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Legislature considers a new infusion of money into the IRC (access required)

Redistricting Commission seeks cash for defense

Arizona lawmakers are introducing another supplemental appropriation for the Independent Redistricting Commission, providing an infusion of new funding to the maligned agency as it tries to pay its bills for the remainder of the fiscal year. The Senate Rules Committee, chaired by Senate President Andy Biggs, R-Gilbert, voted today to allow the late introduction of a bill to provide $635,226 to the commission, according to a Republican Senate staffer.

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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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