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Mon., July 18, 2011, 1:53 p.m.

Redistricting: Cloverdale plan wins plaudits from both sides

A compromise congressional district plan proposed by GOP redistricting Commissioner Lou Esposito is getting good reviews from commissioners of both parties. "Clearly we're going to need more time to understand all the details on this, but I want to congratulate Commissioner Esposito on an effort to square the circle," said Democratic Commissioner George Moses. "He has certainly struggled with that and come out, in my opinion, on top. Subject to a little more study, I would have to say that this is a plan, speaking for myself, that I could live with, subject to looking at it a little more closely."

Democratic Commissioner Julie Kane agreed. "I just want to say that I really like this plan," she said. "I think Lou made a good effort to move toward brighter lines of demarcation, and at the same time, he managed to keep it within a zero percent deviation. This is something that I think I can support as well, when the time comes for a vote. I think I just really want to tell Lou that I appreciate the work that he did on it. I know it took a while to get there, and I just really appreciate it."

Esposito's plan is being called the "Cloverdale" plan, because a portion of the dividing line was moved from earlier GOP proposals that had it at Five Mile Road, to Cloverdale Road. Under it, North Idaho would remain in District 1, and eastern Idaho in District 2; the only county that would be divided, as it is now, would be Ada County.

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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