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Redistricters out ‘til Friday, as clock ticks…

After Democratic redistricting Commissioner Julie Kane presented some concept maps to other commissioners regarding North Idaho, Co-Chairman Allen Andersen said, “I think there has been some presentation of some potential maps that might address some issues we've been talking about. I think we have another possibility that we can get to you for your consideration … so that by Friday we can have a framework to start concluding this effort.”

Kane said she gave a map to GOP Commissioner Lorna Finman, “but I need to catch a flight right now,” so the commission adjourned for today. Due to schedule conflicts, they're not due back until Friday morning at 10.

Asked afterward if Kane's proposals offer some common ground on North Idaho legislative districts, Finman said, “I think we're communicating, so let's hope so.” GOP Commissioner Evan Frasure said, “We'll get 'er done - we won't fail.” GOP Commissioner Lou Esposito said, “We need to have 'em take a new look at some of this in light of the testimony. I'm not hearing that they're willing to do that at this point, but hopefully I'm wrong.”

Democratic Commissioner Allen Andersen, asked if the Dems are offering some middle ground, said, “I think you could say it addresses their concerns.” But Democratic Commissioner George Moses said, “Show us something.” But, he said, “It's got to be reasonable. Don't show us a plan that runs the line right through the middle of the University of Idaho - please.”

Andersen said, “We've gotten a lot of emails from concerned citizens of the communities up there that say, 'Don't split us up, don't cut us in half.' Do we ignore that?” He said the large District 2 that Democrats drew up north takes in large swaths that are lightly populated, avoiding splitting up more-populated communities.


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

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