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Tale for redistricters: ‘We may all place different values on different things’

Before the redistricting commission went at ease until 3 this afternoon, Democratic Commissioner Julie Kane shared a story, saying, “Maybe it'll help with our mindset when we take some time to go over maps.” She said a friend of hers works for the Navajo tribe in their legal department, and recently was having a busy day at work when her husband called, reminding her that it was their anniversary. He offered to cook dinner if she'd pick up a bottle of wine at the grocery store on the way home, which she did. Coming out of the store, she saw a Navajo elder woman whom she knew, and offered her a ride home. On the way, as the miles rolled by, the older woman asked what was in the bag. Kane's friend responded, “Oh, that's a bottle of wine. I got it for my husband.” The Navajo woman responded, “Good trade.”

“We may all place different values on different things,” Kane said amid laughter. She encouraged all the commissioners to “take a look at where we're at now and where we can move, to get to where we need to go for the people of Idaho.” Co-Chairman Evan Frasure said, “I don't think I can top that,” and recessed the meeting. Afterward, Commissioner Lou Esposito said the long break today is “in order for us to take a close look at the maps, have some (one-on-one) sidebar discussions.”

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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