Tom Horne Announces Probe of Redistricting Commission as Wingnuts Plot To Axe It (w/Update)

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Nothing less than a freakin' Teabagger dictatorship will please these people

I'm more than a little concerned by Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne's announcement today of a "probe" into the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, which will be holding a public meeting today at 6 p.m. at South Mountain Community College in Phoenix.

That meeting already promises to be a real donnybrook, with enraged Teabaggers threatening to take over the meeting, in a move reminiscent of the antagonistic health care town halls, where anger and hatred rather than civil discourse triumphed.

So General Horne will pardon me when I look at his brief statement and see gasoline being poured onto the pyre.

The press release reads:

Attorney General Tom Horne has authorized his office to conduct an initial investigation of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission based on reports that raise questions about the Commission's compliance with Arizona's Open Meeting Law and procurement laws when it recently entered into a contract with Strategic Telemetry to provide mapping consultant services.

"I need to emphasize very clearly that this is an initial investigation that will attempt to determine if any violations actually occurred," Horne said."I am concerned about reports that have raised questions about some of the procedural actions taken by the commission, and I am committed to finding out whether those concerns warrant any further investigation.  If this initial investigation finds that laws have been violated, we will proceed accordingly."

Now, if the AG wants to do a probe, do a probe. What's the point of making such an announcement, other than to further intimidate the members of the commission charged with redrawing the boundaries of Arizona's legislative and congressional districts?

Second question: Why announce this today, hours before the commission is set to meet? 

And third, will the AG also investigate the threats toward the AZIRC flying around the Internet, some of which have the flavor of mob rule and violence about them?

I've asked the AG's office for a response to these questions, and they have yet to get back to me. (Note: Please see update below.)

Right-wing Republicans are not happy with the AZIRC's chair Colleen Mathis, an Independent, whose nomination to the chair was seconded by Republican Richard Stertz, and unanimously approved both by the two GOPers on the commission, and the two Democrats.

But we all know that Indies are just secret Dems, right? So the wingnut blogs have been working overtime to discredit her.

The AZIRC voted to select the DC firm Strategic Telemetry as a consultant on mapping the new districts, and as Steve Muratore over at The Arizona Eagletarian blog has duly noted, the firm received a higher total score from the commissioners than the other entries. 

Strategic Telemetry even received high scores from the GOPers on the AZIRC, though they didn't end up voting for the company, as they favored another over ST.

All of which might sound rather boring if it were not for the classic, hysterical Teabagger propaganda, egged on by Republicans such as state Senator Frank Antenori, who sees himself in Congress come January, 2013.

Antenori is leading the Teabagger charge to remove Mathis and ultimately scrap the AZIRC altogether, via a ballot proposition repealing the constitutional amendment approved by Arizona voters in 2000.

"Not to drag in a Lori Klein analogy," Antenori told the Capitol Times' "Yellow Sheet" of the drive to axe both Mathis and the AIRC, "but the gun is loaded and it's just figuring out what target to point it at and when to pull the trigger."

Nice. Why does it always go to guns when the democratic process (with a little "d") doesn't go the Teabaggers' way?

Add to this some of the "action alerts" Muratore quotes on his blog, telling Teabaggers to be there and to sneak in their yellow Don't Tread on Me flags, do-rags and T-shirts because the Republican "supermajority" in the Arizona legislature is at stake.

Jeez, Louise. Seems like nothing less than a full-on dictatorship will appease these nudniks. What are they afraid of, competitive districts? Heaven forbid, a Democrat might win an election once in a blue moon. And we can't have that, now, can we?

Update: Horne's spokeswoman Amy Rezzonico got back to me with the following statement after I posted this blog:

"There has been a lot of public interest into the IRC. The AG's office has received numerous phone calls and letters concerned about procedures surrounding the commission. In order to alleviate those issues, the AG thought it would be best to put those issues to rest. Look into the allegations and then let the public know what we did or did not find."

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Wake up Arizona!!
Wake up Arizona!!

It's time for an independent investigation of the Maricopa County Attorney's office and the 40,000 felony convictions under the reign of former MCAO Andrew Thomas and his henchwomen, Aubuchon/Alexander (blogging queen, paid as a Deputy County Attorney). How many hundreds or thousands have been wrongfully convicted, wrongfully imprisoned, over-sentenced and wasting millions upon millions of taxpayer dollars as the "prosecutors" grow the prisons.

Dsfweraew
Dsfweraew

They are so niceplease plut: www . yessoso . com

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Ted
Ted

Tea party thugs are never satisfied. If all does not go the way they have dictated, all hell breaks loose from these twits demanding their way or nothing. It seems so very reminiscent of the christian fundamentalist thuggery of a few years back. Possibly because the teepers are simply rebranded fundies?

