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Few apply for IRC chair (access required)

It seems few people are interested in signing up for a full-time, unpaid job that will immediately make them one of the most controversial people in the state.

The Commission on Appellate Court Appointments, which is tasked with nominating candidates for the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, has only received four applications for the vacant chairman’s post, and one is likely ineligible.

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Thomas discipline hearing drew huge online audience (access required)

The unprecedented nature of the discipline proceedings against former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas’ actions kept viewers in law offices and government buildings throughout the Valley glued to the live webcast on the Arizona Supreme Court’s website for 26 days.

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Grassroots ‘Mormon Fall’ aided Lewis victory (access required)

Though Jerry Lewis was cautious about saying exactly how important the Mormon church was to his campaign, the political newcomer’s upset win over Senate President Russell Pearce largely relied on a quiet, grassroots effort among Mesa’s faithful.

As the final results of the Nov. 8 recall election became clear, campaign insiders for Lewis revealed how vital early support was among members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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Pearce ousted in historic recall election (access required)

On top of the world a year ago when his landmark immigration bill became law, Senate President Russell Pearce saw his political career turn to dust tonight when he lost his legislative seat to a political neophyte, despite significantly outspending his opponent.

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AZ Supreme Court won’t block Mathis’ removal (access required)

The Arizona Supreme Court has rejected Colleen Mathis’ request to block her removal as Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission chair while the appeal of her ouster works its way through the court system.

Mathis can continue to appeal her decision, but will do so as the former IRC chairwoman, the court ruled on Tuesday.

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