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

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.... Read more»

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After attending the September 29 meeting at TCC I sent the following comments to the commission:
I write shortly after returning home from a meeting of the Independent Redistricting Commission.  My reactions: surely Tucson deserves better than being a satellite location for a meeting held in Scottsdale.  The Tucson attendance seemed to be three times that in Scottsdale.  To my surprise half the room was filled with 150 red-shirted folks brought by the Pima Republican chairwoman, who later gave, instead of testimony, a rousing campaign speech castigating the City of Tucson for its mask mandate.  She should have been ruled out of order but no Commissioner was present to do so.  I was disheartened by the oft-repeated statement: “We have nothing in common with them”, which I’ll leave you to translate for yourselves.  I was heartened by th woman in Scottsdale who spoke of the Senate President as the legislator you may get when a district is uncompetitive.  I was heartened by Barbara Tellman’s presentation of a legislative district map that appears to meet all the applicable criteria.  Commissioners, comeback to Tucson.  Please.

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