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Redistricting applicants raise questions of qualifications, independence (access required)

It's unclear what will happen with a batch of applicants who wanted to replace the ousted - then reinstated - chairwoman of Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission Colleen Mathis.

But the scramble over the search for a replacement for Mathis passed a key milestone this week nonetheless, as 19 Arizonans formally stepped forward to fill what is perhaps the most scrutinized and thankless job in the state right now.

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A turning point in the immigration debate?

Republicans who oppose Senate President Russell Pearce’s strict enforcement to confronting illegal immigration are quick to paint Jerry Lewis’s victory last Tuesday as a turning point in the debate in favor of a more nuanced solution to this complex problem. Eager to seize the momentum, they are creating a narrative for the whole nation. While they acknowledged that Pearce’s defeat to Lewis won’t necessarily roll back laws like Arizona’s SB1070, they believe it sends a signal to other Republicans that they can offer more pragmatic solutions without fearing a backlash.

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