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Three more congressional district plans fail to win votes, including compromise

Redistricting Commissioner Evan Frasure moved to adopt C-43 as the congressional district plan, the revised version of the Five Mile Plan. "It is absolutely the cleanest line," Frasure said. "It makes it very easy for the citizens of Idaho. ... It appears to be an excellent plan." His motion failed, with all three GOP commissioners voting in favor, and all three Democratic commissioners abstaining. Frasure then moved to adopt C-38, the compromise plan that GOP Commissioner Lou Esposito proposed yesterday; it failed with three Republican "yes" votes, Democrats Allen Andersen and Julie Kane abstaining; and Democratic Commissioner George Moses voting no.

Frasure than moved to reject C-37, the Democratic proposal to divide the state horizontally, and have Canyon County join eastern Idaho in District 2, while Ada County joins North Idaho in District 1. He said it would leave citizens in Custer County with an all-day trip to see their congressman. That motion failed with all three Republicans in favor and all three Democrats abstaining, so that plan wasn't rejected.

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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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