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Redistricting panel: No decision on E. WA legislative or congressional boundaries

OLYMPIA — The Washington Redistricting Commission does not have maps for Eastern Washington legislative districts, or for the state's new congressional boundaries.

Commissioners met this afternoon, and the separate teams trying to come up with maps for those two tasks said they weren't done. And they had varying descriptions of how close they are.

“We're down to some final details we have to work on,” Commissioner Tim Ceis said about the congressional map.

“It's all in the eye of the beholder how close we really are,” Commissioner Tom Huff said of the Eastern Washington legislative map. “There's a possibility we will have a map tomorrow.”

“I wouldnl't hold out too much hope for tomorrow,” Commissioner Dean Foster said of the Eastern Washington map. “It takes a while to turn around a map.”

The commission split 2-2 on whether they should keep their 10:30 a.m. meeting Friday, but because it would take a majority vote to take it off the schedule, the meeting will happen whether they've got maps or not. Expect a very short session if there are no maps to put in the County Auditor's Christmas stockings for review this week.

Commission Chairwoman Lura Powell, who doesn't have a vote, told the four voting members to try to come in Friday with something, even it if they are just partial maps.

Maps coming today

OLYMPIA — The state Redistricting Commission will release its maps of proposals  to redraw Washington's congressional and legislative boundaries at their meeting today, which starts at 10 a.m.

Could be as many as eight very different maps — one congressional and one legislative — for each of the four voting commissioners.

Up for grabs: Where will the state's new 10th congressional district be drawn. Bet the rent that it's not in Eastern Washington, where the 5th has a few too many folks and the 4th has quite a few too many folks, based on the 2010 Census. The real growth is in Pugetopolis, so the smart money says somewhere in the burbs between Snohomish and Thurston counties.

Spokane's going to want to watch how the 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th and 9th Legislative Districts are redrawn, because some have too many folks, and others don't have enough. Don't expect a district to up and move completely west, but there could be some significant rejiggering of boundaries.

Stay tuned.

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Nick Deshais covers Spokane City Hall for The Spokesman-Review.

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