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Republican leaders blast IRC over congressional maps

A slate of prominent Arizona Republicans including Gov. Jan Brewer, U.S. Sens. Jon Kyl and John McCain, nearly the entire GOP congressional delegation and state House Speaker Andy Tobin took aim at the state’s redistricting commission today, blasting the panel for a congressional map that they say is gerrymandered to give an edge to Democrats.

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Another one of life’s unsolved mysteries

The constitutional language that governs the IRC is very clear that the panel cannot draw its maps with the homes of incumbents or candidates in mind, but some railbirds were left scratching their heads after seeing that the IRC draft congressional map made significant changes that directly affected a handful of incumbents and candidates.

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Keep that eraser handy

Scores of angry Pinal County residents showed up at the IRC’s meeting on Friday to complain about their county being split into five separate districts, a move that led Mathis to spend the weekend redrawing the lines to put Pinal into just two districts, not counting a sliver of Tohono O’odham land in the southwest corner of the county.

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Keep Arizona’s growing rural communities whole

For the past four months, the Independent Redistricting Commission has worked to balance the wants, needs and desires of the residents of Arizona. The problem is that Pinal County — Arizona’s fastest growing county — is being used as the bargaining chip to satisfy other constituencies.

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Public must demand competitive districts, scrutinize new maps

It’s been a quiet summer at the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, punctuated by some predictable partisan posturing. But now we are seeing the early outlines of maps, even before the draft maps are released. The commission is in the stage of the process where it is considering “what if” ideas about what the first draft maps will look like.

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