On the heels of what some are calling the Arizona Supreme Court’s overstepping during last evening’s ruling reinstating Colleen Mathis as chair of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission — comes this interesting bit of news.
Brandon Gee, writing for The Tennessean, a Gannett sibling of the Arizona Republic, reports that the state’s lawmakers have had their fill of the groups that discipline, nominate and evaluate Tennessee’s judges.
The Government Operations Joint Subcommittee on Judiciary and Government met this past Tuesday to discuss whether to retain the Court of the Judiciary, the Judicial Nominating Commission and the Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission or let them expire. Legislative members made it clear that a broad restructuring will be on the table when the full General Assembly reconvenes in January.
Gee’s in-depth, Page One report can be read here. How interesting that the Arizona daily, sharing the same corporate daddy as The Tennessean, reports nary a word about this major story.
Meeting for arguments last night, Arizona’s Justices stunningly overruled Gov. Brewer and the state Senate, which voted 21 – 6 for Mathis’ constitutionally provided removal on charges of “gross misconduct.” Brewer and the senators are all elected and answerable to the citizens of Arizona. Those wearing the black robes are appointed and then, in a smoke and mirrors scheme, put on the ballot for “retention.” All judges are retained.
Mathis was represented in the matter by former Arizona Supreme Court Justice Thomas Zlaket.