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Mon., July 18, 2011, 2:48 p.m.

Redistricters adjourn, will be back tomorrow

Idaho's citizen redistricting commission has adjourned for the day and will reconvene at 10 a.m. tomorrow; no one was ready to make a motion, though both sides had indicated possible support for a compromise congressional district plan proposed by GOP Commissioner Lou Esposito. Like today's, tomorrow's meeting will be streamed live on the Internet. Esposito said of his proposal, C-38, "It is a compromise. It's the best good-faith effort - I committed to Commissioner Kane on Friday that I would work on it, something better than the Five Mile Plan that is a little easier to understand."

When Democrats wanted to go on and start considering legislative district plans, saying they didn't want to waste time while awaiting the congressional plan vote, GOP Co-Chair Evan Frasure bristled, questioning whether they were trying to make the congressional district plan into a "bargaining chip" on legislative districts. Said Esposito, "There's really no linkage." Idaho's current congressional district lines don't match up with its legislative district lines.




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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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