Patriot Groups throughout Arizona
Hi all... we NEED EACH OF YOU to act on this...as soon as possible! Redistricting is the most serious issue in our state right now! Lines that are drawn will affect Arizona for the next 10 years! Press releases from various elected officials were released today and I've included excerpts from them at the bottom of this email.
We need EVERYONE to send an email or call the AIRC telling them that we want the AZ Constitution adhered to and that we want compact and contiguous districts as well as communities of interest kept in tact. Competitive Districts should be the LAST thing that is taken into account.
The email can be as simple as: "I ask that the AIRC comply with the AZ State Constitution by making the districts compact and contiguous AND to respect communities of interest!"
OR Call: 602.542.5221
If you can make it to a meeting, to find out when and where they are taking place visit:
We will also continue to send information on upcoming meetings.
The Dems BIG push (and has been throughout this process) is on "competitive districts" which is the "LAST" criteria that should be taken into account as specified in the Arizona State Constitution (outlined below):
(14) The independent redistricting commission shall establish congressional and legislative districts. The commencement of the mapping process for both the congressional and legislative districts shall be the creation of districts of equal population in a grid-like pattern across the state. Adjustments to the grid shall then be made as necessary to accommodate the goals as set forth below:
A. Districts shall comply with the United States Constitution and the United States voting rights act;
B. Congressional districts shall have equal population to the extent practicable, and state legislative districts shall have equal population to the extent practicable;
C. Districts shall be geographically compact and contiguous to the extent practicable;
D. District boundaries shall respect communities of interest to the extent practicable;
E. To the extent practicable, district lines shall use visible geographic features, city, town and county boundaries, and undivided census tracts;
F. To the extent practicable, competitive districts should be favored where to do so would create no significant detriment to the other goals.
Comments from AZ Elected officials:
Governor Jan Brewer: “Arizona voters are owed a redistricting process that is lawful and transparent. The Arizona Constitution mandates that IRC members conduct redistricting in an honest, independent and impartial fashion, upholding public confidence in the integrity of the redistricting process. Based on this proposal and the IRC's prior behavior, it seems clear the commission is bent on awarding to the Democratic Party control of congressional districts that it could not win on Election Day. This is nothing less than neglect of duty and gross misconduct.”
Senators John McCain and Jon Kyl: “We had hoped that the work of the Independent Redistricting Commission would be a fair process. It is clear that instead it has been political, which is very disappointing and must be corrected.”
Congressman Jeff Flake: "Simply put, the IRC's proposed congressional map is not in the best interests of the state of Arizona. Drawing a map that everyone can agree on is an unenviable task in a state with concerns as unique as Arizona's, but the IRC seems to have sacrificed communities of interest for competitiveness. While that might make some partisans happy, it ignores the law."
Congressman Paul Gosar: “I serve my constituents daily with several key principles in mind. They include honesty, integrity and accountability. Today I applaud Governor Brewer’s efforts to demand these same principles be used to make sure that all residents of Arizona are fairly represented and maintain the community of interest as required by the Arizona Constitution. All of these factors apply to the Independent Redistricting Commission and should in every step of the process.”
Congressman Ben Quayle: “Like Governor Brewer, I have serious concerns about whether the preliminary congressional map drawn by the Independent Redistricting Commission fairly represents all Arizonans. The IRC was supposed to take politics out of the redistricting process, but that obviously did not happen. This gerrymandered map was drawn with an undeniable partisan purpose. Arizonans deserve a map developed in a fair, nonpartisan manner.”
Congressman David Schweikert: “This commission’s transparent effort to benefit Democrats makes a mockery of our redistricting law. Couple this with alleged violations of Arizona’s open meeting law and even a claim by one commissioner’s attorney that the open meeting law does not apply to them, and you are left with a process that has raised grave concerns about the shadiness in which this commission conducted it’s business.”
Arizona Speaker of the House Andy Tobin: “Up until now I have intentionally not commented on the actions of the Independent Redistricting Commission (IRC) hoping they would follow their constitutionally mandated duty of providing fair maps in an independent and transparent manner. Unfortunately this has not happened. The spirit of the voters’ intent in developing fair and independent maps has been hijacked.”
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Keep up the fight!