Legislative District 17 (LD17) Republicans Pass Resolution Condemning AIRC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 18, 2011
CONTACT: A.J. LaFaro

TEMPE – A. J. LaFaro, Chairman, LD17 Republicans, stated “we have witnessed one egregious act after another by the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission who have failed to demonstrate a sincere commitment to performing its responsibilities in an honest, independent and impartial fashion and to upholding public confidence in the integrity of the redistricting process.”

He went on to say “hundreds of us, like thousands of Arizona citizens throughout the State, have been actively involved in the Arizona Independent Redistricting Process – only to have our voices fall on the deaf ears of several of the Commission Members and the Executive Director.”  It’s for these reasons the LD17 Republicans felt compelled to draft and unanimously pass the attached LD17 Resolution 0001 on October 11, 2011, strongly condemning The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission (AIRC).

LaFaro forwarded the resolution and cover letter to Governor Brewer, Attorney General Tom Horne, State Senate President Russell Pearce and State Speaker of the House Andy Tobin requesting they take action against the AIRC.

The resolution and letter were read into the public record at the October 18, 2011, AIRC meeting.

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October 12, 2011

The Honorable Janice K. Brewer
Arizona Governor
Executive Tower
1700 West Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007

The Honorable Tom Horne
Arizona Attorney General
Office of the Attorney General
1275 West Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007

The Honorable Russell Pearce
Arizona Senate President Senate
1700 West Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007

The Honorable Andy Tobin
Arizona Speaker of the House
House of Representatives
1700 West Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007

SUBJ: LD17 Resolution 0001

Dear Governor Brewer, Attorney General Horne, Senate President Pearce and Speaker of the House Tobin:

I am writing you on behalf of my Republican Constituents and Precinct Committeemen in Legislative District 17 (LD17).

Hundreds of us, like thousands of Arizona citizens throughout the State, have been actively involved in the Arizona Independent Redistricting Process – only to have our voices fall on the deaf ears of several of the Commission Members and the Executive Director.

We have witnessed one egregious act after another by the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission who have failed to demonstrate a sincere commitment to performing its responsibilities in an honest, independent and impartial fashion and to upholding public confidence in the integrity of the redistricting process.

It is for these reasons the LD17 Republicans felt compelled to draft and unanimously pass the attached LD17 Resolution 0001.

The unacceptable 2001/2002 independent redistricting process, coupled with the current 2011/2012 fiasco clearly demonstrate that Proposition 106 has failed miserably and should be repealed immediately.

Warmest regards,

A. J. LaFaro
Chairman, LD17 Republicans

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October, 2011

RESOLUTION NO. 0001

A RESOLUTION OF THE LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT 17 REPUBLICANS MARICOPA COUNTY, STATE OF ARIZONA STRONGLY CONDEMNING THE ACTIONS OF THE ARIZONA INDEPENDENT REDICTRICTING COMMISSION (AIRC)

WHEREAS, the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission has knowingly violated its responsibilities for redistricting under Federal and Arizona law including, but not limited to, the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution, the Voting Rights Act, 42 U.S.C.A. 1973, et seq.; and Article 4 of the Arizona Constitution; and

WHEREAS, the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission has failed to demonstrate a sincere commitment to performing its responsibilities in an honest, independent and impartial fashion and to upholding public confidence in the integrity of the redistricting process; and

WHEREAS, the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission has knowingly violated its responsibilities for conducting open meetings to the public under Arizona law including, but not limited to, Title 38 of the Arizona Revised Statutes; and

WHEREAS, the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission has knowingly violated its procurement responsibilities to the public under Arizona law including, but not limited to, Title 41 of the Arizona Revised Statutes.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Legislative District 17 Republicans, Maricopa County, State of Arizona, strongly condemn the partisan actions of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission and recommends the following:

1. That Governor Jan Brewer, State of Arizona, remove the five members of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission in accordance with Article 4 of the Arizona Constitution;

2. That Attorney General Tom Horne, State of Arizona, aggressively continue his criminal investigation and civil litigation against the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission;

3. That the Majority Leadership of the Senate and House of Representatives, State of Arizona, make written redistricting recommendations to the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission in accordance with Article 4 of the Arizona Constitution that are in the best interest of the State of Arizona, not the Commission’s favored special interest groups. Recommendations that eliminate the wholesale gerrymandering of Arizona and hijacking of the voters’ Constitutional and Democratic Rights.


Comments

  1. Marty Smith says

    Good! this redistricting has been a scam from day one, starting with the “independent” chairwoman who “forgot” to mention her husband worked on Obama’s team, to the selection of a progressive only micro mapping firm

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