Redistricting

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What was good for David Schweikert in the time of Trump might not be after redistricting

BY: - December 3, 2021

U.S. Rep. David Schweikert might end up being a case study in how escalating extreme rhetoric to avoid the wrath of former President Donald Trump and his voters turns from an advantage to a liability because of redistricting. Schweikert won his seat in Congress in the GOP wave year of 2010, knocking off incumbent Democrat […]

The redistricting conundrum: Just what is a community of interest?

BY: - December 3, 2021

Long after he’d finished his work chairing the first Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, Steve Lynn crossed paths with Sandra Day O’Connor, and took the opportunity to ask the retired Supreme Court justice a nagging question he from his time drawing the state’s congressional and legislative districts: How exactly does one define the term “community of […]

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Legislative leaders sound off on redistricting, competitiveness

BY: - December 2, 2021

Democratic legislative leaders presented a laundry list of grievances over Latino districts, competitiveness and a GOP lawmaker’s attempt to influence his Tucson-area legislative district, while House Speaker Rusty Bowers urged the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission to put less of a premium on competitive districts, as lawmakers from both sides of the aisle got an opportunity […]

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Flashpoints emerge as Arizonans lobby redistricting commission for changes

BY: - December 2, 2021

After weeks of hearings on the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission’s draft maps of its proposed legislative and congressional districts, members of the public have no shortage of gripes about how the lines are drawn or suggestions on how to make them better. Various hotspots have emerged as points of controversy since the AIRC began its […]

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What would be a fair district map in Arizona?

BY: - November 29, 2021

While fairness is not literally one of the six Arizona redistricting criteria, it should be everyone’s goal.  In fact, the original proposition that Arizonans voted for to create the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission has a preamble that gives its purpose as, “To oversee the mapping of fair and competitive congressional and legislative districts.” The concept […]

Proposed congressional map could force incumbents to make tough decisions

BY: - November 10, 2021

Several members of Arizona’s congressional delegation may have big decisions to make before next year’s election based on the proposed boundaries of the state’s new political map.  The draft congressional map approved last month by the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission puts several incumbents into unfavorable districts. Some of those district boundaries will change by the […]

With preclearance gone, redistricting in Arizona enters a new frontier

BY: - November 8, 2021

For the first time in decades, Arizona’s map-drawers are crafting the state’s new congressional and legislative districts without a key provision of the Voting Rights Act guiding their decisions, stoking concerns about representation for Latino and Native American voters. Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act is the heart of the landmark 1965 law. It […]

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Some lawmakers are poised to lose out in redistricting draft maps

BY: - November 2, 2021

A number of incumbent lawmakers find themselves facing suddenly unfavorable electoral prospects under the proposed legislative map drawn by the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission. Some lawmakers who were previously in politically advantageous districts may now have to run in districts controlled by the other political party. Others remain in friendly territory from a partisan standpoint, […]

Draft maps approved: 4 competitive congressional seats, 6 legislative districts

BY: - October 29, 2021

Four of Arizona’s congressional districts would be competitive, with two as legitimate toss-up seats, under a new draft map adopted Thursday by the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission. Republicans would have three safe seats and Democrats would have two. And the commission’s official draft legislative map would give Republicans more safe districts, but give Democrats a […]

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Pima GOP official submitted legislative map favored by southern Arizona business group

BY: - October 27, 2021

A set of proposed legislative districts that was attributed to a Tucson business group was actually submitted to the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission by the No. 3 official in the Pima County Republican Party.  The proposed map, titled SaguaroMaps002 in the AIRC’s mapping submission system, was submitted to the commission by Anna Clark, who is […]

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Redistricting commission will review proposed Tucson changes as it prepares for big vote

BY: - October 26, 2021

The stage is set for the final debate before the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission approves its draft maps and submits them for public review after Democratic Commissioner Shereen Lerner suggested a handful of changes she’d like to see to a set of proposed legislative districts in southern Arizona. Based on those changes and others proposed […]

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Redistricting commission ends the week without approving maps

BY: - October 22, 2021

A dispute over legislative districts in the Tucson area kept the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission from approving new maps before the weekend. The commission’s two Republican members favored approving the most recent iteration of the legislative districts as the panel’s official draft map, which is a significant milestone in the process. Once the congressional and […]