Arizona's Independent Redistricting Commission has faced its share of controversy so far, and it hasn't yet proposed a map of new congressional and legislative district boundaries.
The commission is charged with redrawing those districts based on population changes, a process that repeats each decade with new U.S. Census data.
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne is investigating the commission for possible violations of open meeting laws. The commission is suspected of tampering with records and making a hiring decision without following the public meeting process. He has asked a judge to force the two Democratic and independent members of the commission to comply with his investigation.
In addition, two members are under scrutiny for not disclosing financial information or political activity on their application for the commission. Republican lawmakers are questioning commissioner Colleen Mathis, a registered independent, and Democrats are doing the same to Rick Stertz, a Republican.
The commission's executive director, Ray Bladine, says he doesn't think the application omissions are a problem, and that the scrutiny is simply part of the process, although he called it "silly season."
In an interview, Bladine discussed these topics, and what's next in the political mapping process.