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Bieter to redistricting panel: Keep Boise whole

At the first public hearing on redistricting this evening, Boise Mayor Dave Bieter was the first to testify. “Our request is that you keep cities whole in this process,” Bieter told the Idaho citizen redistricting commission. “I do believe that will be a consistent thing…


Redistricting starts, first public hearing is tonight

Here’s a link to my full story at spokesman.com on today’s first meeting of the state’s bipartisan citizen redistricting commission; here, new redistricting commissioner Lorna Finman of Rathdrum, right, visits with state GOP Executive Director Jonathan Parker, left, during a break in today’s meeting. Tonight…


Idaho redistricters urged to focus on state, not party

When Coeur d’Alene contractor and former state lawmaker Dean Haagenson served on Idaho’s redistricting commission a decade ago, he got telephone threats, threats against his business and more. Haagenson was among those offering advice as Idaho’s new redistricting commissioners started their 90-day task on Tuesday.


Former redistricters: ‘Remember who you’re responsible to’ - citizens, not party

Former redistricting commissioners Dean Haagenson, a Republican from Coeur d’Alene, and Tom Stuart, a Democrat from Boise, told the new commissioners this afternoon that they’ve got a tough task ahead of them. Haagenson said he jumped at the chance to offer advice to new commissioners,…


Theoretically, redistricting commissioners could cut House in half…

Brian Kane, deputy Idaho attorney general, is now briefing the redistricting commission on legal issues, from constitutional and statutory requirements for the redistricting process to complying with the Idaho Open Meeting Law and Idaho public records law. In response to a question from Commissioner George…


Advice to redistricters: ‘Develop a thick skin’

BSU political scientist Gary Moncrief offered this advice to Idaho’s new bipartisan citizen redistricting commissioners this morning, displayed on a Powerpoint slide under the heading, “My Humble Recommendations:” “Use the staff. Understand there are more issues than just partisanship. Understand there will be a lawsuit….


Legislative districts in Idaho will ‘have to be substantially changed’ this year

Idaho’s current legislative districts will “have to be substantially changed” this year, BSU political scientist Gary Moncrief told the redistricting commission this morning, whose job it is to draw those new district lines. That’s because the ideal district size, should Idaho stick with 35 legislative…


When a third could elect a majority…

Before U.S. Supreme Court decisions in the early 1960s required states to divide their legislative districts by population, rather than just by county lines, most states had districts that allowed just a small minority of the state’s population to elect a majority of the state…


Watch it live…

Today’s Idaho redistricting commission meeting is being streamed live on the Internet, as is tonight’s public hearing, which begins at 7 p.m. in the Capitol Auditorium; to listen and watch live, click here. After electing its co-chairs this morning, the commission is now hearing an…


Two Pocatello reps elected co-chairs of new redistricting commission

Former state Sen. Evan Frasure of Pocatello, and former state Rep. Allen Andersen, also of Pocatello, have been elected the co-chairmen of the citizen redistricting commission; Frasure is a Republican and Andersen a Democrat. Rathdrum GOP Commissioner Lorna Finma nominated Frasure as the GOP co-chair,…





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