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 »
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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 »
It may have been conducted a month ago, but a previously secret poll of the District 18 race shows that the Mormon community is deeply divided over the contest between Senate President Russell Pearce and charter school administrator Jerry Lewis.Read More »
Republican Olivia Cortes, who could face a civil fine for failing to report contributions to her campaign, insists that the paid effort to gather signatures on her behalf was uncoordinated with her campaign.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 »
How GOP politicians are trying to secretly influence the IRCA group of high-profile attorneys working for a group called FAIR Trust say they want to help the state's redistricting commission adhere to the legal requirements that govern the high-stakes, once-in-a-decade political remapping process, and the group’s name suggests it is interested in fairness.
But what FAIR Trust’s attorneys refuse to say is that they’re actually representing a group of incumbent Republicans from Arizona’s congressional delegation and the state Legislature.
The group's representatives have gone out of their way to hide who is involved and who is funding their pricey legal efforts. And so far the group has done a good job keeping that information away from the public. Read More »
Republican members of Arizona’s congressional delegation have been calling state senators urging a special session to remove at least one member of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission.Read More »
Rep. Carl Seel suggested that the Independent Redistricting Commission’s mapping consultants may have put him in a less Republican district in retaliation for his legislative record.
Speaking at Monday’s meeting of the Joint Legislative Committee on Redistricting, Seel, R-Phoenix, questioned why Strategic Telemetry – which has ties to Democratic candidates and causes, including President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign – put him a new district that eliminated much of his conservative support.
Questioned after he made his public comments, Seel told the Arizona Capitol Times that he is not accusing Strategic Telemetry or the IRC of gerrymandering him into a less favorable district – and he had no proof that such a conspiracy took place.
Senate President Russell Pearce’s recent remarks that he has his church’s consent — or at least some sort of passive approval — to continue pushing for enforcement-only immigration laws has left some fellow Mormons astounded by the suggestion he is in perfect harmony with it.Read More »
It seems that sleazy political tricks are oozing through every crack in the sidewalk. From Washington to Chicago to Mesa, political figures will say and do just about anything to get elected — or to prevent someone else from getting elected.Read More »