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Compromise idea divides redistricting commission

Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission Chair Colleen Coyle Mathis, left, and Vice Chair Jose M. Herrera listen in during discussions Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011 in Tempe, Ariz. Arizona's embattled redistricting commission was meeting for the first time in a month, to resume work on new congressional and legislative districts now that the state Supreme Court has overturned Gov. Jan Brewer's attempt to remove the commission's chair. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Some members of the state redistricting commission are voicing dislike for another’s proposed compromise on new congressional districts.

The commissioners commented a day after Republican Rick Stertz offered a compromise. It includes a Democratic-backed new competitive district in the Phoenix area and a Republican proposal to have a Tucson-centered district extended into southern Pinal County.

Republican Scott Freeman criticized the idea of a compromise. He said the commission should just apply constitutional mapping criteria, and he called the Phoenix-area competitive district contrived.

Democrat Linda McNulty said having only one competitive district in the Phoenix area was a compromise. She also said Stertz’s proposal fails to reduce the size of a predominantly rural district in northern and eastern Arizona.

Independent Colleen Mathis had suggested merging parts of Stertz and McNulty proposals.

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