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Redistricters get heated…

Democratic Commissioner George Moses has presented L-72, a partial legislative district plan for Ada County that he says reflects a good-faith effort by Democrats to comply with the Republican request not to pair downtown Boise with Eagle. GOP Commissioner Lou Esposito responded, “Unfortunately we have once again people that are geographically challenged. … You would actually see that what you have continued to do is grab part of downtown Eagle.” He said a version he sent Moses earlier wasn't the same, as Moses contended, but reflected a different split. Esposito said, “We want to pull up dueling maps, I'm more than ready to do it. We have given you a reasonable compromise that comprises the districts that most accurately reflect the current situation in Ada County.” He derided Moses' map as “the definition of gerrymander.”

Moses responded by decrying GOP proposals that put some Ada County voters in with residents of Horseshoe Bend. “In order to keep all of Ada County voters represented by Ada County legislators, this is the map we've proposed,” he said. GOP Commissioner Evan Frasure said Democrats now have seven legislative districts statewide in which they have a majority, and they're trying to stretch that to 10 or 11. “There just isn't enough Democrats to go around,” he said.

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

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