Nov. 8...

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