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Redistricters file new plan, May primary election back on track

Idaho redistricting commissioners, including Shauneen Grange, left, and Dolores Crow, right, present their second legislative district plan to the Idaho Secretary of State on Monday. (Betsy Russell)
Idaho redistricting commissioners, including Shauneen Grange, left, and Dolores Crow, right, present their second legislative district plan to the Idaho Secretary of State on Monday. (Betsy Russell)

Idaho's bipartisan citizen redistricting commission has submitted its new legislative district plan, approved on a unanimous 6-0 vote, to Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa. Ysursa, joining the confab by phone from a meeting of the National Association of Secretaries of State, told the commissioners, "I sure want to thank you for all the work you've done." He quoted Commissioner Sheila Olsen about a "triumph of civility," and said in his view, that's what occurred in the commission. "We can get going for that May primary," Ysursa said. "Obviously there could be lawsuits, but I think you've done a commendable job of it. Thank you all for your service."

When Co-Chairman Ron Beitelspacher offered a quip about the tough leadership of Co-Chairwoman Dolores Crow, Crow responded, "Yeah, I'm a real bear," and then, amid some prompting and laughter, said, "Oh, yeah, I'm a rhino, I forgot." Ysursa, a big man who often jokes about his size, said, "Well, I'm a hippo, so you're OK."

RINO, or "Republican In Name Only," is the pejorative term some in the GOP have tossed around to apply to party members who aren't sufficiently loyal; House Speaker Lawerence Denney has taken a ton of political heat for trying unsuccessfully to oust former longtime GOP lawmaker and Republican activist Crow from the commission.




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