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Special session over reinstalling redistricting commission chairwoman?

With the Thanksgiving holiday coming up, don’t think lawmakers are content with taking the week off. It appears Gov. Jan Brewer and key lawmakers are planning – or at least strongly considering – a special session as early as this week to deal with the fallout from Thursday’s court decision to re-install the embattled chairwoman of the state’s redistricting commission.

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Redistricting applicants raise questions of qualifications, independence (access required)

It's unclear what will happen with a batch of applicants who wanted to replace the ousted - then reinstated - chairwoman of Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission Colleen Mathis.

But the scramble over the search for a replacement for Mathis passed a key milestone this week nonetheless, as 19 Arizonans formally stepped forward to fill what is perhaps the most scrutinized and thankless job in the state right now.

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GOP-led Senate votes to oust redistricting chairwoman

In an unprecedented move that cast shadows of uncertainty over the state’s decennial remapping process, the Senate voted to remove Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission Chairwoman Colleen Mathis.

The Senate voted to oust Mathis on a party line 21-6 vote – three Democrats were absent – for “neglect of duty” and “gross misconduct in office.” The charges stemmed from Republican allegations that Mathis, the independent chair of the panel, ignored constitutional criteria for drawing congressional and legislative districts and violated open meeting laws during the selection of a mapping consultant.

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