Arizona's redistricting commission has released a 2 ½-week schedule of hearings for public comment on how the panel should draw new legislative and congressional districts.Read More »
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Several years ago I attended a government commission meeting where an appointed chairman openly rejected an assistant attorney general’s recommendation to convene an executive session.
“No, I don’t think we need an executive session to talk about this,” the chairman said, to the best of my recollection.
It’s not that every — or even most — public bodies are eager to shut their doors to the public. It’s that confidence is inspired in government when the doors remain open when the real decision-making process begins.
An Arizona legislator is calling for a special legislative election so voters can decide whether to eliminate the state's redistricting commission.Read More »
The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission found itself in a Facebook fracas for several days this week, as an account bearing the commission's name, but run by a local blogger, turned into a forum for opinions, and ginned up accusations from some that the IRC was using it for political purposes.Read More »
Brewer's office isn't the only one to receive a landslide of complaints of the IRC's recent hiring of Strategic Telemetry or Mathis, whose vote was critical in securing the services of the firm.Read More »
Brewer hasn't committed to helping legislative Republicans oust Mathis, but it isn't for a lack of public input.Read More »
At today’s meeting of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, Chairwoman Colleen Mathis admitted that her initial application omitted information about work her husband had done for a former Democratic lawmaker’s campaign.Read More »
Live coverage of the July 8, 2011 Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission meeting.Read More »
Republicans are still reeling from the IRC's selection Wednesday of Strategic Telemetry as its mapping consultant and are starting to talk about the gloom-and-doom scenarios that could result when the panel draws its maps.Read More »
Republican voters showed up in droves to today's IRC meeting in Tucson and spoke out, emotionally at times, against yesterday's selection of Strategic Telemetry as its mapping consultant.Read More »