GOP redistricting Commissioner Lorna Finman jumped into the back-and-forth over eastern Idaho, which was getting hot between GOP Commissioner Lou Esposito and Democratic Commissioner Allen Andersen, “since I was involved as the intermediary in that area.” She said, “Another day or half-day we would have gotten somewhere. I don't think we were at the point of politically jousting.” She added, “If I may say, I think the citizens of the state are going to be disgusted that we cannot get to a solution here when we're down to just a handful of areas, granted the most contentious areas. We are so close on this map. … There needed to be a little give and take.”
Commissioner Julie Kane called for the vote on her motion, the combo of the North Idaho compromise and Democratic legislative district plan L-60. It failed on a 3-3 partisan vote. Finman was the only one who explained her vote. She said, “I'm going to vote no, and my reasons are the very large district and District 31.”
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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