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Latino legislative districts begin to take shape as redistricting commissioners strike compromise

BY: - October 19, 2021

Members of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission will consider incorporating a proposal from a Latino political group that would create eight predominantly Hispanic districts into its legislative map.  The Arizona Latino Coalition for Fair Redistricting submitted its proposed map to the commission before its meeting on Tuesday.  Republican Commissioner David Mehl said he wants the […]

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Redistricting panel decides contours of northern congressional district

BY: - October 19, 2021

Arizona’s northern congressional district that includes the Navajo Nation and numerous other tribes won’t include Mohave County, leaving it with a solid GOP advantage but not overwhelmingly Republican. And the new district potentially sets up a contest between moderate Democratic Congressman Tom O’Halleran and Republican Paul Gosar, a Republican who has become the darling of […]

Redistricting commission eyes successor to 9th Congressional District

BY: - October 18, 2021

A congressional district that was among the most controversial flashpoints of the last redistricting process a decade ago may be largely recreated with little dispute. The Arizona Redistricting Commission proposed a host of major changes as it adjusted the latest iterations of its congressional and legislative districts at a day-long meeting at the Sheraton Phoenix […]

Legislative control may hang in the balance as redistricting rekindles competitiveness fight

BY: - October 15, 2021

As the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission draws the state’s new congressional and legislative maps, the debate over competitiveness is once again moving to the forefront.  The decennial battle over competitiveness at the AIRC is fraught with partisan overtones. The stakes are high for both parties, especially when it comes to the legislative districts that the […]

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AIRC must draw fair districts that properly balance criteria, including competitiveness

BY: and - October 12, 2021

The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission is preparing to immerse itself in the heart of its task: creating new boundaries for the state’s nine congressional and 30 legislative districts.  This Friday the commissioners will meet to propose changes to the maps and are scheduled to generate an official “draft map” a week later. After that, they […]

Tribes may get less voice in new congressional district

BY: - October 5, 2021

Navajo and other Native American voters could find they have less say in who represents them in Arizona’s sprawling, northernmost congressional district, which has traditionally been among the most competitive in the state. As the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission spent its second day adjusting the lines on preliminary maps, several commissioners raised the possibility that […]

In first moves to draw political maps, Arizona redistricting panel eyes major changes

BY: - October 4, 2021

On their long-awaited first day of mapmaking, the five members of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission proposed a raft of changes that would be dramatic departures from the current congressional and legislative districts. The commissioners met at Phoenix City Council chambers on Monday, the first of two consecutive days of meetings, to make their first […]

Armed with the public’s thoughts, Redistricting Commission set to start making maps

BY: - October 4, 2021

When the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission meets on Monday to make its first changes to its grid maps, it will do so armed with the concerns and desires of dozens of people who attended a series of recent meetings to make recommendations about how the state’s new legislative and congressional districts should look. The grid […]

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Arizona redistricting panel to make first changes to grid maps next week

BY: - September 28, 2021

The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission will begin adjusting its grid maps next week, the first time it will take an active role in drawing what will ultimately become the congressional and legislative districts that the state will use for the next decade. On Sept. 14, the commission approved two grid maps drawn by its consultants. […]

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Mapmaking begins in earnest as redistricting commission approves grid maps

BY: - September 14, 2021

They’ll change dramatically and give no real indication what the final lines will look like, but the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission has taken the first step toward redrawing the state’s congressional and legislative districts with the approval of a “grid map” that will serve as its starting template. Grid maps allow the commission to wipe […]

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Heavy growth in Republican areas could aid GOP in redistricting

BY: - September 7, 2021

Arizona’s population growth over the past decade was largely in Maricopa County and was especially concentrated in predominantly Republican suburban areas, a trend that could favor Republicans as the state prepares to redraw its legislative and congressional districts. According to the 2020 census, Arizona’s population grew by about 760,000 people, an increase of 11.9%. Of […]

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Redistricting should unite us around commonalities, not separate our ideologies

BY: - August 26, 2021

In late July and early August, Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission conducted a “listening tour,” holding 15 open hearings around the state. The point of the exercise was for the five commissioners to hear the views of the public about their “communities of interest.” A community of interest is often a geographic region where residents shop, […]