Attorney General Tom Horne has announced his office has opened an investigation into the Independent Redistricting Commission in response to an investigation by Arizona Capitol Times and its sister publication, Yellow Sheet Report, that uncovered possible violations of the state’s open meeting and procurement laws.Read More »
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Several years ago I attended a government commission meeting where an appointed chairman openly rejected an assistant attorney general’s recommendation to convene an executive session.
“No, I don’t think we need an executive session to talk about this,” the chairman said, to the best of my recollection.
It’s not that every — or even most — public bodies are eager to shut their doors to the public. It’s that confidence is inspired in government when the doors remain open when the real decision-making process begins.
Prior to voting to award a lucrative contract to a mapping consultant on June 29, the Independent Redistricting Commission had spent as much time in closed door executive meetings as it had before the public.
And public records held by the commission itself, as well as statements made by commissioners, indicate the IRC may have violated Arizona’s open meeting laws designed to maintain a level of transparency in government affairs – that is, if the state Constitution doesn’t grant the agency unfettered contracting authority.
Brewer's office isn't the only one to receive a landslide of complaints of the IRC's recent hiring of Strategic Telemetry or Mathis, whose vote was critical in securing the services of the firm.Read More »
Brewer hasn't committed to helping legislative Republicans oust Mathis, but it isn't for a lack of public input.Read More »
The Independent Redistricting Commission was crafted to give the power to draw political maps to an appointed panel, free from political shackles. But now months behind the pace set by the previous IRC, there is a very real possibility that the job may fall to a panel of federal judges.Read More »
Republicans remain on high alert after the IRC last week hired a Democrat firm as a mapping consultant, but they are still lacking actionable intelligence that would warrant an attempt to remove IRC Chair Colleen Mathis.Read More »
Republicans are still reeling from the IRC's selection Wednesday of Strategic Telemetry as its mapping consultant and are starting to talk about the gloom-and-doom scenarios that could result when the panel draws its maps.Read More »
Republican voters showed up in droves to today's IRC meeting in Tucson and spoke out, emotionally at times, against yesterday's selection of Strategic Telemetry as its mapping consultant.Read More »
Former IRC executive director Adolfo Echeveste didn't mince words today when asked about the progress the current commission has made so far and what they need to do now.Read More »