Eye On Boise

WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2011, 4:09 P.M.

Side effect: Vick faces Goedde, Barbieri in district with Chadderdon, Sims

Redistricting plan proposed by Sens. Shawn Keough and Joyce Broadsword
Redistricting plan proposed by Sens. Shawn Keough and Joyce Broadsword

Here's a link to my full story at spokesman.com on how two North Idaho state senators have submitted a proposed redistricting plan for North Idaho that would eliminate the oddly shaped District 2, but would also lump two other senators into the same district and force new Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, into a district with two Coeur d'Alene incumbents. The plan, developed by Sens. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, and Joyce Broadsword, R-Sagle, was designed in part to preserve communities of interest, reunite the cities of Priest River and Clark Fork in District 1, and ensure communities are connected to others in their districts by major roads.

A side effect: New Sen. Steve Vick, R-Dalton Gardens, would end up in the same new District 4 as sixth-term Sen. John Goedde, R-Coeur d'Alene, meaning the two would have to face off in a GOP primary if both wanted to stay in office. Also, District 4, which would be identical to the current District 4 with just the addition of the Dalton Gardens precinct, would have three incumbent representatives for its two seats: freshman Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens; fourth-term Rep. Marge Chadderdon, R-Coeur d'Alene; and first-term Kathy Sims, R-Coeur d'Alene, a former state senator. Current Rep. Phil Hart, R-Athol, would end up in the new District 2, along with an open House seat. 

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