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In what's become a decennial ritual, Idaho's bipartisan redistricting commission voted last week to finalize a new map that makes only minimal changes, moving the line between the 1st and 2nd CDs a few miles west within Boise's Ada County to account for population changes. The fast-growing 1st CD, which includes the Northern Panhandle and Boise's western suburbs, needed to cede roughly 35,000 residents to the eastern 2nd CD.

Both GOP Reps. Russ Fulcher (ID-01) and Mike Simpson (ID-02) represent safe GOP seats, so the partisan outcome was never in doubt. Two Democrats on the six-member commission voted against the new map because they wanted to unite blue-trending Ada County, but one sided with its three Republicans to pass the plan 4-2. Redistricting could get more interesting in 2031 if Idaho, among the fastest-growing states, gains a

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