Arizona Supreme Court Orders Reinstatement Of Redistricting Official
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer fired the head of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, probably because it was too independent, although she couldn’t give me a coherent reason when I asked her about it. But the Arizona Supreme Court has ordered Colleen Coyle Mathis reinstated.
The court decided the governor’s Nov. 1 removal letter to Colleen Coyle Mathis did not demonstrate “substantial neglect of duty, gross misconduct in office or inability to discharge the duties of office.”
…Commission representatives said they need to talk to the five commissioners and figure out the next move.
Dennis Michael Burke, one of the authors of the ballot measure that created the commission, was elated.
“Zowie!” he wrote in an e-mail.
“The court has well served the people of Arizona, who went to great effort 11 years ago to take some of the partisan politics out of the map-making process,” he said. “We the people owe the justices a drink.”Click here for reuse options!
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