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Broadsword weighing options in light of new redistricting plan…

Sen. Joyce Broadsword, R-Sagle, says she's weighing her options, now that the new legislative redistricting plan shifts her into a different district, where she wouldn't have to face ally Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, if she ran for another term. "I haven't had a chance to look at what the size of the district is or what it looks like," Broadsword said. "I have to look at all my options. I've been receiving a lot of encouragement to stay, to please run for the Senate again ... so I just have to look at the whole picture."

Under the new plan, L-93, Broadsword ends up in the new District 7, along with first-term incumbent Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll, R-Cottonwood. The previous district plan, L-87, put both Broadsword and Keough in District 1.  Three members of the House GOP leadership - Majority Leader Mike Moyle of Star, Assistant Majority Leader Scott Bedke of Oakley and Caucus Chairman Ken Roberts of Donnelly - would face other House incumbents in their districts, under the new plan, but House Speaker Lawerence Denney, who in the last plan landed in a district with five House incumbents, this time wouldn't have to face any other incumbents to keep his seat.

The new legislative district plan has a population deviation among districts of 9.7 percent, which meets the 10 percent standard considered presumptively constitutional; and divides just the minimum number of counties possible - five, plus two, Ada and Kootenai, that are divided only internally because they're large enough for multiple districts. Redistricting commissioners are planning to present it to Secretary of State Ben Ysursa on Monday; you can read my full story here at

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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