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Popkey: Firing attempt backfired, cementing bipartisan redistricting panel

Idaho Statesman columnist Dan Popkey reports on a “frank postmortem” of this year's Idaho redistricting process offered by members of the bipartisan redistricting commission this week, as they received an award from the Boise City Club. “The adversity that we had bound us together even more so,” GOP commissioner Sheila Olsen told the group; GOP leaders tried unsuccessfully to fire two of their appointees during the process. You can read Popkey's full column here.

Redistricting: What joins, divides communities?

Redistricting hearings last week in the Magic Valley turned up plenty of questions and differing views about what divides or unites communities there, according to reporter Ben Botkin of the Times-News. Among them: Whether the Snake River Canyon creates a “natural separation” between Twin Falls and Jerome counties or not. Said Jerry Marcantonio of Twin Falls, drawing laughter, “There is a bridge there - last I checked, it's still there.” You can read Botkin's full article here, which touches on the hearings in Burley, Twin Falls and Hailey; next week, Idaho's bipartisan citizen redistricting commission will hold a public hearing July 13 in Meridian, from 7-9 p.m. at Meridian City Hall, and also will kick off three days of meetings starting that day in Boise, as part of an ambitious plan to work much of July and come up with a redistricting plan before the end of the month. There's more info here.

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

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