Democratic Commissioner Julie Kane moved to approve a new legislative district plan combining L-71, the North Idaho compromise, with L-60 for the rest of the state, an earlier Democratic proposal, and Democratic Commissioner Allen Andersen seconded the motion.
GOP Commissioner Lou Esposito said, “I think we did make great strides up in North Idaho.” But he pointed to the resulting District 8 in this combo map, which stretches across the mid-section of the state. “Once again we have Salmon, Idaho connected with Weiser,” Esposito said. “We also have Arco connected with Council on this map. … The only way to describe this is just an abomination for political advantage, I don't know how else to even characterize it.”
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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