Those who have spoken with reporters say the strategy will be, since the Supreme Court order centers on the defectiveness of the governor's removal letter, to get more specific with those charges. However, until the Court issues an opinion spelling out the reasoning behind the ruling, they will only be taking stabs in the dark. And that could take weeks.
Word from members of the Appellate Courts Commission on Appointments is that Chief Justice Rebecca Berch, who chairs that panel, sent an email this morning to let them know no decision has yet been made about whether to hold Tuesday's meeting to review applications submitted by the hopeful (?) IRC candidates. NOTE: See 3pm update below. The two meetings, Nov 22 and 29 have been cancelled.
In the meantime, Redistricting Commission and counsel met today to discuss strategies for moving forward with modifications to the draft maps. Commissioners have a lot of public input, submitted over the course of the last month, to consider. The Commission is unlikely to begin holding mapping meetings before Monday, Nov 28.
UPDATE 3pm MST
Moments ago, I received the following from the Arizona Supreme Court.
“In light of the November 17 Supreme Court Order reinstating Colleen Mathis as Chair of the Independent Redistricting Commission (IRC), there is no longer a vacancy on the IRC. The meetings of the Commission on Appellate Court Appointments now scheduled for Tuesday, November 22, and Monday, November 28, to fill the previously existing vacancy are therefore cancelled.”(emphasis added)
Statement from Chief Justice Rebecca White Berch,
Chair of the Commission on Appellate Court Appointments
UPDATE 3:30pm MST
AP writer Paul Davenport reports:
Brewer spokesman Matthew Benson previously declined to describe the options under consideration, but he said the court's order "potentially" left open the possibility of trying to remove Mathis again with more detailed charges and findings in the removal order.
Senate President-elect Steve Pierce, R-Prescott, said lawyers were working on a new removal letter while reviewing legal issues.
"I believe it can be fixed with a better letter," he said, adding that a course hasn't been decided. "It's totally up to the governor," he said.
Other Republican senators said they were still digesting the court action but mentioned the try-again option and others. Those included holding a special election early next year to ask voters to return redistricting to the Legislature, and allowing the commission to finish its work but then sue to challenge its final maps.