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Does GOP need *every* seat?

Posted Wednesday, January 25, 2012, at 9:04 AM

It is unfortunate that the state Supreme Court rejected the state's redistricting commission plan. We're not criticizing the decision itself -- since the court is the final arbiter of the law -- but rather the timing.

There's only about five weeks until the filing deadline for the May primaries, and since, in Idaho, whoever wins the Republican primary is usually the person who wins in November, there's a very narrow window for the commission to come up with a new map that doesn't split as many counties as the current version does.

The pressure is squarely on the commission to come up with a map quickly enough to let potential candidates make up their mind whether or not to run -- and it begs the question of what happens when that map is challenged in the courts (which is almost a given).

But there was one aspect of the fallout from the court's decision that was unconscionable.

The two top Republican leaders in the state wanted to "fire" the people they'd appointed to the commission because the boundaries weren't set up in a way so as to make Idaho's Republican majority even stronger.

Clearly, they wanted the districts gerrymandered to give Democrats even less of a chance to win a state seat than they already have -- which are slim to begin with.

That's a naked power play that flies in the face of any effort to give at least lip service to maintaining a two-party system in Idaho. They should be ashamed.


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I'm sure if the Dems where the ones doing it it would be ok then.

-- Posted by Trouble2011 on Wed, Jan 25, 2012, at 9:34 AM

As you said Kelly...They should be ashamed. But they won't be.

-- Posted by bondyweb on Wed, Jan 25, 2012, at 10:10 AM

Kelly:

it might work out for Republicans in this state, but in other states, it looks like the Democrats are just as desparate to keep their empires too.

They are all in need of a good shaking up regardless of party.

How can you possibly make it fair for everyone?

All of them should be ashamed.

-- Posted by KH Gal on Wed, Jan 25, 2012, at 10:32 AM

The game of politics as usual IS CHANGING

Little folks like us in little forums like this ARE FORGING a loosely knit alliance that may shake BULLIES in every race

-- Posted by wh67 on Wed, Jan 25, 2012, at 10:43 AM

Interesting article that shows why these guys should be ashamed but will press on trying to fire/dismiss 2 redistricting officials.

http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/hbo/2012/...

-- Posted by bondyweb on Sat, Jan 28, 2012, at 9:16 PM


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