Tag Archives: Colin Campbell

Judges hear GOP redistricting map challenge

Arizona redistricting map

Federal judges hearing a civil suit brought by Republican voters who claim the state's new legislative maps were illegally drawn to benefit Democrats questioned lawyers Friday about whether some members of the commission that made the maps were free of political influence.

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Records show Dem connections with redistricting commissioners, but incumbent knowledge denied (access required)

Democratic redistricting commissioner José Herrera listens as the commission's legal counselors advise the commission on the legislative privilege that may be invoked to prevent commissioners from giving testimony under oath. (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)

A Democratic redistricting commissioner and the Democratic party’s interim executive director denied insinuations they were part of a conspiracy to rig the state’s legislative maps. But newly released records showed party leaders and incumbent lawmakers were at least included in mapping strategy emails sent to the commissioner on his non-commission email account. And phone records show more connection than the commissioner had previously acknowledged.

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Lawyer likens Thomas to late Sen. McCarthy

The lawyer for an embroiled Phoenix-area politician on Dec. 15 accused Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas of investigating his client for political and personal motives. Colin Campbell, who represents Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox, is questioning why Thomas's office filed 36 charges against Wilcox, and said "there are elementary mistakes of fact in the allegations that suggest carelessness, rush to judgment, and improper motives."

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