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New redistricting challenge disses second commission, calls for first to return

Seven northern Idaho counties have filed their challenge to Idaho's new legislative redistricting plan, and attached to it are some rather interesting affidavits: One from House Speaker Lawerence Denney says he thinks the Idaho Supreme Court was wrong to order a second redistricting commission appointed this year, even though he appointed one of its members, and if a commission must still deliberate further, he wants it to be either the original commission or an entirely new one. Another from Lou Esposito, a GOP member of the first redistricting commission, faults the plan reached by the second commission, charging that portions "appear to be gerrymandered" and that the plan, L-87, violates the state constitution and state law. You can read all the documents here (it's an 82-page PDF, so it may take a moment to open), and read my full story here at spokesman.com.

The new challenge, filed by attorney Christ Troupis on behalf of Boundary, Bonner, Benewah, Shoshone, Clearwater, Idaho and Lewis counties, asks the high court to either adopt the North Idaho portion of plan L-82, a plan submitted earlier by members of the first commission, or adopt earlier plan L-76, which splits just five counties.




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