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GOP redistricters propose ‘Hail Mary’ compromise plan

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

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