Idaho redistricting commissioners win City Club of Boise award for civic engagement

The six members of Idaho's redistricting commission, who avoided the partisan rancor that stalled the first panel, have won the Dottie and Ed Stimpson Award for Civic Engagement.

The award will be presented at the City Club's annual member social on June 6 at the Esther Simplot Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $25. The event is set for 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

A citizens redistricting commission meets every 10 years to redraw congressional and legislative district lines to account for population growth and meet the constitutional standard for one person, one vote. The members are appointed by legislative leaders and the state Democratic and Republican Party chairs, with three Democrats and three Republicans.

The first redistricting commission met from June to September last year, but failed to complete a plan in the allocated 90 days.

A second commission, with all new members, met in September and October, producing a plan. But the Idaho Supreme Court said the legislative map was unconstitutional because it split too many counties. The commission reconvened for four days in January, and despite efforts to fire two of its GOP members, adopted a new plan.

"Their efforts represent civic engagement at its best," says the award citation. "The six members consistently put the needs of the state and its voters ahead of the desires of political parties and individual legislators."

The event includes a no-host bar, hors d'oeuvres and a jazz pianist. RSVP online by June 1, or call 371-2221. Non-members are welcome.

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Six commissioners

Six commissioners consistenly put the needs of the state and its voters ahead -- LOL. You gotta be kidding. Change that number to 4 and you'd have a more accurate description. In fact, the 2nd 3 member panel should have the award in and of itself.

HUH?

"2nd 3 member panel"?

oops!

Should have said 2nd redistricting panel. Or did I misread the article to infer the 1st redistrict panel got the award. If it was the 2nd panel -- KUDOS to them. Yep, I misread -- apologies.

Proof of the pudding: will rural wingnuts continue to prevail?

B_F_D they give some volunteers an award for "civic engagement"....maybe combat pay for this in Idaho, whereas any other [sane] urban state would simply let the math guide the district lines, and that would be that.

In 2 years if the same legislative wingnut bunch has run the rest of the national businesses out of Idaho....it's time for some pitchforks and torches.

Are city wingnuts inherently better?

If you're going to complain find the other side.

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