The citizen redistricting commission has opened its public hearing this afternoon in Idaho Falls; it runs from 2-4 p.m., and you can listen live here (incidentally, I couldn't get the streaming to work in Mozilla this afternoon, for some reason, but it's working fine in Safari, so your browser may affect your access). Among the testimony so far: Idaho Falls City Councilor Sharon Parry called the existing sprawling District 31 in eastern Idaho “rather crazy,” saying, “I'll just say it, it's a fairly appalling job description that those folks have to represent that wide of an area.” She urged redistricters to “start from the outside of the state borders and then work in.”
The redistricting commission has another hearing scheduled for tonight from 7-9 p.m. in Pocatello, and another tomorrow from 7-9 p.m. in Soda Springs. There's more info here; next week, the commission will hold hearings in Sandpoint, Coeur d'Alene, Moscow and Lewiston.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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