Supreme Court strikes a blow for Arizona citizens
Mon, Jun 29, 2015Redistricting
By Laurie Roberts The U.S. Supreme Court today declined to gift the Arizona Republican Party with several new seats in Congress.The high court upheld the right of a citizen commission to draw congressional maps, rejecting Republican legislative leaders' opinion that only they (meaning the Legislature) can draw the lines.

Tags: Arizona, Arizona Legislature, Republican Party, Democratic Party, Redistricting, Citizens Redistricting Commission

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Kirkpatrick part of group preparing to fight redistricting
Fri, May 22, 2015Redistricting
PHOENIX -- Fearing defeat at the Supreme Court, more than a dozen members of Congress from California and Arizona introduced legislation Friday to preserve the congressional boundaries set by independent redistricting commissions.HR 2501 specifically bars the legislatures in six states, including Arizona, from redrawing the lines ahead of the 2020 Read More

Tags: Arizona, Redistricting, Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick

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Bipartisanship elusive in redistricting process
Thu, Mar 5, 2015Redistricting
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. Read More

Tags: Arizona, Arizona Legislature, Independent Redistricting Commission

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Why The Supreme Court Should Reject The Arizona Legislature's Challengeto the Arizona IRC
Sun, Jan 18, 2015Redistricting
One of the important Supreme Court cases currently being briefed (with oral argument set for March), Arizona Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, involves the question whether the U.S. Constitution and congressional statutes permit the people of a state to implement an initiative creating an independent redistricting commission (IRC)—i.e., one Read More

Tags: Arizona, Arizona Legislature, Redistricting, Law suit

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Redistricting - FINALLY, District Court decides Harris in favor of AIRC (AZ Eagletarian)
Wed, Apr 30, 2014Redistricting
Thirteen months after trial wrapped in the Harris lawsuit -- which challenged Arizona's legislative district map -- the three-judge federal District Court panel issued its ruling today. Bottom line, the current legislative district map stands and will not be subject to a do over. However, based on a number of Read More

Tags: Arizona, Redistricting, Legislative districts

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Federal Court Upholds New Arizona Legislative District Maps Arizona Daily Star
Thu, May 1, 2014Redistricting
Federal court upholds new Arizona legislative district maps. The ruling is a major setback for Republican interests who charged that the fivemember commission purposely crafted the districts in a way to improve the chances of Democrats getting elected to the Legislature.

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AZ's new state legislative districts firmly set
Fri, May 25, 2012Redistricting
Arizona's new state legislative districts are now firmly set, at least for the 2012 election.The last roadblock was a federal lawsuit filed by a group of Republican voters seeking to halt the new boundaries from ever going into effect.On Monday, the plaintiffs agreed to adjust their legal challenge and ask Read More

Tags: Arizona, 2012 Election, Redistricting

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Leaders to sue over district map
Thu, May 3, 2012Redistricting
Arizona lawmakers Wednesday gave their leaders the authority to sue over the constitutionality of the state's congressional-district map.The move came on the eve of the Legislature's likely adjournment, triggering another round of dispute over the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission.

Tags: Arizona, Redistricting

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-Arizona Redistrict Panel To Get More Cash
Sun, Mar 25, 2012Redistricting
A reluctant and angry Legislature approves a measure giving 700,000 to the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission to cover its current bills, even as House Speaker Andy Tobin threatens a lawsuit that would further tap public coffers.

Tags: Arizona, AZ Legislature, Redistricting Commission

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-Justice Department signs off on new Pinal County districts
Wed, Feb 1, 2012Redistricting
Hopefuls for the five open seats on the Pinal County Board of Supervisors can begin their campaigns with confidence.The Department of Justice has told county elections officials it doesn't object to Pinal's new supervisorial-district map, which splits the county into five districts, up from three, according to a county statement Read More

Tags: Redistricting, Pinal County, Supervisor Districtsi

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