Eye On Boise

MONDAY, JULY 18, 2011, 10:38 A.M.

‘Political consequences’ of congressional district plans…

Redistricting Commissioner George Moses said plan C-33, the GOP Five Mile Plan for congressional districts,  "does zig and zag around, and if you were to tell somebody how to figure out which districts they're in ... you'd have to be very knowledgable." He said, "When people get confused, it tends to diminish their participation." Moses said the Democratic I-84 plan, C-34, creates a "bright and vivid line that everybody can recognize."

Commission Co-Chairman Evan Frasure said he thought C-34 was "inviting a lawsuit," because it unnecessarily splits two counties, Ada and Canyon. Plus, Frasure said, "It does have tremendous political implications." He said, "It's a brilliant political move ... This clearly carves a nice district for a member of the minority party here in Idaho to run for Congress in the 1st District. If you haven't done that analysis, perhaps I can share it with you."

Moses responded, "There's no hidden agenda here that we're aware of." He said. "This one is all about a bright line." Frasure noted that C-33 has a zero population deviation, while C-34 has two districts that vary by 53 people, plus or minus. "The reality is anything over zero is going to have a problem, especially if it has political consequences," Frasure said.

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