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IRC approves final maps amid clashes (access required)

The members of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission spent their final mapmaking meeting the same way they’ve spent most of the past nine months – arguing, sniping at each other and lobbing accusations across the aisle.

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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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