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A not-so-hopeful sign for redistricting commission agreement today…

Well, the redistricting commission reconvened, and GOP Co-Chair Evan Frasure, referring to himself and his fellow GOP commissioners, announced, "We've made some serious progress during the lunch hour - we're within probably an hour of being able to produce something that might be useful for this commission." He asked to recess the commission for another hour, until 4 p.m. At that point, Democratic Commissioner Julie Kane moved to approve a stack of minutes, but Frasure asked her to hold off for now. "I'd like to hold 'em probably 'til tomorrow or the next time we meet," he said. "I just haven't had a chance (to review them yet), nobody on our side has." As he left the room, Frasure, asked if that meant the commission wouldn't be agreeing on a plan today regardless - since it clearly expects to still be working tomorrow - said, apparently in jest, "We're hopeful to throw something on the table and we'll all sing Kumbaya and we're out of here at 5, right?"

The commission already has approved tentative meeting dates for Saturday, Sunday, Monday - Labor Day - and Tuesday, if needed; its deadline is Tuesday at 5 p.m.

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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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