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TUCSON, Ariz. -- A committee is drawing the new lines for Arizona's congressional districts. Some are happy with what they see and others are not.
Another political wrestling match in Arizona, this time it's over how to redraw the political boundary lines statewide following the 2010 census.
"Arizona constitution requires that you wipe the slate clean and start from scratch every ten years," said Stuart Robinson of Arizona's Independent Redistricting Commission.
It used to be the state legislature's job to do so. Not any more. Democrats, two Republicans and one Independent make up Arizona's independent redistricting commission.
Monday a public meeting let locals take a look at what's been going on with the commission and the new maps it proposes.
"There's always politics involved. My hope was it was a very independent company," said Gary Gomez.
But Gary Gomez also has concerns about the committee, calling its choice of mapping consultants biased.
"I think it could be tweaked to accomplish what the citizens of the state really wanted and that is fair and non-partisan redistricting," said Gomez.
But committee members insist the process remains in the early stages and the first real preliminary maps wont come out for another 3 weeks.
"There's really nothing to be happy or unhappy with yet. In three weeks they'll have plenty of opportunities to be happy or unhappy. This process isn't going to please everybody," said Robinson.
"If both sides are unhappy then perhaps the commissioners did it right," said Gomez.
The committee is through 2 of 6 criteria that needs to be done to finish the maps.
A second round of hearings on the preliminary maps are set for September.