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Thu., Oct. 6, 2011, 6:06 p.m.

Redistricting hearing: Idaho Falls senator ‘banished to Bingham County’

At last night's Idaho Redistricting Commission hearing in Idaho Falls, among those testifying was Idaho Falls retiree Carrie Scheid, who told the commissioners she was upset to see that in L-83, the plan agreed on by the former redistricting commission after its deadline passed, Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis of Idaho Falls was "banished to Bingham County - not that there's anything wrong with that, Bingham's great, but they don't know who he is down there." Saying Davis has "so well represented Idaho Falls, he's just a wonderful elected official," she said, "What a loss for Idaho Falls. To see a line almost curve around his backyard to move him to Bingham was a little disconcerting." Plan L-83 would put Davis in the same district as Sen. Steve Bair, R-Blackfoot.

Rep. Dell Raybould, R-Rexburg, said of his eastern Idaho district, District 34, "If I had my druthers I would say leave it the way it is, but because of the population in Madison County increasing because of the university there, that's not going to be possible for you to do." Still, he urged the commission to keep District 34 a natural resources-dominated district.

Power County Commission Chairwoman Vicki Meadows told the commissioners, "I want to tell you people, I wouldn't do your job for any amount of money in the world." Tonight, the redistricting commission is in Coeur d'Alene, where it'll hold a public hearing from 6-8 p.m. Pacific time at Coeur d'Alene City Hall. On Friday, the commissioners will hold a Boise hearing, from noon to 2 p.m. in the Capitol Auditorium.

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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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