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Tue., Sept. 6, 2011, 1:04 p.m.

With pressure on, commissioners trade ideas for eastern Idaho…

Redistricting Commissioners Evan Frasure and Allen Andersen have been going back and forth, with Frasure maintaining they're just two precincts apart on solving eastern Idaho legislative district lines - and offering to let Andersen pick the two. "We can work that into a statewide map in about half an hour," Frasure declared. "All we need is two more precincts in Blackfoot and that thing falls together. ... I'll gladly let you pick the precincts." Andersen balked. "I'm afraid under this pressure it's not going to happen," he said. "I'm not going to agree to that until I see a statewide map, because I want to know what you're doing with the rest of the state." Commissioner George Moses said, "I could see a ripple effect. ... Accepting resolution of a small area without seeing the effect on the larger map is in my view irresponsible, because you're buying something blind here."

But Frasure noted that's what the commission did in welcoming the North Idaho compromise map drawn by Commissioners Lorna Finman and Julie Kane, which can fit with many different configurations for the rest of the state. Time is ticking down - the deadline is 5 p.m., and several hours may be required to draw up formal findings if the commission agrees on a plan - but it's now taken a 15-minute break.




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