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Redistricting commissioners take office; ‘the 90 days starts counting today’

Idaho’s Citizen Commission for Reapportionment has convened this morning. “You have an arduous task ahead of you,” Secretary of State Ben Ysursa told the six new commissioners. “I think you’re all up to it. The 90 days starts counting today.” The bipartisan panel has 90…


Regions and redistricting…

Idaho’s bipartisan citizen redistricting commission is gearing up to draw new legislative and congressional district lines, and this time around there’ll be just one North Idaho member: Businesswoman Lorna Finman of Rathdrum, a GOP appointee. Ten years ago, both the Democrats and the Republicans appointed…


Big capitol hearings dubbed ‘success’

Reviewing this year’s legislative session, Legislative Services Director Jeff Youtz told the Legislative Council this morning that this year’s unprecedented large public hearings were a success. “By and large it went very well, I thought,” Youtz told the council, which is chaired by House Speaker…


Budget crunch precludes any new interim committees for second year

For the second year in a row, the Idaho Legislature will have no new interim committees this summer due to the state’s budget crunch. Interim committees are the panels lawmakers form to study issues in-depth, take testimony, hold hearings and develop proposed legislation in advance…


Otter to fight school referendum

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter vowed Wednesday to personally campaign against the voter referendum to overturn this year’s school reform legislation, even as the tally of Idahoans signing petitions to place the measures on the ballot hit the 65,000 mark – nearly 20,000 more than the number required. “That’s the people’s right – that’s what being part of a republic is all about,” Otter said. He added, “We’re going to do our level best to make sure that the correct information gets out.”


What happens when you try to put Ada, Canyon in one congressional district…

Idaho political historian, author and pundit Randy Stapilus tried his hand at the new redistricting software, which is publicly available for anyone to use, to draw up a division between Idaho’s two congressional districts that would put all of Ada and Canyon counties, the state’s…





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