Hotrodl
Hotrodl

In watching Dr. DREW, there was a segment about Warren Jeffs upcoming trial. Two exmormons where on the program ( Jessop & some older lady). This older lady said that the mormons were getting 30 MILLION DOLLARS PER YEAR from the Arizona Welfare System. She also said that this was a big Fraud,and the Arizona Taxpayers are paying for it. Now, if this is true, why is this not public knownledge? Who decides who gets welfare? In fact, I can think of many, many questions now.  Is this true?

Concerned America Citizen
Concerned America Citizen

Stephen, The nasty comments made against you should you're hit the bull's eye - truth! Truth hurts.

Lemons can't see his penis
Lemons can't see his penis

So when the Tea Party shows up to a meeting, you slime them as extremists and nutjobs per your usual? When the extremist, open-borders Mexicans show up to a meeting you applaud them.

Stephen Lemons is a schill and a pussy.

Fuck you, Lemons. Your severe slant never fails to show.

Don't worry, I'm sure the Huffington Post will call someday. In the meantime you can be Michael Moore's personal assistant.

Jason
Jason

Tom Horne is a stupid old man who's afraid to actually take cases.

Since he was sworn in, he has "conflicted" at least half a dozen cases away from the office. He really has no integrity or balls as a lawyer, hence the reason soon to be disbarred Candy Andy supported him during the race for AG.

Makes me glad I supported Rotellini...At least she has a brain in her head.

Gordo
Gordo

He has to toot his HORN, that's what Arrogant assholes do. See what happens next election. Horney go back to being dignified and low key. Don't be like the rest of them. Just do what you have to do, if there are questions answer them as they come.

Royalphoenix2
Royalphoenix2

Tom, explain to the citizens why the SEC barred you ? Got those speeding tickets paid yet ? Is the crazy lawyer you hired with public money really ur girlfriend ?

Ed
Ed

The GOP controlled state govt signed the contract. What does that tell you?  Thanks to 40 years of the GOP rule, we have very few laws on contracts of any kind.

Native Guns
Native Guns

Wow, I find this whole "gun" talk(a rabid Lori KKKlein mentality) by them crackpots quite disturbing. It is reminiscent of the kind of talk from a gangster from the hoods and ghettos. This talk about "guns" and shooting of innocent Americans. The Gangster and Republicans share a common mentality.

Do RepubliKKKoons love rap music too?

Newtimes_Editor
Newtimes_Editor

I'm all for screwing liberals and demonrats any way possible. Yeay!

OrangeCountyPerson
OrangeCountyPerson

I'm so glad I left Arizona two years ago.  Arizona is a Nazi state no different from the German Third Reich.

Critic46
Critic46

Maybe Arizona Independents are closet Democrats.  My experience is that they are really covert conservatives hiding out to sabotage poll takers.

Danielle Nekoosak
Danielle Nekoosak

As a public school employee who miraculously survived the reign of Tom Horne as Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction, let me warn you: nothing good can possibly come from Tom Horne probing anything. I bet his wife would agree.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

["Now, if the AG wants to do a probe, do a probe. What's the point of making such an announcement, other than to further intimidate the members of the commission charged with redrawing the boundaries of Arizona's legislative and congressional districts?"]

Hmmmm....

This sounds a whole lot like shades of MCSO and the Andy Thomas show.

Use your authority to announce an 'investigation' to put people on notice that they best not mess with you or your party.

It appears Mr. Horne is living up to his expectations. pearce must be terribly proud.

Hiram McGillicuddy Fong
Hiram McGillicuddy Fong

Ve must keep dis one party dictatorship intact, led by mein fuhrer, Pearce and his minion, Brewer, and all the little minions, Gould, Antenori, Klein, Horndog, Hooper, the Lipless Wonder Franks, etc.  Whats with the Flake robocalls also???

Azhistory
Azhistory

Candidate: "Vote for me. Government is the problem!"Voter: "Ok!"Candidate-elect: "Thanks for voting for me. Remember that Government is the problem!"Voter: "You are welcome. Now go and fix the Government."Politician: "What? Fix it? Why? Government is the problem!"

Steve Muratore
Steve Muratore

The Arizona Eagletarian posted about this.  http://stevemuratore.blogspot....  Horne's point is exclusively, IMO, to show tea partiers that he isn't blowing off their concerns.  His letter to them last week sounded like he was doing just that, blowing them off.  I think he knows there's nothing to the allegations.

Ted
Ted

That you again JPD? You just can't write anything without calling people names. Grow up you phony little twit!

Enemy of Evil Bastards
Enemy of Evil Bastards

This should read, " So when the TEABAGGERS show up."  Okay, and per your post, you are slime, extremists, nutjobs, and of course, hairy nut suckers.  Talk about being a shrill pussy.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

Are you the guy who got off stump-busting heifers as a 12-year-old?

