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Redistricting commission back at work…

Idaho's citizen redistricting commission has convened this morning, and briefly discussed comments received over the weekend on the four proposed congressional district plans it's currently considering. "It's clear to me that our partisans have spoken," said Commissioner George Moses, as the other commissioners chuckled. Said Commission Co-Chairman Evan Frasure, "I think that would be a fair analysis - I didn't see a whole lot of neutral testimony in there." The Republicans have proposed a "5 Mile" plan, C-33, moving the dividing line between districts 1 and 2 in Ada County two miles to the west, from Cole Road to Five Mile Road. The Democrats have proposed an I-84 plan, C-34, dividing both Ada and Canyon counties and using I-84 as the dividing line; in both those, North Idaho would remain in District 1, and eastern Idaho in District 2.

They were also considering C-22, a citizen-submitted plan that wouldn't divide any counties, and instead would divide the state vertically, making a new District 1 out of Canyon and Ada counties, and pairing North Idaho and eastern Idaho in a new District 2. Commissioner Julie Kane, who dubbed that plan the "Just Sayin'" plan, said, "There were a couple of people that liked that one, but I think that we're safe to throw that one out and narrow it down to three." Frasure responded, "Fair enough." The other plan, C-35, is a version of C-33, the GOP plan, that doesn't split any precincts.

Commissioner Lou Esposito said he's working on a revision of the 5 Mile plan and asked for a 45-minute recess to put the finishing touches on it; Frasure, who said he and Commissioner Lorna Finman also are working on plans, agreed; the commission will reconvene at 11 a.m. Boise time.

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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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