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Redistricters still at work…

Idaho's redistricting commission on Sunday evening (Betsy Russell)
Idaho's redistricting commission on Sunday evening (Betsy Russell)

Redistricting commissioners have briefly reconvened again, and this time recessed until 7:30 p.m., giving them another hour and a half to work on redistricting plans. "We are making tremendous progress," said Co-Chairman Evan Frasure. "I think I speak for the entire commission, we plan on being here as long as we need to be tonight, because we recognize we have Monday and Tuesday to get a whole dictionary written to explain what we did. ... I just want to compliment the entire commission on their willingness to stay late, work hard, and eventually get to a compromise."

Frasure initially suggested a two-hour break, but a grumbling Democratic Commissioner George Moses said that sounded like either too much time or too little. "If we're looking for answers tonight, we don't need two hours, I don't think," he said, asking to either come back in an hour or adjourn until tomorrow morning. Frasure said he didn't want to break the current momentum. "Let's call it 7:30," he said. "I'd sure love to have an hour to stay at that computer." Before the group convened, Democratic Commissioner Moses and GOP Commissioner Lou Esposito hunched frowning over a district map in the aisle of the auditorium, still apparently in disagreement.

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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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