If could get any crazier, I’d like to see it. Arizona’s decennial “independent” redistricting process has been nothing short of spectacular for journalists. The intrigue, outrage and paranoia took hold quickly and the twists and turns have continued without stop.Read More »
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Democratic redistricting commissioners Jose Herrera and Linda McNulty lambasted Gov. Jan Brewer for what they called a coordinated attempt to interfere with the work of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission.Read More »
James Huntwork, a Republican who served on the original Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, said his successors are not properly drawing legislative and congressional maps based on constitutional criteria.Read More »
A joint committee created to craft the Legislature’s recommendations to the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission spent more than four hours on Monday listening to an airing of every grievance conservatives have with the redistricting process.
And in the end, it may not actually make any recommendations at all.
A special legislative committee appointed by majority Republicans to make recommendations to the state redistricting commission holds its second meeting Monday.Read More »
New 9th Congressional District offers unprecedented opportunitySometimes a coin flip can be the opportunity of a lifetime.
The proposed 9th Congressional District was designed to be as competitive as possible, but a 50-50 split means a lot more to Democrats than Republicans.
The district, which encompasses Tempe, central Phoenix and Ahwatukee Foothills, is the break Valley Democrats have been waiting for. Read More »
Republican lawmakers got a lot of blowback over their new redistricting committee from legislative Democrats and sympathetic members of the public, but they got what they wanted when a parade of speakers stepped forward to air grievances against the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission.Read More »
The redistricting commission's adopted draft map sets up some interesting match-ups.Read More »
Democrats have looked to the state’s Independent Redistricting Commission as their best chance to change their fate as the perpetual minority — a position they’ve held for nearly all of the past 40 years in Arizona.
They got commissioners they liked appointed to the panel. The commission selected lawyers that many Democrats were pleased with. And they even awarded a contract to a mapping firm with historic ties to Democratic causes.
But in the end, the result looks like the status quo. And for the Arizona Democratic Party, that’s not a good thing.
Republicans are really mad about redistricting. An approved draft (as in preliminary) congressional map strengthens the chances of Democratic incumbents Gabby Giffords and Raul Grijalva, both of whom narrowly won re-election last year. Republican freshman David Schweikert and Ben Quayle, on the other hand, appear to be on a collision course and could face each other in the primary in 2012. And Republicans have argued that the map, which has two rural districts, runs counter to the required constitutional requirement of respecting communities of interest.Read More »