Mar 15, 2012

IRC getting gun-shy on special action?

The IRC’s deadline for filing a special action with the AZ Supreme Court over its FY12 funding keeps getting pushed back, and Executive Director Ray Bladine told our reporter today that the commission may not run out of money on Friday, as he previously estimated.

Mar 8, 2012

Enough cash for twelve seconds of legal advice

Yesterday’s Senate approps hearing on S1533 (IRC; supplemental appropriation) saw Republicans vote to give the IRC extra funding for FY12 – but only $1 as a placeholder amount – while Democrats voted against the measure because the amount wasn’t large enough.

Mar 6, 2012

Senate Appropriations approves $1 in funding for IRC

With the cash-strapped Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission on the verge of going broke and the threat of yet more legal action looming, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted Tuesday to give the remapping panel just a single dollar in funding for the rest of the fiscal year.

Mar 6, 2012

Lawmakers to consider funding for redistricting commission

A proposal to provide Arizona's nearly broke redistricting commission with more money gets its first legislative hearing Tuesday.

Mar 5, 2012

Capitol Quotes: March 2, 2012

This week's most outstanding quips, jibes and utterances.

Mar 2, 2012

IRC prepares to sue over funding

The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission hoped for the best but prepared for the worst, authorizing its attorneys to take legal action if the Legislature doesn’t swiftly approve extra funding it will need before the end of the fiscal year.

Mar 1, 2012

Senate Oks measure eliminating independent redistricting panel

Arizona Senators have advanced a proposal to allow voters to decide whether to return redistricting power to the Legislature.

Feb 29, 2012

Redistricting commission to discuss budget problems

The cash-strapped Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission will meet on Friday to discuss its ongoing budget problems.

The meeting – the IRC’s first since January – comes as the commission faces the possibility of running out of money before June 30, the end of the 2012 fiscal year. And uncertainty over the 2013 budget is even greater.

Feb 29, 2012

State submits redrawn legislative maps to Justice

Newly drawn legislative district maps have been submitted for approval to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Feb 27, 2012

IRC estimates it will be flat broke by March

IRC Executive Director Ray Bladine responded late yesterday to the tone and content of the Feb. 17 letter from OSPB Director John Arnold that was mentioned in an item in yesterday’s report.

Feb 20, 2012

I just remembered!

Redistricting commission attorneys may have been happy to have their congressional maps submitted to the Justice Department for review, but it turns out they forgot to include a few things.

Feb 20, 2012

Tobin’s redistricting plan running into roadblocks — and out of time

House Speaker Andy Tobin is trying to keep alive his proposal that would ask voters to accept alternate redistricting maps, but the special election plan he is considering appears dead on arrival thanks to logistical and legal roadblocks — and a lukewarm reception from some of his Republican colleagues.