State legislators have begun the final step of appointing nominees to the Independent Redistricting Commission, which will redraw the boundaries of the state’s legislative and congressional districts. The process kicked off Monday, Jan. 31, as Republican House Speaker Kirk Adams selected Scott Freeman, an attorney from Maricopa County, to serve as a commission member.Read More »
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Adams has until the end of Monday to make his appointment to the Independent Redistricting Commission, but it is not clear whom he is considering.Read More »
An apologetic screening commission not only chose two new nominees for Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission on Jan. 21, but it also sought to satisfy Republican legislative leaders by choosing one from outside Maricopa County.Read More »
Redistricted into a corner: Republicans had too many Maricopa County residents for boundary-drawing panel
Unaccustomed to losing, Arizona Republicans are pointing fingers in all different directions to explain how they have found themselves in the middle of a desperate last-ditch struggle to influence who will be responsible for redrawing the state’s legislative and congressional districts.Read More »
Yellow Sheet Report assistant editor Christian Palmer talks about the latest developments in the selection of Arizona's redistricting commission members.Read More »
The Hopi reservation sticks out like a sore thumb on the state's congressional map. Instead of being in the same district as the larger Navajo Nation, which surrounds it, the Hopi land is connected by the Colorado River to residents in the far western side of the state.Read More »
The U.S. Census Bureau confirmed what local politicos had long expected, that Arizona will gain a ninth congressional seat.
But states with far less growth grabbed new seats that Arizona hoped would be its tenth.
Yesterday, Adams said he found it "absurd" that Bender could be relied on to be an independent commission member, and today more clear evidence of Republican unease with the former DOJ attorney came about.Read More »
Observers wouldn’t be wise to bet on Arizona Chief Justice Rebecca Berch granting Adams and Pearce’s request for a new redistricting nominee selection process, one member of the Commission on Appellate Court Appointments told our reporter.Read More »
One letter even led the Commission on Appellate Court Nominees, the body charged with choosing nominees for the Redistricting Commission, to seek a legal opinion on the eligibility of a candidate, law professor Paul Bender.Read More »