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Hauser: Records lawsuit over IRC not likely

State procurement records show attorney Lisa Hauser received an evaluation from one Independent Redistricting Commission member that pushed her overall scores down far enough to place her third in contention for the job of IRC attorney.

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Super slow-mo good for sports, not districting

The slow process of using the state procurement process to evaluate and hire IRC staff, attorneys, and, soon, mapping consultants, had Freeman all but openly regretting that the commission didn't go about hiring without the help of the Department of Administration.

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It’s never personal

Herrera said that the commission's split on who to appoint as legal counsel stemmed from a theoretical disagreement with Republicans on how the panel should be represented.

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Commissioners eye free mapping software, say it could be used differently than creators intended (access required)

Although all five members of Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission have said they're either aware of, or had logged into, the online mapping software that was released to the public recently by the Arizona Competitive Districts Coalition, which has a stated goal of increasing the number of “competitive districts,” they don't all agree about how it will be used.

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Two remain for IRC executive director post (access required)

During a closed-door executive session last week, Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission selected the final two candidates vying to serve as the agency’s executive director.

The commission interviewed five candidates, selected from among several dozen more, for several hours during the private April 14 meeting, then chose two of the five for additional interviews April 20 – this time in public.

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Redistricting panel weighs disclosure requirements (access required)

The word “transparency” gets tossed around a lot these days. Activists demand it and politicians promise it. As Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission prepares to redraw the lines that will define the state’s congressional and legislative districts, exactly what level of transparency the commission will achieve remains unclear.

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IRC budget based on experience and guesswork (access required)

The last statement James Huntwork made as a member of the first Independent Redistricting Commission in his last meeting in June 2009 was that the next IRC would need “a lot of money.”

How much money the newly seated IRC will need is a mystery.

But the thinking of those involved with the first one is that the legal disputes, which consumed so much money last time, will be fewer this time.

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