While the actual mapping was done in 2011, this past year proved that the fight over redistricting takes many forms, with Arizona’s struggles over political boundaries shifting from the drawing room to the courtroom.Read More »
As 2012 comes to a close, some Arizona politicos have reached new heights of prominence and power. Others saw once-promising careers hit the wall.
Jeff Flake and Kyrsten Sinema gained influence and stature in the nation’s capital, while Andy Biggs reached the pinnacle of power in the Arizona Senate.
Meanwhile, former Senate President Russell Pearce and his successor, Sen. Steve Pierce, fell from grace, while a slew of Republican candidates once again failed in their bids to reach the halls of Congress.
Attorneys defending the state’s redistricting commission against allegations of open meeting law violations are touting an appellate court decision today as a victory. So is the county prosecutor who pursued the allegations.Read More »
Following several close contests and two weeks of counting, Secretary Ken Bennett and other state officials today signed the official canvass and certified last month’s election results.
The move effectively ended the 2012 campaign cycle and heralded the start of the new one.
With the 2012 election now in the rearview mirror, the results show that the number-crunching done last year by the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission was nearly spot on.Read More »
Outside groups dug deep into their war chests and poured millions of dollars into state Senate races, splurging in amounts unmatched in Arizona history and inundating voters with attack ads.Read More »
The GOP-led Legislature is suing the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, arguing that the voter approved change to the state constitution that created the mapping body violates the U.S. Constitution.Read More »
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery can’t skip the Arizona Court of Appeals in his appeal of an open meeting law case he lost involving the state redistricting commission.Read More »
Arizona's highest court is refusing to put an open meeting law case related to redistricting on a fast track in the state court system.Read More »
In a motion to dismiss the legal challenge of the congressional lines, IRC attorney Mary O’Grady savaged the arguments made by Lisa Hauser and Mike Liburdi as “bogus legal claims” based on “conspiracy-theory-rooted allegations” that depends on “flawed interpretations that… would require this court to write into the constitution procedural requirements that do not exist.”Read More »