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Redistricters look for compromises by region…

GOP Redistricting Commissioner Evan Frasure has presented another legislative redistricting plan, L-68, that has zero percent population deviation between the districts and splits 15 counties. "It's one-person one-vote carried to the extreme," he said. It makes a few adjustments to his zero-deviation plan from yesterday, including keeping the city of Buhl whole. "That's what we have right now, potential of another one here," Frasure said. He then requested an hour recess.

Democratic Co-Chairman Allen Andersen, who is presiding over the Idaho redistricting commission meeting today, said, "At this point as I see we are moving closer to a compromise here, what I would suggest is that perhaps we recess and allow our representatives from the various areas to sit down and discuss what's been proposed, to see if we can come to a solid agreement on any of these individual areas. And what I would suggest is that we have a group meet with the north, that's concerned about solving the issue in the north; I think we need to have the group also dealing with the Ada County/Southwest area, and then perhaps Commissioner Frasure and I being familiar with the southeast corner pretty much, perhaps we could then take this time and review where we are on this and perhaps come up with a comrpomise settlement which we all could agree on and conclude this effort." The commission then took a recess until 11:30.

Andersen said the plan is to have Frasure sit on discussions about North Idaho between Commissioners Lorna Finman and Julie Kane, and he'll sit in on the Ada County discussions between Commissioners George Moses and Lou Esposito. "I'm probably going to try to set in with George and Lou here to try to wrestle that out." Andersen has lots of experience as a referee - he's coached football, wrestling and basketball at both the junior high and high school level, refereed city-league soccer, "and been married and five kids, so you had to referee somewhere in there."

Esposito, who has clashed frequently with Moses in recent weeks, said, "Quite frankly if they can get the north figured out and the east figured out, and then be willing to do what's reasonable in Ada County, like not putting downtown Boise with Eagle, we could potentially get there. But ... once they get the north and the east in reasonable order, it's going to be a much different map than we've been looking at in terms of the five county splits and some other things. So Ada County will fall into place when it falls into place."

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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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