Arizona Eagletarian

Arizona Eagletarian

Friday, December 9, 2011

Redistricting -- the Tea Party returns

It was not easy to follow the discussion/deliberations for most of today's meeting of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission because the change report pdf files and map change KMZ files were not provided today.

However, during the two Calls to the Public, some Arizona citizens livened up the proceedings somewhat.

Eastern Arizona politicians Richard Lunt (Greenlee County Supervisor) and David Tenney (Navajo County Supervisor and brother of state Sen. Sylvia Allen) each spoke. Lunt doesn't like the draft LD7 and wants Graham and Greenlee Counties together. Tenney wants Pinetop and Show Low together in the same legislative district.

Tenney brought some humor to his presentation by commending the commissioners for their civic mindedness and likened their job to "someone in a dark suit wetting himself." You get a warm feeling but nobody notices.

Democratic state Rep. Richard Miranda spoke on the need to put Guadalupe back with South Phoenix instead of with LD26 (which covers mostly Tempe and West Mesa). After a spokesman from the Town of Guadalupe read a town council resolution calling for the same change, the AIRC tentatively made that change.

In the second Call to the Public, the Tea Party returned after nearly a six week hiatus from badgering the Commission. Lynn Breyer and two of her friends (or acquaintances) read letters condemning the AIRC. After declaring that the Commission had been "pandering to Native American groups," she called for repeal of Prop 106. Nice to have you back Lynn (the Arizona Eagletarian declares, tongue-in-cheek).  

2 comments:

  1. Sorry we left a bit early and missed the Return of the Tea Party. We'll stay to the end next time we're up there.

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  2. These guys never quit beating a dead horse, do they?

    Even Jan Brewer was smart enough to see the writing on the wall and decline to call another special session to refer the matter to the ballot. If the public was asked to repeal prop 106 and return the drawing of legislative maps back to the legislature, the repeal would have been defeated soundly.

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