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Myriad questions await 2011 redistricting commission (access required)

When Arizona's second Independent Redistricting Commission convenes in 2011, it will have an advantage that its predecessor didn't - precedent. The first commission, created by a 2000 amendment to the Arizona Constitution to redraw the state's legislative and congressional districts, faced the prospect of ballot initiatives, new legislation and years of court challenges stemming from disputes over the way it determined district boundaries.

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Then-Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Rebecca Birch oversees the Commission on Appellate Court Appointments' Jan. 21 meeting to select two new nominees for Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission. (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)

Lawsuit settlement signals end of current redistricting commission (access required)

Seven years after it was appointed to redraw the state’s congressional and legislative districts, the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission is preparing to shut down operations following the settlement of the final lawsuit against it.