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Tue., Sept. 6, 2011, 2:48 p.m.

GOP redistricters propose ‘Hail Mary’ compromise plan

Redistricting Commissioners Lou Esposito, left, Lorna Finman, center, and Julie Kane, right, confer during a break in the commission's proceedings Tuesday afternoon, a scant hour before their deadline for drawing new legislative and congressional districts. (Betsy Russell)
Redistricting Commissioners Lou Esposito, left, Lorna Finman, center, and Julie Kane, right, confer during a break in the commission's proceedings Tuesday afternoon, a scant hour before their deadline for drawing new legislative and congressional districts. (Betsy Russell)

Redistricting Commissioner Lorna Finman is introducing several new legislative district plans, including a couple of variations on earlier Republican plans, plus a new one, L-78, that she described as "our Hail Mary attempt here at the last minute." L-78 incorporates the North Idaho compromise that Finman and Kane worked out, along with a stab at what the GOP commissioners see as acceptable compromises for Ada County and for eastern Idaho.

GOP Commissioner Lou Esposito said, "This keeps Boise city together, it keeps Garden City together. ... We did have to dip in and pick up some voters out of more northwest Ada County to go with Boise, Gem and Valley counties," to make the numbers work, a move to which Democratic commissioners have objected. The commission then took a brief break, planning to reconvene at 4 p.m. - one hour before its deadline.




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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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