Arizona Senators have advanced a proposal to allow voters to decide whether to return redistricting power to the Legislature.Read More »
The cash-strapped Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission will meet on Friday to discuss its ongoing budget problems.
The meeting – the IRC’s first since January – comes as the commission faces the possibility of running out of money before June 30, the end of the 2012 fiscal year. And uncertainty over the 2013 budget is even greater.
Newly drawn legislative district maps have been submitted for approval to the U.S. Department of Justice.Read More »
IRC Executive Director Ray Bladine responded late yesterday to the tone and content of the Feb. 17 letter from OSPB Director John Arnold that was mentioned in an item in yesterday’s report.Read More »
Redistricting commission attorneys may have been happy to have their congressional maps submitted to the Justice Department for review, but it turns out they forgot to include a few things.Read More »
House Speaker Andy Tobin is trying to keep alive his proposal that would ask voters to accept alternate redistricting maps, but the special election plan he is considering appears dead on arrival thanks to logistical and legal roadblocks — and a lukewarm reception from some of his Republican colleagues.Read More »
Five pieces of new legislation introduced by House Speaker Andy Tobin have taken power-grabbing to a whole new level, and would set redistricting back to a time of shadowy legislative deals. We could start by asking the now worn-out phrase, “What part of independent does the Arizona House not understand?”Read More »
Tobin’s attempt to give voters the option of discarding the IRC’s maps in favor of lines that he and a House staffer drew in secret is on life support, but he said today that he’s not giving up on his push for a special election.Read More »
A federal review of Arizona's map of new congressional districts for compliance with the Voting Rights Act is about to start.Read More »
In ordinary circumstances, the most politically safe and easy course of action is to do nothing. On the other hand, it’s especially risky to foment actions that would alter the outcomes of voter initiatives.
In the case of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, it’s important to conclude one way or another whether the intent and desires of the voters have been violated. If they have been, we should provide voters the mechanism with which to fix the situation. It’s obvious to me the process was hijacked.