Arizona's attorney general on Wednesday accused three members of the state's redistricting commission of stonewalling an investigation of possible open meeting law violations that he said reportedly include private one-on-one talks between the chairwoman and other members before a key vote.Read More »
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The five volunteers tasked with redrawing Arizona’s political districts may soon have to tell the world who they’ve been talking with, outside the commission’s public meetings, about their highly-political work.Read More »
Attorney General Tom Horne is planning to file a special court action this week to compel cooperation from the three members of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission who have refused to submit to his investigation into whether the panel violated state procurement and open meetings laws when it hired a mapping firm in June.Read More »
The state's redistricting commission is taking up the thorny issue of how to create districts in which both major parties can field congressional and legislative candidates with a realistic shot of winning elections, a key part of balancing sometimes conflicting redistricting criteria.Read More »
Former Attorney General Terry Goddard this weekend accused now AG Tom Horne of taking part in a Republican “intimidation campaign” against the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission. The announcement was odd, and so was the timing – given that Horne’s investigation has been ongoing for more than a month.Read More »
More than a month after Attorney General Tom Horne announced an investigation into possible open meeting and procurement law violations by the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, his attorneys will finally get to conduct their first interview with a commissioner Wednesday morning.Read More »
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.
The state’s redistricting commission today moved closer to making a decision about whether it will continue require detailed tracking of all contact between its mapping firm and any member of the media.
But the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission postponed a vote so it can get more input from its attorneys, media outlets and bloggers.
A former Justice Department official says Arizona's eventual new maps of congressional and legislative districts will face vigorous reviews for compliance with a federal law that protects minorities' voting rights.Read More »
Arizona Democrats have said they want a legislative map that will be used for the next decade to significantly increase the number of competitive districts in order to give more voters an actual choice when they go to ballot boxes every other November.Read More »