Gov. Brewer challenges IRC; stands up for Arizonans

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is demanding answers from the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission (IRC) regarding alleged improprieties, taking the first step in the process to forcibly remove one or more of the commissioners. The commission chairman is Colleen Mathis. Commissioners are Scott Freeman, Jose Herrera, Linda McNulty and Richard Stertz. Their bios can be read in the link.

Brewer’s letter to the commissioners can be read here. She writes that she is giving notice to the members of the commission regarding allegations that they have committed substantial neglect of duty and gross misconduct in office during their service.

Gov. Brewer’s statement alleging the gross misconduct can be read here.

The governor wrote this pointed letter specifically to IRC Chair Colleen Mathis, telling her the citizens of Arizona deserve better and expect the IRC to follow the straightforward constitutional requirements prioritizing geographically compact and contiguous districts and respecting communities of interest. Otherwise, Gov. Brewer writes, the public will not have confidence in the integrity of the redistricting process.

Good job, Governor Brewer!

And for the rest of us —  try figuring out these maps.

9 Responses to Gov. Brewer challenges IRC; stands up for Arizonans

  1. State Committeeman says:

    Glad to see this action from the governor. This commission is farcical. I’m a native Arizonan and have never seen legislative districts sliced and diced as these are. The congressional districts are a joke. Two of them appear to run from Utah to the southernmost reaches of the state.

  2. Fed Up says:

    All the two dem commissioners and that so-called “Independent” chairwoman are concerned with is “competitiveness,“ whatever their take on that is. “Communities of interest” have gone by the wayside as such communities are divided up, cut and patched and with the jigsaw puzzle results lacking any rhyme or reason. When I looked at the maps, I got a headache trying to figure them out.

  3. Cassandra says:

    My favorite words in Governor Brewer’s missives? “Gross misconduct.” They say it all.

  4. Jane says:

    Some of my confidence in this process has been restored. I strongly believe the maps need to be thrown out. I would also prefer that Arizona reconsider having an IRC. Corrupt people will try to corrupt the process regardless of what process is in play.

    • Seen It All says:

      Jane, I agree these illogical maps need to be tossed, and commend Gov. Brewer for her actions. This might sound odd, but I remember when the mapping was done in the legislature, and looking back I think that was preferable to the sham of a committee now being called “independent.” In the legislature, the Democrats and Republicans had to work together and their final effort was a reflection on them and the process. There was actually more openness and the end result was truly bi-partisan because it had to be. Yes, they all knew where the individual elected officials — legislative and congressional — lived, so they weren’t in peril of losing their seats, but it was a far preferable system. It’s always the newspaper that tells us the previous way that worked for decades stinks and we need to put their supposedly above board process in place. Whenever I hear the words “Independent commission,” “Clean” (as in Clean Elections) or “Citizen’s Committee” my suspicion meter goes through the roof. These are surefire cover-ups for deceit.

    • Jane says:

      Thanks, you answered my question about how this came to be. If I remember the statistics correctly, Arizona used to have a majority of Democrat voters. That didn’t turn around until the late 80s. I’m guessing the IRC was introduced about 10 years later.

  5. LD 6 Voter says:

    I would like to add my thanks to Governor Brewer for this move. This committee’s maps are bizarre. Imagine trying to campaign in some of those disconnected congressional districts, or the ones that segment the state from north to south borders! And the legislative districts are equally nonsensical. I live in a district that is definitely a “community of interest” and it has been whacked in half along 7th Street for no apparent reason.

  6. chick says:

    It’ nice to read posts that haven’t been taken over by recall-Pearce libs, Brewer haters, Jd haters, that have taken over many of the threads at SA. This is much more pleasant to read.

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