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Redistricting applicants raise questions of qualifications, independence (access required)

It's unclear what will happen with a batch of applicants who wanted to replace the ousted - then reinstated - chairwoman of Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission Colleen Mathis.

But the scramble over the search for a replacement for Mathis passed a key milestone this week nonetheless, as 19 Arizonans formally stepped forward to fill what is perhaps the most scrutinized and thankless job in the state right now.

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Judge hears arguments in AZ redistricting case

Attorneys leading an investigation into whether Arizona's redistricting commission violated open meeting law in hiring a mapping consultant withdrew one of their top claims as a judge heard arguments Wednesday over whether to end or revitalize the civil probe.

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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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Redistricting law writers say ouster defies intent

Civic activists who wrote the constitutional amendment approved by Arizona voters a decade ago to create the state's redistricting commission say Gov. Jan Brewer's removal of the panel's chair violates the measure's intent to take political map-drawing out of the hands of governors and state legislators.

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