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Dems propose splitting Ada from Canyon in congressional district plan

Democratic redistricting Commissioner Julie Kane has proposed another new congressional district plan, C-37. This plan, like C-36, has a population deviation of just one person. “This plan keeps the counties whole except for a little jog there that pulls over precincts … to try to get to the one-person deviation,” Kane said, in the Meridian area. It moves all of Canyon and Owyhee counties into the 1st District, along with Custer and Lemhi counties. Said Commissioner George Moses, “The only problem I see is if someone would rather divide Ada County even more than this plan does.”

Commission Co-Chairman Evan Frasure said, “You're disturbing well over 300,000 people and moving counties around. … It certainly completely changes the character of both districts.” He said, “You're moving a third of the state around. … I'm not so sure this is a solid plan.”

“Everybody in the state still is going to have the same right to vote,” Moses responded. “To suggest that any proposal deprives anybody of their right to representation is simply wrong.” Said Frasure, “The point is that you're moving hundreds of thousands of people from one district to another. … This is a major departure from what we currently have. … Politically it accomplishes the goal of separating Canyon County from Ada.” He said, “The fact is you're just moving hundreds of thousands of people to a new congressman.” Said Kane, “All we're doing is getting it out there for discussion.”


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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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