Arizona Governor Jan Brewer Removes Redistricting Chair, Calls Special Session (w/Addendum)

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Our near-illiterate governor, Chuck Coughlin's water-bearer, with her right paw on the state constitution

Governor Jan Brewer, no doubt under direct orders from her puppetmaster consultant Chuck Coughlin, has removed Colleen Mathis as chair of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, calling a special session of the state Legislature, so the state Senate, controlled by a supermajority of Republicans, can dutifully concur.

"The Arizona Constitution provides that the Governor has direct oversight of the Independent Redistricting Commission, as well as the ability to remove any member due to 'substantial neglect of duty' or 'gross misconduct in office,'" Brewer's quoted as stating in a press release issued minutes ago. "I invoked that authority today with my decision to remove IRC Chairwoman Colleen Mathis, and I've called the Arizona Legislature into Special Session so that the State Senate may concur with this removal, in accordance with the Constitution."

The statement from Governor Coughlin, um, I mean, Governor Brewer continues:

"I recognize that my decision will not be popular in some quarters. I certainly did not reach it lightly. However, the conduct of the IRC -- led by Chairwoman Mathis -- has created a cloud of suspicion that will not lift. A flawed redistricting process has resulted in flawed district maps. As Chairwoman of this Commission, the buck stops with Ms. Mathis."

The citizens of Arizona can now be assured that whenever an honest, non-partisan individual such as Mathis steps forward to work without compensation on behalf of an "independent" body created by Arizonans to remove politics from the redistricting process, that individual will be vilified and hounded from office by hard-right partisans.

The governor called the special session today. In fact, it's already over, blood on the floor. Hey, thanks for the advance notice to the public, Guv. What, are you afraid someone might actually pay attention as you and your fellow GOPers trash the constitution?

What was the rush? Because if they gave the people of Arizona a minute, at least some of them would have mobilized against this travesty.

But we can't have that now, can we? Yahweh help us if democracy were to break out across this state. The Rs might lose a couple of seats in the Legislature, then.

For a blow-by-blow, check Steve Muratore's account on Arizona Eagletarian.

Addendum: If you want to get really mad, check out this proclamation from today, signed by Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett, ordering the special session to begin at 4:45 p.m.

The governor's office sent this out to the media with the statement quoted from above at exactly 5:13 p.m. 

To be fair, Matt Benson, the governor's press secretary, tells me he sent out the release shortly after the legislature was notified. Still, the Rs knew they were going to do this, and do it so quickly that it would be over before it began.

Arizonans should take this for what it is: Complete and utter contempt for the electorate, the Fourth Estate, and anyone who does not do Chuck Coughlin's bidding.

So tell me this, folks, are you going to get angry and act? Call the governor's office, call your representatives, call the SOS, deluge them with e-mails and letters?

If not, we deserve what we get. Or what we've got, to be more accurate: A banana republic without the republic, rotten with corruption, ruled by a small clique of extremist Republicans and lobbyists.

Shame on Ken Bennett, BTW, I thought better of him. Really. Though, I know that he was following orders, too. See, Brewer is still on tour eating Scorpions for Breakfast. (Benson says in NYC.) And when she returns, she may have to eat a few over this.

Last thought: See that guy to the left of Brewer in the pic above? That's Republican Joe Kanefield, currently president of the State Bar of Arizona and one of the AIRC's lawyers, though he's recused himself from the current jousting with the Governor. 

That's because he used to be the governor's counsel. That photo is from 2010, before U.S. District Court Judge Susan R. Bolton enjoined most of Senate Bill 1070

Must be some crazy, ultra-liberal kinda AIRC if it has Kanefield as one of its attorneys. Whew.

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So tell me this, folks, are you going to get angry and act? Call the governor's office, call your representatives, call the SOS, deluge them with e mails and letters.

Anon
Anon

CCA/Coughlin/high ground/pearce/sb1070/ALEC/brewer/senseman  ...  

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Former Republican
Former Republican

...describes Arizona Prison State. Wake up people, call and write the Governor and Arizona Dept. of Corrections Chuck Ryan to STOP mass incarcerating Arizona's people and STOP importing other states' dangerous inmates!

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

This is just the tip of a massive black iceberg. The state government of AZ has been involved in some serious corruption that could well earn Jan and her senior staff a long vacation..,

Coz
Coz

One can only hope.

Coz
Coz

Arizona SUCKS BIGTIME

Jason
Jason

GED Jan was a complete and utter dumbass for booting Mathis out.

