Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Redistricting update: Lots of eyes on Arizona

The meeting of the Arizona Commission on Appellate Court Appointments on December 29 should be an interesting one.  Get there early, because it may be standing room only.

Over the last few days, there have been many hits on the posts here concerning the the applicant pool for the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission and the ginned-up controversy from the Kirk Adams, Russell Pearce and the rest of the Arizona-based part of the right-wing echo chamber.

Note: those earlier posts are here, here, here, here, here, and here.

Perhaps feeling left out of the coverage, they started stamping their feet and screaming, looking for some attention.

Well, they may be getting it.

Some of the folks looking in on the uproar found this blog via the following ISPs -

State Of Arizona Supreme Court

American Enterprise Institute

Solano County (CA)

Phoenix Newspapers

Gannett Supply Corporation - Kpnx-tv

Arizona State Government (multiple times)

Us Dept Of Justice (multiple times)

Maricopa County

Admin Ofc Us Courts

Dnc Services Corporation

Some of those, I don't really understand (Solano County and the American Enterprise Institute), some aren't surprising (the DNC [duh, it's redistricting], Arizona State Government, which usually means somebody checking in from the legislature, State of Arizona Supreme Court [since most of the posts mention Chief Justice Berch, their interest is expected]), some that should be surprising but aren't (Phoenix Newspapers and Gannett Supply Corporation, which are ISPs for the AZ Republic and Channel 12, both of which are owned by Gannett, publsher of USA Today.  Those folks should have been on the entire process from the beginning but weren't.  They have catching up to do).

But the USDOJ and the federal court system?

Somebody's expecting the brown stinky stuff to hit the fan and may be getting prepped for the inevitable.

Those who plan to attend the meeting on the 29th should plan to show up early, for a few reasons:

1.  Chief Justice Berch starts her meetings on time.  If the agenda says "9 a.m.," she starts the meeting at 9 a.m.

2.  Just a guess here, but there are going to be a number of audience members with credentials from the alphabet soup of agencies - FBI, DOJ, etc.  Seats could be at a premium.

3.  There almost certainly will be more media at the meeting on the 29th than were at the earlier meetings.  At the first couple of meetings, the media contingent usually consisted of someone from the Arizona Capitol Times and a couple of bloggers (Steve from Eagle-tarian and yours truly).


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