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Dems point to citizen plan that creates Ada-Canyon district

Democratic redistricting commissioners have also pointed to one of the plans submitted from the public, C-22. "We selected this from among the public plans - it divides no counties, divides no precincts, and it is contiguous and compact," said Commissioner George Moses. Commissioner Julie Kane said she's calling it the "I'm just sayin'" plan.

Said Moses, "This is the only one that combines the Treasure Valley into a single district, the largest community of interest in this state." Plan C-22 puts Ada and Canyon counties in District 1, then combines a vertical swath of the state to make a District 2 that stretches from southeastern Idaho up north, and includes all of North Idaho from Riggins north.

That plan has a population deviation of plus or minus 278 people. GOP Commissioner Lou Esposito said, "We looked very closely at this plan. Unfortunately when you really look at the logistics of how this is drawn, there's really no way to get there from here, if you're in Pocatello and you want to get to Coeur d'Alene without going through the 1st CD." Kane noted that the state law requiring roads to connect districts applies to legislative districts, not congressional districts.

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