The Arizona Republic reports:
Ire at the IRC . . . Senate Republicans held two conference calls late last week to discuss what to do about the Independent Redistricting Commission. The GOP is none too happy with the commission's early work, from its choice of a consultant that has worked for numerous Dem clients to its long closed-door executive sessions.If his "indictment" bears ANY resemblance to the copy and paste complaint letters (the Arizona Capitol Times/Yellow Sheet reported hundreds of them had been sent to the governor, but I found that only 30 had been sent to the IRC itself), that will make him look even more foolish than he already does. A "dossier?" Isn't that something from a 1960s James Bond movie?
Most of the ire is focused on Chairwoman Colleen Coyle Mathis. Republicans think she's a Democrat in independent clothing. So lawmakers such as Sen. Frank Antenori, R-Tucson, want to see her gone, something Mathis has dismissed.
Antenori, who is eyeing a congressional run that will hinge in part on where new district lines are drawn, would prefer to see the chairwoman removed or maybe to put the whole question of an independent commission back before voters.
After Friday's calls, it doesn't appear there's support for that, Antenori's strong objections notwithstanding. But he's not giving up.
"We're building an indictment and a dossier," the senator said.
In other developments, early this evening, state Rep. Terri Proud (R-LD26, who Wednesday publicly called for a special legislative session to figure out ways to eliminate the IRC) started a facebook page for IRC Watchdog Group. I was the fourth person to "Like" it. I posted a couple of comments to clarify points on that page. She and I exchanged a few cordial private messages. I sent her a friend request. She went offline for a few hours. When she returned later, she accepted the friend request.