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Two remain for IRC executive director post (access required)

During a closed-door executive session last week, Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission selected the final two candidates vying to serve as the agency’s executive director.

The commission interviewed five candidates, selected from among several dozen more, for several hours during the private April 14 meeting, then chose two of the five for additional interviews April 20 – this time in public.

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What’s the big secret?

In spite of numerous transparency pledges by members of the Independent Redistricting Commission, the commission has chosen to shield applicants for the executive director post from public scrutiny.

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Redistricting panel weighs disclosure requirements (access required)

The word “transparency” gets tossed around a lot these days. Activists demand it and politicians promise it. As Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission prepares to redraw the lines that will define the state’s congressional and legislative districts, exactly what level of transparency the commission will achieve remains unclear.

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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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Will redistrict for food

A murmur went through the gallery at the IRC's Feb. 24 meeting when O'Connor House President Lucia Howard told the panel the IRC has been appropriated only $500,000 in the current budget, while the inaugural commission spent about $9.5 million.

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Like a good neighbor…

Based on recent history, observers of Arizona's second independent redistricting process predicted a partisan fight among IRC commissioners, but several signs are pointing in the opposite direction.

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