Skip to comments.Gov. Jan Brewer, Arizona panel battle over redistricting
Posted on 11/07/2011 8:44:04 PM PST by Beowulf9
If youre not a political junkie, the redistricting process can be about as thrilling as an afternoon of C-SPAN. Unless you're paying attention to Arizona. This year, the state's redistricting efforts are rife with personality clashes and political intrigue. In 2000, Arizona voters approved a ballot measure that made redistricting the responsibility of a panel comprised of two Democrats, two Republicans and an independent chair, which was supposed to tamp down the partisan warfare that retooling political boundaries invites. (This year, Californias political lines were drawn for the first time by a similar independent panel.) But Arizonas Independent Redistricting Commission has recently come under fire from Republicans, who dominate state politics and who say the panel's congressional draft map favors Democrats. The GOP also criticized the commission's chairwoman, Colleen Mathis, for picking a mapping firm with Democratic ties, and said the panels maps ignored various constitutional requirements, the Associated Press reported. Last week, the political sniping turned into a legal showdown. Only Arizona's governor, with the backing of two-thirds of the state Senate, can remove redistricting panel members for gross misconduct or substantial neglect of duties.
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The proposed map that I saw was a joke. Somebody should be going to jail.
We got our redistricting done down here in Texas.
Then Eric Holder swooped in and sued us for disenfranchising minority’s.
Now Perry and Greg Abbott are fighting back.
How is it the feds place to rule over state redistricting?
I hate the Dems more and more every day.
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