Coz
Coz

I agree, it's getting hard to tell the difference between Nazi Germany and Arizona.

Venonacables
Venonacables

There are a lot of differences between Arizona and the Third Reich.  Hitler shut down all the gay bars in Berlin.  I don't see anything like that going on in Arizona.

Coz
Coz

Yes, he was a failure. But Arizona does rewards it's failed with higher offices. I really believe that's one of the qualifications you have to have, be a failure to be a politician in Arizona.

Enemy of Evil Bastards
Enemy of Evil Bastards

That's the first thing that came to my mind as well.  We've seen these tactics before.  The dust hasn't even settled with andy and jose, and now, here comes another idiot doing the same thing. 

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

You just summed up the philosophy of Arizona's right wing.

StephenLemons
StephenLemons

Steve's Eagletarian is the go-to blog on this. I highly recommend it to all...

JPD
JPD

 mikefrombisbee 1 day ago in reply to Goober aka JPD You'll learn more when you learn to think in terms other than sexual. That is SO adolescent. Why mikeswallowsbisbee - what did you say so "adolescent".           

slinkie
slinkie

Give them some time and it will be.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

Being a member of the jewish religion and having a philosophical affinity for the policies of the NAZIs are not diametrically opposed.  The NAZIs had persecuted communists, trade unionists and many others before they got around to the Jews.  Yes, 6 million were killed because of their religious beliefs but another 6 million were killed because they were Catholic or because of their political views.  

Jews can be Fascists too.  Just substitute another ethnic, religious or political group (Palestinians) for Jews or Catholics or Communists and kill or oppress whomever you can convince enough people are to blame for their problems or in the way of their political ambitions and you're the equivalent of a NAZI. 

It's all about a small group of people (or corporations) subverting the government so it can forcing its will upon another group of people by violence.  It's called Fascism. 

Nazis are humans.  Humans do bad things other people without the checks and balances of good governance in the way.  Jews are human too.  Catholics are human.  Communists are human.  Just because one group was oppressed before, doesn't mean they won't be the oppressor in the next generation or two - in fact, they might be better oppressors having borne the brunt of the oppression.  It only takes a generation or two to forget the horrors which occurred in the past. 

JPD
JPD

Lemons, appropriate name, right color for yellow journalism – think. I actually like the New Times as in general they report facts others do not. In this case this article attempts to inflame but oh well the way of political free speech. BTW, the Tea Party is non partisan but leans right; our sub group has several democrats and everything in between. Nothing better than a wing nut without a safety wire. That’s a wing nut with a hold drilled in one of the wings so a wire with a seal can be affixed to assure it hasn’t been tampered with. In the case of the constitution at the hands of the progressives, no safeties are desired.  With all the language used on New Times blogs, I don’t appreciate being censored for less.  

Coz
Coz

That too slinke, good point.

JPD
JPD

Match made in heaven, Lickball Bastard and Suckass Ted the Jew hater. My language is only a reflection of what has, and continues to exist here on New Times blogs’. Ted, wake up, where have I stated that I'm being unfairly attacked? Go Teddy go, go Teddy go!    

Ted
Ted

You seem to be the idiot calling people names. You morons are so dependably stupid. You slime people and at the same time whine and moan about how you are being so unfairly attacked. You should move to Israel, that behavior is their shtick! Piss off, asshole!

JPD
JPD

Lickball Bastard, who's your daddy? More names, is that all you got, no substance just name calling or are you too busy with your Turd Taco seeing you’re nothing more than a blivit? LMAO@U fool, Yea I’ll lower myself to your level if need be. Myself I’m fine with the flat world: don’t care for the one world government you are taking us to. Liberals sometimes become educated and become conservatives.      

Enemy of Evil Bastards
Enemy of Evil Bastards

We already know you lick balls.  That is the very essence of a teabaggger. What a moron and dumb ass.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

J-ust P-lain D-umb, I have to agree that tea tardies are'nt republiCon They are closer to a mixture of the Flat Earth Society and the Mickey Mouse Club.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

" BTW, the Tea Party is non partisan but leans right"

LEANS  right????????

Yeah, and the John Birchers are centrist.

JPD
JPD

Lickball, I agree Pearce is a wife beater, try something else! http://phoenixteaparty.ning.co.... You guys are so narrow minded and so easy, too funny you ubama boys and girls. Teabaggers are as much republicans as your kind are Marxist Progressives. OH shit that came out wrong, bad comparison – think. http://patriothq.com/page/3                 

Enemy of Evil Bastards
Enemy of Evil Bastards

" BTW, the Tea Party is non partisan"

This has got to be the biggest pile of that stuff that comes out of an elephant's ass by far.  Saying that the teabagger party is non partisan is like saying that russell pearce is really not a wife beater.  Who the heck are you trying to bullshit with this comment?  Teabaggers have no shame whatsoever!!!

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