Sep 15, 2021

Redistricting panel OKs starting-point grid map

The Arizona commission charged with redrawing maps for congressional and legislative districts every decade approved its basic starting-point grid maps September 14, kicking off a months-long process with huge political implications where the boundaries will be heavily tweaked before being finalized.

Mar 2, 2021

Mapping commission struggles to gain momentum

The theme of the 2021 Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission is delay, as commissioners opted to push every meaningful agenda item back an additional week after the U.S. Census Bureau data was already delayed until the end of September.

Jan 27, 2021

Census data for redistricting, apportionment delayed

The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission won’t be able to draw new boundaries for congressional and legislative districts until April 30 at the earliest due to a delay of the U.S. Census data.

Jan 21, 2021

New IRC chair wants to avoid tiebreaker role

Erika Neuberg will be the chair of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission and serve as a tie-breaking vote on decisions that will impact the state’s political landscape over the next decade.

Oct 21, 2020

Flower shop owner hopes to chair IRC

Megan Carollo, a flower shop owner in Scottsdale, is the new fifth independent candidate hoping to chair the next Independent Redistricting Commission. Carollo replaced Nicole Cullen, a teacher at Chandler Unified who abruptly withdrew from consideration after commissioners selected her as a finalist. Cullen’s decision came with little information – only a brief comment from […]

Oct 8, 2020

Vetting panel chooses 5 finalists for IRC chair

The most powerful, unpaid political figure in Arizona for the next decade will either be a teacher, a businessman, an attorney for a public utility, a gun store owner or a psychologist-turned-life coach.

Aug 28, 2020

IRC chair – the state’s most important political figure

An aide to Gov. Doug Ducey, a former top attorney for the state’s largest utility company and a former attorney at the Goldwater Institute are among 39 applicants for the chair of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission.

Jan 16, 2019

Lawmaker introduces new proposal to revamp Independent Redistricting Commission

A Republican lawmaker is reviving an effort to change the makeup of Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission, the body responsible for redrawing the state’s legislative and congressional district maps once a decade.

Senate President Steve Yarbrough (R-Chandler) (Photo by Katie Campbell/Arizona Capitol Times)
May 29, 2018

Wrap up with Steve Yarbrough

After 16 years as an Arizona state representative, then senator, Senate President Steve Yarbrough is calling it quits.

Jennifer Samuels, left, an eighth grade English teacher who plans to run for the House as a Democrat in Legislative District 15, speaks with LD15 constituents Alex Ariemma, center, and Debbie Voll during the LD15 Democrats meeting at the Paradise Valley Community Center on May 8. (Photo by Paulina Pineda/Arizona Capitol Times)
May 14, 2018

The Breakdown, Episode 18: The Red (for Ed) wave?

Red for Ed may be over, but it's too soon to tell what consequences - and possibly new elected officials - it will bring to the Capitol over time.

May 11, 2018

Democratic blitz, GOP votes doomed redistricting measure

The threat of a massive infusion of political spending by a liberal advocacy group during campaign season helped thwart a legislative effort to overhaul Arizona’s redistricting process.

Mar 23, 2018

House panel OKs changes to redistricting commission

Republican state representatives advanced a resolution to overhaul the membership of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission in ways that some worry will disenfranchise minority voting blocs.