GOP redistricting Commissioner Lou Esposito said, “I do want to bring us back to what our original goals are. … I'm all in favor of finding the common ground.” He said he's working on a plan that has more of a “bright line” between the 1st and 2nd congressional districts, as advocated by Democratic Commissioner George Moses, but it's not quite done yet. “I'm hoping today that we can have a 6-0 vote for congressional district lines,” Esposito said. “I don't want to see this discussion evolve into a political debate.”
Democratic Commissioner Julie Kane noted that C-34, the Democratic plan, would have 14.5 percent of the Hispanic vote in one district and 7.9 percent in the other; while C-33 would have the Hispanic vote more evenly split, 9.97 percent in District 1 and 12.47 percent in District 2. She said commissioners should consider that as a factor in their district plans, to make sure the Hispanic vote isn't being diminished by the way the lines are drawn. Commissioner Evan Frasure said, “Duly noted.” The commission then broke for lunch and further work on plans; it'll reconvene at 2 p.m. Boise time.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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