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Critics say partisan fights take new shape in ‘independent’ redistricting

Placing the “I” word in front of Redistricting Commission doesn’t mean it’s really independent.

Now that the commission is fully constituted, they'll soon begin redrawing the state's legislative and congressional lines. At stake is the state's political landscape for the next ten years. And while most everyone agrees on the gravity of task, disagreements abound on just how "independent" the panel can be.

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Campbell picks Herrera for redistricting commission (access required)

House Minority Leader Chad Campbell on Wednesday, Feb. 2, selected accountant José Herrera, a Democrat, to serve on the Independent Redistricting Commission. The decision to select Herrera came on the heels of a press conference held by the Arizona Legislative Latino Caucus, whose Democratic Party members called for the appointment of a Latino to the commission.

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Adams’ pick for redistricting commission: Scott Freeman (access required)

State legislators have begun the final step of appointing nominees to the Independent Redistricting Commission, which will redraw the boundaries of the state’s legislative and congressional districts. The process kicked off Monday, Jan. 31, as Republican House Speaker Kirk Adams selected Scott Freeman, an attorney from Maricopa County, to serve as a commission member.

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