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Bipartisanship elusive in redistricting process

Thu, Mar 5, 2015


The common wisdom has it that elections are all about fielding the best candidates and letting the voters decide.

But if recent legal developments are any indication, it’s who draws the district maps that matter just as much.

This week the U.S. Supreme Court heard a case involving Arizona’s independent redistricting commission. That’s the panel set up by voters as an alternative to allowing the Legislature to redraw congressional and state district boundaries every 10 years. In the past, the majority party usually met behind closed doors to draw up maps aimed at protecting party incumbents and achieving a majority at the Statehouse and in Congress.

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Tags: Arizona, Arizona Legislature, Independent Redistricting Commission

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