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Oh, the irony

While doing research this week on the alleged election fraud in Yuma last fall, we stumbled upon a number of emails sent out by various groups perpetuating the story that liberal activists were conducting rampant fraud in the district in order to save Grijalva.

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Everything to everyone

The maps that will be presented to the IRC today by the Hispanic Coalition for Good Government will include a competitive congressional district based in central Phoenix, Gallardo told our reporter yesterday.

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Secretary of State: Lobbying statutes don’t apply to IRC, but they should (access required)

The Secretary of State’s office on Wednesday dismissed a complaint alleging that the state’s redistricting commission was being illegally lobbied by a group with ties to Republican politicians.

The state’s elections officials threw the complaint out because they said Arizona’s lobbying laws don’t apply to the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission. But in their dismissal letter, those same elections officials said they believe the laws should be changed so they do apply.

And that could happen as early as next year, said Amy Bjelland, the Secretary of State’s election director.

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Is the sky really falling on Arizona Republicans? (access required)

Republicans have railed against the Independent Redistricting Commission, saying it intends to draw political lines that turn the state over to Democrats.

But the combination of constitutional requirements, federal regulations and voter registration numbers make for a reality that is far different from any tea partier’s nightmare scenario.

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