Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Republican-led legislature going after Independent Redistricting Commission

...Once again, "the law is the law" types in the legislature show their true colors - the "law is the law" - except for them.

At least the members of this committee haven't assaulted a woman by the side of the freeway or aimed a pistol at a reporter.


From the Arizona Republic, written by Mary Jo Pitzl -

Legislative leaders want to take a good, hard look at the draft redistricting maps. They've scheduled a Friday meeting for the newly formed Joint Legislative Committee on Redistricting.

The committee will be chaired by Rep. Jim Weiers, R-Phoenix, and Senate Majority Leader Steve Pierce, R-Prescott. Six others also will serve on the panel. No meeting time has been set.
AZBlueMeanie at Blog For Arizona has a post here, with a few more details from an article in the Arizona Capitol Times.

The meeting notice isn't posted on the lege's website as yet.

On November 7, 2000, the voters passed an amendment to the Arizona Constitution removing the legislature's ability to create its own districts and instead creating an *independent* redistricting commission.

Since November 8, 2000, the members of the legislature have been working to undermine the will of the voters and the independence of the redistricting commission.  This is just the latest gambit in a long line of schemes.

They were successful in subverting the process and the commission a decade ago.  One of the ways to stop them this time around is to keep the bright glare of sunshine on them.  As soon as I know the time of the meeting, I'll post it here.

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