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 »
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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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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 »
Colleen Mathis’ tenure as chair of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission won’t end with her historic ouster by the Senate and governor – if her attorneys have anything to say about it.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 »
In the hours leading up to the special session, Gov. Jan Brewer fought to remove more than just the chairwoman of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission – a proposal that a handful of Republicans seriously disagreed with, the Arizona Capitol Times has learned.Read More »
In an unprecedented move that cast shadows of uncertainty over the state’s decennial remapping process, the Senate voted to remove Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission Chairwoman Colleen Mathis.
The Senate voted to oust Mathis on a party line 21-6 vote – three Democrats were absent – for “neglect of duty” and “gross misconduct in office.” The charges stemmed from Republican allegations that Mathis, the independent chair of the panel, ignored constitutional criteria for drawing congressional and legislative districts and violated open meeting laws during the selection of a mapping consultant.
A special session to deal with the Independent Redistricting Commission appears imminent. House members were informed this morning to expect a special session call at 1 p.m. today. And multiple Republican senators said a special session is very likely.Read More »
Sen. Steve Gallardo is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to intervene to protect minority voting rights and prevent the removal of Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission members.Read More »