The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission is likely to need some extra funds after the Legislature declined to let it to use leftover money it says it needs to fight the final legal challenge to the maps it approved in 2012.Read More »
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Arizona's 30 legislative districts were legally drawn and can continue to be used through the end of the decade, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled this morning.Read More »
A House panel approved a change in the redistricting process that, if ratified by voters, could have the lines for future legislative and congressional elections drawn only by Republicans.Read More »
The fate of Arizona’s legislative map will hinge on whether the U.S. Supreme Court believes the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission was justified in underpopulating most Democratic districts or overpopulating Republican ones.Read More »
When passions ran high over the controversy surrounding Arizona’s decennial redistricting process in 2011, the air was laden with talk of reforms. But in the four years since the controversy erupted, the Legislature has made no move to ask voters for reforms.Read More »
As current Speaker of the House David Gowan and former Speaker Andy Tobin stood on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court in early March, their attorneys having just delivered compelling testimony during oral arguments in their big case, Arizona Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, things were looking up for the two congressional wannabes.Read More »
A bid by state lawmakers to take back the power to draw congressional lines is legally flawed and should be rejected, the lead attorney for the Independent Redistricting Commission told the nation’s high court.Read More »
The bulk of the funding, $6.86 million, would be used to hire caseworkers and other child welfare aids in an effort to resolve the backlog of 6,554 cases that went uninvestigated by Child Protective Service, a gross oversight that caused Gov. Jan Brewer to abolish the agency at the outset of the 2014 Legislative Session in favor of a new department that reports directly to the Ninth Floor.Read More »
Shope eyes smaller districts for state representatives
Rep. T.J. Shope wants to cut Arizona’s massive House of Representatives districts in half.
The first-term lawmaker hasn’t completed his plans yet, but is strongly leaning toward a proposal that would split the House districts in half. Rather than have each legislative district elect two House members at large, Shope’s plan would create two separate House districts that would be contained within each Senate district.
The Commission on Appellate Court Appointments has completed its work and today sent three nominees to Rep. Chad Campbell, who, as the House Minority Leader, will pick one to fill a vacancy on the Independent Redistricting Commission.Read More »