The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission could stumble into another partisan divide, but this time it involves whether members will cooperate with Attorney General Tom Horne’s investigation into whether the commission violated open meeting and procurement laws when it hired a mapping consultant in June.Read More »
Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission has shifted gears, now collecting public input from elected officials and everyday residents about what they want to see when the state’s political maps get wiped clean and recast.
While the commissioners have heard a variety of suggestions, one recommendation has so far come across more coherently than any other: The perceived need for a squarely conservative congressional district extending along the Colorado River from Mexico to Utah.
Attorney General Tom Horne has announced his office has opened an investigation into the Independent Redistricting Commission in response to an investigation by Arizona Capitol Times and its sister publication, Yellow Sheet Report, that uncovered possible violations of the state’s open meeting and procurement laws.Read More »
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 »
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 »