In the hours leading up to the special session, Gov. Jan Brewer fought to remove more than just the chairwoman of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission – a proposal that a handful of Republicans seriously disagreed with, the Arizona Capitol Times has learned.Read More »
In an unprecedented move that cast shadows of uncertainty over the state’s decennial remapping process, the Senate voted to remove Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission Chairwoman Colleen Mathis.
The Senate voted to oust Mathis on a party line 21-6 vote – three Democrats were absent – for “neglect of duty” and “gross misconduct in office.” The charges stemmed from Republican allegations that Mathis, the independent chair of the panel, ignored constitutional criteria for drawing congressional and legislative districts and violated open meeting laws during the selection of a mapping consultant.
The head of the Arizona Democratic Party says he will seek to recall four moderate Republican senators if they go along with Gov. Jan Brewer’s plan to remove members of the Independent Redistricting Commission.Read More »
Sen. Steve Gallardo, who has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to intervene in Arizona’s redistricting fight in order to protect the rights of minority voters, said the federal agency has asked him for more documents.Read More »
Republican legislators on Monday called the state redistricting commission's work fundamentally flawed as the panel said its independence had been undermined by Gov. Jan Brewer's accusations that it violated constitutional mapping criteria and legal processes.Read More »
Sen. Steve Gallardo is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to intervene to protect minority voting rights and prevent the removal of Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission members.Read More »
The Governor’s Office announced that there will not be a special session on redistricting Tuesday.Read More »
Democratic redistricting commissioners Jose Herrera and Linda McNulty lambasted Gov. Jan Brewer for what they called a coordinated attempt to interfere with the work of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission.Read More »
Senate Republicans have been told by leadership to prepare for a possible special session on Tuesday to deal with the Independent Redistricting Commission, the Arizona Capitol Times learned today.Read More »
Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission Chairwoman Colleen Mathis responded Monday for the first time about allegations that she violated open meeting laws, acknowledging that she spoke with two Republican commissioners about a mapping consultant but denying that the conversations were illegal or improper.Read More »