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Advice to redistricters: ‘Develop a thick skin’

BSU political scientist Gary Moncrief offered this advice to Idaho's new bipartisan citizen redistricting commissioners this morning, displayed on a Powerpoint slide under the heading, “My Humble Recommendations:”  “Use the staff. Understand there are more issues than just partisanship. Understand there will be a lawsuit. Recognize the woeful history of Idaho plans before the court.” And, finally, “Develop a thick skin.”

“What's going to happen is you're going to eventually come out with a plan and a lot of people aren't going to like it,” Moncrief told the commissioners, “and it doesn't matter what the plan is, a lot of people aren't going to like it.”

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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