By Josh Lederman - 11/29/11 10:15 PM EST
Arizona voters in 2000 approved a ballot measure that gave the power to perform the once-per-decade redrawing of the state's legislative and congressional map to an independent commission. But when the 5-member commission drew a map that shored up Democratic districts and created a new district that could be winnable for Democrats, Republicans balked.
With options running short, Republicans floated a plan to ask Arizona voters to throw out the commission structure they put in place in 2000 and replace it with a new process — possibly returning control of redistricting to the Republican-controlled Legislature.
"Our action must be reasoned and rational, and there must be a defined path to victory with voters," Brewer said Tuesday. "I will not call a Special Session on this topic unless and until I believe those bars have been met.”
Brewer's decision not to force a special session to start the process of putting a measure on the ballot reflected an awareness that she lacked either the votes, the money or the power to get the measure approved by voters, said a Democratic operative in Arizona.
"Unless they find some new peg to go after Mathis, right now it looks like they're throwing in the towel."