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Tue., Sept. 6, 2011, 12:49 p.m.

Another 3-3 partisan vote…

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."

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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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