Judge hearing arguments on Colorado redistricting

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A judge has begun hearing arguments in a dispute between Republicans and Democrats over what Colorado’s new congressional maps will look like.

Both parties filed suit after the Legislature failed to agree on drawing new districts to reflect the 2010 Census. The trial opened Tuesday in Denver District Court.

The court will have about a half dozen maps to consider. The trial is expected to last two weeks.

Democrats say they want maps that make races more competitive. Republicans say Democrats are just trying to draw new districts to gain more congressional seats.

The new maps could affect whether voters send a majority Democrat or Republican delegation to Washington after the 2012 races.