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Tue., July 26, 2011, 10:43 a.m.

Redistricters thank, praise all those who submitted proposed maps

Idaho redistricting commissioners had praise today for all those from the public who submitted proposed redistricting plans, from ordinary citizens, to current and former lawmakers, to the city of Meridian and more. Commisioner Evan Frasure noted that former state Rep. Branden Durst of Boise submitted four statewide plans. "He edges out Jared Larsen, because all Jared Larsen's plans are partials," Frasure said. "Our former legislator certainly deserves credit for his involvement there. ... He's taken a very active interest, so we certainly should acknowledge his participation."

Commissioner Julie Kane said, "I would like to acknowledge and thank everybody that submitted these maps, because I know it took a lot of work. ... I think I speak for the entire commission, that we really appreciate all the work and thought that went into that." She added that she'd "like to give ... the excellence in math award to Rebecca Jacobsen, who used the split-line method - she gets an A for creativity."

Commissioner George Moses said, "We've certainly been faced with a substantial number of people who are willing to talk the talk with us, but these who submitted maps are willing to walk the walk, and that's a substantial contribution." The commission has now adjourned until 10 a.m. tomorrow, at which time GOP Commissioner Lou Esposito is expected to propose another legislative district plan.

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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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