The Arizona Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to temporarily reinstate the state redistricting commission's chairwoman who was ousted a week earlier by Republican Gov. Jan Brewer in a move that has touched off a legal and political battle.Read More »
The Arizona Supreme Court has rejected Colleen Mathis’ request to block her removal as Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission chair while the appeal of her ouster works its way through the court system.
Mathis can continue to appeal her decision, but will do so as the former IRC chairwoman, the court ruled on Tuesday.
Seven months ago, attorney Lisa Hauser was trying to land a job serving as the redistricting commission's Republican attorney, just as she did a decade ago.
But by the time Senate Republicans ratified Brewer’s decision to remove the commission's chair for what the governor described as “gross misconduct in office,” Hauser had taken on a new redistricting client — Brewer, who will soon be called upon to defend her unprecedented action in court.
Attorneys representing the state’s redistricting commission filed suit today with the Arizona Supreme Court, asking the court to overturn the removal of Colleen Mathis as the commission’s chairwoman.Read More »
When the drafters of Proposition 106 took their idea to the ballot in 2000, they knew they had to address the possibility of the state needing to remove a member of the Independent Redistricting Commission. They wrote that a commission member could be removed by the governor, with the support of two-thirds of the state Senate, for acts considered “gross misconduct” or “substantial neglect of duty.” Thank goodness they included that in the proposition approved by Arizona voters.Read More »
Arizona’s once-in-a-decade remapping process may grind to a halt for up to a month and a half while a judicial commission, and possibly the courts, decide who will be the next chair of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission.Read More »
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The Commission on Appellate Court Appointments will hold an emergency meeting on Monday to discuss the replacement process for ousted Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission Chairwoman Colleen Mathis. The judicial nominating panel will meet at 1 p.m. at the Arizona State Courts Building.Read More »
Gov. Jan Brewer might still seek the removal of the two Democratic members of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission. Matthew Benson, a spokesman for the governor, said Brewer still has concerns about the actions of Democratic commissioners Jose Herrera and Linda McNulty, whom he said committed misconduct in coordination with ousted Chairwoman Colleen Mathis.Read More »
The IRC will continue holding the public hearings it has scheduled, but after Saturday’s hearing in Casa Grande, Mathis’ removal from the panel yesterday may put the redistricting process on hiatus until a new chair is selected.Read More »