Arizona Eagletarian

Arizona Eagletarian

Monday, January 3, 2011

You are there!

You are there!

Walter Cronkite, a long time ago, hosted a CBS News show by that title.  Well, now you may listen to the comments, discussion and votes from the December 29 meeting of the screening panel regarding the list of 25 names qualified to be appointed Independent Redistricting Commissioner.  The link is to an audio recording of that meeting.

Senate President-elect Russell Pearce's comments are noteworthy in that he declared his concerns to be, as I've reported previously, twofold.  First, that the list includes three people that he believes are not legally qualified to serve as Redistricting Commissioners; and that Tucsonan Christopher Gleason was excluded apparently because of his faith.

Pearce, in fact, declared that he does like and would, except for that they hold "public office," consider appointing Republicans Mark Schnepf or Stephen Sossaman.  This really helps get to the bottom line -- except for his deep concern (fear) about the possibility that Paul Bender could actually become a Commissioner -- he and his compadre Kirk Adams would not have filed the petition for special action to try to force the screening panel to change the list.

As soon as I have word on any further development about the lawsuit, I'll let you know.

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