Gov. Jan Brewer has wisely chosen not to challenge the Arizona Supreme Court ruling that restored Colleen Mathis as the chair of the Independent Redistricting Commission. Nonetheless, the governor maintains the court erred, and that the IRC drew the draft congressional boundaries in a manner that ignored its constitutional mandate. Our bipartisan think tank’s board members come from diverse backgrounds and political persuasions, including four former Republican legislators and one former Democratic legislator.Read More »
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Some white voters who are hoping to be moved out of a predominantly Native American legislative district may get their wish under changes being considered by the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, but not everyone is getting what they want.Read More »
In a rare personal appearance before the Arizona Supreme Court, Attorney General Tom Horne today argued that a 2009 law aimed at revamping the way Tucson elects city officials is of statewide importance because the city’s current system upsets an otherwise fair and even application of municipal elections in the state.Read More »
The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission is considering a handful of changes to its legislative map, including proposals that would add another competitive district.Read More »
At yesterday’s IRC meeting, Voting Rights Act consultant Bruce Adelson repeatedly emphasized that DOJ likes to see a lot of debate and discussion about Voting Rights Act districts when contemplating preclearance for new maps.Read More »
In its first week back on the job after the reinstatement of ousted Chairwoman Colleen Mathis, the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission considered changing some the most oft-maligned aspects of its congressional draft map.Read More »
Legislative candidates across the state are quickly learning how difficult it is to run a campaign without knowing where their districts will be.
The uncertainty also complicates fundraising.
Sen. Steve Gallardo is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to intervene to protect minority voting rights and prevent the removal of Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission members.Read More »
James Huntwork, a Republican who served on the original Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, said his successors are not properly drawing legislative and congressional maps based on constitutional criteria.Read More »
The Arizona Supreme Court will decide Oct. 25 whether to hear cases involving city council elections in Tucson and a southern Arizona Indian tribe’s desire to build a casino near Glendale’s sports and entertainment area.Read More »