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Redistricters trade ideas, laughs, say they’re getting closer…

Idaho's redistricting commission reconvened at 5 Boise time, but just for a few minutes, going right back into another hour's recess. “We probably just had the most productive hour that we've had since we started this process, in my humble opinion,” GOP Co-Chairman Evan Frasure announced. “Both sides are communicating really well.” Frasure said the “only scary part” is that commissioners are working in pairs on three different parts of the state, and “when all three collide” they'll have to be “sort of married” together. “I'll just report we're making great progress,” he said, and there were smiles all around.

Democratic Commissioner Julie Kane distributed a copy of a “Dilbert” cartoon, shown here above, that she said fits what's going on. In it, a co-worker asks Dilbert, “Did you see my email objecting to your plan?” Dilbert replies, “No, but I saw your email objecting to what I assume is your hallucination of my plan.” The co-worker says, “You seem defensive,” to which Dilbert retorts, “Have we narrowed down the problem to me?” Just before the commission reconvened, Frasure, who's been working with Democratic Co-Chairman Allen Andersen on eastern Idaho district lines, said with a wry smile, “I didn't know 'til today what Allen has been wanting.”

Andersen said, “I think we've at least come to agreement, Mr. Frasure and I, on one square block. I've indicated another area he may look at and explore. … It'll get me where I need to be.” He added with a grin, “Right now I think it just, that cartoon fits it.”

It's not clear how late the commission will go tonight. “We may go all night if we have to,” Andersen said. “We're committed to staying here until we get it done.” However, the commission already is scheduled to meet again tomorrow morning at 10 - on Labor Day.

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

Named best state-based political blog in Idaho for 2013 by The Fix

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