Arizona panel OKs legislative, congressional maps

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona's redistricting commission members divided along party lines Tuesday as they approved maps of new congressional and legislative districts by identical 3-2 votes. 

The two Democrats and independent Colleen Mathis voted for both maps. The two Republicans voted against both.

The commission's approval of new maps for use in elections the rest of the decade follows months of public hearings as well as high-stakes political and legal wrangling.

That wrangling included a failed attempt by Republican Gov. Jan Brewer to oust the commission's chair.

Arizona voters created the commission a decade ago to take redistricting out of the hands of the Legislature and the governor.