Twin Falls County to Challenge Redistricting Plan in Court

2011-10-25T09:57:00Z Twin Falls County to Challenge Redistricting Plan in CourtBy Ben Botkin - Twin Falls Times-News
October 25, 2011 9:57 am  • 

TWIN FALLS • Twin Falls County plans to file a legal challenge contesting the state's new redistricting plan, which carves the county into three legislative districts, Twin Falls County Prosecutor Grant Loebs told the Times-News today.

The redistricting plan, which realigned the state's 35 legislative districts based on population changes in the 2010 Census, was recently approved unanimously by a bipartisan six-member commission.

For some Twin Falls County officials and legislators, its outcome has been a sore spot. The new plan puts the city of Twin Falls into its own district and splits the rural part of the county into two other districts.

Outside of Twin Falls, the county west of U.S. Highway 93 is grouped with Elmore and Owyhee counties. To the east, residents join Cassia and Power counties in a legislative district.

"They made three districts out of it, two of which are dominated by population centers outside of Twin Falls (County)," Loebs said.

Any challenge filed will go directly to the Idaho Supreme Court. Loebs said he's not sure yet when the challenge will be filed.

On Monday night, the Twin Falls City Council discussed redistricting as well. City officials are in the information-gathering stage regarding the plan and any possible challenges, and will meet in closed session on Nov. 7 to talk about options, which include supporting any county action that's filed.

For more of this story, read Wednesday's Times-News.


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  1. slfisher
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    slfisher - October 25, 2011 2:53 pm
    What is it they want instead? The county is too big to fit into one district. Splitting the city dilutes the city's power and most cities in Idaho have asked not to be split. It seems to me that doing it this way gives both urban and rural Twin Falls residents more of a voice.
  2. escape
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    escape - October 25, 2011 10:11 am
    A legal challenge brought by a sitting prosecuting attorney to preserve his own retirement. The idea that a prosecutor could turn his back on criminal cases to pursue litigation that might secure re-election strikes me as disingenuous.
    My belief has always been that Grant Loebs was a milquetoast attorney who was propped up by the GOP elite. Anyone disagree?
    Scott Andrus
    Twin Falls

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