The slow process of using the state procurement process to evaluate and hire IRC staff, attorneys, and, soon, mapping consultants, had Freeman all but openly regretting that the commission didn't go about hiring without the help of the Department of Administration.Read More »
Pima County supervisor districts are expected to change slightly as a result of redistricting.Read More »
Herrera said that the commission's split on who to appoint as legal counsel stemmed from a theoretical disagreement with Republicans on how the panel should be represented.Read More »
Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission system was established in 2000 to bring transparency and accountability to what had traditionally been a behind-closed-doors process, and to eliminate the incentive to protect incumbent lawmakers’ election odds using creative line drawing.
Now, two former state lawmakers are spearheading a campaign that uses online software to up the ante.
Arizona Capitol Times reporter Evan Wyloge discusses what the state's redistricting commission is doing this week, in their efforts to eventually deliver Arizona's new political maps later this year.Read More »
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.
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.Read More »
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.Read More »
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.
Decennial census data released Thursday confirmed that Arizona’s population has grown by nearly every measure, but experts said they expected to see even higher rates of growth.Read More »