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Adams’ pick for redistricting commission: Scott Freeman (access required)

State legislators have begun the final step of appointing nominees to the Independent Redistricting Commission, which will redraw the boundaries of the state’s legislative and congressional districts. The process kicked off Monday, Jan. 31, as Republican House Speaker Kirk Adams selected Scott Freeman, an attorney from Maricopa County, to serve as a commission member.

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That’s our list and we’re sticking to it

In the face of prodding by Adams and Pearce, the Commission on Appellate Court Appointments rejected crafting a new list of Independent Redistricting Commission candidates and instead voted to refuse to accept the withdrawals of GOP nominees Mark Schnepf and Stephen Sossaman.

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House speaker accuses court commission of religious discrimination (access required)

Speaker of the House Kirk Adams let fly an accusation of religious discrimination Dec. 13 against a state commission that chooses nominees for the Independent Redistricting Commission. Adams said in a press release that it appears Christopher Gleason, a Tucson applicant for the Independent Redistricting Commission, was blocked by the Commission on Appellate Court Appointments because of his faith.

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Myriad questions await 2011 redistricting commission (access required)

When Arizona's second Independent Redistricting Commission convenes in 2011, it will have an advantage that its predecessor didn't - precedent. The first commission, created by a 2000 amendment to the Arizona Constitution to redraw the state's legislative and congressional districts, faced the prospect of ballot initiatives, new legislation and years of court challenges stemming from disputes over the way it determined district boundaries.

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