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Redistricting hearing kicks off in Sandpoint

Tom Dillon of Sandpoint, chairman of the Legislative District 1 Republican Central Committee, was the first to testify at this afternoon's public hearing on redistricting in Sandpoint. “Today I represent myself,” Dillon told Idaho's bipartisan citizen redistricting committee. “I have some disagreements with Republicans on this issue.” Dillon said he's been trying to come up with bipartisan proposals, but has been disappointed in the response he's gotten. “I was met with a highly partisan response so far,” he said. “The attitudes and proposals are adversarial and totally lacking in public spirit. They favor incumbents, special interests, a political party or a particular individual. I can personally testify that both Republicans and Democrats are blatantly promoting their own interests.”

You can listen live to the hearing here. Tonight, the redistricting committee will hold a public hearing in Coeur d'Alene; there's more info here.


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

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