Feathered Bastard

AZ Redistricting Case Before U.S. Supreme Court Monday, and Mr. Eagletarian Will Be There

How much power do Republicans in Arizona need, for cryin' out loud?

They own every statewide office in Arizona, including the governor's, and they have majorities in both chambers of the legislature, squirting out crazy bills with astonishing regularity.

The Rs currently boast a 5-4 advantage in U.S. House members from Arizona, and, of course, our two U.S. Senators are GOPers.

But power is like heroin for these guys. They're hooked and can never get enough. Which is why the tusker-controlled Arizona Legislature is challenging an amendment to the state constitution, overwhelmingly approved by voters in 2000, which forms an independent redistricting commission every ten years, giving it the authority to redraw Arizona's political map.

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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
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