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Thu., Jan. 26, 2012, 10:14 a.m.

Old Redistricting Team Ready To Start

In a big table in a small room on the first floor of the Capitol stand six paper tents with the names of six redistricting commissioners: Republicans Dolores Crow, Randy Hansen and Sheila Olsen, and Democrats Ron Bietelspacher, Shauneen Grange and Elmer Martinez. The names have been reprinted since Oct. 18, when the commission agreed on plans for congressional and legislative districts. But legislative staff made no accommodation for the efforts of House Speaker Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale, and Idaho Republican Chairman Norm Semanko to fire Crow and Hansen, a move rebuffed by the Idaho Supreme Court late Wednesday. Did they even print name tents for the prospective replacements, Bob Forrey of Nampa and Angela Cross of Post Falls? "No, we didn't," said Jeff Youtz, director of the Legislative Services Office/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Which redistricting team would you rather have on the job now -- the one with Dolores Crow & Randy Hansen or the one with Denney/Semanko new picks Bob Forrey & Angela Cross?


Read more here: http://voices.idahostatesman.com/2012/01/26/idahopolitics/with_no_preparation_pretenders_idahos_redistricting_commssion_pr#storylink=cpy



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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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