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Arizona Repackaged (access required)

After nearly 18 hours of marathon meetings over two days, the five volunteers tasked with redrawing Arizona’s political boundaries cast their votes on a new legislative map and marked the end of one of the most tumultuous political battles the state has ever seen.

The fight surrounding the Independent Redistricting Commission and its work included allegations of bid-rigging, conspiracy and back-room shenanigans, and ultimately led the governor and the Senate to take the unprecedented step of removing the commission’s chairwoman — only to see the Arizona Supreme Court reverse the move days later.

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New 2012 maps: Matchups to watch (access required)

Shifting the political boundaries means some sort of change for every politician looking at running for re-election. Some districts don’t have any incumbents, because they’ve been drawn into their neighbor district. Others districts end up with more incumbents than can be elected.

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Redistricting commissioners divided over changes; will miss self-imposed deadline on maps (access required)

The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission spent roughly nine hours Monday considering changes to proposed legislative maps, but will still have to wait for detailed analysis before adopting anything final. 

The long work session took place only days before the now-unlikely target deadline of Christmas for adopting both final legislative and congressional maps.

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County attorney predicts citizen lawsuits against IRC (access required)

Frustrated by a judge’s ruling that state and county prosecutors don’t have the authority to investigate alleged open meeting law violations by the state’s redistricting commission, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery predicted today that private citizens may pick up where he left off.

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IRC eyes moves for Greenlee, Mohave (access required)

Some white voters who are hoping to be moved out of a predominantly Native American legislative district may get their wish under changes being considered by the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, but not everyone is getting what they want.

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