GOP Commissioner Lou Esposito has proposed a new congressional district plan that sounds like it might be something of a compromise: It uses I-84 as a dividing line between the districts, like the Democrats' earlier plan did, but it divides only one county, Ada, and every county in the state stays in the same district it's in now. Other dividing lines between the two districts would be the Garden City limits, as well as well-known, major roads including Cloverdale, Chinden, Gary Lane, Hill Road, and Highway 55. “I think these are pretty bright lines,” Esposito said. “People are very familiar with Gary Lane, that's the road to the Ada County landfill. Everyone's very familiar with Hill Road, Highway 55. People who live in Garden City know whether they live in Garden City or not.” Plus, the plan has a zero population deviation - exactly the same number of people in each of the two congressional districts.
“We get down to one person, one vote, and also we see other criteria, in terms of easy-to-follow, easy-to-distinguish bright lines,” Esposito said. After Esposito proposed his plan, the bipartisan redistricting commission took a 15-minute break for both parties to caucus.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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