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Playing the long game

Last week’s announcement from Pierce and Biggs that they would work next year to roll back an increase in state employee retirement contributions caught most observers off guard.

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IRC maps on agenda for final OK (access required)

Agendas for the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission’s meetings for the week now include the possible approval of its new maps, and the final vote could come within the next few weeks.

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Three senators jockey for Senate presidency (access required)

The toppling of Senate President Russell Pearce will trigger a shakeup in Senate leadership that will see Republicans choosing a new president.

And depending on who replaces him, that shakeup could also mean changes in the makeup and chairmanships of committees.

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Mathis was removed before she could do any more damage to state

When the drafters of Proposition 106 took their idea to the ballot in 2000, they knew they had to address the possibility of the state needing to remove a member of the Independent Redistricting Commission. They wrote that a commission member could be removed by the governor, with the support of two-thirds of the state Senate, for acts considered “gross misconduct” or “substantial neglect of duty.” Thank goodness they included that in the proposition approved by Arizona voters.

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