Nov 18, 2011

Brewer, GOP leaders considering redistricting options

Gov. Jan Brewer and Republican legislative leaders are considering another effort to remove the chair of the state redistricting commission, despite the Arizona Supreme Court's ruling that an initial attempt was improper.

Nov 17, 2011

High court reinstates ousted redistricting chairwoman

In a stunning reversal for Gov. Jan Brewer and the state Senate, the Arizona Supreme Court reinstated Colleen Mathis as chairwoman of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission.

Nov 17, 2011

AZ court hears challenge to redistricting ouster

A lawyer for the ousted chair of Arizona's redistricting commission says the commission would be a joke as an independent body if Gov. Jan Brewer's removal of Colleen Mathis is allowed to stand.

Nov 16, 2011

Judge hears arguments in AZ redistricting case

Attorneys leading an investigation into whether Arizona's redistricting commission violated open meeting law in hiring a mapping consultant withdrew one of their top claims as a judge heard arguments Wednesday over whether to end or revitalize the civil probe.

Nov 16, 2011

Judge to mull whether to end redistricting probe

A judge will consider Wednesday whether to end or revitalize a civil investigation into whether Arizona's redistricting commission violated open meetings law when it selected consultants to help draw new congressional and legislative districts.

Nov 15, 2011

19 apply for redistricting chair

The Arizona Supreme Court has released a list of 19 applicants to replace the recently ousted redistricting commission chairwoman, Colleen Mathis.

Nov 14, 2011

Few apply for IRC chair

It seems few people are interested in signing up for a full-time, unpaid job that will immediately make them one of the most controversial people in the state.

The Commission on Appellate Court Appointments, which is tasked with nominating candidates for the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, has only received four applications for the vacant chairman’s post, and one is likel[...]

Nov 14, 2011

No pay, high scrutiny – what’s not to like?

The deadline for applying for the IRC job left vacant with the removal of Mathis is tomorrow at 5 p.m., and so far it appears that job offer is receiving a lukewarm response.

Nov 13, 2011

Redistricting law writers say ouster defies intent

Civic activists who wrote the constitutional amendment approved by Arizona voters a decade ago to create the state's redistricting commission say Gov. Jan Brewer's removal of the panel's chair violates the measure's intent to take political map-drawing out of the hands of governors and state legislators.

Nov 7, 2011

AZ Supreme Court schedules oral arguments in Mathis case

The Arizona Supreme Court will rule Tuesday about whether to temporarily block the ouster of Colleen Mathis as chairwoman of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission.

Nov 7, 2011

‘Baggage’ in hand, former IRC attorney takes on commission

Seven months ago, attorney Lisa Hauser was trying to land a job serving as the redistricting commission's Republican attorney, just as she did a decade ago.

But by the time Senate Republicans ratified Brewer’s decision to remove the commission's chair for what the governor described as “gross misconduct in office,” Hauser had taken on a new redistricting client — Brewer, who wil[...]

Nov 4, 2011

IRC attorneys: Mathis’ removal an unconstitutional exploitation of power

Attorneys representing the state’s redistricting commission filed suit today with the Arizona Supreme Court, asking the court to overturn the removal of Colleen Mathis as the commission’s chairwoman.