Attorney General Tom Horne is planning to file a special court action this week to compel cooperation from the three members of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission who have refused to submit to his investigation into whether the panel violated state procurement and open meetings laws when it hired a mapping firm in June.Read More »
The state's redistricting commission is taking up the thorny issue of how to create districts in which both major parties can field congressional and legislative candidates with a realistic shot of winning elections, a key part of balancing sometimes conflicting redistricting criteria.Read More »
If Republican Attorney General Tom Horne would be willing to meet the Independent Redistricting Commission halfway, a Democrat on the panel said he would be prone to reconsidering his stance that he and his colleagues should resist cooperating with an investigation Horne launched last month.Read More »
Minority legislators today sent one loud message to the Independent Redistricting Commission: Keep their communities together in redrawing Arizona’s next legislative boundaries.Read More »
The Secretary of State’s office on Wednesday dismissed a complaint alleging that the state’s redistricting commission was being illegally lobbied by a group with ties to Republican politicians.
The state’s elections officials threw the complaint out because they said Arizona’s lobbying laws don’t apply to the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission. But in their dismissal letter, those same elections officials said they believe the laws should be changed so they do apply.
And that could happen as early as next year, said Amy Bjelland, the Secretary of State’s election director.
A Libertarian Party activist alleged in a complaint filed today that a group with ties to Republican politicians is illegally lobbying the state’s redistricting commission.Read More »
More than a month after Attorney General Tom Horne announced an investigation into possible open meeting and procurement law violations by the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, his attorneys will finally get to conduct their first interview with a commissioner Wednesday morning.Read More »
Republicans have railed against the Independent Redistricting Commission, saying it intends to draw political lines that turn the state over to Democrats.
But the combination of constitutional requirements, federal regulations and voter registration numbers make for a reality that is far different from any tea partier’s nightmare scenario.
The state’s redistricting commission today moved closer to making a decision about whether it will continue require detailed tracking of all contact between its mapping firm and any member of the media.
But the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission postponed a vote so it can get more input from its attorneys, media outlets and bloggers.
Arizona Democrats have said they want a legislative map that will be used for the next decade to significantly increase the number of competitive districts in order to give more voters an actual choice when they go to ballot boxes every other November.Read More »