The Idaho Supreme Court has issued an order denying the petition from House Speaker Lawerence Denney and Idaho GOP Chairman Norm Semanko asking the court to order Secretary of State Ben Ysursa to declare two vacancies on the state's citizen redistricting commission; you can read the order here. The court essentially ruled that Denney and Semanko hadn't come up with sufficient legal reasons why the court should take that action; this means their challenge is dead, and the citizen redistricting commission is good to go as-is; it's scheduled to meet tomorrow morning at 9. “Petitioners failed to file a brief showing a clear right to the relief sought under statute or constitution of the state of Idaho,” the justices wrote, in an order signed by Chief Justice Roger Burdick.
Denney and Semanko wanted to replace the two GOP commissioners, Dolores Crow of Nampa and Randy Hansen of Twin Falls, that they had chosen for the commission; now both can serve.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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