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Both party chairmen say no preconditions on new redistricters…

Both Idaho GOP Chairman Norm Semanko and Idaho Democratic Party Chairman Larry Grant said they'll have no preconditions on the new redistricting commissioners to require them to accept an agreement reached Friday by the former commissioners. Grant noted that his party had already appointed its three new commissioners before the agreement was reached.

"From my standpoint, there are no preconditions," he said. "I'm simply an appointing authority. ... They're the commissioner, they have to make their own decision, they have to do what they feel is right to get to an agreement." He added, "I feel comfortable, though, that I think anyone as a commissioner is going to take a look at an agreement that's been reached by the prior commissioners very carefully and take that as certainly a step forward, than having no map at all. So I think it'll be considered very carefully, and I think the new commissioners will do their job in good faith."

Semanko said, "We were very supportive of them continuing to talk. The fact that they've reached agreement, we would like to see that move forward in some form. The form that it's going to move forward is a recommendation to the new commission." Semanko said he's advised his likely appointee to "factor that in," but said, "I don't have a litmus test other than that I think that that's a person that will fulfill the constitutional and statutory duties, and hopefully someone who would return my phone calls. That was my criteria."

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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