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Boise redistricting hearing opens with light crowd...

Idaho redistricting commission opens public hearing in Boise on Friday in the Capitol Auditorium. (Betsy Russell)
Idaho redistricting commission opens public hearing in Boise on Friday in the Capitol Auditorium. (Betsy Russell)

The new redistricting commission has opened its Boise public hearing today, to a fairly light crowd of about 20; first to speak was Tom Faulkner, Gooding County commissioner. He said his county would prefer to be in a district with another county like Twin Falls, rather than with Blaine County as it is now, as his county doesn't like "being included in a county that has such a liberal leaning, I guess." Next up was West Boise resident Steve Berch, who suggested dividing a proposed district in his area horizontally rather than vertically, "on the principle of trying to create like communities together." Commission Co-Chair Dolores Crow responded, "Great idea."

The Boise crowd is lighter than those seen elsewhere around the state; last night in Coeur d'Alene, about 50 people attended, and the night before in Idaho Falls, there was a standing-room-only crowd of about 80 people.




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