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Redistricters will work thru holiday weekend

Idaho's redistricting commission will, in fact, work through the Labor Day weekend holiday. The commission just agreed to come back tomorrow morning at 10, at which time it will hear the Republican reaction to five Democratic redistricting plans for legislative districts presented today; and Democratic reaction to new GOP redistricting plans presented today. The idea is to hash that out tomorrow morning, then break and return at 4 p.m. Sunday, with the hope that by Monday morning, the commission will be ready for final negotiations and settling on a plan. Its deadline is Tuesday at 5 p.m.

GOP Commission Co-Chair Evan Frasure said, “We've produced a number of plans that split six counties, so that was our goal, and very candidly, the one that we're hoping to present here shortly I think, if we can work out all the technical bugs, it absolutely only divides five counties.” Frasure thanked Democratic Commissioner George Moses for the challenge on that; Democratic commissioners have been pushing for minimizing the number of county splits, while GOP commissioners' proposed plans have proposed more county splits but fewer violations of a state law requiring highway connections within legislative districts. “It was quite a challenge,” Frasure said.

He complimented the Democratic commissioners on proposing plans today that went all the way up to 11 county splits, and said the GOP commissioners plan to show the “same courtesy” by presenting options moving toward the Democratic position of fewer county splits.

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

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