Mathis' attorney, Paul Charlton, will no doubt be successful when he petitions the Arizona Supreme Court to stop this travesty.

GED Jan needs to be recalled. Now.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Me thinks we needs to go back and check ____________(insert long brain fart here)_________ which GED exam was taken.

Anon
Anon

Private prison corporations have taken control of Arizona. The people have lost control in what is clearly a dictatorship.

Seeking the truth
Seeking the truth

Thank ex-Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and his 200,000 felony cases since 2005. Standard operating procedure: press release, file charges, investigate after or not at all. 

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maxparraz
maxparraz

we would need far less prisons in AZ if not for such a massive illegal alien problem

Jason
Jason

I don't think the criminal illegals are the problem.

I think corrupt scum like you and your hero and savior Pearce are the problem. You want to waste tax dollars on prisons when the prison population is DECLINING?

You really are as mentally sick as Pearce. Go check yourself into a mental institution. You'd be doing yourself and all of us a big favor.

Rob
Rob

Your hero Russell Pearce says Arizona's prison population has declined.Of course he credits himself.

So, tell us again why we need more prisons when the population is declining per Herr Pearce?

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

We need more prisons because the prison industry has donated to Russell Pearce.  He owes them...to be paid from our pockets.

GW
GW

Wait a minute. When I worked for the state a few years back we had to post notices and agendas of meetings 24 hours in advance or be in violation of the public meeting law. So isn't this rush session a violation of the same law the redistricting board was accused of?

David Saint
David Saint

lol i was thinking the same thing...guess they are all guilty of gross misconduct then! Quick, someone let Horne know..oh wait, he wont do anything even though its his job..RECALL HORNE, RECALL HORNE!!!!

Rob
Rob

Along with the meetings and phone calls they had with each other to line up the votes prior to the hearing.

Ross
Ross

Give the governor a break.  Of course she had to move fast, while she still had Pearce's vote.

William Crum
William Crum

this is a guy who said he needed anything from her.

Norma
Norma

Brewer and he clique seem to be the only scorpions.  What a shame!

Annie Oakley
Annie Oakley

We don't need no stink'in facts.  We don't need no stinkin' due process, we is Republicans.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Wasn't it Pearce that wanted to hold off on the Scott Bundgaard matter until he had his day in court?

Former Republican
Former Republican

What happened to his "zero tolerance" policies and the "rule of law" Pearce expounds on?

maxparraz
maxparraz

Lemmons got the story title wrong. It should read - Chairman Mathis - BUSTED!

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Sanch, you may be correct. She may be well busted but I've not seen a picture of her so I can't evaluate that. Show us your research on this, please.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

I simply typed too quickly for Sanch. He didn't catch the double entendre`, I guess.

Bnbk
Bnbk

Nope,went right over sancha's empty head .

maxparraz
maxparraz

how do you think it came to this? Conservatives that attended the meetings documented the evidence of corruption. she was caught attending private meetings with the president of Strategic. She was caught meeting with Rep Guravla in private. She shredded documents as soon as Horne announced an investigation

Ted
Ted

Piss off you worthless troll.

David Saint
David Saint

and in all your infinite wisdom max, did you ever stop to think that the AZ GOP met behind closed doors to orchestrate this vote?!?! Did they give a 24 hour notice of this meeting? Basically, they ousted her using this violation of open meeting laws, yet defied those same laws to oust her! what say you???????

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Since you speak with such authority, what do you believe the evidence is? What does it matter that Tom Horne has it?  He has been conflicted off.

William Crum
William Crum

his chances of having evidents, you would be in jail right now.

David Saint
David Saint

lol Horne, do his job? Thatd be a first...oh, I guess you may be right, he might actually do it so long as its not a Republitard he has to go after...

Annie Oakley
Annie Oakley

I thought Andrew Thomas has the evidence, as per usual.

VS
VS

You don't even know what you're talking about. You know only as much as you can misunderstand listening to lying Republicans on talk radio. Guravla? You still haven't answered who the hell that is because you don't know, they didn't get to that on your talk program. What a typical stupid teatard. You ought a be deported.

maxparraz
maxparraz

Tom Horne has the evidence. dont worry

VS
VS

Who the hell is Rep Guravla? Are you drunk? Show us this evidence or GTFO

Out to Lunch
Out to Lunch

Want to bet that old Russell gets a map redrawn so he doesn't have to run against Rich Crandall.

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